It is Peach Bowl Eve (heh heh, still calling it that), and you are probably reading this as my plane has taken off from PHF (that’s in Newport News) to ATL. And while I am riding in the lap of luxury in first class, I know ya’ll would want one more article before the big game. So we decided to comb through all the stats and all the numbers and come up with a fun article that you can impress your friends with over the next 36 or so hours. This is the last time we will say this ’til next Tuesday so go Hoos and Happy Hoo Year!!!
BY THE NUMBERS: PEACH BOWL EDITION
0: Opening Line. Usually called ‘Pick ‘Em’ in the betting world.
-1.5: Initial Line Movement, in favor of Auburn
-3.0: Final Game Line, even after everything (wtf?)
34.2: Virginia Opponent Rating, which takes into account strength of all opponents, and opponents of opponents (like SOS in basketball RPI)
40.5: Auburn Opponent Rating
34: VT Opponent Rating (shocking, huh?)
38: Number of Auburn Lettermen returning from the National Championship season
31: Number of Auburn Lettermen lost from the National Championship season
13-1: Auburn Vs Non Conference teams last 3 years. Only loss was to West Virginia in 2009.
7-5: Virginia Vs Non Conference teams last 3 years. Only loss this year was to Southern Miss.
4-1: UVa Road Record this year. Only loss was to UNC.
1-4: Auburn Road Record this year. Only win was to South Carolina.
4-8: Auburn vs. Spread, meaning Vegas over estimated the Tigers all year, even when adjusting towards the end of the season.
6-6: Virginia vs. Spread, meaning Virginia was a tough cookie to figure out, but they still took your money on juice (see: Shammy, The)
48.5: Over/Under for the game
2-9: UVa O/U, meaning games the Hoos played in were always less than Vegas thought, either by good defense or poor offense (or both)
6-6: Auburn O/U, meaning the same as the Hoos, just with bigger swings from good to bad.
9-1: Gene Chizik’s Bowl Record as a player and coach. Only loss was in the 1981 Peach Bowl as a player. Undefeated as a coach.
3-2: Mike London’s Bowl Record as a coach. 1-1 as a Boston College Assistant and 2-1 as a UVa Assistant.
1: Number of National Championships won by Gene Chizik (2010 at Auburn)
1: Number of National Championships won by Mike London (2008 at FCS Richmond)
2-1: UVa Peach Bowl Record. Wins over Purdue in ’84 and Georgia in ’95; Loss to Georgia in ’98
2-1: Auburn Peach Bowl Record. Wins over Indiana in ’90 and Clemson in ’98; Loss to UNC in ’01
3: Number of Peach Bowl Records owned by UVa, all by Pete Allen (1995) in Longest Completed Pass (Groh to Allen, 82), Return Yards (135), Longest Kickoff Return (83)
2: Number of Peach Bowl Records owned by Auburn, both for punting in 2001; Loss to UNC 16-10.
21-13-2: Auburn’s Bowl Record, first played in 1937 (Bacardi Bowl)
7-10: UVa’s Bowl Record
8-10: UVa Bowl Record after Saturday. WAHOO-WA!!!