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Breaking down Georgia Tech, BYU's week 7 opponent

Published: Wednesday, Oct. 9 2013 11:12 a.m. MDT

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Georgia Tech is the only team outside of the service academies to depend heavily on the old-school triple option to move the ball in the FBS. That explains why the Yellow Jackets are No. 7 in rushing offense with 300 yards per game and No. 115 in passing offense with 125 yards per game.

QB Vad Lee started off the season well with 418 yards and seven touchdowns passing, with 180 yards and three touchdowns rushing in his first three games against Elon, Duke and North Carolina. Against Virginia Tech and Miami (Fla.), however, he threw for just 207 yards, rushed for 61 more, didn't score any touchdowns and threw three interceptions.

Now he has to deal with a defense and a coach in Bronco Mendenhall who are experienced in stopping the triple option. Unless Lee can step up his game to where it was before the Virginia Tech game, it's going to be a long day for the Yellow Jackets.
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WisCoug
VERONA, WI

You need to factor in the number of plays. Yes, the Yellow Jackets are yielding 120 yards per game, but on 30 carries a game. If they give up (on average) 4 yards per rush or more (as they have against UNC, Duke, and Miami) against BYU, I think they will be in trouble. The big question is which pace wins out. Ga Tech is allowing the 3rd fewest plays per game to opponents at just under 58 while BYU is averaging just under 91 plays per game and is 4th in the country. The question is which team will dictate pace.

If BYU's defense gets stops and the offense moves as fast as they have (with success), then Georgia Tech is going to be in a sticky spot trying to come back without the necessary tools (no solid pass game). If the BYU offense falls flat and GaTech creates long scoring drives, killing clock, it will be a tough one for Cougar fans.

At home, at elevation, and with a HC who has proven to be effective against the triple option, I look at BYU as having the edge. Vegas agrees, with BYU giving 7 at home.

BigCougar
Bountiful, UT

Good points WisCoug, also the change in time zones and altitude will have some affect as well as the game wears on. I think eventually the pace will wear out the GT defense.

We've done a lot of bend but don't break on defense this year and not really gotten to the QB or into the backfield much this year compared to last year. We have 6 sacks in 5 games and not a lot of TFL's. We've been pretty good up front but I wonder how much the pace is affecting our own defense, especially in the front 7.

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