College Football Week 9 Picks: Miami Hurricanes vs. Virginia Tech Hokies

Miami Hurricanes vs. Virginia Tech Hokies
Thursday, 10/23/14, 8:00 PM EST
Opening Point Spread:  Virginia Tech -3
Current Betting Line:  Virginia Tech -2
Opening Total:  N/A
Current Total:  N/A
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The Miami Hurricanes are 17-3 SU when being featured on ESPN's Thursday Night Football
The Miami Hurricanes are 17-3 SU when being featured on ESPN’s Thursday Night Football

Miami has alternated wins and losses over its last five games, as it comes off a 55-34 victory over the Cincinnati Bearcats as 16.5-point home favorites on Oct. 11, while going OVER the betting total of 61.  Through seven games this season, Hurricanes quarterback Brad Kaaya is one of only 12 signal-callers to throw for over 1,00 yards and 16-or-more touchdowns, which is important to consider when making your Week 9 college football betting picks.  Miami is 0-4 ATS in its last four road games.

The Hurricanes are 17-3 SU all-time when playing on ESPN Thursday nights, which can’t be ignored when looking over the college football betting odds, especially since that includes a 6-2 mark when on the road.  Miami running back Duke Johnson is providing balance on the offensive end, as he’s rushed for 100-plus yards in each of his last three games, which is significant when finding out that Al Golden has put together a 22-11 SU record in the month of October over his coaching career.

Virginia Tech is 4-3 SU and 3-4 ATS on the season, as it returns home after suffering a 21-16 defeat to the Pittsburgh Panthers as one-point road favorites, while going UNDER the betting total for the fourth time in five contests.  The Hokies have been sputtering offensively, which is clearly shown in finishing with just 291 yards of offense and converting on 2 of 14 third-down situations last time out.  Virginia Tech has covered 10 of the last 13 meetings in this Atlantic Coast Conference rivalry.

The Hokies have won eight of their last 11 games against the Hurricanes, while they entered the 2014 campaign with a dominating 31-9 SU home record when hosting ACC opponents.  Virginia Tech needs quarterback Michael Brewer to improve upon his lackluster play recently, as he completed just 26-of-45 passes against the Panthers, but the team was also playing with injured running backs Trey Edmunds, Shai McKenzie and Marshawn Williams.

Sports bettors will likely play the total, as the UNDER is 8-3 in the last 13 meetings in this series.

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