Sugar Bowl 2012: 4 Reasons Why Michigan Will Beat the Virginia Tech Hokies

Randy ChambersAnalyst IDecember 6, 2011

Sugar Bowl 2012: 4 Reasons Why Michigan Will Beat the Virginia Tech Hokies

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    The college football regular season may have come to an end, but now is when the good stuff begins. The college football bowl schedule was just released, and there are a ton of great matchups. There should be several great games with a bunch of intriguing storylines.

    The 2012 BCS Sugar Bowl is one of those great matchups, and if you like two great programs with rich history, this is the game for you. It will feature two at-large bids as neither team won their conference. Fans may not be happy with this matchup, but it should end up being a good game with quite a few star players.

    The game may take place nearly a month from now, but that leaves us plenty of time to preview the game from all angles.

    Here are the reasons why the Michigan Wolverines will beat the Virginia Tech Hokies.

Denard Robinson

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    Is there any doubt who the star is in this game and the main reason we're going to watch it? It's all about Denard Robinson.

    If you watched Virginia Tech this season, you'd know that they only lost two games this season about of them came against Clemson. The Tigers have a mobile quarterback in Tajh Boyd.

    The thing is, Boyd is nothing compared to Robinson, who is extremely dangerous with the ball in his hands. He may not complete a high percentage of passes, but when he completes a few, he becomes even more dangerous with his feet. He's rushed for over 100 yards this season a total of five times.

    Expect Robinson to make plays and lead the Wolverines to victory.

Defensive Line Will Slow Down David Wilson

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    Greg Mattison should be the defensive coordinator of the year for being able to take over a horrible Michigan defense and making it respectable.

    They will have a tough task ahead of them facing Hokies running back David Wilson, but the Wolverines have done a good job at stopping the run all season. They only give up 129 rushing yards a game which is the second best in the Big Ten and 36th best in the country.

    This line is very aggressive and physical and will make Wilson and company work for every yard they get.

Red Zone Troubles for Va Tech

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    Virginia Tech moves the ball well, but once the Hokies get inside the 20-yard line, they have trouble finishing the drive off.

    The Hokies are one of the worst red zone teams in the country as they only score 75 percent of the time, and it's only touchdowns 53 percent of the time. Out of 120 teams, that's ranked 101st in the country. 

    Those statistics don't sound any better when you factor in that Michigan is ranked fourth in college football in red zone stops. Teams only score on the Wolverines 68 percent of the time in the red zone, and it's a touchdown only 57 percent of the time.

    You want to win bowl games, you're going to have to score touchdowns and the Hokies struggle doing so.

Game Is Bigger for Michigan

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    This is Brady Hokes first season and he's already made a BCS bowl game. Whether you agree with the fact that they don't belong, they made it and won 10 games doing so. 

    Virginia Tech nearly makes a BCS game every season and has a great history of winning bowl games. The Big Ten is only going to get more difficult for the Wolverines to win, so, they need to take advantage of this opportunity.

    Not to mention Michigan hasn't won a bowl game since 2007. They just recently made a bowl game after missing the entire bowl season for two straight years.

    The Wolverines and the fanbase is hungry for a big victory, and it's starring at them in the face. This is their time right now.

    Randy Chambers is a B/R Featured Columnist that covers College Football and the NFL. You can contact him @Randy_Chambers or