Latest West Virginia Vs Virginia Tech OddsJosh Bailey
No. 21 Virginia Tech Hosts No. 22 West Virginia In Intriguing Week 1 Matchup of Top 25 Contenders
The 21st-ranked Virginia Tech Hokies will host the 22nd-ranked West Virginia Mountaineers in an intriguing Week 1 regular season opener of top 25 national championship title hopefuls that will reveal a lot about both teams.
If you’re looking to find out which team is going to cover the Week 1 college football betting spread when these two square off on Sunday, September 3, 2017 at 7:30 PM ET, live from FedExField, let’s find out where the best value in this matchup lies.
West Virginia Mountaineers Vs Virginia Tech Hokies College Football Week 1 Odds & Pick
What: No. 22 West Virginia Mountaineers (0-0) at No. 21 Virginia Tech Hokies (0-0)
When: Saturday, September 3, 2017
Start Time: 7:30 PM ET
Where: Landover, MD
Spread: Virginia Tech -4
Moneyline: West Virginia +165 vs Virginia Tech -190
Game Total: 52
Stream: Watch ESPN
Listen: West Virginia vs Virginia Tech
Why Bet the West Virginia Mountaineers Odds at +4
The Mountaineers went 10-3 in 2016 and 7-2 in the Big 12, but capped off their season with a disappointing 31-14 loss to Miami in the Russell Athletic Bowl. Now, with head coach Dana Holgorsen, back for his seventh year, the Mountaineers are looking to take another step forward heading into 2017.
West Virginia will have a new starting quarterback in former Florida signal-caller Will Grier and that looks like it could be a positive thing seeing as how Grier led the Gators to a perfect 6-0 mark in 2015 before getting suspended for using a banned supplement. Grier has a talented running back to hand off to in Justin Crawford, who had 1,184 rushing yards last season, but the wide receiver position is looking for playmakers after losing Shelton Gibson and Daikiel Shorts from last year’s squad. The Mountaineers do have talent at the position, starting with Ka’Raun White, the brother of Chicago Bears wide receiver Kevin White.
Defensively, West Virginia needs to replace all of the starters on their defensive line with Christian Brown, Darrien Howard and Noble Nwachukwu all gone. The good news is that the Mountaineers look solid at linebacker and in the secondary.
Why Bet the Virginia Tech Hokies Odds at -4
Virginia Tech went 10-4 under head coach Justin Fuente last season and 6-2 in the ACC to win their sixth Coastal Division title. The Hokies lost a heartbreaker to Clemson in the conference title tilt 42-35 but closed out their season with a convincing 35-24 win over Arkansas in the Belk Bowl despite trailing 24-0 at halftime.
Fuente needs to find a replacement for departed starting quarterback Jerod Evans gone and he’s set to go with redshirt freshman Josh Jackson. West Virginia’s young signal-caller will have the luxury of handing off to a stable of running backs starting with Travon McMillian who rushed for 671 yards and seven scores last year. With No. 1 wide receiver Isaiah Ford gone, look for Cam Phillips to step into the new role after recording 76 catches for 983 yards and five touchdowns last season.
Defensively, the Hokies are rock-solid at linebacker with Andrew Motuapuaka (114 tackles, fifth in the ACC) and Tremaine Edmunds (18.5 tackles for a loss) on the inside and outside linebacker Mook Reynolds making plays all over the field. The Hokies are also strong in the secondary with a trio of cornerbacks that are experienced and very good in Brandon Facyson, Greg Stroman and Adonis Alexander. The defensive line has some turnover, but there is young talent waiting in the wings.
Latest West Virginia Vs Virginia Tech Week 1 Pick
West Virginia has compiled a discouraging 6-15 ATS mark in their last 21 games against teams from the ACC while also going 1-4 ATS in their last five non-conference games. Conversely, the Virginia Tech Hokies are 4-0 ATS in their last four Sunday games and an identical 4-0 ATS in their last four games overall. Virginia Tech is also 7-3 ATS in their last 10 games on grass while West Virginia has gone 1-5 ATS in their last six games on grass and 0-4 ATS in their last four neutral-site games. While this game should be a closely contested thriller, I like the Virginia tech Hokies to get it done by the slimmest of margins!
Pick: Virginia Tech 28 West Virginia 23