Preview: Georgia Tech at Virginia Tech

When: 3:30 PM ET, Saturday, November 12, 2016
Where: Lane Stadium, Blacksburg, Virginia


Virginia Tech possesses a clear path to the ACC championship game, and looks to move within one victory of the Coastal Division title Saturday when it hosts Georgia Tech. The No. 22-ranked Hokies will play the first half without defensive back Terrell Edmunds and have several other defenders dealing with injuries, which is a concern considering the Yellow Jackets feature the 10th-best rushing attack in the nation.

“Part of the reason it is a challenge defensively is you don’t see it every day, and they’re very good at running it,” Hokies coach Justin Fuente told reporters Monday. Virginia Tech has won four of its past five games and got a big performance from quarterback Jerod Evans (192 yards passing, 83 yards rushing) in last week’s 24-21 victory at Duke, but Edmunds was ejected for a targeting call that will sideline him for the opening half this week and defensive tackle Nigel Williams has missed the past three games with an ankle injury. The Yellow Jackets allowed 636 yards of total offense and saw quarterback Justin Thomas leave with an upper-body injury in last week’s 48-20 defeat at North Carolina, their fourth loss in the past six games. “To win football games at this level, you have to play good defense,” Georgia Tech defensive tackle Patrick Gamble told reporters. “We haven’t been doing that of late.”

TV: 3:30 p.m. ET, ESPNU. LINE: Virginia Tech -14

ABOUT GEORGIA TECH (5-4, 2-4 ACC): Running back Clinton Lynch is one of the more explosive players in the ACC, averaging 17.2 yards per touch (298 yards rushing on 28 carries; 12 receptions for 389 yards) and scoring a touchdown in each of the past four games. Thomas, who is expected to play Saturday, rushed for 82 yards and passed for 144 yards last week after recording 459 yards of total offense against Duke on Oct. 29. But the defense gave up 9.1 yards per play against North Carolina and has surrendered 35 points or more in four of the past five games.

ABOUT VIRGINIA TECH (7-2, 5-1): The Hokies average 444.4 yards of total offense per game, topping 450 yards six times in nine games, and have scored 39 points per game in their seven victories. A trio of receivers – Bucky Hodges, Isaiah Ford and Cam Phillips – have combined for 119 receptions for 1,753 yards and 13 touchdowns, while Evans has passed for 21 touchdowns and only two interceptions. Virginia Tech’s defense ranks 18th nationally in points allowed per game (20.2).

EXTRA POINTS

1. Georgia Tech scored just 13 points on six red-zone drives last week.

2. The Hokies have not committed a turnover in their past three games.

3. The past eight meetings between the Hokies and Yellow Jackets have been decided by 11 points or less.

PREDICTION: Virginia Tech 41, Georgia Tech 24

Stats and Records

Team Comparison

  W/L Strk PF PA Home Away Grass Turf Conf
Georgia Tech 5-4 L1 27.2 26.2 4-2 1-2 5-4 0-0 2-4
Virginia Tech 7-2 W3 34.9 20.2 4-1 3-1 7-1 0-0 5-1

Last Meeting

Georgia Tech Virginia Tech
Date Away Home Tot Rus Pas Tot Rus Pas
11/12/15 VT 23 GT 21 258 161 97 343 165 178

Player Stats

Previous Matchup
Passing Player COMP% YDS TD INT
GT J. Thomas 30.8 97 0 0
VT M. Brewer 51.7 178 1 1
Rushing Player CAR YDS AVG TD
GT M. Allen 16 75 4.7 1
VT T. McMillian 24 135 5.6 2
Receiving Player REC YDS AVG TD
GT R. Jeune 1 58 58.0 0
VT C. Phillips 6 95 15.8 0
TDs Player TD
GT M. Allen 1
VT T. McMillian 2
Season
Passing Player COMP% YDS TD INT
GT J. Thomas 54.8 1208 7 1
VT J. Evans 61.7 2209 21 2
Rushing Player CAR YDS AVG TD
GT D. Mills 114 578 5.1 10
VT J. Evans 114 533 4.7 4
Receiving Player REC YDS AVG TD
GT C. Lynch 12 389 32.4 5
VT I. Ford 50 710 14.2 6
TDs Player TD
GT D. Mills 11
VT I. Ford 6

Quickchart Matchup

Georgia Tech Off vs  Virginia Tech Def
401 yards
327.4 yards
5.4 yards/rush
3.5 yards/rush
10.8 yards/attempt
6.3 yards/attempt
Virginia Tech Off vs  Georgia Tech Def
445.1 yards
405.4 yards
4.1 yards/rush
4.7 yards/rush
8.3 yards/attempt
7.6 yards/attempt

Matchup Stats - Full Matchup

Georgia Tech Overall Virginia Tech
5-4-0 W/L 7-2-0
3-4-1 ATS 4-5-0
5-2-1 O/U 5-4-0
27.2 Pts For 34.9
26.2 Pts Against 20.2
Georgia Tech A/H Virginia Tech
1-2 W/L 4-1
1-1-1 ATS 3-2-0
2-1-0 O/U 4-1-0
23.7 Pts For 40.0
33.0 Pts Against 18.2