“I gotta go with Mizzou………..38-30. Won’t be pretty but the battered Tigers will do just enough to win it. ( probably wrong as usual, but here goes nothing).” — Roger Shipley 11/24/2016
Losses like that can linger if you let them. Losses like that can get coaches fired too…in our case, not Santa, but maybe some of his elves. Let’s hope everyone involved can put that one behind them…and fast.
As for the Belk Bowl…minus Louisville or Clemson, the Hogs couldn’t have drawn a worse opponent. What our defense can’t stop, is exactly what Virginia Tech is. VT quarterback Jerod Evans (6-3, 238) is the definition of ‘dual-threat’. He can beat you with his arm (3,303 PaYds, 27 TDs), or his legs (759 RuYds, 10 TDs). Evans leads the team in rushing.
Longtime VT defensive coordinator Bud Foster has one of his better units in a while. The Hokies rank 19th nationally in Total Defense (342.8 YPG). The unit recorded a staggering 103 tackles for loss in 2016, ranking 9th nationally. For reference, Alabama has recorded 105 TFL this year…the Hogs have 51 (121st nationally).
We’ll wait and see how this one plays out, but on paper, it’s an uphill climb. Virginia Tech is favored by 7.
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Walking on Sunshine: Got a feeling about this one…the Hogs might be disappointed going to Charlotte, after the possibility for a Florida bowl slipped through their fingers in Columbia. That, and Jerod Evans plays for VT. The ‘tinkering’ with the 3-4 is disaster, in what has been a historic season for this defense. Virginia Tech 48, Arkansas 12.
HogBaller: The Hokie offense against the Razorback defense looks like a huge mismatch. The Hogs are going to need a great performance from their defense. Oh yeah, and a turnover or two wouldn’t hurt either. Arkansas 24, Virginia Tech 21.
SlobberHog23: They put their offense in…we take our offense out. We put our defense in…and they throw it all about. They do the Hokie Pokie, while we turn ourselves around. That’s what it’s all about. Virginia Tech 38, Arkansas 21.
TipsterHog: The run-pass ability of Tech’s Jerod Evans overwhelms the Hogs defense. The Hokies win a virtual home game in Charlotte. Virginia Tech 34, Arkansas 17.
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