College Football Betting: Virginia Tech at Pittsburgh

Added October 15, 2014 by Levi Watkins

Entertaining matchup for Thursday night with ACC conference action between Virginia Tech and Pittsburgh. The Hokies are 3-3 SU/4-2 against the spread and are coming off a solid win/cover over the North Carolina Tar Heels. Pittsbugh is 3-3 straight up and against the number but have gone about it in the worst way possible winning their first three games before losing three straight and avoiding a 0-4 ATS run by a single point. The Hokies will be back in action next Thursday night against the University of Miami (making this a possible ‘lookahead’ spot).

We’ll keep that lookahead spot in mind as we begin our handicap. It’s never a bad idea to bet *on* teams off an ugly loss or in Pittsburgh’s case a series of them. This concept is especially effective when they’re facing a team that might have their focus elsewhere. Virginia Tech is likely feeling pretty good at the moment off a solid win over a conference rival and might be looking ahead to a big home game against hated rival Miami. Perfect situational setup for the home team.

In addition we’re not sure that Pittsburgh isn’t the better team despite recent form. Virginia Tech’s quarterback, Michael Brewer, has been inconsistent and mistake prone which has resulted in 11 interceptions this season. To be fair, the Panthers’ highly touted quarterback Chad Voytik hasn’t done much better and enters this game on a five game interception streak. The difference between the two is that Pittsburgh can win without a great game from Voytik while we’re not sure that’s the case for Virginia Tech.

The Panthers have a punishing running game built around power back James Connor. They also have the more consistent defense. The teams have split the last two meetings both straight up and against the spread. Virginia Tech won and covered at home last year while Pittsburgh shocked the Hokies in 2012 wining outright as +10 point home underdogs. The Panthers have a fairly difficult opponent next up as they play Georgia Tech but they’ve also got 10 days off making it less problematic. Pittsburgh gets back on the winning track with a win and cover here.


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