| SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 11, 2021 | MIDDLE TENNESSEE BLUE RAIDERS VS. VIRGINIA TECH HOKIES
The Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders and the Virginia Tech Hokies will both be trying to pick up a win on Saturday when they battle at Lane Stadium/Worsham Field.
Oddsmakers opened the Hokies as -19.5-point favorites versus the Blue Raiders, while the game's total opened at 54.
Last time out for Virginia Tech, they were a 17-10 winner as they battled Tar Heels at home. Virginia Tech covered in the match as a +5.5-point underdog, while 27 combined points moved the game UNDER for totals bettors.
Team record: 1-0 SU,1-0 ATS
Middle Tennessee is 6-2 ATS in its last 8 games
Middle Tennessee is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games
Middle Tennessee is 8-16 SU in its last 24 games
Team record: 1-0 SU,1-0 ATS
Virginia Tech is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games
Virginia Tech is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Virginia Tech's last 5 games
Middle Tennessee at UTSA Saturday, September 18
Virginia Tech at West Virginia Saturday, September 18
The Virginia Tech Hokies of the ACC host the Middle Tennessee State Blue Raiders of Conference USA on Saturday. The Hokies are 1-0 on the young season while the Blue Raiders are also 1-0 after a week one victory. These two foes have no recent history. Virginia Tech is a 19.5 point favorite and the over-under is set at 54.5. Can MTSU pull off the upset?
Overreactions are commonplace in sports betting. Taking the last thing you saw and applying it to the next game — or even a full season — is often a general mistake made by many. And after Virginia Tech burst into the AP Poll with a resounding victory over North Carolina in Week 1, the Hokies are now tabbed as the team to beat in the ACC Coastal Division and a potential threat to Clemson in the conference. More importantly, Justin Fuente’s group is laying nearly three touchdowns against the Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders this Saturday at Lane Stadium.
It’s going to be impossible to replicate the magic of last Friday’s game at Lane Stadium. With the first full house in well over a year and ACC Coastal Division favorite North Carolina as the opponent, the atmosphere was off the charts. Obviously, Virginia Tech fed off the excitement and came away with a 17-10 victory.
Week 2 against Middle Tennessee won’t elicit that amount of passion. But the Blue Raiders have been a consistent program that has given Power 5 teams trouble in the past and are coming off a 50-15 season-opening victory over a solid FCS team in Monmouth.
Middle Tenn Injuries
Middle Tenn has no reported injuries at this time.
VA Tech Injuries
Nigel Simmons DL 9/8 Undisclosed QUESTIONABLE Johnson missed the previous game due to an unknown injury, and has yet to be determined if he will be available for Saturday's showdown with Middle Tennessee.
Matt Johnson LB 9/8 Undisclosed QUESTIONABLE Johnson sat out the last contest with an unspecified injury, and it is unknown if he will suit up for Saturday's battle versus Middle Tennessee.
Emmanuel Belmar DL 9/5 Concussion QUESTIONABLE Belmar sat out the previous contest due to a concussion, and it has yet to be established if he will line up versus Middle Tennessee on Saturday.
Changa Hodge WR 8/18 Achilles OUT Hodge will miss the entire 2021 season due to a torn Achilles.