Virginia Tech vs. Virginia Prediction, Game Preview

    Virginia Tech vs. Virginia prediction and game preview. The Hokies will try to become bowl eligible as they take on the in-state rival Cavaliers in Charlottesville.

    November 20, 2015


    In what could be Frank Beamer’s finale, the Virginia Cavaliers (4-7) take aim at the Commonwealth Cup, which has been owned lately by the Virginia Tech Hokies (5-6). Check out the Virginia Tech vs. Virginia prediction and game preview.

    Virginia Tech vs. Virginia Game Preview

    Broadcast

    Date: Saturday, November 28
    Game Time: 12:00 ET
    Venue: Scott Stadium, Charlottesville, Virginia
    Network: ESPNU

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    Why You Need To Care

    For a matchup involving teams with losing records, Virginia Tech-Virginia sure is flush in storylines.

    This is either Frank Beamer’s final game of an illustrious 29-year career as the Hokie head coach, or it’s the 12th straight Commonwealth Cup win over rival UVA that propels him to a 23rd bowl appearance in a row. Either way, emotions will be running very high on the visiting sideline. There’s also the issue of the Cavaliers and beleaguered head coach Mike London, who are just pining to break through and finally snap the Va Tech losing streak. In all likelihood, this is London’s last game of a difficult six-year career in C’ville, but can he get one more pardon by finally solving the Hokies?

    Why Virginia Tech Will Win

    The Hokies have owned the Cavaliers for more than a decade. And both teams know it. Tech always finds a way in this series, escaping Virginia last November to keep the bowl streak alive. It also harbors the better ensemble of talent, particularly on the defensive side of the ball. True, the Hokies have not played to their full potential in 2015, but CB Brandon Facyson, DT Luther Maddy and DE Dadi Nicolas, who must sit out the first half, spearhead a defense that will force turnovers and carry Beamer into the postseason.

    Why Virginia Will Win

    The Cavaliers have performed well at home this season. Actually, the team has been pretty solid since getting swamped in Week 4 by Boise State. The ‘Hoos are 4-2 in Scott Stadium, and three of their last four losses were by no more than a touchdown. QB Matt Johns has been more efficient, throwing six touchdown passes in the last two games, while the defense gets solid play from LB Micah Kiser and DE Mike Moore. UVA has not quit on London or this season.

    Player Who Matters

    Considering the spottiness of the offenses, both teams feature receivers that can take a game over. Cavalier Canaan Severin caught three touchdown passes against Louisville two weeks ago, and will command the attention and respect of Facyson. WR Isaiah Ford and TE Bucky Hodges, meanwhile, are even more dangerous, a problem for a UVA secondary with just three picks and 24 touchdown passes allowed.

    What’s Going To Happen?

    Old habits are hard to break, especially when the opposing coach is a legend looking to partake in one final bowl game. If the Hokies are better than the Cavaliers this season, it’s not by much. But getting over the hump is rarely easy, as Virginia can attest in this series. Va Tech will find a way to add to London’s misery, while staving off Beamer’s retirement for a few more weeks.

    Virginia Tech vs. Virginia Prediction

    Final Score: Virginia Tech 28, Virginia 24, Line: Virginia Tech -3.5, o/u: 51
    Must See Rating: 5: Creed – 1: Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade … 2.5

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