Russell Athletic Bowl Odds
Rutgers is 9-3 overall and 7-5 against the spread this season. Virginia Tech is 6-6 overall and 3-9 against the spread. The Hokies have hit the over 6 times in 11 lined games while the Knights have hit the under 8 times in 11 lined games. Virginia Tech has won 11 of its last 12 meetings with Rutgers.
Trends show that Rutgers is just 2-5 against the spread in its last 7 meetings with Virginia Tech. However, Rutgers is 5-0-1 ATS in its last 6 bowl games and 6-1-1 ATS in its last 8 games at a neutral site. Virginia Tech is just 1-7-1 ATS in its last 9 non-conference games.
According to oddsmakers from Bovada.lv, Virginia Tech is the slight favorite in this game, as the Hokies have odds of -2.5 points against Rutgers. The over/under total for the game has been set at 41 points. (View Matchup) The opening odds had this bowl game as even for both teams. Rutgers was even favored by 1 point before the spread turned to Virginia Tech. It is at its peak with the Hokies favored by 2.5 points.
Virginia Tech actually closed the season with a pair of wins just to get bowl eligible. The Hokies beat Virginia and Boston College by a combined 10 points to get to 6-6 overall and 4-4 in ACC play. It was a very disappointing season for Virginia Tech, especially on offense. The Hokies averaged just 26.1 points per game while the defense allowed only 23.9 points per contest. Tech has been led this season by quarterback Logan Thomas, who has thrown for 2,783 yards and 17 touchdowns while rushing for 528 yards and nine scores.
Rutgers saw its chances of BCS bowl slip away with a two-game losing streak to end the season, falling to Pitt and Louisville. Still, the Scarlet Knights went 5-2 in the Big East and earned a share of the conference title. Rutgers was led all season by its defense, which ranks fifth in the nation, allowing only 14.3 points per game. The offense struggled its way to a 22.4 points per game average. Quarterback Gary Nova led Rutgers on the year with 2,566 passing yards and 22 touchdowns.
In terms of Injuries, Rutgers kicker Nick Borgese is questionable with a back injury while cornerback Brandon Jones is probable despite a knee injury. Virginia Tech cornerback Donaldven Manning is doubtful with an undisclosed injury and safety Michael Cole is doubtful with a neck injury.
The Public Bets for this bowl game are backing Rutgers. The Scarlet Knights are getting 55% of the wagers with odds of +2.5 points against Virginia Tech.