College Football Picks: Virginia Tech vs. Georgia Tech

Jeff Grant

Monday, September 23, 2013 12:54 PM GMT

The Virginia Tech Hokies have won their last three meetings against the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets, as the two teams prepare to meet Thursday night. Find out why be believe that a play on the first half is the smartest option for our college football picks in this ACC battle.

Let’s take a closer look at the college football odds for this ACC matchup at Bobby Dodd Stadium, with the opening kickoff scheduled for 7:30 p.m. ET on ESPN.

Take a look at my College Football Picks: Opening Odds Report for Week 5.

Survive and advance

Virginia Tech has scored two or fewer touchdowns in regulation against its last nine FBS opponents, but it did manage to come away with a 29-21 triple-overtime victory over Marshall as 8.5-point home favorites last Saturday.

The Hokies are 8-20 ATS over the last two-plus seasons, including a 0-2 SUATS mark when receiving 3.5 to 10 points.

Second-half adjustments

Georgia Tech has really dominated opponents in the second half this season, which was paramount in a 28-20 victory over the North Carolina Tar Heels as 6.5-point home favorites in Week 4.  

The Yellow Jackets haven’t allowed a point in the final 30 minutes in two home games during the 2013 campaign.

Since 2011, the program is 2-0 SUATS as home favorites of 3.5 to 7 points. 

Beamer Ball 

College football handicappers are going to have a hard time backing the road underdog in this affair due to its pedestrian offense, but it’s important to point out that Virginia Tech has scored 50 touchdowns on special teams during Frank Beamer’s 27 years on campus.

Hokies quarterback Logan Thomas has also thrown for five touchdowns and zero interceptions in winning both of his career starts in this series. 

Home dominance 

The Yellow Jackets have gone 26-9 at home under sixth-year head coach Paul Johnson, as they prepare to put their six-game winning streak on the line versus conference opponents during the regular season. 

Georgia Tech is a disappointing 6-18-2 ATS in its last 26 home games versus teams with a winning road record.

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Prediction 

I’m going to recommend that readers back the Hokies in the first half with their college football picks, as the underdog has covered the number in six of the last seven meetings in this series.

Virginia Tech will likely receive 4 to 4.5 points when the market opens up later in the week for this type of selection. 

College Football Pick:  Virginia Tech Hokies First Half