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Although it's Monday -- nobody likes 'em -- there is reason for excitement for Virginia Tech fans. It's Georgia Tech week. On Saturday, the No. 4 Hokies (5-1, 3-0) take on the No. 19 Yellow Jackets (5-1, 3-1) in Atlanta in a game that will resonate throughout the Atlantic Coast Conference.

Before going forward, let's take a quick look backward at the Hokies' 48-14 win over Boston College last Saturday. It was evident throughout the game that Eagles quarterback Dave Shinskie, a 25-year-old freshman, was unsettled in his first road game as the starter. The Hokies' swarming defensive, orchestrated by coordinator Bud Foster, made it a tough day for Shinskie and Boston College. In fact, Shinskie was replaced by Michael Marscovetra, who was listed as the third-team quarterback.

All in all, it was a rough weekend for Boston sports fans.

Georgia Tech also got a win last weekend, outlasting Florida State -- and a 78-minute lightning delay -- for a 49-44 victory in Tallahassee. While the Yellow Jackets' offense continued to look impressive, with its forceful rushing attack, Georgia Tech also exhibited plenty of gaping holes on a defense that has performed poorly in each of its last two games.

Mississippi State racked up 487 yards of offense in a 42-31 loss to Georgia Tech on Oct. 3. On Saturday, the Seminoles gained 539 yards in the Yellow Jackets' win. As a result of the poor performances, Coach Paul Johnson said Sunday that he would try to change things up. He said Georgia Tech would cut down on the number of personnel groups shuttling in and out of the game, abandoning a style that had used a lot of rotations to keep players fresh and to gain experience for younger team members.

And for you daydreamers out there, I give you's 16-team playoff bracket, if it were to start now. The fourth-seeded Hokies are matched up with 13th-seeded Oregon.

By Mark Viera  |  October 12, 2009; 9:35 AM ET
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i think tech would do really well in a playoff system. i dream....

Posted by: dolan83 | October 12, 2009 11:04 AM | Report abuse

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