The West Virginia Mountaineers (1-2) and Virginia Tech Hokies (2-1) meet at Lane Stadium Thursday. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. ET (ESPN). Below, we analyze Tipico Sportsbook‘s lines around the West Virginia vs. Virginia Techodds, and make our expert college football picks and predictions.
The Mountaineers scored 6 rushing TDs in a 65-7 win at home vs. the Towson Tigers Saturday. RBs CJ Donaldson and Tony Mathis Jr. rushed for 3 TDs and 2 TDs, respectively. The Mountaineers scored TDs on 6 of their 7 first-half possessions and finished the game with 624 yards of offense.
West Virginia is 1-4 against the spread (ATS) in its last 5 games after covering in its previous game.
Virginia Tech QB Grant Wells threw for 314 yards and 2 TDs in a 27-7 home win vs. the Wofford Terriers Saturday. Wells went 26-of-35 passing, completing passes to 9 receivers. Virginia Tech scored 17 second-quarter points, including a 1-yard rushing TD by RB Jalen Holston and an 11-yard TD pass caught by WR Jadan Blue.
West Virginia won the last head-to-head meeting 27-21 at Mountaineer Field at Milan Puskar Stadium on Sept. 18, 2021.
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West Virginia at Virginia Tech odds
Provided by Tipico Sportsbook; access USA TODAY Sports Scores and Sports Betting Odds hub for a full list. Lines last updated Wednesday at 3:47 p.m. ET.
- Money line (ML): West Virginia -120 (bet $120 to win $100) | Virginia Tech +102 (bet $100 to win $102)
- Against the spread (ATS): West Virginia -1.5 (-110) | Virginia Tech +1.5 (-110)
- Over/Under (O/U): 50.5 (O: -110 | U: -110)
West Virginia at Virginia Tech picks and predictions
Virginia Tech 24, West Virginia 21
BET VIRGINIA TECH (+102).
This line opened closer to -140 for West Virginia at most books and has continued to drop.
Virgina Tech ranks No. 3 in rushing defense, allowing just 40.7 yards per game. The Hokies should be able to secure a home win by taking West Virginia out of the run game.
BET VIRGINIA TECH +1.5 (-110).
Home field advantage is important in this rivalry as the home team is 4-1 ATS in the last 5 head-to-head meetings.
Wells has also looked better in the last 2 games and has not thrown an interception since Virginia Tech’s season-opening loss at the Old Dominion Monarchs. Take the points.
BET UNDER 50.5 (-110).
While I liked this number more when it opened closer to 53.5 at most books, the Under should still hit. This rivalry has a history of low-scoring games as the Under is 5-1-1 in the last 7 meetings. West Virginia will a harder time scoring Thursday vs. a Virginia Tech team that is ranked No. 3 in 3rd-down conversion defense and No. 5 in total defense.
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