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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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Scoreboard
Local
Final
UVA 27
UNC 28
Final
NCCU 42
SAVST 14
 
1st
SFG 0
KAN 0
 
Final
WISC 52
MD 7
Final
SMU 10
MEM 48
Final
ILL 28
MINN 24
Final
RICE 41
UNT 21
Final
NEB 42
RUTG 24
Final
KST 23
TEX 0
Final
ARK 45
UAB 17
Final
UVA 27
UNC 28
Final
EMICH 17
NILL 28
Final
NAVY 41
SJST 31
Final
BST 35
AKR 21
Final
GASTATE 31
GASO 69
Final
TOL 42
UMASS 35
Final
WMICH 42
OHIO 21
Final
COL 37
UCLA 40
Final
UMO 10
KSU 3
Final
WAKE 17
BC 23
Final
BUF 14
CMICH 20
 
Final
MARS 35
FATL 16
 
Final
PITT 28
GT 56
Final
SMISS 20
LATU 31
 
Final
MSU 35
MICH 11
 
Final
KENT 31
MSST 45
Final
STAN 38
ORST 14
 
Final
TCU 82
TTU 27
 
Final
OKST 10
WVU 34
 
Final
WKENT 66
ODU 51
 
Final
UTST 34
UNLV 20
 
Final
MIZZ 24
VANDY 14
 
4th
UCF 34
TEMPL 14
 
3rd
WASU 16
ARZ 38
 
2nd
CLEM 3
SYR 3
 
2nd
LAMON 13
TXST 0
 
2nd
TXSANANTO 0
UTEP 17
 
2nd
COLST 24
WYO 3
 
2nd
LSU 0
MISS 7
 
1st
TENN 0
ALA 13
 
2nd
AUB 7
SCAR 7
 
1st
PSU 0
OSU 0
 
10:00pm Tonight
UTAH
USC
10:45pm Tonight
WASH
ARST
11:59pm Tonight
HAW
NEV
Final
SJS 1
BUF 2
2nd
TOR 0
BOS 1
 
2nd
NYI 3
DAL 2
 
2nd
PHI 0
DET 1
 
2nd
OTT 0
NJD 0
 
2nd
MON 1
NYR 1
 
1st
STL 0
CHI 1
 
1st
NAS 0
PIT 1
 
1st
MIN 0
TAM 0
 
9:00pm Tonight
ARI
FLA
10:00pm Tonight
CAL
WAS
Final
NCCU 42
SAVST 14