How Have UVA, Virginia Tech Performed Against the Spread Under Current Coaches?

How Have UVA, Virginia Tech Performed Against the Spread Under Current Coaches?
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Virginia and Virginia Tech found themselves at the bottom of the ACC standings last season, finishing 3-7 and 3-8, respectively. Unfortunately, their production also fell short of meeting the expectations across Virginia sports betting, as they struggled to cover their spreads under respective first-year head
coaches Tony Elliott and Tech’s Brent Pry. 

The Cavaliers’ Elliott and the Hokies’ Pry finished in the bottom three with the lowest cover percentage and the worst ‘Against the Spread’ records among all ACC overall head coach’s tenures, albeit in a small sample size for both.

With Virginia Tech and Virginia both expected to slightly improve, consider the following information and history ahead of your decision-making process when considering the Cavaliers or the Hokies to cover a spread on Virginia betting apps.

BetVirginia- your source for online sports betting in Virginia- utilized records from to determine which ACC football coaches have the best record ATS.

ACC Coaches Against the Spread

TeamCoachATS RecordCover %t
DukeMike Elko9-469.2%
Clemson Dabo Swinney105-86-155%
SyracuseDino Babers45-39-153.6%
Wake ForestDave Clawson59-51-253.6%
PittPat Narduzzi53-48-253.9%
Florida StateMike Norvell17-1750%
NC StateDave Doeren59-65-247.6%
North CarolinaMack Brown23-27-246%
Boston CollegeJeff Hafley16-1945.7%
VirginiaTony Elliott4-640%
Virginia TechBrent Pry4-736.4%
MiamiMario Cristobal2-1016.7%

For this list, only games from the coach’s current stint were included. Games played as interim head coach were not included. Teams with new coaches entering the 2023 season were not included.

Both Programs' ATS Performance Leave Bettors Disappointed

Considering all ACC head coaches and their overall tenures, Elliott and Pry own one of the conference’s worst ATS records along with the lowest cover percentages.

The Hokies’ are 4-7 against the spread under Pry’s leadership, compiling a cover rate of 36.4% in his lone season.

The Cavaliers were slightly better under Elliott’s tutelage, tallying a 4-6 record with a cover rate of 40%, enough to edge out Miami’s Mario Cristobal.

Important to note, the half-game difference between their records is in part to last season’s deadly shootings on the Charlottesville campus,
forcing the Cavaliers to cancel several games.

Cristobal owns the worst record ATS record in his only season at 2-10. In comparison, Duke’s Mike Elko, the 45-year-old has the best ATS record (9-4) and highest cover percentage (69.2%), a factor that bettors will savor.

Virginia currently has the longest odds to clinch the ACC at +20000 over at BetMGM Virginia, while Tech is +10000 to win it.

Continue to stick with for the latest information and updates on the Cavaliers’ and Hokies’ 2023-2024 football seasons.

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Felix Veletanga is an experienced reporter who has covered local news, politics, and sports in Northern New Jersey, and now lends his expertise to the Virginia sports betting market. He previously covered the Saint Peter’s men’s basketball team’s 2022 NCAA Cinderella run for HudPost. Felix specializes in combat fighting and soccer betting analysis with a focus on the Premier League.

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