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Hokies visit Bearcats in Week 5 NCAAF clash

Virginia Tech HokiesCincinnati Bearcats
Sep 29, 3:33 PM | Turf of Nippert Stadium

Virginia Tech Hokies vs Cincinnati Bearcats Odds

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In an interesting interconference bout, the Virginia Tech Hokies visit the Cincinnati Bearcats Saturday afternoon (3:30 pm ET, ESPNU) in a game being played at FedEx Field.

The 3-1 Hokies, coming off a 37-0 shutout of Bowling Green, were favored by seven points over 2-0 Cincy, whom they beat in the Orange Bowl a few seasons ago.

View Virginia Tech vs Cincinnati Odds and Stats.

Power Rankings / Prediction: The OddsShark Power Rankings have the Bearcats at No. 49 and the Hokies at No. 110 heading into this contest. Handicapping models project a 40-34 result in favor of the Bearcats.

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How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Cincinnati's No. 64-ranked offense (28.5 PPG) against a Hokies defense that ranks No. 23 at 14.8 PPG. The Bearcats passing attack has averaged 206.5 yards per game, more than the Hokies give up through the air (143.5 YPG on average).

Defensively, the Hokies feature the league's No. 100-rated road run defense, allowing 254 yards per game. Cincinnati, meanwhile, ranks No. 21 in rushing offense at home.

Virginia Tech was a 37-0 winner in their most recent outing at home against Bowling Green. They covered the 17-point spread as favorites, while the total score (37) made winners of UNDER bettors. Virginia Tech cruised to victory in its last outing, as they ran up a 37-0 score against Bowling Green at Lane Stadium.

Cincinnati won its last outing, a 23-7 result against Delaware St on September 15. Since it involved a non-board school, there was no point spread or total on the game. Delaware St was unable to contain George Winn in its last action Saturday and the result was a 23-7 Week 3 loss against the Bearcats.

Virginia Tech Hokies Trends:
When playing in September are 9-1
When playing on turf are 6-4
After outgaining opponent are 7-3
When playing outside the conference are 7-3

Cincinnati Bearcats Trends:
When playing in September are 6-4
When playing on turf are 8-2
After outgaining opponent are 6-4
When playing outside the conference are 7-3

A few Hokies at Bearcats trends to consider:
Virginia Tech is 13-3 SU in its last 16 games on the road
Virginia Tech is 20-5 SU in its last 25 games
The total has gone UNDER in 8 of Virginia Tech's last 11 games on the road
Virginia Tech is 3-6 ATS in its last 9 games on the road
Cincinnati is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
Cincinnati is 7-1 SU in its last 8 games at home
Cincinnati is 1-3-1 ATS in its last 5 games at home

Next up:
Virginia Tech at North Carolina, Saturday, October 6
Cincinnati home to Miami (Ohio), Saturday, October 6