Thursday ACC Matchup Kicks off Week 5
For the second week in a row, two ACC teams are featured in a primetime national television game on Thursday night. Virginia Tech will battle an undefeated Georgia Tech team in what could be a very competitive ball game.
Georgia Tech is back at home on Grant Field fresh off of their comeback win against North Carolina last Saturday. Meanwhile, the Hokies have recovered from their week one loss to Alabama. They outlasted a gutsy Marshall team last week, winning in overtime and are 3-1 on the year.
The Yellow Jackets bring in one of the best rushing offenses in the Country. In three games, they have averaged 345 yards a game on the ground. They are a three headed monster using quarterback Vad Lee along with David Sims and Robert Godhigh as weapons on the ground in Paul Johnson's spread option offense.
Sims leads the team with 211 yards rushing with Lee kicking in 180 yards on the season. Meanwhile Robert Godhigh averages 12.4 yards per carry racking up 174 yards thus far, this season.
But this Georgia Tech offense is a little different than some of Johnson's from the past with Lee passing the ball very efficiently. He has thrown 7 touchdowns with only 1 interception.
One of the over looked aspects of this Yellow Jacket team might well be their defense. One that held Bryn Renner and North Carolina scoreless in the second half, assisting the Georgia Tech comeback.
Meanwhile, Virginia Tech boasts a defense who only averages just over 17 points per game. They will have to slow down a Georgia Tech offense who is second in the Country on 3rd down efficiency, which can wear down defenses. But with Bud Foster, one of the best defensive minds in college football, the Hokies should be ready despite a short week of preparation.
Virginia Tech has struggled at quarterback and have relied on running back Trey Edmunds to carry the load on offense. Edmunds has totalled 352 yards rushing with 3 touchdowns this season.
Logan Thomas has been inconsistent behind the center completing less than 50 percent of his passes thrown and has 6 interceptions to just 4 touchdowns.
Interestingly, it was the running game that was their question mark coming into the season which has proven to be their strength on offense thus far.
The Hokies have won 19 games when played on Thursday night on ESPN.
Virginia Tech starts a 3 game stretch that should prove their make up starting tonight. They follow up with games against North Carolina and Pittsburgh.
The game has huge implications in the ACC Coastal division. With a win, Georgia Tech would be 3-0 in the division giving them a big early advantage. The Hokies have yet to play a conference game.
Prediction: Georgia Tech by 4