Syracuse vs Virginia Tech Prediction - College Football Picks 10/26/23

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

Game Info: Thursday, October 26, 2023 at 7:30 pm (Lane Stadium/Worsham Field)

Betting Odds: Virginia Tech Hokies -2.5 -- Over/Under: 47.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Syracuse Orange will play the Virginia Tech Hokies in an ACC game on Thursday night at Lane Stadium in Blacksburg, Virginia. Syracuse has lost three games in a row, while Virginia Tech has won two of their last three games.

Syracuse Preview

The Syracuse Orange are 4-3 (0-3) this season after they lost to Florida State by a score of 41-3 in their last game. Syracuse only trailed 10-3 in the second quarter, but they were out scored 31-0 the rest of the way. The Orange were out gained by a total of 535-261 and turned the ball over twice in the game. Syracuse also lost to North Carolina and Clemson during this three game losing streak. The Syracuse offense is averaging 28.6 points per game with 232.1 passing yards per game and 167 rushing yards per game, while going 46% on third downs. Garrett Shrader has thrown for 1,371 yards, eight touchdowns, and five interceptions, while also rushing for 358 yards and six touchdowns. LeQuint Allen has rushed for 511 yards and seven scores, while Umari Hatcher has caught 21 passes for 346 yards and two touchdowns. The Syracuse defense is giving up 22.1 points against per game this year. 

Virginia Tech Preview

The Virginia Tech Hokies are 3-4 (2-1) this year after they defeated Wake Forest by a score of 30-13 in their last game. Virginia Tech led 17-10 at halftime and their defense only allowed three points in the second half for the win. The Hokies out gained Wake Forest by a total of 462-262 and forced three turnovers in the game. Virginia Tech also defeated Pittsburgh in ACC play, but they lost to Florida State. The Virginia Tech offense is scoring 24.4 points per game with 219.4 passing yards per game and 140.3 rushing yards per game, while going 30.9% on third downs. Kyron Drones has thrown for 1,042 yards, six touchdowns, and one interception, while also rushing for 344 yards and four touchdowns for the Hokies this season. Bhayshul Tuten has rushed for 360 yards and three touchdowns, while Jaylin Lane has caught 21 passes for 341 yards and five scores. The Virginia Tech defense is allowing 24.7 points against per game this season.

Virginia Tech Hokies Team Facts

  • The home team has won six of Virginia Tech's last seven games.
  • Virginia Tech has covered the spread in five of its last six home games against conference opponents.
  • Virginia Tech has won the first half in six of its last seven games against conference opponents at Lane Stadium.
  • Four of Virginia Tech's last five October home games against non-AP-ranked teams have gone UNDER the total points line.

Syracuse Orange Team Facts

  • The favorite has won 23 of Syracuse's last 24 games.
  • Syracuse has failed to cover the spread in seven of its last eight games as an underdog.
  • Syracuse has lost the first half in each of its last seven games against conference opponents.
  • Each of Syracuse's last four games against non-AP-ranked teams have gone UNDER the total points line.


Syracuse comes into this game after getting blown out in three straight games against Florida State, North Carolina, and Clemson, but they will face a much easier opponent here. Virginia Tech looked like they might have a very poor year, but they have won two out of their last three games and are above .500 in conference play. I don’t love either of these teams, but I am going to take Virginia Tech at home. The Orange have been out scored by a total of 81-10 in their last two games and the mentality in the locker room can’t be good. Take the Hokies here. 

David’s Pick Virginia Tech -2.5

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