The Last Word Before #ACCFCG
Kickoff is set for 8 p.m. on ESPN
Dec. 1, 2012
HOW TO WATCH IT
HOW TO HEAR IT
The game is also available nationally on ESPN Radio with Bill Rosinski, David Norrie and Joe Schad calling the action (Sirius/XM Ch. 84).
WHAT TO WATCH FOR
2. Inside the Rivalry. Georgia Tech and Florida State are meeting for the first time since 2009, and although the Jackets have won the last two meetings, FSU leads the all-time series 12-9-1. Tech's last ACC title was a shared championship in the 1998 season with Florida State. The Jackets won the ACC outright during the team's national championship season in 1990. Tech coach Paul Johnson is 2-0 in his career versus the 'Noles.
3. Don't Apologize. Tech's appearance in the ACC Championship came, in part, thanks to Miami's self-imposed bowl ban and North Carolina's ineligibility. But the Yellow Jackets hit their ACC stride down the stretch, winning their final four league games to climb to the top of the Coastal Division. Tech joined the Atlantic Division front-runners as the only teams in league play to go undefeated over the last half of the season - Tech was 4-0, Clemson 7-0 and FSU 5-0.
4. Milestone rushing numbers. The Yellow Jackets take the field Saturday night needing just 115 yards to reach an incredible milestone of 20,000 yards rushing in the Paul Johnson era. No team in college football has rushed for more yards than Tech over the last five years (19,885), and the next closest team, Air Force, is more than 700 yards behind the Jackets (19,177). For perspective, 20,000 yards equals 11.36 miles - or roughly the distance between Bobby Dodd Stadium and the Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport.
5. Long bowl streak continues. Although winning the ACC Championship would make the point moot, Tech applied for, and was granted, a waiver by the NCAA to appear in a bowl game with a 6-7 record. That makes the Jackets bowl eligible for a 16th-consecutive season, which is the nation's fourth-longest active streak behind Florida State (31), Florida (22) and Virginia Tech (20).
THEY SAID IT
"But the more you play, the more you see how difficult it is to accomplish something like this."
"We think we've got a great plan, but we have to get used to the speed of it and how well they execute it. It'll be a huge challenge for us, there's no doubt."
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