A Top Betting Lines review of the first week of college football action in 2012 would probably be highlighted by Michigan and Alabama, but there are a couple of ACC foes that will square off to finish out the week as Georgia Tech and Virginia Tech do battle in Blacksburg, Virginia.
Georgia Tech vs. Virginia Tech Odds – Monday, September 3rd, 8:00 PM ET
The Yellow Jackets won their first six games of 2012, powered by an offense that put up at least 35 points over the first five, but then they faded and finished with an 8-5 record, including a loss to Utah in the Sun Bowl in overtime. Players that use bookies know that the Yellow Jackets are unique because they use the triple-option, which put Georgia Tech second in the nation in rushing and that attack should be just as good with their entire offensive line back, along with quarterback Tevin Washington and two starting running backs. The defense welcomes back seven starters from a unit that was 44th in the country in total defense, and this group will want some revenge after giving up 37 points to the Hokies last season at home.
Virginia Tech are staples of the football betting odds in the ACC and they’re coming off an 11-3 season, but two of those losses came against Clemson, who would beat the Hokies in the ACC title game, and then they fell to Michigan in the Sugar Bowl. The offense could be in a little trouble as they have just three starters back on that side of the ball, although quarterback Logan Thomas is a star. The Hokies will have to protect Thomas with just one returning starter up front and there isn’t a lot at the skill positions, either. Defensively, the Hokies are annually one of the best in the nation and last year was no exception as they were 10th in total defense and seventh in points allowed, and they may have to be even better with a lack of experience on offense; however, they have nine starters back, so that is encouraging.
College football betting odds should favor the Hokies at home, where they’ve won three of their last four against the Yellow Jackets, although they failed to cover in three of the meetings. This has the makings of a defensive affair because the Virginia Tech defense will have to hold down the fort while the offense gets together, while the Georgia Tech defense is underrated and should be able to contain the Hokies’ offense. This is going to come down to how many mistakes are made and the edge goes to the Hokies at home, although it’s going to be low scoring and scrappy. Take Virginia Tech in your sports betting picks.