Saturday, October 15, 2016
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The Virginia Tech Hokies take on the Syracuse Orange on Saturday, October 15, 2016 at Carrier Dome. The opening line for this game has Virginia Tech as 17 point favorites. This season the Hokies are 3-2-0 against the spread and their over/under record is 3-2-0. The Orange have an over/under record of 2-4-0 and they are 2-4-0 against the spread.
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Jerod Evans finished with 75 yards through the air for Virginia Tech last week. He completed 7 passes out of 17 attempts for a 41% completion percentage. The Hokies were led in rushing by Travon McMillian, who finished with 76 yards on 17 rushes. He ended the contest with an average of 4 yards per carry. Bucky Hodges was the team leader in receiving with a total of 28 yards and 2 receptions. He finished the game with an average of 14 yards per reception. As a team in that game Virginia Tech got a total of 18 first downs. Of those first downs, 12 came on the ground while 4 came through the air. They ran 83 total plays for 264 yards for the game. The Hokies ran for 189 yards on 66 attempts.
Eric Dungey finished with 156 yards passing for Syracuse last week. He went 16 for 25, resulting in a 64% completion percentage. The Orange were led on the ground by Dontae Strickland, who finished with 74 yards on 13 carries. He ended the game with an average of 6 yards per rush. Steve Ishmael led the team in receiving with 56 yards and 5 catches. He finished the game with an average of 11 yards per reception. Syracuse had 14 first downs total. 6 came from running the ball and 8 came from a pass. They ran 66 total plays for 326 yards for the contest. The Orange ran for 158 yards on 40 carries as a team.
Virginia Tech scores 39.4 points per game on offense this season, which ranks 26th in Division 1. In the passing department, they average 16.6 passes on 27.2 attempts for a 61 percent completion percentage this season. They throw for a total of 217.8 yards per game through the air as well, which ranks them 81st in college football. The Hokies run for an average of 194.2 yards per game on 50.8 attempts for an average of 3.8 yards per carry. That ranks them 48th in the nation. They also run 78 plays per contest and average 5.3 yards per play for an average of 412 yards per game, ranking their offense 69th overall this season. The Hokies average 21.2 first downs per game which ranks them 66th in the country. They accumulate 49.2 penalty yards per game via 5.6 penalties, which ranks 88th in the nation.
Virginia Tech allows 132.2 passing yards per game, ranking 2nd in D-1, and they allow 15.6 points per contest on defense, which ranks 10th. They give up 11.6 completions on 28.4 attempts per game for a completion percentage of 40.8. The Hokies allow 105.4 rushing yards per game on 34.6 carries for an average of 3 yards per carry, which ranks their rush defense 17th in the country. Virginia Tech allows 237.6 total yards per game including 3.8 yards per play, which ranks their overall defense 3rd in terms of yards per game. They force 2.4 turnovers per contest and get flagged for 8.8 penalties for 64 yards per game, ranking them 103rd among D-1 teams.
Syracuse averages 25.7 points per game this season on offense, which ranks them 91st in the country. In the passing department, they complete 28.8 passes per game on 44.3 attempts for a 65 percent completion percentage. They throw for 336.3 yards through the air per game, ranking them 12th in Division 1. The Orange run for an average of 130.5 yards per game on 38.8 attempts for an average of 3.4 yards per carry this season, which ranks them 112th on the ground. They also run 83.2 plays per game and average 5.6 yards per play for a total of 466.8 yards per game, ranking them 36th in the country on offense. The Orange get an average of 22.8 first downs per game, which ranks 45th in the nation. They average 52 penalty yards per game via 6.7 penalties, ranking them 79th in college football.
Syracuse allows an average of 272.7 passing yards per game, which ranks 104th in Division 1. Their defense overall allows 36 points per contest, which has them ranked 108th in the nation. They give up 18.3 completions on 32.7 attempts for a completion percentage of 56.1 per game. The Orange allow 202.5 rushing yards per contest on 40.2 carries for a 5 average per rush, ranking their overall rush defense 99th in the country. Syracuse allows 475.2 total yards per game for an average of 6.5 yards per play, which ranks 113th in D-1. They force 1.2 turnovers per contest and 4 penalties for 41.7 yards in each contest, ranking 11th in the nation.
Virginia Tech Betting Trends
Virginia Tech is 3-2-0 against the over/under this season
Virginia Tech has an ATS record of 3-2-0 this season
Syracuse Betting Trends
Syracuse is 2-4-0 against the over/under this season
Syracuse has an ATS record of 2-4-0 this season
Injuries to Watch
10/09/16 OL Parker Osterloh Lower Body "?" Saturday vs. Syracuse
09/17/16 RB Deshawn McClease Lower Body out for season
09/12/16 LB Trent Young Knee out for season
10/09/16 OT Cody Conway Undisclosed "?" Saturday vs. Virginia Tech
10/09/16 C Jason Emerich Shoulder "?" Saturday vs. Virginia Tech
10/09/16 OL Keaton Darney Undisclosed "?" Saturday vs. Virginia Tech
10/09/16 OG Omari Palmer Leg "?" Saturday vs. Virginia Tech
09/17/16 CB Antwan Cordy Arm out for season
09/17/16 CB Juwan Dowels Leg out for season
09/16/16 DB Devon Clarke Undisclosed out indefinitely
09/16/16 CB Wayne Morgan Undisclosed out indefinitely
08/29/16 TE PJ Batten Personal has left team
08/29/16 OL Taylor Hindy Personal has left team
08/19/16 RB George Morris II Ankle out indefinitely
Guy's Pick: Take Virginia Tech
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