Florida State vs. Georgia Tech: ACC Championship Will Be Decided on the Ground

Rick Weiner@RickWeinerNYFeatured ColumnistDecember 1, 2012

November 24, 2012; Athens, GA, USA; Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets quarterback Tevin Washington (13) runs the ball in the first half against the Georgia Bulldogs at Sanford Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Daniel Shirey-US PRESSWIRE
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If you are a fan of potent passing attacks, the 2012 ACC Championship Game between the No. 13 Florida Seminoles (10-2) and the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (6-6) isn't the game for you.

Georgia Tech's entire offense is predicated on the run. Averaging 5.6 yards per carry (fifth best in the nation), the Yellow Jackets amass 323.3 rushing yards per game and have 46 rushing touchdowns on the season, both numbers ranking third in the country, according to CFBStats.com.

It's to the point where the Yellow Jackets don't even attempt to pass the ball, evidenced by the disparity in starting quarterback, Tevin Washington's numbers on the season.

The senior signal-caller has 151 carries on the season—nearly 40 more than the number of passes that he's attempted (114).

Florida State, while it struggled to contain Florida's rushing attack last week, surrendering 244 yards on the ground, is typically stout against the run, allowing the fourth-fewest rushing yards per game in the nation at 85.08 per game.

Opponents are averaging only 2.65 yards per carry against them (third lowest in the nation) and they have allowed only nine rushing touchdowns on the year—three of them coming against the Gators.

The Seminoles are no slouches when it comes to running the ball either, ranking 26th in the country with 203.75 rushing yards per game while their 34 rushing touchdowns rank 10th in the nation.

Georgia Tech's defense allows the 46th-fewest rushing yards per game, but they've allowed 34 rushing touchdowns on the season, something that doesn't bode well for them against Florida State.

Whichever defense is able to contain their opponents' running attack will emerge victorious and advance to a BCS bowl game.