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Fearless prediction: Virginia Tech vs. Georgia Tech

No. 10 Virginia Tech at No. 21 Georgia Tech (+1), 8 p.m.

Henry’s pick: This game actually means a little more for Virginia Tech than it does for the Yellow Jackets, although a win for either puts it in the driver’s seat for the ACC Coastal Division title. If the Hokies, with just one loss and ranked 10th in the BCS, run the table in the regular season and lose in the ACC championship, there is still an outside chance that they can grab an at-large BCS bid. Georgia Tech already has two losses and is out of that mix. Virginia Tech will need David Wilson (1,185), the nation’s second-leading rusher, to be at his best. A stout running game is the only thing that will slow down Georgia Tech’s 17th-ranked offense. The same can be said of the Yellow Jackets, which average 328 yards per game on the ground. Something has got to give and it will be Georgia Tech’s defense. Virginia Tech 23, Georgia Tech 13
Rose’s pick: This game has huge ACC implications. Virginia Tech (4-1) leads the Coastal Division by a half game over Georgia Tech (4-2). One match up to watch is Virginia Tech’s run defense (fifth nationally, 86.33 yards per game) against Georgia Tech’s ground attack (second nationally, 328 yards per game). Virginia Tech’s defense, however, is pretty banged up and missing some key players. The Yellow Jackets are coming off a big win over then-No. 6 Clemson on Oct. 29. Quarterback Tevin Washington has accounted for 20 touchdowns this season (10 passing and 10 running) and is Georgia Tech’s leading rusher. Virginia Tech quarterback Logan Thomas had three solid games and then had a not-so-great game in a close win over Duke, also on Oct. 29. Keep an eye on running back David Wilson, who has had six straight 100-yard games and only one game this season when he didn’t run for over 100 yards. In the end, the Hokies’ defense is too depleted due to the injuries to pull this game out. Georgia Tech 27, Virginia Tech 24

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