|Written by Michelle Allan|
Bet on NCAAFCollege football handicappers will turn their NCAAF betting attention to the Atlantic Cost Conference for a showdown between Virginia Tech and North Carolina. College football fans will see a North Carolina Tar Heel team that is coming off a disheartening NCAAF betting loss last Thursday night try to redeem itself at Blacksburg.
The North Carolina Tar Heels took a commanding 24-6 third quarter lead last week in the Thursday Night ESPN college football national telecast against down and out Florida State only to implode and end up losing 30-27. The college football heartbreaker put the Tar Heels at 4-3 straight up and just 2-4 against the spread and dead last at 0-3 straight up in the ACC Coastal Division.
Carolina head coach Butch Davis will not surrender, however, and is committed to building an elite college football program. He believes the loss to Florida State is part of the college football growing pains that his team will have to endure. “You have to go through these kind of things,” said Davis. “As you are building a program you build common experience. A lot of lessons you learn, they are bitter, they are painful; they are not fun to go through, but they are things you have to go through.”
The loss wasted one of the better offensive efforts for North Carolina this year as they rank just 90th in college football for scoring. The Virginia Tech Hokies are coming off a NCAAF betting bye week that followed a 23-28 loss at Georgia Tech which put their college football betting record at 5-2 straight up and 3-4 against the spread. Head coach Frank Beamer spent most of the bye standing up for his offensive coordinator, Bryan Stinespring, who is under fire for his ability to call plays.
The big college football betting problem for the Hokies in their loss at Georgia Tech was their defense as it allowed 21 second half points to the Yellow Jackets. The Tar Heels and Hokies are both solid defensive teams as UNC ranks 17th in college football for points allowed while Tech ranks 29th in that category. The difference in this one could be Tech’s rushing attack, which is one of the best in the nation, led by Ryan Williams, who has 834 yards, a 5.9 yards per carry average, and 10 touchdowns.