The Georgia Tech football team was off this weekend but we were still able to learn somethings about the Jackets five remaining opponents this season.
Georgia Tech sits at 2-5 on the season and are coming off their final bye week of the season. That being said, with the bye week, we were still able to find out about two of the Yellow Jackets future opponents while three were also on their bye week.
The Panthers offense had one of their worst performances on the season against the Miami Hurricanes on Saturday. Despite the Pitt defense just allowing 208 total yards, the Panthers offense had three turnovers on the game including two interceptions thrown from quarterback Kenny Pickett. When the Panthers didn’t turn the ball over, they struggled to stay on the field, converting just 9-of-20 third downs in the game. Kenny Pickett completed just 18-of-32 passing attempts for 146-yards. Their run game was decent throughout, averaging 4.2 yards per carry on 42 rushing attempts. The Panthers defense did all they could to stop the Hurricanes but going up against short field multiple times and the opponent is bound to score.
If Georgia Tech can cause Pittsburgh’s offense to turn the ball over more against next weekend, they’ll have a chance at another victory but it will be tough to score on Pitt’s defense.
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This was a bit of a shocker but perhaps it shouldn’t be. After playing Clemson tough for a while last week, the Louisville Cardinals took down the Cavaliers on Saturday by a final score of 28-21. Key takeaways were the case in this one, the Cardinals were able to get back in the game thanks to a Virginia fumble. The Cavaliers defense didn’t play bad, allowing only 311 yards and was stout against the run, surrendering just 78 yards on 26 Louisville carries. The Cavaliers didn’t necessarily play bad but just weren’t able to find a way to hold on against a confident Louisville team.
Virginia Tech is one of three future Tech opponents to have a bye week this weekend. The Hokies entered their bye week at 5-2 and winners of three-straight. Next weekend, they’ll have a matchup against an angry Notre Dame team that’s coming off a brutal 45-14 loss to Michigan on Saturday night.
North Carolina State:
The Wolfpack were off today but will have a tough matchup against the Wake Forest Demon Deacons next Saturday. Last time out, they were blown out by Boston College 45-24 in what has been an up-and-down season in Raleigh to say the least.
Like N.C State, the Bulldogs were enjoying a bye week this weekend. This upcoming weekend, they’ll have a date with the top-10 ranked Florida Gators in the World’s Biggest Cocktail Party in Jacksonville. Both teams will need a win to keep their College Football Playoff hopes alive and the winner should also be in the driver seat for the SEC East division title.