Monday, January 2, 2012

Boomer's Sugar Bowl Preview

Preview: 2012 Sugar Bowl 78th edition “The Battle in the Big Easy”

            Date/Time: January 3, 2012 8:30 PM (EST)

            Michigan Wolverines vs. Virginia Tech Hokies Favorite: Michigan by 1.5
                         (10-2)                                     (11-2)

            All-Times Series: First meeting between the two programs

Boomer’s Four Keys on grabbing some “Sugar”:

1)    Denard Robinson vs. Logan Thomas

Two different sized Quarterbacks will go up against each other in this match-up. Denard Robinson, 6’1’’ 193 lbs., uses his legs just as much as his arm at the Quarterback position. Robinson tallied 3,219 total yards of offense accounting for 18 Passing TD’s and 16 Rushing TD’s. Logan Thomas, 6’6’’ 253 lbs., is a more pro-typical Quarterback. Thomas threw for 2,799 passing yards, with 19 TD’s to 9 INT’s. Thomas, more of a bruising runner then Robinson, accounted for 416 rushing yards and 10 more TD’s on the ground (led the Hokies offense). In a game that should have plenty of scoring, I like Thomas in this match-up with the better supporting cast. Advantage: Virginia Tech

2)    Fitzgerald Toussaint vs. David Wilson

In a game that could feature a lot of points, look for the two #1 RB’s to contribute all night. Toussaint rushed for 1,011 yards (46th in the nation) and scored 9 times on the ground. Toussaint contributed to an offensive attack that featured the 12th best rushing offense in the nation (235 yards per/game) and two 1,000 rushers (see Robinson). It will be interesting to see if Toussaint can help out and relieve Robinson at times during the game. Wilson rushed for 1,627 rushing yards (5th in the nation) and scored 10 total TD’s. From what I saw of Wilson this year he is very quick and with any sort of space could take it to the house on any given play. I factor in the “big-play” for this one, believing Wilson is the more “big-play” running back then Toussaint. Advantage: Virginia Tech

3)    Michigan’s Special Teams vs. “Beamer Ball”

For this key I am going to go off the beaten path, and talk about Special teams. A factor, that is rarely talked about, but always seems to be the difference in a close game. Checking out the stats, between both teams, only the Hokies had the lone returning TD (vs. FCS-opponent Appalachian St., Michigan fan’s should know that program, haha). Michigan’s placekicker connected on 10 of 14 FG’s and 52 of 53 XP’s. Virginia Tech used three different placekickers over the season, kicking 14 of 20 FG’s and 45 of 46 XP’s. In the end, I believe “Beamer Ball” will have a factor in the game. Advantage: Virginia Tech

4)    Brady Hoke vs. Frank Beamer

I think we all know were this is going, but I’ll throw in a couple stats on the two Head Coaches for your reading enjoyment. Even though, I hate Michigan Wolverines football with a passion, what can you say about what Coach Hoke has done in one season with the program. Rarely, ever did you see Coach Hoke wear a headset on the sideline, he led the Wolverines to a 10-2 record and a much improved defense, 7th in the nation in points against (17.2 per/game). Coach Hoke is 1-2, in 3 bowl game appearances (two with Ball State, one with San Diego State). Coach Beamer, 250 career wins, is currently the winningest coach in the FBS. He has a bowl game record of 8-10 with a 1-4 mark in the current BCS bowl games. Even though, I do not agree that these two teams should be in this game (look at the rankings), I still think it will be a good game to watch.

Prediction: Its 2012, and Michigan still SUCKS! Virginia Tech 28 Michigan 24.