Virginia Tech vs. North Carolina Fearless Prediction & Game Preview
Check out the Virginia Tech vs. North Carolina fearless prediction and game preview.
Virginia Tech (5-1) vs. North Carolina (0-6) Game Preview
Broadcast, TV, Game Time
Date: Saturday, October 21st
Game Time: 3:30 pm ET
Venue: Lane Stadium, Blacksburg, VA
When we last saw these two, North Carolina’s quarterback then went by Mitch Trubisky. Virginia Tech was rocking and rolling with Jerod Evans under center, able to do just enough to get the Hokies through a monsoon in a sloppy 34-3 win.
This year, things are a wee bit different for one side.
If you’re looking around the standings wondering who the worst team is, it’s probably you.
North Carolina is at the bottom of the pack with a 1-6 start going 0-4 in the ACC. It’s a rebuilding year with a whole slew of injuries becoming a problem.
Virginia Tech has had two weeks off after beating Boston College, and now come the home games vs. North Carolina and Duke before going on the road for the key showdowns before Miami and Pitt. With a loss to Clemson, and with Virginia and Miami still unbeaten in conference play, there’s no room for a slip.
One Reason Why Virginia Tech Will Win
The Tar Heels can’t move the ball.
The offense that last year hit over 45% of its third down spots with Trubisky under center now converts just 29% of its tries. So far this season, it only connected on over 40% of its chances once – in the opener against Cal.
The offense doesn’t keep the ball for long, the run defense gets barreled on, and the young team is constantly dug deep in a hole without the playmakers to get out.
And then there’s Virginia Tech.
The Hokies defense is fifth in the nation in third down defense, is a rock against the run, and does a great job of controlling the ball and the clock.
As long as there aren’t a slew of turnovers – Virginia Tech has only given it away six times so far – the Tar Heels will have a hard time generating drives and points.
One Reason Why North Carolina Will Win
The Tar Heel defensive front is coming off a not-that-bad game against Virginia.
The pass rush geared it up, there were plenty of plays behind the line, and the D was able to keep the game tight in a 20-14 loss.
The run defense has had problems this year when going against the elite ground games – Notre Dame, Georgia Tech and Lamar Jackson and Louisville. It’s been okay against everyone else.
The Hokies might be rested, but they have to gear it up against after struggling on the ground against Boston College. Josh Jackson threw well, and the defense did its part, but there wasn’t enough balance.
After coming up with four sacks and seven tackles for loss against the Cavaliers, North Carolina has to be disruptive again.
What’s Going To Happen
This is a bad, bad beat for the struggling Tar Heels. Not only is it a bad matchup, but after two weeks off, Virginia Tech should be fresh on the defensive front.
North Carolina won’t be able to move the ball – Brandon Harris threw for just 46 yards with three picks last week – and after a quarter, the Hokies should have this put away with a few scores.
Virginia Tech vs. North Carolina Prediction
Virginia Tech 33, North Carolina 13
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