Week 9 - Georgia Tech at Virginia

Posted Oct 23, 2013

Week 9 Fearless Prediction - Georgia Tech at Virginia

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Georgia Tech (4-3) at Virginia (2-5) Oct. 26, 12:30, ESPN3

Why You Should Give A Hoot: Which Georgia Tech team shows up this week in Charlottesville? It's been very challenging reading the tea leaves on the Yellow Jackets, who snapped a three-game losing streak on Saturday with a resounding 56-0 whitewash of Syracuse. Tech needs to build on its most complete victory in ages, for the good of its 2013 campaign and for the overall well-being of maligned head coach Paul Johnson. It could be worse for Johnson. He could be Mike London these days. Virginia's head man required a vote of confidence from AD Craig Littlepage just prior to his team blowing a 22-0 lead on Duke. The Cavaliers have now dropped four in a row, the last two in excruciating fashion.

Why Georgia Tech Might Win: Virginia's defensive strengths, its pass rush and pass defense, won't be especially valuable against run-first Tech. The Yellow Jackets have the wind at their backs, thanks to 394 yards and seven touchdowns on the ground against a decent Syracuse D. QB Vad Lee stabilized, at least for a week, while power backs Zach Laskey and David Sims ran with authority through the Orange front. The Cavs will labor to slow down the relentless approach of Georgia Tech.

Why Virginia Might Win: You just never know what you're going to get from Johnson's team, especially on the defensive side of the ball. Tech has been erratic all season, yielding 83 points in the two games leading up to last week's shutout. The Cavaliers must control the clock, keeping the chains moving between the tackles with backs Kevin Parks and Taquan Mizzell. If the running game is working, it'll create opportunities for QB David Watford to find a receiver or TE Jake McGee on play-action.

Who To Watch Out For: Will the real Georgia Tech defense kindly show up? Ted Roof's kids were suffocating last weekend, getting momentum-changing plays out of LB Quayshawn Nealy and CB Jemea Thomas. Now the Jackets need to build on that effort this Saturday.

- Lost in Virginia's fade has been the play of a defense that's often put its team in a position to win. The Cavaliers are getting a bunch of quality individual efforts from the likes of LB Henry Coley and DE Eli Harold. However, DE Brent Urban and CB Demetrious Nicholson remain sidelined with injuries, which have really hamstrung this unit's ability to get off the field.

What Will Happen: Both teams have multiple personalities, inconsistent quarterbacks and coaches under the microscope, so absolutely anything is possible this Saturday. Georgia Tech, at the very least, enters Week 9 with a clearer head than hapless Virginia. The Yellow Jackets will build on last Saturday's blowout , copping an important road win that keeps the Cavaliers floundering.

Prediction: Georgia Tech 35 … Virginia 23
Line: Georgia Tech -10 – O/U: 48
Must See Rating: (5 The Counselor – 1 Last Vegas) … 2
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