You probably knew this, but here it is again: Georgia Tech’s defense isn’t as good as its offense.
This wouldn’t qualify as the greatest surprise in the history of surprises, given that Tech ranks No. 2 nationally in total offense and scoring offense and No. 1 in rushing and – here’s a surprise — passing efficiency. And then there’s the D:
That last number caught the attention of KC Joyner, who’s known as the Football Scientist and who writes for ESPN Insiders. This week Joyner addressed four “myths” regarding college football, and No. 4 was that Tech’s offense is potent enough to override its defense. Wrote Joyner (link requires registration):
Georgia Tech is allowing an average of 25.8 points per game, a total that ranks third from the bottom in the ACC. The number is not skewed by one lone subpar performance, either, as every team on the Yellow Jackets’ schedule has scored at least 21 points (and two of those foes were FCS teams).
This weakness may not come back to haunt Georgia Tech over the next few weeks against the Maryland Terrapins, Virginia Cavaliers or Miami Hurricanes, but it could be a big problem during the last four weeks of the season when it plays Clemson, Virginia Tech, the Duke Blue Devils and the Georgia Bulldogs.
What can I say? When a guy’s right, he’s right. Tech’s D could still be its undoing. But I also note that the two biggest victories of Paul Johnson’s Tech tenure haven’t exactly been works of defensive art.
Nov. 29, 2008, in Athens: Tech 45, Georgia 42.
Dec. 5, 2009, in Tampa: Tech 39, Clemson 34.
I’d also note that Al Groh is a better defensive coordinator than Dave Wommack, whose units yielded those boxcar numbers, and I would again raise my own dumb little theory: That PJ likes, kind of, having a not-very-good defense so the burden falls on him and his offense. Because PJ always figures he’ll think of something. Most of the time he does.
By Mark Bradley