Clemson vs. Georgia Tech fearless prediction and game preview.
Date: Saturday, September 22
Game Time: 3:30 ET
Venue: Bobby Dodd Stadium, Atlanta, GA
Clemson (3-0) vs. Georgia Tech (1-2) Game Preview
One Reason Why Georgia Tech Will Win
If ever the Georgia Tech running game was going to be a differentiating factor, this would be the week.
The Yellow Jacket defense hasn’t been doing much to get into the backfield, and the offense hasn’t been quite dominant enough to overcome the issues on the other side.
However, Georgia Tech leads the nation in rushing, averaging close to 400 yards per game. It hasn’t been enough to lead the way to wins, but this week, it has to control the clock for well over 35 minutes – it’s already No. 1 among ACC teams in time of possession – and it has to somehow overcome the great Clemson defensive front with precision.
The Tigers have only been hanging on to the ball for 26:37 a game. If they’re not explosive against the Yellow Jacket D, this might stay close. Last year, Georgia Tech was able to make it a battle in a 24-10 loss, but …
One Reason Why Clemson Will Win
That defensive line really is that good.
The Tigers are only allowing 89 rushing yards per game, and with a D that’s leading the ACC in sacks, and is sixth in the country in tackles for loss. Get into the backfield against the Yellow Jackets, and use the speed on the outside to stay in the lanes … and that’s it. The option doesn’t work.
Georgia Tech doesn’t have any sort of a passing game – even when it has its opportunities – and it’s struggling way too much when it comes to getting into the backfield. Give the Clemson backfield time to work, and it’ll dominate.
The Yellow Jackets are last among ACC teams in sacks, and it shows, with all three passing opponents so far – including Alcorn State – completing over 65% of their passes.
Clemson should be able to move the chains as much as it wants to.
What’s Going To Happen
The Georgia Tech running game rocked exactly like it was supposed to over the last two weeks, and it didn’t matter in losses to USF and Pitt.
It’s not going to work as well this week, and the defense will still give up too many yards and too many big plays from the Tiger quarterbacks.
Trevor Lawrence will connect on another 50-yard touchdown pass, Kelly Bryant will continue to be terrific – he’s ready to roll after getting banged up last week – and after holding the Georgia Southern option attack to 80 yards last week, it’ll keep the production rolling.
No one has averaged more than 2.3 yards per carry so far on the Tiger D. Georgia Tech will be better than that, but it won’t be enough.
Fearless Prediction & Line
Clemson 37, Georgia Tech 13
Line: Clemson -16.5, o/u: 52
ATS Confidence out of 5: 4
Must See Rating: 3
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