A clear difference can be seen between now and 2013 when Mark Stoops arrived at Kentucky. Stoops walked into a betting on College Football graveyard and the ultimate basketball school. He took over a 2-10 program in the hyper-competitive SEC and needed a fourth season to reach a bowl. Since then he has not only made the Wildcats competitive, but a tough out almost every week. By contrast, Justin Fuente had the tough assignment of following a legend. Fuente took the reins from Frank Beamer, the father of modern and successful Virginia Tech football.
Virginia Tech Hokies Vs. Kentucky Wildcats – Belk Bowl
|Date and Time:||Tuesday, December 31, 2019, Noon ET|
|Location:||Bank of America Stadium, Charlotte, North Carolina|
|Virginia Tech Vs. Kentucky TV Coverage:||ESPN|
Virginia Tech Hokies Vs. Kentucky Wildcats Overview
Kentucky has a Sports betting record of 7-5 straight up, 9-3 against the spread, and 6-6 on totals. Overall national metrics have the Wildcats ranked 86th for scoring offense and 12th for points allowed.
Counter to that is a Virginia Tech mark of 8-4 straight up, 6-6 vs. the line, and 5-7 under the total. Hokie rankings are 53rd for scoring offense and 46th for points allowed. Of great concern was a 39-30 loss to Virginia. VA Tech had not lost in that rivalry matchup for 15 years.
Key Hokies: QB Hendon Hooker (1445 YDS, 62.1% COMP, 10.3 AVG, 11 TD, 2 INT, 16 SACKS, 171.9 RTG), RB Deshawn McClease (166 ATT, 717 YDS, 4.3 AVG, 6 TD), WR Tre Turner (33 REC, 542 YDS, 16.4 AVG, 4 TD), PK Brian Johnson (45-45 XP, 16-20 FG),
Key Wildcats: QB Lynn Bowden Jr (330 YDS, 46.8% COMP, 5.3 AVG, 2 TD, 2 INT, 5 SACKS, 95.7 RTG, 151 RSH, 1235 YDS, 8.2 AVG, 11 TD), RB Asim Rose (139 ATT, 757 YDS, 5.4 AVG, 6 TD), WR Ahmad Wagner (15 REC, 254 YDS, 16.9 AVG, 2 TD), PK Matt Ruffolo (14-16 FG, 3-4 FG, 23 PTS), LB Rayshard Ashby (105 TACKLES, 4.5 SACKS)
Virginia Tech and Kentucky Betting Trends
The Hokies are:
- 5-8 against the spread in their last 13 away games
- 5-3 over the total on the road
- 7-4-1 on the board in their last 12 bowl games
- 3-6 under the total in the postseason
- 8-4 vs. the line in their last 12 games as a dog
- 5-3 over the total when getting points
The Wildcats are:
- 11-7 against the spread in their last 18 away games
- 2-7 under the total when playing on the road
- 7-1 vs. the odds in their last eight games as a favorite
- 7-2 over the total when laying points
- 4-3-1 on the board in their last eight bowl games
- 1-4 under the total in the postseason
Virginia Tech Hokies Vs. Kentucky Wildcats Betting on College Football Picks
Kentucky has had to play with a wide receiver as quarterback for most of the Betting on College Football season. Yet the Wildcats have used a stout defense and character for their success. Kentucky is a live dog in this one.
Virginia Tech Vs. Kentucky Betting on College Football Pick: Kentucky Wildcats
Virginia Tech Vs. Kentucky Betting on College Football Score Prediction: Kentucky 21, Virginia Tech 17