The 2012 Russell Athletic Bowl picks are set to go here at Cappers Info, and we are ready to make our free bowl picks for all of the games on the schedule. Check out the Rutgers vs. Virginia Tech picks and predictions for what should be a remarkable game.
Russell Athletic Bowl Picks: Rutgers Scarlet Knights vs. Virginia Tech Hokies
Date: Friday, December 28th, 5:30 ET
Location: Florida Citrus Bowl, Orlando, FL
Russell Athletic Bowl Betting Odds: Virginia Tech -2
Rutgers vs. Virginia Tech Live TV Coverage: ESPN
What a disgusting bowl game this has the potential to be! The question that we have to ask ourselves in this one is whether we think that a middling, underachieving team out of the ACC is really better than a solid team out of the Big East. It’s a tough question to ask ourselves, but it is one that we are going to get the answer to as the bowl season goes on, especially in the Belk Bowl, where the ACC’s Duke Blue Devils will take on the comparable Big East’s Cincinnati Bearcats. These two teams used to call each other conference foes, but it’s not like there was ever much of a series here when they were both in the Big East. The Hokies were favored by at least 28 points in the last six meetings, and Rutgers has only won three games in this series, the most recent one that came in 1992.
The Scarlet Knights were the better of the two teams this year, but there has to be a real question that asks whether or not the team is really going to care to be playing in this game or not after losing the de facto Big East Championship Game against the Louisville Cardinals at home the last time out. QB Gary Nova has a history of choking in the biggest games, and he threw the pick that cost the team the chance to win the Big East. Nova only threw for 2,566 yards with 22 TDs and 15 picks on the campaign, which is bad news considering the fact that the team only had a total of six rushing touchdowns for the year as well.
The problem though, is that Virginia Tech really has slacked all year long. The team did push Florida State to the wire, and it did beat down a Bowling Green outfit that proved to be a heck of a lot better than most thought. Still, the defense underachieved all year long, allowing 23.9 points per game, and outside of QB Logan Thomas, who accounted for 26 of the team’s 35 offensive TDs on the season, there wasn’t much to write home about. In the end, there isn’t a featured running back that can get the job done for the Hokies, and we think that Rutgers is going to ultimately put a good foot forward to knock off V-Tech in Orlando.
Rutgers vs. Virginia Tech Pick: Rutgers Scarlet Knights +2
Russell Athletic Bowl Score Prediction: Rutgers 27 – Virginia Tech 17