Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Last Soft Spot for Tech

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Last Soft Spot for Tech

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ATLANTA -- Georgia Tech better take advantage of this part of the schedule. Things get much tougher after today's game against Duke.

For the second week in a row, the Yellow Jackets are matched against a winless Atlantic Coast Conference team when Duke (0-6, 0-3) visits Bobby Dodd Stadium.

This is a must-win for Tech (4-2, 2-2), which can move within one victory of becoming eligible for its fourth consecutive bowl game.

The Yellow Jackets have won five in a row over Duke, and nine of the last 10. But the remaining schedule is more imposing, including road games against No. 5 Clemson and No. 12 Georgia.

Coach George O'Leary doesn't want his team peeking ahead to those games.

"You have to address it as a football coach," he said. "You can't overlook anybody, because I don't think that the talent levels are all that different. It's the emotion of the game and how you handle the game."

Duke, which is wrapping up the toughest part of its schedule, hopes to bounce back from a 63-14 loss to sixth-ranked Florida State.

After today, the Blue Devils play just one more team, North Carolina State, that currently has a winning record.

"Our goals are pretty much the same as when we started out," coach Carl Franks said. "We are trying to be a better team at the end of the year than we were at the beginning."

Georgia Tech quarterback George Godsey continues to make progress, showing he's a capable replacement for Heisman Trophy runner-up Joe Hamilton.

Godsey has completed more than 61 percent of his passes for 1,341 yards and 14 touchdowns, with just three interceptions, to rank 10th nationally in passing efficiency.

"Some positions are playing better than I thought they would, primarily George Godsey," O'Leary said. "He's playing very well. He knows the offense and knows where to go with the ball. …

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