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Posted by on December 28th, 2011 in blog, CFF Features, Dan Pierson | 3 Comments

Most college football fans (and especially the Freaks) will be either heading to the Superdome or sitting down in front of the TV to watch a certain game in New Orleans next month.  These people will be readying themselves for a battle between 2 of the most storied programs in college football.  They’ll be hoping for offensive fireworks, but deep in their plumbs they know the game they’ll witness probably will be a low-scoring affair played between 2 top-notch defensive football teams.   The game will feature some of the most exciting players in all of the land, several of whom will end up on NFL rosters in the coming seasons.  Whichever program is victorious will reap the benefits and have national bragging rights heading into the offseason.  So now that we’ve built the suspense, let’s take a closer look at the matchup in this year’s Allstate Sugar Bowl… which can easily be argued is the true national title game in 2012.

When Michigan has the ball – with dual-threat superstar QB Denard Robinson leading the way the Wolverines bring the nation’s 12th ranked rushing attack into The Big Easy; Robinson has rushed for 1163 yards and 16 tubs, while sophomore RB Fitzgerald Toussaint (awesome name) has pounded out 1011 yards and 9 TD’s of his own.  Virginia Tech’s defense has been stellar all year – before their drubbing at the hands of Clemson in the ACC Championship Game, only Miami had managed to score over 30 pts against the Hokies.  For the season, VT ranked 8th in the nation in scoring D… only allowing an avg. of 17.2 pts\game.  That right there is undoubtedly championship-caliber defense!  The key to the matchup is how well Michigan’s massive O-Line handles the front 7 of Va. Tech.  My money says the Wolverines will impose themselves on the Hokies and dominate the line of scrimmage.  ADVANTAGE – Michigan

When Virginia Tech has the ball – while Va. Tech’s sophomore QB Logan Thomas can’t quite match the overall impact of Robinson (who can?), he’s still very good.  On the season he’s thrown for just under 2800 yards and has a passer rating of 136.3, and he’s chipped in 416 yards rushing with 10 TD’s to compliment lead back (and ACC player of the year) David Wilson’s 1627 yards and 9 scores.  The Hokies prefer to ground-and-pound, but with 2 receivers (Danny Cole and Jarrett Boykin) who each have over 50 catches they can air it out if need be.  On the Michigan side, their D has been stellar as well.  Since Brady Hoke has taken over in Ann Arbor, Big Blue has improved from near last in the nation as a defense to a very intimidating unit this season.  They’re mere percentage points better than Va. Tech in scoring D and have only given up 30+ points in a game twice (vs. Notre Dame in one the most thrilling football games you’ll ever see, and vs. Ohio State).  They ranked 18th in the nation at yards allowed giving up a shade under 317 yards\game.  When the game is finally played next week, I think Va. Tech will have some early success with a trick-play or 2, but over the course of the game Michigan’s speed and power will wear on the Hokies and eventually the Wolverines will spring a couple turnovers to put the game away.  ADVANTAGE – Michigan

Michigan is a storied program looking to get its swagger back… Va. Tech is a perennially good team who just hasn’t been able to get over the proverbial hump.  Both schools would love to have a BCS win on their resume to help sway potential recruits when they go on the recruiting path in the coming months.  I think this will sneaky be one the best games of the bowl season (even though Boise, Kansas St., Arkansas and a few others won’t be pleased to not be playing) and should provide a great night of entertainment – shoot, Denard Robinson and David Wilson alone are worth the price of admission (or your time spent watching on TV).  At the end of the day though, Michigan is too talented and has too much motivation to lose to Virginia Tech.  Hoke-a-Mania rules, brother!!


2 Comments for this entry

  1. CB says:

    I am now a Hokeamaniac! Well played BROTHER!!!

  2. BB says:

    Great stuff as usual DP, but can you elaborate on this being easily argued as the “true national title game”?

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