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College Football Handicapping: Week 1
(0-0) Virginia Tech Hokies vs. Boston College Eagles (0-0)
Date: Saturday, August 31 2019
Time: 4:00 pm EST
Venue: Alumni Stadium, Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts
NCAA Football Spread: Hokies -4.5
NCAA Betting Total: 57
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This is the first game and the first conference game for both teams. That makes it extra important and both teams are not exactly pushing Clemson for the league title.
Boston College wants to be physical and run it down your throat while Virginia Tech wants to show last year’s defensive failings were just a blip. We will find out soon.
Virginia Tech Hokies
Virginia Tech feels like they are on a down-slide. They are just not talked about much as being a real threat in the ACC these days.
The presence of Clemson has something to do with that for sure but they just seem to not be getting the players and they are not able to find the right style that has them competing like they used to.
This is an important statement game, especially for a defense that needs to lead the way this season, send coordinator Bud Foster off with some good feelings.
Boston College is not elite so there is a great chance they can set up themselves up for a nice road win to start the season.
Boston College Eagles
Boston College is one of those programs that is sure in its approach. They want to power run you to death and play the kind of defense that makes winning 17-13 possible.
AJ Dillon might be the best power running back in the nation. If they can get some blocks at the point of attack it is tough to stop him.
The defense has not been up to snuff though since Don Brown left. They need to be better if they are going to compete throughout the ACC season.
I do like this spot for the home team though as they are more likely to be up for the opener. The time slot is sleepy though. They need to come out and hit VT in the mouth to start the game.
NCAA Football Handicapping Trends
- Over is 4-0-1 in Hokies last 5 games overall.
- Hokies are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 conference games.
- Over is 3-1-1 in Hokies last 5 conference games.
- Under is 4-1 in Eagles last 5 games overall.
- Eagles are 11-3-1 ATS in their last 15 conference games.
- Eagles are 10-3-1 ATS in their last 14 games on fieldturf.
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Coming into this season I do not see the gap bewteen these two programs as being that big. Certainly not one that make Virginia Tech a favourite at this dead number on the road.
4* Free NCAA Betting Pick: Boston College +4.5
Getting a home dog to start the season looks pretty good to me. Look to play this number soon though, don’t wait.
Boston College should be able to effectively shorten the game the way they want to at home. They will win outright covering along the way.
Week 1 Free Score Prediction: Boston College 24 – Virginia Tech 20
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