In what should be a unique atmosphere at the Battle at Bristol on Saturday night, Tennessee enters as a double-digit favorite over Virginia Tech.
The Virginia Tech Hokies are 7–5 straight up and 8–4 against the spread in their last 12 games as betting underdogs. The Hokies will look to score another upset this Saturday night against the Tennessee Volunteers at Bristol Motor Speedway in Tennessee.
Virginia Tech is an 11.5-point betting underdog for Saturday at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com. In their last 11 games as double-digit underdogs, the Hokies are 7–4 ATS with two outright upsets.
After finishing the season in 2015 with a 2–0 SU and 0–2 ATS run, Virginia Tech picked up where it left off this season with a 36–13 win over Liberty, failing to cover the spread as a 32-point favorite.
From 2004 to 2011, the Hokies were perennial contenders in the ACC with eight straight seasons with 10 wins or more and four division titles. But over the last four seasons, Virginia Tech has gone just 29–23 SU.
The last time these two teams met, Virginia Tech came out on top 37–14 in the 2009 Chick-fil-A Bowl. The Volunteers are 4–0 ATS in their last four games after losing the previous matchup to an opponent per the OddsShark College Football Database.
The Volunteers improved to 7–0 SU and 4–3 ATS over their last seven games with a win over Appalachian State last week, but they didn’t do so in style. Appalachian State gave the Vols a scare with a 13–3 lead at the half, but Tennessee eventually forced overtime and came away with a 20–13 victory.
Tennessee averaged 35.2 points per game in 2016, and will be looking for a better offensive effort this weekend. The total for Saturday is set at 55 points for the Hokies vs. Volunteers betting matchup. The UNDER is 5–2 in Tennessee’s last seven games coming off a win.
With over 150,000 fans expected to be in attendance, Saturday’s game at Bristol Motor Speedway is expected to crush the current college football attendance record of 115,109 fans. The matchup is technically listed as a neutral-site game, but this Bristol crowd will obviously be tilted heavily in Tennessee’s favor.