NCAA football gambling fans will have their choice of the defending champions of the ACC and CUSA to choose from with the NCAA odds in this one. The Virginia Tech Hokies have been a NCAA football gambling disappointment this year after winning the ACC in 2008.
In fact the Hokies were considered to be a year early in beating the NCAA odds for the title and this was the year that they were supposed to truly dominate the NCAA football gambling board. Virginia Tech enters this matchup with a record of 5-3 straight up and 3-5 against the spread and they have failed to cover in 3 out of their last 4 games.
The Hokies are coming off a tough home loss on Thursday Night Football to North Carolina 17-20 as 14.5-point home favorites. The vaunted Virginia Tech defense was chewed up by the Tar Heels ground attack that had 181 yards rushing.
North Carolina also gained a NCAA football gambling advantage by going 10-19 on third down conversions. Virginia Tech has 5 consecutive 10-win seasons but must run the table in their final 4 NCAA football gambling matchups along with a bowl game to extend that streak.
The East Carolina Pirates have a NCAA football gambling record of 5-3 straight up and 3-4 against the spread. The Pirates have won 4 out of their last 5 games straight up and have beaten the NCAA football gambling board in 3 out of their last 4 games.
Last week in Tuesday Night Football action the Pirates scored a 38-19 win at Memphis as 6-point road favorites. East Carolina’s NCAA football gambling strength is their ground attack led by Dominique Lindsay, who has 563 yards and a 5.7 yards per carry average.
Quarterback Patrick Pinkney has been erratic with 8 touchdown passes but 9 interceptions. East Carolina head coach Skip Holtz, much like his father Lou, loves to smack it to the opposition.
“When you can run the ball and you can put some touchdowns on the scoreboard instead of having to kick field goals all the time, it makes a difference,” said Holtz. “The only way to take the air out of someone’s sail is to be a physical natured football team.” Last year East Carolina upset the Hokies 27-22 as 8.5-point dogs.