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Virginia Tech Hokies vs. Western Carolina Catamounts Free Pick 9/7/13

Western Carolina Catamounts (0-1) at Virginia Tech Hokies (0-1)

NCAAF Football: Saturday, September 7, 2013 at 1:30 pm (Lane Stadium)

The Line: Virginia Tech Hokies -41 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds


The West Carolina Catamounts travel to Virginia Tech to play the Hokies on Saturday afternoon.

The West Carolina Catamounts lost to Middle Tennessee 45-24 to open up their 2013 season. The Catamounts have an 11-game losing streak dating back to last season. West Carolina was able to produce 371 yards on offense, led by QB Mitchell, who finished with 161 yards passing and two touchdowns. The best player for West Carolina in this game was WR Benson, finishing with 4 catches for 113 yards a 1 touchdown. The Catamounts had a limited ground game; RB Warren rushed 13 times for 55 yards and a touchdown in the loss. The Catamounts defense gave up 475 yards to Middle Tennessee, 270 of those coming on the ground. Each team turned the ball over twice, but West Carolina had trouble getting off the field on third down, allowing Middle Tennessee to convert 8 of 15 3rd down conversions. West Carolina will have a hard time putting up points against a tough Virginia Tech team this week and their defense may get exposed by a hungry Hokies offense.

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Virginia Tech Hokies vs. Western Carolina Catamounts Free Pick 9/7/13

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The Hokies of Virginia Tech lost their season opener in Atlanta against the Alabama Crimson Tide 35-10 on Saturday night. The Hokies, who are known historically for great special teams play, allowed Alabama to return the first punt return for an opening touchdown. Alabama also scored on a defensive interception later in the 1st half. Overall, the Hokies defense held their own against one of the best offenses in the country. Alabama only gained 206 total yards, with only 96 coming on the ground. The Hokies were able to force the Crimson Tide off the field on third down as well, as Alabama converted only 6 of 17 3rd down conversions. Offensively, the Hokies were terrible except for one long rushing touchdown by RB Edmunds. Virginia Tech only gained 212 total yards, with only 59 yards coming thru the air. QB Thomas was awful; completing 5 of 26 passes for 59 yards and one interception. If the Hokies can take anything away from this game, it would be the solid play by the defense and a well-played game by the offensive line. Virginia Tech will now head home where they face an inferior opponent.

This game should be a blowout, but I don’t think Virginia Tech will cover 41 points with such a mediocre offense, no matter who their playing.

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