When the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets travel to North Carolina to play the Tar Heels Saturday, there will be more on the line than just a simple regular-season victory.
These two ACC rivals are looking to send a message to the rest of their conference that they are a force to be reckoned with—a big win in this game would do exactly that.
While there are a plethora of great early games in Week 10, even the most casual college football fan has to follow the action of what could become the best matchup Saturday afternoon.
When: Saturday, Nov. 10 at 12:30 p.m. ET
Where: Kenan Stadium, Chapel Hill, N.C.
Watch: ACC Network
Live Stream: ACC Online LIVE
Radio: Free Football Radio
Betting Line (via Covers)
Over/Under: OFF, Spread: North Carolina (-9)
The Tar Heels come into this game favored by nine points, but this matchup is the definition of a trap game; these squads are familiar with each other and will play tough to protect their conference superiority.
While North Carolina will likely win, this game will be closer than most experts believe. Take Georgia Tech with the nine points.
Injury Report (via USA Today)
Will Jackson, OL, Questionable
Errin Joe, OL, Questionable
Brennan Williams, T, Questionable
Tim Jackson, DE, Questionable
Miller Snyder, P, Questionable
Connor Gonet, FB, Questionable
T.J. Leifheit, T, Questionable
Darius Lipford, LB, Questionable
BCS/Top 25 Implications
While this is mostly a battle for ACC-Coastal supremacy, the Tar Heels have a legitimate chance to win the remainder of the games on their schedule and possibly sneak in the back door of the Top 25.
For their dreams of a place in the AP and BCS Top 25 to come to fruition, North Carolina must dismantle a solid Georgia Tech team and prove its worth as one of the best teams in the conference.
Georgia Tech Player to Watch:
Tevin Washington, QB
There are very few dual-threat QBs in college football that are legitimate threats in each capacity, but that’s exactly what Tevin Washington has become for the Yellow Jackets.
With Washington working through several injuries, Georgia Tech has to do everything in its power to get the star on the field and keep him healthy this week against North Carolina. The team’s best chance to win is with the senior QB on the field.
For the Yellow Jackets to win this game, Washington must protect the football and run the team’s spread offense in an efficient manner. If he completes 10 passes and runs the ball at least 10 more times, Georgia Tech will be tough to beat.
North Carolina Player to Watch:
Bryn Renner, QB
While there will be many causal college football fans that don’t know who Bryn Renner is, the junior quarterback is one of the best pure passers in the sport and has a very bright future. His stats in 2012 (2,386 passing yards and 18 touchdowns) prove that.
Against a mediocre Georgia Tech defense giving up 28 points per game, the Tar Heels star will have a great showing.
The strong North Carolina offensive line will be able to buy its QB enough time in the pocket to be effective, but it will be the stellar decision-making of the Renner that will lead the Tar Heels to a big win on their home field.
North Carolina 41, Georgia Tech 34
While each defensive unit can play well at times, this battle of ACC rivals will be an offensive showcase of epic proportions.
It won’t be as dramatic as USC versus Oregon from Week 9, but it will be a game in the same vein.
As talented as the run offense of the Yellow Jackets has been in 2012, the North Carolina Tar Heels led by the stellar passing of Bryn Renner will be too much for Georgia Tech to handle.
At the end of the day, it will be the blue and white standing tall in front of their home crowd.
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