Cincinnati Bearcats vs. Virginia Tech Hokies
The Cincinnati Bearcats and Virginia Tech Hokies will meet Saturday afternoon in the Military Bowl in Annapolis, Md. The Bearcats (9-3) finished 7-1 in American Athletic Conference play, earning a share of the conference title for the first time since moving from the Big East. The Hokies (6-6) finished 3-5 in ACC play, placing them sixth in the ACC Coastal Division.
After starting 2-3, Cincinnati finished the season with seven straight wins. Virginia Tech lost four of its last six games, but the Hokies took down Virginia 24-20 in the regular-season finale on Nov. 28.
How to watch
Kickoff: 1 p.m. ET
Live stream: The game can be live-streamed here
TV coverage: ESPN
12/6: Cincinnati 38, Houston 31
Munchie Legaux filled in at quarterback for Gunner Kiel after Kiel left with leg cramps, going 10-of-14 for 158 yards to help Cincinnati hold off Houston and clinch a share of the American Athletic Conference championship. Kiel threw two touchdowns before exiting in the second quarter, helping the Bearcats put the Cougars out of reach with 14-point second and third quarters. Both teams enjoyed explosive offensive performances, as Houston outgained Cincinnati 594-500.
11/29: Cincinnati 14, Temple 6
Cincinnati scored all its points in the second quarter, but that was all it needed as it held Temple to a pair of field goals. The Bearcats also forced the Owls to punt eight times. Gunner Kiel went 19-of-31 for Cincinnati, connecting with Mekale McKay on a 3-yard touchdown pass in the second quarter.
11/22: Cincinnati 41, UConn 0
Gunner Kiel threw three touchdown passes while Cincinnati held UConn to just 129 yards of total offense. The game was 7-0 after the first quarter, but the Bearcats put up 20 points in the second quarter and 14 in the third. Four different Cincinnati rushers combined for 249 rushing yards.
11/28: Virginia Tech 24, Virginia 20
Virginia Tech won the Commonwealth Cup and extended its bowl streak, the second-longest in college football, on a nine-yard touchdown pass from Michael Brewer to Bucky Hodges with 1:48 remaining. VT enjoyed a balanced attack with 235 passing yards and 198 rushing yards, and it survived three turnovers to pick up the win.
11/22: Wake Forest 6, Virginia Tech 3 (2OT)
Each team punted nine times as offense was in low supply in Wake Forest's third win of the season. Both teams struggled especially on third down, as the Hokies went 3-of-15 and the Demon Deacons went 5-of-20. Zero points were scored in regulation. Wake Forest opened overtime with a 49-yard field goal from Mike Weaver, then Virginia Tech's Joey Slye tied the game with a 28-yarder. In the second portion, Weaver connected on a 39-yard game-winner.
11/15: Virginia Tech 17, Duke 16
Virginia Tech held on for an upset road win when Duke was unable to convert on 4th-and-21 from its 40-yard line with 43 seconds remaining. The Blue Devils outgained the Hokies 326-293, but were forced into five goals and missed two.