Virginia Tech Hokies vs. East Carolina Pirates - 9/24/16 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction
East Carolina Pirates (2-1) at Virginia Tech Hokies (2-1)
College Football: Saturday, September 24, 2016 at 12:30 pm (Lane Stadium)
The Line: Virginia Tech Hokies -9.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
Over at Lane Stadium/Worsham Field in Blacksburg on Saturday, September 24, Week 4 in college football continues with a matchup between the East Carolina Pirates and the Virginia Tech Hokies.
The Pirates come into Week 4 with a 2-1 record, following a Saturday loss to South Carolina 20-15. The Gamecocks defense controlled this game, and East Carolina could only score on two of their six trips to the red zone. The Pirates would cough up a fumble and an interception in the South Carolina end zone, and another pick at the Gamecocks’ 1-yard line. East Carolina QB Philip Nelson passed for 400 yards, but had just one touchdown to to picks. James Summers led the Pirates in rushing with 11 carries for 71 yards, while Zay Jones bagged an unbelievable 22 receptions for 190 yards. Jones now has 39 grabs for 443 yards and a TD on the year, while Nelson stands at 1095 yards, seven touchdowns and three picks for the Pirates. Anthony Scott leads the team in rushing with 32 carries, 209 yards and two scores.
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As for the Hokies, they’re coming in with a 2-1 record as well and riding high after a resounding 49-0 drubbing of Boston College in Week 3. Jerod Evans tied a Virginia Tech school record in that one with five touchdown passes and the defense took care of the rest, holding the Eagles to just 124 yards and six first downs. Evans would finish 16-of-23 for 253 yards, while Marshawn Williams led the way on the ground with 15 carries for 81 yards. Isaiah Ford also had a great day with four grabs for 91 yards and two touchdowns for the Hokies. That gives Evans 688 yards with 10 touchdowns and one interception on the season, while Ford holds 20 grabs for 259 yards and three TDs. Travon McMillan leads the Hokies in rushing with 39 carries for 202 yards and two scores.
The Pirates are 7-0 ATS in their last seven against the ACC, and 5-1 ATS in their last six non-conference games. East Carolina is also 9-3 ATS in their last 12 September games, and 4-9 ATS in their last 13 games following an ATS loss.
As for the Hokies, they’re 7-16 ATS in their last 23 games following an ATS win, and 6-16-1 ATS in their last 23 September games. Virginia Tech is also 7-18-2 ATS in their last 27 non-conference games, and 1-4 ATS in their last five games overall.
This is a reasonably thick line, but I think the Hokies have the offensive juice to cover it, especially after a flat Pirates performance in Week 3. I’ll take Virginia Tech here.