Friday, September 24, 2010

Georgia Tech - NC State Preview: Stopping The Offenses Will Be Difficult

Georgia Tech (-8.5) vs NC State

NC State tries to take down Georgia Tech Saturday in Atlanta and break the Yellow Jackets eight game ACC winning streak.


Here are the four keys areas to the game and who has the advantage.

Talent
...................Rivals..................Scout
..............GT.......NCSt........GT......NCSt
2007.....18.........49............15........60
2008.....49.........31............37........29
2009.....49.........NR..........32.........39
2010.....43.........34............41.........47

GT 4 Year Average Ranking: 35.5
NC State 4 Year Avg. Ranking: 41
(Rivals does not rank teams beyond the top 50).

Georgia Tech has a slight edge in the recruiting rankings over the last four years, but we have also seen Paul Johnson's teams play above their supposed talent level the last two seasons.

Edge: Georgia Tech

Coaching
Paul Johnson's record speaks for itself. The guy has a system and knows how to teach it

I have a ton of respect for what Tom O'Brien did at Boston College, but his slow start at NC State has been perplexing. With a 3-0 start this season, maybe the Navy alum is finally getting the Wolfpack on track but I want to see more before I say the corner has been turned. That could start Saturday.

Edge: Georgia Tech

Emotion
The Wolfpack are the underdogs and not many people are picking them despite a 3-0 start. They have a road win over UCF and a home thrashing of Cincinnati. They want to earn some respect in the ACC.

Georgia Tech bounced back last week with a win over UNC after a dreadful performance at Kansas. The question about the Yellow Jackets this year is their intensity level. Last week, was the first week they really played with it.

Edge: NC State

Matchups
Georgia Tech Offense vs NC State Defense
Nobody has consistently been able to stop Georgia Tech's offense in the ACC and I don't expect that to stop Saturday. NC State LB coach Jon Tenuta is known for his blitzing, aggressive style but if he plays true to form, the Wolpack defense could give up some huge plays.

NC State Offense vs Georgia Tech Defense
Georgia Tech's offense is hard to stop and their defense has a hard time stopping anyone. UNC moved the ball at will for two and a half quarters last week and only a few turnovers saved the Yellow Jacket defense.

NC State's offense was clicking on all cylinders for most of last week. Their dink and dunk type offense could give Al Groh's defense a lot of trouble because Tech has really had trouble tackling.

Prediction
It seems like this one could be a high scoring affair and normally when everyone thinks one way it ends up being the opposite.

But it is hard to think that NC State will keep Georgia Tech under 21 and same with the Jackets defense.

If I was the Wolfpack, I would fire the cornerbacks on defense and make Joshua Nesbitt beat me with his arm. This is what Kansas did in their upset.

If Groh's unit can make one or two stops in the second half and Tech wins the turnover battle they should be able to ice this game late in 4th Quarter.

Georgia Tech 34 NC State 27
NC State Covers +8.5

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