Most important game: Georgia Tech

Our “most important game” series continues today with Georgia Tech. If you’re just joining us, you must be on the NCAA’s calendar -- late.

Georgia Tech

Most important game: Sept. 26 versus Virginia Tech.

Why it’s important: Because FIVE DAYS after lining up against North Carolina, Georgia Tech has to play a Thursday night game on ESPN, and historically, no game has meant more to the Coastal Division race than this one. These back-to-back home games against Coastal Division opponents will let ACC fans know quickly if Georgia Tech is for real, but it’s the game against the Hokies that has historically determined the Coastal Division winner.

Every year since the ACC split into divisions -- with the exception of last season -- the winner of the Georgia Tech-Virginia Tech game has gone on to win the division. Virginia Tech did it five times and Georgia Tech did it twice before 2012, when Virginia Tech beat Georgia Tech at home in overtime, but the Jackets wound up playing in the ACC title game because both UNC and Miami were ineligible. Georgia Tech has a brutal schedule, with back-to-back road trips to Miami and BYU following the short turnaround to end September. If the Jackets can go 2-0 against UNC and the Hokies, though, they’ll have some big-time momentum heading into Coral Gables.

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