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College Football Picks: Notre Dame vs Virginia Tech Predictions, Odds

  • Notre Dame takes the field after suffering their first loss last week
  • Virginia Tech took over 1st in the ACC after beating Richmond last week
  • This will only be the fourth time these two teams have played each other in school history

Notre Dame, currently ranked 14th in the nations, head to Virginia after an 11 point loss to Cincinnati. The offense for the Fighting Irish was never able to get going and ended the night scoring only 14 points. The Virginia Tech defense played another great game and was able to walk away with a 21-10 victory.

Notre Dame Fighting Irish vs Virginia Tech Hokies Schedule

  • Where: Lane Stadium, Blacksburg, VA
  • When: Date Saturday, October 9, 7:30pm ET
  • How to Watch: ACC Network

Notre Dame vs Virginia Tech Vegas Odds

Game Preview

What Happened to the Offense?

Going into the game against Cincinnati, the Fighting Irish were known for one thing, and that was an electric offense. Averaging over 35 points per game, Notre Dame did not think the offense would be their issue this past weekend. However, Cincinnati had other plans and ended up giving them their first loss of the season.

Cincinnati Bearcats defensive lineman Malik Vann (42) sacks Notre Dame Fighting Irish linebacker Isaiah Pryor (10) in the second half of the NCAA football game on Saturday, Oct. 2, 2021, at Notre Dame Stadium in South Bend, Ind. Cincinnati Bearcats defeated Notre Dame Fighting Irish 24-13.

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Cincinnati Bearcats defensive lineman Malik Vann (42) sacks Notre Dame Fighting Irish linebacker Isaiah Pryor (10) in the second half of the NCAA football game on Saturday, Oct. 2, 2021, at Notre Dame Stadium in South Bend, Ind. Cincinnati Bearcats defeated Notre Dame Fighting Irish 24-13. Cincinnati Bearcats At Notre Dame Fighting Irish 226

The game against Cincinnati saw all the quarterbacks get a few reps in for Notre Dame. Jack Coan started the game, completing 14 of 22 passes for 114 yards. He did throw an interception that was returned for a touchdown. Drew Pyne was 9 for 22 for 143 yards and a touchdown.

Defensively, the Fighting Irish played much better than what the score looks like. Two offensive turnovers put Virginia Tech in a position to score, and there was nothing the defense could do about it. When broken down, the defense is only responsible for 14 points, which still would have lost this game, unfortunately.

Winning is Contagious, No Matter Who it’s Against

After a disappointing loss to end September, the Hokies had a little chip on their shoulder this weekend. Losing to a rival school is never easy, but when you can come out and dominate a team from the get-go, there is always a little happiness in that. Virginia Tech will need their defense to keep up this level of play if they are going to win this weekend.

Sep 25, 2021; Blacksburg, Virginia, USA; Virginia Tech Hokies defensive back Chamarri Conner during a game against the Richmond Spiders at Lane Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Ryan Hunt-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 25, 2021; Blacksburg, Virginia, USA; Virginia Tech Hokies defensive back Chamarri Conner during a game against the Richmond Spiders at Lane Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Ryan Hunt-USA TODAY Sports

The Virginia Tech quarterback, junior Braxton Burmeister, is off to a solid start, throwing for 746 yards and five touchdowns. He has only thrown a single interception on over 100 attempts. Braxton’s favorite target is Tre Turner, who has recorded 16 receptions for 250 yards and a touchdown.

The defense for the Hokies is top tier. Currently ranked in the top 50 for total yards given up per game, 326, and passing yards per game, 190. The best stat for this team is points given up. In four games, Virginia Tech is only giving up 15.3 points per game, which is good enough for 11th in the nation.

Predictions and Pick

Who will win tonight’s NCAAFB game:

Notre Dame is only 2-3 against the spread but 1-1 when they are not playing on their home field. In the three games that they were the favorite in, they are 1-2 against the spread.

Virginia Tech is 2-2 against the spread, with a 2-1 record while playing at home. Virginia Tech has not gone over the points total once this year.

Expert Pick(s):

  • Notre Dame -105
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