November 1st, 2012

Virginia Tech’s Straight Up And Against The Spread History On Thursday Night College Football

By Robert Ferringo

The late season Thursday night game in Blacksburg has become one of college football’s subtle traditions.

Virginia Tech travels to Miami to take on the Hurricanes tonight in their first Thursday night clash of the season. However, this game is simply the prelude to next week’s huge Thursday night showdown against Florida State. That game will be played in Blacksburg and pits the two most talented teams in the ACC against one another.

Here is a look back at how Virginia Tech has fared on Thursday nights over the last 20 years:

Sept. 22, 1994: Virginia Tech 34*, West Virginia 6
Sept. 7, 1995: Boston College 20*, Virginia Tech 13
Oct. 8, 1998: Virginia Tech 17*, @Boston College 0
Sept. 23, 1999: Virginia Tech 31*, Clemson 11
Sept. 7, 2000: Virginia Tech 45*, @East Carolina 28
Oct. 12, 2000: Virginia Tech 48*, West Virginia 20
Sept. 12, 2002: Virginia Tech 47*, Marshall 21
Oct. 10, 2002: Virginia Tech 28, @Boston College 23*
Sept. 18, 2003: Virginia Tech 35*, Texas A&M 19
Oct. 28, 2004: Virginia Tech 34*, @Georgia Tech 20
Nov. 18, 2004: Virginia Tech 55*, Maryland 6
Oct. 20, 2005: Virginia Tech 28*, @Maryland 9
Oct. 27, 2005: Virginia Tech 30*, Boston College 10
Oct. 12, 2006: @Boston College 22*, Virginia Tech 3
Oct. 26, 2006: Virginia Tech 24*, Clemson 7
Oct. 25, 2007: Boston College 14*, @Virginia Tech 10
Nov. 1, 2007: Virginia Tech 27*, @Georgia Tech 3
Nov. 6, 2008: Virginia Tech 23*, Maryland 13
Nov. 13, 2008: @Miami 16, Virginia Tech 14*
Oct. 29, 2009: North Carolina 20*, Virginia Tech 17
Nov. 5, 2009: Virginia Tech 16*, @East Carolina 3
Nov. 4, 2010: Virginia Tech 28, Georgia Tech 21*
Nov. 10, 2011: Virginia Tech 37*, @Georgia Tech 26
Nov. 17, 2011: Virginia Tech 24, North Carolina 21*

(* denotes winner against the spread)

That means that the Hokies are 19-5 straight up on Thursday nights going back to 1994 and an incredible 18-4 since 1998. Virginia Tech is 11-3 at home on Thursday nights since 1994 and 10-2 in Blacksburg in this primetime games going back to 1999.

More impressively, Virginia Tech has gone 17-7 against the spread in those Thursday night affairs. And if you kick out the Boston College games (apparently the Golden Eagles have Tech’s number in these situations) Virginia Tech is 15-3 ATS against everyone else.

However, clearly the books have caught up to the trend of blindly betting the Hokies in these spots. Tech has only gone 2-3 ATS on Thursday’s going back to 2009 and that East Carolina cover was a marginal/debatable one because the spread for that game closed at 12-5.

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