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Georgia Tech Football: An Abbreviated Preview

When it comes down to it, what do people need to know for the season?

NCAA Football: Mercer at Georgia Tech Jason Getz-USA TODAY Sports

Georgia Tech’s first season under Geoff Collins gets off to a start in just 10 DAYS!! And while it might turn out to be a bloodbath, it’s Georgia Tech football, so we’ll watch it anyway! Now, if you’ve been following From the Rumble Seat this summer, you’ve seen us count down the days with our 100 Days to Kickoff Preview, but now with the season so close, people are just finding Georgia Tech and want to know some of the basics about the season.

Who is the most important player on offense this season?

This is a bit of a tricky question, because I don’t think we’ll really know for a few games. Georgia Tech’s offense is in its first season of transitioning away from Paul Johnson’s spread option offense. With that in mind, the most important transition will happen along the offensive line. The linemen face the toughest transition and will be an important factor in whether or not Tech is good. The good thing for Tech here is that they brought in one of the best offensive line coaches in the country with Brent Key.

Andrew Rodrigues, one of our film guys, took a look at the offensive line a couple times this offseason:

Who is your most important player on defense this season?

This is a bit easier to answer. Geoff Collins, by nature, is a defensive backs coach, so I’m going to focus on two of ours: Juanyeh Thomas and Tariq Carpenter. This duo will be starting at safety for Tech and have done well so far this offseason, earning Nos. 1 and 2 on the defense, which are competed for, not given. Carpenter was solid last year and Thomas has long been hyped (specifically by me), so this season could be big for both of them.

What should be the biggest change between last year and this year?

Well I heard that they were using a new kind of deodorant this season, so that’s probably it...

For real, though, the biggest change is just about everything. With Paul Johnson stepping away from the game and Geoff Collins coming in, it seems like night and day when comparing this year’s team to last year’s. Georgia Tech will no longer be running the spread option, but will be employing something that is closer to a pro-style offense. If you’re pretty into the scheme, I’d recommend taking a look at some of the articles written by our film crew below:

What is the most important game on this schedule, and why?

This really depends on who you ask. You could go with the frame of mind that the next game is the most important game, in this case Clemson. You could also take the idea that your rivalry game at the end of the season is the most important: Georgia. Personally, I think the most important games are the ones right before Tech starts conference play, the games against South Florida, The Citadel, and Temple. After the Clemson game, I think these will provide a great opportunity to gauge just how good Tech can be this season. If Tech is 3-1 going into the rest of conference play, that could set up pretty well, but if they drop one or two of those, we’ll have a better idea of how conference play will go.

What is your prediction for W/L record and postseason destination?

We talked about this some last week, looking at the best-case, worst-case, and likely scenarios this season. With good reason, our staff isn’t super optimistic about this season, with most predicting in the 4-5 win range. It’s obviously a transition year, and when Todd Stansbury hired Collins, he knew that it could take a while. That’s why Collins got a seven-year deal. I think a successful season would likely result in a bowl game for Tech this season, but what I’m looking for is how competitive they are in the rest of the games. This is certainly a Year Zero, but this will be a great opportunity to set the frame work for what Geoff Collins is building on the Flats.

How would you answer these questions?