College Football Week 4 Predictions: Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets vs. Virginia Tech Hokies

Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets vs. Virginia Tech Hokies
Saturday, 9/20/14, 12:00 PM EST
Opening Point Spread:  Virginia Tech -8
Current Betting Line:  Virginia Tech -8
Opening Total:  53.5
Current Total:  52.5
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The Virginia Tech Hokies are 5-13 ATS as favorites since 2012
The Virginia Tech Hokies are 5-13 ATS as favorites since 2012

Georgia Tech is 3-0 under head coach Paul Johnson for the third time in four seasons, which is important to consider when making your Week 4 college football predictions, as it comes off a 42-38 victory over Georgia Southern as 15.5-point home favorites last Saturday.  Through three contests, the Yellow Jackets have gained 961 yards rushing, while recording just 43 yards lost.  Four players are averaging more than 6.0 yards per carry, with Charles Perkins leading the way at 12.3.  Georgia Tech is 2-0 ATS as road underdogs of 7.5 to 10 points the last two-plus seasons.

Since 2005, the Yellow Jackets have won 47 Atlantic Coast Conference games, which can’t be ignored when looking over the college football betting lines.  Georgia Tech received a major performance from redshirt sophomore quarterback Justin Thomas last time out, as he recorded 325 yards of total offense, while accounting for five of the team’s six touchdowns.

Virginia Tech suffered a major letdown after its road victory over Ohio State in Week 2, as it dropped a 28-21 decision to the East Carolina Pirates as 9.5-point home favorites last Saturday—getting out-gained by 113 yards.  The Hokies have won the last four meetings in this series by an average of seven points, while they own a 8-3 all-time advantage.  It’s important to point out that the program is 19-3 SU in home openers under head coach Frank Beamer, while it has compiled a 72-13 mark in September dating back to the 1993 campaign.  Virginia Tech is 13-7 SU and 5-13 ATS as favorites the last two-plus seasons.

The Hokies have allowed opponents to convert just 10 of 43 third-down opportunities through three games, while nine of the team’s 12 touchdowns have been scored by true freshmen or redshirt freshmen.  Virginia Tech’s defense ranks second nationally in team sacks with an average of 5.0 per game.  Keep a close eye on the play calling offensively in this matchup, as Michael Brewer’s 56 pass attempts last week were the most every for a Virginia Tech player.

Sports bettors will likely back the Yellow Jackets due to their 4-0 ATS mark in the last four meetings in this series.

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