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Tulsa vs. Virginia Tech - 12/26/15 Independence Bowl College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Virginia Tech Hokies (6-6) vs. Tulsa Golden Hurricane (6-6)

College Football: Saturday, December 26, 2015 at 5:45 pm (Independence Stadium)

The Line: Virginia Tech Hokies -14 -- Over/Under: 63 See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPN

The Tulsa Golden Hurricane and the Virginia Tech Hokies face off on Saturday in college football’s Independence Bowl.

The Tulsa Golden Hurricane finished the regular season at 6-6 and they got an 11-point win over Tulane in their final game to become bowl eligible. The Tulsa offense is averaging 35.9 points and 502.8 yards per game and they have turned the ball over 20 times. Golden Hurricane QB Dane Evans has completed 63 percent of his passes with 22 touchdowns and eight interceptions. D’Angelo Brewer is Tulsa’s leading rusher with 732 yards and Zach Langer was close behind with 714 yards and had 17 touchdowns while Keyarris Garrett leads in receptions with 88 and seven touchdowns. The Tulsa defense is allowing 38.6 points and 531.5 yards per game with nine interceptions, 13 fumble recoveries, and 21 sacks. Michael Mudoh leads the Golden Hurricanes defense with 126 tackles and Trent Martin and Matt Linscott have 96 tackles each. Tulsa hasn’t defeated a bowl team this season.

Tulsa vs. Virginia Tech - 12/26/15 Independence Bowl College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Virginia Tech Hokies finished the season at 6-6 and won three of their last four games to become bowl eligible. The Virginia Tech offense is averaging 29 points and 367.4 yards per game and they have turned the ball over 19 times. VT QB Michael Brewer was injured for a god part of the season but he completed 57.5 percent of his passes with 12 touchdowns and six interceptions. Trevon McMillan leads the Hokies in rushing with 961 yards and five touchdowns and Isaiah Ford is the top receiver with 63 catches and 10 touchdowns. The Virginia Tech defense is allowing 24.2 points and 353.8 yards per game with 10 interceptions, 15 fumble recoveries, and 21 sacks. Second leading tackler Deon Clarke has been suspended for this game for VT but Chuck Clarke leads the team in tackles with 100, Andrew Motuapuaka has 66 tackles, and Luther Maddy has 54 tackles. This is Frank Beamer’s last game as Virginia Tech Head Coach so motivation shouldn’t be an issue.

Tulsa is 4-1 against the spread in their last five bowl games, 4-1 against the spread following a win, and 2-6-1 against the spread in their last nine non-conference games. Virginia Tech is 5-2 against the spread following a game that they didn’t cover the point spread, 7-15-2 against the spread in their last 24 non-conference games, and 2-5-1 against the spread in their last eight neutral site games.

The total in this one is set at 61.5 and that looks a shade high and while this play isn’t one of my stronger ones it’s a lean to the under.

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Under 61.5

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