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Notre Dame-Virginia Tech Betting Guide: New Quarterbacks Face Tough Tests

Oct 06, 2018 4:59 PM EDT

Matt Cashore-USA TODAY Sports. Pictured: Ian Book

Notre Dame-Virginia Tech Betting Pick, Odds

  • Line: Notre Dame -6.5
  • Over/Under: 55
  • Time: 8 p.m. ET
  • TV Channel: ABC

>> All odds as of 7 a.m. ET on Saturday. Download The Action Network App to get real-time odds and track your bets.

Notre Dame is in the driver’s seat to reach the College Football Playoff. You think the committee leaves out a 12-0 Irish team? Think again.

Considering how Notre Dame’s future opponents have fallen short of expectations this season — Florida State and USC chief among them — Virginia Tech poses the biggest threat on the Irish’s schedule. That’s not to say the Trojans won’t improve and knock off their rival in the season’s final week, but a Notre Dame win in Blacksburg on Saturday night will put the Irish in a great spot.

Both teams have new quarterbacks who have elevated the offenses, but both are also facing by far their toughest tests yet.

Market Moves for Notre Dame-Virginia Tech

By Danny Donahue

Following their big win over Stanford last weekend, the Irish have drawn 69% of bettors and 66% of money this week. As a result, their line has moved from -4.5 to -7.

Trends to Know

By Evan Abrams

Hokies head coach Justin Fuente entered this season 0-8 straight up and 2-5-1 against the spread vs. undefeated teams in his career (Virginia Tech and Memphis).

Against Duke last week, Fuente broke that streak. Can he make it two weeks in a row?

By John Ewing

Notre Dame looked impressive in its Week 5 win over No. 7 Stanford. The Irish outgained the Cardinal 550 yards to 229 en route to the 38-17 victory.

The Golden Domers are riding high with an undefeated record and the No. 6 ranking in the country.

But this could be the perfect time to fade Notre Dame. Since 2005, ranked teams coming off a top-10 win have been overvalued.

Key Injuries

By Steve Petrella

Virginia Tech lost quarterback Josh Jackson (broken leg) for the season two weeks ago, but Ryan Willis looked more than capable in his place.

Willis threw for 332 yards on 17-of-27 passing with three scores and no picks against a quality Duke defense. The former Kansas starter transferred in January of 2017 and sat out last season.

Notre Dame is missing a few players, and none are bigger than left guard Alex Bars, who will miss the rest of the season with a torn MCL and ACL suffered last week. The senior was a preseason All-American and has started 32 career games. He helped anchor a young offensive line that lost two top-10 NFL Draft picks.

Notre Dame’s Offensive Is Alive

By Steve Petrella

Notre Dame’s offense the last two weeks with quarterback Ian Book:

  • 6.8 yards per play
  • 3.48 points per possession

With Brandon Wimbush this season:

  • 5.1 yards per play
  • 1.89 points per possession

Trench Battle

By Steve Petrella



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