Georgia Tech Football: Yellow Jackets open as 16-points underdogs to Clemson

CLEMSON, SC - OCTOBER 28: Kelly Bryant
CLEMSON, SC - OCTOBER 28: Kelly Bryant /

The Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets will enter a game for the first time this season as an underdog.

The Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets have been the favorite in all three games so far this season but for next weekend’s showdown at Bobby Dodd against Clemson, the Yellow Jackets open as a 16-point underdog according to OddShark. So far this season, the Yellow Jackets are 0-3 against the spread.

The Yellow Jackets this past weekend were a two-point favorite over the Pittsburgh Panthers but lost 24-19. The week before against USF, the Jackets opened similarly as a 2.5 point favorite but blew a fourth quarter lead to the Bulls and lost 49-38. In their week one matchup against Alcorn Statel, the Jackets were a 42-point favorite but just narrowly missed covering and won 41-0.

The good news however for the Yellow Jackets is that Clemson this year has struggled themselves against the spread, so far failing to cover in any of their three games against Furman, Texas A&M, and Georgia Southern.

In the last three matchups between the programs, the Tigers have dominated scoring on average 31 points while allowing just 13. The Yellow Jackets hold the all-time series lead over the Tigers and have a winning record against the Tigers under Paul Johnson but hasn’t had the same amount of success the past few seasons to say the least. Currently,  OddShark predicts a 40.8 – 21.2 victory for Clemson.

A loss next Saturday for the Yellow Jackets would put the team in a 1-3 hole to start the season, meaning they’d have to win five of their last eight games in order to make a bowl game this season. A win however, would breathe life into what is feeling like the beginning of a loss season for some Tech fans. Either way, Saturday’s game against the Tigers will give a good indication of where the Yellow Jackets are going moving forward.

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If the Yellow Jackets hope to win, they’ll need a perfect game plan from head coach Paul Johnson and perfect execution on both sides of the ball but especially from quarterback Taquon Marshall. Kickoff for Saturday is set for 3:30 pm on ABC.