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Hokies face Pirates in Week 3 odds

Virginia Tech HokiesEast Carolina Pirates
Sep 14, 12:00 PM | Grass of Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium

Virginia Tech Hokies vs East Carolina Pirates Odds

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The Pirates hope to be bad hosts on Saturday as the Hokies pay a visit to Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium in Week 3 betting action.

The Hokies will try to spoil to the party on Saturday; they are 0-1-1 ATS against the number this season, while the Pirates are 0-2 ATS. Virginia Tech is 1-1 on the totals; East Carolina is 1-1.

View Virginia Tech vs East Carolina Odds and Stats.

Betting Line: Bettors looking to back the visiting Hokies in this one found them as 7-point favorites on the opening college football point spread at TopBet. Bookmark the college football odds pages to see where the over under number opens in this game.

Power Rankings / Prediction: According to the Power Rankings here at OddsShark it's the No. 102-rated Pirates and the No. 63-rated Hokies in this matchup. Predictive formulas point to a 44-37 win for the Pirates on Saturday.

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How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up East Carolina's No. 29-ranked offense (41.5 PPG) against a Hokies defense that ranks No. 41 at 19 PPG. The Pirates passing attack has averaged 324.5 yards per game, more than the Hokies give up through the air (80.5 YPG on average).

Last time out for Virginia Tech, they were a 45-3 winner as they battled Western Carolina at home. Virginia Tech earned a push in the match as a 42-point favorite, while 48 combined points moved the game UNDER for totals bettors. Western Carolina didn’t make much of a game of it last time out, losing to the Hokies as Virginia Tech blasted them 45-3 in Week 2 action.

East Carolina won its last outing, a 31-13 result against Florida Atlantic on September 5. East Carolina failed to cover in that game as a 19-point favorite, while the 44 combined points took the game UNDER the total. The Pirates grabbed a Week 2 victory over the Owls in their last game, winning 31-13 at Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium.

Virginia Tech Hokies Trends:
When playing in September are 8-2
When playing on grass are 4-6
After outgaining opponent are 5-5
When playing outside the conference are 6-4

East Carolina Pirates Trends:
When playing in September are 5-5
When playing on grass are 6-4
After outgaining opponent are 5-5
When playing outside the conference are 3-7

A few Hokies at Pirates trends to consider:
Virginia Tech is 7-1 SU in its last 8 games when playing East Carolina
Virginia Tech is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
Virginia Tech is 14-6 SU in its last 20 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 10 of Virginia Tech's last 15 games on the road
East Carolina is 8-1 SU in its last 9 games at home
East Carolina is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of East Carolina's last 5 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 6 of East Carolina's last 8 games

Next up:
Virginia Tech home to Marshall, Saturday, September 21
East Carolina at North Carolina, Saturday, September 28