Location: Fenway Park (Boston)
Time: Dec. 29, 11 a.m. EST on ESPN
Teams: SMU (8–4) versus Virginia (6–6)
Line: Virginia -0.5
New coaches for both programs, elite offenses on both sidelines, a famous baseball stadium... this one should be entertaining, if nothing else.
Fenway Park is an admittedly strange, but somehow still pretty cool setting for the game, but the weather could be a factor for both teams. (Also: Ironic how they put this on the same day as the Pinstripe Bowl in Yankee Stadium, no?)
We just hope somebody will kick a field goal and clear the Green Monster.
Give the edge to Virginia playing closer to the potential New England elements compared to SMU, who enjoy balmy Texas most of the year.
Take the Cavaliers in the shootout and enjoy the show. Hopefully, the typical Massachusetts December climate won't ruin what has the makings of an awesome QB battle. Either way, Virginia's offense gets the slight edge over SMU to take them as half-point favorites.
The Score: Virginia wins, 42-38
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