Thursday night football Virginia Tech at Georgia

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Thursday night football Virginia Tech at Georgia


2007-11-01

This Thursday it is a road game for Virginia Tech, traveling south over to Atlanta to face Georgia Tech. First up for the Hokies is putting behind the disappointment of not beating second ranked Boston College, whom they controlled for 56 minutes. Tech's defense understands that before Eagles quarterback Matt Ryan orchestrated a miracle, the Hokies had held the Heisman candidate and his explosive offense to just 159 total yards. "We played a helluva football game," defensive coordinator Bud Foster said. "The quarterback made a couple plays, bottom line. I told them in our meeting I was never more proud of a group. They executed the plan, played their tail off. And the guy made some plays."

Virginia Tech is in the midst of trying to win Coastal Division crown and return revenge on Georgia Tech. The Hokies were stung by the Yellow Jackets at home last season 38-27, coming back to make the score respectable. The Virginia Tech defense has been improving all season and is now third in the ACC at 304 yards per allowed. They will try to make life miserable for inconsistent Taylor Bennett and will have less to fear in the running game without Tashard Choice who is not expected to suit up for this game with a knee injury. Coach Frank Beamer teams are 13-5 ATS in road games after allowing 100 or less rushing yards in two straight contests.

Georgia Tech has been a disappointment after a stellar start. Quarterback Taylor Bennett has been off target all season, completing just over 50 percent of his passes, for just two touchdowns. He has often made poor throws and worse decisions. This allowed better defenses like Boston College and Virginia specifically to gang up on Choice. Without the conference's leading rusher and his back-up, whom was also injured last week, coach Chan Gailey turns to speedy sophomore Jamaal Evans who has all of 21 carries this season. Georgia Tech took care of Army last week and is only 2-11 ATS after one or more consecutive wins against the spread over the last three seasons.

The Yellow Jackets defense is ranked seventh in the country and is as aggressive as any you will find. It's all about creating pressure for DC John Tuenta, with flowing to the ball run defense and coming after the quarterback on throwing downs. The weak link to this defense in spite of its prowess, is vulnerable to smart, good throwing quarterback. It does not seem Virginia Tech has such a field general.

Sportsbook.com established Georgia Tech as a small 1.5-point home favorite and the early money pounced on the number, betting the Yellow Jackets up to 3-point choice. This is intriguing, since Choice is out; Virginia Tech normally plays well on Thursday night's, which is not the case for Georgia Tech who is 4-8 ATS. A better reason might be the disappointment the Hokies are faced with after losing last week and has come up flat the next time they hit the gridiron after playing Boston College as 1-10 ATS record proves.

ESPN will of course provide the coverage at 7:45 Eastern. Is Beamer's bunch really a dog? Not so sure with the Hokies 10-2 ATS in road encounters the last three seasons.


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