Virginia Tech Hokies vs. Tennessee Volunteers - 9/10/16 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Virginia Tech Hokies (1-0) at Tennessee Volunteers (1-0)
College Football: Saturday, September 10, 2016 at 8:00 pm (Bristol Motor Speedway)
The Line: Tennessee Volunteers -9 -- Over/Under: 52 See the Latest Odds
Headed our way from Bristol Motor Speedway on Saturday, September 10, we’ve got Week 2 college football action between the Virginia Tech Hokies and the Tennessee Volunteers.
In head coach Justin Fuente’s debut in Week 1, the Hokies were able to bag a nice 36-13 victory over Liberty. Virginia Tech QB Jerod Evans had a great outing, logging 221 passing yards and four touchdowns to get Fuente his first win. Evans was also the team’s lead rusher in Week 1, bagging 46 yards on five carries. Virginia Tech outscored Liberty 24-13 in the first half, and 12-0 in the second. Helping out on the receiving side was Isaiah Ford, who bagged a game-high 11 receptions for 117 yards and a touchdown. The Virginia Tech defense held Liberty to just 70 passing yards and 90 rush yards on the day.
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As for the Volunteers, they also recorded a victory in Week 1. Tennessee got a thorough scare from Appalachian State in that one, needing overtime to secure a 20-13 win. The big hero here was Jalen Hurd, who picked up QB Joshua Dobbs’ fumble for a touchdown in the extra period. The Volunteers had to overcome a 10-point deficit at halftime here. Dobbs would finish with 192 yards, one TD and one pick, with his lone score going to Josh Malone, who bagged two catches for 81 yards. Hurd was also helpful on the ground, securing 28 carries for 110 yards. Tennessee prevented Appalachian State from doing much through the air, holding QB Taylor Lamb to just 108 passing yards.
The Volunteers are 4-0 ATS versus a team with a winning record, and 4-0 ATS in their last four neutral site games. Tennessee is also 1-4 ATS in their last five versus the ACC, and 7-3 ATS in their last 10 games following an ATS loss.
Meanwhile, Virginia Tech is 1-4 ATS in their last five versus the SEC, and 2-6-1 ATS in their last nine neutral-site games. The Hokies are also 7-17-2 ATS in their last 26 non-conference games, and 2-5 ATS in their last seven games on grass.
It’s tough to tell much from just the first week, but Virginia Tech seems to be pretty well-equipped to compete here. The spread looks pretty good; I think Tennessee will ultimately win but the Hokies can hang in there well enough to cover.