NCAA Football Week 1 Picks: Virginia Tech Hokies vs. Ohio State Buckeyes

Virginia Tech Hokies vs. Ohio State Buckeyes
Saturday, 9/6/14, 8:00 PM EST
Opening Point Spread:  Ohio State -11
Current Betting Line:  Ohio State -11
Opening Total:  50
Current Total:  47
Odds Courtesy of Bookmaker

The Virginia Tech Hokies haven't had much success against ranked opponents in recent years
The Virginia Tech Hokies haven’t had much success against ranked opponents in recent years

Virginia Tech is 19-7 SU against teams from Ohio, but it has played just five previous games in the state, which can’t be ignored when making your NCAA football picks Saturday night.  Hokies offensive coordinator Scot Loeffler is no stranger to the head man of Ohio State, as he coached under Urban Meyer for two years at Florida as his quarterbacks coach.  It’s important to point out that nine of the team’s starters in its 34-9 win over William & Mary were freshmen or sophomores last week.  Virginia Tech is 3-5 SU and 4-4 ATS as underdogs the last two-plus seasons.

The Hokies won 10 of 15 games against ranked opponents from 2008-11, but they’ve lost six of their last seven in that situation, which is important to consider when looking over the NCAA football odds page.  Virginia Tech is being led offensively by Texas Tech transfer Michael Brewer, who connected on 23 of 30 passes for 251 yards with two touchdowns and an interception.

Ohio State enters Saturday with the nation’s longest regular-season winning streak at 25 games, while it has also won 35 consecutive home openers.  The Buckeyes have compiled a 74-7 SU overall record at Ohio State since the start of the 2002 campaign, while they’ve captured 64 consecutive regular-season home games against unranked, non-conference opponents in that situation.  It’s also important to point out that Meyer has put together a 48-4 SU record in his career in games played in August and September.

The Buckeyes will look for redshirt freshman J.T. Barrett to continue to improve under center, as he completed 12 of 15 passes for 226 yards and two touchdowns in his first collegiate game.  He also ran for 50 yards and was honored by the Big Ten as one of its freshmen of the week.  Ohio State will look to improve upon its 39-16-1 SU all-time record against current members of the Atlantic Coast Conference.

Sports bettors will likely back the Hokies due to the Buckeyes being 3-6 ATS as favorites of 10.5 to 21 points since 2012.

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