This mid-afternoon ACC clash features a 10-point spread in favor of the road team. Here are the Virginia Tech vs Wake Forest predictions and college football picks for Week 8 in the NCAAF season.
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Virginia Tech vs Wake Forest Predictions
Odds courtesy of Bovada Sportsbook
Both Virginia Tech and Wake Forest are coming off of big ACC wins and will be looking to keep the momentum going on Saturday. The Hokies have already been a popular choice amongst the Week 8 expert College Football picks. The spread for this game opened at Virginia Tech -6.5 and has been bet up a full 3 points to the current -10. While this might normally be a potential buyback spot, I would much rather keep the Va Tech train rolling this week.
The dual-threat capabilities of Hokies quarterback Hendon Hooker were on full display in the team’s throttling of Boston College last week. BC brings a stingy defense to the table, but Hooker had no problem piling up 275 total yards (111 passing, 164 rushing) and 4 total touchdowns in his second game back from being sidelined due to COVID-19. Even without Hooker for their first two contests, the Hokies have scored 38+ points in every single game and are proving to be an offensive juggernaut. Saturday’s win was far and away the best defensive effort Virginia Tech has put forth this season.
After stumbling out of the gates to an 0-2 start, Wake Forest has earned back-to-back wins including their first ACC win by 17 points over Virginia last week. I liked the Demon Deacons as one of my College Football picks short in that game as Virginia has been far from impressive on the heels of losing quarterback Bryce Perkins. Given that Wake not only covered but won that game going away, it’s no surprise that they are being overvalued by the market at the current price. Quarterback Sam Hartman leads an offense that has scored 40+ points in every game minus a season-opening loss to Clemson (go figure). Unfortunately, the Demon Deacons defense is yet to truly impress, unless 14 points allowed to FCS opponent Campbell counts for anything.
College Football Picks: Virginia Tech -10
Virginia Tech and Wake Forest have one common opponent between them thus far on the young season. The Hokies beat North Carolina State by three touchdowns on the first weekend of ACC play. And that Va Tech team was without Hooker. The Demon Deacons lost to the Wolfpack by 3 the following Saturday. Even after the line movement, this is still a buy-low opportunity on Virginia Tech in my eyes. Act quickly while the even 10 is still in play at Bovada Sportsbook.