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College Football Bowl Predictions: Can Virginia Tech Upset Rutgers on Friday?

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College Football Bowl Predictions: Can Virginia Tech Upset Rutgers on Friday?
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Logan Thomas' play against the Scarlet Knights will be a huge factor in determining whether or not Va. Tech can pull of the win on Friday

Friday December 28, 2012 marks the second consecutive day of nonstop bowl action for college football fans.

The festivities will kick off at 2 p.m. EST with the Independence Bowl from Shreveport, Louisiana and will be followed by the Russell Athletic Bowl from Orlando, Florida and the Meineke Car Care Bowl in Houston, Texas.

Perhaps the most intriguing of these three matchups will be the Russell Athletic Bowl from Orlando, in which the Rutgers Scarlet Knights out of the Big East will take on the Virginia Tech Hokies out of the ACC.

While the Scarlet Knights will enter as the favorites, it shouldn't come as too big of a surprise if the Hokies emerge as the victors.

Despite a major down year that saw the Hokies post a 6-6 record after being in the preseason top 25 polls, Virginia Tech remains a competitive team.

They held 10-win teams like Cincinnati and Florida State to close games, and they match up fairly well with the Scarlet Knights.

In fact, Virginia Tech's offense averages about 50 yards of offense more per game than Rutgers and averages nearly four points per game more. But the Scarlet Knights allow nearly 10 points per game less on defense.

The key to Virginia Tech's success on Friday will be junior QB Logan Thomas, who is also the team's leader on the ground this season.

If he can minimize his mistakes, the Hokies will have a good chance at winning and improving to 7-6. Thomas has thrown 14 interceptions in 2012, compared to just 17 touchdown passes.

Establishing the run would also help Virginia Tech, as it would reduce the chances of Thomas throwing too many interceptions. Pulling that off, however, is easier said than done since Rutgers has the 11th best run defense in the country, allowing just 2.9 yards per carry and 105 yards per game.

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On the defensive side of the football, the Hokies will need to slow down Jawan Jamison, who ran for over 1,000 yards this season and averaged 4.4 yards per carry.

Other than Jamison, Rutgers' offense shouldn't be too threatening to the Hokies' defense.

While this may look like a sure thing for Rutgers on the surface, this matchup should prove to be a good one and could really go either way.

 

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