- Associated Press - Thursday, September 10, 2015

Tulane (0-1) at No. 15 Georgia Tech (1-0), 3:30 p.m. (ACC regional sports networks)

Line: Georgia Tech by 28½.

Series Record: Georgia Tech leads 36-13.

WHAT’S AT STAKE

Georgia Tech opened the season with a 69-6 rout of FCS school Alcorn State, allowing the Yellow Jackets to pull most of their starters in the first half. The first-teamers are likely to get more playing time against Tulane, if for no other reason than to tune up for a game at No. 9 Notre Dame the following week. The Green Wave hope to pull a huge upset after an ugly 37-7 home loss to Duke. They know another defeat will put them well on their way to a 12th losing season in the last 13 years.

KEY MATCHUP

Georgia Tech’s B-backs vs. Tulane’s defensive front. Transfer Patrick Skov and freshman Marcus Marshall provided quite a 1-2 punch in the opener. Skov, who had been mostly a blocking back at Stanford, was a bruising presence with 12 carries for 72 yards and three touchdowns. Marshall showed impressive speed in the open field, rushing for 184 yards on just eight carries in his college debut. He had two long TD runs on nearly identical plays. Tulane can’t afford to cheat to the outside and leave huge gaps up the middle.

PLAYERS TO WATCH

Tulane: LB Nico Marley. He was the team’s leading tackler a year ago and had a career-high 15 tackles in the loss to Duke.

Georgia Tech: QB Justin Thomas. He should be well-rested after playing only the first quarter against Alcorn State, throwing for one touchdown and running for another. Thomas is a devastating threat out of the triple-option formation and sets up everything the Yellow Jackets do offensively.

FACTS & FIGURES

Georgia Tech has rushed for more than 200 yards in 15 consecutive games. … Georgia Tech and Tulane were charter members of the Southeastern Conference, but both left the league in the 1960s. … Tulane is playing its first ranked team since 2011, when it lost to Houston 73-13.

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AP College Football website: www.collegefootball.ap.org

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