Georgia Tech Facing New, Unknown Opponent in Alabama A&M

Kevin Liles-USA TODAY Sports

Kevin Liles-USA TODAY Sports

Georgia Tech (6-4, 5-3 ACC) vs. Alabama A&M (4-7, 4-5 SWAC)

Location: Bobby Dodd Stadium – Atlanta, Ga.

Game Time: 1:30 pm ET

Radio: WYAY 106.7 FM | Sirius 135 | XM 192 |

TV: ESPN3 / WatchESPN

The goals for this season have had to be adjusted for the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets. Now all but mathematically eliminated from the ACC Championship game picture (it takes two Tech grad students and a HAL-9000 to compute the possible scenario for the Yellow Jackets to get in), the Jackets have to look at the two big items left on this year’s football agenda;

Beat Georgia.

Get into a meaningful bowl game.

The good news – both of those goals are very much within the grasp of this team. But before all that can happen, the Yellow Jackets have to take care of some business with a different team of Bulldogs–first-time opponent Alabama A&M–this weekend at Bobby Dodd Stadium. And if the Jackets even let this one stay close, it will be surprising.

AAMU comes visiting from the SWAC, where they have a losing record against some not-so-winning programs. There aren’t even any common opponents to make a comparison, because this will be the first time that Georgia Tech has faced a member of the SWAC. This cupcake was scheduled strictly as a warm-up before welcoming the more formidable Bulldogs from Athens, Ga. into Bobby Dodd, and to possibly give some rest to a few starters.

It would be surprising to see the Jackets throw the ball at all in this game. They’ll want to run it, and run it a lot. The Bulldogs do have a highly-ranked FCS defense, but will more than likely be ill-prepared for the type of explosive backs that the Yellow Jackets will run at them. AAMU is also a very highly penalized team, which will not bode well against a relentless attack on the ground.

On offense, the Bulldogs are fairly balanced, and by that I mean they are equally pedestrian at both running and throwing the ball, and really shouldn’t test Tech’s defense at all. Senior DE Jeremiah Attaochu may spend more time in the AAMU backfield than their running backs.

Look for big days from Robert Godhigh and David Sims on offense, and a Georgia Tech victory by at least three touchdowns.

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Topics: Football, Georiga Tech Yellow Jackets, Jeremiah Attaochu, Robert Godhigh

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