Free Week 7 Prediction: Cavaliers vs Tar Heels Odds
Looking for Virginia Cavaliers vs. North Carolina Tar Heels free picks? Week 7 betting sees the Cavaliers taking on the Tar Heels Saturday October 14th at Kenan Memorial Stadium in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Cappers Picks provides complimentary handicapping picks all NCAA football season long so stay tuned for more FREE college football predictions like this Virginia North Carolina free pick.
College Football Handicapping: Week 7
(4-1) Virginia Cavaliers vs. North Carolina Tar Heels (1-4)
Date: Saturday, October 14th
Time: 3:30 PM EST
Venue: Kenan Memorial Stadium, Chapel Hill, North Carolina
NCAA Football Spread: Virginia -3.5
NCAA Betting Total: OFF
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Saturday in week 7 FBS action upset-minded North Carolina welcomes ACC rival Virginia.
Though the 1-5 Tar Heels sport an inverse streak of three losses compared with Virginia’s three-game unbeaten run, last season North Carolina outbid the Cavaliers going away 35-14.
In that contest, Virginia QB Kurt Benkert (126 yards, 0 TD) struggled. However, during the teams’ latest rendezvous, UNC rode the golden arm of NFL-rookie Matt Trubisky. Unfortunately, Freshman Tar Heel QB Chazz Surratt hasn’t found his predecessor’s success. Further, the 17′ North Carolina defense has floundered while allowing 33 ppg.
This season, conversely, a well-rounded Cavaliers unit averages just over 30 ppg.
In addition to a decent scoring clip, Virginia’s offense totals 408 ypg, while the Tar Heel defense allows 470 ypg.
The Cavaliers overcame a rocky start to upend quality opponent Duke last weekend. As the game grew tighter, the arm of Senior QB Kurt Benkert loosened.
While Benkert threw two early interceptions, the Maryland native ultimately accounted for three of his team’s four touchdowns. Also, wideout Doni Dowling enjoyed a career-day by hauling two TD’s and five receptions.
Virginia will need to mix offensive schemes and utilize a staunch road defense to demoralize UNC early. Opposite a 1-5 group, first-quarter success can yield big rewards.
North Carolina Tar Heels
North Carolina was outgained 487-285 in total yardage during a lopsided 33-10 loss vs. #16 Norte Dame. Unlike their prior encounter opposite top 25 competition, UNC posed no threat last Saturday before conceding defeat.
Freshman QB Surratt was held to just 19 completions on 42 attempts while throwing both one TD and INT against the visiting Fighting Irish.
More so, the North Carolina ground game netted just 86 yards, on 3.1 yards per carry, and no scores.
To find victory this week, UNC must regain its offensive effectiveness which has eluded this hard-luck group since week three. If the Tar Heels can establish early momentum behind an enthusiastic crowd, and keep the score close, then a second win on the season could come for Larry Fedora’s crew.
NCAA Football Handicapping Trends
- Under is 7-2 in UVA last 9 games on grass.
- Under is 18-7-1 in UVA last 26 conference games.
- UVA are 7-3-2 ATS in their last 12 road games.
- Under is 7-1 in UNC last 8 games as an underdog.
- Under is 8-2 in UNC last 10 conference games.
- Under is 10-3 in UNC last 13 games on grass.
Free Week 7 NCAA Football Pick
While a cut-and-dry mismatch on paper, the strongest case for an upset is the simple argument that UNC is due for a win and UVA a loss. However, don’t expect that logic to manifest this weekend.
4* Free NCAA Betting Pick: Virginia -3.5
Motivated by last season’s setback vs.Trubisky’s Tar Heel’s, look for Benkert and company to exact revenge opposite a staggered UNC crew. The -3.5 line is conservative for this staple Atlantic Coast Conference matchup.
Week 7 Free Score Prediction: Virginia 31 – North Carolina 21
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