The Virginia Tech Hokies (8-1) and Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (7-2) are set to meet up in an ESPN Thursday night showdown inside Bobby Dodd Stadium.
Virginia Tech Hokies at Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets
Virginia Tech has rattled off four consecutive wins since suffering an unfortunate 23-3 loss to the Clemson Tigers as seven-point home favorites, while the team is a money-burning 2-7 ATS this year.
The Hokies are known for having great success when playing on ESPN’s Thursday Night Football, tallying a 17-5 all-time mark, including a 7-2 record when playing away from Lane Stadium.
Success during Atlantic Coast Conference play is also something that head coach Frank Beamer stresses within the program, registering a 50-11 record in conference games since joining the league in 2004, which includes a stout 25-5 record on the road.
Beamer’s squad will put an 11-game winning streak on the line when facing ACC opponents on their field, which is the longest active mark of its kind, two games ahead of the Oregon Ducks and Oklahoma State Cowboys.
Star running back David Wilson will be in the spotlight tonight, coming in as the nation’s second-leading rusher with 1,185 yards, going over the century mark in six consecutive games. He has shown remarkable consistency in gaining between 123 and 148 yards in those six contests.
Bettors will find that the Hokies are 9-1 ATS as a road favorite of three points or less, while the ‘under’ is 6-1 in that situation.
Georgia Tech was last seen handing undefeated Clemson a 31-17 loss as 3.5-point home underdogs, as both teams come into this contest off a week of rest. The Yellow Jackets out-gained the Tigers by 44 yards, snapping a two-game losing streak to the Virginia Cavaliers and Miami Hurricanes on the road.
Playing in this prime-time spotlight is nothing new for the program, playing on Thursday night for the 19th consecutive season. The home crowd will play an important role in trying to push its team record to 6-0 inside Bobby Dodd Stadium.
Head coach Paul Johnson has recorded a 33-16 mark during his time at Georgia Tech, a record that includes wins in all six games when playing host to a ranked team. The Yellow Jackets are also 2-0 against teams that were ranked in the AP Top 25 already this season.
Offensively, the squad ranks second in the ACC And 17th nationally in scoring 37.6 points per game, facing a defense that is sixth nationally in scoring defense in limiting foes to 15.4 points a contest.
Both teams will try to control the game on the ground, especially the host, coming in averaging 328 rushing yards per game. Virginia Tech ranks fifth nationally in rush defense.
Recommendation: Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets +1
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