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Hyundai Sun Bowl - Virginia Tech vs UCLA 12/31/13 - Free Bowl Picks, Odds, & Predictions

Posted on 30 December 2013 by Mike

Virginia Tech Hokies (8-4) vs. UCLA Bruins (9-3)

CFB: 2:00 PM EST  December 31, 2013 TV: CBS
Latest Odds: UCLA -7  Over/Under 47

Since 1935 the Sun Bowl has been played annualy and this year it features the ACC's Virginia Tech Hokies taking on the PAC12's UCLA Bruins. Game is played in El Paso, TX at the historic Sun Bowl Stadium. For the fifth straight year Hyundai will sponsor the Sun Bowl. 

The Hyundai Sun Bowl is scheduled for New Year's Eve, making for a weekday game that people can enjoy, go party late, and sleep in the following day for a change. The two teams are rated a bit better than the normal fodder of minimum 6-win game teams that barely make it into a bowl match. UCLA stands on a 9-3 record from their regular season and Virginia Tech is slightly behind with its own 8-4 record.

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Game watchers are putting more attention on UCLA's passing game and QB than the same assets for Virginia Tech. Junior Brett Hundley has a better arm for UCLA than that of Senior Logan Thomas on the opposite side. No surprise then, the game has more at stake for Virginia Tech than for UCLA, particularly for seniors looking to land a berth in the NFL real soon.

One of the few bowl games that defense will be highlighted more than the offenses. UCLA features potentially the #1 draft pick in 2014 NFL draft as Senior LB Anthony Barr leads very good defense. Hokies might not have the indvidual standout like UCLA but their overall defensive numbers are even better. Virginia Tech ranks 8th in points allowed, Hokies only allow 17.4 ppg. 

Recent Betting Trends:

Hokies are 0-3-1 ATS in their last 4 non-conference games.

Under is 5-1 in Hokies last 6 Bowl games.

Under is 4-0 in Bruins last 4 games following a SU win of more than 20 points.

Bruins are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 non-conference games.

Free Betting Pick: Virginia Tech +7

Too bad that QB Logan Thomas could not return to his 2011 form, if he would have that type of season Virginia Tech could have had shot at dethroning ACC power Florida State. Not sure that Thomas will be much better in Sun Bowl but getting Touchdown in a defensive dominated games sounds too good to pass up. Bruins might win but just can't see Hundley and the UCLA offense scoring more than 20 points which won't be enough to cover ATS. Final Score Prediction, UCLA wins but can't cover 17-13.


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