Georgia Tech Keys to Victory:
1. Set the tone on the line of scrimmage
This is going to be a difficult one for the Yellow Jackets but games are won in the trenches. On the offensive line, the Jackets will need to set the tone on the line of scrimmage. The Yellow Jackets offensive line will have to hold off the Florida State defensive line which is very talented and will be one of the bigger defensive lines they go up against this season. On the opposite side of the ball, the Jackets defensive line will need to get a least somewhat consistent pressure into the backfield both on running plays and passing plays.
2. Quality quarterback play
The Jackets last year didn’t always get quarterback play that would allow them to pick up victories. If they’re going to improve in 2020 and if they’re going to beat Florida State, they’ll need at the very least quality play out of whomever they throw out at the quarterback position. We still don’t know that will be and probably won’t until the Jackets take the field.
3. Limit the self-inflicted wounds
On paper, Florida State is the better team and is the more talented team that does put the Yellow Jackets in a hole already entering the game. If the Jackets are going to find a way to pull off a victory, they’ll need to stay disciplined on the field. The Jackets will need to limit any type of self-inflicted wounds to themselves in this game and that includes turnovers. Don’t give Florida State the opportunity to take advantage of short field situations.
4. Take advantage of FSU’s self-inflicted wounds
To play off our third key of the game, this key of the game is simply to take advantage of anything extra Florida State gives to the Jackets. Florida State lacked discipline in 2019 and while some teams are able to kick their bad habits over the course of an offseason, it’s still likely that their undisciplined nature will show its head a few times in the game. The Jackets need to take advantage of any free yards they get offensively and if they’re able to grab a few turnovers, it’s a must that they turn those into points.
5. Get the kicking game going
This one may be wishful thinking for the first game of the season but it would certainly help. The Jackets last year were hurt by the lack of any type of kicking game. They ended up having to go for it on fourth down in many situations that other teams would be able to simply grab three points. It ended up hurting the Jackets offense quite a bit and if they hope to make strides in 2020, they’ll need the kicking game to get going.