Florida State-Georgia Tech Preview and Prediction

The NoleDigest staff previews and predicts the Florida State-Georgia Tech game.

Georgia Tech

Record: 2-5

ACC Record: 0-4

Record vs. FSU: 9-14-1

Head Coach Paul Johnson

Head Coaching Record: 167-79

Record At Georgia Tech: 60-40

Record vs. The ACC: 37-23

Record vs. FSU: 2-2

Stats

Every stat that you could want for this game can be found here: FSU-GT: Tale Of The Tape

Five Questions

Five Questions for the FSU-GT game.

Key Player

QB Justin Thomas: 48-108 for 842 yards, 10 TDs, and 4 INTs. 94 carries for 312 yards and 5 TDs.

Thomas is the unquestioned best player on this team. After having an incredible season last year he's taken a step back as the talent around him, particularly at receiver, has taken a step back. He's still exceptionally dangerous as a runner, and is a good enough passer to make teams respect it.

BB Marcus Marshall: 41 carries for 439 yards and 4 touchdowns. 2 receptions for 25 yards.

He is Georgia Tech's big play back and is an issue out in space. The option offense fits his skill set and Florida State will have to stay aware every time he steps on the field.

BB: Patrick Skov: 81 carries for 331 yards and 6 touchdowns. 3 receptions for 44 yards and 2 touchdowns.

Skov is the monster on the dive play of the triple option for Georgia Tech. At 235 pounds he is an absolute load. He is also surprisingly athletic for a guy that size and has been effective in the passing game. 

Predictions

Wayne McGahee III: 

Florida State holds a distinct advantage on both sides of the trenches. The Georgia Tech offensive line has had trouble on the interior this season, and that has been a strength of the Florida State defense this season. If the Seminoles can take away the dive play that really limits what the Yellow Jackets can do on the offensive side of the ball. Linebackers Ro'Derrick Hoskins and Reggie Northrup are both effective run stoppers and will be assets in this game.

On offense the Seminoles will have a clear advantage up front and should be able to run the football at will. The Georgia Tech rush defense is one of the worst in the country, and the Florida State rushing attack is the best rushing offense in the country. That doesn't bode well for the Yellow Jackets. 

I think Florida State will have the chance to put this game away early, and if they take it this could end up a blow out. With the advantage on both sides of the line Florida State will have their way this game, and if they continue to not turn the football over Florida State will roll in this one. I have the Seminoles winning 41-24.

Jason Staples:

Given my preseason insistence that Georgia Tech would struggle this season, I’m now in the odd position of explaining that the Yellow Jackets aren’t as bad as most now think. GT has lost five in a row, but those five opponents are a combined 27–4, and the Yellow Jackets have scored the most points each of those defenses have given up in any game this season. Tech thus has the dubious honor of being by far the best five-loss team in the country, making this a bit of a no-win situation for Florida State.

Nevertheless, I think FSU’s defense matches up well with Paul Johnson’s spread option offense, particularly on the inside, where GT figures to have difficulty blocking Florida State’s defensive tackles. FSU’s defense is banged up but most of that damage has been in the secondary, which Tech will not be able to challenge like Miami and Louisville. Defensively, GT has struggled to stop the run against quality opponents, and I don’t see any reason that will change against FSU’s dynamic running game led by Dalvin Cook. I think FSU gives up a few points to a growing GT offense but takes another step forward overall. FSU wins, 38–27.


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