Georgia Tech is looking to build on momentum, while Louisville tries to recover from a heartbreaking loss. Here are four Cardinals to look out for tonight.
Last week against Florida State Hall gave the offense a burst of energy, rushing for 5.2 yards per carry which was the best of any Louisville RB this season. He showed breakaway speed in the open field and with the Jackets seeming to struggle at times with tackling it could become an issue for the new defense. Clock control will be a priority tonight and this could be the counter punch for Louisville.
Jaylen Smith and Dez Fitzpatrick are two of the better wide receivers in the ACC right now but they have been neutralized by poor QB play this season. During the FSU game QB, Jawon Pass missed a few deep balls to open men that could have changed the complexion of the game. Jaylen Smith could have an opportunity to feast on a young Georgia Tech secondary that has had flashes of talent but hasn’t really settled in yet. Look for Smith early in an attempt for Louisville to open the run game to Hall.
Sturghill is a fifth-year senior in a secondary that has experienced some issues this season. He will likely be the man that is tasked with covering the deep routes against an offense that passes very little. His experience is what I believe he will bring most of into this game getting people into the correct lanes and making sure that assignments are hit. However, if by some weird happening CPJ decides to air the ball out a little then he could see a larger impact guarding Jalen Camp on the outside. There is also a chance that he will not be on the field much at all, as Louisville has used a rotation at the cornerback position for the second half of the FSU game.
The linebacker corps will have a tough task tonight following their assignments on the pitch plays. Etheridge is a physical linebacker who has the potential to diagnose and blow up big plays before they happen in front of him. If he isn’t taken care of by the perimeter blocking he could have a big night and spoil Georgia Techs party on the offensive side of the ball.
Overall this should be a very fun game to watch. Both teams have had frustrating starts to the season and are looking to right the ship in a critical crossover game, that could have bowl implications for both teams down the stretch.