2006 Keys to the Game and Matchups to Watch: The Chick-fil-A Bowl vs. Georgia

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Tech returns to Atlanta, the site of the Hokies’ most dramatic bowl victory 20
years ago, to play in the Chick-fil-A (formerly Peach) Bowl. The matchup with
Georgia is one of the more intriguing bowl games as two powerhouses from the ACC
and SEC clash. While the ACC has experienced a down year overall in 2006, a good
performance by the Hokies against the Bulldogs would greatly assist the ACC’s
football credibility and provide an important springboard into the 2007 season.

As Will so nicely stated in his article from last Friday, the CFA
Bowl will serve as a key launching point for 2007
, the Hokies will have a
national stage on Saturday night to show that Virginia Tech is indeed a top 10
team and deserving of a high rank going into next season. Tech has considerable
momentum going into the game, with a six-game winning streak and the most
dominant defense in college football. A win over traditional SEC power Georgia
would be the proverbial icing on the cake for an excellent season for the

Georgia, on the other hand, is looking to continue their late-season rebound
after a dismal slump in the middle of the season in which the Bulldogs lost to
both Vanderbilt and Kentucky. Georgia is coming off big wins over Auburn and
Georgia Tech, and the Bulldogs are playing more like the preseason top 10 pick
that many fans expected to see. The formula for the turnaround at Georgia is
simple — eliminate the turnovers.

Win the Turnover Battle

In analyzing the keys to the game, the realization hit me that the keys for
each of these teams were basically the same. Virginia Tech and Georgia are
similar football programs that rely on ball control, field position, physical