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West Virginia vs Virginia Tech Betting Odds: Both Virginia Tech and West Virginia step out of conference for an interesting showdown between ACC and Big 12 programs. It is West Virginia’s final game outside of the Big 12 during the regular season while Virginia Tech won’t play another game against a non-ACC squad until a Nov. 19 meeting with Liberty.
Virginia Tech leads the ACC in total defense, allowing just over 200 yards per game while West Virginia is third in the Big 12 in total offense with an average of 509.7 yards per contest. West Virginia football rivals certainly include Virginia Tech and this game promises to be a dandy.
The West Virginia vs Virginia Tech betting odds favor the Mountaineers. That is somewhat surprising considering that the game is in Blacksburg.
West Virginia vs Virginia Tech Game Information
- Game: West Virginia vs. Virginia Tech
Location: Lane Stadium, Blacksburg, Va.
West Virginia Mountaineers
It hasn’t taken CJ Donaldson much time to make his presence felt as the freshman is averaging 9.5 yards per carrying and he has run for six touchdowns in the first three games of the season. Sophomore Tony Mathis leads the Mountaineers with 49 rushing attempts. The strong running game is one of the reasons why the West Virginia vs Virginia Tech betting odds favor the visiting Mountaineers.
Georgia transfer player J.T. Daniels has thrown for 743 yards with six touchdowns and two interceptions. Bryce Ford-Wheaton leads West Virginia with 24 catches and 296 receiving yards. At 6-foot-3 and 225 pounds, his height can give opposing cornerbacks trouble.
Juniors Lee Kpogba and Marcis Floyd are the top two tacklers while senior lineman Dante Stills has three sacks and 2.5 tackles for loss in the first three contests.
Virginia Tech Hokies
Virginia Tech finished eighth in the ACC a season ago in total defense as the Hokies allowed nearly 400 yards per game and 5.9 yards per play. Those numbers are now at 201 yards and 3.5 yards per play.
The top three tacklers (Dax Hollifield, Chamarri Conner, and Nasir Peoples) are all seniors. Hollifield and TyJuan Garbutt are tied for the team lead with three tackles for loss.
West Virginia native and former Marshall star Grant Wells have thrown for 651 yards while completing nearly 66% of his passes. However, he has as many interceptions as touchdown passes. Tight end Nick Gallo leads the team with 13 receptions while six other players have at least five catches.
Keshawn King is the top rusher with 175 yards despite not playing in last week’s game against Wofford.
West Virginia vs Virginia Tech Injury Update
Defensive back Charles Woods (lower body) is questionable for West Virginia.
For Virginia Tech, defensive linemen Josh Fuga and TyJuan Garbutt (foot) and running back Jalen Houston are questionable. Running back Malachi Davis (foot) is out indefinitely while receiver Dallan Wright is out for the season. Keep an eye on the status of leading rusher Keshawn King, who did not play in the last game.
West Virginia vs Virginia Tech Head to Head
West Virginia snapped a three-game losing streak to Virginia Tech with a 27-21 win in 2021. The Mountaineers led by 20 points in the third quarter and held on for the victory.
The winning team has also covered each of the last eight games in the series.
The home squad has won four of the last five meetings.
West Virginia has lost five of its last seven games against ACC teams. This is the second game against an ACC team this season with West Virginia falling 38-31 to former conference rival Pittsburgh in the season opener.
Virginia Tech has dropped its last two games against ACC teams.
West Virginia vs Virginia Tech Betting Preview
It should be fun to watch Virginia Tech’s defense, which is third nationally in rushing defense going against a West Virginia offense that is in the top 30 in rushing yards per game.
West Virginia has won just two of its last 11 road games and has covered in just one of the last five times the Mountaineers have played in Blacksburg.
Virginia Tech has covered just four of the last 14 games.
A high-scoring game could favor West Virginia considering that four of the Mountaineers’ last five games have gone over the total. Meanwhile, the total has gone under in four of Virginia Tech’s last five games. The college football point spreads have the total at 53 for this showdown.Follow us on Twitter