Check out the Virginia Tech vs. North Carolina fearless prediction and game preview.
Virginia Tech (3-1) vs. North Carolina (4-1) Game Preview
Date: Saturday, Oct. 8
Game Time: 3:30 pm
Venue: Kenan Stadium, Chapel Hill, NC
Why Virginia Tech Will Win
The rested Hokies have the defense to hold up against the Tar Heel storm.
The secondary got thrown on by East Carolina, but despite all the yards, there weren’t a lot of meaningful moments compared to what the Tech offense was able to do.
The D isn’t allowing teams to move the ball – opponents are converting just 20% of their third down chances – and it’s No. 1 in the nation in first downs allowed. This group swarms, tackles well, and doesn’t allow anyone to get comfortable. And why? The Hokies produce from all sides, with 19 different players coming up with a tackle for loss so far.
Outside of a big turnover problem in the first two games with nine giveaways – highlighted by the meltdown against Tennessee – this has been a tight, solid team that’s doing just about everything right.
The offense has been balanced, the defense has been terrific other than the second half against the Vols, and the special teams have been fine.
Why North Carolina Will Win
The passing game has been terrific, and it’s about to give Virginia Tech a long day.
Everything’s been clicking since the Georgia game with Mitch Trubisky connecting on close to 80% of his passes with three straight 400-plus yard games and 13 touchdowns with no interceptions. This is a sharp, careful attack that doesn’t beat itself.
And this week, it’ll have to crank it up even more.
The Tar Heel defense has been a problem, but Trubisky has made up for it behind a line that’s been okay in pass protection – not great, but good enough. This week, as long as Trubisky is given just a little bit of time, he should be careful, effective, and able to make up for the certain issues on the other side.
To put all that another way – the defense has stunk, but North Carolina is winning anyway.
The one saving grace for the D – at least somewhat – has been Tom Sheldon, the freshman punter averaging 42 yards per boot. The Hokie special teams have been strong, but Sheldon needs to have a big performance and keep Tech buried deep – if possible.
What’s Going To Happen?
Virginia Tech will have the answer. The secondary has had two weeks to prepare for the Tar Heel passing attack, and unlike Florida State last week, the offense will be able to close.
There might not be the pop or explosion from the other side, but the Hokie attack will be consistent enough to overcome yet another solid day from Trubisky.
Virginia Tech vs. North Carolina Prediction
Final Score: Virginia Tech 34, North Carolina 27
Line: North Carolina -1.5, o/u: 58
ATS Confidence: 5: Served on a tee – 1: Not even with your $ … 3
Must See Rating: 5: Baldwin as Trump – 1: Masterminds … 4