West Virginia Mountaineers (1-2) vs. Virginia Tech Hokies (2-1)
September 22, 2022 7:30 pm EDT
The Line: Virginia Tech Hokies +3 / West Virginia Mountaineers -3; Over/Under: 47.5
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The Virginia Tech Hokies and West Virginia Mountaineers do battle Thursday night in week 4 college football action at Lane Stadium. The West Virginia Mountaineers look to get back to a .500 record. The Virginia Tech Hokies look to get off to a 3-1 start.
The West Virginia Mountaineers have lost 5 of their last 7 road games. JT Daniels is completing 64.4 percent of his passes for 753 yards, 6 touchdowns and 2 interceptions. Bryce Ford-Wheaton and Sam James have combined for 490 receiving yards and 5 touchdowns, while Kaden Prather has 14 receptions. The West Virginia Mountaineers ground game is averaging 217.3 yards per contest, and CJ Donaldson leads the way with 274 yards and 6 touchdowns. Defensively, West Virginia is allowing 33.3 points and 328 yards per game. Lee Kpogba leads the West Virginia Mountaineers with 18 tackles, Dante Stills has 2.5 sacks and Marcis Floyd has 2 pass deflections.
The Virginia Tech Hokies have won 6 of their last 9 home games. Grant Wells is completing 65.6 percent of his passes for 651 yards, 4 touchdowns and 4 interceptions. Kaleb Smith and Stephen Gosnell have combined for 234 receiving yards and 1 touchdown, while Nick Gallo has 13 receptions. The Virginia Tech Hokies ground game is averaging 141.3 yards per contest, and Keshawn King leads the way with 175 yards and 1 touchdown. Defensively, Virginia Tech is allowing 12.3 points and 199.7 yards per game. Dax Hollifield leads the Virginia Tech Hokies with 23 tackles, Cole Nelson has 2 sacks and Armani Chatman has 1 interception.
The Mountaineers are 3-7 ATS in their last 10 road games and 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games in September. The Hokies are 2-6 ATS in their last 8 home games and 4-10 ATS in their last 14 games overall. The over is 4-1 in Mountaineers last 5 games overall. The under is 4-1 in Hokies last 5 games overall. The home team is 4-1 ATS in their last 5 meetings.
The West Virginia Mountaineers entered the season with some hype, and they’re probably the better team here overall, but they haven’t been all that impressive. WVU has losses to Pittsburgh and Kansas, and I’m sorry, and a win over Towson doesn’t move the needle. The Virginia Tech Hokies have their flaws, especially on the offensive side, but their defense is one of the best in college football through 3 games. In fact, Virginia Tech is fifth in total defense and third in run defense. Thursday night at home, Blacksburg is never an easy place to play. Give me the Hokies and the free field goal.