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Russell Athletic Bowl Betting Predictions – Rutgers, Virginia Tech Look To Salvage What Is Left Of Season In Russell Athletic Bowl

Posted by Blake Frazier on 12/13/2012 6:10:11 PM

With two weeks left in the regular season it appeared as though the Rutgers Scarlet Knights were destined to clinch the outright Big East title and a BCS Bowl berth. However, the Scarlet Knights went on to lose their final two games to Pittsburgh and Louisville, dropping to 9-3 on the season and settling for a spot in the Russell Athletic Bowl. Rutgers can still salvage what is left of its season with a postseason victory over the Virginia Tech Hokies, but bouncing back both physically and mentally following a rough sports betting finish won’t be easy.

Russell Athletic Bowl
Rutgers Scarlet Knights vs. Virginia Tech Hokies
Friday December 28, 2012 – 5:30 PM ET
Florida Citrus Bowl, Orlando, Florida
College Football Betting Line: Virginia Tech – 2.5

The Hokies were in no position to clinch a BCS Bowl berth out of the acc, but managed to win their final two games to sneak in to the postseason picture. Head coach Frank Beamer’s streak of eight-straight 10-win seasons came to an unceremonious end, but he still has a chance to bring home a postseason win.

College Football Betting Preview: Rutgers

There are positives to take from the Scarlet Knights’ season including a share of the Big East title and a seventh Bowl game in eight years. Rutgers would have certainly benefited from its first BCS Bowl bid in school history and the cash and notoriety that comes with it, but the opportunity to clinch a postseason win should be enough to help the players bounce back. The Scarlet Knights are led by a defense that finished fourth in the nation in points allowed, but it will be up to the offense to help get the job done against Virginia Tech. Rutgers averaged just 11.5 points over its final two losses, and that won’t be nearly good enough against this tough Hokies’ team.

College Football Betting Preview: Virginia Tech

A tough three-game losing streak that included losses at the hands of Clemson, Miami, and Florida State eliminated the chance for Beamer’s streak of 10-win seasons to be extended, but the Hokies showed their resilience to rebound with consecutive wins and clinch a postseason shot. Junior quarterback has been the key to the offense all season with 2,783 passing yards and a team-high 528 rushing yards, and after scoring 26 total touchdowns will be relied on to step up again. Thomas played some of his best football down the stretch, but he will need some help from freshman running back JC Coleman and company against a stingy Rutgers’ defense.

College Football Betting Preview: Outlook & Pick

There won’t be much room for error for the Scarlet Knights’ defense as long as the offense continues to struggle, but if it can hold its own long enough for the running back tandem of Jawan Jamison and Savon Huggins to get going, Rutgers will salvage what is left of its online betting season and celebrate a postseason victory.

College Football Betting Pick: Rutgers Scarlet Knights

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