Virginia’s on a bye week this week to get some much needed rest and recovery—not just for Brennan Armstrong, who came out of the game against BYU with an apparent rib injury, but for the entire team. I’ve got nothing to report to you this week in terms of opening odds, but it makes it a good week to take a look back at how the Hoos are faring against the spread.
Before we do, here’s a look around the ACC at this week’s lines, per DraftKings.
- Virginia Tech -3.5 at Boston College
- Pitt -21 at Duke
- NC State -3 at Florida State
- Georgia Tech at Miami -10
- Clemson -4 at Louisville
- Wake Forest at North Carolina -2.5
We’ll have to wait until Ryan comes out with his official takes, but UNC favored by 2.5 over Wake Forest? Have the oddsmakers lost faith in the ACC’s fearless leaders?
Virginia is 6-3 overall and 4-2 in the conference, in control of their Coastal destiny. The Hoo’s conference losses to date come to the undefeated No. 10 Wake Forest and North Carolina, back when they were ranked. Then there was last week’s, a contest far closer than the final score indicated.
Against the spread, it’s the same story, 6-3 overall. Virginia’s 4-1 when favored and 2-2 when underdogs. When the Hoos have failed to cover, it’s not usually close (failing to cover by differentials of -12.5, -23.5, and -15.5). On the winning side, Virginia’s blown the spread out once (+37.5 over Duke +10.5), but has had some close calls along the way (+1.5 over Georgia Tech -6.5; +3.5 over Louisville -2.5, and +5.5 over Miami +3.5).
That makes Virginia one of the best teams to bet on in the country. Per TeamRankings, Virginia is 17th in the country against the spread. Atop the rankings is Syracuse, who’s 8-1 ATS, while Pitt checks in at 6-2.