Duke at Virginia Tech - 10/24/15 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Duke Blue Devils (5-1) at Virginia Tech Hokies (3-4)
College Football: Saturday, October 24, 2015 at 3:30 pm (Lane Stadium)
The Line: Virginia Tech Hokies -2 -- Over/Under: 43.5 See the Latest Odds
The Duke Blue Devils and Virginia Tech Hokies meet Saturday afternoon at Lane Stadium.
The Duke Blue Devils look to remain undefeated on the road and in ACC play. Thomas Sirk is completing 62.4 percent of his passes for 1,260 yards, seven touchdowns and three interceptions. Sirk has one or less touchdown passes in four straight games. Johnell Barnes and Max McCaffrey have combined for 532 receiving yards and two touchdowns while T.J. Rahming has 19 receptions. The Duke Blue Devils ground game is averaging 180.6 yards per contest, and Sirk leads the way with 321 yards and two touchdowns. Defensively, Duke is allowing 9.3 points and 252.8 yards per game. Dwayne Norman leads the Blue Devils with 51 tackles, Jeremy Cash has 1.5 sacks and Alonzo Saxton II has two pass deflections. Braxton Deaver, Chris Holmes and Deondre Singleton are questionable.
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The Virginia Tech Hokies look for their first victory over a ranked team to get back to a .500 record. Michael Brewer is completing 70 percent of his passes for 221 yards, three touchdowns and one interception. Brewer starts for the first time since breaking his collarbone week one. Isaiah Ford and Cam Phillips have combined for 797 receiving yards and eight touchdowns while Bucky Hodges has 16 receptions. The Virginia Tech Hokies ground game is averaging 170.2 yards per contest, and Travon McMillian leads the way with 418 yards and one touchdown. Defensively, Virginia Tech is allowing 23.4 points and 348.9 yards per game. Chuck Clark leads the Hokies with 60 tackles, Adonis Alexander has three interceptions and Woody Baron has three sacks. Chris Durkin, Corey Marshall and Demitri Knowles are questionable.
The Blue Devils are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 road games and 20-7-1 ATS in their last 28 games overall. The Hokies are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games in October and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games following a S.U. loss. The underdog is 5-2 ATS in their last 7 meetings.
Duke is a solid, solid football team on both sides of the ball and extremely well coached. Even with Brewer back at quarterback, Virginia Tech continues to have issues offensively and can go long stretches without putting points on the board. I think the wrong team is favored here.