2006 ACC Championship: Georgia Tech vs. Wake Forest
By Douglas Kroll
If anyone predicted this matchup during fall practice, they would have been laughed at until last Saturday when this game took shape. Wake Forest (10-2) won the Atlantic Division last weekend by defeating Maryland on the road, while Georgia Tech (9-3) has had the Coastal Division wrapped up for a couple of weeks. Of the two, Wake Forest is the team that people are shocked about.
Demon Deacons head coach Jim Grobe has led his squad to a 6-2 record in the ACC, including a blowout at Florida State this year, a place where they hadn't won in eons. The biggest game of the year up to this point will be Saturday at 1pm in Jacksonville, as the Deacs will try and get to a BCS Bowl game with a win. Also with a win, Wake Forest would win the ACC for the first time in 36 years. It was its first and only ACC Championship to this day.
Wake Forest has been decimated by injuries, but they have been able to get things done somehow. The new starting running back was a wide receiver at the start of the season, as Kenneth Moore had his biggest output of the year last week against Maryland carrying the ball 27 times for 165 yards and a touchdown.
It will be the 28th time the two teams will meet, and the Yellow Jackets lead the all-time series 20-7. The two teams did not meet this season, and Georgia Tech has taken the last two meetings in the series. In an interesting twist, they will not meet again in the regular season until 2009.
Georgia Tech might be reeling after a really tough loss to rival Georgia last week, 15-12. The Yellow Jackets do have quite the weapon on offense, Calvin Johnson, who was named the ACC Player of the Year. Johnson has 13 receiving touchdowns this season, and might have more if not for the inconsistent play of senior QB Reggie Ball. Ball does have 20 touchdown passes this year, but has only completed 45 percent of his throws and has thrown 12 interceptions. Tashard Choice has been consistent for the Ramblin Wreck, averaging exactly 100 yards per game this season, and finding the end zone ten times on the ground.
Georgia Tech's defense may be too much for Wake Forest to overcome, but the Demon Deacons have been able to get it done nearly every week this year, some how, some way, so why not again this week?
Douglas Kroll is an independent contributor to College Football Poll.com.