College Football Pick Virginia Tech at North Carolina 11-13-10

November 10, 2010


#20 Virginia Tech Hokies at North Carolina Tar Heels

Saturday November 13, 2010 3:30 PM EST

Line: Virginia Tech -3.5

Virginia Tech has been one of the hottest teams as of late. They have won 7 straight and are starting to look like the team everyone thought they’d be. North Carolina continues to battle and play some decent football. They beat Florida State on the road 37-35 last week. The week before you can’t forget they almost lost to William and Mary at home 21-17.

Stats to consider:

Virginia Tech Hokies:

  • The Hokies are 7-2 with a 5-0 ACC record.
  • They are just 2-0 on the road.
  • Points against per game: 20.1 (28th)
  • Points for per game: 36 (16th)
  • Passing yards a game: 201.8 (74th)
  • Rushing yards a game: 212.9 (18th)

North Carolina Tar Heels:

  • NC is 6-3 with a 3-2 ACC record.
  • They are 3-1 at home.
  • Points against per game: 22.3 (47th)
  • Points for per game: 26.7 (65th)
  • Passing yards a game: 258.4 (33rd)
  • Rushing yards a game: 124.2 (93rd)

What to watch for:

  • Hokie Junior QB Tyrod Taylor has thrown for 1,739 yards 16 TDs and 4 Ints. Last week Taylor was 15-25 for 137 yards with a TD and an Int. He has ran for 584 yards and 3 TDs on the year.
  • NC Senior QB T.J. Yates has thrown for 2,312 yards 15 TDs and 4 Ints. His main target has been Junior WR Dwight Jones who has 716 yards and 4 TDs. Just last week Jones had 8 catches for 233 yards and a TD.

NC has been pretty impressive throwing the football this year making this a tough football pick. Virginia Tech has been solid the last couple of weeks, but it could be scary if this one turns into a shootout. Something is still yelling at me about North Carolina. They struggled to beat William & Mary and regardless of their win last week, they could not show up any given game. I like Virginia Tech by 4 but would not be shocked if this NC passing attack were to have a big day and possibly steal one from the Hokies.

Free College Football Pick: Virginia Tech -3.5

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