Final weekend, Georgia Tech went on the highway and confronted a Heisman Trophy Candidate at quarterback, one of many nation’s high offenses, and Georgia Tech utterly shut down Drake Maye and the Tar Heels.
The Yellow Jackets’ protection held North Carolina to its season-low in factors and in complete yards, whereas additionally holding Maye to his season low in passing yards. Georgia Tech racked up six sacks (led by Keion White’s three) and twelve tackles for loss towards the Tar Heels and LaMiles Brooks intercepted Maye. It was a implausible efficiency from the Yellow Jackets’ protection.
Can they do it once more?
If Georgia Tech has a prayer of hanging round within the upcoming sport towards Georgia, the reply to that query needs to be sure.
Georgia Tech’s offense has not scored greater than 30 factors towards an FBS opponent this season and whereas Zach Gibson and Taisun Phommachanh performed effectively final week, I can not see the Yellow Jackets scoring that many factors towards the Bulldog’s top-ranked protection.
Taking a look at Georgia’s offensive numbers, they’re as spectacular as North Carolina’s in lots of classes, though I do suppose Maye is a greater quarterback than Stetson Bennett.
Georgia ranks seventh in complete offense (496.3 YPG), eleventh in scoring offense (38.4 PPG), twelfth in passing offense (298.8 YPG), first in purple zone offense, twenty eighth in dashing offense (197.5 YPG), second in sacks allowed (7), twenty fourth in passing effectivity, and forty fourth in yards per completion. A few of these numbers are among the many greatest within the nation, however there’s one class that Georgia Tech does have a bonus over Georgia.
That may be the turnover margin.
Georgia Tech is sixth within the nation in turnover margin, with a +11 margin this season, whereas the Bulldogs are 89th with a -3 turnover margin. If this sport is shut, it’s virtually definitely as a result of the Yellow Jackets have compelled Bennett into some poor throws and given the offense a brief subject.
Georgia Tech has confronted two different top-25 scoring offenses this season (Florida State and Ole Miss) and each of these groups scored over 40 factors and racked up over 500 yards. GT wants a efficiency like final week and never like these different two video games.
North Carolina had weapons on offense, like Josh Downs, however the Yellow Jackets have been in a position to maintain him bottled up all sport. It is going to be a distinct problem for Georgia Tech’s protection this week going up towards the very best tight finish within the nation in Brock Bowers and this ability group that the Bulldogs have.
Bowers isn’t solely top-of-the-line tight ends within the nation, however he is without doubt one of the best-receiving weapons, receivers, or tight ends. He averages over 15 yards per catch and has 4 touchdowns this season.
North Carolina was in a position to rip off massive performs within the run sport final week and you may guess Georgia offensive coordinator Todd Monken goes to do the identical. It might not shock me to see Georgia come out and simply attempt to run and bully Georgia Tech with Kenny McIntosh and Kendall Milton and arrange play-action to one in all his receivers, like Ladd McConkey, who Georgia Tech must be watching.
Georgia has essentially the most dynamic set of tight ends that I can keep in mind in faculty soccer and the way defensive coordinator Andrew Thacker’s sport plans for them shall be fascinating.
After racking up six sacks towards North Carolina final week, it’ll be a much bigger problem towards this UGA entrance. Georgia has solely allowed seven sacks all season and Bennett is sweet at transferring within the pocket. Keion White and the line of defense have massive duties on their fingers this Saturday.
Georgia Tech turned in top-of-the-line defensive performances you may see towards a high offense final week and in the event that they plan on hanging round in Athens on Saturday, they’re going to must high it.
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