Three reasons why you should watch the Camping World Bowl, why each team might win, honest thoughts, line and prediction.
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Camping World Bowl
Virginia Tech (9-3) vs. Oklahoma State (9-3)
Date: Thursday, December 28th
Game Time: 5:15 pm
Venue: Orlando Citrus Bowl, Orlando, FL
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Three Reasons Why You Should Watch The Camping World Bowl
– With only a wee bit of due respect to a slew of other Power Five vs. Power Five matchups, this is the first really, really big bowl game of the season. The winner gets to ten victories on the season, and the representative conference will get a really, really nice feather in its camp. This is the type of bowl game that redefines the narrative of an entire body of work.
– Get ready for the Oklahoma State fun show. Oklahoma’s offense might have led the nation, but Oklahoma State was No. 2 – and now it’s rested. QB Mason Rudolph will play – as he tries to show what he can do one last time for the NFL scouts – leading an attack that scored 40 points or more in every game but the win over Texas and the loss to TCU.
– Get ready for the Virginia Tech defensive slowdown. The Hokies have allowed more than 24 points just three times this year – losing all three. They have to keep this game under control, but there’s just enough of an offense to make this a firefight.
Here’s Why Virginia Tech Will Win The Camping World Bowl
– The Virginia Tech defense has been dominant, getting better and better as the season goes on. It doesn’t bend, rarely breaks, and it has just enough of a pass rush just enough toughness up front against the run to force a whole slew of third-and-longs. The Hokies are second in the nation in third down conversion D – teams are converting just 25% of their chances.
– America, welcome to the Virginia Tech linebacking corps. Andrew Motuapuaka is a big-time run stopper, the defensive backs can all hit, and Tremaine Edmunds is at another level. The 6-5, 250-pound junior led the team with 102 tackles with 5.5 sacks and 14 tackles for loss. He’s a disruptive force who turned it on late in the year with 5.5 tackles for loss in his last two games.
– As always, the Virginia Tech special teams are stellar. The placekicking is a wee bit of an issue, but the punting game is great, the returners impressive, and with five blocked kicks, this group knows how to change games. The Oklahoma State special teams are just okay.
Here’s Why Oklahoma State Will Win The Camping World Bowl
– The Cowboys – if properly fired up – could turn the lights out on this thing in the first quarter. With the firepower, the balance, and the next-level talent, Oklahoma State can put up 21 points in a blink. The three times the Cowboys lost, they were out bombed by TCU, Oklahoma and Kansas State – Virginia Tech isn’t that type of team. If this gets into a shootout, OSU will be happy.
And again, the three Hokie losses on the year came when the D allowed more than 24 points. Only Texas kept the Cowboys to under 31.
– The Oklahoma State defense gets involved, too. It might give up a ton of passing yards – that’s what happens when you play in the Big 12 against teams doing whatever they can to keep up the pace. However, the Cowboys are great at changing games around with interceptions, picking off 16 passes on the year.
The D turned the West Virginia game around with play after play against Will Grier, and it got Baker Mayfield twice. Tulsa and Kansas State are the only two teams the Cowboys didn’t pick off.
– It’s Mason Rudolph. Enjoy. He might be just behind Josh Rosen and Sam Darnold among the NFL Draft circles, and Lamar Jackson might be rising up, Rudolph will be someone’s favorite guy in the process. He’s got the 6-5, 230-pound size, the big arm, and the attitude and accuracy the next-level guys like. On the year, he hit ten yards per throw for 4,553 yards and 35 scores with just nine picks. He’s going to bomb away, and keep bombing.
You’ve Read This Far, So You Get Three Honest Thoughts On The Camping World Bowl
– The Cowboys have been hit or miss in bowl games under Mike Gundy. They’re on an every-other-bowl streak, winning the 2012 Heart of Dallas, losing the 2013 Cotton, and so on going win-loss-win, destroying Colorado in last year’s Alamo. For a team that was legitimately in the College Football Playoff hunt in November. losing this would sour all the positives.
– Virginia Tech has been rock-steady as a bowl team. After a bit of a rough run, the Hokies have won four of their last five including the last three. But here’s the problem – the wins came when Virginia Tech was punching under its weight. Against the good teams – for the most part – bad things have happened. This Oklahoma State team might be the toughest foe since the Hokies lost the 2012 Sugar to Michigan.
– The best part about this for Virginia Tech is the future. While Oklahoma State will be undergoing a bit of a chance and a restructuring period, the Hokies get freshman quarterback Josh Jackson back, along with the top eight ground gainers, along with seven of the top eight pass catchers. A win would catapult Tech into the offseason as the IT team in the ACC.
Super. So Who’s Going To Win The Camping World Bowl?
Oklahoma State’s offense is too good. It’s next to impossible to take away all the parts, including RB Justice Hill for a ground game that doesn’t get enough credit.
The Virginia Tech offense will have its moments, and it’s usually careful with the ball, but against this Cowboy team, one mistake tends to screw up everything else.
Rudolph will be terrific under the pressure from the Hokie pass rush, and after a rough 20 minutes, the dam will break and the points will start to come.
Oklahoma State 31, Virginia Tech 24
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Camping World Bowl History, Results
Dec. 26, 2016 NC State 41, Vanderbilt 17
Dec. 29, 2015 Baylor 49 North Carolina 38
Dec. 29, 2014 Clemson 40 Oklahoma 6
Dec. 28, 2013 Louisville 36 Miami 9
Dec. 28, 2012 Virginia Tech 13 Rutgers 10 (OT)
Dec. 29, 2011 Florida State 18 Notre Dame 14
Dec. 28, 2010 N.C. State 23 West Virginia 7
Dec. 29, 2009 Wisconsin 20 Miami 14
Dec. 27, 2008 Florida State 42 Wisconsin 13
Dec. 28, 2007 Boston College 24 Michigan State 21
Dec. 29, 2006 Maryland 24 Purdue 7
Dec. 27, 2005 Clemson 19 Colorado 10
Dec. 21, 2004 Georgia Tech 51 Syracuse 14
Dec. 22, 2003 N.C. State 56 Kansas 26
Dec. 23, 2002 Texas Tech 55 Clemson 15
Dec. 20, 2001 Pittsburgh 34 N.C. State 19
Dec. 28, 2000 N.C. State 38 Minnesota 30
Dec. 30, 1999 Illinois 63 Virginia 21
Dec. 29, 1998 Miami 46 N.C. State 23
Dec. 29, 1997 Georgia Tech 35 West Virginia 30
Dec. 27, 1996 Miami 31 Virginia 21
Dec. 30, 1995 North Carolina 20 Arkansas 10
Jan. 2, 1995 South Carolina 24 West Virginia 21
Jan. 1, 1994 Boston College 31 Virginia 13
Jan. 1, 1993 Stanford 28 Penn State 3
Dec. 28, 1991 Alabama 30 Colorado 25
Dec. 28, 1990 Florida State 24 Penn State 17