Oklahoma State vs. Virginia Tech - Camping World Bowl - 12/28/17 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Virginia Tech Hokies (9-3) at Oklahoma State Cowboys (9-3)
College Football: Thursday, December 28, 2017 at 5:15 pm (Lane Stadium)
The Line: Oklahoma State Cowboys -5.5 -- Over/Under: 62.5 See the Latest Odds
The #22 Virginia Tech Hokies and the #19 Oklahoma State Cowboys face off in the Camping World Bowl on ESPN.
The #22 Virginia Tech Hokies come into the Camping World Bowl with a 9-3 overall record with a 5-3 mark in conference play, good for the 2nd spot in the ACC Coastal division. Josh Jackson threw for 2,743 yards, 19 touchdowns and 8 interceptions on 216 of 355 passing, good
for a 60.3% completion percentage. Jackson also led the Hokies with 4 rushing touchdowns, while Travon McMillan led the team with 439 rushing yards and Deshawn McClease added 406 yards on the ground. Cam Phillips was Virginia Tech’s top receiver, hauling in team-highs of 71 catches for 964 yards and 7 receiving touchdowns. The Hokies also relied heavily on their defense, holding opponents to just 305.2 yards of total offense per game, while allowing the 6th-fewest points per game in the country with 13.5 points against per game.
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The #19 Oklahoma State Cowboys also got an invite to the Camping World Bowl by virtue of their 9-3 record, including a 6-3 record in Big 12 play, good for a tie for 2nd in the Big 12, but losing out on a spot in the championship game thanks to a tiebreaker with TCU. Mason Rudolph threw for 4,553 yards, 35 touchdowns and 9 interceptions on 297 of 457 passing this season, good for a 65% completion percentage. Rudolph also rushed for 10 scores as well, while Justice Hill led OSU with 1,347 rushing yards and 15 touchdowns. The Cowboys also boast a pair of 1,000 yard receivers, with James Washington leading the team with 65 catches for 1,423 yards and 12 touchdowns, while Marcell Ateman added 54 catches for 1,049 yards and 8 TDs. Unlike the Hokies, Oklahoma State had a mediocre season defensively, giving up over 400 yards of total offense and over 30 points per game this season.
Virginia Tech is 6-1 ATS in their last 7 non-conference games and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games following a win while the under is 4-1 in their last 5 games overall. Oklahoma State is 5-0 ATS in their last 5 non-conference games and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games against a team with a winning record while the over is 5-0 in their last 5 games overall.
I think this has the potential to be one of the best bowl games of bowl season. Wit that said, In all 3 of Oklahoma State’s losses, they hung up at least 31 points, including 52 against Oklahoma and 40 against Kansas State. Granted, Virginia Tech has one of the best defensive units in the country, but the Cowboys boast the 3rd-highest scoring offense with over 46 points per game. I think Virginia Tech will have a hard time slowing down the Cowboys’ offense, so I’ll lay the points with Oklahoma State here.