Thursday College Football

Thursday College Football

Thursday's College Football TV Capsule
October 30, 2007

Opening Line: Georgia Tech by 1 1/2.
   
Series Record: Series tied 2-2.

Last Meeting: 2006, Georgia Tech 38-27

Last Meeting: 2006, Georgia Tech 38-27

The last three meetings have been decided by an average of 23 points. ... Virginia Tech is 5-1 on the road all-time on Thursday night ESPN games. ... The Hokies are eighth in the nation in scoring defense (15.8 points per game). ... Virginia Tech has just one ACC road loss since joining the league in 2004. ... The Yellow Jackets are looking to win two games at home against ranked teams in the same season since 1992, when they beat No. 16 Clemson and No. 21 N.C. State in back-to-back weeks. ... Georgia Tech is 8-15 vs. nationally-ranked teams under Chan Gailey. Six of those wins have come on the road. ... Georgia Tech is seventh in the nation in total defense (287.9 yards per game).

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Hokies and Yellow Jackets battle on Thursday night
October 31st, 2007

Atlanta, GA (Sports Network) - The 11th-ranked Virginia Tech Hokies seek redemption in yet another Thursday night affair, as they travel to Atlanta this week to battle the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets in a key ACC Coastal Division showdown.

Frank Beamer's Hokies failed in their attempt to knock off second-ranked Boston College last week, falling in the waning moments of the game, 14-10. The loss was the second of the season for Virginia Tech, but the first in conference action. The Hokies still control their own destiny in the division. If Tech can win out, including a season-finale at Virginia, it will represent the Coastal Division in the ACC Title Game. The Cavaliers (4-1) currently sit a half game ahead of the Hokies in the standings.

Georgia Tech's quest for a second-straight title game has been over for a while. Chan Gailey's team is just 2-3 in league play, but is starting to get back some lost confidence following two straight victories. The Yellow Jackets were idle a week ago, but before that, the team made light work of Army, 34-10, albeit at a stiff price.

This is just the fifth all-time meeting between these two teams, with the series knotted up at 2-2. Last year, the Yellow Jackets defeated the Hokies in Blacksburg, 38-27.

The Hokies have struggled offensively this year, despite averaging a solid 25.9 ppg. Once feared for its rushing attack, Virginia Tech is simply mediocre in that regard this season, netting 119.0 ypg on 3.2 ypc. To make matters worse, the passing attack has been non-existent, at a mere 175.6 yards per outing. The main problem has been inconsistency under center. Beamer has used both Sean Glennon and freshman Tyrod Taylor, but neither has distinguished himself as the go-to-guy. The two have combined for just seven TDs this year, with each averaging just over 100 yards passing per game. Veteran wideout Josh Morgan (23 receptions, for 275 yards, two TDs) leads the team in receiving, but his numbers are nothing to get excited about. Lack of protection has been problematic this year, with the offensive line giving up 27 sacks thus far. The ground game should be better than it is, but tailback Branden Ore has struggled in his junior season, averaging just 3.2 yards per carry. He is netting just under 60 yards per game (58.4) and has scored five TDs.

The defense has once again lived up to expectations in Blacksburg and it is a good thing considering the offensive woes. The Hokies are certainly one of the better defensive squads in the nation and are currently giving up just 15.8 ppg (eighth nationally). The rush defense has been superb at just 89.8 yards per game (ninth nationally). Despite missing one of its leaders the last two games, Tech has not faltered defensively, including stifling BC and its Heisman hopeful QB for most of last week's game. The defense is led by the play of its linebackers and few do it better than seniors Xavier Adibi and Vince Hall. Adibi currently leads the team in tackles (68) and TFLs (8.5) and has three sacks and an interception to his credit. Hall (61 tackles, two sacks) has missed the last two games with a broken wrist and isn't expected back in the lineup until at least the Florida State game next weekend. The team boasts of another All-American candidate in the secondary in the form of CB Brandon Flowers (50 tackles, 7.0 TFLs, two INTs). Up front, rush end Chris Ellis has provided the pass rush, leading the team with 6.5 sacks.

The Yellow Jackets had little trouble with the Black Knights last time out, but the win was costly, as the team lost its top two tailbacks. For an offense that leads the conference in rushing (219.0 ypg) that could be devastating down the stretch. Senior Tashard Choice (conference-best 108 ypg) is the better of the two backs, but is not expected to suit up for this game with a knee injury. Rashaun Grant will also miss this game, and perhaps the rest of the season with a lower leg injury. Sophomore speedster Jamaal Evans is likely to get the nod in the backfield in this one. He has been used sparingly thus far, with just 21 carries, for 89 yards and two TDs. True freshman Jonathan Dwyer (48 carries, 281 yards, seven TDs) is another option and is being groomed as the team's next future star. QB Taylor Bennett will need to pick up the slack if the ground game is stalled this week. Bennett has been disappointing this year, completing just over 50 percent of his passes, for 1,337 yards, with two TDs and three INTs. Wideouts Greg Smith (25 receptions, for 339 yards) and Demaryius Thomas (24 receptions, for 374 yards and two TDs) are the top options downfield.

Georgia Tech's defense takes a backseat to no one, including VaTech's vaunted bunch. The Yellow Jackets rank sixth nationally in scoring defense (15.5 ppg), eighth against the run (87.0 ypg) and seventh in total defense (287.9 ypg). Tech boasts of its own All-American candidate at the linebacker position in senior Philip Wheeler. The active LB leads the team in tackles (48) and is usually getting upfield and disrupting things, with 6.5 TFLs and five sacks. Junior DT Vance Walker has been outstanding up front, ranking among the top-10 in the conference in TFLs (10.0), sacks (5.5) and forced fumbles (3). Senior DE Darrell Robertson brings the pressure from the edge, pacing the team in TFLs (13.5), with 4.5 sacks.

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Game Preview for Virginia Tech vs Georgia Tech

GAME NOTES: The 11th-ranked Virginia Tech Hokies seek redemption in yet another Thursday night affair, as they travel to Atlanta this week to battle the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets in a key ACC Coastal Division showdown. Frank Beamer's Hokies failed in their attempt to knock off second-ranked Boston College last week, falling in the waning moments of the game, 14-10. The loss was the second of the season for Virginia Tech, but the first in conference action. The Hokies still control their own destiny in the division. If Tech can win out, including a season-finale at Virginia, it will represent the Coastal Division in the ACC Title Game. The Cavaliers (4-1) currently sit a half game ahead of the Hokies in the standings. Georgia Tech's quest for a second-straight title game has been over for a while. Chan Gailey's team is just 2-3 in league play, but is starting to get back some lost confidence following two straight victories. The Yellow Jackets were idle a week ago, but before that, the team made light work of Army, 34-10, albeit at a stiff price. This is just the fifth all-time meeting between these two teams, with the series knotted up at 2-2. Last year, the Yellow Jackets defeated the Hokies in Blacksburg, 38-27.

The Hokies have struggled offensively this year, despite averaging a solid 25.9 ppg. Once feared for its rushing attack, Virginia Tech is simply mediocre in that regard this season, netting 119.0 ypg on 3.2 ypc. To make matters worse, the passing attack has been non-existent, at a mere 175.6 yards per outing. The main problem has been inconsistency under center. Beamer has used both Sean Glennon and freshman Tyrod Taylor, but neither has distinguished himself as the go-to-guy. The two have combined for just seven TDs this year, with each averaging just over 100 yards passing per game. Veteran wideout Josh Morgan (23 receptions, for 275 yards, two TDs) leads the team in receiving, but his numbers are nothing to get excited about. Lack of protection has been problematic this year, with the offensive line giving up 27 sacks thus far. The ground game should be better than it is, but tailback Branden Ore has struggled in his junior season, averaging just 3.2 yards per carry. He is netting just under 60 yards per game (58.4) and has scored five TDs.

The defense has once again lived up to expectations in Blacksburg and it is a good thing considering the offensive woes. The Hokies are certainly one of the better defensive squads in the nation and are currently giving up just 15.8 ppg (eighth nationally). The rush defense has been superb at just 89.8 yards per game (ninth nationally). Despite missing one of its leaders the last two games, Tech has not faltered defensively, including stifling BC and its Heisman hopeful QB for most of last week's game. The defense is led by the play of its linebackers and few do it better than seniors Xavier Adibi and Vince Hall. Adibi currently leads the team in tackles (68) and TFLs (8.5) and has three sacks and an interception to his credit. Hall (61 tackles, two sacks) has missed the last two games with a broken wrist and isn't expected back in the lineup until at least the Florida State game next weekend. The team boasts of another All-American candidate in the secondary in the form of CB Brandon Flowers (50 tackles, 7.0 TFLs, two INTs). Up front, rush end Chris Ellis has provided the pass rush, leading the team with 6.5 sacks.

The Yellow Jackets had little trouble with the Black Knights last time out, but the win was costly, as the team lost its top two tailbacks. For an offense that leads the conference in rushing (219.0 ypg) that could be devastating down the stretch. Senior Tashard Choice (conference-best 108 ypg) is the better of the two backs, but is not expected to suit up for this game with a knee injury. Rashaun Grant will also miss this game, and perhaps the rest of the season with a lower leg injury. Sophomore speedster Jamaal Evans is likely to get the nod in the backfield in this one. He has been used sparingly thus far, with just 21 carries, for 89 yards and two TDs. True freshman Jonathan Dwyer (48 carries, 281 yards, seven TDs) is another option and is being groomed as the team's next future star. QB Taylor Bennett will need to pick up the slack if the ground game is stalled this week. Bennett has been disappointing this year, completing just over 50 percent of his passes, for 1,337 yards, with two TDs and three INTs. Wideouts Greg Smith (25 receptions, for 339 yards) and Demaryius Thomas (24 receptions, for 374 yards and two TDs) are the top options downfield.

Georgia Tech's defense takes a backseat to no one, including VaTech's vaunted bunch. The Yellow Jackets rank sixth nationally in scoring defense (15.5 ppg), eighth against the run (87.0 ypg) and seventh in total defense (287.9 ypg). Tech boasts of its own All-American candidate at the linebacker position in senior Philip Wheeler. The active LB leads the team in tackles (48) and is usually getting upfield and disrupting things, with 6.5 TFLs and five sacks. Junior DT Vance Walker has been outstanding up front, ranking among the top-10 in the conference in TFLs (10.0), sacks (5.5) and forced fumbles (3). Senior DE Darrell Robertson brings the pressure from the edge, pacing the team in TFLs (13.5), with 4.5 sacks.

The Hokies will once again struggle moving the football this week, but will compensate by playing their own brand of shutdown defense. There probably won't be much scoring in this one, but there is more on the line for the visiting team, which needs a victory to remain in the hunt for the conference title.

Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Virginia Tech 17, Georgia Tech 14

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Preview: No. 13 Virginia Tech at Georgia Tech
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Virginia Tech suffered a heartbreaking loss to the nation's second-ranked team last week. Coach Frank Beamer will get to see Thursday night what his team learned from the experience.

The No. 13 Hokies (6-2, 3-1 ACC) look to rebound and get back in the win column when they visit a Georgia Tech squad that's looking for its third straight victory.

Virginia Tech looked to be on its way to upsetting Boston College last Thursday, leading 10-0 late in the fourth quarter. The Eagles' Matt Ryan, though, guided his team to a pair of touchdowns in the final 2:17 to lift unbeaten BC to a 14-10 victory.

"You think back to several times during the game where you have an opportunity to go ahead and win it," Beamer said. "We just didn't quite get it done."

The Hokies came close, with Branden Ore rushing for 97 yards on 20 carries against the Eagles' top-ranked run defense, which came in allowing 46 yards per game. Virginia Tech, however, failed to capitalize on one of the opportunities Beamer spoke of with 6:01 left, when D.J. Parker picked off Ryan's pass at the Eagles' 31.

The Hokies, though, couldn't convert the interception into points.

"That's what Heisman (candidates) do," Hokies defensive end Chris Ellis said. "They don't ever give up. We beat the O-line, put licks on him and he came through at the end. He had a 2-minute drill - two of them. He did what he had to do."

Virginia Tech, which had its five-game winning streak snapped and fell three spots in the Top 25, lost to Georgia Tech 38-27 last Sept. 30. The Hokies had won the previous two meetings, in 2004 and '05, and are tied at 2 with the Yellow Jackets in the all-time series.

Virginia Tech will be looking to bounce back against a Georgia Tech squad that's coming off a 34-10 victory over Army on Oct. 20. The Yellow Jackets (5-3, 2-3) prevailed despite losing star tailback Tashard Choice to a right knee injury in the first quarter, as Rashaun Grant ran for 119 yards and a touchdown after Choice departed.

The victory may have been bittersweet for Georgia Tech, though, as both running backs were lost to injury. Choice underwent surgery Oct. 23 and won't play against Virginia Tech, although he could return this season. Grant sat out the fourth quarter with a lower right leg injury and may miss the remainder of the season.

Freshman Jonathan Dwyer and sophomore Jamaal Evans, who ran for second-half touchdowns for the Yellow Jackets, may be forced to carry a much bigger load this week as Georgia Tech looks to keep its formidable running game going. The Yellow Jackets rolled up 292 of their 510 total yards against Army on the ground in winning for the second straight time and third time in four games since a 2-2 start.

Georgia Tech may have to rely more heavily on an aggressive defense that has allowed 27 points in its last three victories.

"They bring a lot of pressure," Army coach Stan Brock said of Georgia Tech's blitzing defense. "We know that. They bring it about 80 percent of the time, not based on down and distance. They just bring pressure."

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What bettors need to know: Virginia Tech at Georgia Tech
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Heartbreak for the Hokies

Virginia Tech is aiming to bounce back against Georgia Tech after suffering a last-minute defeat last week. The Hokies seemed to be on their way to upsetting Boston College last Thursday, but threw away a 10-0 lead late in the fourth quarter.

"You think back to several times during the game where you have an opportunity to go ahead and win it," head coach Frank Beamer told The Associated Press. "We just didn't quite get it done."

The Hokies’ biggest chance to wrap the game up came with six minutes left in the fourth quarter, when safety D.J. Parker picked off a pass from Eagles quarterback Matt Ryan. V-Tech failed to convert the interception into points, and Ryan went on to throw two touchdown passes in just over two minutes to win the game.

"That's what Heisman (candidates) do," Hokies defensive end Chris Ellis added. "They don't ever give up. We beat the O-line, put licks on him and he came through at the end. He had a 2-minute drill – two of them. He did what he had to do."

The loss snapped a five-game winning streak for Virginia Tech.

Yellow Jackets without both RBs

Georgia Tech faces its ACC rival on the back of a 34-10 win over Army. But that victory came at a price, with the Yellow Jackets losing both of their starting running backs to injury.

Tashard Choice suffered a knee injury in the first quarter and is out of Thursday’s game, while Rashaun Grant hurt his lower right leg and could be sidelined for the remainder of the season.

Freshman duo Jonathan Dwyer and Jamaal Evans, who both ran for second-half TDs against Army, will start against the Hokies.

"I think he understands that he has talent and he has confidence in that talent, but at the same time he still has a lot to learn," coach Chan Gailey said of Dwyer in an AP interview.

"Good runners are good runners,” Gailey added about Evans in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “What he does well he's very good at right now, but he can get better. I'm not sure it's patience, but vision and knowing where everything is, where the crease is going to be. He needs more experience in this type of running game."

Dwyer has run 48 times for 281 yards and seven touchdowns, while Evans has 89 rushing yards and two TDs in 21 attempts. Both freshmen have been involved in extra sessions with running backs coach Curtis Modkins this week.

The inexperienced duo is facing a Hokies rush defense that is allowing just 89.8 yards per game to rank ninth in the nation.

Bennett struggles to get offense going

Even with its two starting RBs out, Georgia Tech might be reluctant to put the ball in the air against the Hokies. Jackets QB Taylor Bennett averages just 171.5 yards per game, the worst in his conference and 107th in the nation.

The junior has thrown for just two touchdowns and three interceptions. He might struggle against a Virginia Tech defense that is allowing just 214.2 yards per game in the air.

"We've got to do better than OK," Gailey told AP. "We've got to get the ball down the field. We've got to try to make some big plays in the passing game, and this isn't exactly the team where you say that we're going to go out and work on that and make it happen because they are a very good football team overall, run and pass.

“If we can come out of the game with a pretty balanced attack, I'd be happy."

Taylor could lose starting role

Virginia Tech quarterback Tyrod Taylor has recovered from a sprained ankle, but that doesn’t mean the freshman will regain the starting role he owned before picking up the injury.

Sean Glennon, who threw for 149 yards and a touchdown in the Hokies’ loss to Boston College, might have done enough to earn back the starter’s spot that was his at the beginning of the season.

"I think both of them are good quarterbacks," coach Frank Beamer told the Virginian-Pilot. "Tyrod looked good in Monday's practice. I kind of doubted how good his ankle was, but he took off running a couple times yesterday and it was very good. He's a little rusty, but the ankle itself is close to being back to full-tilt."

Taylor has thrown for 640 yards and three touchdowns in six appearances this season. Glennon has racked up 732 yards and four TDs in seven outings – the majority of which were only a few snaps long.

"I'm not going to say one's better than the other. We both bring our unique abilities to the table," Glennon told the Virginian-Pilot when asked who he thought should start. "I think Georgia Tech is a tough defense for a young guy, but Tyrod has done a good job of picking things up. I'm not putting anything past him."

Head to head


Georgia Tech traveled to Lane Stadium last season and stunned Virginia Tech with a 38-27 victory over the 8 ½-point home favorite. The Hokies had won the previous two meetings. The teams are now tied at two apiece in games against each other.

Virginia Tech is 3-1 against the spread versus Georgia Tech.

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There are a few reasons to like Virginia Tech

Hokies, coming off disappointing loss, face Georgia Tech.
By Lonnie White

November 1, 2007

It is always a difficult challenge for oddsmakers to come up with an enticing line for a game involving a team that suffered a heartbreaking defeat the week before. That's the case for tonight's college football game featuring Virginia Tech at Georgia Tech.

The Hokies (6-2) will be looking to bounce back after giving up two touchdowns in the final 2 minutes 17 seconds in a 14-10 loss to Boston College last week. They are listed as three-point underdogs against the Yellow Jackets (5-3).

The bad news for Virginia Tech supporters is the team's 2-5 record against the spread this season and a 1-4 mark against the spread in its last five games against a team with a winning record.

But the Hokies will have freshman quarterback Tyrod Taylor back after he was sidelined because of an ankle injury. Taylor, 5-0 as a starter, is expected to share time with Sean Glennon, who played the entire game against Boston College.

Virginia Tech will also be facing a banged-up Georgia Tech team that has won two games in a row but will be without two key injured running backs in Tashard Choice and Rashaun Grant.

The Yellow Jackets, who are 3-3-1 against the spread this season, will turn to Jonathan Dwyer and Jamaal Evans to carry a ground attack that rushed for 292 yards in a 34-10 victory over Army last week.

For those who still hold out hope that USC will regain form and win the remainder of its games while teams ranked ahead of the Trojans fall apart, Coach Pete Carroll's team is listed at 100-1 to win this season's BCS championship game, according to Sportsbook.com's latest odds release.

Ohio State has the best odds at 3-2, followed by Louisiana State at 9-4. Oregon is at 5-1 with Oklahoma at 6-1 and West Virginia at 10-1. Two undefeated teams in Arizona State and Boston College are listed at 7-1 and 9-1 respectively.

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Virginia Tech at Georgia Tech
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#11 Virginia Tech (6-2, 3-1 ACC) at Georgia Tech (5-3, 2-3 ACC)
Thursday, November 1
7:30 PM ET on ESPN
Bobby Dodd Stadium (Natural Grass)

Any team that has designs on an undefeated season in college football – especially in today’s game – knows they must have the ball bounce their way at least once or twice over the course of the year.

Last Thursday night in Blacksburg, VA, Boston College kept their dream season alive and their undefeated record in tact when Virginia Tech mishandled an onside kick late in the fourth quarter and the Eagles recovered. That eventually led to the game winning touchdown pass for BC with 11 seconds left.

It was a bitter defeat for coach Frank Beamer, not only because the Hokies seemingly had controlled the game from the outset, but also because he prides himself on special teams play.

I was a little bitter myself as my Thursday night record, 5-2 just a couple weeks ago, has now fallen to 5-4. The upside of course is that the opportunity to get that record headed back in the right direction is only days away.

Which brings us to this Thursday night where we once again will catch up with Virginia Tech, this time down in the state of Georgia as they visit Atlanta to play Georgia Tech.

These two teams are certainly no stranger to Thursday night football.

In fact, Georgia Tech and Virginia Tech have been on the ESPN Thursday night game more than any other teams in the ACC. This will be the Yellow Jackets' 20th ESPN Thursday night game and their 15th consecutive season with at least one Thursday night appearance. That is tops in the ACC.

The Hokies are right behind the Jackets in Thursday night appearances with 16 and coach Frank Beamer and staff must certainly look forward to these games as they have compiled a 13-3 over that span. (Nine of those games were played while they were in the Big East)

These two teams are very much alike. Both feature talented and stingy defenses that are relied upon to win games. That’s because the offenses on both teams are relatively weak, not to mention that important playmakers on both teams are banged up.

For Virginia Tech, it all starts with their defense, ranked first in scoring defense in ACC games at just a touch over 15 points per game. As mentioned last week, this unit is led by LB Xavier Adibi and DE Chris Ellis. As Boston College QB Matt Ryan found out against the Hokies, this defense can put a ton of pressure on the quarterback.

The flow of the Virginia Tech offense will be determined by who is under center. Sean Glennon, the starting QB to begin the season for Virginia Tech, gave way to freshman Tyrod Taylor after the Hokies struggled mightily in an early season 48-7 loss at LSU.

Taylor brought an immediate spark to the Hokies offense and things seemed to be heading in the right direction. Unfortunately, the freshman suffered a high right ankle sprain at Duke 18 days ago and could not go last week against BC.

Who will start this Thursday is still unclear and will likely come down to a gametime decision.

I doubt Beamer will get much sympathy from Georgia Tech coach Chan Gailey in regards to the injury to Taylor. Gailey knows all too well about losing valued playmakers on offense these days.

ACC rushing leader Tashard Choice will miss this game after having surgery on his right knee last week. That in itself wasn’t devastating since Choice has a very capable backup in Rashaun Grant. Actually, I should say “had” a capable backup in Grant since word recently came out he was going to miss the rest of the season with an ankle injury.

Without Choice and Grant a weak, run oriented offense just got that much weaker. The Yellow Jackets had been leading the ACC with 219 yards rushing per game, with just under 75% of that usually coming from Choice and Grant.

Without those two, Gailey will turn to sophomore Jamaal Evans and freshman Jonathan Dwyer to pick up the slack and run the ball. I’m sure those two are just thrilled to be making their first ever collegiate start against Virginia Tech, a defense that ranks ninth in the nation against the run, allowing an average of less than 90 yards rushing per game.

With solid defenses and struggling offenses, this game will likely come down to turnovers, special teams and whether Georgia Tech can take advantage of playing at home.

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(11) Virginia Tech (6-2, 2-4-1 ATS) at Georgia Tech (5-3, 3-3-1 ATS)

A week after suffering a heartbreaking last-second home loss to Boston College, Virginia Tech will attempt to regroup when it hits the road to face Georgia Tech in an ACC Coastal Division showdown.

The Hokies led No. 2 Boston College 10-0 with a little more than two minutes to play last Thursday night, only to see the Eagles score a touchdown, recover an onside kick and score another TD with 11 seconds left to steal a 14-10 victory. The loss snapped a five-game winning streak for Virginia Tech, which got outgained 317-265.

Georgia Tech was idle last week following a 34-10 rout of Army as a 24-point home favorite on Oct. 20. The Yellow Jackets have won three of their last four (2-1-1 ATS).

Despite last week’s loss to Boston College, Virginia Tech still controls its own destiny in the ACC Coastal Division, where the Hokies are 3-1 (2-2 ATS), a half-game behind Virginia. Georgia Tech sits in fourth place in the six-team division at 2-3 SU and ATS.

The Yellow Jackets traveled to Virginia Tech last year and stunned the Hokies 38-27 as an 8½-point road underdog, finishing with a 149-42 edge in rushing yardage.

Virginia Tech, which failed to cash as a three-point home chalk against Boston College last week, is now just 2-6 ATS in its last eight lined games. On the bright side, the Hokies are on positive ATS streaks of 12-3 on the road, 11-3 when playing on Thursday night, 5-1 in November and 8-2 as an underdog.

Georgia Tech is mired in ATS slumps of 0-6 following a bye week, 1-4-1 as a favorite, 0-5 as a favorite of three points or less and 2-5 when playing on Thursday.

This game features two of the nation’s best defenses. Virginia Tech gives up 15.8 points and 304 total yards per game (90 rushing ypg), while the Yellow Jackets yield 15.5 points and 288 total yards per contest (87 rushing ypg). One discrepancy, though, is the Hokies’ defensive numbers jump to 28.3 points and 391 total yards per game allowed on the road, while Georgia Tech surrenders just 12.8 points and 315 yards per outing at home.

The Yellow Jackets continue to be without their top two running backs in Rashaun Grant (ankle) and Tashard Choice (knee). Meanwhile, Virginia Tech freshman quarterback Tyrod Taylor (ankle) is listed as probable, but it’s unknown if he’ll start over junior Sean Glennon.

For Georgia Tech, the under is on runs of 23-8-1 when playing on grass, 14-4 when playing on Thursdays and 9-3 when playing in November. However, the over is 3-0 in the last three meetings between these teams and 4-0 in Virginia Tech’s last four road games.

ATS ADVANTAGE: VIRGINIA TECH

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