• Phil Houk

Georgia Tech 101

Updated: Oct 29, 2020

Georgia Tech is 2-4. They own a narrow victory over Florida State and 19-point win over Louisville. Two weeks ago, Clemson pounded them 73-7, and last week at BC they fell to Phil Jurkovec and BC 48-27. It is significant to note that Jurkovec in that game was 13-21 for 145 yards and 2 td, and he added 7 carries for 94 yards.

Head coach Geoff Collins is in the 2nd year of transition from Tech’s old triple option offense and went 3-9 a year ago. A review of national rankings reveals a team that is struggling in a lot of phases of the game particularly on defense.

The Yellowjacket offense is led by 6-3 215-pound true freshman Jeff Sims. Sims has a big arm and a soft touch. On the year he has completed 55% of his throws, good for 1196 yards and 8 TDS. He has however thrown 10 interceptions. Sims will also run it, last week against BC he scrambled 12 times for 47 yards and a score. On the season he is the team’s second leading rusher.

Overall the offense has shown pretty good balance, rushing for 180 yards per game and passing for 215. Freshman Jahmyr Gibbs is the leading rusher with 308 yards 2 scores and a decent 4.5 yards per carry.

6-2, 220 Senior Jaylen Camp is the leading receiver with 17 catches good for 226 yards and 2 TDs, he is part of a three man starting group which is now together for their 2nd season. Yellowjacket tight ends have combined for a total of just 4 catches on the year.

The offensive line is a mix of one freshman, 2 veterans and two transfers. They seem to be improving as they get comfortable as a unit. The Tech rushing game ranks 39th nationally and they have given up just 10 sacks.

Defensively Georgia Tech will employ a 4-2-5 scheme and rotate a lot of players. Linebackers David Curry and Quez Jackson lead the team in tackles. The Yellowjackets however are giving up 41.2 points per game and have had difficulties defending in the red zone, and on 3rd down.

Mistakes have plagued Tech. On the season, Georgia Tech has converted just 1 of 5 field goals and have missed 3 extra points. By a wide margin they are worst in the nation having given up 6 blocked kicks, they have lost 8 fumbles to go along with the 10 interceptions and they are losing lots of penalty yards.

No doubt some of the defensive stats are skewed by Clemson’s 73-point blowout but this is a team that seems to be going through some growing pains as they continue the transition away from their old triple option scheme to something more conventional. They have lots of young players, and transfers, and lots of potential, but they make lots of mistakes.

Vegas favors the Irish by 20, over/under is 57. TV coverage on ABC starts at 3:30 PM South Bend time.

FIP Pick: ND 37 Georgia Tech 13

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