The Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets will get set to wind down the Atlantic Coast Conference season on Saturday afternoon when they travel on the road to Scott Stadium for a matchup with ACC Coastal Division-leading Virginia Cavaliers.
Virginia was the preseason pick to win a wide-open Coastal Division and they have a good chance of making that happen after last week’s win. The Cavaliers will play each of their final three games at home, including a season-ending showdown against in-state rival Virginia Tech. They come in with a 6-3 overall record and a 4-2 mark in ACC play, which puts them a half-game ahead of Pittsburgh in the Coastal Division standings. Can the Cavaliers take care of business at home against Georgia Tech on Saturday?
Perkins turns in best game of the season vs. UNCVirginia topped North Carolina 38-31 last week to remain atop the ACC Coastal division standings. Senior quarterback Bryce Perkins racked up 490 total yards and accounted for five touchdowns on the day while Terrell Jana caught 13 balls for 146 yards to help the Cavaliers escape with a win. Perkins turned in his best performance of the season versus the Tar Heels, completing 30-of-39 passes for three touchdowns and zero interceptions while also rushing for 112 yards and two scores.
Perkins has now thrown for 2,181 yards and 12 touchdowns, but he’s also tossed eight interceptions this season, nearly equalling his total from a year ago (9). He’s also been less dynamic with his legs for the Cavaliers this season. In 2018, Perkins ran for 923 yards and seven scores on 4.4 yards per carry. While those numbers are down to 387 yards on 2.7 yards per carry so far this year, he still enters the week as Virginia’s leading rusher.
QB: Bryce Perkins (UVA)— QB Spotlight (@QBspotlight) November 5, 2019
*30/39,378yds passing, 112yds rushing, 5tot tds in W vs UNC
*1st play shows his athletic ability, balance,& speed on his TD run
*2nd play shows his accuracy throwing as it is a perfect ball over middle on 3rd down@Cavs_Corner @STL_UVA pic.twitter.com/8WgF6Jv8Ft
Virginia’s season-ending schedule bodes well for their chances of winning the Coastal Division. The Cavaliers are a perfect 4-0 at home this year, where they will host Georgia Tech, Liberty, and Virginia Tech over the final month of the season.
On defense, the Cavaliers come in allowing only 21.9 points and 310.1 yards of total offense per game. Virginia has also limited their opponents to a third-down conversion rate of only 33.3 percent, which ranks 29th in the country.
Yellow Jackets fall to 2-6 after loss to PittGeorgia Tech was unable to keep their momentum alive last week, losing 20-10 at home against Coastal Division-rival Pittsburgh. Freshman James Graham completed only 3-of-13 passes for 57 yards with one touchdown and one interception in the loss while Ahmarean Brown caught four balls for 61 yards and a score in the win. Georgia Tech was driving for a potential game-tying score in the third quarter when Yellow Jackets’ quarterback Lucas Johnson fumbled just inches short of the goal line, which Pittsburgh returned 79 yards to set up their final field goal of the game.
Graham leads the Yellow Jackets in passing with 723 yards, six touchdowns and four interceptions for the season, but he’s completed only 43.4 percent of his passes. He leads a Georgia Tech offense that comes in scoring only 17.1 points and averaging just 299.5 yards of total offense per contest, which ranks 121st in the country. Jordan Mason in the team’s leading rushed with 622 yards and six touchdowns.
This Saturday’s game at Virginia will be Georgia Tech’s final road game of the season. They enter Scott Stadium as 15-point underdogs and are just 2-6 against the spread this season. Last year, Georgia Tech was able to take down Virginia in overtime, but their previous visit to Charlottesville ended in a 40-36 defeat.
On defense, Georgia Tech has surrendered 29.1 points and 405.5 yards of total offense per contest, including 217.6 yards per game on the ground. They tied a season-high by forcing three turnovers last week against Pittsburgh and allowed just 71 yards of offense after halftime. Sophomore defensive back Juanyeh Thomas had a career day last week, finishing with eight tackles, two tackles for loss and an acrobatic one-handed interception.
- Yellow Jackets are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 conference games.
- Yellow Jackets are 1-10-1 ATS in their last 12 games after scoring less than 20 points in their previous game.
- Yellow Jackets are 0-5 ATS vs. a team with a winning record.
- Cavaliers are 3-1-1 ATS in their last 5 home games.
- Cavaliers are 9-3-1 ATS in their last 13 games after allowing more than 280 yards passing in their previous game.
- Cavaliers are 5-2-1 ATS in their last 8 games on grass.