Date: Thursday, December 28th
Kickoff: 4:15 pm (Central)
Location: Orlando Citrus Bowl, Orlando, FL
|Points Per Game||28.8||46.3|
|Points Allowed Per Game||13.5||30.1|
|Pass Yards Allowed||187.2||268.5|
|Rush Yards Allowed||118.1||131.8|
Mason’s Last Ride
Expectations couldn’t have been higher for Oklahoma State as the 2017 season began. However, home losses to TCU, Oklahoma, and Kansas State sent the preseason playoff contenders packing for Orlando instead. Mason Rudolph did his part though. The senior quarterback completed 65% of his passes for 4,553 yards and 35 touchdowns. This will be Rudolph’s final opportunity to build on his already storied legacy.
The Number 24
Virginia Tech has only allowed more than 24 points three times this season. All three were losses to Clemson (31-17), Miami (28-10), and Georgia Tech (28-22). For the season, the Hokies are allowing their opponents just an average of 13.5 points per game.
Oklahoma State scored fewer than 24 points just once this season in a 13-10 win over Texas. On the season the Cowboys are scoring at an average of 46.3 points per game.
The Number 10
The benchmark for success in a college football season is 10 wins. Both Oklahoma State and Virginia Tech enter the game identical 9-3 records.
Oklahoma State Player To Watch
Receiver James Washington. Hands down the best receiver in the nation, Washington torched opposing defenses for an average of 20.6 yards per reception. The 2017 Biletnikoff winner compiled 1,423 receiving yards and 12 touchdowns this season.
Virginia Tech Player To Watch
Linebacker Andrew Motuapuaka. The 6-5, 250-pound junior led the team with 102 tackles with 5.5 sacks and 14 tackles for loss.
Why Oklahoma State Will Win
Offense, offense, offense!!! The Cowboys just have too many weapons. The combination of Rudolph and Washington will be complimented by running back Justice Hill along receivers Marcell Ateman and Jalen McCleskey.
Why Virginia Tech Will Win
Defense and special teams!!! Long before Justin Fuente took the helm of the program, defense and special teams summed up football in Blacksburg, Virginia. Dubbed, “Beamer Ball” after former head coach Frank Beamer, the Hokies have set the standard in these two categories.
31-30 Oklahoma State