Let the title defense begin. Top-ranked Ohio State invades Blacksburg, Virginia, for a prime-time matchup against Virginia Tech. The game kicks off on Monday, September 7, 2015 at 8:00 PM. The college football oddsmakers have listed the defending national champion Buckeyes as 11.5-point favorites. The game total is set at 52.5.
The Buckeyes lost their home opener last season to the Hokies. Everyone knows how they finished the season. The Hokies went on to finish the season a disappointing 7-6. Can they prove last year’s win over OSU was not a fluke?
Ohio State Buckeyes Vs Virginia Tech Hokies Odds, My Final Score Prediction & TV Info
Ohio State Buckeyes at Virginia Tech Hokies
Date: Monday, September 7, 2015
Start Time: 8:00 PM ET
Location: Blacksburg, VA
Stadium: Lane Stadium
Odds: Ohio State -11.5
Game Total: 52.5
Radio: Ohio State vs Virginia Tech
Why Bet On Ohio State To Cover the 11.5-point Spread Against Virginia Tech
Will the suspension of four players derail the Buckeyes in 2015?
Things haven’t started out well for the defending champs. Braxton Miller, one of the top quarterbacks in college football in 2013 and Ohio State’s starter until getting hurt in 2014, has converted to wide receiver. That’s sort of good news but Cardale Jones and JT Barrett are still fighting for the top QB spot. That can’t be as great for the squad as Coach Urban Meyer has let on.
— Sports Illustrated (@SInow) September 1, 2015
Even more worrisome is the fact that four Ohio State players will miss their matchup with Virginia Tech due to suspension. Joey Bosa, the Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year in 2014, is one of the players who won’t be available versus the Hokies. Bosa is arguably the most important player on an Ohio State defense that had problems stopping opposing teams from scoring last season.
Virginia Tech beat Ohio State 35 to 21 last season and that game took place in Ohio. The Ohio State defense will have to dig deep in order to put pressure on a VA Tech offense that has a ton of confidence when it comes to playing against the Buckeyes.
The other players that are suspended, Jalin Marshall, Dontrae Wilson, and Corey Smith are 3 of Ohio State’s top pass rushers. Without those 3 guys, the QB, whoever it is, RB Ezekiel Elliot and even Miller are going to have to seriously step it up. If they don’t, Ohio State won’t cover the spread.
Why Bet On Virginia Tech To Cover the 11.5-point Spread Against Ohio State
Beating the defending national champions is the feather in that the Hokies need in their cap.
The offense appears to be in good shape in Blacksburg. The Virginia Tech offense was efficient enough to upset Ohio State last season. The offense could be good enough to keep Virginia Tech in this game, but only if the defense does its job.
There should be a lot of enthusiasm in Blacksburg in regard to the Hokies’ defense in 2015. Virginia Tech could have one of the top groups of defensive backs in all of college football if Kendall Fuller plays up to his potential. Word is that Fuller might be a top draft pick in the NFL. He has that much talent. Brandon Facsyson needs to return to his best form before his injury. If he does, he could be another great cover corner. The defensive line is loaded with talent.
— FOX College Football (@CFBONFOX) August 27, 2015
The Virginia Tech defense only needs to keep Ohio State from scoring too many points in this game. If they can do that, the offense should do the rest. Virginia Tech, because of the absence of Bosa and so many Buckeye weapons, have a great shot of upsetting Ohio State again this season just like they did last season if the D can contain the Buckeyes’ offense.
I am going on the record and predicting an upset straight up by the Hokies. My final score prediction is Virginia Tech 28 and Ohio State 24.