Know the Enemy & Predictions; Georgia Tech 2018

Know the Enemy & Predictions; Georgia Tech 2018

They are going to run wild against us.

That’s really all you need to know…but here is what the media is saying:

P-Gs Brian Batko with: ‘Hard to say’ how Pitt will respond against Georgia Tech

“Right tackle Alex Bookser took his encouragement from realizing that fundamental mistakes can be fixed, and he isn’t worried about the talent on Pitt’s offensive line.

Linebacker Elijah Zeise couldn’t stew over Penn State because he had to get right to work preparing for what might be the most “annoying” offense Pitt faces all season.

And tight ends coach Tim Salem, well, his recovery plan for the weekend was to just not sleep. Or barely sleep. As usual.

“I’ve been in this building since 7 a.m. on Sunday,” Salem said Tuesday afternoon following Pitt’s first practice of the week. “I haven’t left. I worked yesterday morning in this building for, like, 18 hours and I slept here. That’s just the way it is.”

Remember this guy?

From the Pitt News:

Georgia Tech (1-1) vs. Pitt (1-1)

Spread: Georgia Tech -4

Over/under: 55

Analysis: Coming off a 45-point loss at home to rival Penn State, the Pitt Panthers will look to bounce back and play strong this weekend. Visiting opponent Georgia Tech is also coming off a tough loss to South Florida, 49-38. Both the Yellow Jackets and Panthers want to start 1-0 in the ACC.

Looking at the spread, Georgia Tech is favored to win the game by four points. That may not seem like a lot, but something like a game-winning field goal could easily be the difference in this game. Pitt’s offense will rely heavily on the run, as it did against Penn State when the team had 245 yards on the ground. The Yellow Jackets laugh at only having 245 rushing yards — that’s about what they rush for in one half. They had 419 yards on the ground against South Florida in their loss last week. However, their starting running back KirVonte Benson is officially out for the season after sustaining a knee injury in last week’s game. He had 1,053 yards on the ground last season and will definitely be missed going forward.

Bet: Take Georgia Tech to cover the 4 points and the over.

Ok, this is a good spot to start with our predictions…FYI, here is what GT’s been doing so far this season:

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Basically two things jump out at me, their rushing (#1 nationally with 429 ypg) and their scoring so far (39th with 39.5 ppt). Just that alone makes me think there is no way we’ll keep up with them by points on the board.

But then I when I looked to see what Georgia Tech was doing on defense and I see that their rushing defense is pretty good at 74th nationally at 150 ypg and then also their passing defense isn’t bad, which is different from it’s been in the past few years. They are currently at 14th allowing only 135 passing ypg.

That isn’t good for us. They were beating a good USF team before surrendering the lead and game and I don’t think we are anywhere near USF as far as talent and coaching goes. And forget about their starting halfback’s injury ; they probably have three or four runners who can succeed in that triple option offense.

Pay close attention to what Johnson is saying at the 2:20 mark on about slipping the wide-out wide receiver out past the cornerback or Safety closing in for the pitchout.  All the QB has to do is stop and pass the ball over their heads.  With our defensive backfield they might dine out on this for big points.

Oh yeah, we’ll be see the backs of their players all day long.  One thing that really worries me is that we scored exactly 6 points in the last six quarters of play.

To me that says something especially since we kept our full 1st string offense in almost the whole 2nd half against a poor FCS Albany team. With the exception of Davis at RB then late subs on the OL.  We still should have been racking up points but Albany adjusted to us and shut us down.

I’m calling this one:

GT 47 – Pitt 20