- Associated Press - Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Alcorn State (10-3 in 2014) at No. 16 Georgia Tech (11-3 in 2014), 7:30 p.m. (Fox Sports South)

Line: No line.

Series Record: First meeting.

WHAT’S AT STAKE

Not much. Alcorn State will be looking not to get embarrassed, coming off its first Southwestern Athletic Conference title since 1993. Georgia Tech, which won the Orange Bowl last season and is ranked in The Associated Press preseason poll for the first time since 2010, wants to break in some new skill players on offense without anyone getting hurt.



KEY MATCHUP

Georgia Tech QB Justin Thomas vs. Alcorn State’s defensive front. The junior runs the option offense to perfection, setting a school record in 2014 for rushing yards by a quarterback with 1,086. He also was effective as a passer, throwing for 1,719 yards and 18 touchdowns - just what coach Paul Johnson is looking for to keep defenses honest. Thomas capped his breakout year with an MVP performance in the Orange Bowl victory over Mississippi State.

PLAYERS TO WATCH

Alcorn State: QB John Gibbs Jr. Entering his fourth year as the starter, he threw for a career-best 2,482 yards with 21 touchdowns in 2014. He was also the Braves’ leading rusher with 1,006 yards, earning the SWAC offensive player of the year award.

Georgia Tech: B-back Patrick Skov. The 6-foot-1, 235-pound senior takes over at one of the most productive positions on the team a year ago. Synjyn Days and Zach Laskey combined to rush for 1,775 yards and 18 touchdowns. Now, the job falls to Skov, a transfer from Stanford who rushed for just 18 yards in 2014.

FACTS & FIGURES

Georgia Tech has played only one other team from the SWAC. In 2013, the Yellow Jackets routed Alabama State 66-7. … Georgia Tech surpassed 200 yards rushing in every game last season and set a school record with a nation-leading average of 342.1 yards per contest. … Alcorn State returns all 11 starters on offense.

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