The curse of Charlottesville
I don’t know what it is about Charlottesville, but it seems like Georgia Tech never plays well there. In a season where Tech was undefeated and Virginia winless coming into this game, I still wouldn’t feel confident that Tech could win. Now that Virginia is the leader in the ACC Coastal and Tech is at the bottom, I feel even less confident. It also doesn’t help that the Cavaliers are 4-0 at home this season.
Bryce Perkins: Destroyer of Defenses
If you can stop Bryce Perkins, you can stop Virginia’s offense. At the very least, if you can contain him, you can stop Virginia’s offense. That’s exactly what Notre Dame, Miami and Louisville did. In those games, Perkins scored a combined three touchdowns. More importantly, those teams were able to keep Perkins from running all over the field. Tech will need to follow suit if they want a chance to stay in this game.
Will we finally see extended play from Jordan Yates?
Given the circumstances, James Graham has had a solid season. It’s also fair to say that there is plenty of room for improvement. We saw last week that the coaching staff is willing to make a change in-game if Graham is struggling. With Lucas Johnson getting injured this week, that could open up the door for true freshman Jordan Yates to see some playing time this week if Graham continues to struggle.
I don’t feel great about this game one bit. I don’t think that Virginia is a great team, but I think that between Bryce Perkins and the defense, the Cavaliers have plenty to go on. I hope this one stays close, but I have a hard time seeing Tech win this one. I’ll take the Cavaliers 34-21.