Virginia Tech Vs Pittsburgh Spread & ATS PickNoah Williams
Thursday Night College Football features the 25th-ranked Virginia Tech Hokies facing the Pittsburgh Panthers. The Week 9 college football betting spread favors the Hokies by 3.5-points. Kick-off is on ESPN this Thursday, October 27 at 7:00 PM ET, from the Heinz Field, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
Virginia Tech Hokies Vs Pittsburgh Panthers Spread & ATS Pick
What: No. 25 Virginia Tech Hokies ( 5-2) at Pittsburgh Panthers (5-2)
When: Thursday, October 27, 2016
Start Time: 7:00 PM ET
Where: Pittsburgh, PA
Stadium: Heinz Field
Spread: Virginia Tech -3.5
Moneyline: Virginia Tech -170 at Pittsburgh +150
Stream: Watch ESPN
Listen: Virginia Tech vs Pittsburgh
Why Bet The Virginia Tech Hokies To Beat The Panthers
After losing to Syracuse two weeks ago, Virginia Tech bounced back by beating Miami 37-16. The Hokies are 5-2 SU and 4-3 ATS this season. They average 35.6 points per game (34th) and allow 17.9 points per game (16th).
Junior QB Jerod Evans (1611 yards, 19 TDs & 2 INTs) completed 21 of 33 passes for 259 yards, with two touchdowns last week. Virginia Tech averages 238.3 passing yards (56th).
Junior WR Isaiah Ford (36 rec, 505 yards, 5 TDs) leads the team in receptions, yards, and touchdowns. WR Cam Phillips (27 rec, 405 yards, 2 TDs) is second on the team in yards and receptions. The Hokies average 197.6 rushing yards per game (42nd). RB Travon McMillian (92 car, 458 yards, 3 TDs) and Jerod Evans (85 car, 417 yards, 3 DTs) are the rushing leaders on the team.
“We were tired of hearing about everybody else — UNC, Miami, Clemson, Louisville,” Evans said after beating the Hurricanes. “Those are great teams, don’t get me wrong. But at the same time, we feel like we should be mentioned with those guys. So every week we have a statement we want to make. So it’s proving who we are as a team.”
Virginia Tech has the 11th-ranked total defense in the nation. The Hokies allow 198.4 passing yards per game (32nd) and 103.6 rushing yards per game (11th). They have 20.0 sacks per game.
Why Bet The Pittsburgh Panthers To Beat The Hokies
Pittsburgh has won three in a row, including a 45-31 victory over Virginia last week. The Panthers are 5-2 SU and 2-5 ATS this season. They average 38.4 points per game (22nd) and allow 31.4 points per game (89th).
“I would say so,” Pitt’s second-year coach Pat Narduzzi said. “Based on how things look, and I think every ACC game is a must-win as we go on, as far as what you want to do. You’re a 5-2 football team, and each one of these games is important.”
QB Nathan Peterman (1252 yards, 11 TDs & 2 INTs) had a good game against Virginia. He completed 11 of his 21 passes for 137 yards, with two touchdowns. The Panthers average 178.9 passing yards per game (107th).
WR Jester Weah (19 rec, 402 yards, 4 TDs) is the leading receiver on the team. Pittsburgh’s offense revolves around their rushing attack. The Panthers average 239.1 rushing yards per game (20th). RB James Conner (124 car, 531 yards, 7 TDs) ran for 90 yards on 20 carries and two touchdowns last week.
Pittsburgh has the 54th-ranked total defense in College Football. They allow 298.9 passing yards per game (122nd) and 96.6 rushing yards per game (5th). They have recorded 25.0 sacks this season.
Betting Trends For this Matchup:
- Virginia Tech is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games
- Virginia Tech is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
- Virginia Tech is 1-8 ATS in its last 9 games when playing Pittsburgh
- Virginia Tech is 1-6 SU in its last 7 games when playing Pittsburgh
- Pittsburgh is 2-7 ATS in its last 9 games
- Pittsburgh is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games
- Virginia Tech is 0-5 ATS in its last 5 games when playing on the road against Pittsburgh
- Virginia Tech is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games when playing on the road against Pittsburgh
Expert ATS Pick & Final Score Prediction
Virginia Tech can put up points. They have scored at least 34 scored in five of their seven games. The Hokies have also been pretty solid on defense as well with 17 points or fewer allowed in five of their seven games. As for Pittsburgh, they’re winning but also giving up a lot of points, with at least 27 points allowed in their last six games.
My final score prediction is Virginia Tech 38, Pittsburgh 34.