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2019 Belk Bowl - Virginia Tech Hokies vs Kentucky Wildcats

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It didn’t look like either of these teams would be playing in a bowl game earlier in the season, but here they are competing in the 18th installment of the Belk Bowl. Following a blowout loss to Duke the Virginia Tech Hokies faithful were calling for Justin Fuente’s head. Tech won six of its last eight games to qualify for its 27th consecutive postseason contest. The Kentucky Wildcats had a hard time fielding a team with all the injuries, yet they managed to win their last three outings and four of five to reach a fourth consecutive bowl. The Hokies are a 2.5-point favorite to snap a two-game bowl losing streak.

2019 Belk Bowl at a Glance

Date: Tuesday, December 31, 2019

Time: 12:00 p.m. ET

Venue: Bank of America Stadium, Charlotte, North Carolina

TV: ABC

Matchup: Virginia Tech Hokies vs. Kentucky Wildcats

Odds: Virginia Tech -2.5, total 46

Belk Bowl Preview

Think about all the big time college football programs, the likes of Alabama, Clemson, Ohio State, Oklahoma, USC, and all the others. But when it comes to bowl games no program has a longer active streak than Virginia Tech. The last time the Hokies missed a postseason game Frank Beamer was still a young coach in his sixth year in Blacksburg. That was back in 1992. For the past 27 years Tech has qualified for a bowl posting a 12-14 record in their last 26 visits. Maybe a return to North Carolina can get them back in the win column. The Hokies last bowl win was over Arkansas, 35-24, in the 2016 Belk Bowl when they overcame a 24-0 halftime deficit.

There were some anxious moments around the program following a 45-10 loss to Duke in Week 5. It was the worst home loss for the Hokies since before Beamer took over the program. In other words, it was a long time ago. Under intense scrutiny at the time, Fuente and his club turned things around winning six of their next seven games with the only setback by a point at Notre Dame. Bud Foster’s defense pitched back-to-back shutouts against Georgia Tech and Pitt, and the season ended with loss at rival Virginia. But it appears as though the Hokies got things worked out on offense with the switch to Hendon Hooker at quarterback. Hooker threw for 1,445 yards and 11 touchdowns.

The Wildcats reaching a bowl was more of a longshot, but they closed the regular season winning three in a row and four of their last five to win at least seven games for a fourth consecutive season. It’s just the second time in the program’s history UK has played in four straight bowl games. Bob Stoops will also tie Rich Brooks and the legendary Bear Bryant for the most bowl games coached with four. Kentucky had to replace a lot of talent from last season’s Citrus Bowl winning team then lost three starters, including quarterback Terry Wilson, to season ending injuries.

Receiver-turned-running quarterback Lynn Bowden Jr. stepped up to keep the team afloat. He was moved after the position was hit hard with injuries and led the team to a 5-2 record by rushing for at least 99 yards in every game. He capped the regular season by going for 244 yards and four touchdowns in a 45-13 win over Louisville. For the season he totaled 1,235 yards and 11 touchdowns on the ground finishing second in the FBS to Clemson’s Travis Etienne with 8.2 yards per carry. Bowden threw for only 330 yards so you know what UK’s game plan is going to be heading into their first Belk Bowl.

Belk Bowl Format

The game originally featured affiliations with the Atlantic Coast Conference and the Big East through the 2012 game, after which the Big East disbanded and the football playing schools formed the American Athletic Conference. The agreement with the AAC continued for just one season before it was amended.

In early December 2002, Virginia and West Virginia accepted invitations to play in the inaugural bowl game, pitting the No. 2 team from the ACC against the No. 2 team from the Big East. In less than a week the game was declared a sellout. The initial game drew a crowd of 73,535 to Bank of America Stadium. It is believed to be the fastest sellout of a first-year bowl game in history.

In 2014 game organizers struck a deal with the Southeastern Conference, squeezing the AAC out of the picture. For the sixth straight season the Belk Bowl will feature a matchup between teams from the SEC and ACC.

Belk Bowl Game Results

SEASON WINNING TEAM LOSING TEAM SCORE
2018 Virginia South Carolina 28-0
2017 Wake Forest Texas AM 55-52
2016 Virginia Tech Arkansas 35-24
2015 Mississippi State North Carolina State 51-28
2014 Georgia Louisville 37-14
2013 North Carolina Cincinnati 39-17
2012 Cincinnati Duke 48-34
2011 North Carolina State Louisville 31-24
2010 South Florida Clemson 31-26
2009 Pittsburgh North Carolina 19-17
2008 West Virginia North Carolina 31-30
2007 Wake Forest Connecticut 24-10
2006 Boston College Navy 25-24
2005 North Carolina State South Florida 14-0
2004 Boston College North Carolina 37-24
2003 Virginia Pittsburgh 23-16
2002 Virginia West Virginia 28-22

Like most bowl games, the Belk Bowl has tried to keep a regional theme to attract larger crowds and create more interest. For the most part the strategy has worked and the game has been a success in terms of attendance. North Carolina (4) and North Carolina State (3) have played in the game a combined seven times. It’s about a two-hour drive from the campus of both schools to Charlotte and the teams travel well.

The city of Charlotte knows how to put on a show and the Belk Bowl is another opportunity. The ACC Championship game moved back to Bank of America Stadium in 2017 after the league moved it out of North Carolina the previous year in a political statement. Charlotte had hosted the game from 2010 through 2015 and an agreement is in place to keep the game through 2030.

Virginia Tech is the only school to participate in the ACC Championship game and the Belk Bowl in the same season. The Hokies lost the title game to Clemson in 2016 in Orlando and returned less than a month later to defeat Arkansas in the Belk Bowl.

With its selection of teams the bowl has been able to keep its conference tie-ins. Only once in the 15-year history has an at-large team been invited. Playing as an independent in 2006, Navy accepted an invitation to play Boston College in what was the closest game of the bunch. The Middies had the ball and the lead with less than two minutes left in the fourth quarter. A turnover gave BC a chance and the Eagles drilled a field goal as time expired for the 25-24 win.

Most All-Time Wins at Belk Bowl

WINS TEAM YEARS WON
3 Virginia 2002, 2003, 2018
2 Wake Forest 2007, 2017
2 North Carolina State 2005, 2011
2 Boston College 2004, 2006

The Belk Bowl has been consistent with its selection of teams over the years. Only four conferences have had a representative and that’s only because the Big East split from its football playing brethren, who formed the AAC. The regional profile has been good for the bowl with a connection between the ACC and Bank of America Stadium.

It’s not surprising to see ACC teams have success in the game. Virginia jumped to the top of the list of most career wins at the Belk Bowl after knocking off South Carolina last year. It hadn’t won here in more than a decade but still has the most all-time success now. Wake Forest, Boston College and North Carolina State each have a pair of victories. The Cavaliers won the first two bowl games, knocking off West Virginia and Pittsburgh, and then had a long spell of not playing in this game before returning last year.

In its first appearance in the game, Virginia Tech helped the ACC end a two-game losing streak to the SEC in the new alignment by defeating Arkansas, 35-24, in 2017. The Demon Deacons made it two straight for the league and improved to 2-0 at the Belk Bowl with a 55-52 win over Texas AM in 2017 in the highest scoring Belk Bowl of all-time.

2019-20 College Bowl Games Betting Schedule

DATE BOWL LOCATION / TIME MATCHUP
College Football Playoff
Dec 28 Peach Bowl Atlanta, GA / 4 PM No. 1 LSU vs. No. 4 Oklahoma
Dec 28 Fiesta Bowl Glendale, AZ / 8 PM No. 2 Ohio State vs. No. 3 Clemson
Jan 13 CFP National Championship New Orleans, LA / 8 PM Semifinal Winners
Selection Committee Bowl Games
Dec 28 Cotton Bowl Arlington, TX / Noon No. 10 Penn State vs. No. 17 Memphis
Dec 30 Orange Bowl Miami Gardens, FL / 8 PM No. 9 Florida vs. No. 24 Virginia
Jan 1 Rose Bowl Pasadena, CA / 5 PM No. 6 Oregon vs. No. 8 Wisconsin
Jan 1 Sugar Bowl New Orleans, LA / 8:45 PM No. 5 Georgia vs. No. 7 Baylor
Other Bowl Games
Dec 20 Bahamas Bowl Nassau, Bahamas / 2 PM Buffalo vs. Charlotte
Dec 20 Frisco Bowl Frisco, TX / 7:30 PM Kent State vs. Utah State
Dec 21 Celebration Bowl Atlanta, GA / 12:00 PM Alcorn State vs. North Carolina A&T
Dec 21 New Mexico Bowl Albuquerque, NM / 2 PM Central Michigan vs. San Diego State
Dec 21 Cure Bowl Orlando, FL / 2:30 PM Liberty vs. Georgia Southern
Dec 21 Boca Raton Bowl Boca Raton, FL / 3:30 PM FAU vs. SMU
Dec 21 Camelia Bowl Montgomery, AL / 5:30 PM Arkansas State vs. Florida International
Dec 21 Las Vegas Bowl Las Vegas, NV / 7:30 PM No. 19 Boise State vs. Washington
Dec 21 New Orleans Bowl New Orleans, LA / 9 PM No. 20 Appalachian State vs. UAB
Dec 23 Gasparilla Bowl Tampa, FL / 2:30 PM Marshall vs. UCF
Dec 24 Hawaii Bowl Honolulu, HI / 8 PM BYU vs. Hawai'i
Dec 26 Independence Bowl Shreveport, LA / 4 PM Louisiana Tech vs. Miami (Fla.)
Dec 26 Quick Lane Bowl Detroit, MI / 8 PM Eastern Michigan vs. Pittsburgh
Dec 27 Military Bowl Annapolis, MD / Noon North Carolina vs. Temple
Dec 27 Pinstripe Bowl The Bronx, NY / 3:20 PM Michigan State vs. Wake Forest
Dec 27 Texas Bowl Houston, TX / 6:45 PM No. 25 Oklahoma State vs. Texas A&M
Dec 27 Holiday Bowl San Diego, CA / TBA No. 16 Iowa vs. No. 22 Southern California
Dec 27 Cheez-It Bowl Phoenix, AZ / 10:15 PM Air Force vs. Washington State
Dec 28 Camping World Bowl Orlando, FL / Noon No. 15 Notre Dame vs. Iowa State
Dec 30 First Responder Bowl University Park, TX / 12:30 PM Western Kentucky vs. Western Michigan
Dec 30 Music City Bowl Nashville, TN / 4 PM Louisville vs. Mississippi State
Dec 30 Redbox Bowl Santa Clara, CA / TBA California vs. Illinois
Dec 31 Belk Bowl Charlotte, NC / Noon Kentucky vs. Virginia Tech
Dec 31 Sun Bowl El Paso, TX / 2 PM Arizona State vs. Florida State
Dec 31 Arizona Bowl Tucson, AZ / 4:30 PM Georgia State vs. Wyoming
Dec 31 Alamo Bowl San Antonio, TX / 7:30 PM No. 11 Utah vs. Texas
Dec 31 Liberty Bowl Mephis, TN / 3:45 PM Kansas State vs. Navy
Jan 1 Outback Bowl Tampa, FL / 1 PM No. 12 Auburn vs. No. 18 Minnesota
Jan 1 Citrus Bowl Orlando, FL / 1 PM No. 13 Alabama vs. No. 14 Michigan
Jan 2 Birmingham Bowl Birmingham, AL / 3 PM No. 21 Cincinnati vs. Boston College
Jan 2 Gator Bowl Jacksonville, FL / 7 PM Indiana vs. Tennessee
Jan 3 Idaho Potato Bowl Boise, ID / 3:30 PM Nevada vs. Ohio
Jan 4 Armed Forces Bowl Fort Worth, TX / 11:30 AM Southern Miss vs. Tulane
Jan 6 LendingTree Bowl Mobile, AL / 7:30 PM Louisiana-Lafayette vs. Miami (Ohio)

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