Virginia Tech vs. East Carolina Game Preview & Fearless Prediction
Check out the Virginia Tech vs. East Carolina fearless prediction and game preview.
Virginia Tech (2-0) vs. East Carolina (0-2) Game Preview
Broadcast, TV, Game Time
Date: Saturday, Sept. 16th
Game Time: 3:30 pm ET
Venue: Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium, Greenville, NC
Network: CBS Sports Network
This hasn’t been going well.
East Carolina had to deal with the best team in the FCS to kick things off, and then got destroyed by West Virginia. Can the Pirates turn things around with a shocking win over a strong Virginia Tech team? Can they do something splashy to make the program more of a player?
Something has to change.
Virginia Tech has done its part, coming up with a great win over West Virginia before shutting out Delaware. With this and Old Dominion up next. there’s still time to get everyone better, tighter and ready, because Clemson is coming to Blacksburg in a few weeks, and then it’s on.
But the precedent is there. East Carolina won in 2014 and 2015 before getting whacked around in a 54-17 loss last year.
As long as the Pirates don’t get destroyed, they’ll be doing their job. That’s where the program is at right now.
One Reason Why Virginia Tech Will Win
Along with being bad at playing college football, what’s East Carolina’s biggest problem?
Turnovers, turnovers, turnovers.
The Pirates can’t seem to stop screwing up, giving up five picks and a fumble in the first two games. They have to be far tighter and create far more breaks to overcome all of the other issues.
The secondary got ripped to shreds by Will Grier and the West Virginia passing game – allowing 403 yards and close to 12 yards per throw – but the run defense has been every bit as bad.
Virginia Tech needs Josh Jackson to keep the production going, and it needs the offense to wake up after a sleepy game against Delaware. This is the game to get all the parts moving again.
One Reason Why East Carolina Will Win
Okay, so what’s East Carolina doing well? Whether it’s been Thomas Sirk or Gardner Minshew, the passing game has been fine. There have been too many turnovers, and it’s not quite as efficient as it needs to be, but the yards are there.
Virginia Tech is still trying to overcome a slew of key personnel losses. The secondary got pushed around by WVU’s Will Grier in the second half of the season opener, the running game didn’t work against Delaware, and there will still be mistakes here and there from a group that needs to be better at controlling the clock and scoring every time it gets inside the 20.
Start throwing, keep throwing, and hope Minshew or Sirk – if Sirk can go after suffering a concussion; he’s probable to start – and keep the pressure on.
What’s Going To Happen
East Carolina will play far better than expected, Virginia Tech won’t be quite as sharp as it needs to be, and it won’t matter as the game goes on.
The Pirate D won’t have defensive Kenwick Thompson around anymore, but it’s not going to make a difference right away.
Give the Hokies a half, and then … kaboom.
Virginia Tech vs. East Carolina Prediction
Virginia Tech 41, East Carolina 17
Virginia Tech -21 o/u: 60.5
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