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Georgia Tech Football: Virginia Game Preview

Georgia Tech once again goes into the "Bermuda Triangle" of Charlottesville, VA on Saturday to take on the Virginia Cavaliers.

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Riddle me this: What is gold and white and allergic to Scott Stadium?

If you answered the Georgia Tech football team, give yourself a high five. I am not a pessimist but I hope the Yellow Jackets find a way to win this Saturday in Charlottesville. Find a way, you ask? Winning only two times since 1990 on the Hoos' home turf does not help me sleep well at night, no matter how bad they are struggling this year. I do, however, believe the Jackets get a win this Saturday, and here's why.

Ted Roof's Yellow Jacket defense is coming off a 56-0 shutout over the Syracuse Orange. Tech's defense played hard and fast throughout the game. I know the team has struggled on the road this year with loses to Miami and BYU but the adjustments made in games during the season should give us reason to believe in his system and in the players. As of last week, Georgia Tech ranks 13th nationally in total defense. That is a huge improvement since Paul Johnson took over this team in 2008.  However, this will be one of the biggest offensive lines Tech will face this season. Historically, Virginia usually has giants on their O-line and this year is no exception. The 325 lb Morgan Moses, will be hard the for Tech D to push around. Insert junior tail back Kevin Parks, who has 8 touchdowns on the year, and the Cavaliers have a solid rushing game. Against the pass, Tech's defense will need to get penetration and rattle Sophomore Quarterback David Watford early on.

Coach Mike London says " he's the man for the job" at Virginia. I'm just not sure if Hoo nation feels the same. He has done a solid job in recruiting but it just hasn't shown in the win column. The last time the Yellow Jackets came to Charlottesville, they were over confident and got beat. I don't see that happening this year.

What say you? Does Virginia play like they have nothing to lose or does Tech come out and beat a team they are suppose to?