Can Georgia Tech move the ball?
BYU is ranked No. 4 in total defense and No. 8 in rushing and scoring defense. The Cougars have a formidable front seven, starring end Ezekiel Ansah and anchored by nose tackle Romney Fuga. That said, BYU was last seen getting smoked for 270 rushing yards by Notre Dame. Tech, No. 3 in the country in rushing offense, is coming off a powerful effort in which it had battered Boston College for 241 rushing yards by halftime.
Will Tech’s defense take another step?
Against Boston College, the Yellow Jackets tackled better and were eons better on third downs than they had been previously. The question is, how much did that have to do with Boston College? BYU’s offense isn’t a powerhouse, either, but the Cougars ought to be able to run the ball better than the Eagles did. They also use a no-huddle offense, which has given Tech problems. The Cougars can be pressured, though, so Saturday might be the time for the Tech pass rush to raise its play.
Whose kicking game will come through?
Tech’s David Scully and Justin Moore are a combined 4-for-9 on field-goal tries. BYU’s Riley Stephenson and Justin Sorensen are slightly better, 5-for-10. Sorensen, who has had back problems, and Moore, who replaced Scully last week, are the likely candidates for each side. The lack of success that both sides have had could well influence the chances that both teams will take to avoid having to try field goals.
A win for Georgia Tech would …
Even its record at .500 for the third time this season.
A win for BYU would …
End its seven-game losing streak in the Eastern time zone.
Matchup to watch
Georgia Tech center Jay Finch vs. BYU nose tackle Romney Fuga
Finch gives up about 33 pounds to the 6-foot-2, 318-pound Fuga. It will be imperative for Finch to create push against Fuga, the anchor point for the Cougars’ 3-4 defense. If Fuga is driving Finch into the backfield, it will mess up Tech’s option game before it even gets a chance to start.
The history book
Series record: The series is tied, 1-1
Last meeting: In the debut of then-freshman quarterback Reggie Ball, the Jackets led 13-7 at halftime but never scored again in a 24-13 defeat in Aug. 2003, in Provo, Utah. Tech held the ball for 20:54 and gained 243 yards of offense.
Tweet of the week
#GTBYU12 “A game that should be closer and therefore more entertaining than GA-FL” I tearily explained to my laughing coworkers
Zachary Picklesimer, Tech grad