Jackets Hokies Game Odds

Given all the excitement surrounding high-powered Georgia Tech over the last few years, it may surprise some bettors to see them appear as 13-point underdogs travelling to Virginia Tech on Thursday night. But the truth is that Georgia Tech doesn’t carry a ton of momentum into this matchup.

The Yellow Jackets’ last game was a 27-13 defeat against Clemson the week before a bye. Georgia Tech ran for 242 yards. That may look like a huge number but, based on Georgia Tech’s lofty standards, it wasn’t.

Georgia Tech leads the nation in rushing, averaging 317.4 yards per game. Led by dual-threat quarterback Josh Nesbitt and lead back Anthony Allen, the Jackets are a force on the ground. However, if any team neutralizes their running game, they have trouble winning.

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Clemson kept the Jackets well under their season rushing average and held the usually dominant Nesbitt to just two yards on 15 carries. The Tigers got a lead and deployed their ultimate plan: forcing Georgia Tech to pass. The Yellow Jackets have the second worst passing attack in the country, averaging a measly 84.8 yards per game. They don’t throw often, and when they do they often struggle; Nesbitt’s completion percentage is just 38.2 per cent. [ Matchup Stats ]

The hosting Virginia Tech Hokies will likely try to force Georgia Tech into passing situations as well this week. But can they still cover the 13 points considering that (a) the underdog has beaten the spread four straight times in this series and (b) Georgia Tech is 5-1 against the spread over its last six games as a road underdog of 10.5 points or more?

Based on the Hokies’ recent track record, the answer actually looks like a resounding “yes.” Since losing their first two games of 2010, they’ve been on a mission. Virginia Tech has won six straight games by an average of 24 points, going 6-0 against the spread over that span. The Hokies have scored 40-plus points in five of those wins and Tyrod Taylor has been on fire, tossing 11 touchdown passes during the streak.

This game could very well trend OVER the 56-point total commonly seen at sportsbooks – but more because of Virginia Tech than because of Georgia Tech. The Hokies average 37 points per game and Georgia Tech’s defense is ho-hum at 53rd in the nation. Six of Virginia Tech’s last seven home games have gone over the total.