College Football Pick North Carolina at Virginia 10-16-10

October 14, 2010


North Carolina Tar Heels at Virginia Cavaliers

Saturday October 16, 2010 6:00 PM EST

Line: North Carolina -6.5

This ACC battle features two teams who look to better there in conference record. North Carolina comes in at 3-2 with a 1-1 record vs ACC opponents. They are 1-0 on the road and are riding a 3 game winning streak. Virginia has had an up and down year thus far. They are 2-3 with an 0-2 ACC record. They are 2-1 at home but haven’t beaten anyone worth of note this year.

North Carolina is still suffering from suspension earlier in the year. Regardless, their defense is ranked 45th only allowing 21.2 points a game. Their offense has put up 25.6 points a game, 76th overall. They are lead on offense by their passing game which is 47th in the nation with 234 yards a game. Senior QB T.J. Yates has had a good year with 1,170 yards 8 TDs and only 2 Ints. Their rushing game is ranked 89th overall with 122.4 yards a game. Senior RB Johnny White has looked good as well with 407 yards and 4 TDs.

This Virginia defense comes in at 39th allowing 20.8 points a game. Their offense has struggled some only scoring 26.2 points a game, 72nd overall. The Cavaliers passing game has been great with 266.4 yards a game, 26th best. Senior QB Marc Verica leads this passing game with 1,147 yards with 6 TDs and 3 Ints. Their rushing game has struggled, only managing 128.4 yards a game which is 83rd. Senior RB Keith Payne leads the team with 295 yards and 7 TDs.

This Virginia team has been very bi-polar, making this one of the tougher football picks. I think Virginia would come out and play with some heart, but they have only played well in 3 games this year. 2 of those games were vs division 2 schools and the other was at a very good USC team. They lost the game at USC 17-14 so you don’t know what team your going to get. North Carolina has played with a chip on their shoulder. They have lost players due to suspension and are still getting victories. This should be a good one and could go either way. I’d say a TD is about right for North Carolina to win by.

Free College Football PIck: North Carolina -6.5

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