The Virginia Cavaliers will host the undefeated and No. 12 Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets on Saturday.
The Cavaliers come into the game at 3-2, but haven't had a really dominant win since beating William & Mary 40-3 in the opener.
While the Yellow Jackets have been closer in the last few games than they probably should have been, they are a perfect 6-0 and genuine contenders in the ACC.
Where: Scott Stadium. Charlottesville, Virginia
When: Saturday, October 15 at 3:30 p.m. EDT
Listen: 790 AM in Atlanta. 97.5 FM, 1070 AM in Charlotesville. Streamed online at Virginiasports.com.
Bodog has the Yellow Jackets as 7.5-point favorites. I know that Georgia Tech has been less than dominant at times this year, but this is a pretty good bet if that line holds.
Will Georgia Tech cover the spread?
Can Georgia Tech remain undefeated? Their run has been less than dominant, but they do sit at a perfect 6-0 record.
Also, with a road game against Miami next week, and then home dates against Clemson and Virginia Tech immediately after, can the Yellow Jackets avoid looking too far ahead?
Who Might Not Play for Georgia Tech
LB's Brandon Watts, Jerimiah Attaochu, Daniel Drummond, and OL Morgan Bailey are all listed as day-to-day.
Who Might Not Play for Virginia
HB Kevin Parks, WR Bobby Smith, and LB Henry Coley are all questionable.
BCS/Top 25 Implications
Virginia's chances in the ACC are pretty much done. They will not be a ranked team. Georgia Tech needs this win to keep their ACC hopes alive. If they lose, it's possible that they will fall from the Top 25.
What They're Saying
ESPN's Heather Dinich had this to say as part of her Midseason report on Georgia Tech:
Georgia Tech, which was picked by the media to finish in fourth place in the Coastal Division, has far exceeded expectations. Unlike in years past, there’s not really one superstar on this team. Instead, it’s been a group effort that Washington has highlighted.
Are you buying Georgia Tech as a real ACC contender?
Georgia Tech Player to Watch
Quarterback Tevin Washington will clearly be the most important player for the Yellow Jackets. As both a passer and runner, he will need to be on point against not only Virginia, but the rest of the ACC schedule.
Virginia Player to Watch
Kevin Parks has been a touchdown vulture for the Cavaliers this year. He's not the team's leading rusher, but he's scored six touchdowns. No other Cavalier has more than two.
Virginia quarterback Michael Rocco has a fair yardage total, but throws far too many interceptions. Rocco against the Georgia Tech secondary will be important.
If Rocco doesn't get the better of that matchup, this one will be ugly.
On the Hotseat
Rocco. His touchdown to interception ratio is awful. If he doesn't improve, it's hard to see him surviving the season.
Georgia Tech has too much here for Virginia to play against. It might be reasonably close, but I like the Yellow Jackets to win and cover here.
Georgia Tech 27, Virginia 13.