Virginia Tech & Georgia Tech Clash in Thursday’s College Football Betting

Posted by Aaron . on November 12, 2015 in

Heading into this Thursday’s college football betting action, Virginia Tech coach Frank Beamer has received a ton of well wishes from people responding to his recent announcement that he would be retiring at the end of the season. Beamer has become an institution at a school that, before he arrived, was just an afterthought on the college football map.

  • Date/Time: Thursday, November 12th, 7:30 PM
  • Location: Bobby Dodd Stadium at Historic Grant Field, Atlanta, Georgia
  • Odds
  • TV: ESPN
  • Radio: Virginia Tech IMG Sports Network.

 

It was Beamer who brought us Hokie football with the Vick brothers and kept the program an important part of the conversation. Even when talent was down in some years, teams did not want to play games in Blacksburg, because of the raucous fan presence and because of the meticulous preparation that Beamer did for each game.
This week, Virginia Tech (4-5, 2-3 ACC) is coming back from a bye week. Players and staff have had time to process Beamer’s retirement announcement and get a little bit of recovery from the bumps and bruises that pile up during the season’s first two months. They also have had a chance to bone up on the complicated option attack that Georgia Tech uses on offense.

Virginia Tech Hockies

 

Both of these teams need to win this game. Georgia Tech (3-6, 1-5 ACC) has to win the rest of its games to become bowl eligible. You can be sure that if the Yellow Jackets get that sixth win, the fact that one of those wins was over Florida State will bring them a bowl invite, but they have to get there first. The Hokies need to win two of their last three to give Beamer a bowl berth in his final season at the helm.
Georgia Tech is #1 in the ACC and #8 in the FBS with 267.2 yard on the ground per game.
Running back Marcus Marshall leads the team with 526 yards. However, the team has averaged 74.9 yards fewer per game than its 2014 average, which was 342.1, good for #2 in the nation. Since Paul Johnson took the helm as the Georgia Tech head coach in 2008, the team has not averaged under 273.2 yards per game in any season. Georgia Tech has also struggled to convert third downs, which is in part a result of the fact that the team has faced longer yardage on their third downs this season.
In 2014, Georgia Tech was #1 in the nation in third down conversions with a rate of 57.9 percent. This year, they rank #110 in that category, converting third downs 33.9 percent of the time. The Yellow Jackets still possess the ball for a nice 31:22 per game, #6 in the ACC and #40 in the nation, they led the ACC last year in TOP with 34:09 per game, also good for #3 in the nation.

Georgia Tech Hockies

 

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Virginia Tech Hokies
Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets

 

Virginia Tech quarterback Michael Brewer was also glad to have the bye to rest his collarbone, which is still healing. He missed five games after fracturing his clavicle in Week 1 against Ohio State. He came back onto the field in the Hokies’ October 17 loss against Miami. He started in the loss against Duke and the win over Boston College, and he has completed 60 percent of his passes since his return. Still, having the week off was welcome. Look for him to play with even more energy this week, and look for the Hokies to keep the Yellow Jackets out of the win column.