The #23 overall Virginia Tech Hokies (8-3) head to Charlottesville on Friday to battle the Virginia Cavaliers (8-3) for the Commonwealth Cup. Kickoff is set for 12:00 PM EST on November 29th at Scott Stadium and the game will be nationally televised on ABC.
Taking a look at the Week 14 college football odds, Virginia opened as a 2.5-point home underdog earlier this week. The spread hasn’t moved at all after early betting, as the Cavaliers are currently available at +2.5. The total for the game is sitting at 47.5 points.
Vegas Betting Preview & Game Odds: Virginia vs Virginia Tech
Virginia Tech won their third straight game last weekend, beating Pitt 28-0 at home to improve to 8-3 on the season overall. The Hokies scored 14 unanswered points in the first quarter and cruised to victory from there, completely shutting out the Panthers offense the entire game. QB Hendon Hooker went 10/13 for 153 passing yards and two touchdowns through the air while also adding 27 rushing yards on a team-high 20 carries on the ground. Tayvion Robinson led the way for the receiving corps, making two catches for 74 yards. Overall, Virginia Tech gained almost 300 total yards and found the end zone three times on offense in the win.
The Hokies were fantastic on the other side of the ball against Pitt, giving up well under 200 total yards of offense and not allowing even a single point. Virginia Tech was especially impressive defending against the run, holding the Panthers to just 60 net rushing yards.
Virginia has also won three consecutive games after crushing Liberty 55-27 at home to improve to 8-3 on the season overall. The Cavaliers had a 24-14 lead at the half before really turning it on down the stretch, outscoring the Flames 31-13 over the final two quarters of the game. QB Bryce Perkins went 18/30 for 199 passing yards and two touchdowns through the air while also adding 30 rushing yards and a score on the ground. RB PK Kier also chipped in, rushing for 82 yards and a touchdown on ten carries. Terrell Jana also got in on the scoring parade, hauling in four receptions for 56 yards and a touchdown. As a whole, Virginia generated around 500 total yards of offense and scored seven touchdowns against a shell-shocked Flames defense.
The Cavaliers weren’t nearly as impressive defensively against Liberty, surrendering close to 400 total yards of offense and three touchdowns. Virginia struggled to contain Flames RB Frankie Hickson on the ground, as he racked up 88 rushing yards and a touchdown on 15 carries.
NCAA Football Betting Predictions & Free Pick: Virginia Tech -2.5
I actually don’t really mind two plays from this massive ACC Coastal clash, as both the OVER on 47.5 total points and Virginia Tech against the spread appear to offer pretty decent value. I think that the total is a little bit low due to the market over-reacting a little bit to the back to back shutouts the Hokies have pitched on defense. While both of those performances were obviously extremely impressive, it is important to remember that both Pitt and Georgia Tech are well below the nationwide average in most offensive categories. Virginia Tech will definitely have a much harder matchup here in Week 14, as the Cavaliers have scored 126 total points over just their last three games combined.
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My favorite play in this spot is the Hokies against the spread, as I don’t think that the Cavaliers offense will cruise to yet another 30+ point performance facing a very tough defense. Virginia Tech could easily be in first place outright right now instead of being tied with Virginia, as they only lost to #15 overall Notre Dame by a single point back in early November. The Hokies are also a perfect 5-0 against the spread in their last five games overall and have covered the number in four out of their last five meetings with Virginia as well. The Cavaliers have really not fared well in this rivalry over the past decade or so, going a brutal 0-10 straight up dating back to 2009. I’m going to lay the 2.5 points and roll with the slight road favorite on Friday afternoon – give me the Hokies to cover!