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Virginia Tech Hokies vs. Duke Blue Devils Pick-Odds-Prediction 10/26/13

Duke Blue Devils (5-2) at Virginia Tech Hokies (6-1)

NCAAF Football: Saturday, October 26, 2013 at 3:30 pm (Lane Stadium)

The Line: Virginia Tech Hokies -13.5 -- Over/Under: TBA See the Latest Odds


The Duke Blue Devils head to Blacksburg Virginia to play the Virginia Tech Hokies on Saturday afternoon.

Duke improved to 5-2 on the year after beating Virginia 35-22 on the road last weekend. Duke produced 472 yards of offense against the Cavaliers with only one miscue. QB Anthony Boone threw two touchdown passes and QB Brandon Connette ran for one touchdown and threw for another as Duke rebounded from a 22-0 deficit to come back and grab the victory. Boone completed 21 of 39 passes for 245 yards with 2 touchdowns and 1 interception. WR Jamison Crowder finished with 9 catches for 113 yards and a touchdown, while WR Braxton Deaver caught 3 balls for 96 yards and two touchdowns. Connette has started most of the games this season and has 1,069 yards passing with 12 touchdowns, while Boone, who has earned more playing time as of late, has 815 yards passing with 5 touchdowns this season. Crowder leads the team in receiving this season with 56 catches for 731 yards and three touchdowns. The Blue Devils held Virginia to 363 total yards and forced one turnover. Duke only allowed 100 yards rushing and did a great job getting off the field on third down. On the season, Duke ranks 50th in points allowed at 24.3 per game and the Blue Devils rank 32nd in points scored at 35.7 points per game.

Virginia Tech Hokies vs. Duke Blue Devils Pick-Odds-Prediction 10/26/13

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The Virginia Tech Hokies are coming off their bye week after improving to 6-1 on the year by beating Pittsburgh at home 19-9 two weeks ago.  The Hokies lost their season opener to the defending champions, Alabama Crimson Tide, and have since run off 6 straight wins. The Hokies offense ranks a lousy 96th in points scored, averaging only 23.1 points per game. QB Logan Thomas has improved as of late, and has thrown for 1,451 yards and 9 touchdowns on the year. WR Byrn and WR Knowles have combined for 685 yards receiving on 54 catches with 3 touchdowns for Virginia Tech. RB Edmunds has a team high 393 rushing yards and 4 touchdowns this season. Virginia Tech ranks 5th in points allowed, giving up only 15 points per game on average this season. This defense has slowed down some high-powered offenses such as East Carolina, Marshall, Georgia Tech, and North Carolina. The Hokies have not allowed one of the last six opponents to score over 21 points, and four of them haven’t scored over 10 points. The Hokies will host one more game at home this weekend before heading out on the road for two tough conference games in a row.

The under is 4-0 in Virginia Tech’s last 4 conference games. The home team is 4-0 ATS in their last 4 meetings.

Virginia Tech has won the last 9 meetings between these two teams, including a 41-20 win at home last season. Duke has improved over the last three years and I think they have enough offense to score 14 to 17 points in this game. Thomas and the Virginia Tech offense have improved over the course of the season but they still haven’t proven they can score anything above 30. This is too many points for what looks to be a low scoring game. I’ll take Duke to keep this within two touchdowns.

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