Top Handicappers Picks 10/20/16

Jimmy Boyd

NCAA-F | Miami (Fla) vs Virginia Tech

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’m siding with the home team in this one. I’m expecting to see a pissed off Virginia Tech team take the field on Thursday. The Hokies came in with big heads after blowing out UNC and simply got out played by Syracuse.They were also likely looking ahead to this game, which many felt would be for the division title. Not to mention Va Tech has some serious revenge after losing the last two to the Canes in the series.

Hokies QB Jerod Evans stated after the game they didn’t come to play with the right intensity level. The important thing here is that even with the loss, Virginia Tech has a lot to play for. The Hokies still control their destiny in the Coastal. Win out and they are guaranteed a spot in the ACC Championship Game.

With this being a weekday night game at home, Virginia Tech is going to show up. I believe the only reason this line isn’t higher is because Miami was just No. 10 in the country. The thing is that Hurricanes weren’t deserving of being in the Top 10.

Miami’s offense might be one of the most overrated units in the country. To only put up 19 points on Florida State and 13 against North Carolina is a bad sign.

Hurricane’s quarterback Brad Kaaya gets a lot of love, but he struggles to produce in the big games. Sure he’s completing 62% of his attempts with 10 touchdowns to just 4 interceptions. However, those numbers are misleading. Miami’s opponents on average are allowing opposing QB’s to complete 61% of their passes. Miami’s also faced teams who on average are allowing 5.4 yards/carry against the run.

The Hurricane’s struggles offensively will likely continue here. Even after last week’s poor showing, Virginia Tech is sitting 7th in the country in total defense. They are 17th against the run (113.8 ypg) and 20th against the pass (177.7 ypg). Opposing quarterbacks are only completing 44.7% of their attempts against them. That’s against teams who on average are completing 60% of their attempts.

Miami does have a great defense, but Virginia Tech’s offense has great balance and should be able to make enough big plays to win here by at least a touchdown.

Keep in mind, Va Tech is a perfect 5-0 since 1992 off a road loss by 10 or more as a favorite. Miami on the other hand is 3-11 ATS in their last 14 off a conference loss as a favorite of 6 or more. Take Virginia Tech!

 

Rob Vinciletti

NHL | Devils vs Bruins

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The NHL Comp play is on the Boston Bruins at 7:05 eastern. Boston has their home opener tonight after taking 2 of the first 3 on the road, the last of which was an impressive 4-1 win in Winnipeg. They are 9-1 at home vs New jersey and have won 13 of the last 16 against them overall. The Devils just won their home opener over Anaheim but dropped their first 2 on the road and have lost the last 5 dating back to last season away from home. look for Boston to notch their first win at home. On Thursday a 3 game football pack takes center stage. Both Side and total in the NFL from cutting edge 100% Thursday night specific systems that wont be seen anywhere else. In College football we have the Double perfect Game of the week. Jump on now as we continue to rank #1 on several leader boards. For the Free NHL Pick. Play on Boston.

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