The Virginia Cavaliers and Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets go to battle on Saturday in an early-season ACC matchup.
Both teams have looked strong to start the year.
Virginia sits at 2-0 after destroying Richmond and escaping from last Saturday's duel with Penn State with a 17-16 win, thanks to a mistake—or four—from the Nittany Lions place kicker.
Georgia Tech, meanwhile, is 1-1 following a disappointing yet fortifying loss at Virginia Tech and its disposal of Presbyterian.
Let's take a look at everything that you need to know about this one.
When: Saturday, September 15 at 3:30 p.m. ET
Where: Bobby Dodd Stadium, Atlanta, GA
Live Streaming: WatchESPN
Betting Line: Georgia Tech (-10.5), according to Covers
Virginia Injuries (via USA Today)
G Cody Wallace, Leg, Questionable
LB Adam Caplinger, Knee, Out
T Tim Cwalina, Heart, Out
DT Marco Jones, Knee, Out
S David Marrs, Knee, Out
Georgia Tech Injuries (via USA Today)
QB David Sims, Shin, Questionable
OL Morgan Bailey, Ankle, Questionable
S Fred Holton, Undisclosed, Questionable
LB Daniel Drummond, Suspension, Out
What's at Stake?
Virginia accomplished its first winning season in four years under second-year head coach Mike London in 2011. After a 2-0 start this year, it's safe to say that expectations are beginning to grow.
But a huge win over FCS Richmond and a one-point win over a Penn State squad that probably would have prevailed with me as its kicker don't necessary catapult the Cavaliers into the elite section of college football.
A road win over a favored Georgia Tech squad would help them move in that direction and would set up an intriguing battle with No. 16 TCU.
The Yellow Jackets, on the other hand, are looking for a real evaluation after dropping a Week 1 heart-breaker at Virginia Tech. They looked much better than anticipated in their three-point overtime loss to the Hokies but didn't get a chance to really continue that momentum against Presbyterian, which they clobbered 59-3.
This week, we will get to see the real Georgia Tech.
Virginia Player to Watch: Steve Greer, LB
He very well may have the most boring name in college football, but Steve Greer is in for all the excitement that he can handle on Saturday afternoon.
The senior linebacker used his Bugs Bunny-like ability to be in about seven different places at once when he racked up 15 tackles and two sacks last week against Penn State. Against Georgia Tech's run-run-and-run-some-more style of offense, he might just have to double those numbers if Virginia is going to slow down the Yellow Jackets.
Georgia Tech Player to Watch: Tevin Washington, QB
Washington lines up behind center (usually), so he's technically listed as a quarterback, but when it comes down to it, he's just a running back trapped in a quarterback's body.
So far in the season, the dynamic senior has let the ball fly 26 times for 257 yards, two touchdowns and an ugly interception and tucked it in to run 28 times for 160 yards and a TD.
The less that Washington has to throw, the better off that Georgia Tech will be.
Key Matchup: Georgia Tech's Run Game vs. Virginia's Run D
In case you were wondering just how much the Yellow Jackets like to run the ball on offense, let this stat tell the story:
So far this season, Georgia Tech has run the ball on 75.34 percent of its plays (fifth most in the country). And that's still less than the Yellow Jackets want.
The key to Virginia pulling off the upset is simple. How effectively can the Cavaliers, who have allowed just 2.9 yards per carry so far this season, slow down Georgia Tech's triple option and force Tevin Washington to throw the ball?
The answer to that question: Not very.
I like Virginia's linebackers, but Georgia Tech is a different beast than they have faced so far this year. The Yellow Jackets will be able to run wild at home, and their defense has looked much better than expected.
Virginia 17, Georgia Tech 27
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