OK – here it is on Friday morning and that is the time for game result predictions by myself and you smarter guys. Yesterday I wrote a Know The Enemy article where I showed a bit of what this current version of the GT Yellow Jackets is all about.
One thing sticks out in that the GT rushing attack isn’t as formidable as it has been in the past. That’s a good thing. Another is that their passing game is sub par also. However, each QB we have faced has had great games against us except ‘Nova’s in the opener so I expect GT’s QB Thomas to have a season high game and throw way more than his current 108 ypg.
On the other hand Pitt has leveled out our offense approach a bit by letting Nate Peterman air it out a more than he had been allowed to do in the first four games. He responded with 280 yards with two TDs and in doing so established Jester Weah (7 for 176 @ 25.1 ypc and 1 TD against Marshall) as the primary receiver for the rest of the season. Most probably that is – he’s our best deep threat this year.
Our run game kept pace with the 250 ypg average we have carried so far last game and we’ll probably do the same against GT. But this is college football, and ACC conference play, which means things can turn on a dime. And I think they will starting at 12:30 tomorrow.
As stingy as we have been against the run – we’re currently letting the opponents get only 69.8 yards per game – I think GT breaks some big runs against our slow LBs that result in quick points on the board. Let’s say two TDs on long breakaways and one other normal-type TD on the ground. That’s 21 points.
Our porous pass defense does a bit better this week but the Yellow Jackets get two more TDs passing for 14 more points – one of those TDs happens late in the 4th quarter.
We’ll put up points also but our running game’s big plays get stifled a bit. Without big plays our run game is actually not that great. But we’ll get 200+ yards on the ground along with two rushing TDs. Peterman is effective again and throws for two TDs and that gives us 28 total points via offense. But we will be on the short end of turnovers and that impacts the game also.
Right there is 35-28 with GT on top… throw in a FG or two by each team and we lose by a come-from-behind GT score late in the game. Or we could win…. but head over heart this week I think and it’s:
GT 38 – Pitt 34
And the Throwback Uni’s look as weird at the end of the game as they do in the beginning.