No. 15 Virginia Tech Underdogs Against Unranked West Virginia

  • The Virginia Tech Hokies are ranked No. 15 but are +115 on the moneyline against the unranked West Virginia Mountaineers.
  • West Virginia has -135 odds to win at their home field on Saturday.
  • The Hokies are +2.5 on the spread with a -110 betting line to cover.

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - The West Virginia Mountaineers will host the No. 15 Virginia Tech Hokies on Saturday and will be betting favorites despite being an unranked team.

The Betting Odds

This surely won’t be the last time it happens this season, but this marks the first meeting between a ranked and an unranked team where the unranked teams is the betting favorite. Online sportsbooks favor the West Virginia Mountaineers over the No. 15 Virginia Tech Hokies.

West Virginia vs. Virginia Tech Spread Odds

  • West Virginia Mountaineers -2.5 -110
  • Virginia Tech Hokies +2.5 -110

Virginia Tech has opened the year with wins over the North Carolina Tar Heels and the Middle Tennessee State Blue Raiders and was able to cover the spread in each game. The Mountaineers lost their season opener against the Maryland Terrapins before bouncing back with a 66-0 win against Long Island University.

West Virginia vs. Virginia Tech Moneyline Odds

  • West Virginia Mountaineers -135
  • Virginia Tech Hokies +115

There isn’t much to indicate that West Virginia is deserving of the shorter line, but often in scenarios like this, the unranked team finds success. This is a situation in which most people chalk the betting lines up to Vegas knowing something the public doesn’t.

Will Virginia Tech Win As An Underdog

Should the Hokies win? Well, as the No. 15 team in the country, obviously the answer is yes. This will be the first away game for Virginia Tech this season and could potentially be one indicator of struggles, but there isn’t much else to suggest VTech won’t win this game.

The Hokies are allowing just 12.0 points per game while the Mountaineers are allowing 15.0 points per game despite facing lesser opponents than Virginia Tech. West Virginia may have a slight advantage on the offensive end of the ball, but the Virginia Tech defense will be far and away the best unit they’ve seen this season.

Simply put, college football betting sites have either made a drastic mistake or are a lot smarter than people give them credit for. More often than not, the latter is the case. Even if the Hokies lose, this seems like a spot where the plus-value moneyline odds need to be bet on.