Virginia Tech Hokies (6-6) at Cincinnati Bearcats (9-3)
|Date & Time||Saturday December 27, 2014, 1:00 PM (EST)|
The Line: Cincinnati Bearcats -2.5 -- Over/Under: 51
The Cincinnati Bearcats and Virginia Tech Hokies play Saturday in the Military Bowl at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium.
The Cincinnati Bearcats have won seven straight games and play in their fourth straight bowl game. Gunner Kiel is completing 60.2 percent of his apsses for 30 touchdowns and 11 interceptions. Kiel has three touchdowns and zero picks in his last two games, and the Bearcats have 30 passing plays of 25 or more yards. Mekale McKay and Shaq Washington have combined for more than 1,300 receiving yards and 12 touchdowns while Max Morrison has seven receptions in his last two games. Cincinnati’s ground game is averaging 4.5 yards per carry, as Mike Boone leads the way with 601 rushing yards and nine touchdowns. Defensively, the Cincinnati Bearcats are allowing 26.8 points, 447.8 yards, and they’ve forced 32 sacks and 23 turnovers. Jeff Luc has 120 tackles and Nick Temple has 10.5 tackles for loss.
The Virginia Tech Hokies have lost four of their last six games and are playing in their 22nd straight bowl game. Michael Brewer is completing 59.5 percent of his passes for 17 touchdowns and 14 interceptions. Brewer has two touchdowns and two picks in his last two games, and Virginia Tech has 19 passing plays of 25 or more yards. Isaiah Ford and Bucky Hodges have combined for more than 1,100 receiving yards and 13 touchdowns while Cam Phillips has eight receptions in his last two games. Virginia Tech’s ground game is averaging 3.7 yards per carry, as Marshawn Williams leads the way with 475 rushing yards and four touchdowns. Defensively, the Virginia Tech Hokies are allowing 20.4 points, 331.7 yards, and they’ve forced 46 sacks and 19 turnovers. Kyshoen Jarrett has 86 tackles and Dadi Nicolas has 17 tackles for loss.
The Bearcats are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 non-conference games and 6-0-1 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The Hokies are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games in December and 1-5-1 ATS in their last 7 neutral site games. The underdog is 4-0 ATS in their last 4 meetings.
While Frank Beamer has been brutal in bowl games, losing five of his last eight, Virginia Tech's physicality makes the difference in this game. Cincy hasn't seen the style of defense this season that it's going to face in this matchup, and that's why I'm taking the Hokies. It may not be pretty, but VT will find a way to win.