Preview: GT @ Clemson

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Coming off an impressive 38-24 against Wake Forest, the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets travel up to Death Valley to take on the Defending National Champs, the Clemson Tigers. The triple option seems to be clicking on all cylinders for Paul Johnson and his crew, but Brent Venables has had the old school coach’s number the few seasons. Clemson’s front seven is arguably the best in the country. However, the Jackets have been battle tested with Miami’s tough, hard-nosed defense, and Wake Forest’s defense which led the nation in tackles for loss coming into the GT game. Again, Clemson’s defense is in a league of their own, but Georgia Tech needs a fast start on both sides of the ball to have a chance.

Paul Johnson said it best, the Jackets defense is going to need to win this game for the Jackets. That was the case the last time Georgia Tech beat Clemson, which was in 2014, when they had two pick six’s (Deshaun Watson was hurt early on in this game). This Tech defense seems up to the task, but they have to limit Clemson’s big plays and slow down their two headed monster at running back.

TaQuon Marshall and Kirvonte Benson have been a two man wrecking crew for the Jackets offensively but Kelly Bryant, Travis Etienne, and Travis Feaster have been jus as good. Kelly Bryant may not be 100% in this game so Clemson may do more designed halfback runs than read options. Back to Marshall, he will have to have a near perfect game making the correct reads. Also, the deep ball will be there through the passing game. Justin Thomas missed a couple last year, and any big play opportunity against this defense have to be taken advantage of.

Heavy storms are in the forecast for tomorrow and it is looking like they will last all day. Just something to keep an eye on as kickoff approaches.

Digging Inside the Depth Chart

Kelley Bryant is listed as the starter at QB, but keep a eye on his hurt ankle, which may affect his mobility.

Brant Mitchell is back in the starting lineup for Georgia Tech. He is the heart and soul of the defense, and you can tell how much he means to this defense during last week’s game.

Corner Marcus Edmond is also back for the Tigers giving the Clemson defense another dynamic player.

Offensive lineman Brad Morgan is back for Georgia Tech. He provides much needed depth on the OLine.

Key Matchup

GT’s OLine vs Clemson’s DLine

Georgia Tech’s OLine can not afford to miss assignments or this offense will be going backwards all night.

Numbers Never Lie

Georgia Tech has the second leading rushing attack I the country at 372.8 yards per game. However, Clemson only allows 107.9 rushing yards per a game.

Georgia Tech has just 166 yards combined on the ground the last two seasons against Clemson, including just 71 rushing yards in 2015, the lowest of Paul Johnson’s entire head coaching career.

Clemson allows just 2.9 yards per a rush, while Tech averages 5.78 yards per a rushing attempt.

The home team has won seven of the last eight in this series.

Georgia Tech leads the all time series 52-29

 

Bret Anderson | @Bret_A27

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