Free NCAA Football Prediction: Yellow Jackets vs. Cavaliers Odds
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College Football Handicapping Analysis: Week 8
Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (3-3) vs. Virginia Cavaliers (5-2)
Date: Saturday, October 23, 2021
Time: 7:30 pm EST
Venue: Scott Stadium
NCAA Football ATS Spread Odds: Jackets +7 / Cavs -7 (Bet Now!)
NCAA Football Moneyline Odds: GA Tech +225 / Virginia -250
NCAA Betting Total Odds: O/U 62
Week 8 college football sees the Yellow Jackets and Cavaliers meet at Scott Stadium.
The Cavs are favored by 7 points in this ACC matchup and they are already playing their 6th consecutive conference game of the year in week 8 of the season.
You will notice a bunch of ACC teams that are deep into their conference schedule which we are not accustomed to seeing so early. Traditionally, we see everyone start their seasons with non-conference games dominating the schedules.
The Jackets will have played a handful of ACC opponents after this affair in Charlottesville this weekend. They have split their first 4 games to be 2 – 2 which has them in 4th place in the Coastal Division standings.
The Cavaliers passing offense has been nothing short of ridiculous this season and it has Brennan Armstrong’s name being mentioned all over the country. After a 48 – 0 thumping of Duke last weekend, the offense has a defense to support it which makes for a dangerous combination!
Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets
Well, at least the Jackets DC, Andy Thacker, can have an idea what to prepare for because the Cavs might throw the ball just a few times on Saturday. Just a few!
The goal has to be to slow down the offense and keep them off the field for as long as possible or else it will be a long night in Charlottesville. Head Coach Geoff Collins has his kids buying into his system and the passing game actually exists here now.
We area all still getting used to hearing that the Tech offense is scoring through the air and this team ranks right in the middle of the pack in both passing and rushing. The passing game is putting up 233.7 yards a contest which puts them at 66 in the rankings and the ground game is ranked 62nd averaging 169 YPG.
This team has alternated wins and losses all season long but the big win over North Carolina really showed the progress this team has made in the last 3 years under Collins.
Jeff Sims and Jordan Yates have both done a yeoman’s job running the offense, although Sims is the guy who you can expect to see using his legs to move the chains. Sims is second on the depth chart in rushing for this team with 255 yards behind team-leading Jahmyr Gibbs.
Gibbs has carried the ball 77 times to Sims’ 38 attempts but he has only amassed 279 yards averaging 3.6 yards per rush while Sims has 255 putting up 6.7 yards an attempt.
The Virginia offense will be under the lights of Scott Stadium and on the minds of the Jackets passing defense all night long too. The Cavs made the Duke Blue Devils defense look pretty stupid last weekend in a 48 – 0 destruction which also highlighted the defense.
Obviously, a shutout looks so good on paper but we still have concerns all around this side of the ball. Even with the manhandling of Duke, this defense is sitting near 100th in just about every major defensive category we take serious notice of.
Brennan Armstrong will surpass the 3K passing mark this weekend as long as he stays on the field. With 19 TD passes and 2,824 yards under his belt, Armstrong is certainly in the conversation for plenty of awards in 2021.
The schedule ahead could cause some issues, however, because BYU, Notre Dame, Pitt, and big rivals Virginia Tech are left on the schedule after this weekend. The offensive line needs to clean up the mistakes too because Armstrong has been sent to the ground 21 times through 7 games.
The Cavs will be putting that 70th ranked pass defense of GT to the test on Saturday but the line setters have made it clear that they don’t believe in the Jackets’ ability to slow this team down. Nor are they expecting the Cavs defense to let up after putting up a shutout last time out against Duke.
NCAA Football Handicapping Trends
- Over is 19-7 in Yellow Jackets last 26 games in October.
- Over is 17-8 in Yellow Jackets’ last 25 games as an underdog.
- The home team is 7-2-1 ATS in their last 10 meetings.
- Cavaliers are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games as a favorite.
- Cavaliers are 10-3 ATS in their last 13 games overall.
- Cavaliers are 19-6-1 ATS in their last 26 home games.
4* Free Week 8 NCAA Betting Final Analysis:
Tech is about to get a heavy dose of balls being in the air and I do not think they will be able to match the scoring of the Cavs. This line at -7 is a tough read because it makes us want to expect a close game. Not seeing it! 45 – 22 Cavs in a blowout.
4* Free Week 8 NCAA Betting Pick: Cavs -7
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