Virginia Tech vs. Pittsburgh Pick
Given the scoring ability of Pittsburgh, can bettors expect a high-scoring game Thursday night when the Panthers host the Hokies?
According to oddsmakers from online sports book BetDSI, the Hokies are now 4.5-point road favorites versus the Panthers after opening as a 3.5-point favorite when the odds were first released on Sunday night. As for the total, the number opened at 59 but has been bet down to 57.
Virginia Tech rebounded from its loss to Syracuse on October 15 by routing Miami 37-16 last Thursday night. The Hokies are now 5-2 on the year and have covered the spread in four of five after failing to cash in their first two games. The over is also 4-3 in VA Tech's seven games this season after it cashed last week versus the Hurricanes.
Pittsburgh has won three straight games after whipping Virginia two weeks ago 45-31 as a 3.5-point road favorite. The Panthers are now 5-2 on the season but have covered just twice in those seven games. The over has also cashed in six straight games following Pitt's 28-7 win over Villanova in Week 1 when the total was sitting at 49.5.
OUR PICK: The Panthers have the 20th best rushing attack in the nation, as they're gaining 239.1 yards per game on the ground. Thanks to that rushing attack, Pittsburgh is average 38.4 points per game but due to its horrific pass defense (298.9, 122nd in the nation), the Panthers are also surrendering 31.4 points per game. The Hokies boast one of the defenses in college football but even if they contain the Panthers' rushing attack, they should still rack up enough points to help push the total over.
COLLEGE FOOTBALL WEEK 9 PICK: VIRGINIA TECH/PITTSBURGH OVER 57