Virginia Tech (4-5, 2-3) at Georgia Tech (3-6, 1-5)
When: Thursday, November 12th 2015
Where: Bobby Dodd Stadium, Atlanta, GA
Time: 7:30 ET | TV: ESPN
Virginia Tech head coach Frank Beamer will pass Paul ‘Bear’ Bryant tonight for fifth all-time with his 425th game coached. Beamer announced earlier this month that this will be his final season. Virginia Tech needs to win two of their final three games to reach a bowl for the 23rd consecutive season. The Hokies have had a tough time this year generating any offense as they rank 86th in total offense. Quarterback Michael Brewer has thrown five touchdown passes and two interceptions in three games since returning from a broken collarbone, but got his first win of the season last week when Virginia Tech beat Boston College 26-10. Sophomore wide receiver Isaiah Ford leads the team with 44 catches and 7 touchdowns, but has only broken 100 yards once this season. The young Hokie squad is also led by freshman running back Travon McMillian, who has 247 yards and two touchdowns in his last two games and has 665 yards on the season. The defense is ranked 17th in the country against the pass, but it won’t help much tonight against a run-heavy Georgia Tech team.
Georgia Tech has had one of the most disappointing seasons in College Football. They were ranked 17th in the AP preseason poll, but have just a 3-6 record and have the 11th ranked defense in the ACC. The Yellow Jackets have only one win in their last 7 games and oddly enough it was against Florida State. They followed that win up with a damaging loss at Virginia in what could ultimately hurt their bowl chances. They need to win their remaining three games to be bowl eligible. Georgia Tech is eighth in the nation in rushing offense at 267.2 yards game, but will need better play from quarterback Justin Thomas, who has completed just 43.6% of his passes this season. However, the Yellow Jackets have scored at least 20 points in 19 consecutive ACC games and are the second-least penalized team in the nation. Georgia Tech is 3-2 at home this year and are averaging 43.0 points a game in Bobby Dodd Stadium.
Virginia Tech will give up a bunch of yards on the ground tonight and Georgia Tech will keep their hopes alive for a bowl berth.
Pick: Georgia Tech -3