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Virginia Tech Hokies Betting - Belk Bowl Odds
Bud Foster will take the field for the final time on New Year’s Eve. Foster has been an assistant for Virginia Tech since 1987, and he has been the defensive coordinator of the Hokies since 1995. He has been one of the most revered coordinators in the country during his 25 seasons in Blacksburg, and this year’s Virginia Tech defense came alive at just the right time to nearly lead the Hokies to another ACC Coastal title. The inventor of the Lunch Pail tradition will be replaced by assistant Justin Hamilton at season’s end, so the Hokies will want to get one final win for Foster in the Belk Bowl against the Kentucky Wildcats. Virginia Tech is a field goal favorite per the college football betting odds. This will be Virginia Tech’s second appearance in the Belk Bowl, and the Hokies will be looking to recreate what they did in 2016 when they overcame a 24-0 halftime deficit to beat Arkansas 35-24.
Belk Bowl Odds
Virginia Tech Hokies -2.5
Kentucky Wildcats +2.5
Hendon Hooker turned around Virginia Tech’s season with his incredible play. Hooker replaced Ryan Willis as the Hokies’ starting quarterback after a dismal performance from Willis against Duke, and he showed a preternatural ability to make big plays.
The young quarterback was more accurate than expected, completing 62.1 percent of his passes. He averaged 10.3 YPA with 11 touchdowns and two interceptions and didn’t throw those two picks until the last game of the regular season. Hooker was a fantastic runner too, opening things up for an offense that was looking for any signs of life.
Quincy Patterson II is an even better runner, and he will be used in place of Hooker in certain formations. Patterson is not nearly the same passer, completing just 37.8 percent of his throws, but he is averaging 5.2 YPC. That has helped buoy a running game that has had trouble getting going with DeShawn McClease averaging just 4.3 YPC.
Tre Turner and Damon Hazelton are the leading receivers on the team. Both players are averaging more than 16.4 YPC, and the Hokies have one of the most explosive passing games in the country with receivers averaging 15.1 YPC on the year.
Kentucky has had issues stopping the run, allowing 4.9 YPC, but the Wildcats have been good at stopping the pass. They are conceding just 6.3 YPA, so Hooker and Patterson will need to make plays with their legs.
Lynn Bowden Jr. knows about making plays. The team’s leading wide receiver took over at quarterback after a season-ending injury to Terry Wilson and poor play from backup quarterback Sawyer Smith. That led to Kentucky installing a run-heavy offense with Bowden running often, and he has shined in running for 1,235 yards and 11 touchdowns.
Bowden is averaging 8.2 YPC, showcasing his versatility in this system. He has hit enough passes to keep defenses from cheating too much as well, so Foster will have a bit of a challenge in his last game as defensive coordinator.
Virginia Tech overcame a poor second half of 2018 and a rough first month of this season as Foster’s defense looked like what we had come to expect in Blacksburg. The Hokies finished the year in the top 40 in most defensive categories, ensuring that Foster didn’t go out on a down note after having the worst defense of his career in 2018.
Regular Season Recap
No one knew what to expect from Virginia Tech entering this season. The Hokies fell apart over the latter half of 2018, leading to many questions being raised around Foster and this defense. It appeared that Foster would go out on a down note too after a stunning loss to Boston College in Week 1.
Virginia Tech struggled to get past Old Dominion in its home opener, and there were a lot of grumblings in Blacksburg after the Hokies were down 14-3 to FCS Furman at halftime in their third game. They rallied to win 24-17, but there were whispers that Fuente could be on his way out after a stunning 45-10 home loss against Duke at the end of September.
Fuente rolled the dice with Hooker after the loss, and that move ended up saving Virginia Tech’s season. The Hokies responded the next week by going into Miami and stunning the Hurricanes as 14-point underdogs thanks to a lot of turnover luck, and they followed that up with a comfortable win over Rhode Island. A six-overtime victory over North Carolina meant Virginia Tech would likely be bowl eligible again, but this team looked entirely different after their bye week.
With Hooker injured, Virginia Tech went into South Bend and nearly beat Notre Dame with Patterson under center. The Hokies ended up falling 21-20, but that set the tone the rest of the way. They hammered a ranked Wake Forest squad 36-17 after the loss and followed that up with blowout wins over Georgia Tech and Pittsburgh where the defense pitched a shutout.
Unfortunately for Virginia Tech fans, they couldn’t beat Virginia in the season finale, costing the Hokies the ACC Coastal title. Hooker threw for over 300 yards, but three turnovers and a yeoman’s performance from Bryce Perkins gave the Cavaliers the win.
2019-20 College Bowls Betting Schedule
||LOCATION / TIME
|College Football Playoff
||Atlanta, GA / 4 PM
||No. 1 LSU vs. No. 4 Oklahoma
||Glendale, AZ / 8 PM
||No. 2 Ohio State vs. No. 3 Clemson
||CFP National Championship
||New Orleans, LA / 8 PM
|Selection Committee Bowl Games
||Arlington, TX / Noon
||No. 10 Penn State vs. No. 17 Memphis
||Miami Gardens, FL / 8 PM
||No. 9 Florida vs. No. 24 Virginia
||Pasadena, CA / 5 PM
||No. 6 Oregon vs. No. 8 Wisconsin
||New Orleans, LA / 8:45 PM
||No. 5 Georgia vs. No. 7 Baylor
|Other Bowl Games
||Nassau, Bahamas / 2 PM
||Buffalo vs. Charlotte
||Frisco, TX / 7:30 PM
||Kent State vs. Utah State
||Atlanta, GA / 12:00 PM
||Alcorn State vs. North Carolina A&T
||New Mexico Bowl
||Albuquerque, NM / 2 PM
||Central Michigan vs. San Diego State
||Orlando, FL / 2:30 PM
||Liberty vs. Georgia Southern
||Boca Raton Bowl
||Boca Raton, FL / 3:30 PM
||FAU vs. SMU
||Montgomery, AL / 5:30 PM
||Arkansas State vs. Florida International
||Las Vegas Bowl
||Las Vegas, NV / 7:30 PM
||No. 19 Boise State vs. Washington
||New Orleans Bowl
||New Orleans, LA / 9 PM
||No. 20 Appalachian State vs. UAB
||Tampa, FL / 2:30 PM
||Marshall vs. UCF
||Honolulu, HI / 8 PM
||BYU vs. Hawai'i
||Shreveport, LA / 4 PM
||Louisiana Tech vs. Miami (Fla.)
||Quick Lane Bowl
||Detroit, MI / 8 PM
||Eastern Michigan vs. Pittsburgh
||Annapolis, MD / Noon
||North Carolina vs. Temple
||The Bronx, NY / 3:20 PM
||Michigan State vs. Wake Forest
||Houston, TX / 6:45 PM
||No. 25 Oklahoma State vs. Texas A&M
||San Diego, CA / TBA
||No. 16 Iowa vs. No. 22 Southern California
||Phoenix, AZ / 10:15 PM
||Air Force vs. Washington State
||Camping World Bowl
||Orlando, FL / Noon
||No. 15 Notre Dame vs. Iowa State
||First Responder Bowl
||University Park, TX / 12:30 PM
||Western Kentucky vs. Western Michigan
||Music City Bowl
||Nashville, TN / 4 PM
||Louisville vs. Mississippi State
||Santa Clara, CA / TBA
||California vs. Illinois
||Charlotte, NC / Noon
||Kentucky vs. Virginia Tech
||El Paso, TX / 2 PM
||Arizona State vs. Florida State
||Tucson, AZ / 4:30 PM
||Georgia State vs. Wyoming
||San Antonio, TX / 7:30 PM
||No. 11 Utah vs. Texas
||Mephis, TN / 3:45 PM
||Kansas State vs. Navy
||Tampa, FL / 1 PM
||No. 12 Auburn vs. No. 18 Minnesota
||Orlando, FL / 1 PM
||No. 13 Alabama vs. No. 14 Michigan
||Birmingham, AL / 3 PM
||No. 21 Cincinnati vs. Boston College
||Jacksonville, FL / 7 PM
||Indiana vs. Tennessee
||Idaho Potato Bowl
||Boise, ID / 3:30 PM
||Nevada vs. Ohio
||Armed Forces Bowl
||Fort Worth, TX / 11:30 AM
||Southern Miss vs. Tulane
||Mobile, AL / 7:30 PM
||Louisiana-Lafayette vs. Miami (Ohio)
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