Handicappers that have made an early college football bet on Virginia Tech this year are feeling burned but the Hokies may have turned the corner with their win last week.
Virginia Tech will open Atlantic Coast Conference play on Saturday at Boston College with kickoff set for 12:05 PM Eastern. Sbg sportsbook opened with Virginia Tech as a 4-point road favorite and with a total of 49.
A Dangerous Beaten Favorite
Sure, everyone can and will harp on Virginia Tech’s loss to 1-AA James Madison two weeks ago but smart handicappers will remember that this was a team ranked in the top 10 to start the year and was considered to be a bona fide ACC title contender. Last week the Hokies exploded in the second half against East Carolina turning a 24-21 halftime deficit into a 49-27 college football betting win and payout as 20-point favorites. Quarterback Tyrod Taylor passed for 199 yards and 2 touchdowns, Darren Evans ran for 91 yards on 10 carries for a TD, and Jarrett Boykin caught 3 passes for 118 yards and a score while the defense picked off 2 Pirate passes including 1 for a “pick six.”
Underrated Eagles Have Stout Defense
The Boston College Eagles are continually overlooked by those making a college football bet each week. Boston College is 2-0 straight up but 0-2 against the spread and is coming off a bye week that followed a 26-13 home win over Kent State in which they failed to cover as 17-point home favorites. Defense has long been the key to success for BC as they rank in the top quarter of the nation for both yards permitted and points allowed. The Eagles are particularly tough against the run as they rank 3rd in the country.
Although the favorite has covered 4 consecutive games in this head to head series Boston College has scored 4 college football betting payouts in their last 5 home games against Virginia Tech. The Hokies have been a tough road team through the years with 21 payouts in their last 31 games away from home while Boston College is a bizarre 2-14 against the spread versus teams with losing records. Last year Virginia Tech lit up the Eagles 48-14 as 12.5-point home favorites as the game soared over the total.