The battle between Georgia Tech football and Virginia Tech football on Saturday has opened as a virtual tossup.
The Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets are coming off back-to-back losses for the first time this season and are coming home to take on the 17th ranked Virginia Tech Hokies.
The Jackets enter the game looking to become bowl eligible, only needing five wins due to their canceled game against UCF. The Hokies, already bowl eligible look to earn their eighth victory on the season. Both teams enter Saturday coming off losses.
With that, the Vegas opener for Saturday’s matchup between the two programs was 1.5 points in favor of the Hokies. That being said, the money has been put on the Hokies heavily since odds opened with some books having the Hokies up to a 3-point favorite by Monday afternoon. The small line isn’t shocking when considering how close and competitive the series has been historical.
Saturday’s matchup between the Jackets and Hokies will be just the 15th time the two schools have met on the gridiron. The first time the schools met was in 1990, a 6-3 victory for the Jackets. Following a 13-year gap, the two teams met once again in 2004.
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Since 2004, it’s been a series dominated by the Hokies. Over the course of the last 13 meetings, the Hokies have won nine of those meetings, including four-straight between 2010 and 2013.
When playing in Atlanta, the Yellow Jackets have a 2-5 record and have lost each of the last three games at Bobby Dodd. The last time the Jackets won at home against Virginia Tech was 2009, a 28-23 victory. Overall head coach Paul Johnson is 3-6 against the Hokies while the head coach of Georgia Tech.
It’s safe to say that the Hokies have the Jackets number at Bobby Dodd. That being said, historically games between the Jackets and Hokies are close and competitive but usually not going the Jackets way.
The Jackets have suffered several losses with key plays not going their way this season, will that continue against the Hokies? We’ll find out on Saturday.
- Georgia Tech: 6-1-1
The Yellow Jackets enter the matchup suffering their lone loss against the spread this season last week. After being a nine-point favorite over the Virginia Cavaliers, the Jackets failed to cover and outright loss 40-36. Their lone “push” of the season came the week before against Clemson, in a 24-10 loss.
- Virginia Tech: 5-4-0
The Hokies have been all over the place against the spread this season despite being 7-2 on the season. With four losses against the spread, three of those came as being 14+ point favorites, the lone exception was being a 1.5 point underdog to Miami last week.