For the second consecutive week, the Virginia Tech football team hits the road for a non-conference game. After losing 35-16 at Rutgers last weekend, the Hokies head to Huntington, W.V. to play their fourth and final non-conference game of the season against Marshall. The Thundering Hurd will be looking for a third straight victory to start the season and will do so in front of a sold-out crowd. Here is all the information you need ahead of tomorrow’s game.
Virginia Tech vs. Marshall betting trends
- Virginia Tech: 1-2 ATS
- Marshall: 1-1 ATS
- Line: Marshall -4.5
- Over/Under: 41
Virginia Tech vs. Marshall How to Watch
- Date: Sat. Sept. 23
- Time: 12:00 p.m. EST
- Venue: Joan C. Edwards Stadium
- How to Watch: ESPN2 and fubo TV
- Virginia Tech record: 1-2
- Marshall record: 2-0
Virginia Tech vs. Marshall Players to Watch
Kyron Drones, QB: Making his first Virginia Tech start last weekend against Rutgers, Drones played well, and was able to move the offense with his arm and legs. He rushed for 84 yards and threw a 39-yard touchdown pass to Da’Quan Felton in the third quarter on a nice throw down the right sideline. He brings a different dimension to the position for the Hokies than Grant Wells with his athleticism and ability to move around in the pocket to avoid pressure. Wells is still being bothered by an ankle injury and freshman Pop Watson is suspended for violating team rules, so keeping Drones healthy is going to be vital.
Rasheen Ali, RB: Just what Tech wants to see, another running back that is averaging over 100 yards a game through the first two games this season. Ali has rushed for 222 yards and five touchdowns for the Thundering Hurd in their wins over East Carolina and the University of Albany. Not to be outdone, quarterback Cam Francher has thrown for 446 yards for an explosive Marshall attack.
Virginia Tech vs. Marshall, Prediction and Pick
This is by no means going to be an easy game for the Hokies. They began as a 7-point underdog, but the line has since come down a bit. Stopping the run is going to be key for Virginia Tech to have success, as is getting the running game going. Look for them to try and establish the run with Bhayshul Tuten and Malachi Thomas early in the game. The more they can run the ball, the more they keep their defense off the field. On the defensive side, along with stopping the run, the Hokies need to get off the field on third down and not give up the big plays as they did a week ago aginst the Scarlet Knights. Easier said than done.