The Virginia Tech Hokies of the ACC host the Middle Tennessee State Blue Raiders of Conference USA on Saturday. The Hokies are 1-0 on the young season while the Blue Raiders are also 1-0 after a week one victory. These two foes have no recent history. Virginia Tech is a 19.5 point favorite and the over-under is set at 54.5. Can MTSU pull off the upset?
Blue Raiders roll past MonmouthThe Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders opened their season last weekend with a 50-15 win over the FCS Monmouth Hawks of the Big South Conference. Monmouth, from New Jersey, is neither big or south, so it wasnʻt a true test for the Blue Raiders. However, they were 9.5 point favorites and won by 35 points, so thereʻs that. If you want to dissect and analyze this game, well, you could see that MTSU outgained Monmouth 361 to 274 and had four turnovers, including three fumble recoveries and an interception.
Blue Raiders quarterback Bailey Hockman had a nice game going 17 for 22 for 215 yards and 3 touchdowns. Jaylin Lane caught 4 passes for 91 yards and a touchdown while CJ Windham caught 5 balls for 46 yards and a touchdown and DJ England-Chisholm had 2 catches for 42 yards and a touchdown. MTSU only gained 113 yards on the ground, but they held Monmouth to just 88 yards rushing. Middle Tennessee State comes into this game with no injuries.
Hokies upset Tar HeelsThe Virginia Tech Hokies have already made some noise in the ACC, upsetting the leagueʻs top ranked team in the preseason, North Carolina. Virginia Tech beat the 10th ranked Tar Heels by the score of 17-10 on Saturday. Virginia Tech held the high-flying Tar Heels to just 354 yards. The Hokies defense gave UNC quarterback Sam Howell fits, as Howell finished 17 for 32 for 208 yards with 3 interceptions. They also sacked him 6 times for a 35 yard total loss.
Offensively, the Hokies didnʻt need to do much as the defense was doing all the work. Quarterback Braxton Burmeister was a pedestrian 2 of 19 for 169 yards with a touchdown and an interception. But he also rushed for 42 yards and a touchdown. Raheem Blackshear caught 3 passes for 66 yards while Tre Turner caught 4 passes for 64 yards and James Mitchell caught 3 balls for 36 yards and a touchdown. The defense did get beat up though as linebacker Matt Johnson and defensive linemen Emmanuel Belmar and Nigel Simmons are all questionable for Saturday.
- Hokies are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games after scoring less than 20 points in their previous game.
- Hokies are 7-3 ATS in their last 10 home games.
- Hokies are 11-5 ATS in their last 16 home games vs. a team with a winning road record.
- Blue Raiders are 3-7 ATS in their last 10 games following a straight up win of more than 20 points.
- Blue Raiders are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games in September.
- Blue Raiders are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 non-conference games.
- Blue Raiders are 1-6 ATS in their last 7 games following a straight up win.