Originally posted on Football Nation  |  Last updated 9/3/12

In honor of all those hard working Americans enjoying their day off, I thought I would provide a profit opportunity for those laborers who may be inclined to wager (and thus in close proximity to Nevada) on this evening's Georgia Tech vs. Virginia Tech contest. Tonight's game features two ACC powers in their opener. 

Virginia Tech holds a 6-3 advantage in the all-time series with Georgia Tech, including a 37-26 victory in Atlanta last season. These two teams have combined to win every Coastal Division crown since 2005. The 16th ranked Virginia Tech Hokies sports a Bud Foster-led defense that returns nine starters from last year's squad and holds promise to be one of the finest in the nation.

However, tonight's games features "strength-on-strength" as Paul Johnson's spread option offense returns four of last year's up front starters as well as last year's starting signal-caller, Tevin Washington.


Here are 5 reasons to take the Hokies:

1. While Georgia Tech's spread game causes problems for most defenses, Foster's veteran defense is well coached and have been given all summer to prepare against an option game they see every year.

2. Tevin Washington, while a gifted runner, is limited in the passing game thus making their offense one dimensional. This plays into the Hokies strength on defense.

3. Weather should be a factor tonight as thunderstorms are predicted which puts the Yellow Jacket's ball-handling intensive offense at a disadvantage. Frank Beamer's teams also emphasize turnovers so be aware of Hokies stripping the ball.

4. Tonight's contest will be Va. Tech's home opener at Lane Stadium.

5. Va. Tech generally holds the advantage in the third phase (kicking game) and coupled with item three above should favor the Hokies.

Take the Hokies and enjoy the evening! 



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