Georgia Tech vs. Virginia Tech fearless prediction and game preview.
Date: Thursday, October 25
Game Time: 7:30 ET
Venue: Lane Stadium, Blacksburg, VA
Georgia Tech (3-4) vs. Virginia Tech (4-2) Game Preview
One Reason Why Georgia Tech Will Win
There have been some great Virginia Tech defenses over the years. This isn’t one of them.
The pass defense has been the biggest issue – that doesn’t quite come into play with the Georgia Tech attack – but the defensive front hasn’t had a whole lot of luck against the run over the last few weeks, getting ripped up for North Carolina for 235 yards after allowing three touchdowns to Notre Dame.
The Yellow Jackets haven’t been consistent, and they struggled a wee bit against Duke, but now they’ve had some time off.
The two weeks were a big deal to get QB TaQuon Marshall healthy again after getting knocked out against Duke. Tobias Oliver is a good option, but if Marshall is back to normal, the O is back up to speed.
He only ran for 64 yards in last year’s win over the Hokies, but he came up with two touchdowns and threw for two long scores on his two completed passes.
In Virginia Tech’s two losses, it gave up three touchdown runs, and allowed two scores in the other four games – all wins. Georgia Tech has rushed for four touchdowns or more in every game but the losses to Clemson and Duke.
One Reason Why Virginia Tech Will Win
It’s Georgia Tech, so you’d assume the option attack dominates the time of possession battles and owns the tempo of games.
Not even close.
The defense can’t come up with third down stops, and the offense isn’t quite consistent enough – the Yellow Jackets only control the clock for around 27 minutes per game. As mediocre has Virginia Tech has been at times, it’s been great at holding on to the ball – it should have it for around 33 minutes if everything goes right.
Not having Josh Jackson at quarterback has hardly been a plus for the Hokies, but Ryan Willis has been fine, throwing seven touchdown passes and close to 900 yards in his three games at the helm.
There’s a Yellow Jacket pass rush, but Bowling Green and Louisville bombed away, and Duke’s Daniel Jones was effective. Granted, the Falcons and Cardinals threw in blowout losses – they tried to keep up – but the Georgia Tech secondary isn’t going to hold up if Willis gets going right away.
What’s Going To Happen
Virginia Tech whacked around Duke, and Duke rolled past the Yellow Jackets, but that doesn’t mean much – either you can stop the option, or you can’t. With two weeks off to prepare, the Hokies will survive at home.
This is a really, really young defense – even after being halfway through the season – but it’s going to be able to hold its own this week just enough to survive.
Georgia Tech won’t control the game like it’ll need to offensively, and the defense won’t be able to hold up against what will be the balanced Hokie attack.
Fearless Prediction & Line
Virginia Tech 30, Georgia Tech 21
Line: Virginia Tech -3, o/u: 59.5
ATS Confidence out of 5: 2
Must See Rating: 3
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