The Virginia Cavaliers hope to lock up a bowl spot this week when they host the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets. Game time is at 3:00 EST on Saturday, November 4 at Scott Stadium in Charlottesville, Virginia. Fans can see the game on ACC Network Extra.
The Yellow Jackets are listed as 10-point favorites on the road. The over/under for the game is 48.5 points. Click here for a full list of Week 10 betting odds and links to game previews.
Georgia Tech vs Virginia Vegas Game Preview & Betting Odds
The Cavaliers got off to a 5-1 start but have since dropped two in a row, losing in lopsided fashion to Boston College and Pittsburgh. Virginia has hit a wall on both sides of the ball and is in serious danger of spiraling out of control. The November schedule is a tough one and the Cavaliers are likely to be underdogs the rest of the way. At some point, the Cavs will need to pull an upset if they expect to reach a bowl game.
Georgia Tech, meanwhile, is still two wins away from a bowl (having one game canceled without being made up) but appear to be in a little better shape than Virginia. After losing two of their last three games to Miami and Clemson, the schedule eases up slightly. Of course, they still have to play Virginia Tech and Georgia. That puts the Yellow Jackets in a virtual must-win situation this week against Virginia.
College Football Free Pick Against the Spread: Georgia Tech -10
Virginia was a tad lucky to get to five wins so quickly this season. Head coach Bronco Mendenhall still hasn’t improved the talent level enough to keep with most ACC teams. When Georgia Tech is at its best, they’re definitely a level above Virginia. I’ll lean toward the Yellow Jackets to win convincingly and easily cover the spread.
Thus far, only rain and Clemson’s defense have been able to stop Georgia Tech’s triple-option this season. I don’t think either will be present in Virginia this weekend. I envision the Yellow Jackets being able to get rolling offensively and look like the team that scored 30-plus points with ease the first month of the season.
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To be fair, Virginia sees the Georgia Tech triple-option on a yearly basis, so they won’t be surprised or in awe of it. Of course, they’ve struggled to stop Boston College and Pittsburgh from running the ball the last two weeks, so it’s hard to believe they’ll have success stopping Georgia Tech’s rushing attack. Look for the Yellow Jackets to push around Virginia in the trenches and break some long runs.
Virginia’s offense has also stalled recently, scoring just 24 points combined in losses to Boston College and Pitt. Even before that, the Cavaliers weren’t exactly daunting on that side of the ball. The Cavs mostly try to dink and dunk their way down the field, lacking the playmakers to create explosive players. The Jackets are typically solid defensively, giving up less than 20 points per game against ACC opponents.
To sum things up, when their offense gets going, Georgia Tech typically scores at least 30 points per game, something they should do against the Virginia defense. The Yellow Jackets also give up less than 20 points per game, which is likely against an unimpressive Virginia offense. If those numbers hold, Georgia Tech should have no problem covering a 10-point spread.