Once again, Golden Nugget is the first sports book to release lines for the upcoming college football season. Not every game is available to bet on at this point. Only the games that Golden Nugget considers the biggest games of the year are open for wagers.
Several Virginia Tech games are included. Here they are…
Ohio State favored by 16 over Virginia Tech
Virginia Tech favored by 9 over Pitt
Miami favored by 6 over Virginia Tech
Georgia Tech favored by 9.5 over Virginia Tech
Virginia Tech favored by 4 over UVA
Some of those lines are interesting. Miami is only favored by 6.5 at home against UVA, and they are 6 point favorites at home against the Hokies. That’s only 0.5 points between UVA and VT, yet the Hokies are 4-point favorites in Charlottesville. It’s almost as if Scott Stadium is worth nearly a touchdown…to the visiting team.
The Hokies are 9-point favorites over Pitt, which seems high considering the Panthers have won five of the last six meetings. However, Tech won the last meeting in Blacksburg 19-9. Georgia Tech by 9.5 seems very high. The Yellow Jackets have beaten the Hokies only twice under Paul Johnson, and both of those wins came by a combined eight points.
The Miami series is very strange. The Hokies blew out the Canes in Miami two years ago, and them Miami blew out Tech in Lane Stadium last year. That one is tough to predict, though Miami lost many key contributors.
As far as Ohio State goes, at first glance that line seems high, but we’re talking about the defending National Champions here. Take a look at their last three scores…
The Buckeyes are dismantling opponents. Even that Alabama game wasn’t as close as the final score indicated. That being said, 2015 is a different season, and the game is in Blacksburg.
If I were a betting man, here’s what I’d do for those five games…
OSU: I’d bet on a different game, but if I had to choose I would pick Ohio State.
Pitt: I’d bet on VT.
Miami: I’d stay away from this one, but if I had to choose I would pick Virginia Tech.
GT: I’d bet on VT.
UVA: I’d bet on VT.
What would you do?