College Football Picks Week 11: Virginia Tech Hokies vs. Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets

No. 10 Virginia Tech Hokies at No. 21 Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets
Thursday, 11/10/11, 8:00 PM EST, TV:  ESPN
Opening Point Spread:  Virginia Tech -1.5
Current Betting Line:  Virginia Tech -1
Opening Total:  50
Current Total:  50
Odds Courtesy of Bookmaker

The Virginia Tech Hokies are 7-1 ATS in November

Virginia Tech has bounced back after dropping a 23-3 contest to the Clemson Tigers as seven-point home favorites, winning four consecutive games, including a 14-10 win over the Duke Blue Devils as 14.5-point road favorites.  The team has been hit hard by injuries recently and was glad to escape Durham with a victory.  “We talked about coming in here and leaving with a great game under our belt,” stated Hokies head coach Frank Beamer.  “What we leave here with is a win.”  It served as the program’s third win by seven points or less.  Virginia Tech is 7-1 ATS in November the past two-plus seasons, while the ‘under’ is 7-1 in those contests.

The Hokies have tallied a 17-5 all-time record when playing on ESPN Thursday Night Football, which includes a 7-2 mark when playing away from Lane Stadium.  Virginia Tech is a dominating 24-2 in November, including 22-2 versus conference competition since the start of the 2004 season.  Offensively, the team has gained over 400 yards in seven of nine games, led by running back David Wilson who is averaging over 130 yards per game.

Georgia Tech enjoyed a week off after capturing a 31-17 win over the Clemson Tigers as 3.5-point home underdogs, which snapped a two-game losing streak.  The Yellow Jackets have tallied a 5-0 record at home this season, attempting to stay unbeaten in Bobby Dodd Stadium for the first time since 1999.  The program has also won both of its games versus nationally ranked opponents this season.  Head coach Paul Johnson will be on the sidelines for his 50th game, coming in with a 6-0 record when hosting a top 25 opponent.  Georgia Tech is 1-3 ATS following a bye week the last two-plus years, while the ‘under’ is 20-6 when playing on Thursday night.

The Yellow Jackets will be facing a difficult schedule to close out the season, with their remaining opponents having a combined record of 18-9.  Georgia Tech ranks second in the ACC and 17th nationally in scoring offense, which will present a challenge to a Virginia Tech stop unit that leads the conference and sits sixth in scoring defense.  Running the football is the name of the game under Johnson, ranking second in college football in gaining 328 rushing yards per game.

Bettors will likely back the Yellow Jackets due to their 6-1 ATS mark as a home underdog of less than three points, while the Hokies are 1-7 ATS in their last eight games.

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