ACC foes meet when the No. 10 North Carolina Tar Heels (0-0, 0-0 ACC) take on the Virginia Tech Hokies (0-0, 0-0 ACC) at Lane Stadium in Blacksburg, Virginia. The Tar Heels () and the Hokies ( to win on the moneyline) kick off the action on September 3, 2021 at 6:00 PM ET on ESPN. A total of points has been set for the game by oddsmakers.
Before making a bet on this game, check out this article where we surface the best available odds and dig into everything you need to know about the matchup — including key metrics, stats, trends and more.
The betting insights in this article reflect betting data from DraftKings as of August 24, 2021, 12:00 AM ET. See table below for current betting odds and CLICK HERE to bet at DraftKings Sportsbook.
North Carolina Vs. Virginia Tech Betting Odds
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North Carolina Offense Vs. Virginia Tech Defense (2020)
|North Carolina Offense||Stats (Rank)||Virginia Tech Defense|
|41.7 (9)||Points/Gm||32.1 (82)|
|537.3 (5)||Yards/Gm||446.7 (101)|
|301.4 (18)||Pass Yards/Gm||265.3 (106)|
|235.8 (11)||Rush Yards/Gm||181.5 (85)|
|10.1 (6)||Yards/Pass||7.5 (68)|
|5.8 (5)||Yards/Rush||4.9 (93)|
|45.4% (27)||3rd Down %||40.3% (64)|
|13 (66)||Turnovers||17 (31)|
|32 (120)||Sacks||36 (5)|
Virginia Tech Offense Vs. North Carolina Defense (2020)
|Virginia Tech Offense||Stats (Rank)||North Carolina Defense|
|31.1 (43)||Points/Gm||29.4 (64)|
|440.7 (31)||Yards/Gm||400.9 (58)|
|200.6 (89)||Pass Yards/Gm||246.7 (87)|
|240.1 (10)||Rush Yards/Gm||154.3 (50)|
|8.7 (14)||Yards/Pass||7.5 (68)|
|5.6 (9)||Yards/Rush||4.3 (63)|
|37.8% (79)||3rd Down %||37.7% (42)|
|14 (72)||Turnovers||11 (74)|
|22 (82)||Sacks||32 (9)|
When North Carolina Has The Ball
- The Tar Heels gave up 32 sacks last season to rank 120th in college football. The Hokies’ defense totaled 36 (fifth-most).
- North Carolina’s offense ranked fifth in the FBS in yards per game last season (537.3), while Virginia Tech ranked 101st in yards allowed (446.7).
- The Hokies allowed 4.9 yards per rushing attempt last season (93rd in FBS). The Tar Heels were fifth in rushing, averaging 5.8 per carry.
- Virginia Tech’s defense allowed 265.3 yards through the air per game last season (106th in the FBS). North Carolina’s 301.4 passing yards per game were 18th in college football.
When Virginia Tech Has The Ball
- The Hokies gave up 22 sacks last season to rank 82nd in college football. The Tar Heels’ defense totaled 32 (ninth-most).
- Virginia Tech averaged 5.6 yards per rushing attempt last year (ninth in the FBS), while North Carolina gave up 4.3 per carry (63rd in college football).
- The Hokies were 14th in the FBS at 8.7 yards per pass attempt last year. The Tar Heels gave up 7.5 yards per passing play (68th).
- Virginia Tech’s rushing game ranked 10th in the FBS last season (240.1 yards per game), while North Carolina allowed 154.3 per game (50th-ranked run defense).
North Carolina Betting Trends And Insights
- North Carolina put together a 5-6-0 ATS record last year.
- The Tar Heels were favored by 5.5 points or more eight times last season, and covered the spread in three of those games.
- North Carolina and its opponents combined to hit the over six out of 11 times last season.
- North Carolina and its opponents went over 66.5 combined points in six of 11 games last season.
- The Tar Heels finished 6-2 in games they were listed as the moneyline favorite last season (winning 75% of those games).
Virginia Tech Betting Trends And Insights
- Virginia Tech won three games against the spread last season, while failing to cover or pushing eight times.
- The Hokies did not cover the spread last season (0-1 ATS) when playing as at least 5.5-point underdogs.
- Virginia Tech and its opponents combined to hit the over six out of 11 times last season.
- In six of 11 games last season, North Carolina and its opponents combined to score more than 66.5 points.
- The Hokies lost both games they played as underdogs last season.
North Carolina Players To Watch
- Last year, Sam Howell racked up 3,586 passing yards (298.8 yards per game) while going 237-for-348 (68.1% completion percentage) and throwing 30 touchdowns and seven interceptions. He added 146 rushing yards on 92 carries with five touchdowns, averaging 12.2 yards per game.
- Michael Carter rushed for 1,245 yards on 156 attempts (113.2 yards per game) while scoring nine touchdowns a season ago. He also averaged 24.3 receiving yards per game, grabbing 25 passes for 267 yards and two touchdowns.
- Last year, Javonte Williams ran for 1,140 yards on 157 carries (103.6 ypg), with 19 rushing touchdowns. He also caught 25 passes for 305 yards (27.7 ypg) and three touchdowns.
- Last season, Dyami Brown collected 55 catches for 1,099 yards (99.9 ypg) and scored eight touchdowns.
- Dazz Newsome added 684 yards on 54 grabs and six touchdowns. He put up 57.0 receiving yards per game last year.
- Last year Khafre Brown caught 15 passes for 337 yards and two touchdowns, averaging 37.4 receiving yards per game.
Virginia Tech Players To Watch
- Hendon Hooker threw for 1,339 yards while completing 65.3% of his passes (98-of-150), with nine touchdowns and five interceptions last year (167.4 yards per game). He also carried the ball 120 times for 620 yards and nine touchdowns, averaging 77.5 yards per game.
- Khalil Herbert ran for 1,183 yards on 155 attempts (107.5 yards per game) while scoring eight touchdowns a season ago. He also averaged 16.3 receiving yards per game, grabbing 10 passes for 179 yards and one touchdown.
- Last season Tayvion Robinson hauled in 38 passes for 592 yards (53.8 yards per game) while scoring three touchdowns.
- Tre Turner also added 529 yards on 34 grabs and three touchdowns. He put up 52.9 receiving yards per game last year.
- James Mitchell totaled 435 yards on 26 catches with four touchdowns in 2020, averaging 48.3 yards per game .
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