College Bowl Picks: Michigan Will Manhandle Virginia Tech in Allstate Sugar Bowl

Michael MillSenior Analyst IIIJanuary 1, 2012

ANN ARBOR, MI - NOVEMBER 26:  Denard Robinson #16 of the Michigan Wolverines celebrates after beating Ohio State 40-34 at Michigan Stadium on November 26, 2011 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
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The 2011 Allstate Sugar Bowl may feature two of the most overrated teams in college football this season.

The ACC's No. 11 Virginia Tech Hokies (11-2) and the Big Ten's No. 13 Michigan Wolverines (11-2) will compete for bragging rights for their respective conferences Tuesday night.

Although both teams finished the season with very respectable records, neither really faced any tough competition this season.

Virginia Tech was crushed twice by Clemson, the only team on their schedule that finished the season ranked in the top 25.

Michigan had a similar fate. They lost to Michigan State and Iowa, but did manage one win against a ranked opponent in Nebraska.

Whether or not they deserve the rankings is beside the point. Both teams will be battling hard for a win Tuesday night.

The game will feature two of the better ranked defenses in the country.

Michigan and Virginia Tech have each allowed just 17.2 points per game this season.

The real difference between the two teams comes on the offensive side of the ball.

Virginia Tech has really struggled to find much offensive consistency this season. Apart from running back David Wilson, the Hokies haven't really maintained a good offensive attack all year.

Michigan, on the other hand, has one of the most dangerous players in the nation on their roster.

Denard Robinson has thrown for 18 touchdowns and rushed for 16 more this year. His dual threat ability has frustrated defenses in the Big Ten all year.

The Wolverines have only been held under 20 points twice this season. If the Hokies are going to have any chance in this game, they will have to play great defense.

It's unlikely it'll happen. Slowing down Robinson is a possibility, but stopping him rarely happens.

Michigan should be able to get the win and bring home bragging rights for the Big Ten.