North Carolina vs. Georgia Tech Fearless Prediction & Game Preview
Check out the North Carolina vs. Georgia Tech fearless prediction and game preview.
North Carolina (1-3) vs. Georgia Tech (2-1) Game Preview
Broadcast, TV, Game Time
Date: Saturday, Sept. 30th
Game Time: 12:00 pm ET
Venue: Bobby Dodd Stadium, Atlanta, GA
Considering how strong Virginia Tech, Miami and Duke are, this isn’t quite an elimination game in the Coastal race, but it’ll be a problem if Georgia Tech.
And it’ll be a deathblow if North Carolina can’t come up with a win.
The Tar Heels were stunned at the start by Cal, couldn’t handle Louisville or Duke at home, and things aren’t about to get much easier with Notre Dame, Virginia Tech and Miami coming up before November.
The offense has the pop, and the defense hasn’t been miserable, but the Tar Heels haven’t been able to put it all together.
Georgia Tech got past the disappointment against Tennessee to roll through easy dates with Jacksonville State and a mediocre Pitt team. With three road games in the next four – including dates at Miami and Clemson – beating the Tar Heels could be a must.
Considering everyone left on the schedule will probably go bowling, lose this, and with an 11-game slate, it could be a fight to get to six wins.
One Reason Why North Carolina Will Win
The Tar Heels haven’t been all that bad at getting into the backfield. The pass rush is just okay – and it won’t really matter all that much against this Yellow Jacket team – but there’s just enough consistent penetration in the backfield to slow down the option attack before it gets started.
That didn’t work last year – Georgia Tech ran for 374 yards – but UNC still won in a blowout.
No, UNC isn’t humming on all cylinders, and it’s going to need a little help. The punting game has been stellar – it’s a must to give this Yellow Jacket O bad field position – and it has to be great, even with leading receiver and top punt returner Austin Proehl out for the year.
Thanks to giving up a return for a score against Pitt, the Georgia Tech punt coverage team needs to breakdown again.
One Reason Why Georgia Tech Will Win
TaQuon Marshall continues to be special.
He took the college football world by storm with a 249-yard, five touchdown day against Tennessee, and he was helped in a big way from the unintended time off after the cancellation of the UCF game. He came back solid against Pitt, running for 112 yards and two scores, and he has yet to throw a pick.
With Marshall and the running game operating on all cylinders, Georgia Tech is fourth in the nation in time of possession. Considering North Carolina can’t seem to convert meaningful third down chances, and the O doesn’t have the ball enough, the Yellow Jackets could have one of those games when it has the ball for 41 minutes.
What’s Going To Happen
North Carolina will try to press and try to push to do anything to keep up with the Yellow Jacket running game that will control the tempo and the game from the start.
Georgia Tech will come up with two first quarter touchdowns, and will take the air out of the ball from there. The Tar Heels will need Chazz Surratt to throw for well over 300 yards, and while he’ll come close, he’ll throw two key picks.
North Carolina vs. Georgia Tech Prediction
Georgia Tech 34, North Carolina 20
Georgia Tech -9.5, o/u: 60
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