Virginia at Virginia Tech Rivalry Week Online Football OddsJosh Bailey
Virginia travels to Virginia Tech as a surprising 2 point favorite in a game that many, especially after Week 2 when Virginia Tech upset Ohio State, thought would be a coronation in Blacksburg.
Virginia has turned into the better football team out of the two. Can Virginia upset their more highly recognizable rival in a game where both teams are pretty much playing for pride?
Virginia Cavaliers at Virginia Tech Hokies
When: Friday, Nov. 28 at 8:00 pm ET
Betting Line: Virginia -2
Analyizing The Virginia at Virginia Tech Rivalry Week Online Football Odds
Both Virginia and Virginia Tech are at 5 and 6 straight up. The truth is that the team that wins this game will probably get a bowl bid. It won’t be close to being one of the better bowl games this season, but it will be a bowl game.
— Jeff White (@JeffWhiteUVa) November 25, 2014
Out of the two, without a doubt, Virginia is playing better. The Cavaliers really pushed Florida State in a 20 to 34 loss two games ago before beating Miami 30 to 13 at home last Saturday. In that game, Virginia was a 4 point dog. The Cavaliers held Miami to 327 total yards including only 64 rushing yards. It was a very good defensive showing from a team that many had pegged as being one of the worst in college football before the season started.
On offense, Virginia is averaging 379.6 yards and 26.4 points per game. Virginia’s offense might be able to take advantage of a Virginia Tech defense that although looks strong on paper, gave up 33 points to Boston College and 30 points to Miami earlier in the season. The Hokies did hold Wake Forest to only 6 points in their last game, but, unfortunately, VA Tech’s offense let them down.
Virginia Tech could muster only 3 points in a 3 to 6 loss to Wake Forest. It was truly horrific because Virginia Tech was favored by 13.5 points. Laughably, the total in that game was 38 and the game went under the total by 29 points. Virginia Tech did beat Duke two games ago, but that was then.
Hokies and Cavaliers to battle for Commonwealth Cup and bowl eligibility: Game set for Friday kickoff in primetime http://t.co/jnI85LmFDI
— VT Football (@VT_Football) November 24, 2014
Now, it’s difficult to see Virginia Tech beating any team in college football much less a hungry rival coming off of its biggest win of the season. Virginia Tech has gone 4 and 7 against the spread this season and they are 1 and 4 ATS in their last 5 games.
In contrast, Virginia is 7-3-1 against the spread this season including going 2 and 0 ATS in their last 2 games. In the head to head, Virginia is 3 and 7 against the spread in the last 10 meetings but the favorite, in this case Virginia, has gone 9 and 3 against the spread in the last 12 meetings.
Virginia plays solid, not great, but solid defense. It should do enough to keep Virginia Tech from scoring touchdowns in this contest. Offensively, Virginia will be able to move the ball against a VA Tech defense that isn’t close to being as good as it was when the Hokies pulled off the gigantic but forgotten upset over Ohio State in Week 2.
Virginia is the pick against the spread in this game.