Week 14 - Virginia Tech at Virginia

Posted Nov 27, 2013

Week 14 Fearless Prediction & Preview - Virginia Tech at Virginia

Virginia Tech (7-4) at Virginia (2-9) Nov. 30, 3:30, ESPN2

Why You Should Give A Hoot: Virginia Tech has owned this interstate, bringing home the Commonwealth Cup nine straight years and in 13 of the last 14 meetings. The Hokies sure could use some momentum to carry into the postseason, winning just one game since Oct. 12. The program has been a major disappointment throughout the season, yet it can still capture the Coastal Division with a win and a Duke loss to North Carolina on the same day. Virginia is being dogged by two streaks, the one against Tech and the one that's seen it lose every game since Week 3. The Cavaliers have rarely been competitive since September, yet AD Craig Littlepage has been steadfast in his belief that London deserves a fifth year in 2014.

Why Virginia Tech Might Win: The Hokie defense versus the Cavalier offense is a classic mismatch. Throughout all of the ups-and-downs in Blacksburg this season, the D has been a constant, ranking in the top 10 nationally in rushing defense, scoring defense, pass defense and sacks. Virginia has an unsettled situation at quarterback and is next to last in the ACC in scoring. How in the world is this program going to reach the end zone on Tech this weekend?

Why Virginia Might Win: It doesn't always take a bunch of touchdowns to beat this year's Virginia Tech team. The Hokies have struggled all year long with opponents that were supposed to be inferior. They've already lost to Maryland, Boston College and Duke, and darn near fell to East Carolina and Marshall. When Tech isn't scoring, which is often the case, the program is vulnerable. The Cavaliers can control the tempo with RB Kevin Parks and a physical O-line, and the defense has gotten a big boost from the return of DT Brent Urban.

Who To Watch Out For: David Watford will get the start at quarterback for the Cavaliers, but redshirt freshman Greyson Lambert is expected to get snaps as well. The passing attack has been a huge problem for UVa this year, producing nine touchdowns and 16 picks.

- Erratic Tech QB Logan Thomas has played better over his last two games, throwing four touchdown passes without a pick. He's become increasingly comfortable with receivers Willie Byrn and Joshua Stanford.

- As if Virginia's task isn't daunting enough already, one of its best defenders, S Anthony Harris, will have to sit out the first half after being flagged for targeting last week. Harris currently leads the country with eight interceptions.

What Will Happen: Every rivalry week produces one head-scratcher that makes no sense at all on paper. This will be it out of the ACC. Virginia has the deck stacked against it by every measurement. But funny things happen when losing programs get one shot to do something positive in an otherwise dreadful year. Virginia Tech will remain vulnerable as long as it fails to execute on offense. Scott Stadium will erupt with pent up emotion as UVa stuns the Hokies on a late field goal.

Prediction: Virginia 22 … Virginia Tech 21
Line: Virginia Tech -13 – O/U: 42
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