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The Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets will host the Virginia Cavaliers in an ACC battle Saturday afternoon from Bobby Dodd Stadium. The Cavaliers are coming off a 45-24 home win over Liberty, and the Yellow Jackets tallied a 27-21 home win over Miami in their latest action. Virginia recorded a 40-36 home win over Georgia Tech in November of last season.
Virginia Cruises to Win Over Liberty
The Virginia Cavaliers stand in second place in the ACC Coastal just half a game ahead of Georgia Tech. They head into this one on a winning note after cruising to an easy 45-24 home win over Liberty last week. Bryce Perkins was productive in the win, collecting 168 passing yards with two TD’s accompanied with 89 rushing yards. The dual threat junior QB is having a stellar season, racking up 1996 passing yards with an 18:9 TD to INT ratio paired with 657 rushing yards.
Cavaliers #1 RB Jordan Ellis has averaged over four yards per carry in five straight games, and he is up to 835 rushing yards on the season. Virginia’s leading receiver Olamide Zaccheaus continues to excel. He has made 33 receptions over his last five games, and he has amassed 807 receiving yards on the season. The Virginia offense has been inconsistent against their ACC opponents, and they are only averaging 376 total yards per game.
— Virginia Football (@UVAFootball) November 11, 2018
The Cavaliers defense is the main reason they stand at 4-2 in ACC play. They have allowed less than 25 points in five straight games, and they are tough against both the pass and run. Virginia is only averaging 28.4 points, ranking them 73rd in the country. They are holding opponents to 19.7 points, good for 19th in the FBS. Virginia owns a 1-2 road record, and they stand one game back of Pittsburgh for the top spot in the ACC Coastal.
Yellow Jackets Clinch Bowl Eligibility
The Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets head into this big matchup with a three-game winning streak on the line. They recorded a 27-21 home win over Miami last week to become bowl eligible. TaQuon Marshall tallied 73 passing yards along with 92 rushing yards in the win. The senior QB attempts very few passes on an offense that relies solely on their running game. He has tallied 718 passing yards with a 4:4 TD to INT ratio accompanied with 751 rushing yards.
— ACC Digital Network (@theACCDN) November 11, 2018
The Yellow Jackets feature four players with at least 470 rushing yards which includes Jordan Mason who is up to 628 yards on an average of 6.3 yards per carry. The freshman RB has tallied six rushing TD’s in his last six games. The Georgia Tech running game ranks #1 in the country, while their passing offense ranks at the bottom of the FBS due to their run-heavy offense.
The Yellow Jackets defense came through with one of their best performances of the season against Miami, holding them to 299 total yards. Their rush defense ranks at 39th in the country, and they will be tested by a solid Virginia running game this week. Georgia Tech can move ahead of Virginia for second place in the ACC Coastal with a win in this one. They are currently averaging 37.6 points, ranking them 17th overall. The Yellow Jackets are allowing an average of 27.5 points, pegging them 67th in the FBS.
The Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets are:
- under is 8-3-1 in their last 12 games following an ATS win.
The Virginia Cavaliers are:
- 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games against a team with a winning record.
- 7-0-1 ATS in their last 8 games after scoring more than 40 points in their previous game.
- 7-3 ATS in their last 10 games overall.
The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
I am taking the points with Virginia in this contest. Virginia has won four out of their last five games, and their strong defense should keep them in this one. Georgia Tech relies heavily on their running game to generate almost their entire offense, and the Cavaliers feature an outstanding rush defense that is holding opponents to 136 rushing yards per game, good for 36th in the FBS. I expect Virginia to neutralize the Yellow Jackets triple option running game.
Furthermore, the Virginia defense is strong enough to solve the Georgia Tech defense. Virginia owns a productive rushing offense that is currently averaging a solid 175 rushing yards per game led by the dangerous Bryce Perkins who has 835 rushing yards on the season.
Prediction: Virginia Cavaliers
Full-Game Total Pick
The under is a solid option in this contest. Virginia is limiting opponents to an average of only 328 total yards per game, good for 23rd in the FBS, and they have limited their opponents to 24 or fewer points in five straight games, plus the under is 7-2 in their last nine games at Georgia Tech.
The Georgia Tech defense has played reasonably well, allowing 28 or fewer points in four consecutive games, and the under is 8-3-1 in their last 11 games following an ATS win, and 7-3-1 in their last 11 games following a straight up win.
Full-Game Prop Bet
The under on the Georgia Tech team total is a solid play. Georgia Tech only managed 304 total yards against a strong Miami defense last week, and Virginia is also a terrific defensive team. Virginia is holding opponents to an average of 19 points in their last five games, and an average of only 23 points in their three road games.
Prediction: Georgia Tech Team Total: Under
Half-Time Side Pick
I am staying with Virginia on the halftime line. The Cavaliers has fared well in the first half on offense, averaging a solid 15.3 points on the season. Also the Yellow Jackets are conceding 16.6 points in the opening half, pegging them down at 86th in the FBS. The Cavaliers defense should keep them in this game throughout this contest.
Half-Time Total Bet
I am taking the over on the halftime total. Georgia Tech is a productive first half team. They are averaging 17.3 points in the first half, and 22 points in the first half in their last three games. Also, Virginia is averaging a solid 17 points in the first half in their last three games.
Half-Time Prop Prediction
I am taking Virginia to score first. Virginia is no stranger to fast starts as they are averaging a sizzling 11.7 points in the opening quarter over their last three games, and 11 points in the first quarter on the road this season.
Prediction: Virginia to Score First