Georgia Tech vs. Clemson: TV Info, Spread, Injury Updates, Game Time and More

Jesse Reed@@JesseReed78Correspondent INovember 12, 2013

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.

Watch: ESPN

Live Streaming: Watch ESPN

Betting Info (via Covers.com)

  • Over/Under: 59 points
  • Spread: Clemson (-10.5)

 

Georgia Tech Injury Report (via USA Today)

PlayerPositionStatus/Updated
Morgan Bailey OLQues Nov. 14 - Neck - 11/3/13
Jamal Golden DBQues Nov. 14 - Shoulder - 11/3/13
Anthony Harrell LBOut for season - Leg - 10/22/13
Errin Joe OLOut for season - Shoulder - 10/9/13
Ray Beno OLOut for season - Foot - 10/22/13
Sean Tobin LSOut for season - Undisclosed - 10/4/13
USA Today

 

Clemson Injury Report (via USA Today)

PlayerPositionStatus/Updated
Garry Peters CBQues Nov. 14 - Foot - 11/2/13
Patrick DeStefano OLQues Nov. 14 - Neck - 11/2/13
Kevin Dodd DEQues Nov. 14 - Toe - 11/2/13
Carlos Watkins TQues Nov. 14 - Personal - 11/2/13
Dane Rogers DEQues Nov. 14 - Personal - 11/2/13
Charone Peake WROut for season - Knee - 9/12/13
Mackensie Alexander DBOut indefinitely - Groin - 10/3/13
Scott Pagano DTOut for season - Ankle - 9/12/13
USA Today

 

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. 

 

Prediction

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. 

 

Final Score

Clemson wins 38-27.

 

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