When: Saturday, October 20 at 3:00 p.m. ET
Where: Bobby Dodd Stadium, Atlanta, GA.
Watch: Check Local Listings
Live Stream: ESPN3
Radio: Free Football Radio
Betting Line: Georgia Tech -13 (via Bovada)
Key Storyline: Which Team Will Get Out of Their Losing Funk?
Georgia Tech certainly didn’t think they would be 2-4 at this point in the season. The defense, though, hasn’t been as stingy as it has been in recent years. The Yellow Jackets fired defensive coordinator Al Groh during their bye week last weekend as a result of the defense’s poor play.
Boston College did not have lofty expectations this season like Georgia Tech, but 1-5 was not in the planner for head coach Frank Spaziani. It didn’t get much better last Saturday with a 51-7 drubbing against an angry Florida State team. The Eagles have yet to beat a FBS team this season.
Injury Report (via CollegeInjuryReport.com)
TE Jake Sinkovec- QUESTIONABLE- Illness
LB Quayshawn Nealy- QUESTIONABLE- Undisclosed
What’s at Stake
Both teams are hanging out in the ACC cellar, so they don’t have much motivation in terms of rankings or polls.
Both need this win, though, to turn their season around and gain some confidence headed into future matchups with potential top-25 teams.
For Boston College, a signature win versus Georgia Tech may not pardon their record, but it will give the coaching staff more time to develop this young squad.
The Yellow Jackets will now be focused on getting bowl eligible, as it seems any chance at the ACC Coastal title is lost.
What They’re Saying
Boston.com reports that Boston College head coach Frank Spaziani had no idea that Georgia Tech had been fired from Georgia Tech this past week, stating:
“I’ve been in a bubble myself, here,” Spaziani said. (via Boston.com)
He might want to look up opposing coaches if he wants to have a chance of getting a win anytime soon. Usually that helps prepare teams for potential schemes they’ll go up against.
Then again, Boston College fans are wondering what Spaziani looks at everyday.
Boston College Player to Watch: RB Andre Williams
The Eagles running back has come alive the past two weeks for the offense. He’s ran for 295 yards the past two contests, including a 100-yard performance against the vaunted Florida State defense.
It will be imperative for Williams to pace the BC offense to allow their attack to have balance. Georgia Tech has had some trouble stopping the run this season, especially downhill runners like Williams (see Miami’s Mike James), so he should have a strong performance.
Boston College has given Williams the ball more times than any other ACC running back but one. It will be more of the same come Saturday.
Georgia Tech Player to Watch: QB Tevin Washington
Washington’s play dictates how the game goes for the Yellow Jackets. This contest versus the Eagles will be no exception.
The Georgia Tech triggerman is the team’s offensive sparkplug, leading the team in both passing and rushing yards and touchdowns.
For those who don’t watch Georgia Tech often, he has run more times than passed this season by almost twenty attempts. Not to say it doesn’t work, as Washington leads the ACC far and away with 13 rushing touchdowns on the year.
If he can get his receivers involved when they do take shots down the field, that will make Washington’s job a load easier. If not, No. 13 will just have to carry his team on his back one more time.
Prediction: Georgia Tech 45 Boston College 31
One of the worst defenses in the ACC has to take on a powerful offense at home? There’s a reason this spread is at double digits. Washington will have a masterful day, while his team gets back on track.