It has been a very disconnected football season for tomorrow night's ACC rivals.
The 2009 ACC Champion Yellow Jackets have yet to find any option rhythm and after a dismal season start the Hokies have reeled off six straight victories. With all that in place, the Thursday night matchup between these two programs could very well determine who will represent the Coastal division in the upcoming ACC Championship game.
Georgia Tech, with two conference losses, has yet to yield a loss to an inter-divisional foe, would still need help even with a victory over Virginia Tech. That help would have to come from upcoming VT games against UNC, Miami and in-state rival Virginia.
So who will win? It will be the team who can overcome the deficiencies that have plagued them off and on this season.
The two biggest factors to watch:
Can Georgia Tech find offensive efficiency against the young, and relatively inexperienced Hokie defense?
Can the Jacket's 3-4 defense contain the dangerous VT backfield, that includes, Darren Evans, Ryan Williams, and Tyrod Taylor?
Last season, Bud Foster's, Virginia Tech defense had a difficult time with their assignments and could not stop Paul Johnson's triple option. But with bye weeks for both squads it's difficult to predict how these teams will play after toe meets leather.
Currently VT is a thirteen point favorite, a seemingly very high spread for two teams who know each other well.
Look for Georgia Tech to play better than they have all season and hang score for score with the Hokies, but in the end not having quite enough juice to beat the current ACC Coastal division favorite on the road in Blacksburg—on a Thursday night—on national TV—in front of a fired up VT crowd.
GT 35 VT 36