Georgia Tech-North Carolina preview

Three storylines

Fast or slow?

North Carolina’s pace is almost a diametrical opposite of Georgia Tech’s. The Tar Heels hurry to maximize plays and possessions. Methodical drives are not something they do, ranking 106th in the country in time of possession. Georgia Tech’s offense is capable of big plays, but few teams can play ball control and limit possessions like the Yellow Jackets. Tech’s best chance may be in forcing quick punts from North Carolina and then keeping the ball for half a quarter at a time.

Two quarters or four?

The following does not bode well for the Jackets – Tech has outscored the opposition in every quarter but the fourth, which has gone 95-60 for its opponents. North Carolina has outscored its opponents in every quarter, but decisively in the third (89-23) and fourth (75-28) quarters. One of the Jackets’ biggest challenges has been sustaining energy and focus for 60 minutes. Anything less than that against the Tar Heels will mean a barrel full of trouble.

Washington or Lee?

Coach Paul Johnson has held off again on naming a starting quarterback. A week ago, he started Tevin Washington and then rotated Vad Lee every two series, a pattern that worked in a 33-13 win over Maryland. Given its success, it would not be a surprise if Johnson opted for a similar strategy. Don’t be surprised, though, if Johnson ends up giving more opportunities to whichever quarterback is more effective.

A win for Georgia Tech would …

Be its fourth in a row over the Tar Heels, seventh of the last eight and 13th of the last 15

A win for North Carolina would …

Extend its record at home this season to 6-0

Matchup to watch

Miami vs. Virginia

Virginia Tech’s loss Thursday night to Florida State improved Tech’s dim hopes of winning the Coastal Division. Their chances would grow further if the Cavaliers were to upset the Hurricanes in Charlottesville, Va., in a game that kicks off at noon. Tech will win the Coastal and play for the ACC title if it beats UNC and Duke and the Hurricanes lose to Virginia and Duke. The possibility of Miami self-imposing a bowl ban in response to NCAA infractions, which would eliminate it from ACC title contention, also looms.

The history book

Series record: Tech leads 26-18-3

Last meeting: Last September, after giving up a two-touchdown lead to fall into a 28-all tie, Tech won with a fourth-quarter touchdown drive for a 35-28 win. Quarterback Tevin Washington ran for two touchdowns and passed for another. Outside linebacker Jeremiah Attaochu collected three sacks.

Tweet of the week

I think we have a good chance but the defense has to stop the run and our offense has to (be) efficient on third down and no turnovers


Former Tech star Jonathan Dwyer

14 comments Add your comment

Biff Pocoroba

November 9th, 2012
10:50 pm

If we finish third in the division and make the championship game because the first two teams are on probation, I can’t imagine people being excited enough to buy tickets to the game. It might be 80% FSU fans there.

Jacket TIme

November 9th, 2012
10:54 pm

I’m buying tickets if we do

Reformed Toady

November 9th, 2012
11:16 pm

Bif, two things:
Long walk
Short pier

Biff Pocoroba

November 9th, 2012
11:21 pm

Yes that is what PJ should be forced to do Saturday if he starts Tevin and doesn’t give his team a chance to win. Unfortunately, we know how stubborn he is and Tevin will start and PJ will call 3 straight runs up the middle to try and prove he can run on UNC. Of course, he doesn’t belong in the championship game if he can’t get his team motivated to play in 2 different games this year.


November 9th, 2012
11:36 pm

cpj’s first play will be a pass. then he usually forgets about it. maybe vad will help him change his mind. whatever happened to days: “… to good not to play..”?


November 10th, 2012
12:06 am

Carolina is a good team,put on your A game Tech,the bowl streak is on the line! Roll Wreck!

GT Rich

November 10th, 2012
7:40 am

Never mind our D, special teams will let G. Bernard give good field position every single time we kick/punt it. Squib kickoffs and punts out of bounds are our best options.

captain obvious

November 10th, 2012
8:19 am

So, if Tech somehow makes it to the ACC Championship game, are you guys going to still be calling for him to be fired?


November 10th, 2012
9:07 am

“…Tevin will start and PJ will call 3 straight runs up the middle to try and prove he can run on UNC.”

Or he will believe that he cannot run on them and it will be a pass on 1st, a BBack dive on 2nd and a pass on third where Tevin is tackled for a loss.

Jacket Detective

November 10th, 2012
10:00 am

Not an overwhelming amount of optimism on here today.
I have some but maybe it is a carryover from the excitement of last night’s impressive win.
Now I hope CPJ shows us he does know something since he has another too expensive to pay off contract that was a Braine and DRAD specialty.
The revelation that is the Atlanta Falcons became undefeated because Mike Smith upgraded his coordinators. He lucked into having to make an O Coor change as I doubt he would have fired Malarkey.
So far Kelly has not been much of an improvement over Groh but three games left to show us something.


November 10th, 2012
10:37 am

@gt40pinhd – Are you even a GT fan? Or dd you just miss the MD game and then come on this board in complete ignorance. Days had a break out day against MD – including a 41 yard sensational run. Come one man, pay attention.

Jacket Man

November 10th, 2012
10:47 am

If this isn’t the best defensive game of the season, then the game could very much look like a BYU, Clemson, and MTSU, but particularly a Miami, clone; the Jacket’s defense will implode the second half and Carolina will run up points and potentially totally deflate the team for the rest of the year.

On the other hand, if the defense can bow up and make some critical stops, and get some turnovers, and the offense can play an entire game rather than just the first half so the defense doesn’t wear down the second half, then the Jackets have a chance to win.

I would add the overall special teams best have their best game of the year as well. They can’t leave points on the field and they have to make tackles in their lanes while covering downfield. Field position on special teams will also be critical. This isn’t rocket science, and special teams has been attrocious.


November 10th, 2012
10:49 am

Look guys, self imposed bans, winning against Duke, Miami losing to Virginia. CPJ had it right, win at Carolina and to hell with rest of it. You can only control what you do! We have a good team showing improvement , as for the Tevin Haters , I love Vad too, but , bringing him along at 50% game plays is a great decision , another reason CPJ is here to stay!! Very smart , plans ahead , Vad has 3 more years guys, he will be ready!


5150 UOAD

November 10th, 2012
11:12 am

Don’t care much for going to Charlotte and sit outside if the weather is going to be bad. If we do make it to the ACCCG I guess we will make that decision at that time. I would rather maybe wait to try to go to the bowl game.