Virginia Tech at East Carolina College Football Picks & Predictions 9/16/2017
Saturday, September 16, 2017
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The East Carolina Pirates host the Virginia Tech Hokies at Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium on Saturday, September 16, 2017. The opening line for this game has Virginia Tech as 22 point favorites. The over/under has been set at 57.5. The Pirates have an over/under record of 1-1-0 and they are 0-2-0 against the spread. The Hokies have an ATS record of 1-1-0 while their over/under record is 0-1-1.
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Valuable Virginia Tech Hokies Betting Trends
The Virginia Tech Hokies are 0-1-1 against the over/under
The Virginia Tech Hokies are 1-1-0 against the spread
Important East Carolina Pirates Betting Trends
The East Carolina Pirates are 1-1-0 against the over/under
The East Carolina Pirates are 0-2-0 against the spread
Key Virginia Tech Hokies Injuries
08/30/17 RB D.J. Reid Left Team out for season
Key East Carolina Pirates Injuries
09/10/17 OL Branden Pena Undisclosed "?" Saturday vs. Virginia Tech
09/10/17 DE Randall Anderson Leg "?" Saturday vs. Virginia Tech
09/10/17 QB Thomas Sirk Upper Body injured last game, "?" Saturday vs. Virginia Tech
Useful Offensive Statistics
The Virginia Tech Hokies have run for 315 yards as a team, which ranks 69th in college football. They've run 73 times, averaging 4.3 yards per carry as a rushing unit. The Hokies have been penalized on offense 7 times for 44 yards so far this season, which has them 115th in the country in penalties. They are 74th in the nation in points scored with 58. They have run 129 plays this season for 772 yards, which ranks them 64th in Division 1 in total offense. The Hokies average 6 yards per play, which is 58th in college football. As a team they have accumulated a total of 36 1st downs this year, placing them 90th overall as an offensive unit. Josh Jackson averages 8.3 yards per pass attempt and 9.4 adjusted yards per throw. He has completed 31 passes on 55 attempts for a completion percentage of 56.4%. His quarterback rating this year is 144.2. He has thrown for 457 yards this season.
The Hokies rush defense has allowed 80 attempts for 328 yards this year, putting them in 88th place in D-1 against the run. Virginia Tech has committed 20 penalties for 165 yards on the defensive side of the ball this season. That ranks them 114th in college football. They are 29th in the nation in points allowed on defense with 24. They have surrendered a total of 815 yards on D, which is 84th in the country. The Hokies are ranked 73rd in yards per play allowed with 5.4. Opposing offenses have completed 39 passes on 71 attempts against the Virginia Tech Hokies defense this season, placing them 79th and 88th in Division 1. The Virginia Tech pass defense has also given up a total of 487 yards through the air, which is 82nd overall in total pass defense.
Special Teams Stats
The Virginia Tech Hokies have attempted 7 field goals this season and made 3, which is 42nd in D-1. Their kickers have a field goal percentage of 43%. Virginia Tech Hokies kickers have made 100% of their extra points, going 7 for 7 this year. Their punters have totaled 600 yards on 13 punts, averaging 46 yards per punt. That places them 23rd in Division 1 in punting average. Virginia Tech is ranked 59th in the nation in punt returns with 4. They've accumulated 64 punt return yards and average 16 yards per return, which is 18th in college football. They have returned 3 kicks for 93 yards on special teams, ranking 73rd in kick return yardage. The Hokies average 31 yards per kick return and they are 73rd in the country in all-purpose yards with 929.
Useful Offensive Statistics
The Pirates are 108th in the country in points scored with 34. They have run 160 plays this year for 837 yards, which ranks them 20th in Division 1 in total offense. The East Carolina Pirates average 5.2 yards per play, which is 92nd in the nation. As a team they have accumulated a total of 49 1st downs this season, ranking them 30th overall as an offensive unit. On the ground East Carolina has run for 217 yards as a unit, which ranks 101st in college football. They've run 60 times, averaging 3.6 yards per rush as a unit. East Carolina has been penalized on offense 16 times for 164 yards so far this year, which has them 27th in the country in penalties. Gardner Minshew has passed for 219 yards this year. He's completed 14 throws while attempting 31 passes for a completion percentage of 45.2%. His quarterback rating this season is 108.7. He averages 6.3 adjusted yards per throw and 7.1 yards per pass attempt.
East Carolina is 121st in the country in points surrendered on defense with 90. They have given up a total of 1,233 yards on D, which is 123rd in D-1. The Pirates are 127th in yards per play allowed with 8.4. Opponent offenses have completed 39 throws on 56 attempts against the East Carolina defense this season, ranking them 75th and 49th in the nation. The East Carolina Pirates pass defense has also surrendered a total of 595 yards in the air, which is 105th overall in total pass defense. Their rushing defense has given up 91 attempts for 638 yards this season, putting them in 122nd place in the country against the run. The Pirates have had 18 penalties for 227 yards on defense this year. That places them 127th in college football.
Special Teams Stats
East Carolina has returned 11 kicks for 221 yards on special teams, which puts them 14th in kick return yardage. The East Carolina Pirates average 20 yards per kick return and they are 39th in the nation in all-purpose yards with 1,059. The Pirates have tried 4 field goals this year and made 2, which is 55th in college football. Their kickers have a field goal percentage of 50%. East Carolina kickers have made 100% of their extra points, going 4 for 4 this season. Their punters have accumulated 397 yards on 9 punts, averaging 44 yards per punt. That ranks them 39th in the NCAA in punting average.
Who will win tonight's Hokies/Pirates college football game against the spread?
Guy's Pick: Take the Hokies -22
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