College football bettors have become used to the idea of an ACC game on Labor Day, and that’s what we are in for once again on the first Monday night of the season in what will be a crucially important battle between the Virginia Tech Hokies and the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets.
The triple option ground attack is always tough to stop, but it hasn’t produced a legit run at a National Championship quite yet for Head Coach Paul Johnson. It always seems as though the faster teams in the ACC and across the country have an easier time stopping this unit and figuring it out, and there is a question after so many years of running the same system if Johnson and the Ramblin’ Wreck are going to be able to continue to just move the ball up and down the field. QB Tevin Washington is back for his senior year, and he has seven other returning players on offense with him. Gone is the deep passing threat of WR Stephen Hill though, and that could leave a real void in the offense if there isn’t at least the idea of taking a shot down the field. Defensively, there are seven starters returning, though one only is up front on the line. On the other side of the ball though, all five offensive linemen return, so G-Tech should be in good shape in the trenches.
The Hokies only have three starters coming back on offense, but the man that truly matters is QB Logan Thomas. Thomas is going to be one of the best quarterbacks this year in the ACC, and he can get the job done with both his arm and his legs. Someone is going to have to step into the tailback spot abandoned by RB David Wilson, who is now in the NFL, and that could be a bit of a problem at the outset of the year as well. What we are really keen on with the Hokies though, is their defense. Defensive Coordinator Bud Adams is always one of the best at his trade in the land, and it is surprising to us that he hasn’t jumped ship for a head coaching gig. He returns a whopping 10 of his 11 starters from last year’s team that ranked 10th in the land in total defense and seventh in total scoring at just 17.6 points per game.
Remember last year when these two teams met? The Ramblin’ Wreck had 26 on the board in the first two and a half quarters of the game, and they didn’t score again. Virginia Tech clearly figured the triple option out, and it made life a nightmare on Washington under center. Don’t be shocked if the defense leads the way once again in this one for the Hokies in what should be a great start to their season. Virginia Tech 31 – Georgia Tech 20