Clemson vs. Georgia Tech Fearless Prediction & Game Preview
Check out the Clemson vs. Georgia Tech fearless prediction and game preview.
Clemson (6-1) vs. Georgia Tech (4-2) Game Preview
Broadcast, TV, Game Time
Date: Saturday, October 28th
Game Time: 8:00 pm ET
Venue: Memorial Stadium, Clemson, SC
Network: ABC or ESPN2
It’s time for the Clemson reboot.
Last year, the team kicked it into overdrive after losing to Pitt. And now after two weeks off after the tough loss to Syracuse, it’s time to get rolling again in a big, big hurry.
If the Tigers are going to get back to the College Football Playoff, they’re going to have to earn it with a trip to NC State up next, and then Florida State, and a date at South Carolina, and then if everything is still groovy, Virginia Tech or Miami in the ACC Championship to get to 12-1.
But this is Clemson. It’s supposed to roll through all of those games, just like it did against Virginia Tech, Louisville, and defensively, against Auburn early on.
Before all of that, it has to deal with the Georgia Tech wild card.
The Yellow Jackets are still right there in the hunt for the ACC title. They might have lost to Miami, but they still get Virginia Tech with a chance to make this interesting.
They have yet to come up with a really, really strong win, but they’ve got the formula to get by the defending national champs if the option is rolling.
One Reason Why Clemson Will Win
And now the defensive front is rested.
Lost in the loss to Syracuse was how the defense – despite a few breakdowns – was fantastic again up front, It gave up a season-high 162 rushing yards, but the Orange still only averaged 3.2 yards per carry because the line lived behind the line with nine tackles for loss and six sacks.
What beats a phenomenal option attack? A defense that has smart linebackers who can eat everything up, and a defensive line that can get into the backfield and disrupt things before they start.
How did that work last year? After a short week, Clemson stuffed Georgia Tech for just 95 yards in the easy win. How about in 2015? 71 yards, no touchdowns.
Defensive coordinator Brent Venables knows how do dial up the defensive pressure, and now he’s had more than two weeks to get his guys prepared and ready.
And after a loss, too.
Yeah, but …
One Reason Why Georgia Tech Will Win
The Georgia Tech machine really is rolling.
No one gets into the backfield like Wake Forest – it leads the nation in tackles for loss – and it got 427 yards and five scores hung on its run defense last week.
Miami was able to keep it in check, and it still needed a late miracle to pull off the win.
Georgia Tech has put up 400 yards or more on the ground against every FBS team but the Hurricanes. Even though Clemson has had time to rest up and prepare, nothing can adequately get any defense ready for the precision of what TaQuon Marshall and the Yellow Jacket backfield does.
On the other side of the ball, is Clemson QB Kelly Bryant really okay? He was a sitting duck against Syracuse, and then got knocked out of the game. He’s supposedly fine and ready to go, but this is a very, very good, aggressive Georgia Tech that’s going to get to him.
What’s Going To Happen
Georgia Tech will have its moments.
Clemson will come up with stop … stop … stop … and then, boom.
But the Tigers will win more than their share of battles in the backfield, and the offensive line will take control of the game at times and keep Marshall and company on the sidelines.
It’ll be a fight against the Yellow Jackets, but Venables will adjust just enough to get Clemson out alive.
Clemson vs. Georgia Tech Prediction
Clemson 30, Georgia Tech 17
Clemson -14, o/u: 49
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