Breaking down the ACC title game…
- 12/01/12 No. 13 FSU (10-2) [-14] v. Georgia Tech (6-6) / 8:00 ET / ESPN
The Lead: FSU seeks a dominant finish to a dominate run through the ACC, while the Jackets can play spoiler en route to the Orange Bowl.
Watch 4: Jackets to have some success, not enough to run with ‘Noles
Georgia Tech has played two top-10 run defenses this season (like FSU), with mixed results – shut down by BYU (117 yards) and rolling up 370 yards the next week against Maryland. After a tough loss, the ‘Noles have to get their minds right, down leading tackler DE Cornelius Carradine (torn ACL) and with their defensive coordinator Mark Stoops accepting the Kentucky job midweek (will coach Saturday). That said, the Yellow Jackets still have to stop FSU – giving up 39 points per game against FBS opponents with a QB (taking out Maryland), while the ‘Noles are eighth nationally in scoring offense (41.5 points per game). The game is as close as FSU’s defense allows it to be, a battle of who wears down who in the second half.
More analysis: Check out our primer on Southern Pigskin here.
The Picks: Brandon Rink – FSU 41-24; Griffin Wong – FSU 27-14; J.J. Greenstein – FSU 45-21; Billy Watson – FSU 55-17; W. Gustin Vandiford – FSU 56-24.
Season Pick Records: Rink – 76-20 (42-37-3 ATS, FBS v. FBS games); Wong – 74-19; Greenstein – 68-28; Vandiford – 56-28; Watson 32-16.
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