Camping World Bowl: #22 Virginia Tech Hokies at #19 Oklahoma State Cowboys
Hokie Defense Tries to Contain Cowboy Dynamic Offense
The Camping World Bowl, which features the #22 Virginia Tech Hokies (9-3) at the #22 Oklahoma State Cowboys (9-3), will be played on Dec 28 at 5:15 p.m. E.T. in Orlando, Florida. The Hokies come to this game having won their last two games of the season and going 3-2 for their final five contests. They finished second in the ACC Coastal Division with a 5-3 record. The Cowboys, who won their final meeting of the season and were 3-2 for their last five games, ended up third in the Big 12 with a record of 6-3. Our Virginia Tech plays Oklahoma State 2017 Camping World Bowl pick offers the Cowboys at -5.5 and the over/under at 61.5.
Virginia Tech Overview
The Hokie offense, which is averaging 28.8 PPG, offers a productive ground attack and a passing game that can put a few points on the board. Look for QB Josh Jackson (60.3 COMP%, 19 TDs, 8 INTs) to be trying to connect with the team’s top receiver Cam Phillips. Phillips has 71 receptions for 964 yards and seven TDs. With 39 catches and four TD grabs, Sean Savoy is the second leading pass catcher. RB Deshawn McClease comes to this game with three TD runs and an average of 4.5 YPA.
Tech’s D is holding teams to 13.5 PPG. The question is can they do that to State which has such a dynamic pass attack? The VT secondary has 13 picks and 43 PD. Their sacks total 29 and TFL stand at 84. This is a very tough defensive team.
- Passing game is productive
- Rush attack is lacking at times
- Premium defense
Oklahoma State Overview
The Cowboys offense can leave opponents stunned. Averaging 46.3 PPG and 575.7 YPG, Oklahoma State is good for an average of 392 YPG passing and 184 YPG running. Oklahoma State QB Mason Rudolph (65.0 COMP%, 35 TDs, 9 INTs) is tough to stop. He receiving squad has four receivers who each have 40 or more receptions. James Washington (69 REC, 1,423 YDs, 20.6 AVG, 12 TDs) and Marcell Ateman (54 REC, 1,049 YDs, 19.4 AVG, 8 TDs) are the team’s top reception men and both are exceptionally dangerous. RB Justice Hill has gained 1,347 yards rushing and scored 14 TDs while averaging 5.5 YPA. Rudolph has scored 10 TDs on short runs.
This is a defense that give up a lot of points, 30.1 PPG average, and yards, a total of 400, to opponents. Their pass defense is allowing opponents 269 YPG. Despite that stat, the Cowboys have 43 PD and 16 picks. They also have 29 sacks and over 90 TFL. They have a better defense than one might expect.
- They can pass and run
- Tough offense to stop
- Despite allowing 30.1 PPG, defense stats are sound
Three Camping World Bowl Takeaways
Here’s our trio of takeaways for our Virginia Tech plays Oklahoma State 2017 Camping World Bowl pick-
- Major edge on offense to Oklahoma State
- Major edge on defense to Virginia Tech
- QB Rudolph is major factor here
Our Camping World Bowl Pick
The Cowboys are favored at 5.5 and the totals stand at 61.5. We think Oklahoma State will perform well in this game, and we also see a lot of points being generated. Our Virginia Tech plays Oklahoma State 2017 Camping World Bowl pick is the Cowboys at -5.5 and over 61.5.