According to Football Outsiders, the Georgia Tech offense is currently the 15th most efficient in the nation. That’s not too bad. However, we’ve seen the offense stall inside the 10 lately. The offense has kicked 4 field goals inside 25 yards so far.
Coach Johnson said that against Clemson, over half of the offense’s plays were busted by at least one missed assignment. It’s too late in the season to still be having these issues, and it’s cause for concern, but the offense has generally been able to move the ball otherwise.
With 2 elite defenses remaining on the schedule in Virginia Tech and georgia, these mistakes might make or break the game for the Jackets.
“Pass protection has been leaky at times. The perimeter blocking can be better. Marshall can be more accurate passing the ball. While the team has been excellent in avoiding penalties – the Jackets are first nationally in both fewest penalties per game (3.6) and penalty yards per game (28.7) – the offense has been called for 11 false-start penalties, unforced errors that have often led to Tech giving up the ball on punts.”
This weekend’s game is a must-win for the Jackets if they hope to become bowl-eligible with VT and uga still on the schedule. Another loss would also doom their already slight chance of making it to Charlotte for the ACC Championship Game. Miami would need 3 losses for Tech to leapfrog them in the division standings.
Virginia has not looked great in their previous 2 losses in blowouts to both Pitt and Boston College. However, Bronco Mendenhall has many years’ experience defending the option, and he reminded a reporter if it the other day as well.
GT coach Paul Johnson on #UVA's Bronco Mendenhall saying he has a passion for defending the option: "My passion's playing against 3-4 teams"— Mike Barber (@RTD_MikeBarber) November 1, 2017
Saturday is going to be fun, right? Right?
For a review of things you probably already know as Tech fans who attend every home game, Stadium Journey profiled Bobby Dodd, which you can check out here