Over/Under 8.5 Wins () vs Virginia Tech Hokies ()Date : 09/03/2018
Time : First Game: Virginia Tech Hokies @ Florida State Seminoles 8:00 PM
Location : Lane Stadium
Pick, Prediction, & Preview:
Over/Under 8.5 Wins vs Virginia Tech Hokies
The Virginia Tech Hokies have been one of the most consistent teams in college football as they enter this season with 24 straight bowl appearances, and things should be looking upward for Justin Fuente and company as they try to close the gap on Miami in the ACC Coastal division. Fuente will get his quarterback for another season but he will be looking for help in his skill-positions as he graduated most of his starters from 2017. Defensively Bud Foster will need to plug some hole as he lost 6 starters from 2017, 2 of which went in the first-round of the NFL draft. Bud Foster has been one of the best defensive coordinators in the nation as he hasn’t only been able to recruit talent but also led his defense to a top 5 squad as they only let up 14.8 PPG last season. Justin Fuente has done the right things in making sure Virginia Tech stays in the picture of the ACC Coastal division, especially on the recruiting trail. Virginia Tech’s 2018 recruiting class was ranked 5th in the ACC as they were able to snag 7 4-star recruits. Fuente’s best signing was the #8 linebacker in the nation as Dax Hollifield chose Virginia Tech over North Carolina and Stanford. Justin Fuente has this program moving in the right direction but they will be tasked with taking down the Miami Hurricanes who seems to be back.
Over/Under 8.5 Wins's Latest Performance :
Virginia Tech is coming off a great season as they went 9-3 in the regular season with a bowl appearance in the Camping World Bowl against a solid Oklahoma State team who went on to win the game, 30-21. Virginia Tech has established a winning culture in Blacksburg as they have recruited well and oddsmakers have taken notice as they have set the over/under at 8.5 wins.
Virginia Tech has been playing catchup with Miami the last few years as they have turned their program back around but Virginia Tech has a chance to close the gap this season with a fairly winnable schedule. The toughest game on the schedule will be their opening game as they will travel down to Tallahassee for a matchup against the Seminoles. Virginia Tech will not see Clemson or NC State this season (unless they make the ACC championship) but they will see Norte Dame as well as play Miami in their yearly outing. luckily for Virginia Tech, they will get to host both Norte Dame and Miami which can both be pivotal games in determining who wins the ACC Coastal division. Virginia Tech will get to play 3 straight easy non-conference opponents as they will host William & Mary and East Carolina and then travel to Old Dominion on 9/22. Virginia Tech should be able to handle their ACC schedule with ease as they will not see much of the ACC Atlantic division.
Virginia Tech Hokies's Latest Performance :
Virginia Tech has been known for its defense as they have been a hard-hitting group under Bud Foster but the Hokies still need to play offense, something that was inconsistent in 2017. Josh Jackson was the answer for Virginia Tech’s QB problems last season as the redshirt sophomore was effective in both the passing game as well as on the ground. Jackson threw for 2991 yards last season but he was a force on the ground as he led the Hokies in rushing TDs with 6. Jackson will have to shoulder more of a load in 2018 if the Hokies want to cause havoc as they graduated the all-time leading pass catcher in Cam Phillips. Sean Savoy should be ready for more of a role this season as the 5’9 sophomore was solid out of the slot last season with 454 yards and 4 TDs. Another name to watch for this season is 4-star recruit Tre Turner as he was one of the best players out of the state of North Carolina. The ground game will also have to be better for Virginia Tech as they had only one 500+ yard rusher last season. Luckily for Fuente, he will return the 5’9 speedster as Deshawn McClease is set to double a 530-yard season. The offensive line should be able to pave holes for McClease as well as give enough time for Jackson to throw as they return 3 starters from their 2017 line. Bud Foster will have to figure out things on his side of the ball as he lost 6 starters from 2017 as well as suffered some pre-season injuries. Reggie Floyd will be the best player returning for the Virginia Tech defense as the junior ranked 3rd in tackles last season (72) as well as #2 in the interception department (3). Ricky Walker will also be a big piece for Foster this season as the defensive linemen is coming off a 12.5 TFL and 4.5 sack season. Virginia Tech will be hurting in the secondary considering their potential All-American cornerback in Adonis Alexander has been ruled ineligible by the NCAA. Foster has been able to reload with recruits on his side of the ball but he will need to plug them in sooner rather than later given the state of their roster.
Player To Watch
Steven Peoples, RB, Sr.
As I stated Virginia Tech was really weak on the ground last season as they only had one guy crack the 500-yard mark but they should be much improved this year as they return a solid offensive line. Peoples has been a reserve back during his time at Virginia Tech but he has been a swiss army knife as he has done it both on the ground and through the air. Peoples was an effective back in his time last season as he combined for 346 yards and 4 TDs but expect the senior to see more time this season as he brings a much-needed senior leadership to a young offense. Peoples will be able to crack the 500-yard mark in an expanded role this season.
How Over/Under 8.5 Wins & Virginia Tech Hokies Matchup.
Vegas Odds, Offshore Odds, & Odds ATS:
Over 8.5 Wins -110
Under 8.5 Wins -110
In-Depth Analysis of each team:
9/3- @ Florida State- L
9/8- William & Mary- W
9/15- East Carolina- W
9/22- @ Old Dominion- W
9/29- @ Duke- W
10/6- Norte Dame- L
10/13- @ North Carolina- W
10/25- Georgia Tech- W
11/3- Boston College- W
11/10- @ Pitt- W
11/17- Miami- W
11/23- Virginia- W
Overall Record- 10-2
Against The Spread Selection: Over 8.5 Wins -110
My reason for the pick :
Virginia Tech has the advantage of residing on the Coastal side of the ACC which is a big reason this team will end with a good record, but don’t take the Hokies lightly as they have a really good team. Jackson will be improved in his second year as the full-time starter and I expect him to find enough weapons on the offensive side of the ball to stay in sight of Miami. I have Virginia Tech pulling off a big win at home against Miami as this could be the game that determines who wins the ACC Coastal division but unfortunately this may be the only lost on Miami’s schedule. The Florida State game will be no walk in the park for the Hokies as Tallahassee has been known as one of the hardest places to play in, and not to mention they have a revived winning culture there. Expect the Hokies to have a really good year as they will sit above the 8.5 win mark in what could be their first New Years Six Bowl Appearance since 2012.