Monday night will have one of the better BCS Bowl Games of this season, with Virginia Tech matching up against the Stanford Cardinals in the Discover Orange Bowl. This will match up two teams that are really capable of lighting up the scoreboard, as they both have very strong offenses and defenses with some weaknesses that can exploited.
Stanford can hurt you with the run, and kill you with the defense. They have what many are projecting to be the number one pick in the 2011 NFL Draft with quarterback Andrew Luck. Look for Stanford to establish their run game early by running several run plays per sequence or short screen passes to force Virginia Tech to have move 8 or 9 guys up in the box to stop it. When this happens, Andrew Luck will connect on some deep passes exploiting the inability of Virginia Tech to stop their run in man-to-man.
On the other side of the ball, Virginia Tech’s quarterback Tyrod Thomas is capable of beating a team in multiple ways. Thomas has the ability to run and pick up yards, or throw the ball down the field. Stanford needs to force Thomas to stay in the pocket and not break contain, because his accuracy is questionable in the pocket due to his inability to see the field from within the pocket.
My projection for this game will be a high scoring game with Stanford pulling it out. Stanford 42- Virginia Tech 37.