Breaking down Tech vs. Clemson

Georgia Tech will take on Clemson at 3:30 p.m. Saturday. The game will be televised on ABC.

3 storylines

Will the defense continue to progress? During its three-game winning streak, Tech’s defense is allowing eight fewer points and 48 fewer yards than during the season’s first four games. Continuing that trend against a talented and athletic Clemson squad will be a challenge. However, the Tigers’ passing game hasn’t established a deep threat this season, putting more pressure on quarterback Kyle Parker and running back Andre Ellington to make plays happen.

Will the receivers catch passes? Though the stats didn’t show it, Joshua Nesbitt had one of his most accurate days passing in last week’s win against Middle Tennessee State. The problem was dropped passes, an issue forTech’s wide receivers and A-backs throughout the season. Coach Paul Johnson noted that the Yellow Jackets won’t get as many chances to make big plays against the better teams. They must take advantage.

How fired up will Clemson be? Considering the Yellow Jackets have beaten them four consecutive times, including in last season’s ACC championship game, there’s a chance the Tigers will be able to fly, rather than run, down the hill after touching Howard’s Rock. Clemson’s defensive players admitted that they spent a week in August working on GeorgiaTech’s offense. The Tigers’ Andre Branch said the team hasn’t forgotten that title loss. “We’ve got a little chip on our shoulder about that,” he toldTigerIllustrated.com.

A Tech win would …

• Ensure that it is bowl eligible for the 14th consecutive season.

• Be its sixth consecutive road win in the ACC. It hasn’t lost on the road to an Atlantic Division team since 2007.

A Clemson win would …

• Snap a four-game losing streak to the Yellow Jackets.

• Keep alive its faint hopes of winning the Atlantic Division and returning to the ACC championship game. The Tigers are 1-2 in the conference and trail three teams, including Florida State, which is 4-0.

Keep an eye on …

For Tech: Nesbitt. He needs 44 rushing yards to become the ACC’s all-time leading rushing quarterback, passing former Clemson great Woodrow Dantzler (2,781). Nesbitt is averaging 92.7 yards per game this season.

For Clemson: Defensive end Da’Quan Bowers. He leads the ACC with nine sacks. He also has 15 ½ tackles for loss. Oh, he also has 10 quarterback pressures. Tech’s offensive line has had issues in the past (as have most offenses) dealing with NFL-caliber defensive ends. Remember how disruptive Iowa’s Adrian Clayborn was in last season’s Orange Bowl? He had two sacks and nine tackles.

The numbers game

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Wins for Georgia Tech in its past 13 games that were decided by five points or less. Within that total are three wins posted against the Tigers in the past two seasons.

History book

Last meeting: Tech defeated Clemson 39-34 in last season’s ACC championship game.

Series record: Tech leads the series 49-24-2.

The bottom line

Has Tech truly improved in the past three games, or have the better results been because the opponents haven’t been as good? Or has it been a little bit of both? We’ll find out on Saturday. The Tigers may be the most talented team in the ACC, according to Johnson. They are going to need theirplaymakers on offense and defense to step up. If they do, the Yellow Jackets should be able to leave with another win against the Tigers.

88 comments Add your comment

dugood

October 22nd, 2010
4:59 am

Who are GT’s playmakers besides Nesbitt who is more of a grind it out player. GT is a solid team but I don’t see them sustaining their success for more than 1 or 2 more years.

TXDawg

October 22nd, 2010
5:31 am

The difference between a GT Blog and a UGA Blog. UGA fans are swarming (to borrow a term from the bugs) to post as soon as a blog become available. GT fans are nowhere to be found because they really know their team is a gimmick.

ToeMeetsLeather

October 22nd, 2010
5:57 am

TX, gimmicks don’t go 25-9. Don’t you have a UGA thug to go bail out of jail this morning?

Indeed

October 22nd, 2010
6:03 am

Or perhaps they simply realize that rather than just flapping your gums and playing internet tough guy, they should wait until they have something substantive to say. Mutt fans lurk on opposition blogs in a vain hope that they can alleviate some of their feelings of inadequacy by spewing the same tired cliches. Run along now. I’m sure you’ve got to go tell all your little doggie friends how you owned the Tech blog… get a life.

macrotech

October 22nd, 2010
6:22 am

Our Offense is a gimmick offense? Yet, we’re not the ones that are coached to swarm the endzone after a touchdown in an effort to get in the heads of the gators…do you guys have a ‘black out’ scheduled soon?

dawgfan

October 22nd, 2010
6:23 am

Clemson is the most talented team in the ACC and they are 3-3? Wow.

As bad as the SEC East is this year it could be worse. We could be the ACC.

Stinger

October 22nd, 2010
6:48 am

The SEC east is the worst conference division in all of college football. It is hilarious that the winner could have a losing record and not be bowl eligible.

missst

October 22nd, 2010
6:58 am

gosh i wosh us bulldawgs from mississippi were in the eastern division – we would win it as long as tech wasn’t there as well.

GTJeff

October 22nd, 2010
7:41 am

Man, lots of insecure inbreds on the Tech blog this morning.

dawgfan, ACC Coastal > SEC (L)East

GT > UGA (not saying much this year)
VT > Zaxby U
UNC > Kentucky
Da U >> UFelons

This is not debatable.

Munson's Toupee

October 22nd, 2010
7:47 am

Clemson has “a chip on their shoulder” (what ever that means)…but they also have Dabo on their sideline.

The News

October 22nd, 2010
7:56 am

Clemson preview, Week 8 picks, and Nesbitt jokes.

“My two thoughts going into this game: 1 – Is Clemson the best 3-win team in the country? 2 – Are we the worst 5 win squad?”

http://wrecklessramblins.blogspot.com/

reebok

October 22nd, 2010
8:03 am

4 straight wins over Clemson, and no reason to think this one will be different. Tech will win a close one, I think…

ThatStingHurts

October 22nd, 2010
8:39 am

WE need to go in with a chip. Kick some butt, guys. CJ isn’t there anymore. Go mix it up !

ThatStingHurts

October 22nd, 2010
8:41 am

ps – Climpson has been all upset ever since GT (and then FSU) entered the conference, winning National Championships. They still somehow feel that it’s their birthright to own the ACC…..but it ain’t happening. The 50’s are over, boys…..

You Can't Handle The Truth

October 22nd, 2010
8:49 am

Clemson wins this year. Too many playmakers are gone for GT. Nesbitt is the only one left and even though he put GT on his shoulders in the 4th quarter to beat a weak Wake team, he isn’t Superman. He needs some help and he doesn’t have it this year. Clemson 38 – GT 21.

You Can't Handle The Truth

October 22nd, 2010
8:53 am

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Tiger talker

October 22nd, 2010
9:00 am

Looking foward to a good game.Nesbitt cant throw GT cant catch.I see us winning by two touchdowns.

The Situation

October 22nd, 2010
9:01 am

TX Dawg, Tech fans are usually at work when the blogs are posted and can’t post immediately. Georgia fans just have to wait until a commercial break on Jerry Springer and then they can post.

juvenal

October 22nd, 2010
9:56 am

could it be there are moore daug fans? if to have more fans they are like most daug fans i see, no thanks-we have enough…..

juvenal

October 22nd, 2010
9:58 am

hey, tex, any luck getting y’alls game out there on tv?

bb

October 22nd, 2010
10:14 am

The difference between ugag fans and GT fans? GT fans have jobs or school work to do, so they only check the AJC site once a day. Ugag fans are unemployed or attending U(sic)GA, so they have nothing better to do than troll the internet all day.

GT Sambo

October 22nd, 2010
10:20 am

I will say this, UGA is the best 3-4 team in the country. See you in Nov.

GT Sambo

October 22nd, 2010
10:22 am

Tiger talker,
You might be right. But if we do catch the ball look out. I bet Paul Johnson has some tricks up his sleeve for Yaba-Daba-Dabo.

T-Rav and the Eastside Grainger

October 22nd, 2010
10:54 am

The blog was posted at 3:50 in the morning. Wonder why there were not many posts? Idiots.

girl know better than you

October 22nd, 2010
11:05 am

so Clempsun spent a week in August just on GT’s offense..well the good news is so did VT in 09 ..Receivers we need you to catch the ball, this will be a NO DROP ZONE the next 3 games, Defense looking better guys, keep it up!

girl know better than you

October 22nd, 2010
11:08 am

Jerrard will run back another one, intercept a couple more along with Isiah and Julian, MAN UP team this is it…………….

calvin

October 22nd, 2010
11:29 am

If Tech wins, look for Mark Bradley to come
jumping back on the bandwagon.

Forever Orange

October 22nd, 2010
11:33 am

all you techsters will have to keep your yaps shut after about 6:30 tomorrow evening…..hope you enjoy the 1-4 ending to coaching genius Paul Johnson’s third season….and good luck on life after Nesbitt with that high school offense. But it is at least better than your middle school defense…..

Bob

October 22nd, 2010
11:35 am

GO JACKETS!!!!! BEAT REDNECK U AND THEIR STUPID CAOCH YABA DABO DO.GET FIRED UP JACKETS!!!!!IT IS YOUR GAME IF YOU ARE FOCUSED!!!!!!

Bob

October 22nd, 2010
11:39 am

DANNY FORD HAD BOUGHT TEAMS AND THE PLAYERS WERE MORONS!!!!KLEMPSON ARE A BUNCH OF STONE AGE IDIOTS AND REDNECKS.KLEMPSON IS A DISGRACE!!!!!!PLAYERS MAJOR IN BS AND GET NO JOBS WHEN FINISHED.DO RESEARCH ON ALL PLAYERS WHO HAVE PLAYED THERE.WHAT A JOKE!!!!!!

Hugh

October 22nd, 2010
11:42 am

Agree-Klempson is a disgrace!!!!!Redneck u going back to moron coach Danny money sick Ford.What a piece of human waste he is!!!!!!!

Hugh

October 22nd, 2010
11:45 am

It all comes home to roost.Look at Danny Fords personal life.Klempson is everything that is wrong with college football.

Jan Kemp's Advisor

October 22nd, 2010
11:47 am

I have advise my clientale that any offense can be a good offense as long as it works. Also note that should you get arrested, telling them who you are and what you have accomplished does not really go too far.

joeygt

October 22nd, 2010
11:49 am

gt will win tomorrow against clemson 42-14 tech will play its best game of the years so far

Ramblin Man

October 22nd, 2010
12:04 pm

This game in my lowly opinion rests on the receivers deciding to finally catch the ball. Anybody that has watched a GT game knows that Nesbitt can actually pass he just gets little to no help from the receiving corps. Would be nice to see the secondary pick one or two and the line play well as well.

Burdell

October 22nd, 2010
12:13 pm

No, Bark Madley got his feelings hurt last year by Paul Johnson in a news conference last year…he won’t be back on the bandwagon. Poor little Marky….

Burdell

October 22nd, 2010
12:14 pm

Did I mention it was last year?

GO JACKETS!!!!!

Doug Roberson

October 22nd, 2010
12:14 pm

Burdell, I’m not sure to what you are referring

GIVE ME A BREAK

October 22nd, 2010
12:25 pm

Congratulations to Joshua on his rushing record. He’s 1st class all the way. Hope he has a great game against Clemson. Glad to see UGA playing better. Take care of Kentucky. ” GO JACKETS “

Eddie Lee Ivory

October 22nd, 2010
1:14 pm

Tech will lose this weekend!

GT Sambo

October 22nd, 2010
1:29 pm

I love the Clemson fans analysis of this game. GT lost too many playmakers. (Touche) GT receivers can’t catch. (Pot meet kettle) GT has a High School offense. (from fans of the team ranked 90th in passing offense in D-1)
Wow, the analytical skills of these Clemson fans is stunning.

OKIE_TECH

October 22nd, 2010
2:42 pm

Hey Doug, With Reference to Daquan Bowers… Is there a good case to just run the option on the other side. I noticed in the orange bowl When we ran the option to the right we had more success in the second hald. Clayborn was manning the DE position on the left.

GTJeff

October 22nd, 2010
2:43 pm

Never had a problem with Clemson fans BUT, since Forever Orange wanted to spew garbage, I just have this to say…

Maybe, JUST maybe, IF Clemson can win EVERY MEETING WITH GT for the next 25 years, the series will be even & you can begin your smack talk.
49-24
Until then ZIP IT! We’re not the annual kick dummy that Zaxby U is.

WHITE and GOLD

October 22nd, 2010
2:49 pm

As far as the “Gimmick” Offense comments…watch this to see how much of a “Gimmick” it is. You Mutts make me sick.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MSR3Y-yl1iQ

WHITE and GOLD

October 22nd, 2010
3:01 pm

Yes I am aware that the video is a little old…

Doug Roberson

October 22nd, 2010
3:17 pm

They’ll run to which ever side has fewer numbers. Ill bet they cut bowers over and over and over

BEE92

October 22nd, 2010
4:20 pm

This should be a great game. Recently, they are pretty close between Tech & Clemson. They have great fans…smack talk, know their football, and, the drink a beer with you. Love going to the games at Clemson. Will never go to Athens again, though.

?

October 22nd, 2010
4:33 pm

won any bowl games lately?

Innocent Bystander

October 22nd, 2010
4:41 pm

I’ll say it again…

Paul Johnson will not lose to a team coached by a guy named Dabo.

GT Sambo

October 22nd, 2010
4:48 pm

Innocent Bystander,
I wish I had your confidence. I know CPJ outcoaches Dabo, but the question is, can we out execute Clemson?