Virginia is looking to bounce back from a rough 2020 season. So far, so good. With 2 wins to start the season, Virginian looks to be back to the team that won the Coastal Division in 2019.
\now they face their toughest test of this young season. They must face #21 North Carolina and their star quarterback Sam Howell.
Oddsmakers hate Virginia in this matchup. Virginia is an 8 point underdog, and they're given -+260 odds to win the game outright. That's an implied 27.8% chance to win the game. On the flip side, Virginia is given -303 odds, or an implied 75.2% chance to pull off the upset.
Basically, oddsmakers think Virginia is a massive underdog to win this game. They expect a loss.
North Carolina and Virginia have met 116 times in their history. Virginia has 58 of those games. That includes their last 4 matchups. Still, it's not fair to say they've dominated North Carolina in recent years.
Of those 4 wins, 3 were by just 1 score. That said, Sam Howell has never beaten Virginia. Not for a lack of trying though, he put up 443 passing yards and 4 passing TDs in last year's meeting. Virginia may need to continue to put up 42+ points on the board as they have in both of their first 2 games this year.
We could be headed to a shootout on Saturday. If that's the case it's hard to bet on the team that doesn't have a potential #1 overall pick at QB. Still, Virginia managed to pull it off last year.
There's no telling what they could be possible of this year when put up against a North Carolina team that has not been anywhere near as good as expected.