Breaking down Georgia Tech, BYU's week 7 opponent

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

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Head coach Paul Johnson was the head man at Navy before coming to Georgia Tech, which explains why the Yellow Jackets use the triple option. His resume includes two FCS national championships while at Georgia Southern, as well as an ACC title and Orange Bowl appearance in 2009. However, the NCAA took away the conference title for Georgia Tech's alleged failure to cooperate with the NCAA's investigation into the program.

Johnson should be a familiar name to BYU fans, and not just because BYU played at Georgia Tech last year. He was the offensive coordinator at Hawaii from 1987-1994.

While Johnson hasn't been able to replicate his 11-win season in 2009, he's an experienced coach and a master of the triple option. BYU can't take it easy with Johnson on the opposing sideline.
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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.

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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