Boston College vs. Virginia Tech - 8/31/19 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Boston College vs. Virginia Tech - 8/31/19 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction Photo by Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

Virginia Tech at Boston College

Saturday, August 31, 2019 at 3:00 PM (BC Alumni Stadium )

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The Virginia Tech Hokies and the Boston College Eagles will meet up on the college football circuit Friday.

The Hokies are coming out of a 2018 in which they went 6-7 overall and 4-4 in ACC play. That record left Virginia Tech down in fifth place in the Coastal Division, but was good enough for an invitation to the Military Bowl, where they lost a tough one 35-31 to Cincinnati.

This year, Virginia Tech head coach Justin Fuente will be at the helm in his fourth season. Brad Cornelsen will join again as offensive coordinator and veteran Bud Foster will handle the defense as usual.

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Over on the Boston College side, they’re coming out of a 7-5 season overall in 2018, and a 4-4 record in ACC play as well. The Eagles were invited to the First Responder Bowl, but due to weather the teams couldn’t play past the first quarter.

Boston College will once again be helmed by Steve Addazio, and defensive coordinator Jim Reid will step into that role again. A new arrival is OC Mike Bajakian, in his first year leading the offense.

The Hokies are 5-2 ATS in their last seven games in August and 3-7 ATS in their last 10 road games. Virginia Tech is 1-5 ATS in their last six conference games and the over is 4-0-1 in their last five overall.

Meanwhile, the Eagles are 11-3-1 ATS in their last 15 conference games and 10-3-1 ATS in their last 14 on turf. Boston College is 15-6-1 ATS in their last 22 overall and 2-6 ATS in their last eight in August.

Virginia Tech, by most accounts, should make some headway in the conference—or at least the division—this year. Though they’ll have to contend with Virginia and Miami for the top spots in the Coastal, the Hokies should have an edge on the other quartet.

As for Boston College, they’re going to be looking up at Clemson and Syracuse obviously, but have the goods to flirt with a third-place finish and a bowl berth if they can get past Florida State and NC State.

I think the Eagles can step up at home here and at least cover, if not win, in what should be a fun and competitive game.

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