On a very cold, very windy day in Atlanta, the Jackets will take on the Virginia Cavaliers in a pivotal ACC matchup. The Jackets are fresh off a 56-28 beatdown over the Pittsburgh Panthers a week ago, but the Tech defense will need to step up today - it is unlikely they will have a +5 turnover ratio in this game. Not impossible, but probably not likely.
UVA has lost its last two games in close contests to Duke and UNC, the same two teams who have beaten Tech this year. It will be interesting to see if the high winds force UVA's balanced offense into more of a run-heavy attack.
The Jackets will be without two of its most productive running backs, Zach Laskey and Charles Perkins. However, B-back Synjyn Days did a superb job last week covering for the injured Laskey, rushing 22 times for 110 yards. Paul Johnson mentioned that Broderick Snoddy could get the start today to replace Perkins. Snoddy had 3 touchdowns last week in arguably his best performance as a Yellow Jacket.
Fortunately, OL Chris Griffin is listed as probable. The redshirt freshman has started five games this season.
UVA has a slew of injured players who are out or questionable. DE Trent Corney, WR Miles Gooch, LB Mark Hall, C Jackson Matteo, CB Demetrious Nicholson, C Eric Tetlow, and OT Jay Whitmire are all listed as out. WR Andrew Levrone is listed as doubtful, and S Divante Walker is listed as questionable. It is a very lengthy list of injuries, but I don't expect UVA to play like a depleted team after dropping two close games in a row. They are hungry for a win.
It should be a great game. Bundle up!
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