The 2018 football season for Georgia Tech will come to an end up in Detroit, Michigan today as they take on the Minnesota Golden Gophers in the Quick Lane Bowl.
Obviously it seems as if Georgia Tech got the short end of the stick in the ACC bowl pecking order but that’s a completely different story. This team seems focused and determined to prove why they deserved to be in a higher bowl and send Paul Johnson off with a win.
This game is of course headlined by this being Paul Johnson’s last game, but this features two teams that are playing some good football heading into the bowl season. Minnesota is coming in winners of 2 of 3 games including a 37-15 beat down against Wisconsin in the final week of the regular season. Georgia Tech has won 6 of 8, but they did get beat in Athens in the final week.
Regardless, these two teams are both feeling good about themselves heading into this one.
Both teams have plenty to plenty to play for as Minnesota is looking to finish above .500 and Georgia Tech is looking for an 8 win season and to send Paul Johnson off into retirement with a win. I expect both teams to come out swinging and fighting til the very end.
Keys to Victory:
Win the battle at the line of scrimmage.
Hold on to the ball.
Do not lose Tyler Johnson
Numbers Never Lie:
GT ranks 1st(334.9 ypg) in the country in rushing yards while Minnesota ranks 75th(170.7ypg) in rushing yards allowed.
Minnesota ranks 118th in yard per a carry allowed(5.22 ypc).
Georgia Tech needs 428 rushing yards to break the school rushing yards per game record of 342.071ypg.
Beyond the Game:
This will be the first ever match-up between Georgia Tech and Minnesota.
A Georgia Tech win would give Paul Johnson 190 for his career.
This will be Georgia Tech’s starting safety, Mailik Rivera’s, final college game as he has already graduated as a triple major from Wofford and is in grad school at Georgia Tech.
There really is no telling how this game will go, Minnsota’s defense has tightened up since they changed defensive coordinators late in the season. Georgia Tech’s offense seems to be clicking on all cylinders. I hate predicting games, but i just do not see Georgia Tech losing this game.
A legendary coach can only go out with a win and this senior class deserves to go out with a bang too. I expect some eye popping numbers in this game and for Paul Johnson to pull a few tricks out of the hat. Give me the Jackets in this one as they will send Paul Johnson out with one more Gatorade bath.
Georgia Tech: 55 Minnesota: 30
By: Bret Anderson