ATLANTA — The last two ACC first-team quarterbacks will meet for the first time when Joshua Nesbitt leads Georgia Tech against Russell Wilson and North Carolina State on Saturday.
The winner could emerge as an early favorite in the Atlantic Coast Conference.
Georgia Tech (2-1 overall, 1-0 ACC) is the defending ACC champion and has won eight straight conference games, including its win over Clemson in last year's ACC championship game.
"We're hoping we can make a statement in the ACC we're the team the beat," Nesbitt said.
Wilson has led North Carolina State to its first 3-0 start since 2002 as it enters its ACC opener. Georgia Tech and N.C. State have not played since 2006.
Nesbitt, who leads Georgia Tech's spread option offense, was the 2009 first-team all-ACC quarterback. Wilson was voted the league's top quarterback as a freshman in 2008, when he threw for 17 touchdowns and only one interception.
Wilson has six career games with at least 300 yards passing, including two this season.