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Notre Dame Fighting Irish at Virginia Tech Hokies Betting Preview

09 October 2021

There are a number of big-time college football games on the schedule this weekend, including one taking place at Virginia Tech. The Hokies are set to host the Notre Dame Fighting Irish in a game that is extremely important for each program.

Notre Dame just suffered a loss last weekend to Cincinnati, and the Fighting Irish will be looking to get back on track in this game. There is still an outside shot at playing for a championship, but the Fighting Irish can’t afford any more setbacks.

Virginia Tech has gotten off to a 3-1 start this season, and they have picked up some big wins. The Hokies are still unranked at this time, but a win over Notre Dame would garner some serious national attention.

The Notre Dame Fighting Irish are 1.5-point betting favorites over the Virginia Tech Hokies.

Notre Dame Needs to Run

Notre Dame has really struggled to run the football all season long, and they have to find a way to get that attack going. The Fighting Irish are averaging right around 80 rushing yards per game, and they are going to be facing a tough defense in this one.

Running back Kyren Williams is a big part of the offense, but he hasn’t even reached 300 rushing yards on the year. The Fighting Irish have a question about which quarterback will make this start, and they have to run the ball to get the offense going.

The defense for Notre Dame could also play better as they are giving up over 23 points per game. Notre Dame still hasn’t put together a true dominating performance in all areas.

Hokies Getting Some Stops

Virginia Tech is going to try and win this game with its defense, and that unit has been playing well all season long. The Hokies are allowing just 15 points per game this season, and they don’t give up many yards in the secondary.

Quarterback Braxton Burmeister has done a great job of taking care of the ball this season, but the Hokies need better play. Burmeister has thrown for just 746 yards and five touchdowns, and Virginia Tech will have to score some points to win this matchup.

Virginia Tech always seems to make some big plays on special teams, and that could allow them to pick up an upset win on Saturday night.

Fighting Irish Lose Again

Notre Dame looked to be on a path back to the College Football Playoff this season, but that loss to Cincinnati hurt the resume. The Fighting Irish are also going to be dealing with a hostile crowd in this matchup, and that’s going to make this task much harder.

There are just too many holes surrounding the Notre Dame offense that it’s hard to see them doing much scoring in this game. Virginia Tech wins games with its defense, and that is going to be the case in this game as well.

Take the Virginia Tech Hokies money line as they deliver the Notre Dame Fighting Irish their second straight loss.

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