The Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets are hosting the Virginia Tech Hokies in college football action Thursday. The game is scheduled for a 7:30 p.m. start time
The battle of the Techs. This used to be a really big deal, but not so much in 2015. The Yellow Jackets and the Hokies have been two of the ACC’s biggest disappointments of 2015, neither factoring in the Coastal Division race. While the intensity will still be there at Bobby Dodd Stadium, the storylines and the impact will not. Virginia Tech, which needs two more wins to extend its 22-year bowl steak, is playing its first game since Frank Beamer announced he’d be retiring at the end of the season. Georgia Tech has no margin for error if it plans to be a part of the postseason for a 19th consecutive year.
The Virginia Tech Hokies look for their third road win to get back to a .500 record. Michael Brewer is completing 61.6 percent of his passes for 671 yards, seven touchdowns and two interceptions. Brewer has five touchdown passes in his last three games. Isaiah Ford and Cam Phillips have combined for 1,025 receiving yards and nine touchdowns while Bucky Hodges has 24 receptions. The Virginia Tech Hokies ground game is averaging 161.6 yards per contest, and Travon McMillian leads the way with 665 yards and three touchdowns. Defensively, Virginia Tech is allowing 24.3 points and 345.4 yards per game. Chuck Clark leads the Hokies with 73 tackles, Adonis Alexander has three interceptions and Woody Baron has three sacks. Corey Marshall is questionable with a hamstring injury.
The Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets must win out if they’re going to reach a 19th straight bowl game. Justin Thomas is completing 43.6 percent of his passes for 1,166 yards, 12 touchdowns and six interceptions. Thomas has three touchdown passes in his last three games. Ricky Jeune and Clinton Lynch have combined for 623 receiving yards and six touchdowns while Micheal Summers has 12 receptions. The Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets ground game is averaging 267.2 yards per contest, and Marcus Marshall leads the way with 531 yards and four touchdowns. Defensively, Georgia Tech is allowing 26.1 points and 365 yards per game. P.J. Davis leads the Yellow Jackets with 63 tackles, D.J. White has two interceptions and Adam Gotsis has three sacks. A.J. Gray and Jabari Hunt-Days are out.
The Hokies are 7-15 ATS in their last 22 road games and 5-12-1 ATS vs. a team with a losing record. The Yellow Jackets are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games in November and 1-6 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The Hokies are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 meetings in Georgia Tech and 2-5 ATS in their last 7 meetings overall.