Virginia vs. North Carolina - 10/27/18 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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North Carolina Tar Heels (1-5) at Virginia Cavaliers (5-2)
College Football: Saturday, October 27, 2018 at 12:20 pm (Scott Stadium)
The Line: Virginia Cavaliers -8.5 -- Over/Under: Click Here for the Latest Odds
The North Carolina Tar Heels and the Virginia Cavaliers will tangle in ACC college football action on Saturday from Scott Stadium.
North Carolina enters this game with a 1-5 record this season. The Tar Heels’ lone win came against Pittsburgh, and otherwise they’ve dropped to Cal, East Carolina, Miami (FL), Virginia Tech and Syracuse.
In the Syracuse game, North Carolina QB Nathan Elliott put up 321 yards with two touchdowns and Antonio Williams led the rush on 116 yards and a score. Dazz Newsome was the top Heels receiver on seven grabs for 90 yards and a TD.
Over on the Virginia side, they’re sitting at 5-2 this year. The Cavs’ losses came against Indiana and NC State, and they’ve taken out Richmond, Ohio, Louisville, Miami (FL) and Duke.
In the Duke game, Virginia QB Bryce Perkins put up 189 yards with a TD and also led the rush on 61 yards and two scores from 15 carries. Tops in receiving for the Cavaliers was Olamide Zaccheaus with 10 grabs for 66 yards.
The Tar Heels are 6-1 ATS in their last seven conference gams and 6-1 ATS versus a team with a winning record. North Carolina is 4-1 ATS in their last five games following an ATS win and 7-2-1 ATS in their last 10 overall.
Meanwhile, the Cavaliers are 4-0 ATS in their last four home games and 6-1 ATS in their last seven overall. Virginia is 4-1 ATS in their last five following an ATS win and 5-2 ATS in their last seven in October.
On the surface, North Carolina’s record looks pretty bad, but had a few things broken their way this year they could easily be a .500 team right now. The Tar Heels fell by just seven to Cal, three to Virginia Tech and three (in OT) to Syracuse.
As for Virginia, they’ve shown some flashes of greatness this season, but have also underachieved at times. This is a very interesting matchup and should make for a fun watch. I’m going with North Carolina to stick around and cover though.