After splitting two home games to begin the 2023 season, the Virginia Tech football team heads to New Jersey for the first of two non-conference games against Rutgers. The Scarlet Knights have won their first two games, while the Hokies have split their first two. Coach Brent Pry’s team heads north banged up and they have yet to announce their quarterback for the game. Here is your guide to everything to get you ready for kickoff this afternoon.
Virginia Tech vs. Rutgers betting trends
- Virginia Tech: 1-1
- Rutgers: 2-0 ATS
- Line: Rutgers -7
- Over/Under: 39.5
Virginia Tech vs. Rutgers How to Watch
- Date: Saturday, Sept. 16
- Time: 3:30 p.m.
- Venue: SHI Stadium
- How to Watch: BTN (Big Ten Network)
- Virginia Tech record: 1-1
- Rutgers record: 2-0
Virginia Tech vs. Rutgers, Key Players to Watch
Grant Wells, QB or Kyron Drones, QB: The just is still out as to who starts under center for the Hokies Saturday as Wells suffered an ankle injury against Purdue last Saturday, but the extent of it is unknown. He did practice limitedly during the week, while Drones, who transferred in from Baylor and drove Virginia Tech down the field on the game’s last drive with a mixture of running and throwing before the ball was turned over on downs. Whoever plays is going to need a lot more from the running game, which finished last week’s game with just 11 yards total rushing against the Boilermakers.
Scarlet Knights RBs: Last week against Temple, the Scarlet Knights rushed for 254 yards on 52 carries, and what has been the Hokies defense’s biggest problem? Stopping the run. This is not a good matchup for Virginia Tech and with injuries on offense, and questions as to who is going to be the quarterback, this is going to be a tough game on the road. Stopping the run is a must if the Hokies have visions of getting a road win.
Virginia Tech vs. Rutgers, Prediction & Pick
Rutgers comes into the game winners over Northwestern and Temple to begin the season, outscoring both teams combined 60-14. They are stout against the run to begin with and that is not good for a Hokies team that simply struggles to run the ball. If they can’t run the ball, they will play right into the Scarlet Knights’ hands of needing to throw the ball and become predictable. Defensively, Virginia Tech needs to find a way to stop the run themselves or they will not see the ball much on offense. Injuries on the defense to Nasir Peoples and Keyshawn Burgos is not good entering the game either.
Prediction: Rurgers 30, Virginia Tech 13