Georgia Tech made a bold statement Oct. 25 with its victory at Virginia Tech, a win that provided a huge boost to the Yellow Jackets’ hopes to win the ACC’s Coastal Division.
Instead of taking a loss that would have essentially eliminated them in the Coastal race, Tech pulled a upset with a 49-28 rout of the Hokies that keeps the Jackets’ chances alive in a crazy Coastal Division. Yet, the margin for error is slim.
That means that Saturday’s game at North Carolina (1-6, 1-4 ACC), along with subsequent ACC games against Miami and Virginia, both at home, carry great weight.
Not only is Tech (4-4, 2-3) fighting for a division title, but it must win three of its remaining four games to qualify for a bowl.
Here is some important information regarding how to follow the action:
Time: 12:15 p.m. ET
Date: Saturday, Nov. 3
Location: Kenan Stadium, Chapel Hill, N.C.
Television: Raycom Sports will televise the game (on WUPA Channel 69 in the Atlanta market). Evan Lepler is handling play-by-play. Takeo Spikes is the analyst, and Stormy Buonantony is the sideline reporter.
Streaming: The game is available online at WatchESPN.com.
Local radio: The game will be broadcast on the Georgia Tech IMG Sports Network, heard in metro Atlanta on The Fan 680/93.7. Andy Demetra is handling play-by-play. Sean Bedford is the analyst, and Wiley Ballard is the sideline reporter.
Satellite radio: You can listen on Sirius XM Radio Channel 138/207.
Here are five other things you may want to know:
» North Carolina’s only victory this season was 38-35 against Pittsburgh at Kenan Stadium. The Jackets lost to Pitt 24-19 at Heinz Field. Tech and North Carolina have one other common opponent this season. The Tar Heels lost to visiting Virginia Tech 22-19.
» The Jackets lost their past two games at Kenan Stadium and are 13-10-3 on the road against the Tar Heels. Tech lost 48-20 in 2016 and 48-43 in 2014.
» Tech’s most recent victory at Kenan Stadium was the wild 68-50 game in 2012. The teams combined for 1,085 yards of offense: 588 yards for Tech and 497 for North Carolina. Tech outscored UNC 40-17 in the second half.
» Georgia Tech and North Carolina each rank in the top 10 in the country in total offense. The Jackets average 454.9 (good for fifth in the nation), and the Tar Heels average 410 (eighth in the nation).
» Jackets coach Paul Johnson is 6-4 against the Tar Heels. UNC coach Larry Fedora is 3-3 against the Jackets.
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