Virginia Tech vs. Duke Prediction
Will No. 19 Virginia Tech hold down Duke when the two meet up in ACC action today at 3:30PM ET?
According to oddsmakers at BetDSI, Duke is favored on the road, as the Blue Devils are getting odds of -12 points against Virginia Tech. The over/under total for the contest has been set at 54.5 points. Virginia Tech has won eight of the last 10 meetings with Duke and the two have hit the under in four of their last six meetings.
Virginia Tech is coming off a 39-36 win at Pittsburgh last week to improve to 6-2 on the season and 4-1 in the ACC. The Hokies are now 5-3 with the over, hitting it in their last two games. Tech is great on defense, as the Hokies are giving up 20.1 points and 321.5 yards per contest, including just 113.1 rushing yards per game. On offense, Virginia Tech is averaging 36 points and 450.9 yards per game. Jerod Evans has thrown for 2,017 yards and 21 touchdowns this season and only has two interceptions. He has also run for 450 yards and three touchdowns. Evans has a slight ankle injury, but he is listed as probable for the game. Travon McMillian has run for 455 yards and three scores while Isaiah Ford has caught 46 passes for 648 yards and six touchdowns.
Duke is coming off a 38-35 loss at Georgia Tech last week to fall to 3-5 on the season and 0-4 in the ACC. Duke is 6-2 with the under this season and 3-1 with the under in the ACC. Duke is putting up 24.5 points and 401.9 yards per game, but allowing 23.9 points and 393.1 yards per contest. The team’s leading rusher is Jela Duncan, who has run for 450 yards and six touchdowns. However, Duncan ruptured his Achilles tendon last week and will be out for the remainder of the season. Receiver Anthony Nash is also hurt due to a broken collarbone. He has 29 receptions for 398 yards and two touchdowns. QB Daniel Jones has thrown for 1,889 yards and 11 touchdowns, but also has nine interceptions.
Virginia Tech has been great on defense for the most part, but its offense is performing very well lately, scoring at least 34 points in five of its last six games. Duke has been held to 20 points or less in three of their last four games and I see them struggling with this Virginia Tech defense. Even at home, the Blue Devils will be in a tough position and be the reason this game goes with the under.
COLLEGE FOOTBALL WEEK 10 PREDICTION: VIRGINIA TECH/DUKE UNDER 54.5