Wednesday, December 26, 2012

2012 Russell Athletic Bowl Preview

Date: December 28, 2012 5:30 PM ET
Stadium: Citrus Bowl, Orlando, Florida
Payout: $2,275,000 per team
Played: 1990-present
Former Names: Blockbuster Bowl (1990-1993), Carquest Bowl (1994-1997), MicronPC Bowl (1998), Bowl (1999-2000), Tangerine Bowl (2001-2003), Champs Sports Bowl (2004-2011)
Broadcasters: Joe Tessitore, Matt Millen
Sideline Reporter: Maria Taylor

Rutgers: A 7-0 start vaulted the Scarlet Knights to as high as 18 in the AP poll, but losses to Kent State, Pittsburgh, and Louisville in their final five contests shattered Rutgers's chances at winning a Big East title and BCS bowl berth. The Rutgers defense allowed just 14.3 points per game, good for fourth nationally, and 2.9 yards per rush, the seventh best mark in the nation.

Virginia Tech: This season a eight season streak of 10-win seasons came to an end as the Hokies struggled. The Hokies' 6 wins were their fewest in a season since a 2-8-1 campaign in 1992, but victories in their final two games against Boston College and Virginia salvaged bowl eligibility. Virginia Tech looks to avoid losing its third straight bowl game and falling below .500 for the first time since 1992.

Rutgers Virginia Tech
Overall Record 9-3 Overall Record 6-6
Conference Record 5-2 Conference Record 4-4
Bowl Record 5-2 Bowl Record 9-16
Last Bowl Win 2011 Pinstripe Last Bowl Win 2009 Chick-fil-A

All Time Series: 11-3 Virginia Tech
Line: Virginia Tech by 1

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