Virginia Tech (6-6) is the underdog against Cincinnati (10-2) at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium on Monday (December 31, 2018, 12:00ET).
The spread was first offered at -7.5 points for the Bearcats. The over/under on this game is set at 53.5 points.
Virginia Tech quarterback Ryan Willis completed 58.0% of his passes this season for 2,497 yards and 22 touchdowns. Steven Peoples gained 942 yards from scrimmage and rushed for 5 touchdowns, averaging a decent 5.1 yards per carry.
All together, the team gained 426.9 yards per game and scored 29.8 points per game. The defense allowed 436.8 yards and 30.7 points per game, while Houshun Gaines led the way with 5 sacks this season.
The Bearcats offense features QB Desmond Ridder, who threw for 2,359 yards and 19 TD’s this season. Ridder completed 62.5% of his passes, good for a passer rating of 145.0. Michael Warren II rushed for 760 yards and 17 touchdowns, averaging a reliable 5.2 yards per carry.
Altogether, Cincinnati averaged 458.2 yards per game and 34.9 points. The defense allowed a far below-average 289.9 yards and 16.1 points per game. Cortez Broughton recorded 8 sacks this season.
Military Bowl Betting Advice
Virginia Tech’s struggled all year with defensive depth, and it makes sense for that kind of problem to get worse in bowl season. Cincinnati’s also an excellent team, and shouldn’t be overlooked just because of their non-power status. They’ll be contending for power conference pennants soon, I promise.