Cincinnati vs. Virginia Tech - Military Bowl - 12/31/18 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Virginia Tech Hokies (6-6) at Cincinnati Bearcats (10-2)
College Football: Monday, December 31, 2018 at 12:00 pm (Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium)
The Line: Cincinnati Bearcats -6.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Virginia Tech Hokies and Cincinnati Bearcats meet Monday in the college football Military Bowl at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Staidum.
The Virginia Tech Hokies have lost five of their last eight games and hope to avoid their first losing season since 1992. The Virginia Tech Hokies have won three of their last five non-home games. Ryan Willis is completing 58 percent of his passes for 2,497 yards, 22 touchdowns and eight interceptions. Willis has three or more touchdown passes in three of his last five games. Damon Hazelton and Eric Kumah have combined for 1,259 receiving yards and 14 touchdowns while Tre Turner has 25 receptions. The Virginia Tech Hokies ground game is averaging 170.1 yards per contest, and Steven Peoples leads the way with 760 yards and five touchdowns. Defensively, Virginia Tech is allowing 30.7 points and 436.8 yards per game. Rayshard Ashby leads the Virginia Tech Hokies with 100 tackles, Houshun Gaines has 4.5 sacks and Caleb Farley has two interceptions.
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The Cincinnati Bearcats have won four of their last five games and have a shot at 11 victories for just the third time in school history. The Cincinnati Bearcats have won four of their last six non-home games. Desmond Ridder is completing 62.5 percent of his passes for 2,359 yards, 19 touchdowns and five interceptions. Ridder has two or more touchdown passes in seven of his last 10 games. Kahlil Lewis and Josiah Deguara have combined for 1,233 receiving yards and 14 touchdowns while Rashad Medaris has 24 receptions. The Cincinnati Bearcats ground game is averaging 238 yards per contest, and Michael Warren II leads the way with 1,163 yards and 17 touchdowns. Defensively, Cincinnati is allowing 16.1 points and 291.9 yards per game. Malik Clements leads the Cincinnati Bearcats with 53 tackles, Cortez Broughton has 5.5 sacks and James Wiggins has three interceptions.
The Bearcats are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 non-conference games, 2-7 ATS in their last 9 bowl games and 0-4-1 ATS in their last 5 games in December. The Hokies are 9-4 ATS in their last 13 games in December, 1-4 ATS in their last 5 Monday games and 2-6 ATS in their last 8 games overall. The underdog is 5-0 ATS in their last 5 meetings. The over is 3-0-1 in Hokies last 4 games overall. The under is 10-4-1 in Bearcats last 15 non-conference games.
The Virginia Tech Hokies finished the season with two victories to at the very least clinch a bowl bid, but this season has been a struggle, especially on defense where the Hokies usually shine. The Cincinnati Bearcats have scored 35 or more points in five of their last seven games and six of their last eight wins have come by double digits. The Virginia Tech Hokies have failed to cover six of their last nine games when an underdog of at least six points. The Cincinnati Bearcats have covered five of their last eight games when a favorite of at least six points. The Virginia Tech Hokies have had their struggles this season and Cincinnati has been the better team by far here. However, Virginia Tech is still a well coached football team that has the potential to get back to its defensive roots with so much time to prepare. The Virginia Tech Hokies haven't had a losing season since 1992 for a reason. Also, this game is in Maryland, so you ca bet the Hokies will be well represented. The Virginia Tech Hokies probably aren't getting enough respect in this game. I'll take my free touchdown.