Peaches or Tangerines?
The Cavaliers, who were all but eliminated from the ACC championship race by their 31-21 loss to Miami last week, could be playing for a bid to the Peach Bowl, which will be played in Atlanta's Georgia Dome on Dec. 31. If the Hurricanes win their next two games (against Wake Forest today and Virginia Tech on Dec. 4), they'll win the ACC and will get the league's Bowl Championship Series berth. If that happens, Florida State would probably play in the Gator Bowl in Jacksonville, with the winner of next week's game between Virginia and Virginia Tech going to the Peach Bowl and the loser ending up in the Champs Sports (formerly Tangerine) Bowl in Orlando on Dec. 21. The Yellow Jackets also are in the mix for the Peach and Champs Sports Bowl and could help their cause by beating the Cavaliers.
Daniels Doubtful Again
Georgia Tech junior P.J. Daniels, an all-ACC selection and the league's leading rusher last season, is expected to miss his third consecutive game because of a knee injury. Daniels hasn't played since he was hurt in the Yellow Jackets' 34-20 loss to Virginia Tech on Oct. 28. The Yellow Jackets also are without backup Chris Woods, who has a hamstring injury. Redshirt freshman Rashaun Grant, from Tampa, has started the past two games, running for 195 yards in victories over North Carolina State and Connecticut.
Hoffman Should Play
Cavaliers nose tackle Andrew Hoffman, who missed most of last week's game against Miami because of a concussion, should be able to play today. The rest of Virginia's injury report: wide receiver Fontel Mines (collarbone), defensive end Brennan Schmidt (shoulder), linebacker Rich Bedesem (knee) and safety Lance Evans (ankle) are probable.
Virginia and Georgia Tech have split their past eight meetings, and neither team has won consecutive games since the Cavaliers won four straight from 1992 to 1995. The home team has won the last nine games in the series, and Virginia hasn't won at Georgia Tech since a 24-7 victory in 1994.
Under the direction of former Virginia defensive back Jon Tenuta, the Yellow Jackets have played especially well on defense the past five games, allowing four opponents only one offensive touchdown each. In victories over Maryland, Duke, N.C. State and Connecticut, Georgia Tech allowed an average of 195.3 total yards, and all four teams ran for fewer than 100 yards. Tenuta, a 1982 graduate of Virginia and Tech's defensive coordinator, is the highest-paid assistant in the ACC.