College Football Week 8 Picks: Virginia Tech Hokies vs. Clemson Tigers

Virginia Tech Hokies at No. 19 Clemson Tigers
Saturday, 10/20/12, 12:00 PM EST, TV:  ABC
Opening Point Spread:  Clemson -9.5
Current Betting Line:  Clemson -8.5
Opening Total:  61
Current Total:  61.5
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The Clemson Tigers won both meetings against the Virginia Tech Hokies a year ago

Virginia Tech was able to snap its two-game losing streak by capturing a 41-20 victory over the Duke Blue Devils as 9.5-point home favorites, while going OVER the total for the third consecutive game.  The Hokies will be looking for major payback in this affair, as they lost both meetings with Clemson in 2011, which was the first time in school history the lost to the same team twice in one season.  Virginia Tech is 0-2-1 ATS as an underdog the last two-plus years, losing all three contests in straight-up fashion.

The Hokies have won three of their last four trips to Memorial Stadium, while they’ve compiled an impressive 27-6 record in ACC road games since joining the league in 2004.  Virginia Tech has gone 64-30-1 under head coach Frank Beamer when playing in the month of October.  Running back J.C. Coleman will look to build off his performance last week, gaining 183 yards versus the Blue Devils,as they face a defense that ranks 99th in the country in trying to stop the run.

Clemson has won and covered its two games since suffering its only defeat against Florida State last month, as it gets ready to come off its bye week.  The Tigers ended the Hokies five-game win streak in the series with a 23-3 win last October, which led to the school becoming the first in ACC history to beat three straight AP-ranked opponents in consecutive games.  A much-maligned defense this year actually held Saturday’s opponent to 258 total yards in that contest.  Clemson is 2-0 ATS as a home favorite of 7.5 to 14 points the last two-plus seasons, with both going OVER the total.

The Tigers will attempt to tie the school record for consecutive wins at this venue, as they’ve won 10 in a row dating back to a victory over Troy to open up the 2011 season.  Clemson has scored at least 31 points in all 10 of those previous games, averaging 41.7 points and surrendering just 24.5 points, which comes out to an average margin of 17.2 points per game.

Sports bettors will likely back the Tigers due to their 5-1 ATS mark in October, while the Hokies are 0-4 ATS following a straight-up win.

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