Hokies prepare for most expensive Military Bowl of last five years

The Virginia Tech Hokies will face of with the Cincinnati Bearcats in the 2014 Military Bowl. Taking place in Annapolis, the Military Bowl will be played Saturday, December 27th at 1:00pm EST and broadcast on ESPN. Many fans will watch the game live on television, but there is expected to be quite a strong Hokie following game in attendance, as well, based on the demand for Military Bowl tickets this year.

Currently, the average price on the secondary market for Military Bowl tickets is $108, according to TiqIQ.com. The cheapest tickets available start at $64. It is the most expensive Military Bowl ticket in the past five years and 50% more expensive than last year’s matchup between the Maryland Terrapins and Marshall Thundering Herd.

Hokies fans looking to head to Annapolis can find cheap hotels near the stadium at Hipmunk.com. According to Hipmunk, Annapolis hotels have rates beginning at $92, so a hotel room and a ticket to the game would only cost $156 if you went with the cheapest route for both options.

Cincinnati is currently a three point favorite over the Hokies, despite the fact that they boast a 9-3 record compared to Virginia Tech’s 6-6.

The Bearcats’ offense put up 34 or more points in six of their final seven contests, all which were victories. Cincinnati started the year with two victories, but then lost three straight to Ohio State, Memphis, and Miami. Nonetheless, the Bearcats won their next game at SMU 41-3 and would go on to win their next six.

Quarterback Gunner Kiel will need to be subdued if the Hokies want to pull off the upset. Kiel threw for more than 3,000 yards this season and is one of the best quarterbacks in all of college football. But he has had games when he’s failed to get many points on the board, including a 14-6 win against lowly Temple late in the season.

Ohio State, the fourth team in the College Football Playoffs, is the only team both programs played this season. The Bearcats trailed against the Buckeyes 23-7 after the first quarter and never made the game a contest. Meanwhile, Virginia Tech upset Ohio State in Columbus for their most impressive victory of the season. If they can play with the same intensity as they did in Week 2 of the regular season, then you can expect a win to cap off the 2014 season for Virginia Tech.