The Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets have reached a bowl game for 17 straight year now and have finished the year at .500 or better for 19 straight years, but they come in to this season having lost a ton on offense, which means that both of those streaks may be in jeopardy in 2014. Schedule & prediction below.
The Yellow Jackets run the Triple Option on offense and it has resulted in 34+ ppg in each of the last 3 years, but hitting that number this year may be tough, as Georgia Tech loses QB Vad Lee, their top two RBs from last year and 3 of 5 from the OL. Justin Thomas looks to take over at QB and may be the fastest player that Johnson has coached, but still he s having trouble with the reads in this offense. Zack Laskey should take over at on back position after running for 485 yards and 7 TDs last year. The Jackets don’t throw all that offense and no WR returns that had more than 21 catches last year. The OL loses 117 starts from last year, but will still be a solid group. The defense allowed just 22.8 ppg last year and with just 4 players back they are not likely to duplicate that feat. The DL is the strength of this unit and will be led by Adam Gotsis, who had 5.5 sacks and 9 TFL last year. The Back 7 for the Jackets will take its limps this year, with both the LB and secondary units rated among the worst in the ACC.
I don’t feel that the Jackets have bowl caliber talent this year, but the schedule may allow them to sneak into one. They are weaker on both sides of the ball this year, but also their triple option does give teams fit with short prep time and that may be good enough for a win they are not expected to get. I will call for a 7 win season, but barely. KEY TREND: 8-2 ATS before a game vs the North Carolina Tar Heels.
2014 Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets Schedule
Sat, Aug 30th, 2014 Wofford
Sat, Sep 6th, 2014 at Tulane
Sat, Sep 13th, 2014 Ga Southern
Sat, Sep 20th, 2014 at Virginia Tech
Sat, Oct 4th, 2014 Miami-Florida
Sat, Oct 11th, 2014 Duke
Sat, Oct 18th, 2014 at North Carolina
Sat, Oct 25th, 2014 at Pittsburgh
Sat, Nov 1st, 2014 Virginia
Sat, Nov 8th, 2014 at NC State
Sat, Nov 15th, 2014 Clemson
Sat, Nov 29th, 2014 at Georgia
Info gathered From Phil Steele's CFB Preview and Athlon Sports
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