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Virginia Tech Hokies College Football Betting

Virginia Tech Hokies NCAA Football Betting

Last January after a tough 8-5 season that included a loss to the hated arch rival Virginia Cavaliers, Virginia Tech Hokies head coach Justin Fuente was open to listening to the Baylor Bears about taking over as their head coach. Fuente is from the Oklahoma area and was an assistant at TCU which gave him considerable familiarity with the Big 12 Conference. Baylor was coming off a Sugar Bowl berth which their previous head coach Matt Rhule was able to parlay into an NFL gig with the Carolina Panthers. Baylor has become a desirable job in a rich recruiting region. Recruiting has been an area where Fuente has struggled badly at during his time at Virginia Tech. Many believed that Fuente would cut bait and take the Baylor job. Instead he decided to stay at Blacksburg. There are plenty of Hokies fans that wish he would have bailed. And deep down one wonders if Fuente wishes he would have skipped out as well. Because the 2020 season has turned into a Hokie nightmare.

Virginia Tech Hokies Weekly Odds

Virginia Tech Hokies +22

Clemson Tigers -22

Total 66.5

Virginia Tech Hokies Weekly Matchup

On Saturday, December 5, 2020 the Virginia Tech Hokies will host the Clemson Tigers at Lane Stadium in Blacksburg, Virginia. Kickoff time and television coverage is to be determined.

Last week the Clemson Tigers played their first game in three weeks and took it all out on the Pitt Panthers 52-17 as 24-point home chalks with the game going over the total of 58.5. As a result, Clemson is now 8-1 straight up, 3-6 against the spread and 6-3 over the total.

Clemson has national metrics of 9th for total offense, 3rd for passing, 76th for rushing, 5th for scoring, and 118th for turnovers. Defensively the Tigers rank 8th in the nation, 26th against the pass, 12th against the rush, 19th for points allowed, and 3rd for takeaways.

In the win over Pitt quarterback Trevor Lawrence, in his first game since October 24, threw for 403 yards and two touchdowns. Lawrence has a career best QB rating of 178.7 so far on the season with 19 touchdown passes, two interceptions, 9.8 yards per pass, a 70.6 completion rate and 2236 yards passing.

Wide receiver Cornell Powell had a big day against Pitt as the top target for Lawrence. Powell caught six passes for 176 yards and a touchdown.

The win over Pitt was a reminder of how powerful Clemson can be.

Clemson has come away with the cash in 12 of their last 16 away games. So too have the Tigers covered four of their last five against Virginia Tech. Four of the last five games between Clemson and Virginia Tech have gone under the total.

Virginia Tech Hokies Weekly Recap

Last week the Hokies were on a much needed by week that followed a 47-14 debacle at the Pitt Panthers. It was the Hokies third consecutive loss and fifth in their last seven games. Virginia Tech is now 4-5 straight up, 3-6 against the spread with 6-3 over the total.

There is a saying that “tradition is the currency of college football.” To put it another way it’s extremely difficult for a college football program to overcome its history. Previous Virginia Tech head coach Frank Beamer took the program to its greatest historic heights as a perennial top-25 contender. From 1993 through 2011 Beamer coached the Hokies up to the top-25 16 times. But Beamer cracked the top five just one time and the top ten seven times. All told he took Virginia Tech as far and as high as it has ever gone.

While Virginia Tech’s history doesn’t absolve Fuente of his own declining production what it does show is that there is a limit to how far the Hokies can go, regardless of who the coach is. Fuente had the perfect chance to get out when the getting was good last January but stated he had a job to complete. Although he is signed through 2023 and not likely to be fired in a pandemic year Fuente’s quality of life can’t be good these days.

2020 Virginia Tech Hokies Schedule

Date Opponent Score
Sep 26 vs. NC State W 45-24
Oct 3 @ Duke W 38-31
Oct 10 @ UNC L 45-56
Oct 17 vs. Boston College W 40-14
Oct 24 @ Wake Forest L 16-23
Oct 31 @ Louisville W 42-35
Nov 7 vs. Liberty L 35-38
Nov 14 vs. Miami L 24-25
Nov 21 @ Pittsburgh L 14-47
Dec 5 vs. Clemson -
Dec 12 vs. Virginia -
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