Thursday CFB Picks: Take Virginia Tech On the Money Line At Home

There is no way you should spend your hard-earned money on the West Virginia Mountaineers on Thursday night.

West Virginia has been one of the more disappointing teams in the FBS through three games and head coach Neal Brown appears to be on the way out of Morgantown.

West Virginia's last appearance in the national spotlight came two weeks ago when it somehow found a way to lose to Kansas in overtime by double figures. All of which are stunning tasks.

The Mountaineers head down to Blacksburg on Thursday, and while Virginia Tech is not what it used to be, Lane Stadium is still a tough place to play inside.

Virginia Tech enters on a two-game losing streak after its season-opening loss to Old Dominion. The Hokies have been strong on the defensive side of the ball, which is no surprise since head coach Brent Pry previously was the defensive coordinator at Penn State.

Thursday's other FBS matchup will likely produce more excitement. Coastal Carolina and Georgia State have the potential to put up a ton of points in the first of many Fun Belt clashes this season.

Thursday CFB Picks

Overall Record: 8-15-1

West Virginia at Virginia Tech (+115) (7:30 p.m. ET, ESPN)

Please don't waste your money on Neal Brown's West Virginia in a road game.

Brown is 5-12 straight up on the road since he became the Mountaineers head coach in 2019. West Virginia has scored 19.7 points per game and allowed 30 points per game in those contests.

West Virginia gave up 384 total yards and turned the ball over twice in its only road game of the season, the opener at Pittsburgh.

Virginia Tech's offense will not blow away any opponent, but it can certainly win a game in the teens or low 20s because of its defense.

The Hokies held Boston College and Wofford to a combined 17 points and they have held opponents to 201 total yards per game. They have been especially tough defending the run, where they have allowed 42 yards per game.

West Virginia's bad numbers on the road and Virginia Tech's defensive totals suggest this will be an ugly game, but one that he Hokies can pull out in the end.

Coastal Carolina at Georgia State (7:30 p.m. ET, ESPN2)

Over 63

Coastal Carolina averages 35.7 points and 431.7 total yards per game.

Georgia State averages 444.7 total yards and 27.7 points per game.

That's as promising of a sign for the over as we can get, but wait there's more!

Coastal's defense let up 392 total yards per game and Georgia State's defense allowed 424.7 total yards per game.

Additionally, Georgia State has given up at least 35 points in its three contests against North Carolina, South Carolina and Charlotte.

Georgia State's loss to Charlotte last week proved that it can't stop anything right now. Coastal's defense gave up at least 26 points in its three games.

We could be in for a good ol' fashion back-and-forth affair that becomes way more watchable than the college game in Blacksburg and the NFL contest in Cleveland.

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