You’ve Read This Far, So You Get Three Honest Thoughts On The Military Bowl Presented By Northrup Grumman Bowl
– Let’s just be elitist here. This is still an ACC team vs. an American Athletic squad. It’s a huge, steaming deal for an AAC and it’s “Power 6” rhetoric, but it’s a game thrown on the pile for the ACC. It’ll be an ugly moment for the AAC if one of its star teams can’t beat a team that needed to scratch and claw just to get eligible, but as long as Cincinnati makes this interesting, it’ll have done its job. If it wins, through, it’s a win over a Power Five program. The AAC needs all the ammo it can get.
– This has been a lost season for the Hokies, but considering it was a rebuilding year, and they lost QB Josh Jackson for the season, just to fight and battle to get to a bowl game is impressive. The team never quit, it got the win over Virginia – that really matters to the base – and a win in a bowl game would be wonderful.
– This game hasn’t been a clunker in the bowl seasons, but it’s hardly been consistently good. Out of the ten bowls so far, only three have been decided by eight points or fewer, and the only close battles were the 2016 Wake Forest 34-26 win over Temple, and the 2011 Toledo 42-41 win over Air Force. The American Athletic has taken this in two of the last three years in the home bowl, but the Power Fiver has gone 5-3.
Super. So Who’s Going To Win The Military Bowl Presented By Northrup Grumman Bowl?
It’s supposed to be 40ish and raining, but the players on both teams are used to relatively cold weather. Cincinnati is terrific, but Virginia Tech will get just enough good plays out of the defense – it’ll tackle, which has been a bit spotty this year – and it’ll get just enough out of the running game to get through the slop. It won’t be anything pretty, but it’ll be gorgeous for a Hokie team that was 4-6 and looking like it would be in for a total disaster of a season.
Fearless Prediction & Line
Virginia Tech 23, Cincinnati 21
Line: Cincinnati -5.5, o/u: 53.5
ATS Confidence: 1.5
– CFN Confidence Pool
5: Being in the bar already
0: Watching ball drop … and then trying to get into the bar
Must See Rating: 3.5
5: New Year’s Eve: Ministry of Sound, London
1: New Year’s Eve: Times Square, New York
3 Reasons To Watch | Why UC Will Win
Why VT Will Win | Players To Watch
Military Bowl Presented By Northrup Grumman Bowl History, Results