Does extra time matter when facing Tech’s offense?

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?

Team Result Extra Rushing Passing Total Tech’s Difference Opponent’s Difference
time allowed allowed Yards average average
S.C. State W, 41-10 Opener 372 12 384 405.6 -21.6 196.7 187.3
UNC W, 30-24 Week 372 76 448 405.6 42.4 344.3 103.7
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
Duke* W, 30-20 Played 320 90 410 405.6 4.4 443.8 -33.8
Army and 12.4 378.4
Navy

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
time points points allowed
S.C. State W, 41-10 Opener 27 14 13 28
UNC W, 30-24 Week 27 3 23.3 6.7
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
Duke* W, 30-20 Played 27 3 36.5 -6.5
Army and 30 50.3

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.

158 comments Add your comment

Wrecker

November 22nd, 2010
10:08 am

As Johnson always says, it is about execution.

DawginLex

November 22nd, 2010
10:09 am

Grantham could have 6 months to prepare and it won’t matter. The odds on this game are a joke. This will be a down to the wire all out war.

We don’t have a nose guard on campus. We play a 3-4. Anybody see a problem here?

Grantham already has a bunch of dummies who have blown assignments all year long. How are we going to put in new alignments in week 12 vs the TO?

I’d run the fullback ALL DAY LONG if I were CPJ. Then the outside pitch plays that Auburn burned us with time and time again. If Washington throws more than 5 passes, CPJ should be fired on the spot.

Murray and Green and Charles and Ealey better put up 45 or we will get beat.

GT BS04

November 22nd, 2010
10:14 am

May just be a tech nerd here doing math, but if the average tech points is 27 and we put 21 on VT the difference isn’t 7…..anyways the fact remains that an extra week can help for any type of offense, and if seeing it repeatedly should help also then there is no reason that more teams aren’t undefeated for seeing “traditional” offenses every week

RambleOn84

November 22nd, 2010
10:16 am

DawginLex,
The problem is Tech can’t stop the run. Murray won’t have to pass to beat us.

MC

November 22nd, 2010
10:23 am

Just how bad does a team have to be to be a 15 point dog to a 5-6 team?

Ramblin Man

November 22nd, 2010
10:24 am

Hell can’t stop the run and though I thought the secondary was looking better that was illusion was killed against DUKE. Trust me Dawginlex Murray while have time to make a snadwhich then pass to whoever he wants our pass rush is HORRIBLE.

JB

November 22nd, 2010
10:25 am

The stinger is gone from this Jacket…..Nesbitt gave them a chance….Duke showed us a Jacket without it’s stinger………basically a house fly.

DawginLex

November 22nd, 2010
10:27 am

I bet Groh blitzes all day long and tries to hit Murray as many times a spossible and force him to make quick throws.

I may be wrong and of course I hope I am, since we haven’t won a close game in forever. I just don’t see this Georgia team whipping anybody other than LaLA and Idaho State and Vandy. UT and UK gave us the game.

Ramblin Man

November 22nd, 2010
10:28 am

Well GT has zero pass threat, penalty prone, no real defense to speak of, oh and special teams bites except maybe kickoff return which Bostic and Peeples will get plenty of practice at I’m sure.

JB

November 22nd, 2010
10:30 am

My business partner is a Tech Grad ( yes, we do need some brains LOL) and he’s a season ticket holder, so he has the right to speak. He ain’t happy……He saw this coming and he’s worried about next year. ( aren’t we all). Doesn’t see a lot of help coming on defense, and the offense will be a crap shoot………….I told him, welcome to our world.

Ramblin Man

November 22nd, 2010
10:30 am

Problem is GT has to send 5-6 to get any real pass rush because like UGA the NG is not taking up two o-lineman like you need in a 3-4.

OT95

November 22nd, 2010
10:34 am

Last year PJ was had “bigger fish to fry”. What is it this year PJ? What a fraud that guy is.

Ramblin Man

November 22nd, 2010
10:36 am

JB,
GT has a couple that could help next season namely McCoy and Green on the d-line and the young secondary has been getting play time this year minus Ayers. I just hope this young o-line gets better and can stay healthy, which GT has had a serious problem with. QB could be a question, but I see Vad Lee redshirting. The a-backs will be fine with Smith and Jones returning and Bostic will be thrown in the mix. Now B-back and WR will be the real question marks.

Brock

November 22nd, 2010
10:36 am

MC- pretty darn bad. But I ask you this. How bad does a team have to be to get beat by another team that fires their coach in midseason?….and then wants to talk with the coach that they beat, about a head coaching job?

yea but...

November 22nd, 2010
10:37 am

Doug, these statistics are extremely skewed by extremely weak teams in SCSU, MTSU, and Duke. UNC had the drama basically its starting defense being suspended, and still almost won that game. The 2 quality opponents (NCST and VaTech) beat the Jackets handily. I am not trying to compare UGA to those two teams, just pointing out that your stats are a little skewed.

Since GT did not have a bye week, lets look at some games where UGA played opponents that did not have bye weeks. UGA played against Tenn, Vanderbilt, UK, and Idaho State, and averaged nearly 46 pts per game. they gave up only 14 pts per game. UGA only played 1 D-II team in that sample, just like GT. The other 3 games were against SEC opponents, 2 of which will be in bowls this season. If you were to look only at that sample, UGA looks like a national champ contender.

One more thing, GT had Nesbitt against everyone but Duke in your example. he will not be on the field on Saturday. The point is, you can make stats say anything you want them to, and the stats you just gave about GT mean about as much as their split National Championship trophy…. NOTHING.

Ramblin Man

November 22nd, 2010
10:37 am

OT95,
If you are going to quote somebody atleast look up and post the whole thing. The man was talking about winning the ACCCG and not downplaying the GT/UGA game.

Topp Dogg

November 22nd, 2010
10:38 am

Enter your comments here

OT95

November 22nd, 2010
10:42 am

Uh, Ramblin Man I do believe maybe you should hone your interpretive skills. That was Pj’s response to a direct question about how important was it to beat UGA.

Brock

November 22nd, 2010
10:43 am

MC- on a serious note. What the 15pt spread shows me is what all of us know. Ga has the more talented guys but just can’t play as a team. Tech has less talent and this year is not playing with any conviction or drive. Talent will win in that scenario everytime. Here’s to hopefully watching a good game, No matter who wins both teams should be ashamed of the way they have under achieved this year.

DawginLex

November 22nd, 2010
10:44 am

And it is interesting BROCK, that Colorado has won since running Hawkins off. Kinda like the Cowboys.

Brock

November 22nd, 2010
10:47 am

Yeah Lex- you know Wade is sitting in his livin room scratchin his head like WTF?!!

Tech82

November 22nd, 2010
10:48 am

UGA having two weeks to prepare is a non-issue. The fact that they are SIGNIFICANTLY better than we are on on both the O-line and the D-line is going to be the difference in the game.

RambleOn84

November 22nd, 2010
10:51 am

Ding ding ding! Tech82 wins the discussion. That’s what it boils down to in the end.

UGA wins because they dominate at the LOS, just like last year.

OT95

November 22nd, 2010
10:52 am

The Georgia game is always a bigger game than the tallest midget game. (ACC title game) Anybody at GT that won’t admit that is probably lieing anyway.

DawginLex

November 22nd, 2010
10:55 am

Anybody with an extra thousand bucks lying around willing to bet it on the Dawgs to cover?

I’d bet it on Tech in a heartbeat.

OT95

November 22nd, 2010
10:58 am

Brock UGA’s offense is certainly playing as a team and really right now is a scoring machine when it comes right down to it. And even with their D having some issues their offense is head and shoulders above our D. And to be totally objective, we can’t finish enough drives against them to even come close on the scoreboard.

wesleywhatwhat

November 22nd, 2010
11:00 am

cpj – PLEASE pitch it to orwin smith and roddy jones on the outside.

and any passes should be short crossing routes across the middle.

Brock

November 22nd, 2010
11:00 am

again, neither team has anything to brag about here OT95. In my opinion, if Tech wins, then we beat a 5-6 team. Whoopty friggin do!! If GA wins, they beat a 6-5 team. Whoopty friggin do!! All the bragging rights? I coudn’t give 2 sh#ts about.

Ramblin Man

November 22nd, 2010
11:08 am

OT95,
I still say he was not downplaying UGA. He said it was a game he would ahve liked to win but now he had to move on. Yes as a GT fan I would have loved if GT had won that game last year, but if I had to trade a UGA win for a championship then I will take the chamionship. Seriously would you take a win over GT compared to a chamionship?

Brock

November 22nd, 2010
11:08 am

at times their offense looks good, definitely better than Techs but their defense hasn’t been able to prove they can stop the run. Now tech does have a way of making horrible defenses look great.

Like I said earlier, I’m just hoping for a good game. If I have to wait all day for a blowout (either way) I will be disappointed.(tech blowout? very surprised, mildy disappointed :)

Brock

November 22nd, 2010
11:09 am

spell error…..what is mildy dissappointed?

OT95

November 22nd, 2010
11:10 am

Yeah right Brock! Beating UGA is the biggest event in a GT fan’s life.

Brock

November 22nd, 2010
11:10 am

spell error..WTF??? disappointed

Brock

November 22nd, 2010
11:11 am

Not mine. sorry to burst your bubble. Can’t lump all fans to one opinion.

OT95

November 22nd, 2010
11:11 am

Their defense is giving up 113 yds a game rushing Brock. What is ours giving up?

GT Sambo

November 22nd, 2010
11:12 am

DawginLex: “If Washington throws more than 5 passes, CPJ should be fired on the spot.”

HA!!!! Too funny!

Dawglasville

November 22nd, 2010
11:13 am

We haven’t stopped the option all year long. Teams have been running a lot of reverses against us and we can’t figure that out either. I look for at least 5 of those Saturday. The extra week didn’t help us two years ago. I believe we were a 14 point favorite that year. I don’t know what to expect. Murray will help a lot if he is 100%. Let’s just say that I hope this year has been a humbling experience for all parties involved and that these blogs continue to get more mature. Happy Thanksgiving everyone.

Brock

November 22nd, 2010
11:14 am

more. but look, take away Lattimore and Newton and who else has needed to run against them to beat em? Florida ran pretty good also.

GT Sambo

November 22nd, 2010
11:14 am

Agreed about the UGA game vs. the ACC Championship. How many of us Tech fans still cringe when we remember CPJ’s “bigger fish to fry” statement. There is no bigger fish in the state of Georgia than UGA!

OT95

November 22nd, 2010
11:17 am

If anything their D is vulnerable to the pass because of blown coverages. And even there they are only allowing 195 passing yards per game and we have no passing game period.

GT Jason

November 22nd, 2010
11:19 am

Wow, so many people bashing their own teams. Tech will win if it can stop big plays (Mainly AJ Green). We’ve played okay on defense all year but always seem to let someone loose for no reason. Playing assignments on defense and finishing drives on offense make for a GT victory. Either way I’m thinking we get over 400 yards rushing in this one. AA has 3-4 yards easily every time against the 3-4 defense.

Brock

November 22nd, 2010
11:20 am

What?? Tech doesn’t have a passing game?

OT95

November 22nd, 2010
11:21 am

You think they do Brock? lol

Brock

November 22nd, 2010
11:22 am

I agree Jason-AA will/could make a big difference in this game. They stop the dive and we rely on passing we are done as usual.

Brock

November 22nd, 2010
11:22 am

I forgot you can’t detect sarcasm through posts.

RambleOn84

November 22nd, 2010
11:22 am

You guys are taking it all wrong over PJ’s comments last year. He never said or meant to imply that he didn’t care about beating UGA.

Understand from his point of view:

He was trying to prepare his team for the conference championship game, a chance to play in a BCS bowl game. And all anyone would talk about was a game that had already been played. He was clearly annoyed, and rightfully so.

It would be like if Eli Manning had lost to the Colts in Week 17, and then the next week as the Giants prepare to play in the playoffs all people bring up is how it felt to lose to his brother. He’ll get annoyed and say something that some people will construe as sour grapes.

But the fact is the game doesn’t matter anymore. You have to move on, especially when there are much more important things ahead.

Johnson wanted to beat UGA more than any Tech fan out there. IT’S HIS JOB and he knows it’s important. But once it’s over, there’s nothing he can do about it. And he had a much more important game to prepare for the week after. He was annoyed that no one would let it go, and as usual, he spoke honestly.

Would you have been happy if he had just cried or told everyone next time he will “try harder?” That would be a lie, as you better believe he gave it his best shot the first and second times. IT’S HIS JOB.

Burdell

November 22nd, 2010
11:22 am

Colorado rushed for 235 yds with a lot of that on QB keepers. These games are always close…with the exception being the abominable 51-7 back early in the Gailey era.

Burdell

November 22nd, 2010
11:24 am

Right on Ramble…CPJ is here because his predecessor could not beat UGA. He knows that the game is important.

RambleOn84

November 22nd, 2010
11:24 am

OT95,
All this play-acting is confusing you…at first you referred to Tech as “we,” but now it is “they.” Be yourself man. A lonely UGA fan with a small member.

Dawg gone

November 22nd, 2010
11:25 am

it’s the freaking “OLD FASHION HATE ” game here, throw all past games out this is the BIG KHUANA (GOVENORS CUP) braggin rights, uga will be battling for MR’s job security & tech better be playing for PRIDE ,it’s brother against brother & family against family, stop trying to analyze every stat in the book because none of that matters come Saturday when toe meets leather , it will come down to who executes & who protects the ball, that simple !!!!!! THWG !!!!!