Virginia Cavaliers vs. North Carolina Tar Heels Pick-Odds-Prediction 10/25/14
North Carolina Tar Heels (3-4) at Virginia Cavaliers (4-3)
College Football: Saturday
The Line: Virginia Cavaliers -7 -- Over/Under: TBA See the Latest Odds
The North Carolina Tar Heels travel to Virginia to play the Cavaliers on Saturday afternoon.
The North Carolina Tar Heels improved to 3-4 on the year with a 48-43 win at home over the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets. The Tar Heels won their first two games of the season over Liberty and San Diego State before losing four games in a row to East Carolina, Clemson, Virginia Tech, and Notre Dame. North Carolina snapped their four game losing streak with a big win at home over the Yellow Jackets. The Tar Heels were out gained 611 to 579 in total yards, while both teams forced a turnover in the game. QB Marquise Williams played outstanding with 390 passing yards and 4 touchdowns. Williams also rushed for 73 yards and a touchdown. WR Ryan Switzer played great too, hauling in 9 balls for 136 yards and 2 touchdowns. On the season, the Tar Heels rank almost dead last in the nation in points allowed, giving up an average of 43.3 points per game. Meanwhile, the offense is producing over 38 points per game, which ranks 17th in the country. North Carolina will try to win their first road game of the season this weekend; the Tar Heels are 0-3 on the road so far this season.
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The Virginia Cavaliers dropped to 4-3 on the season after losing at Duke 20-13 on Saturday. The Cavaliers have lost to UCLA, BYU, and now Duke this season. Meanwhile, Virginia has defeated the likes of Richmond, Louisville, Kent State, and Pittsburgh. Against Duke, Virginia outgained Duke 465 to 334 in total yards. Virginia turned the ball over once and committed 6 penalties for 60 yards. The Cavaliers allowed 155 yards on the ground and 178 thru the air to the Duke offense. Offensively, QB Matt Johns completed 21 of 44 passes for 306 yards and a touchdown. WR Miles Gooch played great, hauling in 6 balls for 129 yards. RB Kevin Parks rushed 16 times for 75 yards for the Cavaliers. Johns has thrown for 993 yards and 8 touchdowns this season. Gooch has grabbed 23 balls for 349 yards and 1 touchdown, while Parks has rushed for 502 yards and 3 touchdowns. The Virginia Cavaliers have not lost back to back games this season and they are 4-1 at home this season.
North Carolina has won the last four meetings between these two teams, including a 45-14 win last season. However, this Virginia team is much improved and their only losses of the season have come against solid competition. North Carolina has an awful defense and I believe the Cavaliers will have their way on offense. Virginia will be stingy against an explosive North Carolina offense. I think Virginia will win this game by double digits.