Friday, December 28, 2012

Russell Athletic Bowl 2012

The Russell Athletic Bowl has the Rutgers Scarlett Knights of the Big East against the Virginia Tech Hokies of the ACC.  Here is how each team looks using my NCAA FBS Production Model.

The Rutgers Scarlet Knights are currently 9-3 playing against an average strength of schedule.  Rutgers most impressive win was a 10-3 decision against currently ranked #11 Cincinnati (five of their victories were against teams currently ranked higher than 90) and their least impressive game was 17-20 loss to currently ranked #37 Louisville.   Rutgers is the #15th ranked team in terms of overall productivity with the #69 ranked offense and the #4 ranked defense.

The Virginia Tech Hokies finished the regular season at 6-6 playing a tougher than average strength of schedule as compared to the average strength of schedule for the rest of the "league".  Virginia Tech's most impressive win was against currently #28 ranked Bowling Green and their worst loss was to currently #74 ranked Miami of Florida.  Virginia Tech is currently the #71 ranked most productive team with the #85 ranked offense and the #52 ranked defense.

Given that Rutgers is more productive on offense and defense, the model "predicts" that Rutgers will be victorious today against Virginia Tech in the Russell Athletic Bowl today.

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