2012 Allstate Sugar Bowl Matchup

December 27, 2011 | Author: | Posted in Recreation & Sports

The Sugar Bowl is likely to be a great matchup. A pair of the more decorated schools in history, and a pair of the toughest defensive units in the nation this year, will face off in New Orleans when Michigan of the Big Ten takes on ACC runner-up Virginia Tech.

This game will mark the first-ever meeting between the schools.

Our Sugar Bowl odds have Michigan as a 2.5-point spread favorite, while the over/under has been set at 50.5 points.


Michigan ended their regular season with three consecutive victories, the last a 40-34 rivalry win versus Ohio State to win 10 games under first-year coach Brady Hoke, ending up second in the Big Ten Legends Division (6-2). The Wolverines were 2-2 as a visitor, getting beat by Michigan State and Iowa.

The Wolverines rate seventh in the nation in points against (17 points per contest) and allow 318 yards per contest (189 through the air, 129 on the ground) while recording 28 sacks and generating 27 turnovers – three of which were taken back for scores (Brandon Herron and Courtney Avery, fumbles; Herron, pick).

Kenny Demens paces the defense with 86 stops (22 more than any other player), while Ryan Van Bergen has five sacks and three fumble recoveries. Thomas Gordon has four fumble recoveries, and Avery and J.T. Floyd each have two picks.

Virginia Tech

The Hokies reached yet another ACC Championship Game (7-1, won Coastal Division), but had their seven-game win streak snapped with a 38-10 loss to Clemson. Virginia Tech is 6-1 away from home, winning the first six such games. Both of Tech’s losses this year came against Clemson.

The Hokies rank eighth nationally in points allowed (17 ppg) and gives up 314 yards per game (206 passing, 108 rushing) while recording 38 sacks and forcing 22 turnovers.

Antone Exum anchors the defense with 85 stops and two forced fumbles, while James Gayle has a team-high seven sacks. Jayron Hosley has three picks and two forced fumbles.

The Hokies rank 55th nationally in scoring offense (28 ppg) while compiling 416 yards per game (227 passing, 189 rushing).

David Wilson anchors the running game with 1,627 yards and nine TDs on 6.1 yards per carry, while Logan Thomas completes 59 percent of his passes for 2,799 yards and 19 TDs with nine interceptions. The offensive line has given up 15 sacks. Jarrett Boykin leads the receivers with 57 catches for 731 yards and five TDs, while Danny Coals has 52 grabs for 787 yards and three scores.

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