Virginia Tech vs. Duke fearless prediction and game preview.
Date: Saturday, September 29
Game Time: 7:00 ET
Venue: Wallace Wade Stadium, Durham, NC
Virginia Tech (2-1) vs. Duke (4-0) Game Preview
One Reason Why Virginia Tech Will Win
You don’t think the Hokies will be a wee bit fired up after being embarrassed by Old Dominion?
The Virginia Tech defense is far better than it looked against the Monarchs – that was a massive letdown, especially against the pass – and even though it was a rough defeat, at least the offense worked.
With QB Josh Jackson out, this is when the running game has to take over. Good so far, it’s averaging 245 yards per game, and the run D has been a rock, allowing just 88 yards per outing.
Great at getting into the backfield, the Hokies are able to live behind the line, have a strong pass rush, and are great at taking the ball away. At least, they were against Florida State in the opener.
One Reason Why Duke Will Win
Yeah, the Virginia Tech running game is going to have to control the action, but the Duke defensive front has been fantastic so far.
Army’s ground game just gave Oklahoma fits, but it only managed 168 yards in the opener. Northwestern and Baylor couldn’t run the ball against a defense allowing just 3.7 yards per carry.
With Jackson out, Kansas transfer Ryan Willis has to make the Hokie offense work, and he’s nowhere near the same sort of playmaker. He only hit half of his passes against Old Dominion, and it wasn’t enough to keep up the pace with what a backup quarterback was able to do.
The ODU offense had struggled throughout the first part of the season, but it rolled for 495 yards and four scores with Blake LaRussa taking over the Monarchs. Duke might not have QB Daniel Jones around, but Quentin Harris has been okay, with three touchdown passes in each of the last two games.
What’s Going To Happen
Duke just doesn’t throw the ball well enough without Jones, but the run defense is going to make up for it.
Virginia Tech might be motivated, and it might be ready to come up with a make-good for the disaster. But the Blue Devils will come up with three takeaways, the offense will take advantage of the opportunities, and it’ll be a grinding, ugly win on the way to 5-0.
The Hokies will miss Josh Jackson, and the ground game won’t get the job done without him.
Fearless Prediction & Line
Duke 23, Virginia Tech 16
Line: Duke -5, o/u: 50
ATS Confidence out of 5: 1.5
Must See Rating: 3
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