College Football Preview: Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets vs. Virginia Tech Hokies

Jeff Grant@@JeffGrantSportsContributor IAugust 31, 2012

ATLANTA, GA - NOVEMBER 10:  Tevin Washington #13 of the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets steps back in the pocket against the Virginia Tech Hokies at Bobby Dodd Stadium on November 10, 2011 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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The Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets and Virginia Tech Hokies will close out college football’s opening week, as the two Atlantic Coast Conference rivals meet inside Lane Stadium on Monday night in front of a nationally-televised audience on ESPN.

Sports bettors will find that the Hokies are listed as seven-point home favorites in the college football betting odds (courtesy of SBR Forum), while the total has continued to fluctuate between 48.5 and 49.

Head coach Paul Johnson always makes the Yellow Jackets a dangerous underdog, considering he’s enjoyed a 21-8 against-the-spread (ATS) run when getting points away from home.

Georgia Tech has started a new campaign in the victory column in five straight seasons, while also winning its last four conference openers. The program has a great opportunity to extend both of those streaks, considering it welcomes back 13 starters and both kicking specialists from a year ago.

Tevin Washington is the key to running Johnson’s triple-option attack, entering as the school’s all-time leader in rushing at the quarterback position. He led the team with 986 yards on the ground during his junior season.

Virginia Tech has won six of nine meetings in this rivalry, including a 37-26 victory as two-point road favorites last season. The Hokies out-gained the Yellow Jackets by 136 yards in that affair, as they limited Washington to 77 yards on 24 carries.

The Hokies need to get off to a quick start in order to cover this spread, but they’ve failed to score a first-quarter point in the last four meetings in this series. It’s imperative that the team’s junior signal-caller builds off his performance the last time he faced this defense.

Logan Thomas managed to throw three touchdowns at Bobby Dodd Stadium in Atlanta, while scoring two more times on the ground. He ultimately finished with a school-record 3,862 yards of total offense in 2011.

From a betting perspective, it’s hard to ignore that the underdog is 5-1 ATS in the last six meetings.

 

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