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Clemson will win

Georgia Tech – Clemson Match Prediction | 27-08-2019 20:00

Nothing like making its debut versus a Clemson team fresh off a nasty 15-0 season where they showed no mercy. This is a hard match-up to try and analyze as for the first time in 11 years the Yellow Jackets will come out with a completely different look on offense. If Paul Johnson was in town this would be a chance to win some money betting the spread on GT to cover but this is going to be a beat down and there is no way around it as Clemson beings its quest to repeat as champions.

Clemson:It's a coronation night for the Tigers. Swinney will insist that this is a brand new roster, but the rest of the country is going to tune in for more of the same from Trevor Lawrence. Last we saw the superstar quarterback, he was lighting up the scoreboard and when he takes the field alongside Justyn Ross, Tee Higgins and Travis Etienne on Thursday night, the expectation is going to be more of the same.

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Leading tacklers Isiah Simmons, Tre Lamar and Tanner Muse are all back on what was statistically the best defense in all of college football. DBs Tariq Carpenter (55 Tackles, 2 INTs) and Charlie Thomas are this teams top returning tacklers. Just like there offense Georgia Techs defense is a major question mark. AJ Terrell and KVon Wallace round out a veteran secondary that ranked 24th in FBS last fall. Geoff Collins is a defensive guru and will look to implement the toughness and physicality this unit has lacked. This team will likely struggle on defense for at least an early part of the season and Clemson will give them a workout as they replace nearly all of its front 7 with DL Brandon Adams (24 Tackles, 5.0 TFL) being the only notable returnee. Clemson losses 5 key defensive linemen from last year but will just reload with former 5-stars KJ Henry and Xavier Thomas, a monster who posted 10.5 tackles for loss and 3.5 sacks in limited action are expected to break out in a major way. Its hard to give an accurate prediction for Georgia Tech as this will be a team in turmoil as it heads in a new direction an much of the talent in place is not exactly fit for the system that Collins will bring to ATL.

Atlanta is a place that Clemson has had trouble with in the past and this time may not be any different. The offense, though, is still kind of finding itself. Of course, the Tigers have plenty of experience against that option attack and I dont think defense will be a problem. For the Yellow Jackets to force a tight game, I think they need to take advantage of that.

The Yellow Jackets have a new staff, led by Head Coach Geoff Collins, and they dont have basically any film. Though the Tigers clearly hold an advantage in terms of talent and depth, Georgia Tech has the element of surprise and unknown on their hands. Expect to see Collins throw in some trickery early on in this one as a result.

The team that Collins inherited had no tight ends on the roster, for example, but ran at least two deep at three different running back positions. Georgia Tech: The arrival of Geoff Collins signals the end of an era for the Yellow Jackets on offense. The expectations for Georgia Tech in 2019 are very much in line with the "Year Zero" terminology used to describe coaches who face massive roster rebuilds.

Georgia Tech vs. Clemson College Football Predictions

This is a ludicrous point spread for two teams that play each other every single year, even if one is the reigning national champion and the other is moving into Year Zero with its first non-option based roster in more than a decade.

The Tigers also have a strong rushing attack that is more than just Travis Etienne (1,658 Yards, 24 TDs) as Lyn-J Dixon should also provide a big impact for a unit that posted 248.2 yards per game on the ground last fall. Geoff Collins comes to GA Tech with intentions of completely transforming the Yellow Jackets offense to a more modern based pro-offense. GT gets back KirVonte Benson who rushed for over 1,050 yards in 2017 (missed 18 with injury) as a versatile back is going to be the catalyst of this offense. The one area that GT doesnt have cause for concern is at QB as 6th year man Lucas Johnson and Tobias Oliver battle for the starting job although neither is exactly suited to take the reigns of a full on passing attack. Jerry Howard and Jordan Mason will also see ample time in the back field combining for over 1,100 yards and 12 touchdowns last fall. This roster is not yet equipped with the talented to fit into this new system but it is still a talented unit. Clemsons most stacked positional unit is arguable its receiving core as the duo of Justyn Ross and Tee Higins combined for nearly 2,000 yards on 105 receptions for 21 touchdowns in 2018. WR is the biggest area of concern for this offense as these pass catchers are mainly suited and utilized as blockers. Malachi Carter, 63 and Jaylen Jackson are players to watch at WR as are true freshman Kalani Norris and Ahmarean Brown. RB Nathan Cotrell gets moved over into the slot with Jalen Camp being the most notable returnee out wide catching only 11 passes in 2018, a team high from a year ago among returning players. Depth at RB is obviously deep for the Yellow Jackets but the transition for them should be a story to watch as well. Trevor Lawrence enters his Sophomore season as one of the nations top Heisman contenders tossing for 3,280 yards and 30 touchdowns (4 INTs) last season who can beat you with his arm in any way possible. Clemson will bring into 2019 what is arguable the nations top offensive unit as they are absolutely stacked.

Don Munson (play-by-play), CJ Spiller (color), Tim Bourret (color) and Reggie Merriweather (sideline) will call the game live. The game also can be heard on Sirius XM Channel 84. If youre a Clemson football fan wanting to listen to the game, you can hear the broadcast live on Clemson Tigers Sports Radio Affiliates or on the WCCP-FM The Roar app.