North Carolina travels to Virginia Tech with its sights on a move up the College Football Playoff rankings. North Carolina has arguably been the best team in college football since Week 1.
Virginia Tech would like nothing more than to end North Carolina’s CFP dreams this Saturday. The college football week 12 spread favors North Carolina by 6.5-points to beat Virginia Tech. Will the Tar Heels come out on top?
A Closer Look At The North Carolina Tar Heels at Virginia Tech Hokies College Football Week 12 Spread & Betting Preview
What: No. 12 North Carolina Tar Heels (9-1) at Virginia Tech Hokies (5-5)
When: Saturday, November 21, 2015
Kickoff: 12:00 PM ET
Where: Blacksburg, VA
Stadium: Lane Stadium
Weather: 55° F | Scattered Clouds
Spread: North Carolina -6.5
Moneyline: North -265 vs Virginia Tech +225
Game Total: 61.5
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Bet The No. 12 North Carolina Tar Heels Spread at -6.5 Because…
The Virginia Tech Hokies are 1-3 ATS at home this season and 2-8 since last season.
North Carolina is in the Coastal Division in the ACC. Clemson, the number one ranked team in the nation, is in the Atlantic Division in the ACC. If North Carolina can beat Clemson in the ACC Championship game, it will be very difficult to keep them out of the CFP.
“Just take care of the football, that’s all we’ve got to do,” UNC coach Larry Fedora said Monday. “If we keep doing that, we’ll be really happy at the end of the year, I promise you.”
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In this game, NC’s defense should shut down a Virginia Tech offense that averages 29.8 points and 370.2 yards per game. VA Tech could muster only 26 against BC and 23 against Georgia Tech in its last 2 games. The Tar Heels allow 382 yards and 18.8 points per game on defense while averaging 42 on offense.
Bet The Virginia Tech Hokies Spread at +6.5 Because…
The Hokies have won two straight matchups and nine of the last 11.
Beamer Ball has at least 2 more games left. Frank Beamer, one of the best coaches in all of college football, is leaving Virginia Tech after this season. VA Tech needs to win at least 1 of its last 2 games in order to be bowl eligible.
“We all know it’s a huge game, not only for Frank but for us,” senior defensive tackle Luther Maddy said this week. “It’s my last time walking through the tunnel at Lane Stadium, so I know I’m going to have some emotions running through my body. I’m sure all the other seniors will also. I think we’re going to play our butts off this game, not only for us but for Coach Beamer and for this team to keep this bowl streak going. It’ll be a huge game.”
Virginia Tech’s players would like nothing more than to get their coach to a bowl game at least one more time. Beamer deserves it. He dominated the ACC before Jimbo Fisher went to Florida State and before Dabo Swiney went to Clemson.
Expert Pick & Final Score Prediction
Wanting to do something for your coach and actually doing it are 2 entirely different things. Virginia Tech just doesn’t have the players on defense, the Hokies allow 24 points a game, to stop North Carolina’s offense. More importantly, VA Tech’s offense is going to have trouble moving the ball against one of the top defenses in the nation.
North Carolina should cover the spread again. The Tar Heels are 7 and 3 ATS this season. They’ll blow out VA Tech on Saturday. My final score prediction is North Carolina 42, Virginia Tech 20.