I’m working on a story for Saturday about how Miami has handled Georgia Tech each of the past three seasons. The combined score of the three games has been 92-34.
I haven’t started writing it yet, but just wanted to toss a few things out. I think there’s a few different reasons Miami has won with relative ease. For one, Tech has fallen behind in in the first half of each of the three, 24-3 in 2009, 14-0 in 2010 and 14-0 last year.
“We just haven’t played very well,” coach Paul Johnson said Tuesday at his news conference.
Another part of it has been Miami’s control of the line of scrimmage. In 2009, B-back Jonathan Dwyer had five runs for seven yards and Tech had 95 rushing yards. In 2010, Miami ran for 277 yards. In 2010, B-back David Sims had 10 carries for 29 yards and the offense produced 134 rushing yards.
I talked to former center Sean Bedford for the story on Monday. He offered a lot of insights, such as the following about Miami defensive lineman Allen Bailey.
“In 2009, 2010, Allen Bailey was just a stud,” he said. “He ate my lunch in 2009 and we couldn’t block him with anybody in 2010.”
Which brings up another point. Miami has had physically superior players, including Bailey. Starting with the 2010 draft, Tech has had six players selected in the NFL draft, including one each in 2011 and 2012. Miami has had 18. Bailey was taken in the third round of the 2011 draft by the Kansas City Chiefs.
“Don’t underestimate the kind of players that they’ll have,” Johnson said Tuesday. “They’ll have as good a player as anybody we play.”
What do you think?
Ken Sugiura, Georgia Tech blog