Virginia Tech vs. Old Dominion Fearless Prediction & Game Preview
Check out the Virginia Tech vs. Old Dominion fearless prediction and game preview.
Virginia Tech (3-0) vs. Old Dominion (2-1) Game Preview
Broadcast, TV, Game Time
Date: Saturday, Sept. 23rd
Game Time: 2:00 pm ET
Venue: Lane Stadium, Blacksburg, VA
Network: ACC Network
Old Dominion whiffed on its first ACC test – losing to North Carolina last week – and now it gets another shot to make some noise.
This is a solid Monarch team with just enough talent to make a push in the Conference USA race, it could use a splashy, breakthrough win. Screwing up Virginia Tech would do that.
The Hokies keep rolling along, knocking down East Carolina in an ugly 64-17 win that showed no mercy in a wild third quarter. And now it’s about focus.
Clemson is up next.
With a terrific start led by a few rising playmakers, everything will be there for the showdown in Blacksburg against the Tigers to be a big national thing. But first, getting by ODU might not be a breeze.
One Reason Why Old Dominion Will Win
The defensive front is killing it in the backfield.
There weren’t enough big plays to bother the North Carolina skill guys, but on the year the Monarchs have crushed offenses with 16 sacks and 27 tackles for loss. This group brings the heat from all sides – it’s not going to be target practice like it was against East Carolina last week.
Can the ODU D get off the field? Great so far in third down stops – even against UNC – the Monarchs have to keep the Hokies from cranking out the big plays they did against the Pirates and force them to move the chains.
Virginia Tech is only converting 37% of its third down tries, but …
One Reason Why Virginia Tech Will Win
Old Dominion is only converting 34% of its chances.
The running game is mediocre and the passing game not nearly as efficient as it needs to be. Throw in the problems with turnovers, and this isn’t nearly a tight enough team to pull off the upset.
Yes, the Monarch pass rush should do a little bit of damage, but Hokie QB Josh Jackson has played like a steady pro, hitting 65% of his throws with eight touchdowns and no picks, coming off a 372-yard day against ECU.
As long as Virginia Tech doesn’t cramp up, it should have this without too much of a problem. It’s playing too well.
What’s Going To Happen
Old Dominion just doesn’t have the offensive pop.
The defense will have its share of wins, but not enough of them to overcome a struggling attack that doesn’t seem able to get going.
The Hokies will put up 20 points early on and cruise from there.
Virginia Tech vs. Old Dominion Prediction
Virginia Tech 45, Old Dominion 16
Virginia Tech -28, o/u: 52.5
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