A victory for the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets or Virginia Tech Hokies could catapult either program into the Top 25, as the ACC schools meet on Thursday night at Bobby Dodd Stadium.
The matchup features the Hokies attempt to thwart Georgia Tech head coach Paul Johnson’s complex flexbone option offense for the first time in the last three years. Virginia Tech has lost three straight times to the Yellow Jackets, and four of the last five times.
Sophomore quarterback Vad Lee, and senior running backs David Sims and Robert Godhigh are running the offense to near perfection. Now 3-0 for the only the second time in eight years, Georgia Tech is 11th in the nation with 45.3 points, and fourth with 345 rushing yards a contest.
Lee has tossed seven touchdowns and rushed for another three, while Sims has 211 rushing yards and three touchdowns. Godhigh hasn’t reached the endzone, but has 174 yards on 14 attempts, and five other Yellow Jackets have 50-plus rushing yards.
Georgia Tech’s defense has also proven stellar, holding lesser opponents like Duke and Elon to 11.3 points and 4.5 yards per play thus far. Senior linebacker Brandon Watts leads the team with 19 tackles, and sophomore defensive lineman Adam Gotsis and junior end Anthony Williams have totaled five tackles for a loss of 20 yards.
But the Hokies are battle tested, and maybe even primed for an upset after gaining some confidence in their season-opening loss to No. 1 Alabama.
Virginia Tech ripped off three straight victories thanks in part to a pass rush that has generated 16 sacks for a loss of 94 yards. Senior defensive end J.R. Collins leads the team with 4.5 sacks, while three other Hokies have two sacks.
Quarterback Logan Thomas has 698 yards passing and four touchdowns, but struggled in last week’s 29-21 triple overtime squeaker against Marshall. Running back Trey Edmunds had a solid game with 110 rushing yards. and Thomas made up for his two interceptions with two rushing scores.
Receiver Willie Byrn had two catches for 15 yards and a score, and fellow leading wide out Demitri Knowles had three receptions for 21 yards.
The game kicks off at 7:30 p.m. ET and will be broadcast by ESPN, or watch their live online stream at Watch ESPN here.
Betting Odds: Georgia Tech favored by 7 points.
Over/Under: 43.5 points
Prediction: Georgia Tech over Virginia Tech, 28-17