Pick Virginia Tech Home Cover vs. Pittsburgh NCAAF Betting

David Lawrence

Tuesday, October 14, 2014 1:30 PM GMT

Tuesday, Oct. 14, 2014 1:30 PM GMT

The Atlantic Coast Conference’s Coastal Division is a tough nut to crack. Just exactly which team will come out of the ACC Coastal and win the division over the next several weeks? The Hokies are a slight favorite over the Panthers for this college football betting matchup.

The Virginia Tech Hokies Can Win Because…
They are not a great team, but their opponent is probably worse right now. Pittsburgh has lost three straight games, and the Panthers haven’t been able to score more than 20 in any of them. The Panthers simply have a very limited offense. The line is not blowing open holes. The quarterback isn’t reactive enough. The running backs don’t have enough speed, and the wide receivers can’t get open on enough plays to tip the scales in Pittsburgh’s favor. Pittsburgh got dominated – that’s not an exaggeration – by the Akron Zips of the Mid-American Conference a few weeks ago. Akron controlled the game against Pittsburgh, outgaining the Panthers over 60 minutes even though Pittsburgh had the ball for roughly seven more minutes than the Zips. That’s the kind of thing that should never happen to an Atlantic Coast Conference team. Akron should always be roadkill, but the Panthers were the soft kittens in that game, and there’s little evidence to suggest that Pittsburgh can be a different kind of team against Virginia Tech.

The Hokies have their weaknesses, but their defense, coached by coordinator Bud Foster, remains a team strength. Virginia Tech’s defense was solid against an explosive North Carolina offense. Foster knows how to position his players and have them ready to make plays. Pittsburgh’s lack of speed should be no match for what the Hokies can do on defense in this game. As long as the Hokies don’t commit turnovers in this one, they should be fine against college football odds.

 

The Pittsburgh Panthers Can Win Because…
They are playing an opposing quarterback who is likely to give them turnovers. Virginia Tech quarterback Michael Brewer played a very brave fourth quarter at Ohio State in week two of the season. On the road in front of roughly 100,000 screaming enemy fans, Brewer – in a 21-21 tie – led his Hokies down the field for a tiebreaking, game-winning touchdown that made Virginia Tech feel it had moved forward as a program after a frustrating 2013 season. Brewer had shown at times the composure which former quarterback (now in the NFL with the Arizona Cardinals) Logan Thomas never could put together for very long in his college days as a Hokie. However, all the gains Brewer made against Ohio State have gone out the window in subsequent games against East Carolina and Georgia Tech. Brewer has panicked in the fourth quarter and at other times throughout a gameday. He’s slotting the ball into tight windows and has not thrown the ball with enough accuracy to demand such risk-taking. Pittsburgh can take advantage of him and get enough mistakes to change this game in its favor.

 

Outlook
If Brewer can just be simple and steady in how he approaches this game, doing nothing overly complicated, Virginia Tech can and should win this game. Take the Hokies with your college football picks.

College Football Pick: Virginia Tech -1 at 5Dimes

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