Pregame notes

BLACKSBURG, Va. -- There are no lineup changes or surprises for Virginia Tech, and at Georgia Tech, Austin Barrick and Phil Smith will be the starting offensive tackles.

Georgia Tech has Mississippi State decals on the back of its helmets to honor the late Nick Bell, a 20-year-old defensive end who died from cancer. Paul Johnson has a lot of respect for Dan Mullen, and because the Jackets have played Mississippi State in 2008 and 2009, Johnson wanted to show his support for the program on national television.

Virginia Tech linebacker Bruce Taylor, who was listed as probable with an ankle injury, was out there in warmups with the first team, looking ready to roll. The Hokies will definitely need him as long as that ankle holds up.