ACC Championship Game: Virginia Tech Hokies A Favorite Over FSU Seminoles

December 3rd, 2010-  By Bryan Cross

The ACC Championship takes place on Saturday night when the No. 21 Florida State Seminoles match up with the No.15 Virginia Tech Hokies.  These two teams met back in 2005 in the Inaugural conference championship, won by the Seminoles.  Now a half-decade later, these two find themselves match up again, this time in Charlotte, NC.

Since entering the ACC conference back in 2004, Virginia Tech (10-2, 8-0) has run through the conference with relative ease, winning three conference championships.  Not on the list of things easily accomplished for the Hokies however, is beating Florida State (9-3, 6-2).  In addition to the 2005 loss to the Seminoles, Virginia Tech dropped the 2000 National Championship game to Florida State in the Sugar Bowl.  The two have split their two regular season match ups though, with Florida State winning the last game 30-20 back in 2008.

“You know, Florida State’s just got that name,” remarked Virginia Tech head coach Frank Beamer.

That seems to be the concurring theme and opinion of his Hokies team.

“Florida State speaks for themselves,” remarked Hokie tight end Andre Smith. “They always have great athletes on that team and they’re always a good team, always a solid team and they always bring their `A’ game.”

Virginia Tech has brought their ‘A’ game since stumbling out of the gate to begin the season with two-straight losses,one of which was to a FCS school in James Madison.  All Virginia Tech has done since then is win 10-straight, including going undefeated in conference play this season.

Even Florida State quarterback Christian Ponder admits that the Hokies might be the top of the ACC right now, having won three championships.

“They’re always competing at the ACC championship level and they’ve been to pretty much every ACC championship game, and so I think they’re ahead of us right now,” Ponder remarked.

Game Line

College Football Betting lines have set Virginia Tech as a four-point favorite in this one over Florida State, with the over/under for the game sitting at 52 points on most online sportsbooks.

Betting Trends

Virginia Tech is 14-3 ATS in their last 17 games overall.  The Over is 13-3 in Florida State’s last 16 games as an underdog.


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