Why Virginia Tech Will Win The Military Bowl Presented By Northrup Grumman Bowl
– Cincinnati has an issue putting the ball on the turf. The offense might not have massive problems overall at giving the ball away or turnover margin – throwing six interceptions helped that – but the team lost 13 fumbles, with two or more in four of the last seven games. For all of Virginia Tech’s issues on defense, it’s been good at forcing fumbles with 13 on the year. When it comes up with two or more, the team is 4-0.
– Virginia Tech might not have played as well as expected, but Ryan Willis was able to save the day when starting QB Josh Jackson went down. Willis threw for close to 2,500 yards with 22 touchdowns, throwing two touchdown passes or more in eight of the last ten games.
He’s able to push the ball down the field and come up with just enough big plays to offset the middling offense overall and all of the inconsistencies. Cincinnati’s secondary allowed 14 touchdown passes over the final seven games.
– This has the potential to be a tight games with no allowing for wasted or empty trips. Cincinnati’s offense might be fine, but it stalls way too often, especially in the red zone. The Bearcats missed on ten of their 32 trips inside the 20 over the last eight games, proving costly in the loss to Temple, with two drives coming away with nothing. The Virginia Tech defense is outstanding in the red zone, allowing offenses to convert drives into points just 78% of the time.