ATLANTA (AP) -- Georgia Tech has opened practice for the ACC championship game without leading rusher Orwin Smith.
Smith says he's still expecting to play in Saturday night's game against No. 13 Florida State.
Smith missed last week's 42-10 loss to No. 3 Georgia with a sprained right ankle. His absence was felt, as the Yellow Jackets were held to a season-low in scoring.
The senior running back said Monday he "definitely" plans to practice on Tuesday.
Georgia Tech (6-6) is a two-touchdown underdog and will need its spread-option offense to be at full strength against Florida State's tough defense.
In a matchup of strengths, Georgia Tech is No. 3 in the nation in rushing, and Florida State ranks fourth against the run.