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It's the annual showdown of the two ACC Techs. As usual, it's an enormously important game for both teams as it will likely determine who wins the Coastal division. Which Tech will win this year's showdown in the confines of Bobby Dodd stadium?

NOTE: There are still a few thousand tickets left for this game

As I said last week, football can be a fickle sport. The Jackets defeated a top 10 Clemson team at Bobby Dodd and then took this past weekend off for the BYE. Fans couldn't have asked for a better set up for a huge showdown against the Hokies this week. This game will, essentially, decide who wins the Coastal Division and goes to Charlotte for the ACC Championship game. The Jackets will get a chance to knock off their second consecutive Top 10 team when the Hokies make their way to Atlanta this Thursday night. Games like this are what players dream about.

Logan Thomas and David Wilson will spearhead the Hokie offense. Logan Thomas is a huge quarterback at 6'6", 255 lbs. He also has decent speed if he needs to take off and use his feet. The Jackets will need to contain him and prevent him from getting hot. Coach Johnson said several times this week that if Thomas gets in a rhythm that he's very difficult to stop. Thomas has thrown for nearly 2000 yards with 11 TDs and 7 INTs. Behind Thomas is the best running back in the ACC in David Wilson. He's third in the nation with 1185 yards of rushing and 7 TDs. On top of that he's also a dangerous kick returner. He returned one last year against the Jackets in a play that could be considered the turning point in that game.

Fans have to be pleased with what they've seen from this GT defense though. They've improved from week to week and put out a stellar effort against Clemson. The secondary has been tremendous and could be considered by many to be the best in the ACC. The rush defense has been improving and has played quite well against Miami and Clemson. If they can duplicate those efforts and bottle up the Hokie offense then that could go a long way in securing a victory.

Meanwhile, it appears as if the GT offense got back on track last week. The passing game was still lacking, but it wasn't needed when the running game was gashing Clemson for big gains and long drives. The Hokies defense will be a stiffer test. Bud Foster always has his players playing at a high level and this year is no different. They rank 2nd in the conference and 5th in the nation in rush defense, allowing only 86.3 yards per game. However, they've also hit a rash of injuries and will need players with less experience to step up to stop the vaunted triple option.

This game is huge for the ACC. The winner of this will, in all likelihood, meet Clemson in the Championship game in Charlotte. The Jackets should be fired up. The Virginia Tech game last year was the one that caused Josh Nesbitt to miss the rest of the season and one the Jackets feel they should have won. The last time the Hokies visited Bobby Dodd they were ranked #4 and left losers. The Hokies are once again in the top 10 and the Jackets hope to once again send them home losers. If they succeed the Jackets will be one game away from possibly stamping their way to Charlotte (depending on UVA's performance throughout their final ACC slate).

Who: Virginia Tech Hokies (HC Frank Beamer) vs. Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (HC Paul Johnson)
When: Thursday November 10th, 2011 @ 8:00 pm (ESPN)
Where: Bobby Dodd Stadium at Historic Grant Field in Atlanta, GA

NOTES

  • This game is a student-sponsored White Out so wear your white!
  • There are still tickets left for this huge matchup.
  • This game has decided who plays in the Championship all 6 years the Championship has existed.


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