With longtime head coach Frank beamer retiring following the conclusion of the 2015 season, the Virginia Tech Hokies clearly have plenty to play for as they get set to host the red-hot North Carolina Tar Heels in a Week 12 ACC showdown on Saturday.
The college football week 12 betting line favors North Carolina by 7.5-points to beat Virginia Tech. Now, let’s find out whether the Hokies can pull off the upset and bring home the bacon.
A Closer Look At The No. 12 North Carolina Tar Heels at Virginia Tech Hokies College Football Week 12 Betting Line & Predictions
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
Line: North Carolina -7.5
Moneyline: North -265 vs Virginia Tech +225
Game Total: 61.5
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Bet The North Carolina Tar Heels at -7.5 Because…
The Hokies are 1-3 ATS at home this season, 2-8 since last season. The Tar Heels are 5-1 ATS as the favorite this season.
12th-ranked North Carolina is on fire people and really, the better team by far on both sides of the ball. The Tar Heels (9-1 SU, 7-3 ATS) have not lost since dropping their regular season opener against South Carolina, winning nine straight games coming into this contest.
The Heels pounded the snot out of Miami in its 59-21 Week 11 win while easily covering the spread as a 12.5-point home favorite.
Star quarterback Marquise Williams led the way for the Heels once again by completing 11 of 16 passes for 105 yards with one touchdown and no interceptions while adding 101 rushing yards and three more touchdowns on 12 carries.
Running back Elijah Hood added 132 yards and one score on 17 carries as the Tar Heels jumped out to a 31-0 halftime lead before cruising to victory.
"That’s when you know when you’re having success on offense," quarterback Marquise Williams said, "when you can run the ball and also throw the ball."
North Carolina has won its last two games by a combined score of 125-52.
"We are getting better every week," North Carolina coach Larry Fedora said. "It’s because of the leadership from those seniors and those players."
The Tar Heels are ranked a stellar ninth in scoring (42.0 ppg) and equally impressive 18th in points allowed (18.8 ppg).
Bet The Virginia Tech Hokies at +7.5 Because…
This will be the last time Frank Beamer runs out onto the field for a home game as the coach at his alma mater.
The Hokies (5-5 SU, 5-5 ATS) have won two straight to even its record at 5-5, including its narrow 23-21 Week 11 win over Georgia Tech while covering the spread as a 1.5-point road underdog.
Quarterback Michael Brewer completed 15 of 29 passes for 178 yards with one touchdown and one interception, but it was running back Travon McMillian that led the way to victory by rushing 24 times for 135 yards and two touchdowns.
— Sports Illustrated (@SInow) November 18, 2015
The Hokies also limited Georgia Tech to just 97 passing yards and seven points over the final three quarters and have a lot to play for as they try to send longtime head coach Frank Beamer into retirement on a high note.
"I can’t tell you how much this win means," said Beamer, the winningest active coach in the NCAA’s top division.
Virginia Tech only needs to win one of its final two games to become bowl eligible.
The Hokies are ranked 60th in scoring (29.8 ppg) and a respectable 49th in points allowed (24.0 ppg).
Expert Pick & Final Score Prediction
As much as I’d like to see the Virginia Tech Hokies bring home the bacon for Frank Beamer, I just don’t see North Carolina being tripped up at this point.
North Carolina has been firing on all cylinders, particularly on offense, in going 5-1 ATS in their last six conference games and 5-2 ATS in its last seven road games.
Unfortunately, the polar opposite is true for Virginia Tech right now. The Hokies are just 3-7 ATS in their last 10 games against a team with a winning record and just 6-15 ATS in their last 21 games following an ATS win.
Right now, it doesn’t matter that Frank Beamer is retiring. North Carolina is too good on both sides of the ball to lose this contest, even on the road.