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Triple Option Attack: #17 Georgia Tech

Next up on the Triple Option Attack is #17 Georgia Tech

Music to listen to: B.O.B by Outkast

There are a variety of choices that I can make because Atlanta has produced a significant amount of musical talent over the years. However in my music choices for the Triple Option Attack, I haven’t had any hip hop and that’s an injustice. I’m going with the first rap artists I ever heard from Atlanta when I was a young pup. B.O.B. is my favorite song of Outkast so there you go. Plus props to Big Boy for wearing an LT jersey.

The Story: Georgia Tech reached levels last season that it hadn’t achieved in several years. The Yellow Jackets won its first outright ACC championship since 1990, the same season Georgia Tech won its last national title. Despite losing its two finals game of the season, at home against Georgia and in the Orange Bowl to Iowa, fans and analysts have shown the prospects of this upcoming season to be positive for the team. The Jackets do have to replace four out its five top players from a season ago, including two NFL first-round picks.

Last Season: Finished the year 11-3, tying the most wins the program has had in one season. However, the three losses truly hurt the squad from possibly playing for or at least competing for the national title. The Yellow Jackets lost at Miami, to Georgia and Iowa. All three of those opponents had a bye week or longer to prepare to defend Georgia Tech’s triple option offense.

Offense: The Yellow Jackets run the triple option offense exclusively, making it unique in the fact that they are the only school in a major conference to practice it. The head coach of Georgia Tech, Paul Johnson, has used the offense his entire career and mastered all of the variables that come with it.

The trigger of the option for Tech is senior quarterback and dark horse Heisman Trophy candidate Joshua Nesbitt. Along with running back Roddy Jones, the Jackets hope to continue where it left off last year with arguably the most productive rushing attack in the entire nation.

However, the Jackets do lose All-ACC performers this year in running back Jonathan Dwyer and wide receiver Demaryius Thomas, both of whom are now in the NFL. The good news is that Tech returns a majority of its offensive line as well as has significant depth at running back. Replacing Thomas as the primary receiver will be Stephen Hill.

Defense: While the offense seeks to keep continuity, the defense is going through a transition in personnel and scheme.

The biggest change is the addition of former Virginia head coach Al Groh as the new defensive coordinator. He will switch the team to using a 3-4 scheme as the base defense. His first task will be to find replacements for two elite defenders, defensive lineman Derrick Morgan and safety Morgan Burnett who have moved on to the NFL.

The squad doesn’t return any preseason All-ACC selections but potentially return up to six of its seven starting defensive linemen and linebackers.

It takes time for a defense to change its scheme completely, sometimes up to an entire season so this has to be a concern.

The Schedule

Sept. 11 at Kansas
Sept. 18 at North Carolina
Sept. 25 vs. NC STATE
Oct. 2 at Wake Forest
Oct. 9 vs. VIRGINIA
Oct. 23 at Clemson
Nov. 4 (Thur) at Virginia Tech
Nov. 13 vs. MIAMI
Nov. 20 vs. DUKE
Nov. 27 at Georgia

The schedule has two disadvantages. First, the toughest games look to be on the road accept for Miami. Secondly, its back loaded with a final four-week period, including games at conference favorite Virginia Tech, home against Miami and at Georgia. The Jackets can be 8-0 before hitting that stretch but must also make trips to Kansas, North Carolina and Clemson.

Most Famous Sports Alum: Tough list. You can go with Bobby Jones, arguably one of the best golfers in history and creator of the Masters. Keith Brooking and Calvin Johnson are known in the football world.

However, if we’re going to go with fame at this time, it would tough to go against Chris Bosh, now of the Miami Heat with the actions of this summer. Even non-NBA fans at least know that he’s on the same team as Lebron James.

Most “badass“ alum: Usually this section would be reserved for the “crush” who is also an alum. However, and I say this as a fan of the program and school, the list of women to choose from was the weakest of this series so far.

Instead, we’re going to go with the most “badass” alum in this case and when you produce a President of the United States, it doesn’t get more powerful and “badass” than that. Congrats President Carter. Your Noble Prize has nothing on this honor!

Prediction: 10-2

The toughest teams to predict for are the ones that you’re a fan of. The two losses that I see right now are at Virginia Tech and Georgia. However, losses to Miami, North Carolina and even Clemson would not be surprising. Overall, I think that the squad will find a way to get ten wins but won’t repeat as ACC Champions.

Sports Inquirer Top-25 Preseason College Football Poll:

#25 West Virginia

#24 South Carolina

#23 Auburn

#22 Oregon State

#21 Arkansas

#20 Florida State

#19 Georgia

#18 North Carolina