Key Matchups: Army vs. Georgia Tech

The eighth game of the year matches the Army Black Knights (3-4, Sagarin #117) and the Atlantic Coast Conference Yellow Jackets (4-3, Sagarin #32). This is third meeting between the teams, Georgia Tech leads the series 2-1, with the last meeting taking place in 1973. Georgia Tech is coming off a 17-14 win at Miami.

Background

The eighth game of the year matches the Army Black Knights (3-4, Sagarin #117) and the Atlantic Coast Conference Yellow Jackets (4-3, Sagarin #32). This is third meeting between the teams, Georgia Tech leads the series 2-1, with the last meeting taking place in 1973. Georgia Tech is coming off a 17-14 win at Miami. Army is coming off a tough loss to Central Michigan 47-23. Georgia Tech will look to take a breather going into the final 3 ACC games and bid for a New Years Day Bowl. Army, with a win, could strive towards bowl eligibility for the first time in 10 years.

Last Week

It was not too pleasant in Mount Pleasant! Army had 7 turn-overs; 5 interceptions and 2 fumbles. Army gained nearly 400 yards in total offense, won the time of possession and held the Chippewas to 428 yards of total offense, but the turn-overs allowed too many easy scoring chances for the very athletic Dan LeFevour. It was a case where the Army running game was so ineffective that the Georgia Tech defense could sit back in coverage and blanket Army's receivers. Both Carson Williams and Kevin Dunn took snaps, but both faced the same daunting task and, for the most part, they failed miserably.

The Yellow Jackets came back from a 7-0 half time deficit to beat the Miami Hurricanes 17-14. The Yellow Jackets rolled up 378 yards in total offense and kept the Hurricanes to 223. Tashard Choice is their featured tailback and he racked up 204 yards on 37 carries. Georgia Tech improved their ACC record to 2-3.

What we Learned

We learned what we pretty much already knew – Army's offense is not good and they have no running game. However, we also learned that the wishbone, with this team, is not the answer. Kevin Dunn entered the game in the second quarter and the offense that looked so good against Tulane's prevent defense, looked inept against the Chippewas.

In Miami, we learned that Georgia Tech has not given up on the season and are fighting for respectable bowl bid. Right now they are currently aligned for the Music City Bowl vs SEC #5 (Tennessee).

Who is favored?

Georgia Tech is favored by 25.5 points.

What to look for?

This is a very interesting match-up. This looks to be a complete blow out, with Vegas agreeing every step of the way. Georgia Tech is coming home for their Homecoming game against lowly Army after beating the mighty Hurricanes.

Georgia Tech is very run dependent. Army is really good at defending the run. Army is due for a good game. Georgia Tech has an outstanding defense with phenomenal athletes, and they don't figure to break a sweat squashing Army's putrid attack. However, Georgia Tech is due for a big let down. After their big win last week, you can't possibly imagine Georgia Tech taking this game seriously. Army may be in this game until very late and have a chance to win. In fact, I believe that the Army defense will be on the field, defending a lead on the last drive of the game.

There is no way that I can justifiably predict an Army victory – let's just call it a feeling (The Dalai Lommer has called me insane).

Final Score – Army 24 – Georgia Tech 21(Predictions versus the spread this year 2-5)

Game will be televised on Gameplan @ 12:00 Eastern.


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