Virginia Tech vs. Georgia Tech Prediction, Game Preview

    Virginia Tech vs. Georgia Tech prediction and game preview. The Hokies look to even their record to 5-5 as they take on the Yellow Jackets in Atlanta.

    November 10, 2015


    The jockeying for bowl eligibility continues Thursday night when the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (3-6) host the Virginia Tech Hokies (4-5). Check out the Virginia Tech vs. Georgia Tech prediction and game preview.

    Virginia Tech vs. Georgia Tech Prediction & Preview

    Broadcast

    Date: Thursday, November 12
    Game Time: 7:30 ET
    Network: ESPN

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    Why You Need To Care

    Thursday night. The battle of the Techs. This used to be a really big deal, but not so much in 2015. The Yellow Jackets and the Hokies have been two of the ACC’s biggest disappointments of 2015, neither factoring in the Coastal Division race. While the intensity will still be there at Bobby Dodd Stadium, the storylines and the impact will not. Virginia Tech, which needs two more wins to extend its 22-year bowl steak, is playing its first game since Frank Beamer announced he’d be retiring at the end of the season. Georgia Tech has no margin for error if it plans to be a part of the postseason for a 19th consecutive year.

    Why Virginia Tech Will Win

    The Hokies boast the far better—and healthier—defense entering Thursday night’s game. Plus, they’ve not only had extra time to prepare for Georgia Tech’s triple-option, but that triple-option isn’t what it used to be under Paul Johnson. The Jackets have been wildly inconsistent since opening with Alcorn State and Tulane, and Va Tech will capitalize by pressing up CB Chuck Clark and linebackers Andrew Motuapuaka and Deon Clarke to support a very active front four.

    Why Georgia Tech Will Win

    Inconsistent? Yes. Impotent? No. As long as QB Justin Thomas is healthy, the Yellow Jackets have a shot to beat anyone, evidenced by the Oct. 24 upset of Florida State. Georgia Tech moved the ball on the ground versus the Noles and Pitt in recent games, with B-back Marcus Marshall emerging as a go-to performer. The Hokies have a quality D, but they’ve hardly been invincible, ranking No. 11 in ACC rush defense.

    Player Who Matters

    The Hokies are prepared to feed the Yellow Jackets with a steady dose of Travon McMillian on the ground. The rookie is showing workhorse tendencies, carrying the ball 62 times in just the last two games. Va Tech wants to ram the ball behind LG Wyatt Teller and directly at the interior of a defense missing its two best tackles, injured Adam Gotsis and suspended Jabari Hunt-Days. If McMillian can soften the defense on the ground, QB Michael Brewer to TE Bucky Hodges and WR Isaiah Ford becomes a much more dangerous option through the air.

    What’s Going To Happen?

    These matchups are always close, and Thursday on the Flats will be no different. While Georgia Tech is fading and shorthanded, Virginia Tech will be fired up to get Beamer into one final postseason event. The Hokies will contain Thomas & Co. on the ground, while McMillian grinds out 125 yards and a score against a thinning Yellow Jacket D.

    Virginia Tech vs. Georgia Tech Prediction

    Prediction: Virginia Tech 28, Georgia Tech 23, Line: Georgia Tech -3.5, o/u: 53
    Must See Rating: 5: Spectre … 1: The 33 … 2

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