Virginia Tech looks to improve the chances of extending its bowl streak to 23 years in coach Frank Beamer’s last season when the Hokies visit Georgia Tech on Thursday night in an ACC matchup. Virginia Tech must win two of its final three to become bowl eligible after beating Boston College 26-10 on Oct. 31 – one day before Beamer announced his retirement.
Quarterback Michael Brewer has thrown five touchdown passes and two interceptions in three games since returning from a broken collarbone for Virginia Tech. The Yellow Jackets knocked off previously-unbeaten Florida State on Oct. 24, but followed that up with a frustrating 27-21 loss at Virginia one week later to damage their bowl chances. Georgia Tech is eighth in the nation in rushing offense (267.2 yards) but will need better from quarterback Justin Thomas, who has completed 43.6 percent of his passes. However, the Yellow Jackets have scored at least 20 points in 19 consecutive ACC contests and are the second-least penalized team in the nation.
TV: 7:30 p.m. ET, ESPN.
LINE HISTORY: Georgia Tech opened at -3.5 and have been bet down to -3. The total has been bet up from 52.5 up to 53.5.
Virginia Tech – DT C. Marshall (questionable Thursday, hamstring).
Georgia Tech – DB C. Milton (probable Thursday, undisclosed), LB D. Noble (probable Thursday, undisclosed), LB P. Davis (probable Thursday, ankle), FB B. Snoddy (probable Thursday, hand), DB A. Gray (questionable Thursday, undisclosed), DB S. Durham (questionable Thursday, undisclosed), DB D. Smith (questionable Thursday, undisclosed), OL S. Devine (questionable Thursday, undisclosed), DL J. Hunt-Days (out Thursday, suspension).
WEATHER REPORT: It should be a great night for football in Atlanta. It will be clear with temperatures in the mid 50’s. There will be a six mile per hour wind blowing across the field from west to east.
WHAT BOOKS SAY: “We have remained on the Yellow Jackets -3.5 all week, and we like to try and get decisions on games as much as possible. We dont consider the number 3 as important in college as it is in the NFL. Based on that I see us shading the juice towards the Hokies a bit, and could close the game G-Tech -3.5 (even money). Sixty-five percent of bets and 68 percent of cash backing Virginia Tech.” Jerome Perry of topbet.
ABOUT VIRGINIA TECH (4-5, 4-5 ATS, 5-4 O/U): The Hokies’ defense gained a little confidence while allowing only 218 yards of offense and forcing four turnovers against Boston College. Isaiah Ford has caught at least two passes in all 22 of his career games, leading the Hokies with 44 receptions for 615 yards and seven scores this year, while Cam Phillips had a season-high six catches versus BC. Freshman running back Travon McMillian has also been a factor with at least 96 yards rushing in four consecutive games.
ABOUT GEORGIA TECH (3-6, 3-6 ATS, 5-4 O/U): Freshman Clinton Lynch made his biggest impact yet against Virginia while gaining 132 all-purpose yards and scoring three touchdowns. Lynch adds to a young offense that includes fellow freshman and leading rusher Marcus Marshall (531 yards) and sophomore receiver Ricky Jeune (20 receptions, 422 yards), who had a career day at Virginia (five receptions, 103 yards). However, the Yellow Jackets – 17th in the preseason USA Today Coaches’ Poll – are 11th in the ACC in total defense.
* Under is 7-1 in the last eight meetings.
* Hokies are 4-1 ATS in the last five meetings at Georgia Tech.
* Underdog is 8-1 ATS in the last nine meetings.
* Road team is 5-0 ATS in the last five meetings.
COVERS CONSENSUS: Fifty-eight percent of wagers are backing the Yellow Jackets in this ACC matchup, with 53 percent of wagers on the over.