2015-16 Football Previews – (ACC) – Yellow Jackets
Georgia Tech has proven to the whole nation that the option offense can and is successful. Georgia Tech was a Top 10 team in 2014 and finished it off with a dominating performance over Mississippi State in its bowl game.
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ACC 2015-2016 College Football Preview – Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets
Head Coach: Paul Johnson
2014 Record: 11-3
Georgia Tech Odds to win the ACC: 3/1
The Yellow Jackets’ success came from their high-scoring offense. Even when they went down, they stuck with the option and continued to get a solid push from their offensive line.
The Yellow Jackets averaged 37.9 points (12) and put up an impressive 49 points against a tough Mississippi State defense in their bowl game.
Even with Georgia Tech listed as the third “favorite” to win the conference, they could just as easily be at the top of the odds.
Florida State lost Jameis Winston and Clemson showed many signs of inconsistencies in 2014. Still, The ACC is the most improved conference in NCAA football and the Yellow Jackets cannot overlook any opponent.
They’ll have QB Justin Thomas back under center, who has made a name for himself throughout the country under this option offense. Thomas threw for 1719 yards and 18 touchdowns in 2014. He also led the team in rushing with 1143 yards and 8 touchdowns.
Georgia Tech will be tested early with back-to-back games at Notre Dame and Duke in weeks 3 and 4.
Explosive, big play offense: Justin Thomas has the ability to break 50+ yards every single play when rushing ball. What makes him so good is his ability to throw the ball down field. Typically, Georgia Tech had a run first QB within their offense. These past two seasons have been a different story with Thomas able to step back and throw it deep.
Beating the best: The final 4 games of the 2014 season for Georgia Tech played Clemson, at Georgia, at Florida State, and Mississippi State.
The Yellow Jackets held Clemson to just 190 yards of total offense, ran all over Georgia and their tough defense, and fell just short at Florida State even though they averaged nearly 7 yards per play. Against Mississippi State they ran up 7 touchdowns against a team that averaged just 5.5 yards against per play in the regular season.
Running Back Depth: If though Justin Thomas was the leading rusher for the Yellow Jackets, they have no solidified RB to put in the backfield this season. The lone returning player that has game experience is Broderick Snoddy. He rushed for 283 yards and 3 touchdowns in 2014.
Otherwise, back up QB Tim Byerly, and a brigade of Freshmen are the other candidates. Clearly the option offense needs a solidified back. Getting these freshmen into the system will take a few games.
Wide Receiver Depth: Georgia Tech essentially lost every single receiver this past season. They have Jr. Michael Summers returning, who had just 45 receiving yards in 2014, but otherwise have players without any game in experience or incoming freshmen.
2015-2016 Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets Prediction: 10-2
The Yellow Jackets will definitely have some issues to work out within their lack of running backs and receivers. They certainly better figure things out prior to their games at Notre Dame and Duke or they’ll get ran out of both stadiums.
That being said, Paul Johnson has built a solid, championship contending foundation at Georgia Tech.
Georgia Tech has 4 games to circle, the games at Notre Dame, Duke, and Clemson, and their home contest against Florida State. Winning those 4 games could easily equal out to a Georgia Tech Playoff Appearance this season.
Georgia Tech 2015 Schedule
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