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Russell Athletic Bowl 2012: 3 Reasons Why the Hokies Will Defeat Rutgers
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With the Russell Athletic Bowl just one week away, the Virginia Tech Hokies look to avoid their first losing season in 20 years. 

At 6-6, the Hokies play a Rutgers team that finished 9-3 on the season. 

While the Hokies won their last two games, the Scarlet Knights lost their last two. So while it isn't a large sample, the Hokies would seemingly be riding a more positive wave of momentum. 

Both teams enter the Russell Athletic Bowl playing stingy defense. The Scarlet Knights only give up 14 points per game while the Hokies allow 23. 

This game will be close to the end. Don't be surprised if turnovers play a large role in the outcome. Virginia Tech's Logan Thomas and Gary Nova of Rutgers have combined for 29 interceptions in 24 games. 

Here are three reasons why the Hokies will reign supreme in the 2012 Russell Athletic Bowl.

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