Question 3: It’s going to take a near miracle for Georgia Tech to pull off his upset, what is Clemson’s weaknesses that the Yellow Jackets can attack that may help lead to a potential upset?
AB: Unfortunately for Georgia Tech, their strong suit in that triple-option attack is something that Clemson under Defensive Coordinator Brent Venables has defended really well. With that being said, I still think there are some areas that the Yellow Jackets can exploit.
First, you need to win the time of possession. Keep Clemson’s offense off the field. You do that by forcing three-and-outs on defense and keeping the ball on offense. Shorten the game and make it low-scoring. Second, I think Tech will need TaQuon Marshall to be a passer. He doesn’t have to be great, but Clemson’s weakness on defense is its secondary. If you can “dink and dunk” your way down the field and take advantage of some of those openings in the secondary, you’ll have a chance.
Defensively, I think Tech should stack the box and force Kelly Bryant to throw the ball. Stacking the box and bringing pressure will also test that inconsistent offensive line for the Tigers. Stacking the box may not work against Trevor Lawrence, but it will certainly pressure the young freshman and, who knows, that may lead to a mistake or two.