Defense: Both Ds have a lot of playmakers all over the field. I like the Tech corner, Tennant and their DE Morgan. I also like Burney and Quinn for UNC. Its a tough call here but I'm going to give the edge to GaTech's D but only by a slight margin.
Offense: Yates vs. Nesbitt. Yates is a good QB and Nesbitt is a TERRIBLE QB so do the math here. I don't think that UNC is going to be able to get much going up front with their OL going against a pretty talented front 7. However, if Highsmith shows up and gets open early then that will lead to good things for the Heels. GaTech's offense is a based on gimmicks and teams are starting to figure them out. It starts and ends with their running backs so if Dwyer is kept under wraps then their offense stalls b/c Nesbitt is incapable of throwing it downfield.
Special Teams: I honestly think this is where the game could be won or lost. UNC doesn't have that playmaker on ST like they did last year. On the other hand, Tech does have one with Tennant. If the Heels can bottle up Tennant and not allow Tech to have good field position or a TD off of a run back then I like UNC's chances.
This is a tough call. But since Tech is playing at home I give them the edge 24-17.
Edited by unicar15, 24 September 2009 - 10:24 AM.