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Georgia Tech (4-5) at North Carolina (6-3)



The Sports Network

DATE & TIME: Saturday, Nov. 10, 12:30 p.m. (et)

FACTS & STATS: Site: Kenan Memorial Stadium (63,000) -- Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Television: ACC Network. Home Record: GT 3-3, UNC 5-0. Away Record: GT 1-2, UNC 1-3. Neutral Record: GT 0-0, UNC 0-0. Conference Record: GT 3-3, UNC 3-2. Series Record: Georgia Tech leads, 26-18-3.

GAME NOTES: The Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets attempt to salvage an uncharacteristic sub par season on Saturday afternoon when they travel to Chapel Hill to take on the North Carolina Tar Heels in ACC action.

Georgia Tech has had its share of ups and down this season en route to a modest 4-5 record. It won two of its first three games, only to slide into a three-game losing streak. Since then however, the Yellow Jackets have turned things around with wins in two of their last three, including last week's 33-13 road win over Maryland to move to 3-3 in ACC play. They have an incredible streak of being bowl eligible in 15 consecutive seasons, but they will need to win two of their final three games to accomplish that feat this year.

UNC has won five of its last six games, including most recently against NC State on Oct. 27 (43-35) to pull to 6-3 and become bowl eligible. With a 3-2 conference record, the Tar Heels are just a half game behind Miami for the ACC Coastal Division lead. Kenan Memorial Stadium has been a great home field advantage for the Heels, as they have gone 5-0 in Chapel Hill this season and they have won 11 of their last 12 at home since the start of the 2011 season.

Georgia Tech holds a 26-18-3 advantage over UNC in the all-time series, which includes wins in three straight and 12 of the last 14 matchups.

The Georgia Tech offense (34.9 ppg) has found success behind the nation's fourth-ranked rushing attack, amassing 318.2 ypg. It put its philosophy to the test last week with great results, rushing for 370 yards against the Maryland's fourth-ranked rush defense (77.6 ypg heading into last week's game).

Quarterback Tevin Washington needed to attempt just two passes last week and has modest passing totals on the season (55-of-93, 901 yards, four TDs, three INTs), but most of his damage comes on the ground as he is second on the team in rushing with 511 yards and his 16 rushing scores are six more than any other player in the ACC. Vad Lee also sees time under center and is in a similar mold as Washington (277 passing yards, 322 rushing yards, eight total TDs).

With opposing defenses needing to stay honest against the triple option, Orwin Smith is able to take advantage of big plays, as he averages nearly 10 yards per carry this year en route to 523 yards and four scores. Zach Laskey (448 yards, TD) also sees plenty of work in the backfield.

There isn't much passing in the Yellow Jackets' playbook. Smith is the leading receiver with 14 catches, and Jeff Greene (13 receptions, 238 yards, two TDs) is the only other player averaging more than a catch per game. However, when they do pass, it's often for big yardage, as seven different receivers have caught a pass for 39 yards or longer.

Last week's 13-point effort not withstanding, Georgia Tech's defense (28 ppg) has been the main reason for its sub-.500 record. It has allowed 41 points or more in four of its last six games.

Jemea Thomas has been one of the conference's top defensive backs with 52 tackles, three interceptions and six pass breakups. Jeremiah Attaochu is the leading pass rusher with five sacks, three of which came last week, helping him earn ACC Linebacker of the Week honors.

UNC has been one of the few offenses in the ACC better than Georgia Tech as it ranks third in both scoring (39.4 ppg) and yardage (487.8 ypg). It is coming off a 570-yard performance in its last game against rival NC State.

Bryn Renner threw for 358 yards in the Oct. 27 win, falling just five yards short of his career high of 363 set against Louisville earlier in the season. Renner has been one of the best signal-callers in the ACC, completing 62.5 percent of his passes for 2,386 yards, 18 touchdowns and six interceptions.

Renner doesn't play favorites in the receiving game as six different players have recorded at least 200 yards with multiple touchdowns, led by Erik Highsmith (42 receptions, 443 yards, two TDs) and Eric Ebron (35 receptions, 546 yards, three TDs).

Rounding out a well-balanced offense is Giovani Bernard, who has been fantastic in his sophomore season. He leads the ACC in rushing (930 yards), and he's also an excellent receiver out of the backfield with 32 receptions, including eight for 95 yards against NC State. His prowess as a multi- dimensional playmaker has led to 15 total touchdowns (10 rushing, three receiving, two punt return), which is already the fifth-most in program history for a single season.

The defense has played very well for the most part (21 ppg), but the unit has been vulnerable in recent weeks, allowing 33 points or more in three of its last four games.

The Tar Heels' strength on defense is forcing turnovers as they rank tied for 19th in the nation with 21 takeaways, led by three interceptions apiece from Tre Boston and Tim Scott. Kevin Reddick is having an All-ACC type campaign at linebacker with 58 tackles, 12 tackles for loss, 5.5 sacks, and a forced fumble.

While UNC's defense has some weakness, it is very stout against the run in allowing just 111 yards per game, which does not bode well for the Yellow Jackets. The Tar Heels have been rolling at home, and there's no reason to believe that trend will stop.

Sports Network Predicted Outcome: North Carolina 34, Georgia Tech 21

11/07 10:35:57 ET

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NCCU 65
EILL 40
 
Final
NCSU 60
BSU 54
 
3rd
PIT 2
CAR 3
 
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CHA 101
GSW 104
 
2nd
UF 33
UNC 43
 
1st
TULSA 14
ECU 14
 
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BOS 102
CHI 109
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CHA 101
GSW 104
 
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TOR 52
DAL 64
 
4th
DET 69
MIL 79
 
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ATL 72
NOP 58
 
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HOU 44
LAC 56
 
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OKC 59
NYK 33
 
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IND 47
ORL 45
 
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SAN 41
SAC 36
 
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DEN 15
PHO 7
 
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WMICH 21
NILL 31
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SMU 9
HOU 35
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IOWA 34
NEB 37
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SFLA 0
UCF 16
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MARS 66
WKENT 67
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KSU 27
AKR 24
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BGU 24
BST 41
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UMASS 21
BUF 41
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EMICH 16
TOL 52
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MIZZ 21
ARK 14
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SALABAMA 40
NAVY 42
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ARZ 42
ARST 35
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AFA 27
COLST 24
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UCLA 10
STAN 31
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VT 10
UVA 6
 
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TULSA 14
ECU 14
 
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NCCU 65
EILL 40
 
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KU 82
TENN 67
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TEXAM 87
NO 65
 
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NCAT 57
RAD 65
 
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GEOR 58
BUT 64
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BRO 81
PVU 71
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RIU 66
SCU 44
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NARZ 70
SOUTH 63
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DART 68
MAST 67
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WRST 59
FIU 61
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XAV 73
UTEP 77
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OSU 73
JMU 56
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TXSOU 71
LAM 59
 
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TAMCC 75
MVSU 66
 
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AKAN 51
MIZST 55
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BUCK 80
PSU 88
 
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PROV 72
YALE 66
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UGA 62
MINN 66
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WISC 69
OKLA 56
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Terriers 70
NORST 72
 
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PEAY 62
STEPH 83
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FSU 58
CSOU 47
 
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VALPO 66
DRAK 46
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CIN 69
MTST 51
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SDU 75
PRIN 65
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WASU 76
RICE 74
 
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CSFU 64
USCU 79
 
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GT 61
RIDE 54
 
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TXPA 79
ALAST 91
 
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NCSU 60
BSU 54
 
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TCU 57
BRAD 49
 
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WAKE 65
DELST 72
 
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HART 83
EMERSON 50
 
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STJ 66
GONZ 73
 
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CLEM 62
HIGH 59
 
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SYR 72
HC 48
 
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MD 61
MON 56
 
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JVST 74
SAV 71
 
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MIAMI 87
SALA 75
 
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RUTG 68
VANDY 65
 
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PETE 55
TENST 54
 
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MARS 32
CLST 43
 
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JST 38
HOF 49
 
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INDST 34
MEM 48
 
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UF 33
UNC 43
 
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LATU 39
SAMF 35
 
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TULA 58
SELA 49
 
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NEB 54
TENNM 44
 
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MISS 31
CREI 37
 
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PORT 30
MURST 29
 
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MARQ 9
MSU 8
 
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ARK 14
UNT 11
 
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NCOL 17
STET 11
 
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IND 11
UNCG 9
 
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SJST 5
WMICH 15
 
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MNTST 11
TXARL 8
 
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PHI 0
NYR 3
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ANA 1
CHI 4
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WAS 5
NYI 2
3rd
PIT 2
CAR 3
 
3rd
NJD 4
DET 3
 
3rd
BUF 1
MON 1
 
3rd
CLB 0
VAN 3
 
3rd
BOS 1
WIN 1
 
2nd Intermission
FLA 1
OTT 2
 
2nd
STL 1
EDM 1
 
1st Intermission
DAL 0
MIN 2