5) Minnesota’s defense has never faced a triple-option offense
The first time you face a triple-option defense, it can be a daunting task. While it’s a simple playbook offensively, it can be quite complicated defensively when it comes to who covers who and how to play each play. It’s an offense that while you can practice going against it, you really don’t know what to expect until you’ve played against it before.
Luckily for the Yellow Jackets, Minnesota’s defense has never faced a triple-option offense. Going back the last five years, Minnesota has not faced a team that runs the triple-option. When you combine this fact with Minnesota being a “Jekyll and Hyde” defense against the run, the Yellow Jackets seemingly have a great advantage against the Gophers come game day.
The Yellow Jackets will look to go out on top on December 26th when they take on Minnesota in what will be Paul Johnson’s final game as the head coach of the program, ending an 11-year journey with the program.