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VIRGINIA TECH vs. UCLA
Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2:00 pm
CBS The Bruins, who play Virginia Tech in the Hyundai Sun Bowl on Dec. 31 in El Paso, Tex., have one of the top defensive ends in the nation in Anthony Barr and a talented sophomore quarterback in Brett Hundley, who must soon decide whether to enter the NFL Draft. But no player has generated more buzz than Myles Jack. The freshman linebacker added running back to his duties last month. The Hokies weren’t a strong ground team before losing leading rusher Trey Edmunds to a fractured right tibia in the regular-season finale against Virginia. Now they’ll have to lean on J.C. Coleman,and possibly gamble with freshman Jerome Wright, who's yet to touch the ball. Virginia Tech is dealing with a handful of other injuries that could impact the game, most notably to cornerback Kyle Fuller, who underwent surgery Nov. 19 to repair core muscle damage in his lower abdomen. Fuller, a first-team all-ACC pick last season, is hoping to play his final collegiate game alongside his younger brother, Kendall, a freshman defensive back for the Hokies.
Logan Thomas hasn’t improved on his 2011 season when he was a second-team All-ACC selection, but the Hokies quarterback impressed enough this fall to earn an invitation to the Senior Bowl next month. Thomas continues to get dinged by interceptions, compiling 13 more this season to give him 39 over the last three years. He cleaned things up a bit during the last two months of the regular season, going without an interception in five of the final eight games.
The sports betting line on here has moved from -8 for the UCLA Bruins to -7, and I think that this Virginia Tech defense is going to have a majorly tough task. The Bruins' offense is a serious power, and I think we see what they are really capable of in this bowl game on the final day before the New Year. The Bruins are also aiming for their first 10-win season since 2005, a year that also culminated with a victory in El Paso, Tex. Hundley has played a major role in UCLA’s outcomes this season, not only leading the Bruins in every passing category but also leading the team in rushing. He has been careful not to get too attached to a particular receiver, as both Shaquelle Evans and Devin Fuller have taken turns leading the team in receiving.
We have some games that seem to be mismatches in this years bowl games and then we have some games that truly seem like it will be nip and tuck. No real feel on this game right now. First inclination by most of the country will be UCLA but the numbers dont show that. Slight lean to UCLA laying the points but honestly this is nothing more than an opinion.
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