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Pittsburgh @ Virginia Tech Odds and Other Gambling Action

The Hokies open as home favorites against the Pittsburgh Panthers and after the ECU debacle of last week I'm not going anywhere near this game. We look at the odds in this match-up and some other action this Saturday deserving of your gambling addiction.

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After a disastrous week 2 with picks/bets, we bounced back strong in week 3 with 4 of the 5 picks being big fat winners. TCU over Texas Tech would have made it 5 out of 5 but didn't cover the spread although they did hit the over which I called but failed to bet on (scared $ don't make $), but you know who did help the wallet? Our dear friend Mike London! Man, VT country is going to miss you after this season.

Thankfully for all the VT faithful out there, the preseason/exhibition games are over with and NOW we can start with the important games! So all that self-loathing and VT bashing this past weekend was all for nothing, phew! I wasted a lot of energy this weekend questioning the VT program, the recruiting process, and wondering what the hell happened to DBU & Bud's vaunted defense? Hindsight 20/20, had I known the ECU game was an exhibition I would have skipped the whole game itself. Now onto our gambling action for week 4 of the College Football season!

Pittsburgh @ Virginia Tech: The Hokies opened as 4.5 point favorites and the line hasn't moved since, frankly I'm shocked we are favorites in this one after the ECU debacle last weekend. The Panthers were one 57 yard field goal away from entering this game 3-0 on the season and to nearly beat the Iowa Hawkeyes in Iowa City would have been a big win not only for Pitt but for the ACC overall. I have to eat some crow and admit Brenden Motley is not the issue or the reason why the Hokies are 2-2 at this point. The main culprit is Bud Foster's defense or formerly known as DBU which looks to be without All-American Kendall Fuller for a second week in a row, according to VT insider Andy Bitter. Stay far far away from this game as you just don't know what team will show up for the Hokies and since 2001 the Panthers have defeated the Hokies 5 times. If you want action in this one take the over, which is currently set at 49.5. Past 2 games VT has hit the over led by a surprisingly competent offense and a horrid defense.

West Virginia @ Oklahoma: The Mountaineers have lost three straight to the Sooners dating back to 2012 and I think its' going to be 4 after Saturday. WVU (3-0) has demolished everyone on their schedule, but those wins came against Georgia State/Liberty/Maryland Terps and all were played in Morgantown, WV so this schedule amounts to a Frank Beamer exhibition deluxe special. The Sooners are battle tested after a big win on the road against the Tennessee Volunteers and taking care of business at home against Tulsa albeit without a defense showing up. I like the Sooners to cover the 7 point spread, but more than anything I love the over (58) because no one plays defense in the Big 12! No defense, no conference championship game, and only 10 teams in the Big 12, I mean how dumb does that get! Boomer Sooner, 52- 38.

Florida State @ Wake Forest: The Seminoles aren't lighting up the scoreboard and Everett Golson has struggled at QB, but that's OK because the current 19 point spread is a gimme this weekend. Wake Forest will trot out Freshman QB Kendall Hinton who has completed 50% of his passes, sacked 8 times (3 games), and thrown for a single TD all season. The Seminoles defense has allowed 30 points through 3 games and the Noles won't need Golson to make plays through the air as they will hand it off to one of the best players in the ACC, Davin Cook. The Sophomore tailback is averaging 7.4 yards a carry and he's going for 200 more yards on Saturday. Seminoles win, 42-17.

(TWO TEAM TEASER, 6 points) Boston College @ Duke (-7) and Notre Dame @ Clemson (Even). A two team tease giving 6 points to Duke/Notre Dame makes the Blue Devils a 1 point favorite and hands Notre Dame a 6 point cushion on the road in Death Valley. Duke is rolling after a big win last week over the Yellow Jackets and the Irish have rallied in the wake of losing their starting QB in week 2 of the season. The Irish defense is far more elite than I anticipated and should be able to keep the game close especially since the loss of star WR Mike Williams to the Tigers offense has hampered the passing game.

NFL ACTION! Minnesota @ Denver: The Denver Mannings are 6.5 point favorites against the Vikings and I am taking them to cover easily. The Broncos defense ranks first in pass defense and 8th best against the run. The pass rush led by Von Miller has totaled 11 sacks through 3 games and I think this defensive unit by season's end has the chance to be the best in the league. Teddy Bridgewater has 1 TD pass in 3 games and has yet to throw over 250 passing yards in a single game. His struggles continue on Sunday, Broncos roll 31-17.