Virginia Tech Hokies (2-0) at East Carolina Pirates (0-2)
College Football: Saturday, September 16, 2017 at 3:30 pm (Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium)
The Line: East Carolina Pirates +22 -- Over/Under: Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Virginia Tech Hokies and East Carolina Pirates meet Saturday in college football action at Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium.
The Virginia Tech Hokies look for their first road victory to build on their quick 2-0 start to the season. The Virginia Tech Hokies have won seven of their last eight road games. Josh Jackson is completing 57.4 percent of his passes for 457 yards, three touchdowns and zero interceptions. Jackson has moved the chains 17 times through the air this season. Cam Phillips and Sean Savoy have combined for 333 receiving yards and three touchdowns while C.J. Carroll has five receptions. The Virginia Tech Hokies ground game is averaging 157.5 yards per contest, and Jackson leads the way with 120 yards and one touchdown. Defensively, Virginia Tech is allowing 12 points and 407.5 yards per game. Tremaine Edmunds leads the Virginia Tech Hokies with 21 tackles, Terrell Edmunds has one sack and Trevon Hill has one interception.
The East Carolina Pirates need a statement victory to rebound from their 0-2 start to the season. The East Carolina Pirates have lost three straight home games. Thomas Sirk is completing 53.6 percent of his passes for 401 yards, one touchdown and four interceptions. Sirk and Gardner Minshew have combined for five interceptions this season. Davon Grayson and Trevon Brown have combined for 308 receiving yards and one touchdown while Jimmy Williams has 10 receptions. The East Carolina Pirates ground game is averaging 106 yards per contest, and Tyshon Dye leads the way with 71 yards on 14 carries. Defensively, East Carolina is allowing 45 points and 616.5 yards per game. Jordan Williams leads the East Carolina Pirates with 25 tackles, Kiante Anderson has two sacks and Bobby Fulp has one interception.
The Hokies are 8-17-1 ATS in their last 26 games in September, 4-1 ATS in their last 5 non-conference games and 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games overall. The Pirates are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 home games, 8-26 ATS vs. a team with a winning record and 9-26 ATS in their last 35 games overall. The Hokies are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 meetings in East Carolina, 1-4 ATS in their last 5 meetings and the underdog is 4-1 ATS in their last 5 meetings.
There's no reason to back the East Carolina Pirates in this game based on the way the defense has played the first two games. Only Tulsa is allowing more yards per game this season the Pirates through the first two games. Virginia Tech is still that physical team that gets after it defensively and appears to have an offense now. However, I'm leaning towards the points here. East Carolina has beaten Virginia Tech in two of the last three seasons and will get up for this game as well at home. And while the defense has serious issues, the ECU offense has another gear it can hit to help mask those struggles. I don't love this game, but I don't see the Pirates being that bad. They'll make this somewhat of a game.