This isn’t exactly how the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets wrote this season up. Before the season started, there was a lot of talk about how the Yellow Jackets could play the sleeper role and creep up into the top 4 for the college football playoff. However, the Yellow Jackets would be happy to just get an invite to any bowl game. Yes, it has gotten that bad for Georgia Tech. Even after the first couple of weeks, it was looking like the Yellow Jackets were going to be the team to play spoiler. Certainly not the case, as they’re currently sitting at 3-6 and looking for their fourth win Thursday night. We should note, though, those first two games were absolute cakewalks for Georgia Tech. Alcorn State and Tulane? Couldn’t have gotten much easier than that. Georgia Tech went on to score 134 points in those games and allowed just 16 points. The real challenge was going to be the next week against Notre Dame. In a closely contested game, Notre Dame got the victory 30-22.
It just looked like a tough loss for Georgia Tech, they’d bounce back. Nope, they lost five straight games. Their next win, which can be accredited to ruining Florida State’s season, was a 22-16 win over the Seminoles. In this disappointing year for Georgia Tech, they have that to be happy about. They came close against them in the past, as recent as last season, but they finally got the better of them this season. What 2015 could have been if they played like that throughout the year. But right now they can’t think back on anything, the goal now is to work towards getting a bowl game. Going out like this as a senior on the team would be tough, and no bowl game would make it even worse. For a team that has had some pretty good success the past few seasons, this one definitely feels different for Georgia Tech.
We’ll see how the rest of the season churns out for the Yellow Jackets. A win this evening would be a positive one against Virginia Tech. The Hokies don’t have much to play for either here, as they are well out of the ACC picture with a record of 4-5. But indirectly in a way, Virginia Tech does have something to play for. After a historic run as the head coach at Virginia Tech, Frank Beamer will be retiring following this season. I’m sure there is extra motivation for the Hokies to play good football. They will be on the road for this one Thursday night. Let’s get to the pick.
Virginia Tech Hokies vs. Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets College Football
Virginia Tech +3(-110)
@Georgia Tech -3(-110)
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Virginia Tech vs. Georgia Tech Pick:
We can’t blame Georgia Tech’s inefficiencies just from a lack of talent. They have been hit with a host of injuries. The injury report looks like a hospital. There are currently sixteen players listed on the report. It spans from the defense to the offense. Linebackers, defensive lineman, corners, running backs, offensive line, and even the backup quarterback are injured. It goes without saying that depth is a huge issue for Georgia Tech. For an offense that runs as fast as they do on the ground, it would be nice to be able to give some guys a breather here and there. With their injuries though, the Yellow Jackets just need to press forward and hope another injury doesn’t pop up. Georgia Tech of course employs the triple-option offense, which hasn’t been as effective as we predicted since week 2. 40+ points in their offense was to be expected, but they have only scored more than 30 points since then.
A good way to handicap this game is comparing the rush defense for Virginia Tech to the Georgia Tech offense. If the run game isn’t working for the Yellow Jackets it’s game over. Hopefully the defense makes up for it, like it did against FSU. The Hokies are pretty good against both, but are superior against the pass, allowing only 179 yards per game. Both teams are particularly good against the pass, both allow under 200 yards per game. This matchup has traditionally been a low scoring one. I think it is a case of the kind of offenses they both have. It lends itself to low scoring games as they both like to run a lot and chew up the clock. The last three games have gone UNDER and the UNDER is 7-1 in their last eight games. The side in this game looks extremely difficult to me, but I do like the UNDER 53.5.
PICK: UNDER 53.5 POINTS (-110)