Game-By-Game Predictions for Georgia Tech's 2014 Season
The Yellow Jackets are an intriguing team, mostly because of the offense that Johnson runs. The spread-option attack requires discipline and is unlike any offense that its opponent has seen all year. So whenever you play Georgia Tech, the defense is going to have a headache at practice.
But as much as Georgia Tech wants to compete for ACC titles again, the transferring of former starting quarterback Vad Lee isn’t going to speed up the process. Lee wasn’t a big fan of the triple-option, which I’m not either, especially at the college level.
Justin Thomas is the front-runner to replace Lee at quarterback this season. He can run, so that certainly helps his cause. But can he deliver the Yellow Jackets more wins?
I’ll share my predictions on Georgia Tech’s 2014 season.
8/30 vs. Wofford: W
Opening up against an FCS opponent at home is supposed to be an automatic win for these big-time programs. The Yellow Jackets should rack up plenty of yards on the ground and the defense should gain some early confidence.
9/6 at Tulane: W
Despite playing on the road, Tulane is a very winnable game for the Yellow Jackets. Thomas needs to make a few plays with his arm, but just a few. Georgia Tech should once again find success with the option offense and come away with a win.
9/13 vs. Georgia Southern: W
Don’t take this game lightly, but this once again is a winnable game for Johnson’s team. This early start should prove well for the confidence of the team, especially the offense. But the defenses will only get tougher from here, enjoy this while it lasts.
9/20 at Virginia Tech: L
The Hokies have beaten the Yellow Jackets four straight times and I like Virginia Tech’s chances to win five straight in this matchup. Defensive coordinator Bud Foster has had success against the option offense and I see him defeating it again in 2014.
10/4 vs. Miami (Fla.): L
The Hurricanes will have a young quarterback under center, but that won’t stop running back Duke Johnson from getting his rushing yards. Miami should have an improved defense from 2013, especially on the defensive line and at the linebacker position. I don’t see the option having much success in this one.
10/11 vs. Duke: L
This game could be very close, as the Blue Devils aren’t particularly known for their defense. The Yellow Jackets should certainly get its yards on the ground but I’ll predict that Duke can hold up in its red zone defense. You won’t beat Duke kicking field goals.
10/18 at North Carolina: L
The Tar Heels could very well be a powerhouse in the ACC Coastal in 2014. It’s going to be difficult to go into Chapel Hill and come out with a victory. North Carolina’s quarterback Marquise Williams can put up points, which will be more than Thomas can produce for the Yellow Jackets.
10/25 at Pittsburgh: W
The Panthers lost Aaron Donald to the NFL and have a depleted defensive line for this season. With this being said, Johnson’s offense should feast off Pitt’s weakness up front. Expect Thomas to be comfortable in this game, he may not have throw much.
11/1 vs. Virginia: W
If Georgia Tech can simply hold on to the ball and not give the Cavaliers a short field, this will be an easy win. Virginia is still rebuilding and doesn’t have the firepower to win this matchup on the road.
11/8 at NC State: W
The Wolfpack were ranked last in the ACC against the run in 2013, so this game is a perfect matchup for Georgia Tech. As long as the offense can put up a few touchdowns, the Yellow Jackets will dominate time of possession and keep its defense off the field.
11/15 vs. Clemson: L
The Georgia Tech offense will struggle mightily in this matchup against a great Tiger defense. All-American defensive end Vic Beasley will pose a big problem to Thomas when he lines up under center and this Clemson defense will be too much for him to handle. The Tigers will win big in Atlanta.
11/29 vs. Georgia: L
I won’t say this one will be a blowout. The Yellow Jackets jumped to a 20-point lead last season against the Bulldogs, before eventually losing in overtime. Georgia won’t have quarterback Aaron Murray under center this season, but that SEC defense should handle the option attack.
2014 Georgia Tech Projected Record: 6-6 (3-5)