Hokies attempt to go 2-0 against Bearcats in Military Bowl
By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
The Cincinnati Bearcats face the Virginia Tech Hokies in the Military Bowl presented by Northrop Grumman on Monday afternoon. The game will kick off at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium in Annapolis, Maryland.
The Bearcats are 10-2 on the season. Four of their ten wins have come on the road (4-2 overall).
The Hokies being a .500 record into the bowl game with a 6-6 mark. They have won three of their games on the road (3-2 overall).
According to Covers.com Consensus Analysis, the Hokies have a 56% chance to win this game, according to their public poll. Their expert poll; however, gives Virginia Tech a 61% chance to win this contest.
This is the 11th meeting all-time between these two teams. However, it is the first meeting since the 2014 season.
The last meeting between these two teams, the Hokies defeated the Bearcats, 33-17, in the Military Bowl on December 27th, 2014. Cincinnati has not won in this series since a 27-24 win in Landover, Maryland on September 29th, 2012.
The Bearcats have a 7-9 all-time record in Bowl games. They have lost their last three Bowl games.
Cincinnati lost their last Bowl game in a 42-7 loss to the San Diego State Aztecs in the Hawai’i Bowl on December 24th, 2015 in Aloha Stadium in Honolulu, Hawai’i. Their last Bowl win came in a 48-34 win over the Duke Blue Devils in the Belk Bowl on December 27th, 2012 at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, North Carolina.
This is the Bearcats second appearance in the Military Bowl. They were defeated 33-17 by the Hokies on December 27th, 2014 in the Military Bowl.
The Hokies have a 13-18 all-time record in Bowl games. They have a one-game Bowl losing streak.
Virginia Tech was defeated 30-27 by the Oklahoma State Cowboys on December 28th, 2017 at Camping World Stadium in Orlando, Florida. Their last win came in a 35-24 win over the Arkansas Razorbacks in the Belk Bowl on December 29th, 2016 at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, North Carolina.
The Bearcats defeated the East Carolina Pirates, 56-6, on November 23rd in their last regular season game. Cincinnati was defeated by the No. 11 UCF Knights, 38-13, on November 17th.
Cincinnati is averaging 34.9 points per game. Their offense is averaging 458.2 total yards per game.
Their defense is allowing 16.1 points per game. Their defense is also allowing 290.6 total yards per contest.
Bearcats quarterback Desmond Ridder has gone 190 of 304 for 2,359 yards. He also had 19 touchdowns and five interceptions.
Michael Warren II leads the Bearcats backs with 224 carries for 1,163 yards and 17 touchdowns. Kahlil Lewis leads the Bearcats receivers with 55 receptions for 768 yards and nine touchdowns.
Virginia Tech won its final two games to become Bowl eligible. They even had to set up a game with the Marshall Thundering Herd to save their Bowl streak.
The Hokies won that game 41-20 over the Thundering Herd on December 1st. Their last regular season loss came in a 38-14 loss to the Miami (Florida) Hurricanes on November 17th.
Virginia Tech is averaging 29.8 points per game. Their offense is averaging 426.9 total yards per game.
Their defense is allowing 30.7 points per contest. In addition, their defense is allowing 436.8 total yards per game.
Hokies quarterback Ryan Willis has gone 193 of 333 for 2,497 yards. He also has 22 touchdowns and eight interceptions.
Steven Peoples leads the Hokies backs with 149 carries for 760 yards and five touchdowns. Damon Hazelton leads the Hokies receivers with 45 receptions for 745 yards and eight touchdowns.