Virginia Tech vs. Georgia Tech prediction and game preview. Projecting who wins between the Hokies and Yellow Jackets on Saturday in Blacksburg, VA.
Virginia Tech vs. Georgia Tech Game Preview
When: Saturday, Nov. 12 – 3:30 p.m. ET
Where: Lane Stadium, Blacksburg, VA
TV Broadcast: ESPNU
Adonis Alexander returned a blocked field goal 75 yards for a touchdown, and the Hokies (7-2, 5-1 ACC) held on for a 24-21 win over Duke last Saturday to remain in control of the ACC’s Coastal division. Jerod Evans passed for 192 yards and scored on a seven-yard run, one in which he carried multiple Duke defenders on his way to the end zone. The Hokies were able to make enough plays down the stretch to avoid an upset, which Syracuse was able to pull off last month against VT.
Meanwhile, the Yellow Jackets (5-4, 2-4) are coming off of a 48-20 loss to North Carolina in Chapel Hill, as Elijah Hood ran for 168 yards and three touchdowns. The Yellow Jackets allowed UNC to rack up 636 total yards, including a season-high 283 on the ground.
In last year’s meeting in Atlanta, the Hokies rallied from an early 14-point deficit to claim a 23-21 victory. Georgia Tech had fumbles on two straight fourth-quarter possessions that contributed to the loss.
What To Know About Virginia Tech
One week after Justin Fuente’s squad earned a big road win against Pitt, where Evans threw for a career-high 406 yards and two touchdowns, the Hokies did not play their best in the victory over Duke. But a win is a win, and VT will be bowling for a 24th straight year, which is the longest active streak in the nation. The Hokies remain tied atop the ACC Coastal division with North Carolina, and they hold the head-to-head tiebreaker as well. As long as Evans is healthy and Bud Foster’s defense plays up to its capability, this is a team that can compete with Clemson for the ACC crown.
What to Know About Georgia Tech
A week after Paul Johnson’s Yellow Jackets received a huge game from quarterback Justin Thomas, who ran and threw for a combined 459 yards and four touchdowns to beat Duke, GT fell behind 10-0 in the first seven minutes and struggled to get enough key defensive stops against the Tar Heels. So the Jackets still need to win one of their final three games to become bowl eligible for the 19th time in the last 20 seasons. The offense is clicking now after enduring its share of highs and lows, as GT racked up 518 total yards against UNC. But the defense is still too susceptible to potent offenses.
Offense: Virginia Tech. The Hokies have a very balanced offense that is averaging 34.7 points per contest.
Defense: Virginia Tech. Foster’s unit is allowing 327.4 yards per contest.
Special Teams: Virginia Tech. The Hokies have one of the best special teams efficiency ratings in the ACC.
Coaching: Even. Fuente was the prefect hire for the Hokies, while Johnson has taken GT to two Orange Bowls.
Intangibles: Virginia Tech. The Hokies do not want to slip up and miss out on an opportunity to play for the ACC crown.
Matchup To Watch
McMillian vs. GT defensive front
In last year’s win over the Yellow Jackets, the Hokies grabbed their first lead of the game on Travon McMillian’s second touchdown, a four-yard run with 6:58 left. He finished with 135 yards on 24 carries. The sophomore has 527 yards and four touchdowns on 113 rushes this season, and he is coming off of a 72-yard, one-touchdown effort against Duke. But he has had an uneven year. If the Yellow Jackets can contain him, that would put a little more pressure on Evans to make plays both with his legs and with his arm. Putting Evans in third-and-long situations is the best way for GT to contain this Hokies offense.
Spread: Virginia Tech -13.5
Over/Under: No Line (as of post)
Virginia Tech vs. Georgia Tech Prediction
The Yellow Jackets will get their share of yards on the ground, but Foster’s defense will eventually clamp down and force Thomas to make plays through the air. Meanwhile, Evans won’t face much resistance from the GT defense, as the Hokies remain the team to beat in the Coastal division.
Virginia Tech vs. Georgia Tech Score Prediction: Virginia Tech 31, Georgia Tech 20