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How and what to watch for NC State vs. Virginia Tech

It’s the Hokies first game of the season. Will they come out of the gate slowly?

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The 20th-ranked Virginia Tech Hokies finally get to start their season on Saturday in a game against ACC foe North Carolina State.

Virginia Tech’s defense is returning a ton of experience from last season. Nine defensive starters come back from the unit that finished second in the ACC in interceptions a year ago. On offense, head coach Justin Fuente has announced that QB Hendon Hooker will get the start, but also that Oregon transfer Braxton Burmeister will see playing time as well. Out of the backfield VT has Rutgers transfer Raheem Blackshear, who is a dynamic player that can hurt defenses on the ground or in the passing game.

NC State scored a lot of points last week, but struggled to pull away an out-played Wake Forrest in a 45-42 win. The Wolfpack have a great rushing attack, led by Ricky Person Jr. and Zonovan Knight. The two combined for 196 yards and three TDs last week. It won’t be nearly as easy for them against VT though, especially with the Hokies experienced secondary, Tech could just stack the box all day and force NC State to throw.

NC State has only beaten Virginia Tech once in their last five meetings dating back to 2004.

Game Time/TV Channel/Streaming

Saturday night’s action will kickoff at 8 p.m. in Blacksburg and will be broadcast on the ACC Network

Point Spread, Totals, Odds, Trends

Point spread: NC State (+6.5) vs Virginia Tech
Point Total: 56.5
Money line: NC State(+215), Virginia Tech (-235)

  • NC State is 1-6 ATS in its last seven games
  • The total has gone over in 4/5 NC State games
  • The total has gone under in 4/5 of the last meetings between these teams
  • VT is 5-2 ATS in their last seven games.

The Best Bet

Opening games are always tricky to predict, especially this season. Even traditionally high-powered offenses have struggled to put up points. Although NC State’s offense looked very good last week on the ground, they face a much stiffer challenge against VT.

Pick: Under 56.5

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