ATLANTA - Virginia Tech coach Frank Beamer had a ready response to Friday's question: Does Chick-fil-A Bowl opponent Georgia remind you of any team? Said Beamer: Virginia Tech.
Georgia coach Mark Richt says he also sees similarities between the teams. The Bulldogs and Number 14 Hokies boast similar strengths and even share some of the same concerns, leading each coach to predict a close game tomorrow night.
Virginia Tech (10-2) leads the nation with its averages of 221 yards and nine-point-three points allowed per game. Georgia (8-4) is ninth in total defense, giving up 264 yards per game, and 22nd in scoring defense, allowing an average of 17-point-one points.
The Hokies allowed a total of 29 points while winning their last six games.
They shut out two of their last three opponents. The only two teams to score more than 13 points against Virginia Tech were the only two teams to beat the Hokies - Georgia Tech (38-27) and Boston College (22-3) in back-to-back midseason games.
Georgia suffered a more prolonged midseason slump, losing four of five games to drop to six-and-four.
The Bulldogs saved their season with consecutive upsets of Number five Auburn and Number 16 Georgia Tech.