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Technical Tidbits 10/4: Collins’ Alma Mater Among Tech’s Future Opponents

Georgia Tech announced two of its future opponents for the 2021 and 2022 football season.

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Georgia Tech announced a couple of its future opponents, and they are interesting ones. In 2021 Tech will face Northern Illinois it what will be the first meeting between the two schools. In 2022 Tech will face Western Carolina in what will be their sixth meeting. Of course, as many know already, Western Carolina is the alma mater of both former head coach Paul Johnson and current head coach Geoff Collins.

Geoff Collins held his weekly press conference before Saturday’s game against UNC. One thing that he mentioned that caught my attention regarded the Tar Heels offensive linemen:

They’re really good. And if you look at their offensive line, there are some big guys – they go 6-8, 6-7, 6-8 across the offensive line. They’re big, they’re physical, they do a really good job in the run game and they’re surprisingly athletic in the pass game.

To me, that right there might be the key to the game on Saturday. Tech will have to come up with an effective strategy to stop UNC’s run game and force them to pass.

Well, we all know that Jalen Camp will be out due to his season ending injury. At 6’2”, his big frame made an excellent down field target, so he’ll definitely be missed. The good news is, he will be redshirted, hence eligible as a fifth-year senior next season. Malachi Carter is a likely candidate to be Tech’s WR1. At 6’3” he has the height advantage over fellow wide receiver Ahmarean Brown, who is listed as 5’10” and is also on the ATL chart for Saturday’s game. It’s impossible to say who will be more utilized, but I imagine one thing that could play to Tech’s advantage would be to focus on more quick passes, whether to the slot receiver, tight-end or a running back. It will be interesting to see how things play out this Saturday.

Georgia Tech’s volleyball team will be on the road for a while. They’re starting a four-game road stretch today against Louisville. Then on Sunday they’ll travel to South Bend to face off against Notre Dame. They’ll be facing Clemson and Virginia Tech respectively before finally returning home to face off against Wake Forest on October 18th. Good luck on the road ladies! #GoJackets