The Virginia Cavaliers and North Carolina Tar Heels meet in an ACC game on Saturday, October 14, 2017.
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Virginia-North Carolina score, live updates
Virginia-North Carolina game information, picks
Date: Saturday, October 14
Time: 3:30 p.m. ET
TV Channel: ACC Network
Online Stream: WatchESPN
Pick: North Carolina 25.4-23.2 (from the OddsShark computer)
Odds: Virginia -3.5
North Carolina-Virginia preview
North Carolina (1-5 overall, 0-3 ACC) has lost three straight games since its lone win, against Old Dominion, back in Week 3. The Tar Heels have been beaten by Duke, Georgia Tech and Notre Dame the past three weeks.
“I do see areas of improvement,” North Carolina coach Larry Fedora said. “I think the defense has gotten better each and every week. I think that they’re playing now with some confidence and feel good about what they’re doing. I think offensively, we’re still trying to find out who we are and what we’re able to do. We’ve got to really rely on the fundamentals and not keep shooting ourselves in the foot.”
Quarterback Chazz Surratt has completed 58.8 percent of his passes for 1,167 yards, with 6 touchdowns and 3 interceptions, and has rushed for 179 yards and 4 touchdowns.
Jordan Brown has rushed for 297 yards and 3 touchdowns, while Michael Carter has 231 yards rushing and a team-best 5 rushing touchdowns.
Anthony Ratliff-Williams has emerged a primary target at wide receiver after injuries depleted the depth there. He has 16 catches for 256 yards and 2 touchdowns. Jordan Cunningham has 18 receptions for 230 yards.
The Virginia Cavaliers (4-1 overall, 1-0 in ACC play) travel to face North Carolina looking to extend their winning streak to four games.
Coach Bronco Mendenhall’s squad bounced back from a Week 2 loss against Indiana with wins against Connecticut, Boise State and Duke the past three weeks. The Cavaliers beat Duke 28-21 last Saturday.
“Our team played hard today and they played with resiliency and determination and toughness and grit,” Mendenhall said after that victory. “And it was a challenging game, but we knew it would be. And we knew there’d be ups and downs and we knew there’d be lead changes and we knew that their defense would be disruptive and cause some problems. Fortunately we matched the disruption, if not exceeded that defensively and that really described the first half. And then the second half became who could consistently get a first down, who can capture momentum, who can hold and maintain field position. And just when I think we’ve done that, then we get the kick return.
“So nothing’s easy, but that’s where our program is and that’s what we’re battling through. And I was proud of our players for the resiliency they showed and have shown and it’s fun to see them smile, it’s fun to see them happy, it’s fun to see them exhausted but also have the tangible outcome that they can look to justify and to continue the momentum they are generating. And it’s really fun to see.”
Quarterback Kurt Benkert continued his strong season with another good game against Duke. For the season he’s completed 64.1 percent of his passes for 1,431 yards, with 13 touchdowns against just 3 interceptions.
Jordan Ellis has paced the ground game, rushing for 408 yards and 5 scores.
Virginia has three players with more than 300 receiving yards: Andre Levrone has 15 catches for 377 yards and 4 touchdowns, Olamide Zaccheaus has 38 receptions for 348 yards and 3 touchdowns and Doni Dowling has 24 catches for 327 yards and 4 touchdowns.
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