Georgia Tech Gets Shot At ACC Title Against Florida State

By: Willie Bee | Thursday, November 29, 2012

Florida State Seminoles vs. Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets
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12/01/2012 at 8:00 p.m. (ET)
Opening Lines: FSU -13, O/U 63½
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Television: ESPN

Florida State Seminoles: Coach Jimbo Fisher and the 'Noles (10-2 straight-up, 4-8 against the spread) come off a 37-26 loss to Florida last week as 7-point favorites, their third consecutive setback vs. the line. The Gators reeled off 24 unanswered points in the fourth quarter to deny FSU a sweep of its two biggest rivals this season after beating Miami 33-20 in Week 8. The final vaulted past the total for a fourth straight game, leaving the Seminoles 7-3 "over" coming into this tilt. Florida State is making its third appearance in the ACC Championship, winning the inaugural affair in 2005 vs. Virginia Tech (27-22) and losing to the Hokies in 2010 (44-33). The 'Noles own the nation's second-ranked defense allowing just under 250 yards per game and are fourth in the rushing department (85.1 yards per game), which will now be pitted against Georgia Tech's third-ranked rushing attack (323.3 ypg).

Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets: Miami's self-imposed bowl ban allowed the Ramblin' Wreck (6-6 SU, 7-5 ATS) to back into the conference title game. It marks the eighth straight year the Coastal Division will be represented by either Georgia Tech or Virginia Tech. Thoughts of the Yellow Jackets contending for a conference crown and BCS bowl were nonexistent when they opened the season with four losses in the first six games. But Georgia Tech managed to close its ACC slate with four consecutive wins and covers to get in position to take advantage of the Hurricanes defaulting on the game. The Yellow Jackets are making their third appearance in the ACC Championship, losing to Wake Forest in 2006 and beating Clemson in 2009, a victory that was later taken away due to NCAA violations. It is the first time in three years these two schools have met on the gridiron, and Georgia Tech has won the last two meetings while covering the four most recent clashes with the Seminoles.

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