Georgia Tech-Florida State Preview Capsule

The Associated Press Published:

Georgia Tech (6-6, 5-3) vs. No.13 Florida St (10-2, 7-1, 8 p.m. (ABC)

Line: Florida State by 14.

Series record: Florida State 12-9-1.


Atlantic Division winner Florida State has won a dozen league championships since joining the league in 1992. Georgia Tech, which qualified after Miami officials decided to skip the game in anticipation of NCAA sanctions, defeated Clemson in the league's championship game in 2009, but was forced to vacate the title because of NCAA sanctions. Georgia Tech's string of 16 straight seasons being bowl eligible may also be in jeopardy if it loses.


Florida State's defense, which is ranked second nationally, against Georgia Tech's high-powered triple-option offense that averaged an ACC record 323.3 yards a game on the ground. The Seminoles allowed just 85 yards a game rushing. A high-scoring affair could occur if Florida State has trouble containing the Jackets although if it comes down to a kick, the Seminoles have all-time NCAA field goal and scoring leader Dustin Hopkins available.


Florida State; DE Bjoern Werner, a Nagurski finalist who wreaked havoc with opposing offensive lineman all season and was the top vote getter in the ACC's all-conference defensive unit. Werner has 13 sacks and seven deflected passes despite having been frequently double-teamed during the season. His ability to stop the run will be tested.

Georgia Tech: QBs Tevin Washington and Vad Lee are the igniters in the Georgia Tech offense and will need some protection against Werner and others in Florida State's ACC-best defense to have a chance at upsetting the Seminoles. The Yellow Jackets didn't get into the end zone last week in a 42-10 drubbing at Georgia until midway through the fourth quarter.


Florida State won the first ACC championship game in 2005 and is making its third appearance in the title game ... Georgia Tech is 1-1 in two previous appearances in the title game ... Georgia Tech has won the last two regular seasons games in 2008 and 2009 in former Seminoles coach Bobby Bowden's final two seasons ... Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher's 29 wins in his first three years trails only Bowden (33), Virginia Tech's Frank Beamer (29) and Maryland's Ralph Friedgen (31) ... the Seminoles have been bowl eligible every year since 1982, the longest streak nationally ... Washington and Lee have combined to score 27 touchdowns this year ... Washington's 36 career TDs are a Tech record.