Georgia Tech vs. Alcorn State fearless prediction and game preview.
Date: Saturday, September 1
Game Time: 12:30 pm ET
Venue: Bobby Dodd Stadium, Atlanta, GA
Network: ACC Network
Georgia Tech (0-0) vs. Alcorn State (0-0) Game Preview
It didn’t seem like much at the time, but last year’s Alcorn State team pushed FIU hard in a 17-10 loss. The Braves ended up taking the SWAC East title for the fourth year in a row, and the Golden Panthers went on to have a strong season.
Georgia Tech didn’t finish a winning record, and it didn’t have a good year.
However, unlike 2017 when they dropped a thriller to Tennessee in the opener, the Yellow Jackets should be able to bank an easy early win before going to USF for a dangerous FBS opener.
If you like rushing offenses, here you go. Alcorn State was among the best in in the FCS averaging 237 yards per game, and Georgia Tech averaged 307. These two should combine for well over 500 rushing yards.
One Reason Why Alcorn State Will Win
Everything else about Georgia Tech should be okay with a little bit of tweaking, but the secondary is the biggest question mark after losing all five starters. Last year’s pass defense only came up with six interceptions, and this year’s group is going to need a little while to come together.
The Braves like to primarily travel on the ground, and there aren’t any dangerous playmakers in place to give the Georgia Tech secondary a big problem, but they have to try.
They have to do something control the clock and own third downs – they have to keep the Yellow Jacket offense off the field.
One Reason Why Georgia Tech Will Win
The defense is going to want to prove a point from the start.
You know what the offense is going to do – the focus will be on the timing of the option and getting it down fast. The switch to the 3-4 defensive alignment under new coordinator Nate Woody should be faster and a bit more aggressive, and it should start right away against an Alcorn State offensive line that will struggle to keep defenses out of the backfield.
There wasn’t much of a pass rush last season, and the whole reason for the switch is to try changing that. This is the game to show that off.
What’s Going To Happen
The Yellow Jackets will look great from the start. The offense will come up with scores on its first three drives, the defense will roar in the backfield – again, it’s going to want to test drive this new car – and there won’t be any problems getting everything going for the big date with USF the following week.
It won’t be as bad as the 69-6 Yellow Jacket win in the 2015 opener, but it won’t be that far off.