The Arkansas Razorbacks and the 18th-ranked Virginia Tech Hokies will both be looking to get the season-ending victory when they square off in the 2016 Belk Bowl on Thursday, December 29 at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, North Carolina.
The Hokies are currently 6-point favorites in this postseason bowl game, which airs live on ESPN. Now, let’s find out where the value in this matchup lies.
Arkansas Razorbacks Vs. No. 18 Virginia Tech Hokies Belk Bowl Spread & ATS Pick
Who: Arkansas Razorbacks (7-5) vs No.22 Virginia Tech Hokies (9-4)
When: Thursday, December 29, 2016
Start Time: 5:30 PM ET
Where: Charlotte, NC
Stadium: Bank of America Stadium
Spread: Virginia Tech -6
Moneyline: Arkansas +215 at Virginia Tech -260
Game Total: 62
Stream: Watch ESPN
Listen: Arkansas vs Virginia Tech
Why Bet The Arkansas Razorbacks To Beat The Hokies
Arkansas (7-5 SU, 5-7 ATS) lost two of their final three games and comes into this matchup off a humbling 28-24 loss to Missouri in their regular-season finale as quarterback Austin Allen passed for 348 yards and one touchdown but tossed two costly interceptions.
The Razorbacks have put up a solid 30.8 points per game to rank a respectable 55th in scoring nationally as Allen has passed for 3,152 yards with 23 touchdowns and 12 interceptions.
Running back Rawleigh Williams III has rushed for a team-high 1,326 yards and 12 scores while running back Drew Morgan has hauled in 61 passes for a team-high 664 yards and three touchdowns.
Defensively, Arkansas has given up a generous 30.7 points per game to rank an uninspiring 84th in points allowed.
Why Bet The Virginia Tech Hokies To Beat The Razorbacks
No. 18 Virginia Tech (9-4 SU, 7-6 ATS) had their modest two-game winning streak snapped in their 42-35 loss to No. 2 Clemson in their ACC Championship game loss as quarterback Jerod Evans passed for 264 yards and one score but tossed two costly interceptions in the loss.
The Hokies have put up 35.0 points per game as Evans has passed for a stellar 3,309 yards with 27 touchdowns while also leading the Hokies in rushing with 759 yards and 10 scores. Wide receiver Isaiah Ford has hauled in a whopping 73 passes for 1,038 yards and seven touchdowns.
Defensively, Virginia Tech has limited the opposition to 22.6 points per game to rank an encouraging 30th in points allowed nationally.
Arkansas Virginia Tech Belk Bowl ATS Pick & Final Score Prediction
53 percent of public bettors likes Arkansas to cover the spread, but I don’t see it happening after watching the Razorbacks get pounded by Auburn 56-3 and LSU, 38-10 over their final five games, not to mention their season-ending loss against a really mediocre Missouri team.
Virginia Tech has gone 4-1 ATS in their last five games following an SU loss and 7-3 ATS in their last 10 games in the month of December.
While Arkansas has gone 6-1 ATS in their last seven games following an SU loss, the Razorbacks are also just 3-8 ATS in their last 11 neutral-site games and 3-6 ATS in their last nine games overall.
Virginia Tech quarterback Jerod Evans is extremely difficult to contain with his dual-threat ability and I believe he will be the difference-maker in this contest as the Hokies win and narrowly cover the spread!