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Saturday, November 16, 2019 at 3:30pm EST
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Virginia Tech Hokies vs. Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets

Where: Bobby Dodd Stadium, Atlanta, GA

When: Saturday, November 16, 3:30 PM. ET.

The Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets will be trying to snap their two-game losing streak when they take on the Virginia Tech Hokies on Saturday afternoon.

Hokies Trying To Become Bowl Eligible

The Hokies looked like a team that would struggle this season after splitting their first four games. Since then, they have won four of their last five games and now find themselves one win away from extending the longest bowl streak in the country. Even though they are the better team on paper, the Hokies have struggled against the Yellow Jackets in the past and will have to be at their best to avoid an embarrassing loss on Saturday.

Virginia Tech has played well offensively, averaging 29.6 points per game. The team has also managed to re-establish its running tradition and is averaging 172.2 rushing yards per game, which is 53rd in the country. They should be able to move the ball on the ground against the Yellow Jackets, who are giving up 210.7 rushing yards per game.

Hendon Hooker has played well since taking over the starting quarterback job from Ryan Willis, completing 59.5 percent of his passes for 822 yards, seven touchdowns, and no interceptions. He also has 225 rushing yards and two touchdowns. Deshawn McClease leads the ground game with 566 yards and five touchdowns.

The Hokies haven’t been consistent on the defensive end and are giving up 27.2 points per game. They managed to hold Wake Forest to 17 points in their last game and will need another solid defensive effort to get the win.

Yellow Jackets Going For Fourth Consecutive Win Over Hokies

The Yellow Jackets have dominated the Hokies in recent years and have won the last three contests between the two teams. Even though they only have two wins this season, they will try to win their fourth consecutive game against the Hokies when they play on Saturday.

Georgia Tech has struggled offensively this season, averaging 18.3 points per game. The team’s ground game, which has been its calling card, hasn’t been very effective this season with the team picking up 156.8 yards per game on the ground, which is 75th in the country.

Jordan Mason leads the way for the Yellow Jackets with 716 rushing yards and seven touchdowns.

The Yellow Jackets have also struggled on the defensive end, giving up 29.6 points per game. They gave up 33 points in their last game and will need a better performance if they want to pick up their fourth consecutive win over the Hokies.

Best Bets for this Game

Full-Game Side Bet

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Even though the Yellow Jackets have taken the last three games in the series, the Hokies are the best bet here because the Yellow Jackets have been terrible against the spread at home and their vaunted ground game isn’t as effective as it used to be. Georgia Tech is usually one of the best running teams in the country, but they are averaging 156.8 rushing yards per game this season and will struggle to move the ball on the ground against the Hokies, who are giving up 131.8 rushing yards per game. Due to the lack of a consistent running game, the Yellow Jackets are averaging only 18.3 points per game, which will make it difficult for the team to keep up with the Hokies, who are averaging 29.6 points per game. Defensively, the Yellow Jackets have also struggled against the run, giving up 210.7 rushing yards per game. With the Hokies averaging 172.2 rushing yards per game, Georgia Tech’s defense will be in for a long day when they play on Saturday.

Prediction: Virginia Tech Hokies -5.5

Full-Game Total Pick

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The Hokies are averaging 29.6 points per game and will go over their season average against the Yellow Jackets, who are giving up 29.6 points per game. The Yellow Jackets are averaging 18.3 points per game and will also go over their season average against the Hokies, who are giving up 27.2 points per game, which will be enough to take the score over the total in this game.

Prediction: Over 52

Half-Time Side Pick

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The Yellow Jackets will cover the first half spread in this game because they have outplayed the Hokies in the first half of their last three games, averaging 16.3 points per game while the Hokies average 13.7 points per game.

Prediction: Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets +3

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The Hokies and Yellow Jackets are averaging 30 combined points per game in the first half of their last three games and will go over the first half total in this game if they maintain their current scoring pace.

Prediction: Over 25.5
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Written By Bosun Akinpelu

Bosun is very passionate about sports and he feels bad to get paid for doing this, but we here at Winners and Whiners are glad to have him as a part of the team. As someone who minored in Mathematics, Bosun has a lot of faith in numbers, and will make his picks based on stats and not emotions. He has been successfully picking winners for quite some time, so if you want to get paid, then stick with Bosun.