Virginia Tech Vs East Carolina Odds & PickJosh Bailey
No. 16 Virginia Tech Hokies Look to remain Unbeaten, Cover Huge Spread at Struggling East Carolina in Week 3 Matchup
The 16th-ranked Virginia Tech Hokies almost assuredly won’t have any problem moving to 3-0 on the season when they take on the struggling East Carolina Pirates on Saturday, making the only ‘real’ question that college football bettors need answered is whether or not the Hokies can cover the college football week 3 betting spread as three-touchdown road faves.
Let’s find out now what’s going to go down when these two rivals square off at Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium at 3:30 PM ET with this contest airing live on CBS Sports Network.
Virginia Tech Hokies Vs East Carolina Pirates Odds & Pick
Virginia Tech Hokies (2-0) at East Carolina Pirates (0-2)
When: Saturday, September 16, 2017 at 3:30 PM ET
Where: Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium
NCAAF Odds: East Carolina Pirates +21
Stream: CBS Sports
Why Bet the Virginia Tech Hokies Odds at -21
The Virginia Tech Hokies (2-0 SU, 1-1 ATS) and thrilling freshman quarterback Josh Jackson are looking fantastic through two games
After leading the Hokies to a hard-fought 31-24 win in Week 1 against West Virginia in his collegiate debut, Jackson completed 16 of 27 passes for 222 yards while tossing a pair of TD passes in Week 2 to lead Virginia Tech to an emphatic 27-0 win over FCS-based Delaware. After their Week 1 win, Jackson got a call from none other than Tom Brady.
"He just called me and it was awesome. That’s about it," said Jackson, who grew up in Ann Arbor, Michigan as the youngest son of longtime Michigan assistant Fred Jackson and knows Brady from his childhood.
Virginia Tech beat visiting East Carolina 54-17 last season after jumping out to a 38-0 halftime lead. The Hokies have won seven of their last eight road games while Jackson has completed a respectable, but not overly impressive 57.4 percent of his passes for 457 yards with three touchdowns and most importantly, no interceptions. Defensively, Virginia Tech is allowing just 12 points and 407.5 yards per game.
Why Bet the East Carolina Pirates Odds at +21
The East Carolina Pirates (0-2 SU, 0-2 ATS) have looked completely awful in their first two games this season. The Pirates got smacked around in their 34-14 Week 1 loss against James Madison before looking even worse in their 56-20 loss to West Virginia in Week 2. The losses prompted head coach Scottie Montgomery to part ways with defensive coordinator Kenwick Thompson one day after their Week 2 loss.
“While these decisions are difficult to make, both from a timing and personal standpoint, my responsibility is to sustain the best interest for our program,” Montgomery said in a statement. “We appreciate Coach Thompson’s efforts, but I feel a change in direction is needed at this time.”
ECU has allowed an average of 616.5 yards per game in losses to James Madison (34-14) and West Virginia (56-20) to start the season and has lost 11 of its last 12 games dating back to last season. The Pirates trailed 49-3 at the half last week before West Virginia basically stopped trying to score on their opponents.
“We got off to a slow start (in a season-opening loss to James Madison) and I really challenged everybody to get better this week in some way, in some form. I didn’t necessarily think we got better. We needed a little bit of a change in direction,” Montgomery told reporters about the firing of Thompson. Thomas Sirk made his first start for East Carolina and completed 16-of-34 passes for 191 yards with one touchdown before leaving with a concussion. Sirk is questionable for Week 3.
Virginia Tech Vs East Carolina Pick
I’m usually not very fond of high point spreads and the kind of mismatch pairings you see early in the college football season, but I have no doubt whatsoever that Virginia Tech is going to throttle East Carolina to cover the three-touchdown spread with room to spare!
The Hokies are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 non-conference games and 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games overall while East Carolina has gone 1-4 ATS in their last 5 home games and a pitiful 8-26 ATS in their last 34 games against a team with a winning record. While Virginia Tech is just 1-4 ATS in their last 5 road dates against East Carolina, I still like the Hokies to win and win big in Week 3.
Pick: Virginia Tech -21