Sun Bowl Betting: Virginia Tech vs UCLA
With just four ATS wins in a dozen games this season, Virginia Tech will try to pay out on December 31 as they take on UCLA in the Sun Bowl in El Paso, Texas.
Underdogs are 6-1 ATS past seven Sun Bowls and, for totals bettors, it is noteworthy that 9 of past 12 Sun Bowls have played OVER the total.
Virginia Tech is 6-1-1 in its ATS past eight bowl games, while the UNDER is 7-3 past 10 UCLA bowl games.
The Hokies will try to spoil to the party on Tuesday; they are 4-6-2 ATS against the number this season, while the Bruins are 8-4 ATS. Virginia Tech is 5-7 on the totals; UCLA is 5-7.
This game matches up the No. 36 (Bruins) and the No. 38 (Hokies) teams in the league, according to our current NCAAF Power Rankings at OddsShark. A 35-29 result in favor of the Bruins is predicted by handicapping models.
Last time out for Virginia Tech, they were a 16-6 winner as they battled Virginia on the road. Virginia Tech failed to cover in the match as a 10.5-point favorite, while 22 combined points moved the game UNDER for totals bettors. Last time out for the the Cavaliers, they were scorched by Demitri Knowles for 101 receiving yards against the Hokies in a 16-6 loss at Scott Stadium. Southern Cal didn't make much of a game of it last time out, losing to the Bruins as UCLA blasted them 35-14 in Week 14 action.
How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up UCLA's No. 23-ranked offense (36.5 PPG) against a Hokies defense that ranks No. 8 at 17.42 PPG. The Bruins passing attack has averaged 251.58 yards per game, more than the Hokies give up through the air (165.83 YPG on average).
Defensively, the Hokies feature the league's No. 8-rated road run defense, allowing 101.6 yards per game. UCLA, meanwhile, ranks No. 44 in rushing offense at home.