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Technical Tidbits 8/26: Let The Tailgating Commence

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The 404 Tailgate announced; Coach Collins releases first “Above the Line” chart.

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Oh, I really love this idea. Over the weekend, the Georgia Tech athletic association announced the 404 Tailgate. Basically, over the course of the 2019 season, it will be hosting a tailgate party before each home game at Bobby Dodd Stadium. The tailgating will take place atop Peters Parking Deck. There will be lounge seating and televisions so you can watch all the weekend’s college football action as you await kickoff.

The first 404 Tailgate party will start three hours before kickoff of the Yellow Jackets September 7 home opener against the South Florida Bulls. Menu items will include bourbon barrel smoked wings, smoked chicken sausage and grilled bratwurst. (Interestingly, there’s no beef on the menu, but ideally there’ll be some skewered beef available after the game). There will be traditional tailgating menu items for purchase as well as beer, wine, and soft drinks. Personally, I believe BYOB (beer or barbecue) is the way to go, but for those weekends where it’s not feasible, this is a great option.

So, the AJC chimed in with its take on what could “make or break” the Yellow Jackets season. It’s the standard laundry list but they are all valid points:

  • Injuries (or their lack thereof)
  • Passing game effectiveness
  • Pass rush effectiveness
  • The rest of the ACC Coastal
  • Turnovers (or their lack thereof)
  • How special can special teams be

Not until week two and three will we really get an idea what this Tech team is made of. As the article pointed out, there will be a period of adjustment to the new offensive and defensive schemes. So, the week one matchup against Clemson will provide some clarity regarding the passing game and the offense in general.

Personally, as I’ve said before, I anticipate that turnovers and the defense in general will play a big part in determining this team’s success in 2019. I think that Tech’s defense will feature some gritty play by its secondary and linebackers, with players like Juanyeh Thomas, Tariq Carpenter, and David Curry leading the way. What are your thoughts? Who do you expect to be the standout players for the Thursday matchup against Clemson?

Geoff Collins released his first “Above the Line” chart. Focusing on the skilled positions, there’s nothing too surprising, particularly with James Graham, Lucas Johnson, and Tobias Oliver named as the ATL quarterbacks. And yes, I know it takes some getting used to, but those are tight ends you see listed there on the chart. Your thoughts of the roster?

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