Oct. 31, 2017
Georgia Tech Football (4-3, 3-2 ACC) at Virginia (5-3, 2-2 ACC)
Saturday, November 4, 2017 • 3 p.m. • Charlottesville, Va. • Memorial Stadium (61,500)
• Georgia Tech (4-3, 3-2 ACC) concludes its only stretch of back-to-back road games this season when it travels to Virginia (5-3, 2-2 ACC) for a pivotal Atlantic Coast Conference Coastal Division matchup on Saturday.
• Third-place Georgia Tech is still in the thick of the race for the Coastal Division title, two games behind first-place Miami (7-0, 5-0 ACC) and a half-game in back of second-place Virginia Tech (7-1, 3-1 ACC). The Yellow Jackets are a half-game ahead of fourth-place Virginia in the division standings.
• After their first two losses of the season came in heartbreaking fashion (one-point defeats to Tennessee and Miami), the Jackets suffered their first decisive defeat of the campaign last Saturday at No. 7 Clemson, a rain-soaked 24-10 setback.
• Georgia Tech is in search of its first win of the season away from home. The Jackets are 4-0 at home but 0-3 away from Bobby Dodd Stadium.
• After a 5-1 start, which included a 2-0 open in ACC play, Virginia is riding a two-game losing streak into Saturday’s game after convincing defeats at the hands of Boston College (41-10) and Pittsburgh (31-14) the last two weekends.
• Georgia Tech is 20-18-1 all-time against Virginia, in a series that dates back to 1965 and has been renewed each season since 1982 (the year before GT became a full-fledged member of the ACC). The Yellow Jackets are 6-3 against the Cavaliers in nine seasons under head coach Paul Johnson.
• Scott Stadium has traditionally been an unfriendly venue for Georgia Tech, as the Jackets are just 4-11-1 all-time at UVA. The Jackets are 2-2 in Charlottesville under Johnson.
A Georgia Tech Win Would …
• up it to 5-3 overall this season;
• pull it to within one game of becoming bowl eligible for the 20th time in the last 21 seasons;
• up its ACC record to 4-2, clinching a .500 mark or better in league play for the 22nd time in the last 23 seasons;
• be its ninth in its last 12 games and 11th in its past 15 contests;
• move it to 21-18-1 all-time and 7-3 under head coach Paul Johnson against Virginia;
• be its fifth win in 17 games all-time at Virginia’s Scott Stadium (5-11-1);
• up it to 3-2 at UVA under Johnson;
• be its first road win since a 28-27 victory at Georgia in last year’s regular-season finale (Nov. 26, 2016);
• be its first ACC road win since a 30-20 triumph at No. 18 Virginia Tech on Nov. 12 of last season.