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Rutgers vs. Virginia Tech
By Richard Kent
Updated: December 14, 2012
It is not a game that Rutgers wanted. Not after starting the season at 7-0, but it is the best bowl game in which they have ever played.
For Virginia Tech, they are just happy that their bowl streak will reach 20 games as they finished at 6-6.
The former Big East rivals will play in the Russell Athletic Bowl in Orlando on December 28. Virginia Tech is in the ACC and Rutgers is about to enter the Big Ten.
NEW JERSEY (BASN)—The game should be a defensive struggle as both team have difficulty running the ball, despite the fact that Rutgers has a top running back in sophomore Juwan Jamison. He was much stronger until he suffered an injury late in the season.
Virginia Tech is led by junior quarterback Logan Thomas, who at 6’6′ and 260 pounds is difficult to stop, especially on the ground. He gained 708 yards rushing this season.
Rutgers quarterback play has been enigmatic. Sophomore Gary Nova has had some great games and some awful games, specifically against Kent State where he threw 6 picks.
Rutgers will have the best player on the field in senior linebacker Khaseem Greene, a first team All-American. Sophomore receiver Brandon Coleman will be difficult to defend at 6’6″.
The game should be a defensive struggle with both teams hoping to take advantage of turnovers. Rutgers has one of the most opportunistic defenses in the country and scorer more than its share of points off of its defense.
Virginia Tech owns an 11-3 record against Rutgers, having won the last 11 games.