Duke vs. Virginia Tech Prediction
Can Virginia Tech manage to pick up a win at home tonight when the Hokies play host to Duke in ACC action at 7PM ET?
Game Snapshot & Odds
105 Duke vs. 106 Virginia Tech
Friday, September 27, 2019
7PM ET – Lane Stadium
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Public Betting Trends
According to the latest oddsmakers, Virginia Tech is the slight favorite at home, as the Hokies are getting odds of -2.5 points against Duke. The over/under total for the contest is listed at 52 points. The public betting currently has 56 percent going on Duke as the road underdog. This information is subject to change, however, so be sure to check out our NCAAF Public Betting Page for updated figures on the game.
Hokies struggling to cover
Virginia Tech opened the season with a loss at Boston College, but followed that up with narrow wins over Old Dominion and Furman. Despite the wins, Tech is 0-3 against the spread and 2-1 with the under.
Normally a powerful defense, Tech hasn’t been quite as dominant this year. The Hokies are giving up 23 points and 329 yards per game this season. Offensively, Tech is putting up 27.7 points and 398.3 yards per game. Quarterback Ryan Willis is leading the team with 739 yards and seven touchdowns passing. Tayvion Robinson is the leading receiver with 165 yards and 14 receptions while Keshawn King is the team’s leading rusher with 175 yards and a touchdown. King had to leave Tech’s last game with a knee injury, but he is expected to play tonight.
Duke looking for upset
The Blue Devils opened the season with a loss to Alabama, but Duke has picked up wins over North Carolina A&T and Middle Tennessee in recent weeks. Duke is 2-1 overall, 2-1 against the spread and 2-1 with the over.
Duke has looked good defensively since that rough opener with the Crimson Tide. The Blue Devils are giving up 24.3 points and 366.7 yards per game on the season. Offensively, Duke is putting up 29.7 points and 413.7 yards per contest. Quarterback Quentin Harris has thrown for 679 yards and eight touchdowns to lead the offense while also rushing for 203 yards. Deon Jackson has rushed for 177 yards while Jalon Calhoun is the receiving leader with 153 yards on 15 catches with three touchdowns.
College Football Betting Trends
The Hokies are 2-8 against the spread in their last 10 games on grass and 1-7 ATS in their last eight following a failed cover.
Duke is 8-2 against the spread in their last 10 road games and 9-3 ATS in their last 12 games in September.
The Hokies have won three straight in this series, covering in the last two meetings. Tech has been able to contain the Duke offense in recent years, holding them to 21 points or less in three straight. Neither team has been terribly impressive in 2018, but the Hokies are at home and their defense has been able to hold up at home. The Blue Devils are likely to struggle to find points while Tech grinds out possessions and keeps the clock running.
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