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.
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.