Virginia Tech Hokies vs. Ohio State Buckeyes Pick-Odds-Prediction 9/6/14
Virginia Tech Hokies (1-0) at Ohio State Buckeyes (1-0)
College Football: Saturday, September 6, 2014 at 8:00 pm (Ohio Stadium)
The Line: Ohio State Buckeyes -12 -- Over/Under: 50 See the Latest Odds
The Virginia Tech Hokies travel to Columbus, Ohio to play the Ohio State Buckeyes on Saturday night.
Virginia Tech defeated the William and Mary Tribe on Saturday 34-9 to open up their 2014 season. The Hokies produced 488 total yards, while holding the Tribe to only 193 total yards. QB Michael Brewer, a transfer from Texas Tech, completed 23 of 30 passes for 251 yards and 2 touchdowns. WR Willie Byrn caught 3 balls for 49 yards, while RB Shai McKenzie carried the ball 9 times for 106 yards and a score. The Hokies finished 2013 with an 8-5 overall record and are looking to bounce back this season. Brewer will be an experienced player under center, and is known as an extremely hard worker. Brewer’s game management skills are a trademark, and almost certainly is an improvement over last year’s QB Logan Thomas game management skills. Virginia Tech has had 32 interceptions in the past 2 years as well, and they are hoping Brewer will be the man to keep those turnovers down. The wide receiver crew is potentially the best lineup on offense. Willie Byrn, Demetri Knowles, and Joshua Stanford all have talent, and a leader will soon emerge. Brewer has a lot of targets, not only at WR, but at tight end with the talented Ryan Malleck and converted quarterback Bucky Hodges. Defensively, a litany of experience was lost from last season, but Virginia Tech does not rebuild, they reload. The defensive line will be led by Dadi Nicolas and Vinny Mihota. LB Chase Williams is the one linebacker you can count on as a potential all-star in the inside. The secondary is strong, led by Kendall Fuller and Brandon Facyson, who arguably make up the best cornerback duo in the ACC and maybe the nation. Virginia Tech will find out how good they really are when the take on Ohio State Saturday night.
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The Ohio State Buckeyes won their season opener over the Navy Midshipmen, 34-17. The Buckeyes struggled early, but pulled away in the second half. Ohio State earned 420 yards, while Navy produced 390 total yards against the Buckeyes. Redshirt freshman QB J.T. Barrett three for 226 yards and two touchdowns in his college debut as Ohio State earned their 25th consecutive regular-season victory. WR Devin Smith caught 2 balls for 94 yards, while Barrett led the team in rushing with 50 yards on 9 carries. Ohio State finished with a solid 12-2 record last season, but when they lost the final two games, it is in fact a disappointment when the Buckeyes had an excellent chance to compete in the National Championship Game against Florida State. Barrett will take control of the quarterback duties after finding out senior QB Braxton Miller will sit out the season with a shoulder injury. The two main running backs on the team returning are sophomore Ezekiel Elliott, and sophomore Dontre Wilson. They both ran for around 250 yards each last year and 3 total touchdowns. Defensively, the Buckeyes have three excellent defensive linemen returning. DE Noah Spence, who led the team with 8 sacks last season, DT Michael Bennett, and Joey Bosa will lead the way for this defense. The biggest weakness for the Buckeye defense is in the secondary. CB Doran Grant will try to fill Bradley Roby’s shoes after he was drafted by the Denver Broncos. Ohio State will need to play better at home this weekend if they want to keep their regular-season winning streak alive.
This should be one of the best games on Saturday and I expect this game to be close all the way down to the final minutes. Brewer and Barrett will need to manage the game and rely on their running games to carry the load. I believe that turnovers and special teams will play a huge role in this game as there isn’t much separation on offense or defense. Ohio State may come away with the win at home, but I think the Hokies keep it close, so I’m taking the points.