Add Virginia Tech +5 to Your College Football Picks vs. North Carolina

Steven Suarez

Friday, November 20, 2015 10:30 PM UTC

Friday, Nov. 20, 2015 10:30 PM UTC

We should witness a very competitive game between Virginia Tech and North Carolina this weekend, and we're here to break down the college football odds and find the best value we can.

Odds Overview
The Tar Heels have been outstanding this season, and they're being rewarded by oddsmakers for this weekend's road game versus Virginia Tech. Current college football odds show North Carolina favored by 4.5 or 5 points, depending on where you look.

At the moment we see a total of 61 points on the board. The Tar Heels have featured one of the most effective offenses in the nation, accounting for an average of 42.0 points a contest, the ninth-best mark in college football, so we're not surprised by the reasonably high total that's available. We'll break down each of these teams closer before coming up with our final pick.


Virginia Tech Hokies
The Hokies were 3-5 through their first eight games of the season, but have clawed their way back to a .500 record by beating Boston College and then Georgia Tech consecutively, with both victories coming on the road.

Last time out, Tech fought their way to a 23-21 win over the Yellow Jackets. Down 21-14 at one point, the Hokies scored the final nine points of the game, getting a field goal and then a four-yard touchdown run out of Travon McMillian in the fourth quarter. That score was the deciding one in a win that moved to Virginia Tech to 3-3 in conference action. Michael Brewer didn't have the best game in charge of the offense, but McMillian was a stud out of the backfield, running for 135 yards and two touchdowns in the win. Cam Phillips led all receivers with six catches fir 95 yards, though it was top-targeted Isaiah Ford that was on the receiving end of the one touchdown pass.

Brewer has been more than serviceable as the starter, compiling a 8:3 TD:INT ratio, and the offense has been providing much more consistent results now that McMillian has been a force to be reckoned with. The freshman has accounted for almost 400 rushing yards over his last three games and will be looking to find similar success against the Tar Heels on Saturday.


North Carolina Tar Heels
After losing 17-13 to South Carolina in their first game of the season, the Tar Heels have been beating up on opponents left and right. Yes, they've gone nine straight games to vault to the top of the ACC Coastal division and also move to #12 in the AP poll.

The last couple of weeks have gone particularly well for North Carolina, as they crushed Duke 66-31 at home and then followed it up with another dominant performance, this time in a 59-21 triumph over Miami. Marquise Williams has been on a tear lately, but he figures to have a little more difficult time versus a solid Tech defense.

The thing about North Carolina is they've been well balanced, sporting a sound defense that's surrendered 18.8 points a game. Let's see if they can rise to the occasion and earn a tenth straight win this weekend.


Betting Analysis
The Tar Heels have been on a great roll, and they've passed every test that's been put in front of them since that loss in their regular season opener.

However, we're getting the vibe that Virginia Tech will be worth considering as home underdogs this weekend. The Hokies have been battling hard each and every week, and even in their losses that've been right there; they're not going to roll down and die for anyone, and they're going to relish the challenge of taking on the conference leaders inside their own stadium.

Tech has managed to find the winning touch again over the last couple of weeks, which comes at the right time ahead of this meeting with the ranked Tar Heels. Ultimately, we see the Hokies making enough plays to cover this number with our college football picks.

College Football Picks: Virginia Tech Hokies +5 at 5Dimes

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