A look at the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (7-2, 5-2 ACC) a day before playing Maryland (5-5, 3-4) in College Park, Md. on Saturday (noon, Fox/SS):
The poll voters haven't given Georgia Tech much respect this season despite the fact that the Jackets have won five straight games since starting the season 2-2. However, Maryland coach Ron Vanderlinden said during his weekly ACC conference that the Jackets are the second-best team in the conference and are one of the top 15 teams in the nation.
K Luke Manget (pulled hamstring) is probable.
In its last four games against Virginia, Clemson, Duke and Wake Forest, the Jackets are averaging 550.5 yards of total offense and 40.8 points per game.
Tech coach George O'Leary said that even though Maryland running back Lamont Jordan has been injured for most of the year and hasn't had the type of season Maryland fans hoped for, the senior is still dangerous and Tech must find a way to contain him if they plan on winning. Jordan needs just 105 yards to post his third straight 1,000-yard rushing season.
"He throws the ball on time and he's got great timing with his receivers. He's very effective versus the blitz. He's very accurate with the football. His offensive line gives him great protection, but he gets rid of the ball very quickly." -- Vanderlinden on Georgia Tech quarterback George Godsey.
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