The Virginia Tech Hokies are favored at home over the Duke Blue Devils by a field goal, as the point spread from the USA betting sites goes for the NCAA football Week 4 on September 27 at 7:00 pm ET at Lane Stadium in Blacksburg, VA.
Duke Blue Devils at Virginia Tech Hokies MyBookie Sportsbook Lines
|Duke||+2½ (-105)||53 (-110)||+1200|
|Virginia Tech||-2½ (-115)||53 (-110)||-140|
Betting Duke Blue Devils
The Devils picked up their second straight SU and ATS win last weekend. Duke ran through MTSU 41-18 as 6.5-point road chalk, according to the best online sportsbooks. Starting QB Quentin Harris passed 24 of 27 for 237 yards with four TDs. Harris added 107 rushing yards on 11 carries. The Blue Devils are averaging 43 points per game since Alabama held them to three in their season opener. Likewise, their defense has allowed just 15.5 points per game in the last two contests. Duke’s defensive line sacked MTSU QB Asher O’Hara six times.
Per the USA betting sites, the Blue Devils are 4-0 ATS when playing a team with a winning record. 8-2 ATS in their last 10 games on the road. 1-4 ATS in their last five following an ATS win. And 9-3 ATS in their last 12 games in September.
According to the Duke Chronicle, the Devils must prepare for VT’s “chaotic” defense. And they don’t mean “chaotic” as in “disastrous” or “train wreck-y” – that is, like Britney and Kevin. In this case, it’s actually a compliment. “By having corners blitz off the edge and having the safeties line up closer to the line of scrimmage, Virginia Tech gives its athletic blitzers the chance to create havoc in the backfield,” the Chronicle chronicles.
Betting Virginia Tech Hokies
The Hokies, though victorious24-17, disappointed as 24-point home favorites against Furman. Starting QB Ryan Willis threw 17 of 21 for 123 yards with one TD and one pick. Those 123 yards were well distributed among seven different receivers. Running back Keshawn King added 119 yards on 12 attempts. Defensively, VT held Furman to just 68 yards passing. Virginia Tech’s defense recorded four sacks and one interception. The Hokies rank 15th in the country in passing defense (155 yards allowed per game).
According to the USA betting sites, VT is 5-0 ATS in their last five games on Friday. 3-9 ATS in their last 12 games overall. 1-6 ATS in their last seven conference games. And 1-7 ATS in their last eight games following an ATS loss.
“Obviously, we have a huge challenge this week”, head coach Justin Fuentes said. “Duke is coming in here Friday night, and they’re a complete football team on all three phases of the game in my estimation. We’ve always known that Coach [David] Cutcliffe is a fantastic coach, and they’ve got a tremendous amount of talent over there as well. They are really playing at a high level; they are cutting it loose and doing some great things. Offensively they have a great mix of everything; there’s some option looks that they’ve obviously been working on and some spread looks as well. It’ll be a great challenge there, they’ve always been good on special teams and the return game and defensively they’re really getting after people and doing a great job. We’ll have to continue our week of preparation to have a chance to get ready to go.”
Duke Blue Devils at Virginia Tech Hokies Game Prediction
Let’s say Virginia Tech’s admittedly good pass defense manages to contain Harris. That would still leave his, as good ol’ JR might say, educated feet. The Hokies allow 174.0 rushing yards per game (88th). Moreover, VT’s offense is mediocre, and that’s why they are 0-3 ATS this season. Take Duke and the points.