Florida State vs. Georgia Tech: Latest Spread Info, BCS Impact and Predictions

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Florida State vs. Georgia Tech: Latest Spread Info, BCS Impact and Predictions
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Florida State is looking for its first ACC championship since 2005 when it roars into Charlotte to face Georgia Tech on Saturday.

The Seminoles (10-2, 7-1 ACC) are coming off a 37-26 loss to Florida, but they have the run defense to limit the Yellow Jackets' high-powered rushing attack.

After three straight wins, Georgia Tech (6-6, 5-3 ACC) got rocked by Georgia last week. The Yellow Jackets last won the ACC championship game in 2009.

Here's a look at the ACC clash on Saturday.

 

Where: Bank of America, Charlotte, NC

When: Saturday, Dec. 1 at 8 p.m. ET

Watch: ESPN

Listen: Seminole IMG Sports Network, Georgia Tech IMG Sports Network 

Live Stream: WatchESPN

 

Spread: Florida State -14 (via ScoresAndOdds.com)

I have Florida State winning by 15 points (see prediction below) so I would take the spread. It's possible that the Seminoles score even more than I'm predicting, too.

 

Over/Under: 62.5 (via ScoresAndOdds.com)

I would take the "Under" here because I have Florida State limiting Georgia Tech's rushing attack just enough and we all saw what Georgia did against the Yellow Jackets last week in a 42-10 laugher.

 

Injury Report (via USA Today)

Florida State

QB E.J. Manuel - Head - Probable

DB Justin Bright - Concussion - Questionable

TE Will Tye - Back - Questionable

G Jacob Fahrenkrug - Toe - Questionable

OL Trey Pettis - Head - Questionable

OT Garrett Faircloth - Hip - Questionable

DT Moses McCray - Concussion - Questionable

DT Derrick Mitchell - Back - Questionable

 

Georgia Tech

QB Tevin Washington - Wrist - Probable

G Omoregie Uzzi - Undisclosed - Probable

OL Jay Finch - Undisclosed - Questionable

OL Ray Beno - Knee - Questionable

RB Orwin Smith - Ankle - Questionable

PK Justin Moore - Undisclosed - Questionable

OL Errin Joe - Undisclosed - Questionable

 

BCS Implications

Whoever wins this game goes on to the Orange Bowl as the ACC champion. Florida State will go bowling regardless, but Georgia Tech needs a win to make a bowl game.

 

Key to Florida State Victory: Stop Georgia Tech Ground Game

Daniel Shirey-US PRESSWIRE

Georgia Tech is averaging 323.3 rushing yards per game this season, third in the nation. The Yellow Jackets are also tied for fifth in yards per carry (5.60, via CFBStats.com) and have amassed 46 rushing touchdowns (third).

Florida State has allowed just 2.65 yards per carry (third in the nation) and nine rushing touchdowns (tied for ninth), but the Seminoles allowed Florida to post 244 yards and three touchdowns on the ground last week.

 

Key to Georgia Tech Victory: Find Success on the Ground

"Defense" would be obvious here, but nothing's going to change the fact that this is a team that relies on outscoring its opponents and running the pigskin is a big part of that.

 

Prediction: Florida State 38, Georgia Tech 23

I expect Georgia Tech to be able to have some success on the ground given Florida State's run defense backpedaled against Florida, but I still don't think the Yellow Jackets will be able to do enough to outscore a Seminoles team that can score in bunches itself.

 

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