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Betting line favors Hokies over Eagles

Virginia Tech HokiesBoston College Eagles

Virginia Tech had won six games in a row and was looking forward to an ACC Coastal Division showdown with the Miami Hurricanes in a couple of weeks.

Then the Hokies ran into Duke; now they're playing catch-up.

Coming off a shocking home loss to the Blue Devils 6-2 Virginia Tech will try to bounce back and keep pace in the divisional race when it visits 3-4 Boston College this Saturday afternoon (noon ET, ABC/ESPN2).

In the early betting the Hokies, who have beaten the Eagles five times in a row by an average of 19 points per game, were favored by five points over BC, which is 3-1 ATS over its last four games.

The Hokies will try to spoil to the party on Saturday; they are 3-3-2 ATS against the number this season, while the Eagles are 4-3 ATS. Virginia Tech is 2-6 on the totals; Boston College is 3-4.

View Virginia Tech Hokies vs Boston College Eagles Odds and Stats.

The visitors opened as 6-point favorites in this one at 5Dimes and most sportsbooks tracked here at OddsShark. No total had been posted as of press time check the live lines pages in the coming days to see where the number opened.

The Eagles sit at No. 94 in the current NCAAF Power Rankings here at OddsShark, while the Hokies are at No. 45 on that chart. Math models have concluded that the Hokies will win this game 26-16.

In their last action, Virginia Tech was a 13-10 loser at home against Duke. They failed to cover the 12.5-point spread as favorites, while the combined score (23) was profitable news for UNDER bettors.

How They Match Up:
The game also pits Boston College's No. 94-ranked offense, averaging 23 PPG, against a Hokies defense that ranks No. 5 this week at 14.75 PPG. The Eagles aerial game is averaging 163.14 yards per game, more than the Hokies secondary allows through the air, 157.75 YPG per game.

In comparing defenses, the Hokies own the league's No. 8-rated front 7 in terms of stopping the run, allowing 87.5 yards per game when on the road. Boston College, on the other hand, rates No. 44 this week in generating rushing yards at home.

A few Hokies at Eagles trends to consider:
Virginia Tech is 7-13-3 ATS in its last 23 games
Virginia Tech is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Virginia Tech's last 7 games
Virginia Tech is 1-7 ATS in its last 8 games on the road
Boston College is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games
Boston College is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 9 of Boston College's last 13 games
Boston College is 6-1 ATS in its last 7 games at home

Next up:
Virginia Tech at Miami, Saturday, November 9th
Boston College at New Mexico State, Saturday, November 9th