2012 Sugar Bowl Preview and Pick Against the Spread: Michigan vs. Virginia Tech
The surprising Michigan Wolverines under first-year head coach Brady Hoke are going to the Sugar Bowl to take on the Virginia Tech Hokies.
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The Sugar bowl odds opened with the Wolverines as a 1.5 point favorite coming into this game. With 70 percent of the money coming in on Michigan this line has jumped up to three points. The huge public following is surprising based on the quick turnaround of the Wolverines.
Denard Robinson is one of the most explosive players in college football. This mobile quarterback is fun to watch and can break the big play at any time during the game. He ranks eighth all-time at Michigan in both rushing (3,216 yards) and passing (4,814 yards). He is also sixth in school history with 38 TD passes and fifth with 35 TD runs. Hoke has Michigan fans believing in the program and they are poised for a turnaround in years to come.
Virginia Tech comes limping into this BCS bowl game after getting clobbered by the Clemson Tigers in the ACC Championship game. This should not cover up the fact that head coach Frank Beamer led the Hokies to yet another successful campaign with 11 wins on the season. The Hokies have plenty to play for considering they could get their first 12 win season in the school’s history.
The Hokies are 35-15-1 ATS in their last 51 games after accumulating less than 100 yards rushing in their previous game and 14-6 ATS in their last 20 games as an underdog. The Wolverines are 8-20 ATS against a team with a winning record and 1-7 ATS in their last 8 games as a favorite of less than three points.
The Wolverines are riding a popularity wave that does not translate to wins. For as explosive as Robinson is, he is also a turnover machine. The Hokies defense is underrated and will get a big win in the Sugar Bowl.