ACC Championship 2012: Florida State Will Crush Georgia Tech in Huge Mismatch

Rick WeinerFeatured ColumnistNovember 25, 2012

TALLAHASSEE, FL - SEPTEMBER 22:  A general view of fans of the Florida State Seminoles during their game at Doak Campbell Stadium on September 22, 2012 in Tallahassee, Florida.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
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Florida State is heading to the ninth Orange Bowl in school history and there isn't much that Georgia Tech can do to stop them.

The Seminoles and the Yellow Jackets last met in 2009, when Georgia Tech went to Tallahassee and beat Florida State 49-44—but that isn't in the cards this time around.

Even though the Yellow Jackets run the ball as well as any team in the country and can put points on the board in a hurry, they struggle to score against top-flight defenses—and that's what the Seminoles' defense is.

We saw all the evidence we needed on Saturday in Tech's game against the Georgia Bulldogs. While the Yellow Jackets picked up 306 rushing yards and held the ball nearly 20 minutes longer than Georgia, they only managed 10 points and got thumped, 42-10.

Sure, Florida State didn't look good in its 37-26 loss to Florida on Saturday, with senior quarterback E.J. Manuel turning the ball over four times (three interceptions and a lost fumble) and giving the Gators excellent field position all day long, but Georgia Tech's defense pales in comparison to that of the Gators.

The Yellow Jackets allow nearly 400 yards of offense and 31 points per game. 

How exactly are they going to compete with a Seminoles offense that drops more than 40 points per game on the opposition while limiting their opponents to under 250 yards of total offense and 15 points per game?

The simple answer is that they won't.

Florida State can contain Tevin Washington and the Yellow Jackets explosive rushing attack, but Georgia Tech doesn't have answers for Manuel or his complement of weapons.

The Yellow Jackets have lost to every ranked opponent that they've faced thus far by an average of 17 points.

When these two teams meet on the 50-yard line at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, NC, on December 1, the result won't be that close.

Florida State is going to walk all over Georgia Tech—and right into an Orange Bowl showdown against whoever emerges from the Big East.