Game Time: 4:00 p.m.
Radio: Georgia Tech IMG Sports Network | 680 AM | 93.7 FM| Sirius 133/XM 193 | GT Gameday App
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Weather: Mostly Cloudy | Low-80s | 15 percent chance of rain | 57 percent humidity | Winds E 12 MPH
Depth Chart: Georgia Tech | North Carolina
Betting Odds: Georgia Tech is a 10.5-point underdog. You can check out the FTRS picks here.
News & Notes:
- Georgia Tech Football 2019 - Opponent Q&A: UNC, by Josh Brundage, featuring Jake Cowden
- HTS 2019: University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, by Jake Grant
- Georgia Tech vs. North Carolina: A Statistical Preview, by Benjamin Tankersley
- Q&A with From the Rumble Seat, by Jake Cowden, featuring Josh Brundage
- UNC at Georgia Tech: Three Things to Watch, by Douglas Valentine
- UNC Football: Georgia Tech Game Preview, by Chad Floyd
Game Preview and Score Prediction:
Georgia Tech is back in action this week as the Yellow Jackets get into the remainder of the ACC schedule. The game will pit two coaches in their first year with their new team, with Geoff Collins at Tech and Mack Brown at UNC.
Will UNC come in hungover?
Last week, UNC was a two-point conversion away from upsetting No. 1 Clemson, but after running an option play to the right, the Tigers defense snuffed it out and pulled out the victory. The Tar Heels played their heart out against the Tigers, and there is a decent chance they could come into this game hungover. If that’s the case, Tech will have a much better chance of winning this game.
Is James Graham the guy?
After having Tobias Oliver start the game last week, James Graham relieved him close to the end of the first half. Graham had a solid performance, finishing 10-of-24 for 100 yards. Obviously, it wasn’t a perfect performance, but the offense moved well under Graham, and if he can get some consistent reps, he should be a more than serviceable quarterback for the Yellow Jackets.
Can Tech stop the run?
While Georgia Tech’s defense has vastly improved under Geoff Collins and new co-DCs Andrew Thacker and Nate Burton, it has still had a great deal of issues when it comes to stopping the run. The Yellow Jackets are allowing a rush success rate of 43.52 percent, which is 81st in the country. The Tar Heels haven’t been great at running the ball (39 percent rush success rate), but they had a bit of success against Clemson with their two main rushers combining for over 150 yards.
I really don’t know what to expect from this game. The Yellow Jackets have not given me much reason to believe that they will win this game, but I can be an optimist sometimes, so I have a feeling that Tech has a chance in this game. If Graham takes a step forward today, I feel good about the Jackets, at least in the long run. Right now, though, I don’t feel comfortable enough to predict a victory quite yet. I’ll take UNC to win 24-17.
What’s your score prediction?