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UNC vs. UVA Prediction, Preview, Spread, Channel

Looking for a UNC vs. UVA prediction and preview? Stick around. We’ve got all of the pre-game analysis before the pivotal ACC matchup.

Saturday, October 22, the No. 22 North Carolina Tar Heels (5-2) take on the Virginia Cavaliers (2-4). The game will be played at Scott Stadium in Charlottesville, VA. Read on for our UNC vs. UVA prediction and preview.

According to ESPN’s matchup predictor, which is based on its Football Power Index, North Carolina wins the matchup between the two teams 81.9% of the time. The spread suggests that the Tar Heels are favored to win the contest.

Spread: North Carolina -8

Game Time: 3:00 p.m. ET

Channel: ACC Network

UNC vs. UVA preview:

North Carolina has had an up and down season thus far. The Tar Heels opened the season with a loss to then No. 18 Georgia, and followed that up with four straight wins, including a big win over then No. 12 Florida State. North Carolina then got hammered by Virginia Tech in a 34-3 blowout loss. The Tar Heels bounced back with a 20-13 win over No. 16 Miami. This game could depend on which North Carolina team shows up to play.

Virginia has struggled to find wins all season. The Cavaliers opened the season with three straight losses before picking up a pair of two-touchdown wins over Central Michigan and Duke. Virginia then stumbled against a solid Pitt team in a 45-31 loss.

UNC and UVA have played 121 times in history, with the Tar Heels owning a 63-54-4 advantage. 

UNC vs. UVA prediction:

North Carolina has won six in a row against Virginia, and that won't change any time soon. The Tar Heels are far and away the better team, with wins over two top-16 programs.

North Carolina's Mitch Trubisky has been lights out all year, and will continue his impressive season with a big game against Virginia. The quarterback will throw for nearly 300 and three touchdowns.

North Carolina 38, Virginia 23