Halftime at the Music City Bowl has the Ole Miss Rebels leading Georgia Tech, 13-7, but neither team has really done what they normally excel at too well.
Both teams scored on the opening drives, and both offenses looked like they were primed for huge days. The no-huddle offense that Ole Miss ran really had the Tech defense befuddled for a while. After the Rebels second possession, the Jackets started to feel the rhythm.
What has been the big surprise is the way Ole Miss has been able to run the ball on Tech, putting up 112 rushing yards and only 111 in the air. The normally stout Georgia Tech run defense has looked off their game, with some of it being due to Rebels QB Bo Wallace scrambling for some big runs.
Tech’s linebackers are going to have to move up and fill the gaps and spy on Wallace to keep him from breaking out on the edge for those big gainers. Tackling has been a bit suspect as well.
The Jackets need to stop trying to get too cute, and just dance with the ones who brought them. When they run their bread & butter plays, the Rebels haven’t been able to stop it.
The second half may be troublesome for Tech if they keep giving Wallace more than 2.5 seconds in the pocket. He’s standing pat for 3-4 seconds at a time without being harassed at all. The Ole Miss coaching staff will make adjustments to get their receivers open with that kind of time in the pocket.
On the flip side, if Ole Miss doesn’t get special teams straightened out, it could be a game-changer. A blocked extra point, an easy chip-shot FG miss, and some bad decisions on the return game could have been huge.