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Tuesday, May 22, 2012
Most important game: Georgia Tech

By ESPN.com staff
ESPN.com

Our series taking a look at the most important game on the schedule this year for each ACC school continues today with Georgia Tech. For those of you just tuning in, this is a look at which games will reveal the most or have the biggest impact on the 2012 race.

Georgia Tech

Most important game: Sept. 3 at Virginia Tech

Why it’s important:This one is a no-brainer. Historically, this game has decided the Coastal Division winner, and it wouldn’t be a surprise if that tradition continued this year. We’ll be talking about this game all summer and the anticipation for it will be through the roof. We'll know in Week 1 which team will be leading the race. Virginia Tech will likely be favored to win the division again, but Georgia Tech should be a contender. The onus will be on the Yellow Jackets, who have to travel to Blacksburg for what will be a nationally-televised Labor Day game. It will be a hostile Hokies’ crowd, and Virginia Tech is expected to have one of the best defenses in the country. Yes, the Hokies will have had ample time to prepare for Paul Johnson’s spread option offense, but it works both ways. Georgia Tech will also have had the entire summer to get ready for Logan Thomas. On paper, the Hokies should have the edge, but history says Georgia Tech has everything to play for in this game.

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