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November 8, 2012

College Football Report - Thursday Night - Week 11

#10 Florida State (8-1) @ Virginia Tech (4-5)

7:30 ET, ESPN, Thur. Nov. 8, Lane Stadium, Blacksburg, VA
For the second week in a row the Hokies receive a Thursday night matchup. It’s sink or swim time for Tech as they enter their final three game stretch needing two wins just to become bowl eligible. They’re 11-3 all-time at home on Thursday nights, much of which can be credited to the hostile environment of Lane Stadium. FSU has rebounded from a midseason loss to NC State, winning their last three games by a combined score of 132-34. It’s a homecoming for 'Noles quarterback E.J. Manuel who hails from Virginia Beach. If the Hokies are going to win, they’ll need to force Manuel (70% comp.) to beat them, as odd as it may sound. The Hokies can’t match the FSU ground attack and their defense is too thin to be in long ground gaining drives. Tech quarterback Logan Thomas can’t throw interceptions and will need to do most of the work with his legs, keeping drives alive. If Tech gets creative and the crowd gets into it, FSU, who since 2007 is 1-6 on the road against unranked ACC teams when they themselves are ranked, better watch out. Pick: Virginia Tech 24 – Florida State 23

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