Military Bowl: Virginia Tech vs. Cincinnati - 12/27/14 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Virginia Tech Hokies (6-6) at Cincinnati Bearcats (9-3)
College Football: Saturday, December 27, 2014 at 1:00 pm (Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium)
The Line: Cincinnati Bearcats -3.5 -- Over/Under: 49 See the Latest Odds
The Cincinnati Bearcats and the Virginia Tech Hokies face off on Saturday in Navy Marine Corps Memorial Stadium for the Military Bowl.
The Cincinnati Bearcats finished the season 9-3 and with seven wins a row to tie for first place in the AAC. The Cincinnati offense is averaging 35.4 points per game and 457.8 yards led by QB Gunner Kiel who has completed 60.2 percent of his passes for 30 touchdowns and 11 interceptions. Mike Boone was the Bearcats leading rusher with 601 yards and nine touchdowns followed closely by Rod Moore with 596 yards and five touchdowns and Shaq Washington was the top receiver with 61 receptions. The Cincinnati defense allows 26.8 points and 447.8 yards per game with 23 takeaways and 32 sacks. Jeff Luc has 121 tackles including 6.5 sacks, Zach Edwards had 110 tackles, Nick Temple has 108 tackles, and Terrell Hartsfield has 8.0 sacks. The Cincinnati season appeared headed for disaster but they were able to turn it around with plenty of time to spare.
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The Virginia Tech Hokies were a disappointing 6-6 this season and had to win two of their last three games just to become bowl eligible. VT’s offense averaged 23.3 points and 367.9 yards per game led by QB Michael Brewer who completed 59.5 percent of his passes with 17 touchdowns and 14 interceptions. Marshawn Williams led the Hokies in rushing with 475 yards and Isaiah Ford led in receptions with 53 while Bucky Hodges had seven receiving touchdowns. The Virginia Tech defense allowed 20.4 points and 331.7 yards per game with 19 takeaways and 46 sacks. Kyshoen Jarrett had 86 tackles and three interceptions, Dadi Nicolas had 9.0 sacks, and Chuck Clark and Detrick Bonner each had 68 tackles. The expectations for Virginia Tech skyrocketed after an early win on the road at Ohio State but the rest of the season was a big letdown.
Cincinnati is 4-1 against the spread in neutral site games, 2-5 against the spread in their last seven bowl games, and 1-5 against the spread in their last six non-conference games. Virginia Tech is 16-33-2 against the spread in their last 51 games, 2-6 against the spread following a win, and 1-5-1 against the spread in their last seven neutral site games.
This is a battle of opposites as Cincinnati scores points in bunches while VT relies on their defense to keep it low scoring but I see points happening here and my free pick is the over but I wouldn’t call it a strong play. We will know in the first 10 minutes if this is a winner or not.