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Drake Maye will lead the North Carolina Tar Heels (3-1) into their battle versus the Virginia Tech Hokies (2-2) at Kenan Memorial Stadium on Saturday at 3:30 PM ET.
The Tar Heels are solid favorites (-9.5) in their matchup against the Hokies, with the over/under at 51.5 points. (In terms of the moneyline, the Tar Heels are -337 and the Hokies are +260.)
Game Info and Betting Lines for North Carolina vs. Virginia Tech
- Game Day: Saturday, October 1, 2022
- Game Time: 3:30 PM ET
- TV Channel: ACC Network
- Location: Chapel Hill, North Carolina
- Stadium: Kenan Memorial Stadium
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North Carolina Betting Insights
- Virginia Tech is 1-3-0 against the spread this season.
- Virginia Tech has not hit the over on a point total in four games with a set over/under.
North Carolina Stats & Insights
- North Carolina sports the 15th-best offense this season in terms of total yards (502.3 yards per game), but rank seventh-worst on defense (495.3 yards allowed per game).
- North Carolina has struggled defensively, ranking 10th-worst in the FBS (39.5 points allowed per game) this season. However, the defensive unit ranks eighth-best on offense, averaging 46.5 points per game.
- While North Carolina ranks 20th-worst in the FBS in passing defense with 278.8 passing yards allowed per game, it’s been a different story on offense, as the offensive unit ranks 21st-best in the FBS (307.8 passing yards per game).
- Despite sporting a bottom-25 run defense that ranks 11th-worst in the FBS (216.5 rushing yards allowed per game), North Carolina has had more success offensively, ranking 39th in the FBS by putting up 194.5 rushing yards per game.
- While North Carolina ranks 24th-worst in the FBS in third-down efficiency on defense with a 43.6% third-down percentage allowed, it’s been a different situation offensively, where the Tar Heels rank 14th-best in the FBS (52.8% third-down percentage).
- North Carolina owns the 100th-ranked turnover margin in college football at -1, forcing four turnovers (84th in the FBS) while turning it over five times (61st in the FBS).
North Carolina’s Best Players
- Maye has been a dual threat for North Carolina so far this season. He has 1,231 passing yards, completing 69% of his passes and collecting 16 touchdown passes and one interception this season. He’s rushed for 182 yards (45.5 ypg) on 39 carries with one rushing touchdown.
- Omarion Hampton has racked up 256 yards on 48 carries while finding paydirt five times.
- Kobe Paysour’s 175 yards as a receiver lead the team. He’s been targeted 15 times and has registered 15 catches and two touchdowns.
- J.J. Jones has grabbed nine passes while averaging 42.8 yards per game and scoring one touchdown.
- Antoine Green’s three receptions are good enough for 150 yards and two touchdowns.
- Noah Taylor has collected 2.5 sacks to lead the team, while also picking up 3.0 TFL and nine tackles.
- Cedric Gray has been all over the field, leading the team in both tackles and interceptions. He has 19 tackles, 1.0 TFL, and one interception so far.
Virginia Tech Betting Insights
- Virginia Tech has covered the spread once in four games this season.
- Virginia Tech has not gone over a point total in four games with a set over/under.
Virginia Tech Stats & Insights
- Virginia Tech ranks 103rd in the FBS with 331.8 total yards per contest, but it has been lifted up by its defense, which ranks 13th-best by allowing only 255.0 total yards per contest.
- Virginia Tech ranks 20th-worst in points per game (20.3), but it has been more effective on the defensive side of the ball, ranking 29th in the FBS with 17.5 points allowed per contest.
- Virginia Tech’s pass defense has been paving the way for the team, as it ranks 20th-best in the FBS with 170.0 passing yards allowed per game. In terms of offense, it is posting 217.0 passing yards per game, which ranks 96th.
- Virginia Tech ranks 102nd in the FBS with 114.8 rushing yards per game, but it has been carried by its defense, which ranks 20th-best by allowing just 85.0 rushing yards per game.
- Virginia Tech ranks 100th in the FBS with a 33.9% third-down conversion percentage, but it has been lifted up by its defense, which ranks fifth-best by allowing a 21.8% third-down rate.
- After forcing four turnovers (84th in the FBS) and turning the ball over six times (80th in the FBS) this season, Virginia Tech has the 100th-ranked turnover margin of -2.
Virginia Tech’s Best Players
- Grant Wells has racked up 840 yards on 60.3% passing while collecting five touchdown passes with five interceptions this season. He’s also rushed for 81 yards with one score.
- Keshawn King has rushed for 179 yards on 29 carries so far this year while scoring one time on the ground. He’s also tacked on seven catches, totaling 61 yards and one touchdown in the passing game.
- Jalen Holston has run for 144 yards across 45 carries, scoring two touchdowns.
- Kaleb Smith has hauled in 201 receiving yards on 13 receptions to pace his squad so far this season while scoring two touchdowns as a receiver.
- Nick Gallo has put together a 124-yard season so far. He’s caught 17 passes on 26 targets.
- Stephen Gosnell’s 10 targets have resulted in seven receptions for 107 yards.
- TyJuan Garbutt has 2.0 sacks to pace the team, and also has 3.0 TFL and nine tackles.
- Dax Hollifield is the team’s tackle leader this year. He’s collected 29 tackles, 1.0 TFL, and one sack.
- Armani Chatman has picked off a team-high one pass. He also has seven tackles and one pass defended to his name.