In the toughest back-and-forth battle either team has faced all year, Georgia Tech used a solid defense to thwart Georgia in overtime, winning against the Bulldogs for the first time in five years.
Look for Georgia to steamroll a hot Georgia Tech team and squash the rumors of a weak SEC East.
Georgia Tech will travel to Georgia to take on the Bulldogs in week 14. Who will come out on top?
Predicting the final score of the showdown between Georgia Tech and Georgia.
Not only did North Carolina dispatch Duke 45-20 on Thursday, they also dispatched Duke from the ACC championship game. By virtue of conference standing, the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets will now represent the ACC Coastal division on December 6 against Florida State.
This is great news for Georgia Tech, but perhaps not exactly ideal for Florida State. The Seminoles routed Duke 45-7 in the 2013 ACC championship, and their defense matches up well against Duke’s offensive scheme. Georgia Tech, on the other hand, presents a triple-threat with their triple-option, and the Yellow Jackets could keep Seminole fans from booking tickets to Arlington.
Florida State played against a similar attack in September, when they beat The Citadel 37-12. Although the score was lopsided, it wasn’t an enjoyable matchup as Florida State gave up 250 yards on the ground against an undersized opponent. Considering Georgia Tech’s size and recent hot streak, the Seminoles have cause for concern.
If Florida State remains undefeated come December 6, the added pressure of remaining unbeaten could augment the potential for an upset. Not to mention, the game will be outdoors in Charlotte, with the possibility for weather which would service Georgia Tech’s running attack.
One thing to realize however, is that college football teams grow, change, fall or fade as the season progresses. Florida State’s run defense could be markedly different in this performance compared to games previous. The December 6 Seminoles D could be more porous, or it could be more stout.
This is a concern the Seminoles will just have to address on the field.
Will Georgia Tech's triple-option be a triple-threat against Florida State's mediocre run defense?
The first half was a battle of the defenses. The second half began with a touchdown pass from Georgia Tech’s quarterback Justin Thomas. After that, things only went downhill for the Clemson Tigers. The Yellow Jackets had three pick-6s off of Clemson, three of many crucial mistakes that allowed Georgia Tech to surge ahead. For the past two years, Clemson has dominated Georgia Tech in high-scoring games. This year couldn’t have been more different with Georgia Tech owning a 28-6 victory.
Clemson did keep up with Georgia Tech during the first half. Going into the locker room with a 9-3 score, it seemed that the Tigers could come out swinging and stay abreast with the Yellow Jackets. However, Georgia Tech’s offense stepped up its game and threw for a touchdown right off the bat at the beginning of the third quarter. Excluding special teams, that touchdown pass was the only offensive score during the entire game. The other three touchdowns were two pick-6s by Jamal Golden and one by Chris Milton. Thankfully, the miscues from the Yellow Jackets post-touchdown didn’t affect the outcome too much. Georgia Tech botched an extra-point attempt and a two-point conversion.
Fanning the flames, injuries also plagued this ACC matchup from the beginning. Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson was injured with a battered knee after hoping to make a shining return. He was out for three games due to a right hand injuring. Senior quarterback Cole Stoudt took over, but has been plagued by a hurt shoulder. That much was evident when Golden intercepted the ball for the second time. Georgia Tech also lost star A-back Broderick Snoddy to a broken leg.
Even without the injuries, both teams’ defenses brought the pressure. The Yellow Jackets and the Tigers have two of the best running games in the country and it was expected that the defenses would be on high alert to limit the rushing attack. By the second half, Georgia Tech’s defense was easily out-performing Clemson. Even by forcing Georgia Tech to fumble twice during the game, it wasn’t enough to put points on the board. Whether it was the switch up of quarterbacks or simply being flustered by a hard defense, Clemson began to shut down. Georgia Tech’s defense deserves to be in the spotlight for orchestrating this dominant win.
In the first half, two of the three scores were based off of defenses forcing pressure. The second half was busted open after Tech's defense snagged two pick-6s to win the game.
Clemson will travel to Georgia Tech to take on the Yellow Jackets in week 12. Who will come out on top?
Predicting the final score of the matchup between Clemson and Georgia Tech.
Duke will travel to Georgia Tech to take on the Yellow Jackets in week seven. Who will come out on top?