Ohio St. vs. Virginia Tech Picks: Champions Playing for Revenge in Tonight's ESPN Showdown

Joe Gavazzi

Monday, September 7, 2015 1:53 PM UTC

Monday, Sep. 7, 2015 1:53 PM UTC

Ohio St. visits Virginia Tech for this Monday Night betting kickoff which will be televised on ESPN. It will arguably generate more excitement than any NFL game offered in this time slot.

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Ohio State To Score First:   -195  (best line at BetOnline)
Virginia Tech To Score First +170 (best line at Bookmaker)
Score in first 6 minutes: -150  (best line at WagerWeb)
No Score in first 6 minutes: +125 (best line at Bovada)
1st Half Highest Score:  -115  (best line at 5Dimes)
2H + OT Highest Score: +103  (best line at BetDSI)
All Touchdowns by Offense: -145 (best line at 5Dimes)
Spec. Team or Defense TD +120 (best at Bookmaker)

Ohio St. (-14) at Virginia Tech 8:00 ET ESPN
Ohio St. visits Virginia Tech’s Lane Stadium for this 8:00 pm ET Monday Night kickoff. The game will be televised on ESPN. It will arguably generate more excitement than any NFL game that could have been offered in this time slot.

For, not only is this defending Champion, Ohio St., taking to the field for the first time in 2015, it is last year’s defending Champion playing with revenge for their only loss of the year in 2014. That came early on last season on Ohio St.’s strong home field, when VA Tech pulled away in the 4th quarter from a 21-21 tie to defeat the Buckeyes (35-21). Stats were virtually even in that contest with Ohio St. holding a slim 327-324 yardage advantage and each team committing 3 lost TOs. Key fundamental edge for VA Tech in that contest was VA Tech, DC Foster, authoring numerous blitzes on a youthful Ohio St. QB Barrett and an inexperienced OL. From a fundamental perspective, this will not be the case tonight, as Ohio St. now has experience at the signal caller spot (Barrett expected to start, Jones will see action) and a Buckeye veteran OL returning virtually intact.  

Since Meyer has taken over in Columbus, the Buckeyes have gone 38-3 SU.  With 15 RS, they had a 200 CLUB OFFENSE and DOUBLERUSHED their opposition. Were they to be in the underdog role tonight, they would have offered DEFENSIVE DOMINATING numbers. Not only is there strength for Ohio St. in their returning experience and depth, there is also a meaningful edge with HC Meyer on the sideline. In his coaching career, Meyer is 24-9 ATS with revenge, including 14-1 ATS most recently. In covering 7 of his last 8 revenge meetings, Meyer’s teams have won by an average of 14 PPG.  It is no accident that Meyers is an outstanding coach against non-con opponents with a record of 38-12 ATS.  As has been promulgated Ad nauseam by the talking heads at ESPN and other networks, this is an Ohio St. team who will sweep its way to the 2015 playoffs, being favored by all they encounter by double digit margins at this point in time.  But, how did those prognosticators do ATS when jumping on the TCU, Michigan St. and Baylor bandwagon earlier this weekend?  Remember, we are seeking value in every game we handicap.  And, the fact that Ohio St. is 14 point road chalk, when only laying 11 at home last year, seems a bit of an overlay.

On the other sideline is VA Tech HC Beamer, who begins his 29th year at the helm of the Hokies. With long tenured DC Foster at his side, they are one of the most respected coaching tandems in CFB. That was certainly the case from a pointspread perspective, until their recent collapse in the last 4 seasons.  Since the beginning of 2012, VA Tech is just 22-19 SU. Dating to the start of the 2011 season, the record is an unimpressive 16-33 ATS. A further negative for Tech backers is that they have not covered a lined opener since 2005. Thus, the question becomes is this Beamer coached team being rated as a squad based on reputation or by reality?  

One thing of which you can be assured: the fact that Beamer’s son is quoted as saying ‘this is the biggest game in the history of Lane Stadium,” is no lie. If you are ever looking for an intangible edge in a game, it would be the emotion generated by this crowd in the role of an opening night home dog.  Final thought: for the distinct lack of success that the Hokies have shown in the pointspread column of late, they are still 8-5 ATS as an underdog the last 3 years and in Beamer’s storied career, he now stands 11-1 ATS as double digit home dog.  Revenge will not come easily, if at all, for Ohio St., who struggled to road victories when stepping up in class last year against quality teams, Penn St. by 7 and Michigan St. by 12. Neither of those get the money for avenging Buckeye backers.

College Football Pick: Virginia Tech +14 at 5Dimes

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