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2012 Russell Athletic Bowl: Rutgers vs. Virginia Tech odds and lines

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The Rutgers Scarlet Knights are currently underdogs for Friday's Russell Athletic Bowl against the Virginia Tech Hokies. How much of underdogs are they and what are some recent trends for both teams?

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Ahead of Friday's Russell Athletic Bowl in Orlando, Fla,. the Rutgers Scarlet Knights are at least 2-point underdogs against the Virginia Tech Hokies. According to the website OddsShark.com, the odds opened with the Knights giving 1 1/2 points to the Hokies. Most sites have the Hokies favored by 2 points, while BetOnline and TopBet both have them favored by 2 1/2 points and Bovada has them favored by 3 points.

Some recent trends for the Knights have them at 2-5 against the spread in their last seven games against the Hokies while the total points have gone under in four of their last five games overall. As for the Hokies, they are 1-4 against the spread in their last five games.

The Knights have lost 11 consecutive games against the Hokies, their most recent matchup occurring on Oct. 4, 2003, where the Hokies won, 48-22. The last time the Knights beat the Hokies was on Oct. 31, 1992, where the Knights won, 50-49. The Russell Athletic Bowl will be played at the Florida Citrus Bowl in Orlando, Fla. Kickoff is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. and the game will be broadcast nationally on ESPN.