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RUTGERS vs. VIRGINIA TECH
Friday, Dec. 28, 5:30 pm
ESPN Rutgers, after its incredible 7-0 start, looked well on its way to a Big East title were it not for conference rival Louisville. The Cardinals, who shared the Scarlet Knights unblemished record, would go on to win the league championship thanks to a 20-17 win at Rutgers in their regular season finale. The loss to Louisville marked a second consecutive setback for Rutgers and the third in its final five regular season games. Despite their poor close to the season, the Scarlet Knights, who rank fourth in the nation in scoring defense (14.3 points per game allowed), finished their 2012 slate with an impressive 9-3 record. While Rutgers enjoyed some unexpected success this year, Virginia Tech suffered through its worst season since winning eight games back in 2003. The Hokies were inconsistent from the jump and, at one point; they had dropped five of six games, an almost unheard of slide during Frank Beamer’s extensive tenure in Blacksburg. Virginia Tech did rally to qualify for postseason play, though, as it closed out the season with back to back wins over ACC rivals Boston College and Virginia.
Defense is going to be the name of the game in this one. Virginia Tech’s defense figured to be one of the ten best in America this year, but what has ultimately happened is that the team has been wrecked by a number of the top offenses in the ACC. Rutgers was in the thick of the fight for the Orange Bowl this year, and we think that it has a great shot of winning this game, if it can just overcome the disappointment of not playing in Miami, but playing in Orlando instead. Small lean to Virginia Tech in a game they should win by less than a field goal and with the line moving our way going to pull the trigger and make this a decent play. Very familiar with Rutgers having gone there for some school certifications and with a rookie head coach whom usually do not do well in their first bowl game. So lets see what happens.