Georgia Tech vs. North Carolina fearless prediction and game preview.
Date: Saturday, November 3
Game Time: 12:15 ET
Venue: Kenan Stadium, Chapel Hill, NC
Network: ACC Network
Georgia Tech (4-4) vs. North Carolina (1-6) Game Preview
One Reason Why Georgia Tech Will Win
The North Carolina run defense isn’t good enough.
There’s pressure in the backfield, and there’s a solid pass rush, but what UNC does isn’t going to be effective enough considering just how sharp the Georgia Tech option has been.
Clemson was about to keep the thing under wraps, and Duke held it to 229 yards. That’s been it. Against everyone else, cranking up 300 yards has been easy, 400 yards has been the norm, and there was even a 542-yard day against Louisville.
Last week, Virginia Tech wasn’t even close, failing time and again to come up with a key stop as backup Tobias Oliver and the guys ran wild.
Oliver will still get his chances, but TaQuon Marshall is back.
Considering North Carolina can’t keep the chains moving, doesn’t generate third down stops, and has problems against effective ground games … uh oh.
One Reason Why North Carolina Will Win
The Georgia Tech defense is no prize, either.
There’s not enough happening in opposing backfields, there aren’t enough key defensive stops, and there aren’t enough plays on third downs.
The secondary has been a rumor at times as teams connect on big downfield pass after big downfield pass. It’s been a given that Georgia Tech gives up at least 200 yards, at least a few home runs, and puts its offense in a bind by forcing it to answer time and again.
Nathan Elliott hasn’t thrown an interception since giving away four in the opener against Cal, and over the last two games he’s been able to crank up the passing attack with 592 yards in losses to Syracuse and Virginia.
Georgia Tech will go on scoring drives, but North Carolina should be able to strike quickly whenever it needs to.
What’s Going To Happen
It is possible for Georgia Tech to run wild and for the offense to not work. It ran for over 300 yards against Pitt, and only put up 19 points.
Ir ran for 229 yards against Duke, and lost 28-14.
Yeah, that’s not happening this week.
However, the defense is going to get hit hard by a North Carolina offense that will put up points in bunches. The problem for the Tar Heels is their inability to keep the turnovers and the mistakes to a minimum.
Georgia Tech is great at taking the ball away, North Carolina is great at giving it up – the Yellow Jacket offense will take care of the rest.
Fearless Prediction & Line
Georgia Tech 34, North Carolina 30
Line: Georgia Tech -6, o/u: 62.5
ATS Confidence out of 5: 2
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