College football expert picks for WVU-Virginia Tech


It's Friday and we're just over 24 hours away from West Virginia taking on Virginia Tech in a nationally televised renewal of the Black Diamond Trophy rivalry. The game will be televised on FS1 at 12:00pm ET. As we always do the day before the game, we scour the internet for all the experts (and computers) to get their predictions for the upcoming game. Here's a rundown of what we found. 

Starting with the computers, ESPN's Football Power Index picks the Mountaineers to win 42.5% of the time. ProFootballFocus feels a little stronger about WVU, predicting Neal Brown's team to win 56.1% of the time. Bill Connelly's SP+ model, though, has the Hokies winning, on average, by a score of 29-26. For whatever it is worth, 51% of the money coming in on the game is for Virginia Tech to win, to 49% for West Virginia. 

The fellas over at AthlonSports went 2-1 in favor of West Virginia winning the game. Kerry Miller over at Bleacher Report also likes the Mountaineers' odds. 

In the final few years before Virginia Tech left the Big East for the ACC, this was an annual rivalry that routinely produced upsets. In each of 2002, 2003 and 2004, the team in this game that was ranked in the AP Top 15 lost to the team that was unranked.

Might we see a rekindling of that chaos?

Virginia Tech has not had much of a passing game thus far this season, and West Virginia has been quite difficult to score against in Morgantown as of late, holding its opponent below 300 total yards in each of its last seven home games. As long as they possess the ball better than they did in their season-opening loss to Maryland (minus-4 turnover margin), WVU should get the W.

Prediction: West Virginia 28, Virginia Tech 23

Shehan Jeyarajah of CBSSports picked the Hokies to not only cover, but win the game outright. He was joined by fellow CBSSports writer Jerry Palm.

The Hokies are off to a great start this season with wins over No. 21 North Carolina and Middle Tennessee State. West Virginia started off with a loss to Maryland and defeated FCS program Long Island last week. Despite that, oddsmakers see these teams as relatively even on a neutral field, which of course, this is not. Still, I think the wrong team is favored here and I'm happy to take the points. Pick: Virginia Tech (+3)

Bill Bender over at SportingNews is going with the Hokies, 27-24. And Bud Elliott, who is hitting on 65% of his picks for 247Sports, is also picking Virginia Tech.

Virginia Tech +3 at West Virginia and Over 47.5. I think the Hokies are better along both lines of scrimmage and think they can surpass 30 points.

In all, we tallied up eleven experts and computers for their thoughts on the game, with four of them choosing West Virginia and seven picking Virginia Tech.