College football gambling “wisdom” was that the Hokies would easily cover the college football betting number of 33 after their costly opening loss to Boise State.
Instead Virginia Tech stands at 0-2 straight up and against the spread and with an upstart opponent coming into town in the East Carolina Pirates who have won and covered their last 2 games. Last week East Carolina beat Memphis 49-27 as 13.5-point home favorites after winning their opener on a Hail Mary pass TD at the gun over Tulsa 51-49.
Kickoff for this game is at 1:35 PM Eastern Time. Sports-Gambling opened with Virginia Tech as a17.5 –point favorite.
Virginia Tech was ranked 13th in the country before their epic loss with the college football odds to James Madison. They left the field in shock.
“I don’t know what’s going on,” said running back Ryan Williams. “I really don’t. Mistakes. Mistakes are killing us.” Those mistakes included late hit penalties on players that were out of bounds. Terrible tackling also hurt as James Madison was able to run out the clock against the desperate Hokies.
“We need to block better and we need to tackle better,” said Virginia Tech head coach Frank Beamer. The Hokies offense ranked 83rd in the nation after the debacle while the defense was 82nd for points permitted.
East Carolina quarterback Dominique Davis is becoming a key asset with the college football lines as he threw for 3 touchdown passes and ran for 2 additional scores in the win over Memphis.
The Pirates jumped out to a 28-3 lead. Davis has sparked an East Carolina passing attack that ranked 12th in the nation for passing yards and 8th overall in scoring after 2 weeks of action.
East Carolina has covered 2 out of their last 3 college football gambling matchups with Virginia Tech but did fail last year in a 16-3 home loss as 12.5-point dogs. In 2008 the Pirates upset the Hokies 27-22 as 8.5-point home dogs. East Carolina has gotten in the money in 9 out of their last 12 road games with 4 consecutive wins.
The Pirates have failed to get the cash in 6 out of their last 7 games against Atlantic Coast Conference teams.