Josh D. Weiss-US PRESSWIRE
Georgia Tech may not have their leading rusher when they face the Florida State defense, and their triple-option offense doesn't have an air attack to fall back on.
The Florida State Seminoles and the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets face off for the ACC Championship on Saturday, with Florida State making their second title game appearance in three years and Georgia Tech appearing for the first time since 2006.
The Seminoles have put up top 10 numbers on both sides of the ball this season. E.J. Manuel drives the offense, averaging nine yards per attempt and completing 67.4 percent of his passes. The Seminole defense has a respectable pass rush (19th in the FBS with 32 sacks) and has shut down the opposing run game, giving up only 85 yards per game on the ground.
That success against the run may be difficult to duplicate on Saturday. Georgia Tech's ground attack comes in the form of the triple-option, and their 323 yards per game rank third in the nation. Florida State's defense may catch a break in the form of an injury to Tech's leading rusher, Orwin Smith. Smith did not play in Tech's loss to Georgia and is listed as doubtful for Saturday. That would be a huge blow to the Yellow Jackets, who have very little passing attack to speak of.
The two teams have met 22 times going back to 1952, with Florida State winning 12 of those games. The Yellow Jackets have won the last two meetings, in 2008 and 2009, but prior to that the Seminoles had a streak of 12 consecutive victories.
Game Time: 8 p.m. ET
Television Coverage: ESPN
Odds: Seminoles favored by 14