Virginia Tech Hokies (1-1) vs. Rutgers Scarlet Knights (2-0)
Virginia Tech Hokies vs. Rutgers Scarlet Knights 9/16/23 – Week 3 of NCAAF brings with it an intriguing contest between Virginia Tech Hokies (1-1) and Rutgers Scarlet Knights (0-0), which will meet on September 16th at SHI Stadium for a match that will be broadcast live by BTN.
Hokie’s offense relies heavily on Bhayshul Tuten, their lead running back, and Jaylin Lane, their wide receiver. Tuten has had 27 rushing attempts with 59 yards but none resulting in touchdowns thus far; on the other hand, Lane has amassed 123 receiving yards from 9 receptions while scoring twice this season.
Rutgers has been led by key players Kyle Monangai (running back), and JaQuae Jackson (wide receiver). Monangai has been an integral component of Rutgers’ offense with 217 rushing yards and two touchdowns from 42 attempts while Jackson has made up for lost time by averaging 19.8 yards per reception for 99 total receiving yards. If you’re looking for the free 2023 college football picks, consider their matchups carefully.
Virginia Tech Hokies vs. Rutgers Scarlet Knights Game Info
|When:||Saturday, September 16, 2023, at 3:30 PM ET|
Grant Wells QB vs. Gavin Wimsatt QB
Grant Wells enters his third week of the season showing both promise and areas for improvement. With 494 passing yards under his belt and 33 of 62 completed passes (53.2% completion rate), Wells has shown signs of promise and areas needing improvement. His five touchdowns and 140.3 passer rating are impressive; however, two interceptions indicate there may be room for improvement in his decision-making process. Furthermore, his longest pass of 44 yards suggests he may exploit Rutgers’ secondary. Wells has shown some weakness under pressure this season, being sacked three times for 33 yard losses. Therefore, his offensive line’s performance will be key in giving Wells enough time and space to execute accurate throws.
Gavin Wimsatt of Rutgers has made an excellent start to his season. With an excellent 54% completion rate on 27 of 50 pass attempts for 361 passing yards total, Wimsatt has established himself as an effective quarterback. With an efficient passer rating of 127.8 and two touchdowns to his name, Wimsatt has proven himself efficient but perhaps less explosive than expected. What stands out most is his interception-free record thus far, showing his sound decision-making style.
Wimsatt has only been sacked once and lost minimal yards due to improved protection from his offensive line, suggesting a superior level of protection compared with Wells. But his more conservative approach could pose challenges later. Though his style reduces errors, it may hamper Virginia Tech’s chances of coming back from behind if they find themselves trailing. With an average yards per pass attempt average of just 7.2 and Wells’ at 7.4, his style will force Virginia Tech’s defense to decide between keeping their distance or increasing pressure and speed up play.
NCAAF Odds/Point Spread: Rutgers -250, Total Odds: 39.5
Rutgers currently holds the edge in terms of odds with its spread at -6.5 and moneyline at -250, totalling 39.5 total games with both over/under total betting odds at -110 – suggesting this won’t be a blowout contest despite their home field advantage and undefeated record.
Virginia Tech Hokies Betting Trends
Virginia Tech has experienced an unreliable performance recently. Their last 13 games saw totals go UNDER and they finished 2-8 in straight up score in their 10 total matches overall, but against Rutgers alone they are an outstanding 10-0 against both spread and straight-up results over this span. When playing road games they have gone 1-5 straight-up since 2016, yet against Rutgers they boast an astounding 5-0 straight-up mark when facing them head on.
Rutgers Scarlet Knights Betting Trends
Rutgers’ performance has also been inconsistent; 6 of their last 9 games ended under the total with an under, and their record stands at 3-8 straight up from their last 11 matches. Their home record hasn’t been much better: just 6-14 straight-up in their last 20 home games against Virginia Tech! Nonetheless, Rutgers excels during September games by posting an 8-2 mark against the spread!
Virginia Tech Hokies vs. Rutgers Scarlet Knights 9/16/23 Betting Picks
Given all of the available data, Virginia Tech seems like an obvious pick with regards to taking on Rutgers at home with a spread bet. Their history against Rutgers on the road cannot be disregarded either and their recent record against Rutgers cannot be discounted either. Over/Under-wise, both teams tend towards low scoring matches so selecting UNDER 39.5 might also prove worthwhile. For more insights and potential betting opportunities, you can also explore some free proven sports picks online.
Free Pick and Prediction: Virginia Tech 20, Rutgers 17.