Ok, good people. It's time for another game on the Flats. It is, of course, homecoming week at Georgia Tech which means there was a parade before the game, and the king and queen will be crowned at halftime. (I know you football fans are bubbling with anticipation to find out the winners...)
As far as the action on the field. Currently, as I type this, there are still about 35 minutes remaining until the opening kick, with the Tech band marching onto the field for the first time. Both teams are still on the field getting in their final warmups, with defensive coordinator Al Groh paying attention right now to his team. Didn't notice earlier if he shook Mike London's (UVa head coach) hand pregame or not. Must've missed it if they did.
Here's your pregame uniform update: Virginia came out wearing orange pants, and has added blue tops with them. Very, very bright unis from my press box perch. As far as the Jackets, they'll be donning the usual white tops, gold bottom home unis.
We've got a couple of changes to the starting lineup for Georgia Tech. Starting at A-back in place of sophomore Orwin Smith will be junior Embry Peeples, who has appeared there often this season. My guess is that Embry had a good week of practice, in the coaches' eyes, and I'm sure that 20-yard touchdown pass to spark Tech's comeback against Wake Forest last week helped.
Macon native Julian Burnett will also get the start at inside linebacker alongside Johnson County native Brad Jefferson. Burnett will be replacing Washington County native Brandon Watts on the inside. (Whew, that was a lot of Middle Georgian references there)
Your captains today include the two permanent ones, Jefferson and starting quarterback Joshua Nesbitt. Along with those two, A-back Anthony Allen and cornerback Dominique Reese will appear at midfield during the coin toss.
-Allen needs just 52 yds rushing to give him 1,000 for his two-year Tech career. He transferred to Tech after playing at Louisville.
-Place-kicker Scott Blair needs seven points (two FGs and a PAT, maybe?) to reach 200 career points for his career.
-Nesbitt needs 10 points to reach 200 career points.
-Nesbitt also needs 66 yards rushing to reach 500 for the season.
-Nesbitt also needs just 259 yards rushing to become the ACC's most prolific rushing quarterback...ever. His 31 touchdowns are already more than any quarterback in ACC history.
On the sidelines today, former Yellow Jackets Jonathan Dwyer (RB, Pittsburgh Steelers), Gary Guyton (LB, New England Patriots), Keyaron Fox (LB, Steelers) and Derrick Morgan (DE, Tennessee Titans). Morgan, an NFL rookie who was the ACC's sack leader last season, got injured last week after tearing his ACL. He's done for the season.
The Steelers and Patriots are both off this week and don't play on Sunday.
OK, that's all for now. Make sure you check out the embedded videos below to get you ready for the game. As always, follow me on Twitter @macontechtalk for in-game tweets, updates and analysis. Enjoy the game, my friends.
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