NC State (4-1, 0-1) at Virginia Tech (2-3, 0-1)
When: Friday, October 9th, 2015
Where: Lane Stadium, Blacksburg, VA
Time: 8:00 ET
TV: ESPN Radio: XM 84
Virginia Tech and NC State are both looking for their first ACC wins as they battle Friday night in Blacksburg, Virginia. The Wolfpack won their first four non-conference games in convincing fashion before losing last week to Louisville 20-13. NC State failed to get the running game going in that loss rushing for only 45 yards on 30 carries. Most of those lost yards was credited as quarterback sacks, however. Leading rusher Matt Dayes ran for 68 yards after rushing for over 100 in each of the first four games. He has a touchdown in each game this season and a total of 10. Dayes has also caught 18 passes out of the backfield. QB Jacoby Brissett has had a fine season thus far throwing 7 touchdowns and zero interceptions while completing 73.2% of his passes. Defensively the Wolfpack rank third nationally, but those stats were padded due to the poor non-conference schedule.
The Hokies lost their first ACC game last week to Pittsburgh after splitting their first four games of the season. Quarterback Michael Brewer, who was hurt in the Ohio State game in week 1, is listed as probable tonight for Virginia Tech. Brenden Motley has thrown for 861 yards and completed 57.1 percent of his passes with seven touchdowns and 5 interceptions since replacing Brewer. The Hokies’ running attack, which ranks 77th nationally, was held in check last week against Pitt. Leading rusher Travon McMillan was held to 14 yards on 6 carries. He has yet to score a touchdown this year. The Virginia Tech defense has 12 takeaways this year and is ranked 17th in the nation against the pass. The Hokies are 106-25 at home since 1995 but has dropped two of three in Blacksburg so far this season to Ohio State and Pittsburgh.
Virginia Tech has played a much tougher schedule than NC State and I can’t see them losing their 3rd home game especially in prime-time on a Friday night. Brissett will finally throw an interception tonight and the Hokies defense will be the factor.
Pick: Virginia Tech -1.5