Virginia vs. Virginia Tech Total Pick
Will the points be hard to come by when ACC rivals Virginia Tech and Virginia square off this Friday afternoon at 3:30PM ET?
Game Snapshot & Odds
139 Virginia at 140 Virginia Tech
Friday, November 23, 2018
3:30PM ET – Lane Stadium
Public Betting Trends
According to oddsmakers at BetNow.eu, Virginia is favored on the road in this game, as the Cavaliers are getting odds of -4.5 points against Virginia Tech. The over/under total for the contest is currently listed at 50 points. The public betting for this game currently has 56 percent going on Virginia on the road.
Cavs looking to end on a positive
Virginia already has a bowl game locked up, but the Cavs have lost two of their last three and looking to end the regular season on a high note. Virginia is 7-4 overall and 4-3 in the ACC. The Cavs are 8-3 against the spread and 6-5 with the over. UVA has hit the over in its last two games.
The Cavs have been led by their defense this year, as they are allowing just 20.6 points and 326.6 yards per game. Their pass defense is giving up just 178.4 yards per contest. On offense, Virginia averages 28.3 points and 378.8 yards per game. Their rushing attack puts up 171.2 yards per contest. Jordan Ellis has rushed for 868 yards and eight touchdowns. Bryce Perkins has thrown for 2,213 yards and 19 touchdowns while rushing for 730 yards and nine scores. Olamide Zaccheaus is the leading receiver with 903 yards and six touchdowns on 77 catches.
Hokies on a losing streak
Virginia Tech has dropped for straight coming into this game following a 38-13 loss at home to Miami. The Hokies are now 4-6 overall and 3-4 in the ACC. Tech is 3-7 against the spread this year and 5-4-1 with the over.
Tech is struggling on defense this year, far more than we have ever really seen. The Hokies are giving up 31.7 points and 436.6 yards per contest. Their run defense is giving up over 200 yards per game. On offense, the Hokies average 28.2 points and 421.6 yards per contest. Ryan Willis has been the starting QB most of the season, throwing for 1,986 yards and 17 touchdowns with six interceptions. Damon Hazelton has caught 45 passes for 745 yards and eight touchdowns while Steven Peoples has rushed for 586 yards and five touchdowns.
College Football Betting Trends
Virginia has hit the over in five of its last seven following a loss, but has hit the under in five of its last seven against a team with a losing record.
Virginia Tech is 4-1-1 with the over in its last six games following a double-digit loss at home and 3-1-1 with the over in its last five at home.
These games have been physical. Last year it was a 10-0 win for Tech on the road. Both teams are different this year. The Cavs should be able to control the pace of play, but that likely means a bit of a grind. While the Cavs have an improved offense, they still like to control tempo with their run game, which should eat up clock. The Hokies are weaker on defense and their offense has been suspect as well. I see them struggling with that Virginia defense. The total being set at 50 seems to high for this game. I expect the Hokies to play with a little fire on defense to keep this scoring low.
College Football Prediction: Virginia/Virginia Tech Under 50