Georgia Tech and Clemson have a long-standing rivalry, and the two ACC powerhouses will meet up this Thursday night in Death Valley.
Georgia Tech easily has the edge in career matchups against Clemson, having posted a record of 50-26-2 against the Tigers. However, Clemson has won two of the last three games, and the Tigers come into this contest as one of the nation's top teams (No. 8 in the BCS Standings).
Since losing in embarrassing fashion to Florida State, Clemson has impressively won two games in a row. With a record of 8-1, the Tigers have a chance to earn a trip to the Orange Bowl, provided FSU wins out and plays for the national championship.
Georgia Tech isn't nationally ranked, but the Yellow Jackets are a formidable opponent, with a record of 6-3. They come into the game on a three-game winning streak, but Clemson is a stronger opponent than any of the three teams recently dispatched.
Here's a look at when and where you can catch the game, along with injury reports for both teams and a final prediction.
When: Thursday, Nov. 14, at 7:30 p.m. ET
Where: Memorial Stadium, Clemson, S.C.
Live Streaming: Watch ESPN
Betting Info (via Covers.com)
- Over/Under: 59 points
- Spread: Clemson (-10.5)
Georgia Tech Injury Report (via USA Today)
|Morgan Bailey||OL||Ques Nov. 14 - Neck - 11/3/13|
|Jamal Golden||DB||Ques Nov. 14 - Shoulder - 11/3/13|
|Anthony Harrell||LB||Out for season - Leg - 10/22/13|
|Errin Joe||OL||Out for season - Shoulder - 10/9/13|
|Ray Beno||OL||Out for season - Foot - 10/22/13|
|Sean Tobin||LS||Out for season - Undisclosed - 10/4/13|
Clemson Injury Report (via USA Today)
|Garry Peters||CB||Ques Nov. 14 - Foot - 11/2/13|
|Patrick DeStefano||OL||Ques Nov. 14 - Neck - 11/2/13|
|Kevin Dodd||DE||Ques Nov. 14 - Toe - 11/2/13|
|Carlos Watkins||T||Ques Nov. 14 - Personal - 11/2/13|
|Dane Rogers||DE||Ques Nov. 14 - Personal - 11/2/13|
|Charone Peake||WR||Out for season - Knee - 9/12/13|
|Mackensie Alexander||DB||Out indefinitely - Groin - 10/3/13|
|Scott Pagano||DT||Out for season - Ankle - 9/12/13|
Will Georgia Tech Run Over Clemson?
Clemson's defense has been pretty good against the run this season, allowing just 140.8 yards per game, but the Tigers have allowed 13 rushing touchdowns in nine contests.
Those numbers will likely balloon after facing the Yellow Jackets this week.
Georgia Tech comes into this matchup with the nation's No. 5-ranked rushing offense, averaging an astonishing 311.2 yards per game, and the Yellow Jackets have scored 31 rushing touchdowns this season.
There are currently seven different players on Georgia Tech's roster with over 100 yards rushing this season. Senior David Sims leads the charge with 610 yards and nine touchdowns, but there are plenty of eager players behind him ready to gash Clemson's defense.
This type of offense is perfect for keeping Tajh Boyd and his explosive offense off the field. If Georgia Tech can control the clock by pounding the rock—much like what we saw Stanford do against Oregon last Thursday—then the visiting team has a chance of winning this game.
On paper, Georgia Tech has a shot to win.
The Yellow Jackets feature an impressive defense that allows just 18.8 points per game. Combined with the aforementioned rushing attack, this team appears to have the personnel to frustrate the Tigers at home.
That said, Clemson has been playing some excellent football all year long. The only team that truly stymied the team's offense was Florida State, and Georgia Tech doesn't come close to comparing to the Seminoles.
Boyd is coming off one of his best games of the season. He passed for 377 yards and three touchdowns against Virginia last weekend, and he'll have another big game at home this Thursday to help his team improve to 9-1.
Clemson wins 38-27.
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