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North Carolina at Virginia Tech Picks & Betting Tips – Tar Heels Can Win Shootout

  • North Carolina at Virginia Tech tips for Friday, September 3
  • Matchup gets underway at 18:00 ET at Lane Stadium
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North Carolina at Virginia Tech Picks & Betting Tips


Sam Howell can lead North Carolina to victory in their season-opener in Blacksburg.

Howell is back behind an offensive line that helped make the Tar Heels a top offense in 2020.

He could be a potential contender for the Heisman Trophy in 2021 and can lay down an early marker here.

We could also see the trend of high-scoring North Carolina-Virginia Tech games continue.

  • North Carolina return QB Sam Howell & their starting offensive line from 2020
  • North Carolina QB Sam Howell ranked #4 in total passing yards in 2020 (3,586)
  • North Carolina QB Sam Howell ranked #8 in passer rating in 2020 (179.1)
  • North Carolina offense ranked #2 in total yards in 2020 (6,447)
  • North Carolina offense ranked #5 in average yards per game in 2020 (537.3)
  • North Carolina offense ranked #5 in total points in 2020 (500)
  • North Carolina beat Virginia Tech 56-45 in 2020
  • North Carolina & Virginia Tech have combined for 185 points in last 2 meetings

Head To Head


  • Virginia Tech lead the all-time series 23-11-4
  • Virginia Tech have won 7 of the last 10 meetings

North Carolina Form


North Carolina were well beaten in last season’s Orange Bowl but it was a successful season.

Mack Brown has made the Tar Heels relevant again with the aid of talented QB Sam Howell.

Howell is back for 2020 and so is the offensive line that protected him while he threw for 3,586 yards and 30 touchdowns.

He is a potential candidate for the Heisman Trophy and could make an early impression here.

North Carolina ended a four-game losing run against Virginia Tech last season thanks to a clinical showing from Howell.

He went 18/23 for 257 yards and three touchdowns in the 56-45 win.

Virginia Tech Form


Virginia Tech endured a losing season in 2020 as they finished 5-6 and opted against appearing in a bowl game.

The Hokies went 0-4 in meetings with ranked teams. One of those games was a 56-45 loss to North Carolina.

RB Khalill Herbert (1,182 yards, 8 TDs) and T Christian Darrisaw are now in the NFL, while QB Herndon Hooker has transferred to Tennessee.

Starting QB Braxton Burmeister showed some promising glimpses in his appearances at the end of 2020 though.

He will be at the controls in an offense that does possess plenty of experience.

Defensively they need some serious improvement after giving up 447.5 yards and 32.1 points per game in 2020.

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Verdict

North Carolina and Virginia Tech have kept the scoreboard operator busy in recent seasons.

That may not change on Sunday. Sam Howell and the Tar Heels can race out of the blocks to win a high-scoring encounter.

Best Bet: North Carolina -5.5 Spread @-111.11 at bet365 Sport NJ - 2 Units
Value Bet: UNC & +64.0 Moneyline & Total Points @177 at bet365 Sport NJ - 1 Unit

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