Gameday is here as the Virginia Tech Hokies are looking for revenge on the road against the East Carolina Pirates. This will likely be the toughest environment the Hokies face on the road until they travel to either Boston College on Halloween or their Thursday Night showdown in Atlanta against Georgia Tech.
East Carolina may be 1-2, but they will be ready for this game while the Hokies will be looking to extend their winning streak to three with a second-straight road win.
With that said, let’s get to this week’s predictions for the showdown in Greenville.
Ah yes, the best rivalry on the Hokies’ schedule for the past ten years. Tech travels to Greenville this time around on what will be a sloppy afternoon weather-wise for football. Last week, the Hokies scored in all phases of the game and they finally looked as if they have put it all together as a complete team.
After blowing out Purdue last week, the Hokies wrap up their non-conference slate on the road against a well-known opponent, the East Carolina Pirates. Last year, ECU shocked the Hokies in Blacksburg the week after Virginia Tech upset Ohio State in Columbus.
This time, the Hokies will be looking to extract some revenge on the road in front of a sold-out stadium.
East Carolina is not nearly as talented on offense as they were last year with Shane Carden, Justin Hardy, and Cam Worthy all gone. The Pirates do not have the same offensive weapons that they had last season along with their quarterback play not being the same.
Virginia Tech’s pass defense had the lowest completion percentage against them in the nation and Kendall Fuller is almost 100% healthy. Greg Stroman may face a tough matchup in the slot against Isaiah Jones, but the Hokies may even use Fuller or Chuck Clark against him if Stroman is struggling to cover Jones.
East Carolina ran the football effectively week 1, but have since been their normal self as a pass-heavy offense, which isn’t the same as it was last year. If ECU can’t get their rushing attack going, the Hokies’ secondary will be ready to control this game.
Brenden Motley will face a tougher environment this week, but ECU’s secondary is probably not as good as Purdue’s. Motley has been gaining confidence and will be ready to make some plays whether through the air or with his legs.
However, Motley make take some time to adjust to facing a louder crowd so there may be some early-game struggles. Motley and Eric Gallo will also need to make sure that they avoid any bad snaps or miscommunications today especially in what will be wet conditions for the game.
This is not the same East Carolina team that came to Blacksburg and pulled off the upset. The Hokies will cover the spread easily, but the Pirates will still find ways to avoid a complete humiliation. Brenden Motley and the Hokies will get to 3-1 ahead of their ACC opener next Saturday against Pittsburgh.
Prediction: Virginia Tech 37, East Carolina 17