Virginia Tech Hokies at North Carolina Tar Heels
Saturday, 11/13/10, 3:30 PM EDT, TV: ABC
Opening Point Spread: Virginia Tech -5.5
Current Betting Line: Virginia Tech -3.5
Opening Total: 52
Current Total: 51.5
Current Moneyline: Virginia Tech -160 / North Carolina +140
Virginia Tech controls its own destiny in reaching the Atlantic Coast Conference title game and will be looking to extend its winning streak to eight games for the first time in over five years against North Carolina on Saturday afternoon. “Where we started out, where we are right now and we control our own destiny right here, I’m proud of them,” said head coach Frank Beamer. The Hokies can actually wrap up a birth in the title game with a win in this game and some help from Georgia Tech winning at Miami. Since joining the league in 2004, Virginia Tech is a perfect 10-0 in ACC games played in the state of North Carolina. The team is 12-3 ATS as a road favorite of 3.5 to 7 points and the college football lines page is available for the best available number.
The Hokies will be meeting the Tar Heels for the 33rd time on the gridiron and lead the series, 16-10-6. Virginia Tech won the first five meetings in the setries as members of the ACC, including a 20-17 win on the road in 2008. The program has enjoyed incredible long-standing success in league play under Beamer, tallying a 43-10 mark in conference play, including a 21-5 record in road games. It gets even better with a 21-2 record in November games since joining the league in 2004. Most college football experts also give notice that the team has had the top four men on staff since the 1996 season. One part of the squad will not be available on Saturday, with running back and kick returner David Wilson being out with mononucleosis. He has 480 rushing yards and averaged 6.2 yards a carry.
North Carolina is still holding hope to reaching the title game and is coming off a 37-35 win at Florida State last week. Quarterback T.J. Yates gives the team a shot at winning each week and threw for 439 yards and three touchdowns versus the Seminoles. The Tar Heels are 6-3 overall, 3-2 in the ACC and will now host two games in a row before finishing out conference play at Duke. A win on Saturday would also assure the program a winning record for the third consecutive season. Whatever happens over the next three weeks, the team is still bowl eligible for the third consecutive season, playing in the Meineke Car Care Bowl the last two campaigns. North Carolina is 6-2 ATS this year and hasn’t been a home underdog of 3.5 to 7 points the last three years.
The Tar Heels lead the conference with a 153.1 passer rating that’s just ahead of the Hokies mark of 152.7. Yates pass efficiency of 153.4, ranks second in the league behind the man he will face tonight. Carolina is outscoring teams 113-59 in the second half of games this season, which includes a dominating 65-26 margin in the fourth quarter. Due to Taylor’s efficiency rating, the stop unit will have a tough time forcing mistakes, even though its intercepted 52 passes since the start of the 2008 season.
Bettors may play the Hokies due to their 36-15 ATS mark in conference games, while the Tar Heels are 5-0 ATS as a home underdog of 3.5 to 10 points.
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