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Why Georgia Tech Will Win

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- 5-5 doesn’t equal 5-5 when one team’s passing game is crippled and the game is played in the other team’s house.

- A win over a 2-8 team, (now 3-8) means nothing.

- A week after we gained 221 yards against UNC and lost by 33, Tech gained 635 yards and won by 4.

- Tech is up against a wall. A wall named Georgia, their next opponent, who has won two national championships and 25 games in a row. The Jackets would love to beat their traditional rival. So would the Dogs. This is not a ‘trap game. Tech has to win it to go to a bowl. We can win the next week and go to one.

- Tech saw the Pitt film and won’t be surprised by the wildcat. Does Dino have any more rabbits in his hat?

- It’s not 1923. You can’t win without passing the football – when the other team knows you can’t do it.

- Admit it: the ghosts of 14-51 and 0-56 still sleep under your bed. Yes, it could get that bad.

Stats that favor Georgia Tech:
SCORING OFFENSE SU- 24.90 GT – 32.00
OFFENSIVE FIRST DOWNS SU- 185 GT - 224
TOTAL OFFENSIVE YARDS SU- 357.7 GT – 444.2
OFFENSIVE RUSHING YARDS SU- 177.00 GT – 195.4
OFFENSIVE PASSING YARDS PER COMPLETION SU- 12.63 GT – 12.90
OFFENSIVE PASSING YARDS PER ATTEMPT SU- 6.98 GT – 7.66
OFFENSIVE PASSING EFFICIENCY SU- 126.52 GT – 140.06
OFFENSIVE COMPLETION PERCENTAGE SU- 59.85 GT – 60.62
OFFENSIVE 3RD AND 4TH DOWN PERCENTAGE SU- 41.1 GT – 46.4
OFFENSIVE RED ZONE POINTS (extra points assumed) SU- 154/34= 4.5 GT – 186/36 = 5.2
SACKS ALLOWED SU- 27 GT - 18
TACKLES FOR A LOSS ALLOWED SU- 58 GT - 57
OFFENSIVE PASSING YARDS SU- 180.70 GT – 248.80
DEFENSIVE PASSING YARDS SU- 237.40 GT – 232.20
DEFENSIVE PASSING YARDS PER COMPLETION SU- 11.15 GT – 12.90
DEFFENSIVE PASSING YARDS PER ATTEMPT SU- 6.78 GT – 7.77
DEFENSIVE PASSING EFFICIENCY SU- 126.09 GT – 134.63
DEFENSIVE COMPLETION PERCENTAGE SU- 60.9 GT – 64.1
DEFENSIVE 3RD AND 4TH DOWN PERCENTAGE SU- 41.5 GT – 45.9
DEFENSIVE RED ZONE POINTS SU- 144/36 = 4.0 GT – 227/40 = 5.7
SACKS SU- 22 GT - 12
TACKLES FOR A LOSS SU- 66 GT – 48
BLOCKED KICKS SU - 2 GT - 5 (4 place kicks)
KICKOFF RETURNS SU- 17.09 GT – 21.90
PUNT RETURNS SU- 8.75 GT – 13.40
OPPONENT PUNT RETURNS SU- 15.63 GT – 5.70
PUNTS RETURNED SU- 16/49 = 32.7% GT - 9/37 = 24.3%
FIELD GOAL PERCENTAGE SU- 9/14 = 64.3% GT – 10/11 = 90.90%
(Opponents have made 16 of 17 field goals against us: 94.12%)
LONGEST FG SU- 46 GT - 48
40 YARDS + SU- 2/5 = 40.0% GT – 5/8 = 62.5%
EXTRA POINTS MISSED SU- 2 GT - 1
PENALTIES SU- 70/606yds GT - 56/497yds
TIME OF POSSESSION SU- 27:10 GT – 27.54
STRENGTH OF SCHEDULE SU- #66 GT - #43
(Everybody has their own system for this: I used this page as a source: NCAA College Football Strength of Schedule Rankings & Ratings )
COMMON OPPONENTS:
Clemson
We lost 14-31 Total Yards: 281-389 Rushing: 100-126 Passing: 181-263 Turnovers: 3-1
They lost 21-42 Total Yards: 254-465 Rushing: 117-260 Passing: 137-205 Turnovers: 4-1
North Carolina
We lost 7-40 Total Yards: 221-644 Rushing: 92-202 Passing: 129-442 Turnovers: 2-1
They won 46-42 Total Yards: 635-577 Rushing: 287-310 Passing: 267-348 Turnovers: 1-1
Boston College
We lost 10-17 Total Yards: 246-350 Rushing: 209-185 Passing: 37-165 Turnovers: 4-2
They lost 23-38 Total Yards: 452-563 Rushing: 308-248 Passing: 204-255 Turnovers: 3-1
Totals:
Syracuse 31-88 Total Yards: 748-1,383 Rushing: 401-513 Passing: 347-870 Turnovers: 9-4
Geo. Tech 90-122 Total Yards: 1,341-1,605 Rushing: 712-818 Passing: 608-808 Turnovers: 8-3

Comments: GT leads in far more statistics than we do and by substantial margins in some of them. They score a lot more, gain a lot more yards which produces a lot more first downs. The pass with more efficiency, not by a large statistical margin but since our passing attack is now crippled, that’s a large margin, too. They do better on third and fourth down, get into the red zone more and produce more points. They give up fewer sacks and TFLs. They block more kicks and return them farther. They cover punts better. They kick field goals and extra points better. They are penalized less and have played a tougher schedule and have done better against common opponents, largely because they move the ball much better than we do.
 

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