The Virginia Tech Hokies hope to stay in contention in the ACC Coastal division when they host the Duke Blue Devils. Game time is set for 7:20 on Saturday, October 28 at Lane Stadium in Blacksburg, Virginia. Fans can watch the game on ACC Network Extra.
The Hokies are listed as 15.5-point favorites at home. The game has an over/under of 48 points. Click here for a full list of Week 9 betting odds and links to game previews.
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Virginia Tech is fresh off a dominating 59-7 win over North Carolina that lifted them to 6-1 and 2-1 in ACC play. However, after losing to Clemson earlier this year, the Hokies have no margin for error if they want to play in the ACC Championship Game for the second straight year. Virginia Tech has one of the top defenses in the country. But it’s the performance of freshman quarterback Josh Jackson and the offense that has the Hokies in the mix for a conference title.
In contrast, the Blue Devils are in the midst of a four-game losing streak. Duke started the season 4-0, including non-conference wins over Baylor and Northwestern. But the Devils have fallen hard and fast, losing four straight, with three of those losses coming at home. If Duke can’t get a win soon, it may be tough for the Blue Devils to get to a bowl despite their 4-0 start.
Free College Football Betting Selection: Virginia Tech -15.5
To be honest, I was tempted to take Duke and the points. Of Duke’s four losses, three of them have only been by seven points, so the Blue Devils are staying in games. I’m also a little worried about the Hokies looking ahead to their showdown with Miami next week. But I’m going to swallow the points and lean toward Virginia Tech to win comfortably and cover.
Yes, Duke has lost their last three games by a total of 21 points, but that’s not as impressive as you think. Last week’s loss was at home to a Pitt team that probably won’t go bowling this year. They lost to a Florida State team at home that may not get to a bowl either. The Blue Devils also lost to a Virginia team that has done well this year but does not have elite talent.
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The point is that Virginia Tech is a huge step up in competition from the teams the Blue Devils have played in recent weeks. The Hokies are more akin to the team that blew out Duke 31-6 at the start of their losing streak. I wouldn’t be surprised to see a similar scoreline during a night game in Blacksburg.
The Duke offense, specifically sophomore quarterback Daniel Jones, has found there to be tough sledding during ACC play. During the four-game losing streak, Jones has completed more than 60% of his passes just once, while throwing more interceptions than touchdowns. The Blue Devils are averaging just under 14 points in the last four games. Scoring that many points may actually be the best-case scenario against the Virginia Tech defense.
To be fair, the Duke defense has hung in there all season despite dwindling support from the offense. But the Hokies were rolling last week against North Carolina, so their confidence is high. They also have a talented quarterback and plenty of talent at the skill positions. It’ll be tough for the Duke defense to keep Jackson and company contained for four quarters.
As long as the Hokies aren’t looking past Duke to next week’s game with Miami, there’s no reason why they shouldn’t win this game going away. I believe that the Hokies know that they can’t slip up. They’ll be focused on Duke and end up winning comfortably.