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Virginia Tech Hokies vs. West Virginia Mountaineers Pick & Prediction SEP 18TH 2021

Complete Milan Puskar Stadium Morgantown
119Hokies Virginia Tech
120Mountaineers West Virginia
OP
49.5
-3
CU
50.5o -115
-4 +143
ML
ML: 108
ML: -128
Partials
1 2 3
7 0 7 7
14 10 3 0
Score
21
27
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The Virginia Tech Hokies will head to Morgantown to take on West Virginia this Saturday. This is the first meeting since 2017 when VT won 31-24; the Hokies have also won the last three matchups.

The “Black Diamond Rivalry” was officially coined in 1997 to represent the pride of the coal mines in the area. West Virginia leads the all-time series 28-23-1, though they have not defeated the Hokies since 2003.

This is the biggest game of the season for both teams thus far. While the two have already faced ranked opponents, the rivalry raises the stakes of the game. Saturday should be an old-fashioned slugfest between the Mountaineers and the Hokies.

Virginia Tech at West Virginia Odds for Week 3

TV: FS1

MONEY LINE: #15 Virginia Tech (+125) vs. West Virginia (-145)

SPREAD: #15 Virginia Tech +3 (+105) vs. West Virginia -3 (-105)

GAME TOTAL: Over 50.5 (-110) vs. Under 50.5 (-110)

Virginia Tech vs. West Virginia Preview and Betting Trends

Virginia Tech’s aim through two weeks has been to control the clock with a heavy dose of the run. Five of Tech’s TDs have come on the ground, with four separate players crossing the pylons. Quarterback Braxton Burmeister leads the team in rushing, though the running backs and wide receivers have also gotten their share.

Tre Turner is the big-play target at wideout, while Tayvion Robinson is the more consistent intermediate threat. Tight end and NFL prospect James Mitchell tore his ACL last weekend, which could slow the passing game down.

VT’s offense has only averaged 26 points per game, but their defense has been spectacular. The Hokies are relinquishing 12 points per game and have impact players at every level. Amare Barno leads the pass rush, while Jermaine Waller’s two interceptions have paced one of the better secondaries in football.

West Virginia, meanwhile, is led by QB Jarret Doege, a fifth-year senior in his third season as a Mountaineer. Three WVU receivers are over 100 yards this season, although none of them are bonafide number-ones.

WVU’s running game has been woeful thus far, totaling 3.2 yards per carry on 76 attempts. This comes in spite of the team scoring 90 points in two weeks, as their passing attack has led the way. That being said, they have seven scores on the ground and are decent around the goal line.

WVU’s defense is susceptible to the big play, but all in all, they have a talented roster. The key for the home team will be to create pressure and dictate the flow of the game.

Virginia Tech vs. West Virginia Moneyline Pick

This matchup should be close from start to finish; lots of runs, three-and-outs and hard hits will define the game. The under is the line most likely to hit, although the Hokies should also be able to pull off the victory.

If Burmeister has the safety taken off and can expose WVU’s DBs, VT’s running game will thrive. The Hokies do an excellent job of mixing carries from different sources and utilizing a great offensive line.

The Mountaineers' best hope is to get off to an early start, as VT’s playbook limitations hurt them playing from behind. Still, the best bet is on the #15 team in America to win a one-possession game.

EXTRA POINTS

1. This rivalry dates back to 1912.

2. VT has won the last three meetings.

3. VT is 2-0, while WVU is 1-1.

Best Bet: Virginia Tech ML (+125)

Virginia Tech Hokies vs. West Virginia Mountaineers Recap SEP 18TH 2021

Jarret Doege threw for 193 yards and two touchdowns and Leddie Brown ran for 161 yards and a score to power West Virginia to a 27-21 upset of No. 15 Virginia Tech in a nonconference game Saturday in Morgantown, W.Va.

Doege completed 15 of 26 passes and Brown averaged 8.5 yards per carry, but it was the defense that secured the victory.

The Mountaineers capped a day in which they recorded six sacks by forcing an incomplete pass on fourth-and-goal from the 4-yard line in the final minute, preventing the Hokies from completing their comeback from 20 points down late in the third quarter.

The Mountaineers (2-1) of the Big 12 have won seven straight home games and are 19-0 against nonconference opponents in Morgantown since falling to then-No. 2 LSU in 2011. The Hokies (2-1) of the ACC were denied their first 3-0 start since 2017.

On WVU's second offensive snap, Brown took a handoff and raced up the middle for an 80-yard touchdown to give the Mountaineers a 7-0 lead with 12:24 left that it wouldn't relinquish.

After Doege extended the lead to 14-0 with a 29-yard touchdown pass to Bryce Ford-Wheaton with 9:11 left in the first quarter, Virginia Tech pulled to within 14-7 when Braxton Burmeister threw a 23-yard touchdown pass to Tayvion Robinson six minutes later.

West Virginia dominated the second quarter. Doege threw a 16-yard scoring strike to Sam James midway through the period and Casey Legg connected on a 21-yard field goal for a 24-7 halftime lead.

The Mountaineers extended the lead to 27-7 to open the second half, as Legg's 44-yard field capped a 12-play, 55-yard drive that lasted more than eight minutes.

Raheem Blackshear pulled Virginia Tech to within 27-14 when he scored on a 20-yard run with a second left in the third quarter.

The Hokies had a chance to pull closer after forcing a turnover, but Jared Bartlett stripped Burmeister on fourth-and-goal from the 6, with Lance Dixon recovering for the Mountaineers with less than six minutes to play.

Burmeister, who finished 19-of-31 passing for 227 yards and two touchdowns, capped the scoring with a 29-yard touchdown pass to Jalen Holston that pulled the Hokies to within 27-21 with 3:10 left.

The Hokies had a chance to win after intercepting Doege with 2:11 left and returning it the Mountaineers' 17-yard line, but their offense couldn't find the end zone.

--Field Level Media

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