Kentucky Wildcats vs. Virginia Tech Hokies - 12/31/19 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Virginia Tech Hokies at Kentucky Wildcats
Wednesday, January 1, 2020 at 12:00 AM (Bank of America Stadium)
VT -, VT -3
The Virginia Tech Hokies travel to Charlotte, North Carolina on Tuesday, December 31st for a game against the Kentucky Wildcats in the Belk Bowl. Virginia Tech finished the season with a record of 8-4 which was good enough for a 2nd place finish in the ACC-Coastal Division. Virginia Tech quarterback Hendon Hooker has thrown for 1,445 yards and 11 touchdowns on the season against 2 interceptions. Hooker has also ran 111 times on the season, rushing for 306 yards and 5 touchdowns. DeShawn McClease is the leading rusher for the Hokies as he has carried the ball 151 times for 717 yards and 6 touchdowns on the year. Wide receiver Tre Turner has been the leading receiver for Virginia Tech as he has caught 33 passes for 542 yards and 4 touchdowns this season.
The Kentucky Wildcats will meet the Virginia Tech Hokies in the Belk Bowl after finishing the season with a record of 7-5 which was good enough for a 4th place finish in the SEC East. Wildcats quarterback Sawyer Smith has thrown for 690 yards and 4 touchdowns against 5 interceptions. Kentucky’s leading rusher on the year is Lynn Bowden Jr. who carried the ball 151 times for 1,235 yards and 11 touchdowns. Bowden Jr. is also Kentucky’s leading receiver as he has caught 30 passes for 348 yards and 1 touchdown on the year.
Virginia Tech has scored an average of 30.8 points per game this season while allowing an average of 23.7 points per game. The Hokies have gained an average of 389.8 yards per game this year while allowing an average of 359.9 yards per game. Kentucky has scored an average of 26.3 points per game while allowing 18.4 points per game. The Wildcats have averaged gaining 391.5 yards per game while allowing 321.6 yards per game. I am going to go with Kentucky in this one as I believe their defense will be able to slow down Virginia Tech enough to pull out the victory and give the Wildcats offense a chance to score enough points to pull out a victory. Kentucky wins 28-21.