The streaking 17th-ranked Virginia Tech Hokies will look to stay extend their winning ways when they visit the Syracuse Orange in an intriguing Week 7 ACC clash that I believe is offering a bunch of value. With Syracuse looking for a big upset, let’s find out which team that will get the ATS betting lines cover.
In Depth Analysis On The College Football ATS Picks Hokies Vs Orange Week 7 Free Picks
When: Saturday, October 15, 2016 at 3:45 PM ET
Where: Carrier Dome
Live Stream: Watch ESPN
NCAAF Odds: Syracuse Orange +17 / Over/Under: 65
Bet The Virginia Tech Hokies at -17 Because…
Virginia Tech is downright explosive offensively. Virginia Tech Hokies (4-1 SU, 3-2 ATS) has won three straight including their emphatic 34-3 blowout of North Carolina as 2.5-point favorites last weekend. The Hokies’ defense looked scary in limiting the Tar Heels to just 58 passing yards and 73 total yards rushing in wet conditions. Quarterback Jerod Evans completed 7-of-17 passes for 75 yards and two touchdowns while running back Travon McMillian rushed 17 times for 76 yards and one score.
For the season, Evans has passed for 1,045 yards and 15 touchdowns while McMillian has rushed for a team-high 288 yards and three scores on 65 carries. Defensively, Virginia Tech is limiting the opposition to just 15.6 points per game to rank tenth nationally.
Bet The Syracuse Orange at +17 Because…
The Orange are playing at home. Syracuse (2-4 SU, 2-4 ATS) has lost two straight and comes into this Week 7 matchup off a humbling 28-9 loss against Wake Forest last weekend while filing to cover the spread as a +4.5-point underdog. The Orange were up 14-9 heading into the fourth quarter, but gave up two touchdowns late in falling to the Demon Deacons. Quarterback Eric Dungey completed 16-of-25 passes for 156 yards, but failed to throw a touchdown while tossing one interception. Running back Dontae Strickland rushed for 74 yards and once score on 13 carries.
For the season, Dungey has passed for 1,886 yards and 11 touchdowns. Wide receiver Amba Etta-Tawo has recorded team-high 51 catches for 876 yards and six touchdowns while Strickland has rushed for a team-high 343 yards and one score on 86 carries.
Expert Prediction and Pick
Virginia Tech is the easy pick to win and cover the college football betting line against a Syracuse team that both, struggles to score and can’t stop the opposition. The Hokies are 5-1 ATS in their last six conference games and 4-1 ATS in their last five games following an ATS win while Syracuse has gone 1-4 SU and ATS in their last five games.
Virginia Tech has scored at least 34 points in every victory this season while Syracuse has given up at least 28 points in all four of their losses. I fully expect Virginia Tech to overwhelm Syracuse by halftime en route to the convincing win.