Georgia will be the sixth opponent this season that has had extra time to prepare for Georgia Tech’s option offense. The Bulldogs last played on Nov. 13, when they were beaten by Auburn and its version of the option, 49-31.
The extra time is something that opposing coaches have played up when asked about facing Paul Johnson’s unique system. However, having extra time helps to prepare for any type of offense…or defense, as Johnson points out.
“I’m glad we had an extra week to begin to prepare for it,” Georgia coach Mark Richt said. “Hopefully it will make us better than it would on a week’s notice.”
Johnson also says that having an extra week is fine, but you still have to go out and play. Once the ball is kicked off, the game boils down to diagnosing and figuring out ways to beat strategies and tendencies.
Some of the teams this season have had extra time because of a bye the previous week. Others have had two days because they played on Thursdays, giving them Friday and Saturday to break down film or go over schemes. When teams play on Saturdays, most coaching staffs break down film on Sunday, so that’s a wash when counting extra days. Duke is included because it faced the option offenses of Army and Navy earlier in the season.
So, how have the teams that have had an extra week to prepare done against the Yellow Jackets?
|S.C. State||W, 41-10||Opener||372||12||384||405.6||-21.6||196.7||187.3|
|N.C. State||L, 45-28||2 days||247||116||363||405.6||-42.6||334.4||28.6|
|MTSU||W, 42-14||4 days||329||86||415||405.6||9.4||394.3||20.7|
|Va. Tech||L, 28-21||5 days||346||80||426||405.6||20.4||354.1||71.9|
So the extra week doesn’t really seem to matter. Tech’s offense actually averages about 2 more yards per game and the opposing defenses are giving up 63 more yards per game.
Of course, points are what really matters:
|Team||Result||Extra||Tech’s average||Difference||Opp. average||Difference|
|S.C. State||W, 41-10||Opener||27||14||13||28|
|N.C. State||L, 45-28||2 days||27||1||21.1||6.9|
|MTSU||W, 42-14||4 days||27||15||28.9||13.1|
|Va. Tech||L, 28-21||5 days||27||-6||18.9||2.1|
Again, the extra time or preparation doesn’t seem to matter. Tech averaged 5 more points than it did against teams that had a week to prepare, and defenses allowed 8.4 more points than they did against other teams.