Virginia Tech Hokies (5-5) at Wake Forest Demon Deacons (2-8)
|Date & Time||Saturday November 22, 2014, 12:30 PM (EST)|
The Line: Wake Forest Demon Deacons +14 -- Over/Under: TBA
The Virginia Tech Hokies travel to Wake Forest to play the Demon Deacons on Saturday afternoon.
The Virginia Tech Hokies improved to 5-5, 2-4 ACC after beating the Duke Blue Devils on the road 17-16 last weekend. The Hokies had lost three games in a row overall to Pittsburgh, Miami, and Boston College before bouncing back on Saturday with a win. The Hokies allowed 326 total yards against Duke, but forced three huge turnovers. On the season, the Hokies defense is allowing a solid 21.9 points per game, which ranks 23rd in the country. QB Michael Brewer completed only 12 of 23 passes for 138 yards with 2 touchdowns and 1 interception against Duke. WR Bucky Hodges caught a team-high 6 balls for 57 yards and a score for the Hokies. RB J.C. Coleman had a good game, carrying the ball 20 times for 95 yards in the win. Virginia Tech’s offense is averaging a below average 25.3 points per game, which ranks 90th in the country this season. The Hokies are used to winning without scoring a lot of points; in the last 10 seasons, Virginia Tech is the only school in the country with a winning record when scoring 20 or fewer points. The Hokies will play their final road game of the season this Saturday; Virginia Tech is 3-1 away from home this year.
The Wake Forest Demon Deacons dropped to 2-8, 0-6 ACC after losing at North Carolina State 42-13 on Saturday. The Demon Deacons have lost six straight now overall and in conference play. Against the Wolfpack, Wake Forest allowed 445 total yards, didn’t force any turnovers, and had trouble getting off the field on 3rd down. On the season, the Demon Deacons are allowing an average of 27.3 points per game, which ranks 69th in the country. QB John Wolford completed only 15 of 32 passes for 161 yards against NC State last weekend. WR E.J. Scott caught a team high 5 balls for 50 yards, while RB Dezmond Wortham carried the ball 12 times for 34 yards. The Wake Forest offense is awful this season, averaging a lousy 15.1 points per game, which ranks almost dead last in the country. Wake Forest will play their final home game of the season this weekend; the Demon Deacons are 2-3 at home this season, but have lost three straight in conference play at BB&T Field.
These two teams have not played since 2011 when Virginia Tech won 38-17 at Wake Forest. The Demon Deacons have one of the worst offenses in the country and the Hokies should have no problem holding them under 13 points in this one. Meanwhile, the Wake Forest defense, which was once their strength, has become a huge weakness as well. I think the Hokies will have no problem scoring against the Demon Deacons. Virginia Tech is trying to avoid a losing record this season. The Hokies will come out and get the win and cover this weekend.