East Carolina Pirates (1-1) at Virginia Tech Hokies (2-0)
The Line: Virginia Tech Hokies -29.5 -- Over/Under:
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The East Carolina Pirates will visit the Virginia Tech Hokies at Lane Stadium on Saturday in college football action.
The Pirates are sitting at 1-1 on the year so far. East Carolina took a tough loss to NC A&T 28-23 in the opener, but then bounced back with a convincing victory over in-state rivals North Carolina 41-19.
East Carolina QB Reid Herring is sitting on 599 yards, three touchdowns and two picks, while Trevon Brown leads the receivers with 147 yards and one TD. Anthony Scott is the top rusher for the Pirates with 107 yards and one score.
Over on the Virginia Tech side, they’re sitting pretty at 2-0 after a pair of big wins. The Hokies took out Florida State 24-3 in the opener, then beat up on William & Mary 62-17 this past Saturday.
Josh Jackson leads the Virginia Tech offense on 424 yards and three touchdowns, with his favorite target being Damon Hazleton, who has 129 yards and two scores. Deshawn McClease is the lead rusher for the Hokies with 112 yards and one score.
The Pirates are 8-2 in their last 10 versus the ACC and 8-23-1 ATS in their last 32 games overall. East Carolina is 2-7 in their last nine games in September and 5-17 ATS in their last 22 road games.
Meanwhile, the Hokies are 4-1 ATS in the last five games in September and 7-2 ATS in their last nine non-conference games. Virginia Tech is 11-4 ATS in their last 15 home games and 11-5 ATS in their last 16 on grass.
East Carolina should obviously be sitting at 2-0 so far, but reading too much into their big win over a bad North Carolina team is probably not the way to go right now. Conversely, there’s not a whole lot to dislike about Virginia Tech on paper, as they seem to be pretty well-balanced and aren’t having much difficulty thus far. Unless you can find a line that’s simply too ridiculous to believe, I can’t see picking against Virginia Tech to cover here.