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Virginia Tech vs. Virginia prediction and game preview. Projecting who wins between the Hokies and Cavaliers on Saturday in Blacksburg, VA.


Virginia Tech vs. Virginia Game Preview

When: Saturday, Nov. 26 – Noon ET
Where: Lane Stadium, Blacksburg, VA
TV Broadcast: ESPN2

The Hokies (8-3, 5-2 ACC) are coming off of a come-from-behind win at Notre Dame, as Justin Fuente’s squad overcame a slow start that was littered with turnovers. VT fell behind by 17 points and trailed by 10 to start the fourth quarter, but dual-threat quarterback Jerod Evans guided the Hokies to a touchdown and a pair of field goals by Joey Slye to pull out a 34-31 win.

Meanwhile, the Cavaliers (2-9, 1-6) traveled to Atlanta and gave up too many big plays in a 31-17 loss to Georgia Tech. Lance Austin put the nail in the Cavs’ coffin when he sealed the win with a 24-yard interception return for a touchdown.

In last year’s contest between these two teams in Charlottesville, Slye kicked a 41-yard field goal with 1:38 left to help the Hokies take home a 23-20 win and send VT bowling for their 23rd consecutive season ending in a postseason game.

Virginia Tech has won 12 straight games in this in-state series. The Cavaliers need an upset to avoid tying the school record for most losses in a season.

What To Know About Virginia Tech

Evans threw for 267 yards and two touchdowns and ran for another in blustery conditions in South Bend last week. The Hokies had been 0-3 when trailing at halftime this season and minus-9 in turnovers in their three losses. But with the offense finally awakening and the defense shutting down the Fighting Irish offense in the second half, the Hokies clawed back and were able to close out the win. Notre Dame quarterback DeShone Kizer, who was 13-of-18 passing for 199 yards with two touchdowns in the first half, was just 3 of 15 through the air for 36 yards in the second half. Fuente’s squad should be a confident bunch as it tries to clinch the ACC Coastal division.

What to Know About Virginia

One week after the Cavaliers dropped a 34-14 decision at home to Miami, the Hoos actually took a 10-7 lead to the locker room at the half against Georgia Tech, as the Yellow Jackets seemed listless offensively in the first two quarters of play. But Matt Johns, who re-took the job as the starting quarterback for the first time this season, threw three interceptions in the second half, including the pick by Austin. He finished 27-of-44 passing for 220 yards. It’s been a rough season for first-year head coach Bronco Mendenhall, whose team struggled once again in the second half of a game last week.

Advantages

Offense: Virginia Tech. The Hokies are averaging 442.0 yards per game.

Defense: Virginia Tech. Bud Foster’s defense is allowing opponents to rack up just 339.9 total yards per contest.

Special Teams: Virginia Tech. The Hoos had another tough day in the kicking game against Georgia Tech, as Sam Hayward missed from 31 and 42 yards, leaving the Cavaliers at 4 of 9 overall on field goals this year.

Coaching: Even. Mendenhall is a great head coach who is enduring a rough first season in a tough rebuild at UVA, while Fuente is on the verge of playing for the ACC title.

Intangibles: Virginia Tech. The Hokies are eager to test themselves in the league title game against Clemson, so there will not be a letdown in this rivalry game.

Matchup To Watch

Taquan “Smoke” Mizzell vs. VT defense

In the loss to Miami, the Virginia multi-threat running back caught three passes for 27 yards to become the first player in ACC history to record 1,500 career rushing yards and 1,500 career receiving yards. Against Georgia Tech, he had 24 rushes for 131 yards and added six catches for 45 more yards. He’ll need to have a big day both on the ground and as a pass-catcher against Foster’s defense if UVA has any designs on pulling off the upset.

Betting Odds

Spread: Virginia Tech -18
Over/Under: No Line (as of post)

Virginia Tech vs. Virginia Prediction

Mendenhall will have his team prepared for a tough fight. Things are close until late in the third quarter, which is when the dual-threat abilities of Evans will take over as the Hokies pull away toward a victory.

Virginia Tech vs. Virginia Score Prediction: Virginia Tech 37, Virginia 23

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