Georgia Tech vs. Wake Forest Fearless Prediction & Game Preview
Check out the Georgia Tech vs. Wake Forest fearless prediction and game preview.
Georgia Tech (3-2) vs. Wake Forest (4-2) Game Preview
Broadcast, TV, Game Time
Date: Saturday, October 21st
Game Time: 7:30 pm ET
Venue: Bobby Dodd Stadium, Atlanta, GA
Georgia Tech has to get past its heartbreaking loss to Miami in a hurry, or it could lose to the Canes twice – Wake Forest is good enough to pull this off on the road.
The Demon Deacons might not be dynamic offensively, but the defense is nasty in the backfield for a team good enough to make a whole bunch of noise.
They might have lost their last two games to Clemson and Florida State, and there’s still plenty of work to do with a brutal back half of the season, but they’re good enough to take down two more games and go bowling.
Georgia Tech is good enough to win the ACC title if everything breaks right and the offense is humming. But there can’t be any mistakes now with road games at Clemson and Virginia up next, and Virginia Tech to follow.
Lose, and it’ll be a fight to go bowling in an 11-game regular season.
One Reason Why Georgia Tech Will Win
Wake Forest doesn’t have enough firepower on offense to bomb away – points are going to be at a premium.
The Demon Deacons rolled early on – they were able to hang 34 against Boston College and put up big numbers over the first three weeks – but against Georgia Tech, they can’t miss any time they get a chance. And why?
They’re not going to have the ball all that often.
Clock control isn’t a positive for the Wake Forest, mostly because the offense can’t keep the chains moving. What’s the biggest difference between the first three weeks and the last three – besides the better competition?
The Demon Deacons couldn’t stop converting third down chances in the first three games, and sputtered over the last three, converting just 12-of-46 (26%) chances.
Georgia Tech is one of the best teams in the country on third downs on both sides of the ball, converting 49% of its tries on offense, and allowing just 22% on defense – Pitt, North Carolina and Miami combined to convert 5-of-37 tries.
One Reason Why Wake Forest Will Win
What’s the other big difference for Wake Forest – at least against Clemson? QB John Wolford was hurt.
Back from a shoulder injury suffered against Florida State, the offense wasn’t as efficient against Clemson. Kendall Hinton ran for 92 yards and threw for two scores, but Wolford is the main man for the attack as both a runner and a veteran passer.
But more than that, Wake Forest’s biggest key is the defensive front that leads the nation in tackles for loss. The defensive front bought a condo in the Florida State backfield, and did an okay job with a season-low five tackles for loss against Clemson.
How do you stop the Georgia Tech offense? Pressure and time. Pressure from the line into the backfield – Miami did a great job of that, holding the Yellow Jackets to 226 yards – and the time to prepare and practice for the option attack.
Wake Forest will bring the pressure, and it’s had the time.
What’s Going To Happen
It’ll be a grind for the Georgia Tech offense to break out against the fantastic Wake Forest defensive front, but the Wake Forest attack won’t go on enough marches to ever get control of the game. It’ll take a while, but eventually, the Yellow Jackets will get a little breathing room in the fourth quarter.
Georgia Tech vs. Wake Forest Prediction
Georgia Tech 26, Wake Forest 17
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