Yellow Jackets look to regroup on the road against the Eagles
Clemson 73, Georgia Tech 7. "Other than that, how was the play, Mrs. Lincoln?"
Coming off such a dispiriting performance, the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets sit at 2-3. Despite such a lopsided loss, head coach Geoff Collins is confident in the direction that the Yellow Jackets are taking, as they are set to take on the Boston College Eagles on Saturday.
In his press conference on Wednesday, Collins stated, "We had a bad day Saturday... That does not change where this program is going, that does not change where this program is headed." Among the reasons for Collins' optimism is the performance against Louisville on Oct. 9, when Georgia Tech won 46-27.
The Eagles are also coming off a painful 40-14 loss at Virginia Tech and sit at 3-2. Boston College suffered through a rough afternoon of turnovers. The Eagles lost three fumbles, and quarterback Phil Jurkovec also suffered two interceptions. In order for the Eagles to get back on the winning side of the ledger, they will need to maintain better possession of the football against a Georgia Tech team eager for redemption.
Georgia Tech at Boston College
Kickoff: Saturday, Oct. 24 at 4 p.m. ET
TV: ACC Network
Spread: Boston College -3.5
When Georgia Tech Has the Ball
It does not get much uglier than 73-7. While the Georgia Tech defense could not slow down the Clemson offensive juggernaut, the Georgia Tech offense could not come close to matching the pace of their opponent. Quarterback Jeff Sims could only muster six completions on 13 attempts for 81 yards with both a touchdown and an interception.
If there is a building block that Georgia Tech can lean upon against Boston College, it may be true freshman Jahmyr Gibbs. Gibbs also had a challenging game against Clemson, but so far this season, Gibbs has racked up 299 yards on 4.9 yards per carry. Of course, Boston College head coach Jeff Hafley earned his reputation as a defensive mind, so Georgia Tech cannot rely exclusively upon Gibbs, or it may prove to be another long afternoon offensively for the Yellow Jackets.
When Boston College Has the Ball
Yes, Boston College suffered through five turnovers at Virginia Tech, but not all was lost. Among the few bright spots in the 40-14 loss was the emergence of Ohio State transfer Jaelen Gill for the Eagles. Gill, a converted running back, led the Eagles with 6 receptions for 104 yards and this touchdown.
Boston College will look to move the ball behind the effective passing of Jurkovec with Gill and Jehlani Galloway (4 receptions for 68 yards), and it may possibly take the pressure off an Eagles running game that is only averaging 66 yards per game on the ground. Georgia Tech can truly make the Eagles one-dimensional offensively, pinning their collective ears back to rush the passer, as the Yellow Jackets were able to come up with an interception against Trevor Lawrence last week.
Georgia Tech will be eager to put the 73-7 Clemson loss behind them, but Boston College has been improving under Jeff Hafley's coaching this season. Boston College has problems of its own offensively, but they do not seem to be as profound as Georgia Tech's. Considering how soundly Georgia Tech was defeated, plus the fact that it is a road game for the Yellow Jackets, look for Boston College to win this one very closely.
Prediction: Boston College 28, Georgia Tech 21
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(Jeff Sims photo courtesy of ramblinwreck.com)