Virginia Tech Hokies vs. ECU Pirates, College Football Sports Betting, Picks, Predictions and Week 3 Las Vegas Odds

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Virginia Tech at East Carolina, NCAA College Football Betting
When: 3:30 PM ET, Saturday, September 16, 2017
Where: Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium, Greenville, North Carolina
TV: 3:30 p.m. ET. CBS Sports Network. LINE: Virginia Tech -21
Team/ Live in game Betting at bovada-logo-top-book Spread Money Line Total
Virginia Tech Hokies -23 -104 Ov 60½ -110
East Carolina Pirates +23 -116 Un 60½ -110
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The fans at Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium will be treated to a game between the Virginia Tech Hokies and the East Carolina Pirates when they take their seats on Saturday.

ABOUT VIRGINIA TECH (2-0): The Hokies allowed West Virginia to rack up nearly 600 yards on offense in their first game before limiting the Blue Hens to 223 yards as defensive coordinator Bud Foster notched his 32nd shutout. Virginia Tech defeated visiting East Carolina 54-17 last season after building a 38-0 halftime lead. On the road, however, things have been different as the Hokies’ last three trips to East Carolina have been decided by a touchdown or fewer.

ABOUT EAST CAROLINA (0-2): The Pirates trailed 49-3 at the half last week before West Virginia mercifully called off the onslaught. “We got off to a slow start (in a season-opening loss to James Madison) and I really challenged everybody to get better this week in some way, in some form. I didn’t necessarily think we got better. We needed a little bit of a change in direction,” Montgomery told reporters about the firing of Thompson. Thomas Sirk made his first start for East Carolina, finishing 16-of-34 for 191 with a touchdown before leaving with a concussion and is questionable for Saturday.

bovada-logo-top-book currently have the Hokies as 23-point favorites versus the Pirates, while the game’s total is sitting at 60½ according to Mybookie.agblacklogo-132x42

Electric freshman quarterback Josh Jackson leads No. 16 Virginia Tech into East Carolina on Saturday eyeing a 3-0 start. Jackson, who helped the Hokies knock off West Virginia in his collegiate debut, threw a pair of scoring passes last week as Virginia Tech blanked FCS member Delaware 27-0.

The Hokies don’t figure to be challenged until they host No. 3 Clemson in what is shaping up to be a monstrous ACC game Sept. 30. Jackson completed 16 of 28 passes for 222 yards in a pedestrian performance last week as Virginia Tech turned to its defense to manhandle the Blue Hens. East Carolina is off to an abysmal start under coach Scottie Montgomery. The Pirates lost to FCS powerhouse James Madison in their opener and then were crushed by West Virginia 56-20 last week, a decision so lopsided it cost defensive coordinator Kenwick Thompson his job a day later.

East Carolina was a 56-20 loser in their most recent outing on the road against Mountaineers. They failed to cover the +25.5-point spread as underdogs, while the total score (76) made winners of OVER bettors.

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Virginia Tech:
Team record: 2-0 SU,1-1 ATS
Virginia Tech is 5-1 ATS in its last 6 games
Virginia Tech is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games
Virginia Tech is 2-5 ATS in its last 7 games on the road

East Carolina:
Team record: 0-2 SU,0-2 ATS
East Carolina is 0-5 ATS in its last 5 games
East Carolina is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of East Carolina’s last 9 games

Next up:
Virginia Tech home to Old Dominion Saturday, September 23
East Carolina home to USF Saturday, September 30

NCAA FOOTBALL SPORTS BETTING TIPS

1. Defensive line coach Robert Prunty took over for Thompson.

2. Greg Stroman last week became the first player in Virginia Tech history to return a punt for a touchdown in three consecutive seasons.

3. East Carolina has been outscored 56-3 in the combined first halves of its first two games and has allowed 616.5 yards per game the first two weeks, ranking 128th out of 129 FBS teams.

Vegas Coverage pick and prediction:

Virginia Tech will cover the spread at -23 and the game will stay under 60½ points, according to scamdicappers scamdicappers.com
PREDICTION: Virginia Tech 45, East Carolina 10 at bovada-logo-top-book.

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