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Virginia Tech Hosts Georgia Tech on Thursday Night Football

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Virginia Tech and Georgia Tech are Thursday Night Regulars

The Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets and the Virginia Tech Hokies meet on Thursday Night Football in ESPN. Lane Stadium in Blacksburg, VA will be the site of the game.

TV: 7:30 p.m. ET, ESPN. LINE: Virginia Tech -3.5 ; O/U 59

Virginia Tech looks to contain the nation’s most productive rushing offense and remain unbeaten in the ACC Coastal Division when it hosts inconsistent Georgia Tech on Thursday night.

The Hokies, who are ranked 27th in the country in rushing defense, rallied to beat North Carolina 22-19 before their bye week. They will go to work on a Georgia Tech triple-option attack that has averaged 352 yards on the ground.

The Hokies have knocked off Florida State, Duke and North Carolina en route to first place alone in the Coastal. They have the four teams with winning records in conference play left on the schedule after meeting the Yellow Jackets.

Georgia Tech rolled up 129 points combined to defeat Bowling Green and Louisville. They then suffered three fumbles on the way to a 28-14 loss on Oct. 13 against Duke. Georgia Tech needs three wins over the final five games to qualify for a bowl.

Two Teams that are Totally Opposite in this Matchup

Georgia Tech is 3-4 overall and 1-3 in ACC play. This is not quite a must win situation, but it is not far from it.

The Yellow Jackets were held to 229 yards on the ground by Duke. That includes a team-high 62 from sophomore Jerry Howard. Senior quarterback TaQuon Marshall was held to a season-low 41. Marshall, who is probable with an upper-body injury, leads the team in rushing with 598 yards and nine of its 30 touchdowns on the ground.

Freshman running back Jordan Mason is next with 482 yards. The Yellow Jackets’ defense has had its moments this season. They have produced three touchdowns. Lineman Anree Saint-Amour boasts four sacks and three forced fumbles the past three games.

Virginia Tech is 4-2 overall and 3-0 on ACC action. A win tonight would definitely help keep them atop the ACC Coastal.

Ryan Willis put together an 18-play, 98-yard drive that ended on a touchdown pass to tight end Dalton Keene with 19 seconds left to beat North Carolina. That was his third start since taking over for injured Josh Jackson. Willis has seven TDs and 862 yards passing the last three games.

Virginia Tech is 23-9 on ESPN’s Thursday Night Football package and 6-0 against the Yellow Jackets on Thursday all time – the last being 23-21 in 2015.

Georgia Tech has won in its last two trips to Blacksburg, Va., and took three of the past four in the series, including last year’s battle 28-22 at home.

The Yellow Jackets have forced 16 turnovers – tied for 14th in the country – after finishing with 10 in 11 games last season.

PREDICTION: Virginia Tech 31, Georgia Tech 21

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Next up:
Georgia Tech at North Carolina Saturday, November 3
Virginia Tech home to Boston College Saturday, November 3

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