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The participants in the ACC Championship game won't be decided until after this weekend's Virginia Tech-Virginia game with the winner advancing to take on Clemson.
Despite clinching the SEC's Eastern division crown, the Georgia Bulldogs failed to make up much ground in this week's BCS Rankings for Week 13. Despite little movement from the Bulldogs, the SEC is well represented and in position to put two different teams in the BCS Title game.
LSU remains undefeated and is still sitting in the No. 1 spot. Alabama moves back up to No. 2 and is followed by another SEC West team in Arkansas at No. 3. The Razorbacks have a playoff game of sorts with LSU on Friday that could effectively decide who could earn a trip to the championship game. Oklahoma State falls two slots to No. 4 after losing to Iowa State and Virginia Tech enters the top five at No. 5.
Undefeated Houston jumps into the top 10 at No. 8 while Oklahoma and Oregon fall to No. 9 and No. 10 after losing to Baylor and USC respectively.
South Carolina is ranked No. 12 and one spot ahead of Georgia who will be representing the eastern division in the SEC Championship game. Clemson tumbles to No. 17 after its upset loss to N.C. State. Georgia Tech is at No. 23 and Auburn No. 24 in the latest rankings.
Here is a look at the full BCS Rankings for Week 13:
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The SEC is continues to dominate this week's edition of the AP top 25 poll. For only the second time in the poll's history, three teams from the same conference occupy the top three spots in the poll.
LSU remains unbeaten and at No. 1 in the AP poll. Alabama moves back up to No. 2 and is followed by conference mate Arkansas at No. 3. Stanford regains the No. 4 slot while Oklahoma State rounds out the top five.
The ACC's top team Virginia Tech occupies the No. 6 spot and is followed by Boise State, Houston, Oregon and USC to round out the top 10. SEC Eastern Division champ Georgia checks in at No. 13 just ahead of South Carolina. Clemson tumbles to No. 18 while Georgia Tech rounds out the poll at No. 25.
Here is a look at the full AP top 25 poll for Week 13:
With tough wins this Saturday, the Georgia Bulldogs are ranked No. 14 and Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets are ranked No. 21 in this week's coaches poll.
Georgia is most likely looking at heading to the Outback Bowl, unless they can surprise the SEC West champion then they would make the Sugar Bowl. Georgia Tech is almost certainly locked into the Belk Bowl.
Let's be honest. The average Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets fan doesn't really care about the game that precedes the Georgia Bulldogs game, while the average Duke Blue Devils fan doesn't really care about football games. So let's get through this quickly.
The Jackets outshot Duke, 38-31, to emerge from Wallace Wade Stadium with a victory and hang on to their respectable bowl standing. Tech moves to 8-3 on the year, an excellent mark for a team that was predicted to finish in the lower half of the Coastal Division.
Despite putting up 549 yards, almost 200 more than Duke, the Jackets turned the ball over twice and saw the Blue Devils match them pace-for-pace throughout much of the game. Tevin Washington is your offensive hero, putting up 136 yards rushing and 185 through the air.
Duke jumped out to an early 7-0 lead as Sean Renfree connected with Conner Vernon for a 15 yard touchdown. Then Georgia Tech responded with 3 consecutive touchdowns, 2 of which coming from the legs of David Sims. After a Renfree completed his second touchdown pass to Donovan Varner, cutting the lead to 21-14, Emery Peebles scored at the end of the first half for the two touchdown advantage.
Tevin Washington is leading the way for the Yellow Jackets, as his 139 passing yards and 67 rushing yards have been crucial to Georgia Tech keeping possession thus far.
Georgia Tech will receive the bail in the second half, with a win they'll move their record to 8-3 and position themselves for a better bowl game. The Champs Sports Bowl maybe?
@joshwgoodson: Champs Sports Bowl reps also in house for GaTech/Duke #wsfDuke
The line on this matchup between the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets and Duke Blue Devils opened up at 10 points, but since that opening line it has shifted further further in favor of Georgia Tech to 11 points, according to OddsShark.
Georgia Tech is out of contention for the ACC Championship, having been eliminated from a potential Coastal Division title with a loss last Thursday to Virginia Tech. However, the Yellow Jackets could still claim another 10-win season by beating the Blue Devils on Saturday, followed by Georgia and a bowl opponent. If the Jackets won out, it would be their second 10-win campaign in three years, following 2009's Orange Bowl season.
Despite playing back-to-back opponents ranked in the Top 10 nationally, Tech's stats are still impressive: they're third in the country in rushing, third in pass efficiency, 8th in total penalties (fewest earned) and 20th in the nation in total offense. Duke is 3-7, despite leading or holding a tie with several conference opponents this season, such as last week when Virginia broke a 21-21 tie to win 31-21 in the fourth quarter.
Date, time: Saturday, November 19, 12:30 pm ET
Location: Wallace Wade Stadium, Durham, North Carolina
TV: The ACC Network
Radio: AM 790 The Zone, Sirius 94, XM 103
The Cavaliers still have a shot at the ACC Championship, if they can upset Florida State at home before next week's rivalry game against Virginia Tech. Clemson awaits the winner.
Georgia Tech head coach Paul Johnson confirmed that A-back Orwin Smith is "probably out" for Saturday's gameagainst the Duke Blue Devils. Smith missed Wednesday's practice once again with an undisclosed injury that was suffered in the loss to Virginia Tech last Thursday.
If Smith is unable to go on Saturday then Embry Peeples is likely to get the start. Smith has quietly been one of the Yellow Jackets' most explosive weapons this season rushing for 570 yards on just 53 carries. Peebles had a big game against Virginia Tech rushing for 84 yards on just three carries. He has 330 yards and one touchdown on the season.
Smith finished with just 4 carries for 17 yards against Virginia Tech. His biggest game of the season came against Kansas where he piled up 157 yards rushing and 108 yards receiving including a 95 yard touchdown run.
For more on Orwin Smith and Georgia Tech Football, be sure to check out From The Rumble Seat.
Georgia Tech could be without A-back Orwin Smith after he suffered an undisclosed injury in the Yellow Jackets' loss to Virginia Tech.
Georgia Tech opens as a 10 point favorite this week against the Duke Blue Devils who are riding a five game losing streak.
In Georgia Tech's 37-26 loss versus the Virginia Tech Hokies, Yellow Jackets linebacker Jeremiah Attaochu's 15-yard personal foul on Logan Thomas proved to be costly, as he was flagged for punching Logan Thomas. The penalty was called on a key third-and-long and a stop would've given Tech the ball with the late lead.
Attaochu was consequently suspended by the team for a half-game for Saturday's ACC matchup between Georgia Tech and Duke in Durham, North Carolina.
Coach Paul Johnson responded to the controversial penalty on Monday:
@ZachKleinWSB Zach Klein
CPJ. "I did not see it (the punch) during the game. you have to pay a price when you mess up. It's out of character for him. He's embarassed."