Thursday, January 10, 2008

Virginia-Texas Tech

the Gator Bowl
Tuesday, January 1st, 12:00pm
Jacksonville, Florida
Texas Tech
(8-4)_____Big 12____195.22
WeekOpponentoPtsRes, ScoreWeekOpponentoPtsRes, Score
10Wake Forest245.34W, 17-1612Oklahoma409.00W, 34-27
7Connecticut232.43W, 17-167Texas A&M130.38W, 35-7
4Georgia Tech154.13W, 28-232Texas-El Paso-110.58W, 45-31
8@ Maryland134.68W, 18-1710@ Baylor-139.20W, 38-7
5Pittsburgh76.94W, 44-146Iowa State-155.31W, 42-17
11@ Miami (Florida)46.59W, 48-03@ Rice-221.20W, 59-24
3@ North Carolina7.58W, 22-201@ Southern Methodist-292.91W, 49-9
6@ Middle Tennessee State-67.64W, 23-215Northwestern State-W, 75-7
2Duke-205.27W, 24-138@ Missouri331.01L, 10-41
13Virginia Tech439.86L, 21-3311@ Texas275.96L, 43-59
9@ North Carolina State34.24L, 24-294@ Oklahoma State112.55L, 45-49
1@ Wyoming-10.46L, 3-239Colorado93.37L, 26-31

Huge difference in the strength of teams played. The Cavs faced and beat 7 teams in the blue, while the Red Raiders only beat 2. The worst loss of the bunch is Virginia's opening week loss at Wyoming.

Virginia gets the edge here too, putting together another fine season.

The Line: Virginia +6

The Story: Will the Cavaliers be able to stop the Red Raiders' high-octane offense? This will be the best offense they've faced this year. But if the game's close, they definitely have the advantage. I like their chances.

The Call: Virginia by 3

The Result: Texas Tech 31-28 = What a tough way for the Cavaliers to lose, giving up 17 points in the final 4 minutes. It was still a good season for them, but it's a tough way to go out. The Red Raiders are returning a lot of solid players next year and should be a force in the Big 12.

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