Free Week 9 Prediction: Tar Heels vs. Cavaliers Odds
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College Football Handicapping: Week 9
(4-1) North Carolina Tar Heels vs. Virginia Cavaliers (1-4)
Date: Saturday, October 31st, 2020
Time: 8:00 pm EST
Venue: Scott Stadium, Charlottesville, Virginia
NCAA Football Spread: Tar Heels -7.5
NCAA Betting Total: 61.5
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North Carolina is the better team but how bad is Virginia, 1-4 does not look good.
The Tar Heels had a nice rebound from their first loss of the season last week. Having a rival helped.
Virginia is in the midst of a four-game losing streak. Coach Bronco Mendenhall has to be firing his guys up for this weekend.
North Carolina Tar Heels
North Carolina is starting a soft spot in their schedule. Given that they seemed a little lax and off when they took on a struggling Florida State team you have to be a little concerned this week.
If they are sharp though they should be able to win fairly easily this week.
One thing that is discounted about North Carolina is how balanced their offense is. This is a really good running team and when they lead with their offense looks pretty unstoppable. They have two running backs averaging more than 100ypg.
That also take the pressure off of quarterback Sam Howell. Howell is a future NFL player but sometimes he is just a little too loose with the football.
The UNC defense is not as strong as the offense but this week against Virginia they won’t be challenged too much.
After back-to-back strong seasons, the Cavaliers are struggling this season. I think the letdown is a little more than they even expected.
The offense has had problems putting up points on the losing streak. They have not scored more than 23 points in any of the last four games and had a season-low of 14 last week against Miami.
This week there is going to be even more pressure on that unit because I don’t see the Cavaliers slowing down the Tar Heels too much when they have the ball.
The UVA defense is giving up 30ppg. Even if they hold UNC to that number it might be too much to expect the offense to score enough to cover.
NCAA Football Handicapping Trends
- UNC are 6-2 ATS in their last 8 games overall.
- Over is 9-4 in UNC last 13 road games.
- Over is 10-1 in UVA last 11 games overall.
- Over is 10-1 in UVA last 11 games on grass.
- Over is 8-1 in UVA last 9 conference games.
Free Week 9 NCAA Football Pick
They might be trying to lure some money to the UVA side with that half point but don’t look away from the Tar Heels on Saturday night.
4* Free NCAA Betting Pick: North Carolina -7.5
I think that loss to FSU was a wake-up call and now North Carolina knows that their best way to beat weaker opponents is to dominate with the running game. They don’t have to play cute.
The defense is not elite so they are going to give up some points but they might not punt all game and will score touchdowns.
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