the Orange Bowl
Thursday, January 1st, 8:30pm
Not many people are looking forward to this one, but I think it has potential. The Hokies are an exciting team to watch and ended the year strong, while the Bearcats played solid football all year. Both had big wins and a few they should've won, and in looking at their SoS they did well.
|Points (rank)||274.79 (#15)||331.88 (#11)|
|Opp. Points (rank)||919.23 (#13)||-97.63 (#62)|
|Points (% of Opp. Avg)||22.2 (98%)||27.3 (106%)|
|dPoints (% of Opp. Avg)||17.5 (71%)||20.2 (77%)|
|Rush Yds (% of Opp. Avg)||167.9 (128%)||121.2 (79%)|
|dRush Yds (% of Opp. Avg)||107.0 (77%)||104.0 (65%)|
|Pass Yds (% of Opp. Avg)||128.2 (64%)||254.1 (126%)|
|dPass Yds (% of Opp. Avg)||170.1 (93%)||212.1 (103%)|
|Tot Yds (% of Opp. Avg)||296.2 (87%)||375.3 (105%)|
|dTot Yds (% of Opp. Avg)||277.1 (83%)||316.1 (85%)|
|ST Yds (% of Opp. Avg)||118.7 (97%)||143.3 (109%)|
|dST Yds (% of Opp. Avg)||112.8 (90%)||114.2 (88%)|
|Penalties / Pen. Yds||5.2 / 36.1||7.4 / 67.2|
|TO's / TO Margin||1.5 / +11||2.0 / -5|
As usual, Beamer's boys are productive in the TO department, while Cincy plays a bit looser and with less control. Tech will try to get their passing game going, while the Bearcats' best bet is to keep it on the ground. I wouldn't be surprised if Cincinnati won, but the Hokies will be more focused and ready to play this year.
The Line: Virginia Tech +2.5
The Call: Virginia Tech by 7
The Result: Virginia Tech 20-7
Beamer's Boys get it done. Their season might have started off slow, but they got better and better as the weeks went on. It's gonna take a lot to dethrone them from atop the ACC. Cincy had a great run this season too, but they just made too many mistakes in this game. Overall an entertaining contest.