Who’s going to win the 2016 Belk Bowl? Check out the Virginia Tech vs. Arkansas prediction, game preview, history and scores.
Belk Bowl, Virginia Tech vs. Arkansas Prediction, Game Preview, History, Scores
Prediction & Game Preview To Come
Bank of America Stadium, Charlotte, NC, 5:30 ET, ESPN
Virginia Tech, ACC, 9-4
The Hokies gave it a run. They might have lost to Clemson in the ACC Championship, but they didn’t give up in the 42-35 loss that almost turned the College Football Playoff season upside-down. Even to, this has been a terrific first year under Justin Fuente, even if there were a few inconsistencies along the way. Solid in all phases, the defense was great at getting off the field, QB Jerod Evans moved the ball efficiently, and battle-tested team managed to come through time and again in close battles. Tech won three games by three points over the second half of the season.
Arkansas, SEC, 7-5
Good luck trying to figure out the Razorbacks. They were just dangerous enough to rise up and stomp a Florida team that went on to win the SEC East, and just flaky enough to not show up in losses to Auburn and LSU. They don’t quite pound the ball as much as you’d think a Bret Bielema team would, and the defense isn’t nearly as nasty as it should be, but it’s been a resilient squad that managed to win when it absolutely had to – at least it did to stay bowl eligible. Now, if the defense could come up with a third down stop, all would be fine.
Belk Bowl History, Results
Dec. 30, 2015 Mississippi State 51 N.C. State 28
Dec. 30, 2014 Georgia 37 Louisville 14
Dec. 28, 2013 North Carolina 39 Cincinnati 17
Dec. 27, 2012 Cincinnati 48 Duke 34
Dec. 27, 2011 N.C. State 31 Louisville 24
Dec. 31, 2010 USF 31 Clemson 26
Dec. 26, 2009 Pittsburgh 19 North Carolina 17
Dec. 27, 2008 West Virginia 31 North Carolina 30
Dec. 29, 2007 Wake Forest 24 Connecticut 10
Dec. 30, 2006 Boston College 25 Navy 24
Dec. 31, 2005 N.C. State 14 USF 0
Dec. 30, 2004 Boston College 37 North Carolina 24
Dec. 27, 2003 Virginia 23 Pittsburgh 16
Dec. 28, 2002 Virginia 48 West Virginia 22