Preview: Cincinnati at Virginia Tech

When: 1:00 PM ET, Saturday, December 27, 2014
Where: Navy Marine Corps Memorial Stadium, Annapolis, Maryland


1. Virginia Tech will test its stingy defense against a high-powered Cincinnati offense, led by quarterback Gunner Kiel, in the Military Bowl at Annapolis, Md. The Hokies are allowing 20.4 points per contest while the Bearcats stand 13th in the nation in passing offense as Kiel boasts 3,010 yards through the air and 30 touchdown passes. Cincinnati looks to extend its winning streak to eight games and Virginia Tech needs a victory to avoid its first losing season since 1992.

2. The Bearcats have won at least nine games for the fourth consecutive season and attempt to win their third bowl in that span while avenging a 20-7 loss to Virginia Tech in the 2008 Orange Bowl. Cincinnati, which shared the American Athletic Conference title, is 8-7 all time in bowls after losing to North Carolina 39-17 in last year’s Belk Bowl. The Bearcats are averaging 37.1 points during their win streak, which began after consecutive losses to Ohio State, Memphis and Miami (Fla.).

3. The Hokies plays in their 22nd straight bowl game, the second-longest streak in the nation behind Florida State (33), and needed a 24-20 victory over Virginia in the regular-season finale to extend it. Virginia Tech, which is 5-5 all time against Cincinnati, won at No. 4 Ohio State on Sept. 6 before losing five of its next seven games. The Hokies are 9-12 during their bowl streak, 21-17 over their last three seasons combined and coach Frank Beamer could need a victory to cool off his seat for 2015.

TV: 1 p.m. ET, ESPN. LINE: Cincinnati -3

ABOUT CINCINNATI (9-3, 7-1 AAC): Kiel threw for six touchdowns and had just one interception in the last three games as the Bearcats kept rolling after a stirring 54-46 victory over East Carolina. Mike Boone leads Cincinnati in rushing with 601 yards and nine TDs while Kiel has five receivers who totaled at least 400 yards, led by Mekale McKay (42 catches, 690 yards, eight TDs) and Shaq Washington (61, 661, four). The Bearcats boast 32 sacks with defensive end Terrell Hartsfield (eight) and linebacker Jeff Luc (6.5) leading the way.

ABOUT VIRGINIA TECH (6-6, 3-5 ACC): The Hokies allowed only 42 points combined in the last three games and senior rover back Kyshoen Jarrett has played a big part for an improved defense with a team-high 86 tackles and three interceptions. Quarterback Michael Brewer threw 11 interceptions over the first six games of the campaign and three in the final six while tossing six TD passes in the last four. J.C. Coleman totaled 311 yards rushing the last three contests and Isaiah Ford (53 receptions, 665 yards, six TDs) is Brewer’s top target.

PREDICTION: Virginia Tech 27, Cincinnati 24


Stats and Records

Team Comparison

  W/L Strk PF PA Home Away Grass Turf Conf
Cincinnati 9-3 W7 35.4 26.8 5-1 4-2 2-1 0-0 7-1
Virginia Tech 6-6 W1 23.3 20.4 3-4 3-2 5-5 0-0 3-5

Last Meeting

Cincinnati Virginia Tech
Date Away Home Tot Rus Pas Tot Rus Pas
9/29/12 VT 24 CIN 27 495 103 392 402 160 242

Player Stats

Previous Matchup
Passing Player COMP% YDS TD INT
CIN M. Legaux 45.2 376 3 1
VT L. Thomas 56.7 242 1 2
Rushing Player CAR YDS AVG TD
CIN G. Winn 17 76 4.5 0
VT M. Holmes 11 60 5.5 1
Receiving Player REC YDS AVG TD
CIN K. Thompkins 7 134 19.1 1
VT M. Davis 5 101 20.2 0
TDs Player TD
CIN R. Abernathy IV 1
VT C. Fuller 1
Passing Player COMP% YDS TD INT
CIN G. Kiel 60.2 3010 30 11
VT M. Brewer 59.5 2598 17 14
Rushing Player CAR YDS AVG TD
CIN M. Boone 91 601 6.6 9
VT M. Williams 123 471 3.8 4
Receiving Player REC YDS AVG TD
CIN M. McKay 42 695 16.5 8
VT I. Ford 53 665 12.5 6
TDs Player TD
CIN M. Boone 9
VT B. Hodges 7

Quickchart Matchup

Cincinnati Off vs  Virginia Tech Def
458.6 yards
331.7 yards
4.5 yards/rush
3.9 yards/rush
8 yards/attempt
6.5 yards/attempt
Virginia Tech Off vs  Cincinnati Def
367.6 yards
449.1 yards
3.7 yards/rush
4.8 yards/rush
6.3 yards/attempt
7.5 yards/attempt

Live Game Odds

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Matchup Stats - Full Matchup

Cincinnati Overall Virginia Tech
9-3-0 W/L 6-6-0
7-4-1 ATS 5-7-0
5-7-0 O/U 4-7-0
35.4 Pts For 23.3
26.8 Pts Against 20.4
Cincinnati A/H Virginia Tech
4-2 W/L 3-4
4-2-0 ATS 2-5-0
2-4-0 O/U 3-3-0
32.7 Pts For 25.0
21.3 Pts Against 23.4