Virginia Tech vs Virginia Betting Odds - Toothless Cavs no match for Hokies
|Virginia Tech vs Virginia betting odds: Hokies -16|
|WHAT: NCAA Football betting|
|WHEN: Saturday, November 28th – 3:30 PM ET|
|WHERE: Scott Stadium – Charlottesville, VA|
|PICK: Hokies -16|
Virginia Tech vs Virginia betting odds maker breakdown: What’s On The Line
The Hokies (8-3, 5-2) head into the Commonwealth Cup with some confidence after three straight wins. Clearly, they wanted to be in the BCS this year, but plans changed. However, they can still play in a quality bowl if they get one more win over their rivals.
Meanwhile, Al Groh’s squad (3-8, 2-5) has just two wins in the ACC and those wins have come against hapless Maryland and North Carolina (somehow). They’ve lost five straight games by a combined margin of 162-74. This team wasn’t good to begin with and is now fading down the stretch. Time is ticking for Groh.
Betting Edge: Virginia Tech
Virginia Tech vs Virginia betting odds maker breakdown: Offense
The Hokies offense is very dependent on the ground game. Quarterback Tyrod Taylor is an efficient passer, which means he’ll move the changes and make the occasional big play. The Hokies will need to get Ryan Williams going, and if he can produce another 100+ yard effort, this won’t be much of a contest. The Cavs defense can be solid, so the Hokies will have to make some passes early on to soften up coverage.
Sportsbook odds makers know that the Cavaliers offense is pathetic. Jameel Sewell can’t pass to save his life and the running game contributes sporadically. The Cavs are last in the ACC in points per game (19.9) and last in total offense. Their bigger issue is that they can’t hold on to the ball with their offense, which forces a good defense to spend more time on the field than they would like. They will need to use smoke and mirrors to score this weekend.
Betting Edge: Virginia Tech
Virginia Tech vs Virginia betting odds maker breakdown: Defense
The Hokies defense has played well in spurts this year, which is unusual for a Bud Foster crew, but the truth is that they’ve dominated weak teams and had some trouble with better opponents. NCAA football betting fans saw them give up their first touchdown in 10 quarters last week against North Carolina State, and they should have little problems shutting down a hapless Cavs offense.
The Cavs defense is actually a pretty good unit, but you wouldn’t know it. They spend 33:05 on the field per game, which is the most in the conference, but if they had some help from the offense they’d be rated significantly better.
Betting Edge: Hokies
Virginia Tech vs Virginia betting odds maker breakdown: Notable Injuries
Both teams are healthy for this contest.
Betting Edge: Even
Virginia Tech vs Virginia betting odds breakdown: Outlook and Pick
The Hokies have won nine of the last 10 meetings, they run the ball well and Virginia struggles to stop it. Beyond that, Groh looks like he’s going to be fired right after the game. This contest still means something to the Hokies, while the Cavaliers aren’t playing for anything except for their coach – if they care. Look for the Cavaliers to keep it modestly close for a half but then get blown out in the second half.
BLAKE’S PICK: Hokies -16
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