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Virginia Tech Hokies vs. East Carolina Pirates Gambling Predictions & Week 3 Preview

Virginia Tech vs ECU NCAA Football Spread/Handicapping

The undefeated East Carolina Pirates will host the Virginia Tech Hokies, who are looking to build on their Week 2 win over West Carolina.

Virginia Tech (1-1) vs. East Carolina (2-0)
Date: Saturday, Sept. 14, 2013
Time: 12 p.m. EST
Venue: Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium
City: Greenville
O/U Odds: 51 1/2
Spread: Virginia Tech -7 1/2

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Virginia Tech pounded West Carolina 45-3 on Saturday after losing to Alabama in their opener, while the Pirates improved to 2-0 on Saturday by defeating the Florida Atlantic Owls 31-13 on Thursday night.

Running back Trey Edmunds led the Hokies with two touchdowns as the defense did its share of damage, after Detrick Bonner returned one of his two interceptions for a touchdown.

The ground attack was solid as Edmunds finished with 68 of the team’s 152 rushing yards on 15 carries.

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However, the passing game is still a work in progress. Quarterback Logan Thomas, was only 5-of-26 against Alabama, but did improve against West Carolina, completing the game going 17-of-31 for 200 yards and one touchdown. He did throw two interceptions in the end zone though.

That’s something that the East Carolina defense will want to take advantage of in order to have a chance against Virginia Tech. [soliloquy id=”82219″]

The Pirates defense looked sharper in Week 2, allowing 282 total yards, 104 of which came on the ground for the Owls. The unit also forced three turnovers. That was a big improvement for a defense that allowed Old Dominion to score 38 points in Week 1.

Meanwhile, the Hokies defense, which played great against Alabama, played another solid game against West Carolina, surrendering just 162 total yards, which included just 51 passing and 111 rushing, while forcing three turnovers.

The defense will need to play another great game as they face a highly productive Pirates offense led by quarterback Shane Carden.

Carden led the way for the Pirates, finishing 17-of-25 for 191 yards and two touchdowns against West Carolina, but did get some help from running back Vintavious Cooper who ran for  95 yards and a touchdown on 20 carries. He also hauled in five passes for 49 yards.

Matt’s Prediction

The Hokies have won nine of the last 10 meetings against East Carolina, with the Pirates earning a win at home in 2008.

And while the Pirates passing attack has averaged 324.5 yards per game, it will likely run out of steam against a stingy Hokies defense that gives up a meager 80.5 YPG through the air.

That’s going to make it tough for East Carolina too score.

On the other side of the ball, the Pirates defense may have played well against the Owls but they will have trouble stopping the rushing attack of Virginia Tech in this one.

Virginia Tech 35 – East Carolina 14

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