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Tulane Green Wave vs. Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets Preview and Prediction

Justin Thomas

Justin Thomas

Tulane and Georgia Tech will play once again in week two for the second straight season in Atlanta.  Georgia Tech defeated Alcorn State 69-6 last Thursday in the Yellow Jackets' season opener. Georgia Tech totaled 553 total yards against the Braves with 476 yards coming on 52 rushing attempts.

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Tulane began their 2015 season with another ACC team in Duke. Although some thought the Blue Devils could be looking at an upset, Coach Cutcliffe had his team ready as they defeated the Green Wave handily 37-7. 

Last year, Tulane lead the Yellow Jackets at one point 21-14 before giving up 24 unanswered points. Tulane never recovered and lost 38-21.

Tulane at Georgia Tech

Kickoff: 12 p.m. ET (Saturday)

TV Channel: ABC

Spread: Georgia Tech -29.5

Three Things to Watch

1. The new running back duo.

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Most Yellow Jackets fans knew someone had to step in the running back if Georgia Tech had any chance of repeating last year’s success. Last week, most of the nation got a look at who that might be. Freshman Marcus Marshall and senior transfer Patrick Skov provided the Jackets offense with five touchdowns between the two of them. Marshall had eight carries for 184 yards and two touchdowns while Skov rushed for 72 yards on 12 carries and three touchdowns.

2. Plenty of carries to go around.

Speaking of running backs, the Yellow Jackets used 13 different ball carriers to rack up 476 yards and nine touchdowns last week. Even though Marshall and Skov got the bulk of the carries, head coach Paul Johnson will use every last asset that he has to win. This will allow more guys the opportunity to step up and show they can carry this offense as well.

3. Defensive improvements throughout the season.

The Jackets only gave up 272 total yards and forced 3 turnovers last week in game one. Last year, the Green Wave put up 21 points on the Yellow Jackets in less than a quarter and a half. Defensive improvements are the key to Georgia Tech getting back to the ACC championship game and that means getting better every week.

Final Analysis

Last year’s contest was a back and forth scoring fest in the first half before Georgia Tech stomped on the gas and ran away with the game. I don’t think we see a repeat of that this year. The Yellow Jackets won’t take Tulane for granted and will take care of business early. I thought the Green Wave offense would have a little more pep to it but only scoring seven points last week is probably not the best indicator for the season just yet. Tulane will come out with a little more fire this week but it still won’t be enough. I will look for Justin Thomas to get a little more involved this week with the Yellow Jackets offense as he only threw four passes and rushed twice. Georgia Tech has Notre Dame next week so they will need all cylinders running for that road trip.

Prediction: Georgia Tech 47, Tulane 7

— Written by Justin Nails, who is part of the Athlon Contributor Network. Follow him on Twitter @justinnails.

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