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Virginia opens as 30-point favorites over Old Dominion

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For the second time this season, Virginia’s more than a four touchdown favorite!

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Opening Vegas lines have been released for the games of Saturday, September 21. The Virginia Cavaliers are a 30-point favorite against the Old Dominion Monarchs in Charlottesville, VA.

It’s the second time this season that the Hoos have been more than a four-touchdown favorite. Earlier this season, the Hoos covered a 32-point spread against William and Mary, defeating the Tribe 52-17.

The Monarchs gave Virginia Tech a run for their money just a couple weeks ago. Though ODU was down early, including 17-3 at the half, they put together back-to-back scoring drives at the end of the third quarter and start of the fourth quarter to pull the game to 24-17. The Hokies would ultimately win the game, 31-17.

ODU is coming off a bye week at 1-1 having beaten Norfolk State in Week 1. Meanwhile, the Hoos are 3-0 and are looking for their first 4-0 start since 2004 under Al Groh. They finished that regular season 8-4 with a 37-34 loss to Fresno State in the MPC Computers Bowl. The Hoos, by the way, were ranked every week that season, including in the final AP poll.

Kickoff is scheduled for 7:00 p.m., and the game will be televised on ESPN 2.