Can Georgia Tech’s Defense Carry Last Week’s Momentum To UGA?

Last weekend, Georgia Tech took to the streets and faced a Heisman Trophy nominee at quarterback, one of the best offenses in the country, and Georgia Tech shut down Drake Maye and the Tar Heels entirely.

The Yellow Jackets’ defense kept North Carolina at its season-low in points and yards, while Maye stayed at its season-low in passing yards. Georgia Tech collected six sacks (led by Keion White’s three) and 12 tackles for the loss to the Tar Heels and LaMiles Brooks intercepted Maye. It was a fantastic performance by the Yellow Vests’ defense.

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If Georgia Tech has a prayer hanging out in the upcoming game against Georgia, the answer to that question has to be yes.

Georgia Tech’s offense hasn’t picked up more than 30 points against an FBS opponent this season, and while Zach Gibson and Taisun Phommachanh played well last week, I can’t imagine the Yellow Jackets scoring that many points against the top-ranked Score bulldog’s defense.

If you look at Georgia’s offensive numbers, they’re just as impressive as North Carolina’s in many categories, although I think Maye is a better quarterback than Stetson Bennett.

Georgia ranks 7th in overall offense (496.3 YPG), 11th in scoring offense (38.4 PPG), 12th in passing offense (298.8 YPG), first in the Red Zone offense, the 28th), 24th in passing efficiency and 44th in yards per completion. Some of those numbers are among the best in the country, but there’s one category where Georgia Tech has an edge over Georgia.

That would be the sales margin.

Georgia Tech ranks sixth in the country in terms of revenue margin, with a +11 margin this season, while the Bulldogs rank 89th with a -3 revenue margin. If this game is tight, it’s almost certainly because the Yellow Jackets forced Bennett into some poor throws and gave the offense short field.

Georgia Tech has struggled with two other top-25 offenses this season (Florida State and Ole Miss), and both teams have had over 40 points and rushed over 500 yards. GT needs a performance like last week and not like the other two games.

North Carolina had weapons on offense, like Josh Downs, but the Yellow Jackets were able to keep him bottled all game. It will be another challenge for Georgia Tech’s defense this week to go up against the country’s best tight end in Brock Bowers and that skill group that the Bulldogs have.

Bowers is not only one of the top tight ends in the country, but also one of the top receiving guns, receivers, or tight ends. He’s averaging over 15 yards per catch and has four touchdowns this season.

North Carolina ripped down big games in the run game last week, and you can bet Georgia offensive coordinator Todd Monken will do the same. It wouldn’t surprise me if Georgia came out and just tried to bully and bully Georgia Tech with Kenny McIntosh and Kendall Milton and give some game action to one of his receivers like Ladd McConkey that Georgia Tech has to keep an eye on.

Georgia has the most dynamic tight ends I can recall in college football and how interesting defensive coordinator Andrew Thacker’s game plans will be to them.

After racking up six sacks against North Carolina last week, it’s going to be a bigger challenge against that UGA front. Georgia has only conceded seven sacks all season and Bennett moves well in the bag. Keion White and the defensive line have big tasks ahead of them this Saturday.

Georgia Tech put in one of their best defensive performances against a top offense last week and if they plan on hanging out in Athens on Saturday they need to top it.

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