Game Time: 12:30 p.m.
Channel: Regional Sports Networks
Radio: Georgia Tech IMG Sports Network | 1230 AM | 106.3FM | Sirius 108/XM 194 | GT Gameday App
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Weather: Mostly cloudy | Lower-to-Mid 80s | 20 percent chance of rain | 60 percent humidity | Winds ENE 7 MPH
Betting Odds: Georgia Tech is a 33-ish-point favorite. Check out the FTRS Picks here!
News & Notes:
- HTS 2019: The Citadel, by Jake Grant
- Georgia Tech Football: Tech wearing gold this Saturday, by Akshay Easwaran
Game Preview and Score Prediction:
Well, the option is making its grand return to Bobby Dodd Stadium as The Citadel makes its way to The Flats to take on the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets in an early season match-up.
The Grand Return of the Option
Paul Johnson spent 11 years on The Flats running his spread option offense, and now, for the first time since he left, it has come back, so the Tech faithful (as well as the Tech defense) will see a lot of stuff they’re familiar with. Looking at The Citadel’s depth chart, they use the same terminology when talking about A- and B-backs. Georgia Tech’s defense has a great chance to benefit from this, with the large majority having practiced against Tech’s spread option in the past (during the Spring).
Just how deep is Georgia Tech?
FCS games are a great opportunity to see just how deep your roster is. I expect to see far more players than we’ve seen the last couple weeks, which would actually pretty impressive since Tech has been good about rotating players on offense and defense. I’m particularly interested in seeing Jordan Yates and Jamious Griffin on offense and then some of the younger defensive linemen and backs get some more extended playing time.
Is it James Graham’s week to show off?
In Week 1, we saw Tobias Oliver get the start, and then Week 2 saw Lucas Johnson get the start. That means we’ll see James Graham get the start this week, right? Well, maybe. We learned last week that practice is a large part of what goes into deciding who plays on Gamedays. We’ve gotten to see Graham make some plays against Clemson and South Florida, so if he had a good week of practice, I think there’s a good chance he’ll see some good playing time.
Who’s kicking the ball?
Brenton King? Our Lord and Savior, Wesley Wells? Who knows?
Georgia Tech absolutely should not lose this game, just like any normal FBS-FCS match-up. I don’t know that Tech will cover that 33-ish-point spread, but I think Tech wins pretty handily. I’m also thinking Georgia Tech will try to air the ball out a little bit more this week en route to a 31-10 victory.
What’s your score prediction for this afternoon?