Orange Bowl Betting Preview: Virginia Tech vs. Stanford

Discover Orange Bowl logoMonday Night Football this week is of the college variety with No. 13 Virginia Tech battling No. 4 Stanford in the Orange Bowl (8:30 p.m. ET, ESPN).

In was will be one of the best matchups of the bowl betting season, the nation will get a chance to see Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck, who is projected to be the first player selected in the NFL Draft.

Stanford is pegged as 3.5-point favorites at with the total set at 58. On the moneyline, Stanford is -165 and Viginia Tech is +145.

Stanford comes into this game at 11-1 (7-3-1 ATS) with their only loss coming to unbeaten Oregon. Virginia Tech (11-2 SU, 10-2 ATS) is arguably hotter than Stanford; the Hokies lost their first two games and now have won 11 straight.

Both Stanford and Virginia Tech put a lot of points on the board so this game has the potential to be high scoring. The Cardinal averaged just over 40 points per game while Virginia Tech averaged just over 35 points per contest.

Both teams have star quarterbacks. Stanford’s Luck was the Heisman runner-up throwing for 3,051 yards and 28 TDs. He was second on the team in rushing with 438 yards and three TDs.

On the other side, Virginia Tech’s Tyrod Taylor threw for 2,521 yards and 23 TDs and rushed for 637 yards and five touchdowns.

Both teams have excellent running backs. Stanford’s Stepfan Taylor ran for over 1,000 yards this season while Darren Evans had 11 rushing touchdowns for Virginia Tech.

Both defenses are solid as well – Stanford was No. 10 in the country in points allowed per game (17.8 ppg) while Virginia Tech was No. 18 (18.1 ppg).

Here are some key college football betting stats for Monday’s game:

The Hokies are 4-1 ATS in their last five non-conference games. The Hokies are 14-5 ATS in their last 19 games as an underdog.

The Cardinal are 4-0-1 ATS in their last five games as a favorite. The Cardinal are 4-1 ATS in their last five non-conference games.

The over is 4-0 in the Hokies’ last four non-conference games. The under is 5-1 in the Hokies’ last six games in January. The over is 4-1 in Stanford’s last five non-conference games. The over is 12-5 in Stanford’s last 17 games overall.

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