On Saturday, a budding Georgia Tech offense will be opposite of one of the country’s best and most talented offenses in Clemson.
Saturday’s matchup should be a decent quarterback matchup and it will be intriguing to see how Georgia Tech true freshman Jeff Sims performs in his first start against a top-10 opponent. Clemson is easily the most difficult team Sims will face all season and he’ll try to go head-to-head with a generational quarterback talent in Trevor Lawrence.
While Sims appeared to take a step forward last week, he is currently nowhere near the level of Trevor Lawrence. Lawrence is the best quarterback in all of college football and the Tigers get the big edge here. Georgia Tech’s secondary played well against Lawrence last season but he surely remembers that performance and will look for revenge on Saturday.
I’m going to give this one the push. Now, while I believe Clemson’s backfield is the more talented backfield based off pure talent, I think the Yellow Jackets backfield is clicking at such a high level that I’m giving this a push. That being said, the best running back entering this weekend is on Clemson’s sideline in Travis Etienne who could very well be playing in the NFL right now but chose to return for one more season. This will be a big test for Jahymr Gibbs as it will ben the most talented defense he’s faced in his young career but I personally expect him to step up to the challenge and I think we’ll see a nice game out of Gibbs.
While Georgia Tech’s wide receivers have come a long way since last season, Clemson boasts once again a ridiculously deep position group even without the services of Justyn Ross this season. The Tigers wide receivers group is as deep as they could really come across the country with a group of wideouts that has elite athleticism, speed, separation, and solid all-around fundamentals. They’ll give the Yellow Jackets secondary a real test.
Georgia Tech’s offensive line has come a ridiculously long way from last season. After all, the Jackets have barely given up any sacks all year and have helped paved the way for a much-improved rushing attack. That being said, this Clemson front seven is scary deep and scary talented, Clemson has the size advantage by far and there is a chance this matchup could get very ugly. That’s not a slight on the Jackets offensive line, the Tigers are simply just that good. On the other hand, while Clemson’s offensive line isn’t as strong as it has been in year’s past, the matchup against the Yellow Jackets front seven isn’t as scary to say the least for the Tigers.
The Georgia Tech offense has taken steps forward in 2020 so far but Saturday’s matchup is on a whole different level than anything the Jackets have seen so far this season. There’s certainly a lot of upside to their offense but Clemson’s offense is one of the most talented in the nation and has future NFL stars throughout. That is why Clemson’s offense has the the serious edge entering Saturday.