No. 11 Virginia Tech Favored By 7 At Home Against No. 13 Clemson

October 1, 2011 – By Scott
 
 
For No. 11 Virginia Tech, their first four games of the 2011 College Football season have come against inferior opponents and the Hokies have handled each of these matchups quite easily.  But on Saturday, the Hokies will open up ACC play as they host the 13th ranked Clemson Tigers and will face their toughest competition this season.
 
Clemson is off to a 4-0 start as well and unlike Virginia Tech, their past two meetings have been against ranked opponents.  After getting past then No. 21 Auburn, the Tigers upended Florida State a week ago as they got off to a 1-0 start in conference play.
 
The key for Clemson has been their explosive offense led behind quarterback Tajh Boyd.  Over the past two games Boyd has thrown for 730 yards and has 13 touchdown passes already on the season.  Against the Seminoles, who entered their matchup with Clemson allowing just 195 yards per game, Boyd and the offense racked up 443 total yards and five touchdowns.  Virginia Tech defensive end James Gayle realizes what the Hokies are up against on Saturday.
 

“This is probably my most anticipated game since the Stanford game last year, seeing that Clemson has already knocked off Florida State and they beat Auburn, who were the national champions last year,” said Gayle. “I feel like it’s a huge step in competition. I feel like the first four games were kind of getting us ready for ACC play.”

Despite all the success Clemson has had on offense, they will once again be facing another stout defense in Virginia Tech.  The Hokies are allowing just 231 yards per game and have the second best rushing defense giving up just 43 yards per game.

Virginia Tech has done most of their damage offensively on the ground.  Starting running back David Wilson has led the charge and has 516 yards on the year and is averaging 5.9 yards per carry.  Quarterback Logan Thomas has also been effective and has passed for 761 yards with four touchdowns and four interceptions.

NCAA College Football Betting Lines have the Hokies favored by 7 against Clemson on Saturday.  The OVER/UNDER is set at 51.  The game will begin at 6:00 pm ET and can be seen live on ESPN2.

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