A few thoughts on the Tech game

Well, I’m a little surprised, but from reading this, it sounds like Georgia Tech is slightly less reliant on running the ball than Georgia Southern.

Tendencies

1st Down: Tech has run the ball 80 percent of the time on first down this season but it has had some luck through the air. The Yellow Jackets are completing over 50 percent of their passes and have thrown four touchdowns to just one interception on the down.

2nd Down: Georgia Tech is a run-heavy team in all second down situations. Second and long (more than seven yards) is the closest to being 50/50, but Johnson often opts to keep the offense on schedule in those situations with the run.

3rd Down: Georgia Tech has thrown only one third and short (less than four yards) pass all season. It has run the ball 49 out of 50 times in that spot. The Yellow Jackets still tend to run the ball on third and medium (four to six yards) with 64 percent run. Third and long is the only down and distance where the pass is most prevalent.

But, yeah, the raw numbers bear that out.  GSU runs the ball roughly seven carries more per game than does Tech, while attempting five fewer pass attempts per game.  Some of that is probably due to the nature of the seasons each is enjoying, I would guess.

It’s also worth noting that GT has returned to its traditional level under Johnson of an under-50% completion rate on its pass attempts.  (Justin Thomas’ rate is actually lower than the overall team’s.)

So I’d say we know what Pruitt wants to see.

On defense, I will be shocked if, after seeing Georgia’s game tape from last Saturday, Ted Roof does anything different from what the Eagles dialed up.  The man loves to blitz as it is and there was nothing shown from last weekend that would discourage him in that department.  That means Schottenheimer gets another opportunity to figure out the best way to counter that… this time, for an entire game.  The same can be said for Georgia’s offensive line.

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16 responses to “A few thoughts on the Tech game

  1. Response to blitzing – how about a generous dose of screens, slants and jet sweeps?

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  2. Irwin R. Fletcher

    weather looks like it will be perfect. Hope a lot of Dawg people join me at the game. Need to stretch that 7 game win streak at “Historic” Grant Field to 8.

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    • Will (the other one)

      Fun related fact: with a win, Richt will have 8 wins over Tech in Atlanta. In 22 years as head coach, Bobby Dodd only beat UGA in Atlanta 7 times.

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  3. Russ

    I haven’t watched Tech all year (why would I?) but just how bad are they? I know their record, but I’m still worried about them busting big plays and hitting passes. One thing we’ve shored up this year is the defensive line. I think that will be key if we can control the interior of their OL. Will Thompson play? That will be a big help.

    Offensively, IDK. I hope that we can hold up to the blitzing and that Sony pops one through the middle.

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    • The Jackets have regressed significantly on offense, due to losing almost every skill position player they had except Thomas. They’ve also had their share of injuries.

      Five of their losses have come by a touchdown or less, though.

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      • Macallanlover

        But many of their close losses were with them closing late, hard to make sense of that with a running offense. Other teams just get too conservative, too early? We are already so conservative I don’t see that as a problem for UGA should we jump to a quick lead.of 2 scores, or more.

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        • Will (the other one)

          The UNC, VT, Pitt, and Duke losses were legit close games. They had two garbage time TDs each vs ND and Miami — those games weren’t actually close. The pattern seems to be neither the offense nor defense play well on the road, but the d can play OK at home. What worries me is when Cook was injured, they managed to force FSU into a lot of FG attempts, and “bad in the red zone” is one of Schotty’s calling cards this season.

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          • Macallanlover

            FSU’s offense hasn’t been impressive against anyone without Cook toting the rock. But you are right about us stalling in the RZ continually. OL has to step it up this weekend and finish off those drives.

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    • Flukebucket

      I see that Thomas is questionable for this week. They are a horrible, horrible football team in my opinion. The only way they beat FSU was that FSU came in expecting to walk all over them and played uninspired as evidenced by the way the game ended for them. I can’t imagine Georgia playing anybody and just expecting to waltz in and win this year but it is true that if the defense does not show up then all bets are off. Tech sucks. There is no other way to put it. But they definitely could beat us.

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    • BMan

      Their offensive line is dreadful (pot, meet kettle). The interior part of the OL is ripe for a good DL to get a push, which screws up everything in that offense, as I see it. Their backs are inexperienced and seem to not have a grasp on the spacing and concepts of some of the option game. The QB, if healthy, has been forced to try to do everything himself, and has run for his life in the process. Their defense had one good player, Gotsis, and he got hurt for the season.

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      • Will (the other one)

        The corners aren’t bad, and will pick the ball if thrown poorly.
        Worse, while I don’t think much of Roof, he threw blitzes that Bobo and Friend didn’t adjust to well last season, so my confidence in our O vs their D is not high. If we can avoid turnovers, I see that side much like the Auburn game.
        Defensively, I hope Pruitt took last year’s numbers personally and is fired up for a shutout.

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  4. Uglydawg

    It won’t be easy. This is GT’s bowl game. We used to say that almost every year..then there were so many bowls created that GT went on their famous streak of playing in lesser bowls every year. Now they’re back..and they will want to salvage their season very badly. Georgia’s defense should be up to the task (remember, though..GT started the game last year throwing the ball very well to loosen up the D. Look for the same).
    Georgia will need to find some offense. GOT to find a way to keep Lambert safe, because he’s practically non-functional under fire..
    And pray that Sony doesn’t go down,
    Georgia has some swifties that they need to get involved..IMac in particular
    BTW..GT doesn’t throw it much on third down because they are practically a four down offense.
    It’s very difficult to hold a team to less than 2.5 yds per play..but since PJ uses fourth down, that’s what it takes…to do that you need to get a lot of plays for losses on them.

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  5. WF dawg

    I think it’s going to be close. 17-14, one way or another.

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