** If you forgot, tonight Georgia Tech will take on Virginia Tech at Lane Stadium. It’ll be televised by ESPN and kickoff is set for the very specific time of 8:01 p.m. The Hokies are ranked 20th by the coaches and 16th by the Associated Press. The Yellow Jackets are unranked.
** Here’s today’s game advance. If you didn’t know by now, this is a fairly big game in the Coastal Division.
How big? Here’s a line from the story: “The winner of this game has represented the Coastal Division in the ACC championship game all seven years it has existed, with Virginia Tech winning five times (2005, ’07, ’08, ’10, ’11) and Georgia Tech twice ( ’06, ’09).”
** I did an extensive breakdown of the matchups yesterday on the blog. My pick: Virginia Tech 27, Georgia Tech 23. Feel free to criticize/ridicule that pick in the comments section.
** The line, for entertainment purposes, looks like it has gone up to 7.5 points at most places. Was 7 yesterday.
** It looks like senior Michael Via will start at right guard in place of Brent Benedict. Offensive line coach Curt Newsome said both will rotate in during the game, but Via is the more experienced of the two. For a line lacking starting experience, that could help.
** This is the first time the Hokies have opened the season with a conference game since beating N.C. State 20-16 in Raleigh to start the 2005 season. Tech went to the ACC title game that year but lost to Florida State.
** Since many have asked, the ESPN announcers for tonight’s game are Sean McDonough, Chris Spielman and Quint Kessenich.
** From the useless info department: the Hokies are 5-0 under Frank Beamer when wearing tonight’s uniform combination: maroon helmets, orange jerseys, white pants, blacks socks/shoes.