VA TECH over East Carolina by 31

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The Pi­rates heard a lot of grum­bling af­ter they dropped their sea­son opener to FCS foe North Carolina A&T, de­spite the fact that Ag­gies were un­beaten last year (12-0). Turns out ECU was just play­ing the wrong Carolina team: when UNC came to town last week, the Pi­rates blew them out of the water, win­ning 41-19 as 15-point un­der­dogs. How­ever, things look rather bleak for the vis­i­tors in Blacks­burg to­day as Vir­ginia Tech HC Justin Fuente has treated ECU like plague-in­fected vic­tims that must be put down be­fore their dis­ease spreads, win­ning 54-17 and 64-17 in his two sea­sons with the Hok­ies. Tech fol­lowed up its im­pres­sive 24-3 throt­tling of Florida State with a 62-17 win over William & Mary where the Gob­blers rushed for 305 yards and 7 TDs. And so far in 2018, the Va Tech rush de­fense has al­lowed only 64 YPG on the ground (a mere 2.2 YPR), mak­ing it highly un­likely that the Pi­rates will come close to the 220 rush­ing yards they gained against North Carolina. The ATS ar­chives agree that to­day is VT’s day. The Hok­ies are 4-0 SU and 3-0-1 ATS in this se­ries when ECU takes the field off a SUATS win, plus they’re 4-1 ATS as non­con­fer­ence chalk of more than 10 points. No such luck for the vis­i­tors, who are just 1-5 ATS when com­ing off a SU dog win of 7 or more points, and a dead-on-the-slab as dogs of 21 or more points. Only one way to look here as the Pi­rates get their tim­bers shiv­ered for the third straight year by Cap­tain Fuente’s crew.

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