Georgia Tech have not scored more than 30 points against an FBS opponent this season and to beat that streak they must do so in Athens against the country’s No. 1 defense.
Georgia Tech’s offensive numbers this season are…not good. 80th in rushing offense, outside the top 100 in passing offense, and 123rd in scoring offense. It’s going to be tough fighting Jalen Carter and that Georgia defense, but offensive coordinator Chip Long needs to come up with a manageable game plan for starting quarterback Zach Gibson and the Yellow Jackets.
Moving the ball against Georgia’s defense will be difficult, but I think the X-Factor for Georgia Tech won’t let Georgia put them behind the chains and makes things even more difficult.
As elitist as Georgia’s defenses are, there are two categories in which they find themselves in the bottom half of the country. The Bulldogs are 97th in the country in sacks and 87th in tackles for loss. Their leading pass rusher, Nolan Smith, is out for the remainder of the season after suffering an injury, and Georgia hasn’t found a person to replace his production.
The problem is: Georgia Tech’s offensive line is among the worst in the country. The Yellow Jackets are 118th in legal sacks and haven’t faced a defensive line like this since their game against Clemson. The Tigers’ front seven dominated this game and I’m concerned for a similar result.
Clemson has several future NFL players on his line of defense, but none quite like Jalen Carter. Earlier this week, interim head coach Brent Key spoke highly of Carter and this defense as a whole:
“He’s a great player. You can put him in any scheme you want. He can play the block, he can go around the block, he can get caught in a rundown thinking it’s a pass or vice versa, and still be able to make plays so he just has an uncanny ability to find football and take care of football he has a lot of god given skills but they are doing a good job of developing these guys within the program as well .
Defensively they will line up and do what they do. They will confuse between their mint front and their four down front, they will keep you honest by holding up the front and moving in front of the snap so they will keep you honest through the planned four down runs or mint runs . At the end of the day, they will play solid football on that side of the ball.”
Staying in manageable situations is just one of many things this Yellow Vests offensive will have to do against Georgia tomorrow, but it’s the most important thing for me.
Georgia Tech vs Georgia kicks off at noon tomorrow in Athens and the game will be televised on ESPN.
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