West Virginia vs. Virginia Tech: Live Stream, Watch Online, TV Channel, Prediction, Selection, Spread, Odds

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Virginia Tech and West Virginia will renew their regional and one-time conference rivalry Thursday night when they battle for the Black Diamond Trophy on the national stage in Blacksburg, Virginia. The two schools played every year from 1975 to 2005, including being members of the Big East from 1991-2003. With the Mountaineers now in the Big 12 and the Hokies in the ACC, few attempts have been made to keep this fierce rivalry alive in the modern age.

Thursday night’s match-up extended the Mountaineers’ all-time series lead to 29-23-1 after already beating West Virginia Tech 27-21 in Morgantown. Although a lot has changed since that game, most notably a coaching change for the Hokies and new starting quarterbacks for both teams, the desire to win this rivalry game is not lacking on either roster. Plus, given how the season has started for both teams, there should be plenty of urgency to get a win in one of the true toss-up games on the schedule.

Although coaches Neil Brown and Brent Pry have only one joint appearance in the battle for the Black Diamond Trophy, there will be plenty of players and fans with an intimate awareness of what is at stake. Let’s get to the keys to the game and our official prediction.

West Virginia vs. Virginia Tech: Need to know

JD Daniels leads the West Virginia offense: The 2017 Max Preps National Player of the Year, in his third college stop, has started and won games at USC, Georgia and now West Virginia. Daniels has six touchdowns and two interceptions through three games, and it didn’t take long for him to identify junior Bryce Ford-Wheaton as the most dynamic option in the passing attack. Ford-Wheaton is one of two wide receivers in the Big 12 with four touchdown receptions already this season, and his 6-foot-3, 224-pound frame allows Daniels to get some opportunities in one-on-one situations. Wideout is more likely to win 50-50 balls.

The lunch bail defense is back: Bry began his coaching career as a graduate assistant working under legendary Virginia Tech defensive coordinator Bud Foster. Returning to Blacksburg, Bry has brought back the popular lunch bag that reflects the group’s blue-collar attitude. That defense has been the strength of this team so far; The Hokies rank third in the nation in rushing defense (42 yards per game), fifth in total defense (201 yards per game) and top 20 in scoring defense, allowing just 12.33 points per game. West Virginia freshman C.J. With Donaldson currently leading the Big 12 with six rushing touchdowns on the season, that rushing defense will be a key feature for Virginia Tech in this game.

Increased pressure on West Virginia after 1-2 start: While Virginia Tech is still laying the foundation of the Brent Pry era, things are very different for Brown and the Mountaineers in Year 4. The fact that it’s a rivalry game adds extra pressure from fans, especially with a heartbreaking loss to Pitt in the backdrop of a backyard feud. A loss to Virginia Tech here would drop West Virginia to 1-3, Texas no. No. 22 and No. 17 Baylor will have two ranked opponents next on the schedule. Brown has led West Virginia to a bowl game the past two seasons and has enough winnable games on the schedule to think he could do it again in 2022. A failure here, however, makes that margin razor thin for error. As the calendar flips to October, the pressure from fans increases.

West Virginia vs. How to watch Virginia Tech live

Date: Thursday, September 22 | Time: 7:30 pm ET
Place: Lane Stadium — Blacksburg, Virginia
TV: ESPN | Live Stream: fuboTV (try it for free)

West Virginia vs. Virginia Tech Predictions, Exams

Special game | Virginia Tech Hokies vs. West Virginia Mountaineers

Virginia Tech was somewhat competitive on Thursday Night Football, and the Hokies have been more successful than not in these nationally televised opportunities, going 23-10 overall and 13-5 at home. Pry understands the value of these regional tournaments, and while the ACC Championship is still a few years away, it’s a trophy he can bring to Hockey Nation now. Virginia Tech does just that and includes the spread in the process. Prediction: Virginia Tech +1.5

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