Virginia Tech Opens As Huge Favorites Over Boston College

A.J. Black

Boston College (3-1) will try and make it two in a row when they take on the Virginia Tech Hokies on Saturday. Boston College won a thriller on Saturday, defeating Pitt 31-30 on a missed extra point by Panthers kicker Alex Kessman in overtime. The Hokies (2-1) suffered their first defeat of the season, losing 56-47 to UNC. 

The Hokies offense, particularly the rushing attack has been the strongest part of their game. Kansas transfer Khalil Herbert has already risen to become one of the best running backs in the conference. Through four games he has rushed for 449 yards, averaging over ten yards per carry, along with five touchdowns. The passing attack has been more uneven, but if Hendon Hooker starts at quarterback, look for this to change. 

The online betting site betonline.ag has posted the current line for the upcoming game between the Eagles and Hokies. They have set the opening line in favor of Virginia Tech at a particularly large (-10.5). Boston College this year is 4-1 against the spread, beating it Duke, Pitt and UNC and failing to meet the -20 spread against Texas State.

Here are some of the other lines of note for the upcoming week.

Pittsburgh at Miami (-9)

Liberty (-2.5) at Syracuse

Clemson (-27) at Georgia Tech

Louisville at Notre Dame (-15.5)

Duke at NC State (-4)

Virginia (-2.5) at Wake Forest

UNC (-10) at Florida State

Georgia at Alabama (-5)

LSU at Florida (-14)

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Comments (16)
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44Andre2000
44Andre2000

Seems about right. BC is 52nd in SP+ while VT is 25th. If we can beat anyone who isn’t a basketball-first school by more than 1 score we will start to climb in the rankings. But for now wins are wins.

bcmoderate77
bcmoderate77

Ah - our friend Khalil Herbert. Let’s hope for no 80 yard runs to close out half this time around. What that kid did to us last year is all the bulletin board material coach needs. How’s VTs defense though?

Edmonds Forever
Edmonds Forever

I think -10 is about right. While BC has been within a score in their last 3 games, I bizarrely felt better about the team in their losing effort to UNC than I did in their winning efforts against Texas State or Pitt. What's wrong with me?! I want to believe, but no team can consistently win when they leave scores so close. In that world, eventually luck goes against you or something crazy happens. When you have the opportunity to finish the opponent off, you have to take it! I'm not sure if VT is any better than BC, but they'll be better rested and at home, so I think they nick this one.

AGPennyPacker
AGPennyPacker

Hope Hafley can use this as an additional motivational tool.
But very worried cause last year while at Kansas...
RB Khalil Herbert averaged 17 yards x carry (11 Rushes for 187 yards & a TD.) vs us.

Jkmanx
Jkmanx

sorry - betting man

Jkmanx
Jkmanx

Now I am not a betting me - but me likes the points


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