Virginia Tech Hokies vs. Boston College Eagles - 9/17/16 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Boston College Eagles (1-1) at Virginia Tech Hokies (1-1)
College Football: Saturday, September 17, 2016 at 3:30 pm (Lane Stadium)
The Line: Virginia Tech Hokies -7 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
Headed our way in Week 3 college football action on Saturday, September 17 from Lane Stadium in Blacksburg, we’ve got the Boston College Eagles visiting the Virginia Tech Hokies.
The Eagles come into this game with a 1-1 record following an opening loss against Georgia Tech (17-14) and a big win over Massachusetts last weekend (26-7). Week 2 was the Eagles’ first win in their previous 10 games, and QB Patrick Towles had a lot to do with it. Towles finished with a 12-for-22 line for 191 yards and two touchdowns, both to Jeff Smith, and also led the team in rushing with 12 carries for 66 yards. Smith would finish with five grabs for 98 yards to lead Boston College. RB Jon Hilliman didn’t have a great day on the ground, but still boasts 39 carries for 156 yards and two touchdowns on the season. Smith is out front as the Eagles’ leading receiver overall, with eight catches for 124 yards and his two scores.
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Over on the Virginia Tech side, they’re coming in with a 1-1 record as well, following an opening win over Liberty 36-13 and a loss to Tennessee in Week 2 45-24. The “Battle at Bristol” attracted an NCAA-record 156,990 fans, but Virginia Tech definitely regrets the result. The Hokies couldn’t contain Tennessee QB Joshua Dobbs, who would finish with three passing touchdowns and two rushing scores. Still, there are some decent takeaways here, such as VT’s Travon McMillan and his 14 carries for 127 yards and a score. On the year, McMillan holds 27 totes for 166 yards. QB Jerod Evans has a nice 40-of-60 line overall, with 435 yards and five scores to his credit. Isaiah Ford is the Hokies’ lead receiver on 16 catches for 168 yards and one TD.
Boston College is 3-0-1 ATS in their last four games on grass, and 5-1 ATS in their last six road games. The Eagles are also 1-5 ATS in their last six games following an ATS win, and 0-3-1 in their last four conference games.
As for Virginia Tech, they’re 1-4 ATS in their last five home games, and 0-4 ATS in their last four games overall. The Hokies are also 1-3-1 ATS in their last five games following a double-digit loss at home, and 0-4 ATS in their last five games on grass.
The Hokies were outplayed by a superior opponent in Week 2, and I think they’ll bounce back here. I like Virginia Tech to cover a pretty reasonable spread in this game.