Predicting The Winner Of The 2014 Military BowlNoah Williams
The 2014 Military Bowl will not feature one of the service academies, but we will get a great college bowl game with the Virginia Tech Hokies (6-6) going head-to-head against the Cincinnati Bearcats (9-3).
The Virginia Tech Hokies have had a roller coaster of a season in 2014. They beat Ohio State on the road in week two, then lost five of seven only having to win two of their final three to squeak into bowl eligibility. The under-rated Cincinnati Bearcats have put together another nine-plus season again and are quietly become one of the most consistent programs in the country.
Virginia Tech Hokies vs Cincinnati Bearcats
Date: Dec. 27, 2014
Start Time: 1 p.m. ET
Location: Annapolis, Maryland
Stadium: Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium
TV Info: ESPN
Stream Info: WatchESPN.com
Radio: Virginia Vs Cincinnati
Point Spread: Bearcats -3.5
Game Total: 49
Cincinnati Will Win the Military Bowl If
They play competent defense and air it out like ‘normal’.
In order for Cincinnati to win the Military Bowl, the Bearcats will have to play some competent defense, but that may not be as hard as it sounds. First aand foremost, the offensively0-challenged Cavaliers averaged just 23.3 points per game this season and have been held to 17 points or less in four of their last six games.
— Bearcats Football (@Bearcats_FB) December 18, 2014
Cincinnati will also have to throw the ball well against a Virginia Tech defense that ranked 14th against the pass (186.8 ypg) and 17th in the nation in points allowed (20.4 ppg). The Hokies limited their last three opponents to a combined 42 total points and they’ll need a big game from senior rover back Kyshoen Jarrett (86 tackles, 3 INTs).
Virginia Tech Will Win the Military Bowl If
They can score more than two touchdowns and keep Gunner Kiel from going nuts!
Virginia Tech often has problems scoring the ball and if they do in this contest, they could get blown out of the water by the explosive Bearcats. Not only has Cincinnati won seven straight games coming into this Military Bowl matchup, but the Bearcats have been putting points on the board like crazy. Cincy has scored at least 34 points in six of the seven wins while topping the 41-point plateau three times.
— VT Football (@VT_Football) December 15, 2014
The Hokies also need to keep Cincinnati quarterback Gunner Kiel from going nuts in this contest. The string-armed sophomore has thrown 30 touchdown passes and just 11 interceptions on the season while completing a respectable 60.1 percent of his passes.
Cincinnati is putting up a stellar 37.1 points per game during their winning streak and Kiel has been pretty much lights out along the way. Kiel has tossed six touchdowns and had just one interception in the last three games, so the Cavaliers will need to bring their ‘A’ game defensively.
Who Will Win the Military Bowl?
The Bearcats have won at least nine games for the fourth consecutive season and come into this affair absolutely on fire! 59 percent of the betting public like the Bearcats to win and cover the spread – and I say they will with room to spare.
— Bearcats Football (@Bearcats_FB) December 9, 2014
Virginia Tech may have an elite defense, but the Cavs’ offense is often akin to watching paint dry. Combine that with the fact that Cincinnati can often score the ball at will and it’s easy to see the Cavs getting man-handled in the Military Bowl.
The Hokies are just 1-4 ATS in their last five games against teams with a winning record and 1-5-1 ATS in its last seven neutral site games while Cincinnati has gone 6-0-1 ATS in its last six games and 4-1 ATS in its last five neutral site games.