Vir­ginia Tech over Ok­la­homa State by 3

Playbook Football (Midweek Alert) - - 2-minute Handicap -

It’s been a sea­son of frus­tra­tion for both of th­ese teams as iden­ti­cal 2-2 SU fin­ishes spoiled any chance at a con­fer­ence play­off ap­pear­ance. Even so, we have to make Okie State the more dis­ap­pointed bowler here – as this is NOT the way the Cow­boys en­vi­sioned their sea­son draw­ing to a close. Adding to the frus­tra­tion was the odd­ity that OSU out­gained six of its seven fel­low bowlers in 2017, but man­aged only one win ver­sus the pointspread in those games. Cow­boy QB Ma­son Ru­dolph was also a strong Heis­man con­tender be­fore fall­ing from fa­vor in the lat­ter part of the sea­son. He can still sling it, though, and the Hok­ies’ No. 3 Red Zone De­fense rank­ing will be tested by a re­lent­less of­fen­sive at­tack that saw Ru­dolph fire 35 TD passes (9 in­ter­cep­tions) while RB Jus­tice Hill scam­pered for 1,347 yards and 14 touch­downs. How­ever, those gaudy num­bers did not come against de­fenses as stout as Vir­ginia Tech’s, which sti­fled foes to the tune of just 13.5 PPG and 305 YPG. And while OSU head coach Mike Gundy stands 3-0 ATS in his last three games ver­sus ACC ad­ver­saries, VT’s Justin Fuente shines with a 8-2 SU and 9-1 ATS mark when his team is rested, and a 15-6 ATS record ver­sus non-con­fer­ence foes. More bad news for the Poke: bowlers who scored 56 or more points and won by 38 or more points in their fi­nal game of the sea­son are just 14-34-1 ATS. With both coaches and pro­grams not likely to wilt in a big-game sit­u­a­tion like this, the Hok­ies’ Bud Fos­ter-led de­fense is the de­cid­ing fac­tor. Take the points and en­joy the ride.

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