Our red-hot NCAA Football betting guru examines the Thursday night ESPN nationally televised game between Virginia Tech & Pittsburgh and shares his free pick.
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ACC Battle between Former Big East Rivals
The Pittsburgh Panthers will host the Virginia Tech Hokies on Thursday at Heinz Field. The game will be televised nationally by ESPN with the opening kickoff slated for 7:30 PM ET. According to College Football betting odds, Virginia Tech is a 2.0 point favorite, and at the time of this writing there was no posted total. These teams met last season with Virginia Tech prevailing 19-9 at home, and covering as a 7.0 point favorite.
Up and Down for the Hokies
Virginia Tech started the season by going 2-0, including a huge 35-21 upset win as a 10.0 point underdog at Ohio State. They followed that up with a pair of home favorite straight up losses at the hands of East Carolina (28-21) and Georgia Tech (27-24). They’ve since rebounded with 2 wins in a row over Western Michigan at home and 2-weeks ago at North Carolina. Virginia Tech’s Bud Foster continues to be one of the best defensive coordinators in the country. His Hokies defense in ranked 21st nationally by allowing just 325.2 yards per game, and is 16th against the run surrendering a mere 108.8 yards per outing. The Hokies have seen 6 of their last 7-games go under the total following a bye week.
The Pittsburgh Panthers got off to a promising 3-0 start to the season, and since then have been in a 3-game skid. The most disturbing of those 3-losses came as a 21.0 point home chalk to Akron when they were inexplicably flat in a 21-10 loss. On a positive note, they’ve gone 9-1 ATS in their last 10 home games versus an opponent with a winning record, and 5-1 ATS in the last 6 following a bye week. The Panthers defense has been stellar for the most part in 2014, ranking 4th nationally by allowing a paltry 277.5 yards per game, and are 6th against the pass by giving up just 152.2 yards per game in the air.
Neither of these teams possesses prolific offenses, and both have hung their hats on strong defensive play. I look for this one to be a low scoring affair.
Free College Football Pick: Virginia Tech/Pittsburgh to go under the total at William Hill