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5 Reasons To Watch The Hyundai Sun Bowl

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Reasons To Watch The Hyundai Sun Bowl

5 Reasons To Watch The Hyundai Sun Bowl
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The Hyundai Sun Bowl features two teams heading in opposite directions this year. One is looking to put the cherry on the top of their already successful season, while the other would love nothing more than to redeem their disappointing year with a win. It’s two ships heading in opposite directions, both with a chance to sink each other before they get there.

The UCLA Bruins come into the game with nine wins on the season and an overwhelming victory over cross-town rival USC. They’ve locked up their head coach Jim Mora for six more years, and they are heading into the Sun Bowl brimming with confidence. On the other hand, the Virginia Tech Hokies are limping to the end of yet another disappointing campaign.

Virginia Tech has one of the best defenses in the league, but defense doesn’t win championships anymore. Instead, their offense held them back all year and they managed to go only 5-3 in ACC play. Led by quarterback Logan Thomas, the Hokies offense has no stand-out receiver, an unreliable offensive line and starting tailback Trey Edmonds is sidelined with a broken leg.

The talented Tech defense will keep them in the game, but the Bruins have to be coming into the contest confident they can cap off their season with a big win. If UCLA can avoid giving that aggressive defense any opportunities to force turnovers, they should get that big win on a national stage.

These are the five reasons you should be watching the Hyundai Sun Bowl this year.

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5. Logan Thomas Is Ready To Implode

Logan Thomas
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Hokies quarterback Logan Thomas has to be frustrated at this point. He’s a talented player with absolutely no help on his team. All the pressure to move the ball is squarely on his shoulders. The Bruins can rush the passer, so expect to see Thomas in trouble all game long.

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4. UCLA Is Really Good

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The Bruins have been on the verge of breaking out nationally for a while this year. If they can manage to put up points against a good Virginia Tech defense, they’ll prove they were ready for the big stage.

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3. It Should Be A Close Game

Close Game
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Both teams can play good defense and create turnovers, so that means neither should be able to run away with the game. Too often these bowl games are over by halftime, this one should be worth watching in the fourth quarter as much as the first.

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2. There Is Plenty Of Future NFL Talent On Defense

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Virginia Tech freshman defensive back Kendall Fuller was named the ACC Defensive Rookie of the Year and UCLA boasts the PAC-12 Freshman Defensive Player of the Year in Myles Jack. Throw in future top 10 pick Anthony Barr, and you have some great future professional defenders to scout.

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1. Brett Hundley Is Ready For A Breakout Game

Brett Hundley
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UCLA quarterback Brett Hundley became a household name this season, but he’ll see his status skyrocket if he comes out and dominates against a stellar Hokies defense on a national stage.