In a classic No. 1 versus No. 1 matchup, Virginia Tech will face Georgia Tech this weekend.
No, those aren’t rankings from any poll or ACC power rankings. Virginia Tech has the best run defense in the conference while Georgia Tech features the No. 1 ACC run offense.
The Yellow Jackets average 110 more rushing yards than any other team in the Atlantic Coast Conference. They also have 100 more rushing attempts than every other team except Boston College and Virginia Tech, but Georgia Tech is also second in the conference with a 5.5 rushing yards per attempt average.
Virginia Tech is just in front of Clemson, yielding an average of 121.8 rushing yards per game. That’s 17th best in the nation. They also allow just 3.4 rushing yards per attempt, and opponents have scored only 4 times on the ground against the Hokies.
Georgia Tech has scored 26 rushing touchdowns – that’s second-most in the ACC behind only Clemson.
It’s very likely that whomever wins this individual battle will win the game. Not that that’s a secret to any Hokies defenders as they prepare for this epic battle of No. 1’s.
“A lot of focus to know where the ball is actually going,” junior defensive lineman Vinny Mihota said according to Richmond.com. “I can’t tell you how many times I’ll end up tackling a guy that doesn’t have the ball or know where it is. Everybody has their one job and you can’t focus on anything else. If you try to do too much, you’ll get beat.”
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