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|Virginia Tech Hokies (10-2) -2.5, o/u 37.5 vs. Georgia Bulldogs (8-4) on Saturday, December 30, 2006 at 8:00 p.m. Eastern on ESPN
by Ultimatecapper.com Staff
The Virginia Tech Hokies come into this game on a 6 game winning streak. The Hokies are allowing only 5 points a game during their winning streak.
The Georgia Bulldogs have won their last 2 games including a season finale against in state rival Georgia Tech by a score of 15-12.
The Hokies, 2nd in the ACC Coastal Division, will be making their 14th straight bowl appearance. They have won 6 of their previous 13 bowl games.
The Bulldogs, tied for 3rd in the SEC East Division, will be making their 10th straight bowl appearance. They have won 7 of their last 9 bowl games.
These two teams have no recent matchups. They faced one common opponent as both faced Georgia Tech, the Hokies lost to them 27-38 and the Bulldogs beat them 15-12.
Virginia Tech was 7-4 against the spread this season. Georgia was 4-6-1 against the number this year.
The Hokies are led by Sophomore QB Sean Glennon. He is completing 56.9% of his passes and has thrown for 2,097 yards this season. He has thrown for 11 touchdowns and has 8 interceptions this season.
The Bulldogs are led by Freshman QB Matthew Stafford who has a 53.6% completion rate and has thrown for 1,620 yards this season. He has 6 touchdowns and has thrown 12 interceptions.
Virginia Tech averages 119 yards rushing per game and their defense allows 93 yards rushing per game. Georgia is also outrushing their opponents by a margin of 132-114.
The Hokies rank 47th in scoring offense in Division 1 (out of 119 teams) by averaging 26.0 points per game. Georgia is ranked 55th in scoring offense by averaging 24.7 points per game.
Virginia Tech is ranked 97th in total yards per game with 301.5 yards per game. Georgia is ranked 77th with an average of 321.1 yards per game.
The Hokies defense is ranked 1st giving up an average 9.3 points per game. The Bulldogs’ defense is ranked 21st giving up an average 17.1 points per game.
Virginia Tech’s defense is ranked 1st in total yards by giving up an average of 221.1 yards per game. Georgia is ranked 9th giving up 264.0 yards per game.
Virginia Tech averages 5.0 yards per play while giving up an average of 3.8 yards per play. Georgia averages 5.4 YPP while giving up 4.4 YPP.
The Over/Under is 3-8 in Virginia Tech games this season, 4-7 in Georgia games.
The Sagarin PREDICTOR ratings at USAToday.com rank the Hokies #17 at 85.04. Georgia ranks #29 at 79.93.
The opening line on this game was Virginia Tech -3 with a total of 39. The line has moved down to Virginia Tech -2.5 and the total has moved down to 37.5. At the time of this writing the betting public was backing Virginia Tech by a margin of 68%-32%.
The Ultimatecapper Prediction: We look for this game to be dominated by the defense and suggest a play on the under and on Virginia Tech.
Virginia Tech 21 Georgia 10