Georgia Tech vs. Virginia Fearless Prediction & Game Preview
Check out the Georgia Tech vs. Virginia fearless prediction and game preview.
Georgia Tech (4-3) vs. Virginia (5-3) Game Preview
Broadcast, TV, Game Time
Date: Saturday, November 4th
Game Time: 3:00 pm ET
Venue: Scott Stadium, Charlottesville, VA
Network: ACC Network
It’s the battle of teams that are still sort of in the ACC title chase, but need to catch a whole slew of breaks in the Atlantic. But more realistically, it’s a battle of teams that need to secure bowl eligibility.
Virginia was rolling with a 5-1 start, and then it hit a wall in blowout losses to Boston College and Pitt that were every bit as shocking as the first half of the season was.
Now, the Cavaliers have to win just one more game, but that’s not a given with road games at Louisville and Miami up next before closing out against Virginia Tech.
So, win now, or else.
Georgia Tech lost to Miami, but it still has a shot to go on a run to make the Coastal interesting, with Virginia Tech up next before going to Duke. It needs to win two of its final four games, and the Georgia finale is going to be a problem.
So, it’s now win now, or else, but win now, Georgia Tech.
One Reason Why Virginia Will Win
Virginia is one of the few teams able to slow the game down and own the clock as well as Georgia Tech. The Cavaliers are good on third downs on both sides of the ball, and outside of the last few weeks, they’re efficient enough to hang on to the ball for 33 minutes or so.
Defensively, it’s easier said than done, but the Cavaliers only have to focus on the Georgia Tech ground game, because the passing attack really, really isn’t working.
Of course, the Yellow Jackets only care about hitting on the big play down the field now and then, but even that’s not working.
How bad has the Georgia Tech passing game been? It hasn’t come up with more than 68 yards in any of the last five games, with TaQuon Marshall only connecting on 3-of 13 passes against Clemson last week and with the passing game connecting on just 11-of-33 throws over last three games.
Making things worse, Georgia Tech has just two touchdown passes outside of the three thrown against Jacksonville State.
One Reason Why Georgia Tech Will Win
So why and how has it gone so wrong for Virginia over the last two weeks?
Turnovers were a problem against Boston College with three picks turning the game into a rout, and last week the O just couldn’t score.
Pitt didn’t do anything special, but it got up early and the Cavs couldn’t seem to come back, stalling on four of their five fourth down chances.
QB Kurt Benkert has to be better, only hitting on 52% of his throws over the last two games with the plays going nowhere. There’s absolutely nothing to worry about from the deep pass, with Benkert dinking and dunking way too much.
Georgia Tech doesn’t have to take too many chances. As long as it’s able to come up with stops on the short plays and the Cavs don’t start getting the ground game moving, the defense won’t have a hard day.
What’s Going To Happen
The Georgia Tech offense will do its part. It’s not going to crank up 400, but it’ll be in control from the start, and Virginia won’t come up with enough offensive pop to overcome the lack of control over the tempo.
The Cavaliers are playing too poorly at the moment to win a game like this against a team this sharp.
Georgia Tech vs. Virginia Prediction
Georgia Tech 34, Virginia 20
Georgia Tech -10, o/u: 49
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