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Line: Boston College -3.5
Opening Kickoff: Boston College and Georgia Tech meet for just the 10th time in series history on Saturday at Alumni Stadium (4 P.M. ACC Network).
The Eagles are just 2-7 all-time against Georgia Tech and have not defeated the Yellow Jackets since 2007. Boston College has never won at home against Georgia Tech (0-3). Both wins in the series came in Atlanta at Bobby Dodd Stadium (24-10 in 2007; 41-31 in 1998).
This is the first meeting between the two schools since the 2016 opener for both teams that took place in Ireland, a game Georgia Tech defeated BC in by a final score of 17-14 in Dublin. The ACC rivalry is still relatively new, as the two teams have played just four times in conference play since BC joined the ACC in 2005.
Georgia Tech has won three straight in this series. The longest win streak in the series for the Yellow Jackets is four games. The longest win streak in the series for the Eagles is two. The largest margin of victory for Boston College against Georgia Tech was a 14-point victory in 2007 (24-10). The largest margin in the series for Georgia Tech was 32 points following the 42-10 victory in the first meeting between the two sides back in 1972.
3 Offensive Keys
1. Be aggressive: Offensive coordinator Frank Cignetti has been aggressive thus far this season and this is the perfect opponent to stay aggressive against. Look for the Eagles to push the ball down field early and often.
2. Offensive line must be better: The Eagles struggled in pass protection last week. The Eagles need to be better this week. Tech likes to pressure so communication and good technique will be key.
3. Get off to a good start: Cliche I know but it is imperative that the Eagles get off to a good start. Especially against a young team like Georgia Tech.
3 Defensive Keys
1. Tackle: Another simple point, but the Eagles did a piss poor job of tackling last week against Virginia Tech. They must tackle better. Quarterback Jeff Sims is a nightmare to tackle in space.
2. Keep Jahmyr Gibbs in check: Running back Jahmyr Gibbs has been productive thus far and can be tough to handle especially for a defense that doesn’t tackle well.
3. Play better: The B.C defense had been playing relatively well until the Virginia Tech. They got run over last week and need to be better in this game.
Final Prediction: Boston College 42 Georgia Tech 24: Boston College will bounce back with a big win. The defense will surrender some big plays and points but Georgia Tech’s defense is worse and that’ll be the difference.