NCAA football betting handicappers will have their choice of two powerful contenders in the college football betting matchup of Boise State and Virginia Tech.
Kickoff is at 8:05 PM Eastern and the game can be seen on ESPN. FedEx Field, home of the Washington Redskins, will be the neutral site venue. Sports-Gambling.com opened with Boise State as a 1.5-point favorite and with an over/under of 50.5.
Boise State enters the 2010 ranked in the top 5 and in control of their own destiny for a shot at the BCS Championship Game in January. Virginia Tech is respected but not mentioned as frequently as a national title contender but it is certainly on the mind of head coach Frank Beamer.
“Things have to fall right,” said Beamer. “Stay injury free, get some breaks, all that. But we’re capable.”
The Hokies will have a potent offense with the NCAA odds this year as 8 starters return led by senior quarterback Tyrod Taylor and sophomore running back Ryan Williams, who ran for 1720 yards and 21 touchdowns last year.
The big question is whether or not respected defensive coordinator Bud Foster can mesh together an effective unit with 7 new starters.
Boise State has gone from the status of a Cinderella darling to a respected mid-major power that is now being hunted down.
This matchup with the NCAA football odds will determine whether or not they have a shot at their dream of a national title game, which has drawn criticism from teams of the power conferences who claim that they are more deserving because of their tougher schedules.
Head coach Chris Petersen is in his 5th season on the job and led Boise to a perfect 14-0 run last year. Junior quarterback Kellen Moore is a Heisman Trophy candidate and was lights out last year with 3536 yards passing and a 39/3 TD/INT ratio.
This is the first ever NCAA football betting matchup between these two teams. Boise State has covered 2 out of their last 3 as a favorite of 2 points or less while Virginia Tech has covered its last 2 games as a dog of 2 points or less. Boise State has beaten 4 out of their last 5 Bowl Championship Series opponents.