Georgia Tech and Clemson face off at Bobby Dodd Stadium at 3:30 with the Jackets hoping to stun the Tigers and bring themselves out of their recent slump.
It is no secret that pulling off the upset today will be a tall task for Georgia Tech. Clemson is talented from top to bottom and the Yellow Jackets will be thin in several areas most importantly the offensive line. For the Jackets to be able to pull off this upset three things will have to happen.
1. Keep the Clemson defensive line in check.
Clemson has arguably one of the most impressive, if not the most impressive D-line in the country. They are going to be in Marshalls’ face on likely every read that he will make, and it will be critical for the offensive line of the Jackets to get them blocked and cleared to make way for the dive and to allow the perimeter plays to develop.
2. Exploit the Secondary
The Clemson secondary is young and inexperienced and could potentially be exploited with the deep passing attack that Paul Johnson throws in as a wrinkle to his intimidating run game. Both Brad Stewart and Jalen Camp had plays on balls that probably should have been caught during the Pitt game and that will need to improve, along with Marshalls ability to deliver the ball to exploit this potential weakness in the Tiger defense.
3. Limit mistakes
I understand that this is a broad point to make but the Jackets are going to have to be nearly perfect in all facets of the game from execution to ball security and maybe especially on special teams to keep the upset bid alive. Ball security was a problem during the Pitt and USF game with fumbles either stalling or ending drives. This cannot happen if the Jackets have a chance to win.
Many have already written this game off as a certainty for the Tigers but if Georgia Tech can execute the option at a medium level of success tomorrow and limits possessions for the Clemson offense, this game could be interesting.