Syracuse at Virginia Tech: 10/23/21 College Football Picks and Prediction

Virginia Tech Hokies (3-3) vs Syracuse Orange (3-4)

Game Info: Saturday, October 23, 2021 at 12:30 pm (Lane Stadium/Worsham Field)

Betting Odds: Virginia Tech Hokies -3 -- Over/Under: 45.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Syracuse Orange will travel to Lane Stadium to take on the Virginia Tech Hokies this Saturday afternoon in College Football action.

The Syracuse Orange lost their 3rd straight game and dropped to 3-4 on the season after being defeated by the Clemson Tigers, 17-14, on October 15th. Syracuse was competitive against Clemson, however, could not fight all the way back after Clemson took a 17-7 lead early in the 4th quarter. Syracuse outgained Clemson by a 356-314 margin, however, lost the turnover battle by a 1-0 margin in the loss. Leading the way for the Orange was RB Sean Tucker who had 157 rushing yards on 22 carries.

On the season, Syracuse is averaging 29.0 ppg on 404.0 total yards per game (172.3 passing yds/g; 231.7 rushing yds/g). Offensively, Syracuse has been led by the RB duo of Sean Tucker (155 att, 948 yards, 9 TD; 14 rec, 224 yards, 2 TD) & Garrett Shrader (82 att, 418 yards, 2 TD). QB Garrett Shrader has completed 54.0% of his passes for 818 yards, 5 TD, & 3 INT. The top receiving threats for the Orange have been Courtney Jackson (20 rec, 207 yards), Taj Harris (16 rec, 171 yards), Anthony Queeley (11 rec, 166 yards, 2 TD), & Damien Alford (7 rec, 148 yards, TD).

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Defensively, Syracuse is allowing their opponents to average 23.0 ppg on 309.0 total yards per game (194.7 passing yds/g; 114.3 rushing yds/g).

The Virginia Tech Hokies lost their 2nd straight game and dropped to 3-3 on the season after being defeated by the Pittsburgh Panthers, 28-7, this past Saturday. Virginia Tech had no answers on either end of the field for the Panthers and could not fight back after going into halftime trailing by a 21-0 margin. Virginia Tech was outgained by Pittsburgh by a 411-224 margin and lost the turnover battle by a 1-0 margin. Leading the way for the Hokies was QB Braxton Burmeister who completed 11 of 32 passes for 134 yards, 1 TD, & 1 INT while also rushing for 19 yards.

On the season, Virginia Tech is averaging 21.7 ppg on 312.5 total yards per game (180.7 passing yds/g; 131.8 rushing yds/g). Offensively, Virginia Tech has been led by QB Braxton Burmeister who has completed 54.0% of his passes for 1064 yards, 6 TD, & 3 INT while also rushing for 201 yards & 2 TD. In the backfield with Burmeister has been Raheem Blackshear (53 att, 197 yards, 4 TD) & Jalen Holston (47 att, 176 yards, 1 TD). The top receiving threats for the Hokies have been Tre Turner (25 rec, 403 yards, 1 TD), Tayvion Robinson (24 rec, 239 yards, 3 TD), & Kaleb Smith (13 rec, 123 yards).

Defensively, Virginia Tech is holding their opponents to an average of 20.2 ppg on 353 total yards per game (197.5 passing yds/g; 155.5 rushing yds/g).

The Orange are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games overall and 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games as an underdog. The Hokies are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 October games and 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games overall.

This should be low scoring game as we’ve seen both offenses struggle this season while each team is led by their defense. Syracuse comes into this game ranked 19th in total defense while Virginia Tech ranks 36th in scoring defense while holding opponents to just 15.5 ppg at home. I’m expecting a tight, low scoring game here and as I think the Orange has shown that they can keep games close, I think the play here is to take the Orange and the Under. Good Luck!

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Brett’s Pick Syracuse Orange -3 / Under 45.5

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