Virginia vs Virginia Tech: Latest Spread Info, BCS Impact and Predictions
The great thing about rivalry week is that season records go out the window. When Virginia takes on Virginia Tech, all these teams care about is beating each other.
Neither side has had the season it was hoping for in 2012. The Hokies began the year ranked No. 16 in the preseason coaches' poll, but now need a win in the last game just to be bowl eligible.
On the other side, a six-game losing streak ended any hopes for a successful season for the Cavaliers.
However, Virginia would like nothing more than to end its current eight-game losing streak against Virginia Tech.
Where: Lane Stadium, Blacksburg, VA
When: November 24 at 12 p.m. ET
Live Stream: ESPN3
Spread: Virginia Tech (-10) via Vegas Insider
The fact that this game will be played at Virginia Tech makes a big difference on the outcome.
Although the Hokies won their most recent road game at Boston College in overtime, the team was 0-4 before that and had not been within two touchdowns in any game.
Virginia has been equally bad, with a 1-3 season record away from home. This could be enough to give the Hokies the advantage.
Over/Under: 49.5 via Vegas Insider
Virginia Tech has not held an opponent to under 20 points since September 22 against Bowling Green. Although Virginia only averages 23.5 points per game, the offense should have a solid day against this struggling defense.
The Cavaliers have not been much better on defense, allowing a combined 77 points in the last two games.
With this relatively low over/under mark, gamblers should take the over.
Injury Report (via USA Today) as of Nov. 21
PK Ian Frye (Lower Body) Questionable
CB Maurice Canady (Illness) Questionable
WR Brian Pomper (Lower Body) Questionable
DE Diamonte Bailey (Illness) Questionable
T Nick Koutris (Lower Body) Questionable
FB Sammy MacFarlane (Lower Body) Questionable
TE Jeremiah Mathis (Suspension) Questionable
CB Kyle Fuller (Undisclosed) Questionable
DE James Gayle (Shoulder) Questionable
CB Donaldven Manning (Undisclosed) Questionable
S Michael Cole (Neck) Questionable
What's At Stake?
At 4-7, Virginia has nothing on the line except pride. However, Virginia Tech can salvage this season with a sixth win on the last day of the regular season.
This would make the team bowl eligible and give them a chance at a winning season.
Virginia Key to Victory: Stay with Hot Hand at Quarterback
Both Michael Rocco and Phillip Sims have spent time at quarterback throughout the season, but they have not had the same level of success.
Rocco has played better in the last few weeks, including a four-touchdown performance in the win over Miami. The junior has a better ability to throw the ball down the field, as opposed to Sims, who is often limited to short throws.
Against Virginia Tech, Rocco should get the majority of playing time.
Virginia Tech Key to Victory: Avoid Turnovers
The Hokies were able to defeat Boston College last game because Logan Thomas was able to avoid interceptions.
In fact, the team is 3-0 in games in which Thomas throws zero picks. The only problem is there should be more games of that nature.
With a 16-14 touchdown to interception ration, the junior has not impressed many scouts. However, he needs to continue to avoid mistakes in order to beat the in-state rivals.
Prediction: Virginia Tech 31, Virginia 20
After a 37-13 loss to North Carolina, Virginia clinched a losing a season. While the Cavaliers would love to defeat the Hokies, it is more likely that they are ready to pack it up for the year.
Virginia Tech should come out with a greater sense of urgency and take control of the game.
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