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Our Prediction:

Clemson will win

Georgia Tech – Clemson Match Prediction | 26-08-2019 20:00

If Paul Johnson was in town this would be a chance to win some money betting the spread on GT to cover but this is going to be a beat down and there is no way around it as Clemson beings its quest to repeat as champions. Nothing like making its debut versus a Clemson team fresh off a nasty 15-0 season where they showed no mercy. This is a hard match-up to try and analyze as for the first time in 11 years the Yellow Jackets will come out with a completely different look on offense.

The Tigers and Yellow Jackets have combined to appear in the ACC Championship Game nine times in that 12-year span, though it has been Clemson dominating the league -- and this rivalry -- over the last three seasons. 3Clemson and Georgia Tech'shas been a major factor in the ACC championship race. One way or another each year since 2005, the annual cross-division rivalry between No.

Of course, the Tigers have plenty of experience against that option attack and I dont think defense will be a problem. Atlanta is a place that Clemson has had trouble with in the past and this time may not be any different. The offense, though, is still kind of finding itself. For the Yellow Jackets to force a tight game, I think they need to take advantage of that.


Georgia Tech was 87th in the country in points surrendered on defense with 381 last year. Opponent offenses completed 235 throws on 363 attempts against the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets defense last season, ranking them 70th and 35th in the nation. The Georgia Tech pass defense also surrendered a total of 2,747 yards in the air, which was 51st overall in total pass defense. They gave up a total of 4,805 yards on D, which was 51st in D-1. Their rushing defense gave up 442 attempts for 2,058 yards last season, putting them in 63rd place in the country against the run. The Yellow Jackets had 56 penalties for 459 yards on defense last year. That placed them 6th in college football. The Yellow Jackets were 89th in yards per play allowed with 6.

As a team they accumulated a total of 337 1st downs last year, placing them 7th overall as an offensive unit. The Clemson Tigers were penalized on offense 69 times for 612 yards last season, which had them 87th in the country in penalties. They were 3rd in the nation in points scored with 620. The Tigers ran for 3,605 yards as a team last year, which ranked 4th in college football. Clemson averaged 7.3 yards per play, which was 3rd in college football. They ran 536 times, averaging 6.7 yards per carry as a rushing unit. They ran 1,012 plays last season for 7,438 yards, which ranked them 14th in Division 1 in total offense.

With Lawrence delaying his plans to turn pro in the NFL, the Tigers are assured of one thing: that they have the best quarterback in the nation entering the 2019 college football season. Clemsons defense lost some talent over the offseason but it still has Christian Wilkins, Clelin Ferrell, Austin Bryant. Whats left of Clemsons stop unit should be more than enough to give a rebuilding Yellow Jackets program plenty of trouble and headaches. Last season, Lawrence guided the Tigers to a national title and finished the campaign with 3,280 passing yards and 30 touchdowns against just four interceptions. Facing the Yellow Jackets for the Tigers first game of the season should bring plenty of good memories for Lawrence and Clemson because they mauled Georgia Tech in a dominant 49-21 win in Atlanta last season. Dabo Swinney and the Tigers must be very thankful that quarterback Trevor Lawrence decided to come back for at least one more season in Clemson. The Tigers defense also recorded four sacks. In that game, Lawrence tossed four touchdowns and finished with 176 passing yards on 13-for-18 pass completions.

Are the Tigers teeth still sharp enough to destroy Georgia Tech just like they did in 2018? The Clemson Tigers (+200 to win the national title) will begin their defense of the crown they won by beating the Alabama Crimson Tide in the National Championship Game last season with a home matchup with the rebuilding Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (+200,000). Or will the Georgia Tech score an earth-shattering upset victory?

The Yellow Jackets averaged 6.1 yards per play, which was 37th in the nation. As a team they accumulated a total of 276 1st downs last season, ranking them 59th overall as an offensive unit. They ran 745 times, averaging 5.7 yards per rush as a unit. The Yellow Jackets were penalized on offense 49 times for 477 yards last year, which had them 127th in the country in penalties. The Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets were 33rd in the country in points scored with 437 last season. On the ground Georgia Tech ran for 4,226 yards, which ranked 1st in college football. They ran 871 plays last year for 5,314 yards, which ranked them 127th in Division 1 in total offense.


The setbacks this year have already started piling up: back-to-back close losses to USF and Pitt, injuries to star offensive players and now the potential of starting the year 1-3 with three top-25 teams left on the schedule. Ever since going 11-3 in 2014 and beating Mississippi State in the Orange Bowl, Georgia Tech has been 18-21 and failed to finish with a winning record in ACC play. Georgia Tech:This is a very crucial part of the season for Georgia Tech to avoid making the 2018 campaign the third time in four years that the Yellow Jackets did not finish the season in a bowl game.

This team will likely struggle on defense for at least an early part of the season and Clemson will give them a workout as they replace nearly all of its front 7 with DL Brandon Adams (24 Tackles, 5.0 TFL) being the only notable returnee. Clemson losses 5 key defensive linemen from last year but will just reload with former 5-stars KJ Henry and Xavier Thomas, a monster who posted 10.5 tackles for loss and 3.5 sacks in limited action are expected to break out in a major way. Its hard to give an accurate prediction for Georgia Tech as this will be a team in turmoil as it heads in a new direction an much of the talent in place is not exactly fit for the system that Collins will bring to ATL. DBs Tariq Carpenter (55 Tackles, 2 INTs) and Charlie Thomas are this teams top returning tacklers. Geoff Collins is a defensive guru and will look to implement the toughness and physicality this unit has lacked. Leading tacklers Isiah Simmons, Tre Lamar and Tanner Muse are all back on what was statistically the best defense in all of college football. Just like there offense Georgia Techs defense is a major question mark. AJ Terrell and KVon Wallace round out a veteran secondary that ranked 24th in FBS last fall.