Boise State Broncos
(14-0, 9-5 ATS in 2009)
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Virginia Tech Hokies
(10-3, 8-5 ATS in 2009)
This is the one that NCAA football betting fans have been looking forward to for the longest time! The Boise State Broncos will head to FedEx Field, where they will play a de facto road game against the Virginia Tech Hokies in a game that has a tremendous amount of National Championship ramifications.
The Broncos had one of the best offenses and one of the best defenses in the nation last year, and this season, they are out to prove that that wasn’t a fluke or the case of a soft schedule. QB Kellen Moore has become a legitimate Heisman Trophy candidate just as quickly as Boise State has become a legitimate National Championship contender. In fact, a win on Monday night might be the last hurdle for the boys from the Smurf Turf in their chase to reach the elusive championship game. Twenty of the 22 starters from last year are back, ten on both sides of the ball. Needless to say, HC Chris Petersen thinks that this might be the best bunch of Broncos to ever don the blue and orange. Boise State has plenty to prove, and a good showing against these Hokies could make or break the entire program.
Give the Hokies a ton of credit for scheduling this game. They have never had any fear of going up against the big boys early in the season, as demonstrated by last season’s game against the eventual National Champs, the Alabama Crimson Tide. HC Frank Beamer has put together a plethora of double digit win seasons in Blacksburg, and this year appears to be much of the same, though many are saying that this is the weakest crop of big boys up front that this squad has had in a number of years. Still, QB Tyrod Taylor can make things happen with the best of them, and he is beginning to show signs that this could be the year that he is very, very special. We already know how special RB Ryan Williams is after he rushed for 1,655 yards and 21 scores in an amazing freshman campaign. He might find sledding tough against the Broncos this week, but Williams tamed some of the best rush defenses in the land last year and could be the difference maker on Monday night. Don’t ever count out DC Bud Adams or the effect of Beamer Ball either, as special teams could once again be the game changer for VT.
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Somehow, we just believe that the Hokies can get the job done in this game. Boise State has had a poor history of coming east against the biggest teams in the country, as was demonstrated when it was crippled by the Georgia Bulldogs Between the Hedges five years ago. Virginia Tech will have the majority of the fans at what is technically a neutral site game. This could be the best game of the entire college football betting season. Our pick is Virginia Tech to win this game outright as a short underdog.
Selection: Virginia Tech Hokies +2.5
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