Changing the Pace

Published on 12-Nov-2015 by Steve Soprano

Football - NCAA    NCAA Football Daily Stake

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Changing the Pace

Tonight in Atlanta, college football will look a little more like the old days.

Spread offenses and the no-huddle will be replaced with a lot more three-yard clouds of dust when Georgia Tech plays host to Virginia Tech.

In the Yellow Jackets' case, that might even be five- and ten-yard clouds of dust, as they live and die by the triple option. Here's a typical read-and-react play for them:

It's a time-consuming attack, and combined with the Hokies' conservative offense, the play here is an under on Bovada's total of 52.

There are signs all over the match-up page on Bovada's data tool on our Home page to point you in that direction.

Bovada matchup Virginia Tech v Georgia Tech

Let's start with the Yellow Jackets running the ball for 267 yards per game:

Georgia Tech's rushing yards

Again, they run it a lot and run it well, but as mentioned, one other thing runs a lot when Georgia Tech plays, and that's the clock.

And when you play the under, a running clock is your friend.

This is even more of a factor tonight, considering the Georgia Tech ground game's historical success against Virginia Tech has been so strong:

Georgia Tech rushing vs Virginia Tech

Other supporting data includes the under hitting in four of the Hokie's last five ...

Bovada stats

... and seven of their last nine on the road

Bovada stats

And, by the way, under players have cashed seven of the last eight times these two teams have clashed head-to-head.

Bovada stats

I wouldn't expect this one to be a thing of beauty when it comes to style points, but cashing a winning ticket is always a beautiful thing.

For those who play the under, that's just what they'll get to do.

My pick: Virginia Tech v Georgia Tech ... under 52


Result: Hokies 23 Yellow Jackets 21 ... under covers

Hokies 23 Yellow Jackets 21