Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets
(5-3, 3-5 ATS)
Virginia Tech Hokies
(6-2, 6-2 ATS)
One of the hottest teams in the country will be on display in a nationally televised NCAA football betting affair on Thursday night, as the Virginia Tech Hokies try to eliminate the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets from contention for the ACC title.
The Ramblin’ Wreck have absolutely no breathing room or margin for error in this game. If they have any hopes for repeating as ACC champs, they have to win this game and get a heck of a lot of help from here on out. The truth of the matter though, is that this isn’t a team that has played like one belonging in the BCS this year. The defense really hasn’t had any spectacular moments this year, allowing at least 20 points to every team it has faced from BCS conference schools, while the offense just isn’t as potent this year as it was in 2009. This is the No. 1 ranked rushing offense in the country at 317.4 yards per game, but without the threat there of WR Demaryius Thomas on the outside in the deep passing game, something is clearly missing. RB Anthony Allen is having a great season, rushing for 692 yards and an average of 6.0 yards per carry, while QB Josh Nesbitt has rushed for 651 yards and eight scores. Both men are likely to be 1,000 yard rushers by the time the season is said and done, but they’ll both be up against in this week against a very stout VT defense.
The Hokies pretty much just need to stay fixated to the horse to avoid falling out of first place in the ACC Coastal Division, as they have two games of leeway on everyone else in the division. HC Frank Beamer’s team has come a long way since losing to the James Madison Dukes, and NCAA football betting fans have done a ton of damage as well in the interim. V-Tech is 6-0 SU and ATS and has pummeled foes by an average of 24.0 points per game since that point as well. The most amazing part about all of this is that RB Ryan Williams, last year’s Freshman of the Year in the ACC has largely been MIA. He has been dealing with injuries, and is only averaging 2.9 yards per carry when he is out there. Instead, it has been QB Tyrod Taylor doing a lot of the dirty work. Taylor leads the team in rushing with 527 yards, and he is finally coming through with a great year out of his arm as well. A quarterback that has been much maligned for his lack of passing abilities over the year, Taylor has come through in a big way in Blacksburg in 2010, throwing for 1,602 yards and 15 TDs against just three INTs.
This is a great V-Tech team, but at some point, this ATS winning streak just has to stop. This is a ton of points that the oddsmakers have given the Jackets on the NCAA football odds, and we are going to take full advantage of them. It’s not going to take a sparkling effort for G-Tech to stick in front of this type of number, and we know that it is looking for that absolutely phenomenal performance to hope for the upset. It won’t happen, but the Jackets are going to be a force to be reckoned with for the full 60 minutes.
NCAA Football Free Pick: Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets +12