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College Football Betting Preview: Purdue Boilermakers vs. Virginia Tech Hokies

September 9, 2023


This matchup features a team looking for their first win of the season against a team that started the season with a win as the Purdue Boilermakers travel to take on the Virginia Tech Hokies in week 2 of the college football season. Purdue lost at home against the Fresno State Bulldogs by a score of 35-39 while Virginia Tech defeated the Old Dominion Monarchs at home by a score of 36-17 in week 1 of the college football season. Will the Hokies improve to 2-0 on the season or will the Boilermakers bounce back from their week 1 loss with a win in this matchup on Saturday afternoon? Let’s take a closer look at how these teams are faring this season.

The Purdue Boilermakers enter this game with a record of 0-1 following a 35-39 loss at home against the Fresno State Bulldogs in week 1 of the college football season while failing to cover the spread as a 4-point home favorite. Purdue scored 35 points while compiling 363 total yards offensively which included 254 passing yards and 109 rushing yards while allowing 39 points and 487 total yards defensively which included 371 passing yards and 116 rushing yards. 

Hudson Card led the team in passing, completing 17 of 30 attempts for 254 yards and two touchdowns while adding 29 rushing yards. Devin Mockobee led the team in rushing with 16 carries for 60 yards and a touchdown while adding three receptions for 16 yards. Deion Burks led the team in receiving, catching four of ten targets for 152 yards and two touchdowns.

Virginia Tech is 1-0 this season after defeating the Old Dominion Monarchs at home by a score of 36-17 and covering the spread as a 16-point home favorite in week 1 of the college football season. The Hokies scored 36 points while compiling 368 total yards offensively which included 259 passing yards and 109 rushing yards while allowing 17 points and 293 total yards defensively which included 93 passing yards and 200 rushing yards. 

Grant Wells led the team in passing, completing 17 of 29 attempts for 251 yards and three touchdowns while adding 27 rushing yards and a touchdown. Bhayshul Tuten led the team in rushing with 19 carries for 55 yards while adding one reception for five yards. Ali Jenning led the team in receiving, catching five of seven targets for 72 yards and two touchdowns.

BookMaker has the Virginia Tech Hokies listed as 2.5-point favorites at home against the Purdue Boilermakers on Saturday afternoon in week 2 of the college football season. These teams have only played one other time before this matchup which occurred in 2015 and resulted in a 51-24 win for the Virginia Tech Hokies on the road and covering the 4.5-point spread as a road favorite. 

Purdue is 0-1 ATS overall this season after finishing last season with a record of 5-9 ATS overall, 4-2 ATS on the road, and 3-5 ATS as an underdog while the Virginia Tech Hokies are 1-0 ATS overall, 1-0 ATS at home, and 1-0 ATS as a favorite this season after finishing last year with a record of 4-7 ATS overall, 2-3 ATS at home, and 1-3 ATS as a favorite.

Purdue got off to a rocky start to the season as they lost as a favorite at home against the Fresno State Bulldogs while the Virginia Tech Hokies got the win and covered the spread at home against the Old Dominion Monarchs. Neither team is expected to be a good team this season, however, when the talent is equal I will always take the home team which is why I am taking the money line for the Virginia Tech Hokies at home against the Purdue Boilermakers at -130 for week 2 of the college football season on BookMaker.

Spooky Express Pick: Virginia Tech Hokies Money Line (-130)