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How To Bet On Georgia Tech Virginia Tech - Yellow Jackets And Hokies Square Off In ACC Coastal Tilt

Posted by Blake Frazier on 8/30/2012 7:17:39 PM

The ACC Coastal Division championship could very well be decided by the first game of the 2012 college football season. Georgia Tech and Virginia Tech must endure a lot of pressure.

Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets @ Virginia Tech Hokies – Monday, September 3    
Betting line: Virginia Tech -7.5

Why Georgia Tech Will Win

It's clear that mma betting experts know their own sport is rough, rougher than football in certain ways. You can get away with certain kinds of contact in mixed martial arts that you can't get away with in football. What is the point of this statement? Georgia Tech lost to Virginia Tech last year because of an unnecessary roughness penalty on linebacker Jeremiah Attaochu, whose punch at Virginia Tech quarterback Logan Thomas gave the Hokies a first down even though the Yellow Jackets' defense had just stopped a third-down play. Georgia Tech had been controlling the game at that point in time; without the penalty and subsequent Virginia Tech touchdown, Georgia Tech would have retained leverage.

This year, Georgia Tech gets its chance for revenge, and the Yellow Jackets have a chance to shut down the Hokies' offense. Virginia Tech has lost most of its offensive linemen from last season while watching running back David Wilson go to the NFL.

Virginia Tech has to rely on its passing game; if Georgia Tech's front seven can overwhelm Virginia Tech's young and inexperienced offensive line, it will possess a clear path to victory. If indeed Georgia Tech throttles Virginia Tech's defense, the only remaining need for the Jackets would be a turnover-free game from veteran quarterback Tevin Washington, who is expected to have his best season at Georgia Tech this fall.

Why Virginia Tech Will Win

When Georgia Tech outplayed Virginia Tech for most of last year's game, the Hokies were operating with less than complete confidence. Logan Thomas, their freshman quarterback, was still learning the nuances of the position. Thomas should be ready to attack opposing secondaries this season. Virginia Tech has modified its offense to emphasize the passing game and unleash more of Thomas' talents. If Thomas has used his offseason well, learning the nuances of the sport with an agile mind and an athlete's commitment to excellence, Virginia Tech's passing attack can soar in this contest. The Hokies can pass to set up the run. They can get Georgia Tech's defense off balance and shape the game the way they want to.

Virginia Tech's defense is going to be the strength of this team, however, and college football betting students know this. Longtime defensive coordinator Bud Foster has a lot of returning starters, and he should be able to produce a game plan that will contain Georgia Tech's triple-option offense. The key to stopping the triple option is preparation time. It's really hard to handle if you face Georgia Tech in the middle of the season with no advance film study, but since this is the first game of the season, Virginia Tech has been able to prepare for the triple-option throughout the offseason. That key element will matter a lot on Labor Day night.

Who Will Win

It’s so important to realize that Virginia Tech's defense has been preparing for the triple option for months. The Hokies' defense will be ready, and so will Logan Thomas. Take Virginia Tech at home in a hostile nighttime environment in Blacksburg, Va.

College Football Betting Pick: Virginia Tech

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