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Game Preview - Panthers underdogs vs Hokies at Virginia Tech

Pittsburgh PanthersVirginia Tech Hokies
3-1October 12, 2013, 12:00 | Lane Stadium5-1

The Hokies will try to win and cover the spread at Lane Stadium on Saturday when they get a visit from the Panthers in Week 7 action.

This season the Hokies are 5-1 overall and 2-2-2 ATS against the number, while the Panthers are 3-1 and 1-2-1 ATS. As for the totals, Virginia Tech is 2-4 on the OU, and Pittsburgh is 3-1.

View Pittsburgh Panthers vs Virginia Tech Hokies Odds and Stats.

The Hokies were listed as -9.5-point favorites at sportsbooks such as Bovada on the college football lines.

It's a betting matchup between the No. 60-rated Hokies and the No. 43-ranked Panthers, according to the NCAAF Power Rankings here at Odds Shark. Predictive-scoring models run on this game indicate a potential 31-26 result in favor of the Hokies.

Pittsburgh was a 14-3 winner in their most recent outing at home against Virginia. They covered the 6-point spread as favorites, while the total score (17) made winners of UNDER bettors. Virginia Tech won its last game, 27-17 over North Carolina on Saturday, behind a 123-yard receiving performance from Willie Byrn at Lane Stadium.

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Virginia Tech's No. 95-ranked offense (23.83 PPG) against a Panthers defense that ranks No. 91 at 31.5 PPG. The Hokies passing attack has averaged 206.17 yards per game, less than the Panthers give up through the air (219 YPG on average).

In comparing defenses, the Panthers own the league's No. 13-rated front 7 in terms of stopping the run, allowing 87.5 yards per game when on the road. Virginia Tech, on the other hand, rates No. 84 this week in generating rushing yards at home.

A few Panthers at Hokies trends to consider:
Pittsburgh is 1-3-1 ATS in its last 5 games
Pittsburgh is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Pittsburgh's last 5 games

Next up:
Pittsburgh at Old Dominion, Saturday, October 19th
Virginia Tech at Duke, Saturday, October 26th