Virginia Cavaliers (4-4) at Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (6-2)
|Date & Time||Saturday November 1, 2014, 3:30 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets -3.5 -- Over/Under: 54.5
The Virginia Cavaliers travel to Georgia Tech to play the Yellow Jackets on Saturday.
The Virginia Cavaliers dropped to 4-4 on the year after losing at home to North Carolina 28-27 last weekend. Virginia has dropped two games in a row after winning four of five games in September and early October. The Cavaliers have knocked off the likes of Louisville and Pittsburgh, while losing to BYU, UCLA, and Duke. Against North Carolina, the Cavaliers outgained the Tar Heels 443 to 374 in total yards, but they turned the ball over twice, which proved costly. The Cavaliers defense is allowing only 22.9 points per game on the season, which ranks 40th in the country. QB Greyson Lambert completed only 20 of 40 passes for 261 yards with 2 touchdowns and 2 terrible interceptions. WR Darius Jennings caught 3 balls for 82 yards, while RB Kevin Parks had a solid day with 111 rushing yards and 1 touchdown. Virginia’s offense is averaging 28.8 points per game, which ranks 75th in the country this season. The Cavaliers will head out on the road for the third time this year; Virginia has lost both of their road games thus far.
The Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets improved to 6-2 on the season after beating Pittsburgh on the road 56-28 last weekend. Georgia Tech snapped a two game losing streak, Duke and North Carolina, and are looking to get back into the race for a spot in the conference championship later this year. Georgia Tech has wins over Virginia Tech and Miami and has a few big games remaining on the schedule against Clemson and Georgia. Against Pittsburgh, Georgia Tech outgained the Panthers 612 to 526 in total yards. The Georgia Tech defense forced a whopping 6 turnovers in the win. The Yellow Jackets defense is allowing 28.3 points per game this season, which ranks 80th in the country. QB Justin Thomas threw for 147 yards and 1 touchdown, while also rushing for 92 yards and a touchdown. RB Synjyn Days rushed for a team-high 110 yards, while WR Charles Perkins had one big catch for 79 yards and a touchdown. The Georgia Tech offense averages an impressive 37.1 points per game, which ranks 22nd in the country. Georgia Tech will host their fifth game of the season; the Yellow Jackets are 3-1 at home this season.
Georgia Tech has won four of their last five games against Virginia, including a 35-25 win at Virginia last year. Virginia should bounce back after two tough losses. The Cavaliers are a solid team with a ton of potential moving forward. Meanwhile, Georgia Tech has one of the most dangerous rushing attacks in the country. However, I think Virginia will slow down the Yellow Jacket offense and will keep this game close. I wouldn’t be surprised if the Cavaliers won this game straight up, but I’ll take the points with the road dog.