VIRGINIA AT GEORGIA TECH

VIRGINIA AT GEORGIA TECH

When: 3:30 p.m. Saturday

TV: ESPNU

Line: Tech by 4

WHAT TO EXPECT

Tech on offense: The Yellow Jackets again will try to start quickly. They’ve scored touchdowns on their first possession four of eight times. In fact, they’ve averaged 23.5 yards on their first play from scrimmage. They’re also outscoring opponents 105-50 in the fourth quarter. The 13.0 points per fourth quarter ranks second highest in the country, according to teamrankings.com.

Virginia on offense: Virginia has a 53/47 run/pass ratio. Running back Kevin Parks has two 100-yard games in his past three games. With top wide receiver Miles Gooch out with a leg injury and the Jackets having struggled to stop the run (as well as the pass), the Cavaliers may try to see how far they can ride Parks. Wide receiver Darius Jennings (20.3 yards per catch) is another concern for Tech.

Tech on defense: If the game plan matches up with pregame talk, the Jackets will tighten pass coverage to address their opposition completion rate of 65.3 percent, 14th highest in the country. Tech may not match its six forced turnovers from Saturday’s win over Pitt, but Virginia does have 17 giveaways, tied for 111th in the country.

Virginia on defense: The Cavaliers, directed by former Tech defensive coordinator Jon Tenuta, likely will challenge Tech with blitzes and other types of aggressive pressure. Their 55 tackles for loss are tied for 22nd in the country. The Jackets will try to evade one of the best safety tandems they’ll see this season, Quin Blanding and Anthony Harris.

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