Against the Spread Pick
The Virginia Tech Hokies will head to Indiana this Tuesday to take on the Fighting Irish. Both teams have solid 5-2 records this year, but each team has spent the week prior to their matchup very differently. The Hokies are well rested and rejuvenated, having just indulged in a bye week, while the Irish are coming into this game having taken a hard loss against Michigan last week. The Hokies seem to be making some headway with regard to their overall performance this season. They were off to a relatively mediocre start, sporting a 2-2 average. However they have since won three games in a row. With that being said, the Irish have a rather bulletproof defense, which will truly test whether or not the Hokies’ have what it takes to score. Unfortunately for the Irish, their offense has somewhat defective this season. They are very inconsistent, so much so, that Virginia’s shaky defense may have the opportunity to straighten itself out. I have a feeling this will be a close game. Each team has its strengths and weaknesses, and this is one of those odd matchups where said strengths and weaknesses will sort of neutralize any major advantage or disadvantage that one team may have. Having said that, I’m taking the Irish, they smoked the Hokies last year, and though they lost their last game, they have proven capable of taking down tough squads thus far this season. The Irish should win, but the Hokies will surely cover.
Over Under Pick
Like I said, the Irish have been struggling offensively, this in turn, should mean that the Hokies’ defense will stand a solid chance against them, and keep scoring to a minimum. On the other hand, the Irish have a decent defense. The Hokies have started to excel in recent games, but I’m reluctant to believe that they will have a high scoring game against the Irish, especially considering have things have turned out in prior games between these two teams. Take the under.