Georgia Tech: Wake Forest A Test Of Body And Mind

MIAMI GARDENS, FL - OCTOBER 14: Dionte Mullins
MIAMI GARDENS, FL - OCTOBER 14: Dionte Mullins /

Georgia Tech (3-2) is set to host the Wake Forest Demon Deacons (4-2) on Saturday night. For the 2nd time this year, Tech will try to put a heartbreaking loss behind them.

Most teams don’t have to go through what the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets have already endured this year. Much less, twice in the early part of the schedule. But with the last second loss to Miami last week, Tech looks to a good Wake Forest team to get right. It won’t be easy. It will be a test of the team’s body, mind, and spirit.

I wrote last week that, if Georgia Tech didn’t turn the ball over, they could win on the road in Miami. It just seemed like a game they could win. And for the majority of the game, I caught the scores and was smugly assured of my correctness.

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Then, the monsoon hit. I knew then it was over. It was one of those freak happenings where the football gods were intervening. The other thing, too, was that GT only turned the ball over once. That stat is huge. The problem is Miami didn’t turn it over at all, and Tech lost the turnover battle. Craziness.

So, here comes Wake Forest to town. WF is a good, solid football team. They play nasty defense up front, even if they are somewhat challenged on the offensive side of the ball. They took FSU to the wire.

This is a precarious part of the season for the fighting Paul Johnsons. When one looks at the schedule, and the ACC in general, one could see a scenario where they could win their division, and possibly the entire conference.

Lose this week against Wake, and with games coming against Clemson, Virginia, and Va Tech, and they could fail to get to a bowl game.

To beat Wake Forest, this has to be the epitome of Georgia Tech football. This game has to be an exposition of what Tech is supposed to look like in this Offense: Ball control and Time of Possession.

Now, yes, that could be said about every team in every game. But GT can’t win this game unless they limit Wake’s number of possessions. They do that by not turning the ball over (or doing so less than the other team) and having long sustained drives.

Simply put, Wake Forest doesn’t seem to have the Offense that can sling it around in a shootout. Especially, if the number of chances is limited.

If Georgia Tech rebounds, again, and can win this game at home, they still can do damage this year. A loss here, though, and the season will start getting away from them.

It will be a close one, because Tech will turn it over. But they will also put up enough points that Wake Forest can’t match them.

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Prediction: Georgia Tech 31, Wake Forest 24