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By BJ Bennett
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Recent games between the Yellow Jackets and Tar Heels have had plenty of highlight-reel moments.

If past results are any indicator of things to come, expect offensive fireworks between Georgia Tech and North Carolina in Chapel Hill this Saturday. Since 2010, the winner in this series has scored at least four touchdowns. Five of the last six meetings have been decided by one score, the lone expectation in that stretch being the 118-point showcase of 2012. Recent games between the Yellow Jackets and Tar Heels have had plenty of highlight-reel moments.

North Carolina enters the weekend having won two games in a row in the series. The defining play in last season's contest was a trick play, a 37-yard touchdown pass from receiver Quinshad Davis to quarterback Marquise Williams that gave the Tar Heels a fourth quarter lead. Two years ago, North Carolina scored a game-winning touchdown on a short T.J. Logan run with just eleven seconds remaining. That contest had close to 1,200 total yards of total offense. 

Georgia Tech's last victory, in 2013, came when the Yellow Jackets scored 21 unanswered points to finish out the game.

Both teams enter the weekend with proven big-play ability. Under Paul Johnson and Larry Fedora, respectively, home run offensive plays have been consistent keys to success. Georgia Tech leads the ACC with seven rushes of at least 40 yards this fall, while the Tar Heels are tied for first in the conference with eleven passes of that same measure. A pair of veteran quarterbacks set the tone for these two dynamic attacks.

Few signal callers in the game have been more efficient than North Carolina's Mitch Trubisky. He ranks third nationally with a completion percentage of 71.2% and has thrown 18 touchdown passes compared to just two interceptions. On the year, Trubisky has three separate 400-yard games.   

Senior Justin Thomas may have just had the best outing of his career for the Yellow Jackets. He completed 10-of-14 passes for 264 yards and two touchdowns, adding 195 yards on the ground and two more scores rushing in a 38-35 victory over Duke.

At this point, the Tar Heels have ACC Championship aspirations at 4-1 in league play. Georgia Tech would become bowl eligible with a win. Regardless of the outcome, another rally to the finish may be in store in a series that has become one of the more fun ones in college football as of late.

BJ Bennett - B.J. Bennett is SouthernPigskin.com's founder and publisher. He is the co-host of "Three & Out" with Kevin Thomas and Ben Troupe on the "Southern Pigskin Radio Network". Email: bj@espncoastal.com / Twitter: @BJBennettSports