NCAA Football: Virginia Cavaliers vs North Carolina Tar Heels Prediction, Odds and Preview - 09/18/2021
Game Time: 7:30 pm ET, Saturday, September 18th, 2021
Venue: Kenan Stadium, Chapel Hill, North Carolina
Where to Watch: ACCN
Opening NCAAF Odds at USA Sportsbooks
DraftKings: Spread: UNC -7.5: O/U: 65.5
BetMGM: Spread: UNC -8: O/U: 66
Caesars: Spread: UNC -8: O/U: 66.5
North Carolina: 1-1, 01- ACC
Virginia: 2-0, 0-0 ACC
North Carolina began the season with a loss to Virginia Tech and a win over Georgia State. They are ranked #21 in the nation may be based on the perceived strength of Virginia Tech.
Virginia scheduled two cupcakes to start the season and got wins over William & Mary and Illinois. They racked up 85 points in the two games combined. They gave up 14. They are not ranked.
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In the course of punching down Cavaliers quarterback Brennan Armstrong has amassed 744 yards on 48-67 passing, 7 TD’s, 1 INT. 71.6% completion rate and 196.4 RTG. It has all been smooth sailing. 8 different runners have had the rock for more than 2 carries, 4 of whom were QB’s, during the two games. The top RB is Wayne Taulapapa who has 83 yards on 15 carries. QB’s Keytaon Thompson, Iraken Armstead, Jacob Rodriguez and our passing star Brennan Armstrong all have tried designed run plays. 744 passing yards got around to a lot of receivers chief among them Dontayvion Wicks with 7 catches for 163 yards, 4 others have over a hundred yards receiving after just two games: QB Keytaon Thompson (yes also a receiver), TE Jelani Woods, WR Billy Kemp IV, and WR Ra’Shaun Henry.
North Carolina QB Sam Howell struggled in the opener but regained his form in game 2. Over that stretch he has amassed 560 yards passing on 38-61 passes with 4 TD and 3 Interceptions. Sam Howell is also the teams leading rusher with 24 carries netting 139 yards and 2 TD’s. He does have a RB though, and he is Ty Chandler 25 carries for 124 yards 1 TD. WR Josh Downs had an amazing first 2 games bringing in 16 catches for 196 yards and 2 TD’s. He is joined by Mr. Electricity WR Antoine Green who had 137 yards on 5 catches…. (That’s 27.4 yards per catch!) and Emory Simmons who racked up 119 yards on 6 catches 1 TD. They have 9 touchdowns and 2 field goals in 2 games.
Virgina is giving up 7 points a game. That’s it. Of course they haven’t played anyone of any quality so we have an idea that the defense isn't all that it seems.
North Carolina struggled in game 1 but they only gave up 17 points. They blew out Georgia State in game 2 and in the process gave up 17 points. Win or lose this is a team that is stuck on giving up 17 points.
Cavaliers vs Tar Heel Prediction
Our prediction for Saturday, September 18th is…. North Carolina 38 - Virginia 35
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NCAAF Betting Trends
In six years under Bronco Mendenhall, Virginia is 8-22 on the road.
Virginia has beat UNC the last four meetings.
UNC: DeAndre Hollins, Ethan West, Beau Corrales
Players to Watch
Virginia: Jelani Woods. Against a stronger defense than they have dared yet to face, the wide-outs won’t look as quick, the quarterbacks won’t have an everlasting pocket… but Jelani the 6 '7 TE won’t be getting any smaller. A big target with good hands tends to work against almost everyone.
UNC: QB Sam Howell. He flat out has to be better than Brennan Armstong. It’s a fireworks show if both offenses get rolling and the winner will be the QB that outshoots the other.
"I told them it's important to our program,...But at the same time, it's about us. It's not about who we play. We've got to play better." -UNC head coach Mack Brown.
Virginia: QB Brennan Armstrong, RB Wayne Taulapapa, TE Jelani Woods, WR Dontayvion Wicks, WR Ra’Shaun Henry, WR Billy Kemp, FB Keytaon Thompson
UNC: QB Sam Howell, RB Ty Chandler, TE Garrett Wilson, WR Emery Simmons, WR Antoine Green, WR Josh Downs
Passing: Brennan Armstrong 744 yards
Rushing: Wayne Taulapapa 83 yards
Receiving: Dontayvion Wicks 163 yards
Tackles: Nick Larson 19
Interceptions: Anthony Johnson 1
Passing: Sam Howell 560 yards
Rushing: Sam Howell 139 yards
Receiving: Josh Downs 196
Tackles: JaQurious Conley 12
Interceptions: Power Echols 1
North Carolina: Mack Brown
Virginia: Bronco Mendenhall
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