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This year’s version of Tech vs Tech in the ACC won’t have the same significance it has in previous years. Neither team is in contention to win the Coastal Division with the University of Miami (8-0) cruising at the top. No, this year’s matchup is all about bragging rights and a little revenge.
Virginia Tech has failed to score more than 17 points in two losses this season. If they want to score against the Yellow Jackets they should look to the air. Josh Jackson and company should roll out some of their best aerial plays. Jackson leads all freshman quarterbacks in FBS play with 2,229 passing yards and 17 touchdowns and just six interceptions. Georgia Tech will be strong against the pass, ranking third in the ACC allowing 127.4 yards per game. The Hokies’ best bet is to attack the back end of the defense.
Georgia Tech will have to rely on their heralded triple-option rushing attack if they figure to win this game. They lead the ACC with 331.9 yards per game on the ground. TaQuon Marshall has 1,537 yards from scrimmage and 20 total touchdowns. He leads the team with 870 rushing yards and 14 touchdowns. They will come up against a Hokies’ team that has allowed the fewest rushing yards in the ACC (122.8 yards per game). Whichever team can flex their muscle harder could very well determine the outcome of this one.
I don’t know if I can say there’s bad blood between these two teams, but it is a divisional foe with both teams coming off of losses last week. The Hokies are 9-4 in 13 matchups against Georgia Tech since they has joined the ACC in 2004. The Yellow Jackets won last year’s meeting in Blacksburg 30-20.