Notre Dame Fighting Irish (5-0) at Virginia Tech Hokies (3-1)
College Football: Saturday, October 6, 2018 at 8:00 pm (Lane Stadium)
The Line: Virginia Tech Hokies +6.5 -- Over/Under: 56.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Notre Dame Fighting Irish and Virginia Tech Hokies meet Saturday in college football action at the Lane Stadium.
The Notre Dame Fighting Irish look for their second road win of the season to start 6-0 for the first time since 2014. The Notre Dame Fighting Irish have split their last eight road games. Ian Book is completing 74.3 percent of his passes for 616 yards, seven touchdowns and zero interceptions. Brandon Wimbush and Book have combined for eight touchdown passes and four interceptions this season. Miles Boykin and Chase Claypool have combined for 485 receiving yards and three touchdowns while Chris Finke has 16 receptions. The Notre Dame Fighting Irish ground game is averaging 201.4 yards per contest, and Tony Jones Jr. leads the way with 303 yards and three touchdowns. Defensively, Notre Dame is allowing 18.8 points and 340.6 yards per game. Te'von Coney leads the Notre Dame Fighting Irish with 39 tackles, Jerry Tillery has seven sacks and Jalen Elliott has two interceptions.
The Virginia Tech Hokies look to remain undefeated at home to remain in the ACC title conversation. The Virginia Tech Hokies have won six of their last seven home games. Josh Jackson is completing 62.1 percent of his passes for 575 yards, five touchdowns and one interception. Jackson and Ryan Willis have combined for nine touchdown passes and one interception this season. Damon Hazelton and Eric Kumah have combined for 559 receiving yards and five touchdowns while Hezekiah Grimsley has 12 receptions. The Virginia Tech Hokies ground game is averaging 204 yards per contest, and Steven Peoples leads the way with 302 yards and five touchdowns. Defensively, Virginia Tech is allowing 20.8 points and 388 yards per game. Rayshard Ashby leads the Virginia Tech Hokies with 34 tackles, Trevon Hill has 3.5 sacks and Caleb Farley has two interceptions.
The Fighting Irish are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 road games, 4-9 ATS in their last 13 games on grass and 39-18-2 ATS in their last 59 games in October. The Hokies are 11-4 ATS in their last 15 home games, 7-3 ATS in their last 10 non-conference games and 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games on grass. The under is 10-4 in Hokies last 14 games overall and the under is 7-2 in Fighting Irish last 9 games overall.
The Notre Dame Fighting Irish are better than I expected them to be, and while I'm not 100 percent sold on them being a playoff team, they've been mentally tougher than most ND teams and have been consistent offensively. The Virginia Tech Hokies have looked shaky at best the last couple of weeks, but they're still led by a high quality defense that keeps them in games and playing a night game at Lane Stadium is one of the harder things in college football to do. There's a reason why the Hokies have been a really good covering team at home dating back to last season and has covered six of their last eight games when an underdog of at least three points at home. The Notre Dame Fighting Irish have failed to cover 11 of their last 19 games when a favorite of at least three points on the road. The physical play of Virginia Tech is sure to test the Irish here. I want points in my pocket.