Monday, August 25, 2008

Georgia Tech-Jacksonville State Prediction



Georgia Tech vs Jacksonville State

Thur. Aug 28
Line: n/a

Georgia Tech and Jacksonville State help kick off the college football season on Thursday night at Bobby Dodd Stadium. Georgia Tech will be unveiling their new offense under first year HC Paul Johnson, while Jacksonville State will have a new QB but a familiar one to SEC fans - former LSU QB Ryan Perrilloux.

Keys to the Game:
1. Can Tech issue a knockout punch early?
Ever since the Appalachian State upset of Michigan last year, FCS teams have pointed to that game as a reason why they can beat the big boys. Jax State is not a pushover and was picked to win the OVC. Tech needs to issue a knockout punch in the first half to break the Gamecocks confidence.

2. Protection for Perrilloux
The Jax State o-line is out manned and out sized by the Jackets. Tech's d-line could be the best in the ACC with potential 1st round pick DE Michael Johnson coming off the edge. The Gamecocks need to give the former SECCG MVP some time to throw and keep Tech's D off balance.

3. Turnovers
With Paul Johnson's offense comes not only big plays, but the potential for turnovers on pitches and missed hand offs. I would be surprised if the Jackets went without a turnover in their first game, but they cannot have three, four, or five turnovers.

Prediction:
Georgia Tech has some big plays and big breakdowns in their first game, but the advantage of the lines will lead them to a relatively comfortable victory.
Georgia Tech 38 Jacksonville State 17

Tuesday: Georgia vs Georgia Southern, LSU vs Appalachian State

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