The North Carolina vs Virginia game is the Thursday night college football game featured on ESPN. This game also will feature the Virginia Cavaliers a team on a late season surge in an ACC matchup with the North Carolina Tar Heels.
North Carolina vs Virginia Odds: The college football betting line opened with the Tarheels as 5.5 point favorites but that number was quickly devoured by the professional football handicappers who bet this game down to -3.5. The latest college football consensus report shows that the public action is split with 51 percent on Virginia, a number that will surely change.
Neither team is impressive heading into this game. Virginia is in the basement of the Coastal division in the ACC with a 4-6 overall record and the Tarheels are just slightly better at 6-4. The difference is that Virginia is off a big win against the Miami Hurricanes.
The Cavs will try and continue that surge against a North Carolina team off an embarrassing loss to Georgia Tech. The Heels allowed 68 points against Georgia Tech setting records for most points allowed at home to a conference opponent.
The Cavs have to deal with a short week and have a busy schedule preparing for this game.
Coming off Saturday’s dramatic 41-40 victory over the Hurricanes, the Cavaliers returned to the practice field Sunday and will be back at it Monday, which is usually a day off during a normal game week, and Tuesday. Virginia also will hold two practices Wednesday, one at night to simulate playing under the lights ahead of its showdown against the Tar Heels, the first Thursday night game at Scott Stadium since 2006.
North Carolina has given up on the season. They are ineligible for the postseason because of NCAA sanctions and will be playing out the string heading into this Thursday night prime time affair.
If the Cavaliers win Thursday against North Carolina and manage to end their eight-year losing streak to rival Virginia Tech on Thanksgiving weekend, Virginia will go bowling once again. The Cavs believe in coach Mike London and have a reason to win this game.
All of the college football betting trends is against the Hells in this game. The Tar Heels are 1-4 against the spread (ATS) in their last 5 road games vs. a team with a losing home record, 1-6 ATS in their last 7 games after scoring more than 40 points in their previous game and 0-5 ATS in their last 5 road games.
Virginia is planning the right way for this game, still playing with urgency and will beat a North Carolina team that has thrown in the towel.
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