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West Virginia Mountaineers vs Virginia Tech Hokies Predictions


Key Stat: West Virginia is 1-2 this season

Tip Reasoning

  • Mountaineers lost both games to power-five opponents
  • Virginia Tech is 2-1 this season
  • Hokies are only allowing 12.3 points per game


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We have a College Football Top Two Best Bets Today for Thursday night! The first game we have to examine is the West Virginia Mountaineers versus the Virginia Tech Hokies. West Virginia comes into this game 1-2 on the season, while the Hokies are 2-1 so far.

The Mountaineers lost their first two games of the season. The first game was renewing their backyard brawl rivalry against #17 ranked Pittsburgh Panthers, whom they lost 38-31. Their second game was an offensive shootout they fell short in overtime against Kansas 55-42. West Virginia finally won their first game of the season last week in a blowout win against Towson.

The Hokies are 2-1 on the season but have had a much easier schedule. The Hokies started off the season losing to ODU on the road, then came back and beat Boston College and Wofford in consecutive weeks.

Both these teams have scored plenty of points against inferior opponents, but we don’t think the offense will have as much success Thursday night against each other. We will take the Under 50.5 points for this game.

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Tip Reasoning

Key Stat: Illinois is 2-1 this season

  • This will be the Illini’s third and final non-conference game, in which they are 2-0
  • The Illini are only averaging a little over 200 yards passing per game
  • Chattanooga hasn’t played a power five opponent yet this season

The second game of our College Football Top Two Best Bets Today will head to Illinois, where the UT-Chattanooga Mocs will visit the Illinois Fighting Illini. Illinois is finishing up its non-conference schedule this week before they head back into Big Ten play for the rest of the year.

The Illini are 2-1 on the season with two non-conference wins against Wyoming and Virginia, while their only loss of the season was a Big Ten matchup against Indiana. Illinois will be looking to head into the full conference season as healthy as possible, so we aren’t sure how advanced their offense will be against the Mocs.

Chase Brown is one of the nation’s best running backs, and we think he’ll get a heavy dose of carries in the first half of the game. The Illini will try to shorten this game by keeping the clock running, so they get out of the contest with little to no injuries and move on to tougher opponents. The Over/Under is 44 points, which is extremely low for a college football game, but we think the Illinois defense will keep Chattanooga’s offense in check. We will take Under 44 points for the game to complete our Best Bets of the day!

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