Why Georgia Tech Will Win The Quick Lane Bowl
– The Yellow Jackets run with deadly speed and precision, averaging 335 yards per game hitting the 400-yard mark five times on the season. Hot over the second half of the season, they ran over everyone on a four-game winning streak before getting stuffed by Georgia in the regular season finale. But which Gopher defense will show up?
The Minnesota defensive front has been a bit too inconsistent. It held Wisconsin in check and was able to keep six teams to under 100 rushing yards, but it was torched by Maryland, Nebraska and Illinois for over 300 yards each.
– Can the Gophers somehow control the clock and keep the Georgia Tech offense off the field? They’re solid at owning the time of possession battle, but the Yellow Jackets take it to a whole other level. Minnesota is just okay defensively on third downs, but the Georgia Tech offense hangs on to the ball for long stretches, keeping it for close to 34 minutes per game.
– To pull this off, Minnesota has to take the ball away. In the six wins, the Gophers are a +5 in turnover margin. In the six losses, it’s -10. The problem is a Georgia Tech offense that hasn’t been screwing up enough, turning the ball over fewer than twice in seven of the last nine games. Not surprisingly, the Yellow Jackets don’t throw picks – they haven’t given away an interception in the last nine games.