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College Football Betting Preview: North Carolina Tar Heels vs. Virginia Cavaliers

October 21, 2023


The Virginia Cavaliers will travel to Chapel Hill, North Carolina to face the North Carolina Tar Heels at Kenan Memorial Stadium on Saturday evening in week 8 of the college football season with the game airing on the CW at 6:30 PM ET.

Virginia enters this game with a record of 1-5 following a 27-13 win at home against the William & Mary Tribe while covering the 10-point spread as a home favorite in week 6 of the college football season. The Cavaliers scored 27 points while compiling a total of 453 yards offensively which included 232 passing yards and 221 rushing yards while allowing 13 points and 219 total yards defensively which included 72 passing yards and 147 rushing yards. Tony Muskett led the team in passing, completing 17 of 26 attempts for 232 yards with two touchdowns and an interception while adding two rushing yards and a rushing touchdown. Perris Jones led the team in rushing with 12 carries for 134 yards. Malik Washington led the team in receiving, catching seven of ten targets for 112 yards and a touchdown.

The North Carolina Tar Heels enter this game ranked 10th in the AP Poll and 10th in the Coaches Poll with a record of 6-0 following a 41-31 win at home against the Miami Hurricanes while covering the 3-point spread as a home favorite in week 7 of the college football season. North Carolina scored 41 points while compiling a total of 508 yards offensively which included 273 passing yards and 235 rushing yards while allowing 31 points and 482 total yards defensively which included 391 passing yards and 91 rushing yards. Drake Maye led the team in passing, completing 17 of 33 attempts for 273 yards and four touchdowns while rushing for 10 yards on 10 attempts. Omarion Hampton led the team in rushing with 24 carries for 197 yards and a touchdown while adding two receptions for 20 yards and a touchdown. Devontez Walker led the team in receiving, catching six of eight targets for 132 yards and three touchdowns.

BookMaker has the North Carolina Tar Heels listed as 23-point favorites at home against the Virginia Cavaliers on Saturday evening in week 8 of the college football season. North Carolina has won six of the last ten and two of the last three meetings while Virginia is 6-4 ATS in the last ten and 2-1 ATS in the last three games in the series. Virginia is 4-2 ATS overall, 1-1 ATS on the road, 3-2 ATS as an underdog, and 2-0 ATS in conference games while the North Carolina Tar Heels are 5-1 ATS overall, 3-1 ATS at home, 5-1 ATS as a favorite, and 3-0 ATS in conference games on the year.

North Carolina has looked like the 2nd best team in the ACC this season with only Florida State looking like the better team. The Tar Heels have been one of the best teams in the ACC at covering the spread going 5-1 ATS overall. I look for them to improve to 6-1 ATS overall with a win and cover against the Virginia Cavaliers which is why I am laying the 23 points when they host the Cavaliers on Saturday evening in week 8 of the college football season.

Spooky Express Pick: North Carolina Tar Heels -23