Two schools that prefer to feature their running games, Coach Justin Fuente and the Virginia Tech Hokies (+2.5) are set to play host to their ACC counterpart No. 22 Wake Forest Demon Deacons (-2.5) at Lane Stadium/Worsham Field. This pivotal afternoon matchup is scheduled to get going at 3:30 p.m. ET and spectators can watch the action live on ACC Network.
No. 22 Wake Forest at Virginia Tech Betting Odds 11/9/2019
Wake Forest is giving up 2.5 points in this ACC game. The Demon Deacons are currently receiving -140 moneyline odds while the Hokies are +120. The over/under has been set at 65 points. It appears that there should be some good live betting possibilities while this matchup is underway.
The line opened at 3. The game’s over/under hasn’t changed after it was set initially at 65.
The Demon Deacons are 7-1 straight up (SU), including 4-1 SU against conference opponents. The Hokies are 5-3 SU overall and 2-2 SU in conference play. Each of these teams has been profitable this year as the Demon Deacons have gained 3.2 units and the Hokies are up 2.4 units.
The Deacs are coming off a resounding 44-10 win over North Carolina State last week where Jamie Newman completed 25-of-38 passes for 287 yards and three touchdowns. Kenneth Walker III (56 rushing yards on 16 attempts) and the signal-caller Newman (30 yards on 11 carries, two TDs) led the ground attack in the win. Sage Surratt (nine receptions, 67 yards) and Kendall Hinton (six catches, 93 yards) shared the receiving duties.
Virginia Tech narrowly suffered a 21-20 loss to Notre Dame. The team’s defense allowed the Fighting Irish to pass for 341 yards and two touchdowns while rushing for 106 yards. Chase Claypool had a solid showing, recording 118 yards on eight catches for Notre Dame. For Virginia Tech, Quincy Patterson II completed nine-of-28 passes for 139 yards, one touchdown and one interception. Patterson II (77 yards on 19 rush attempts) and Deshawn McClease (32 yards on 13 carries) mounted the ground game in the defeat as Damon Hazelton (five receptions, 63 yards, one TD) and Tre Turner (two catches, 58 yards) led the pass-catching corps.
Wake Forest’s run the ball on 54.4 percent of its offensive possessions this year while Virginia Tech has a rush percentage of 61.9 percent. The Demon Deacons have produced 187 rush yards per game (including 181 per game versus Atlantic Coast opponents) and have 14 touchdowns via handoffs this year. The Hokies are averaging 166 rushing yards per contest (161 in conference) and have 10 total rush TDs.
The Deacs have logged 324 yards per game in the air overall (297 per game against conference opposition) and have 23 passing TDs so far. The Hokies have put up 210 pass yards per outing (221.0 against ACC competition) and have 18 total pass scores.
On the defensive side of the ball, Wake Forest has allowed 156 rush yards and 244 pass yards per game. Virginia Tech has allowed 140.4 yards per game on the ground and 262.1 to opponents in the air. Both teams allow similar adjusted net yards per pass attempt (ANY/A) to the opposition, as the Deacs have given up an ANY/A of 6.14 to opposing QBs, while the Hokies are yielding an ANY/A of 5.77.
Sam Hartman has amassed 480 passing yards this year. He’s completed 30-of-53 attempts with two passing touchdowns and has yet to throw an interception. Hartman’s got a sparkling 9.81 adjusted net yards per pass attempt overall, although that number sits at 8.11 over the last two outings.
Quincy Patterson II has accounted for 139 yards, one TD and one INT for Virginia Tech. His ANY/A sits at a minuscule 3.79 for the season and 5.00 over his last two outings.
These two ACC foes did not get a chance to face one another last season.
Wake Forest Demon Deacons vs. Virginia Tech Hokies Free Pick
SU Winner – Virginia Tech, ATS Winner – Virginia Tech, O/U – Over
Team Betting Trends
The Demon Deacons offense has registered nine pass plays of 40+ yards, while the Hokies have accounted for six such plays.
The Wake Forest defense has allowed six pass plays of 40 yards or more, while Virginia Tech has given up seven such plays.
The Wake Forest offense has created 13 rushing plays of 20 or more yards, while Virginia Tech has created 12 such runs.
The Demon Deacons defense has allowed 11 rushing plays of 20+ yards, while the Hokies have given up 14 such runs.
The Virginia Tech D has notched 25 sacks on the year while Wake Forest has just 17.
Wake Forest has averaged 3.7 yards per carry over its past three contests and 2.8 over its last two.
Virginia Tech has averaged 4.3 yards per carry over its last three matchups and 3.7 over its last two.