Coming off a 41-0 victory against Alcorn State, Georgia Tech will look to win their first home game in about 2 years when they travel to Tampa Bay to take on USF (University of South Florida).
Coming into this game, neither team really played well against their FCS opponents last week. Georgia Tech looked a little sloppy at times offensively and the same can be said for the Bulls of South Florida. Defensively, Georgia Tech showed some exciting signs and had a lot more energy than years past, which will be needed against a USF offense that can light up the scoreboard.
Get to Know Your Opponent:
USF’s predecessor to star QB Quinton Flowers is former Alabama QB and 5 star Recruit, Blake Barnett.
Their top two receivers are 6’2″ and 6’3″ respectively and combined for 220 yards and a TD last week.
USF is 17-3 in their last 20 home games.
Falcons 3rd round pick, Deadrin Senat, went to USF.
USF Defensive Coordinator, Brian Jean-Mary, was the LB coach for GT during the 2008-09 season.
The last time Georgia Tech Play at Raymond James Stadium they won the ACC title.
Keys to Victory:
Keep their offense off the field
Georgia Tech needs to have long steady drives to keep that USF defense on the field ad keep that dangerous offense on the sidelines. Keep the Bulls defense out in the humid heat while your defense sits in the misters on the sidelines.
Get in the USF Backfield
Barnett has the ability to run but make sure you make him uncomfortable and bring the pressure on him and force him to make quick decisions with the ball.
Taquon Marshall needs to relax when throwing the ball in the pocket. He was clearly in his own head and trying to be too perfect and was misfiring on “gimme” throws. He was actually 6-7 last week when throwing under pressure so he is more than capable of being a good passer.
3 Players to Watch for USF:
Randall St. Felix– WR– RS Fr. who is an athletic freak at WR
Khalid McGee- DE- Had 11 tackles last week and can disrupt the triple option all by himself.
Blake Barnett- QB- As said before, USF’s new QB who can sling it and run, can not let him get in a rhythm.
3 Players to Watch for GT:
Anree Saint-Amour- DE- Will be the guy leading the charge into the USF backfield
Kirvonte Benson- B Back- Is the tempo setter for the offense
Tre Swilling- CB- I’m sure it will be a rotation of guys who cover ST. Felix but Swilling will get a crack at him with Lamont Simmons most likely on a snap count.
This is a dangerous game for Georgia Tech, but one that can really jumpstart this season if you can come out on top. Time to see if the Yellow Jackets are ready to take that next step.