Duke University is far from being a national college football powerhouse, but theyre no longer a team you can take lightly either. #6 ranked Virginia Tech found that out on Saturday, and what they expected to be an easy afternoon became a tightly contested affair. In the end, Virginia Tech prevailed for a 34-26 road victory but not without some anxious moments.
Despite the straight up loss, Duke won where it counted as they rewarded sports players who bet on college football with the ATS victory as +17 home underdogs. Duke evened their mark at 2-2 in their lined games, while the Hokies dropped to 2-3 against the spread. The 60 combined points scored went well OVER the posted total of 48.
The Hokies were saved by the career day posted by their quarterback, Tyrod Taylor. After the game, Taylor modestly downplayed his own impact on the outcome of the game:
"I know we have a lot of talent on the offensive side of the ball. It's just my job to get the ball to them."
Venerable Tech coach Frank Beamer saw his team defeat Duke for the ninth straight time, but noted:
"I don't think that's the old Duke football team.
Blue Devils coach David Cuttcliffe said his team is reaching the point where moral victories dont mean much any more:
"We got close enough in the fourth quarter to go beat a great team. Once you taste that, you like it. I wouldn't say we spit it out -- it wasn't a choke -- but we just didn't finish."
Despite getting the win, Hokies coach Beamer was critical of his teams performance:
"Too many penalties and too many long plays. We weren't as sharp as we would like, but I don't think it was lack of effort. Part of it was Duke, and part of it was us. ... Sometimes I think you've just got to win some games that's not real pretty on the road, and this is probably one of those."
Still, he praised his team for doing what they needed to do to preserve the victory:
"When we needed to run the football, and we did, and got points, that was critical to this ball game. They were going to take the run away, so you've got to be able to throw the ball."
Virginia Tech will host Boston College next Saturday before traveling to Atlanta the following weekend for a game against Georgia Tech. Theyll enjoy a bye week before a nationally televised Thursday night game at home against North Carolina on October 29th. Duke will play at North Carolina State next Saturday before a bye week.
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Ross Everett is a widely published freelance sports writer specializing in college football and NFL sports betting. He is a frequent contributor to online and print publications, and often appears on talk radio where he gives tips on successful NFL betting. He lives in southern Nevada with his two dogs and an emu.
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