Navy presents the toughest challenge of the young season for Georgia Tech. Not only must the Yellow Jackets perpare for the Midshipmen's new offense, which features their traditional option, mixed in with a spread passing attack. They have to guard against looking ahead for next week's big ACC showdown in Tallahassee.


With a showdown looming against a perennial national power, Georgia Tech must try to avoid looking past Navy on Saturday.

The 10th-ranked Yellow Jackets (2-0) have won nine of their last 10 games, including last Saturday's 35-7 victory over The Citadel.

They hope to have an equally easy time in this matchup, but can't expect the same next week when they face sixth-ranked Florida State.

"We are focused for the game ahead," tight end Russell Matvay said. "Florida State is a good team, but we're staying focused on Navy this week. They are a good team. I look forward to going up north."

Matvay and his teammates have learned how to deal with questions about opponents down the road. It's something Yellow Jackets coach George O'Leary stresses.

"I continually talk about the game at hand," O'Leary said. "Our kids have to ... keep their focus."

Navy opened its season with a 45-26 loss at Temple.

"We made enough mistakes on both sides of the ball to last the whole season," Navy coach Charlie Weatherbie said. "We kind of self-destructed."

Despite Temple's dominance, Navy closed to 24-13 early in the third quarter when Marshaun Minter caught a 39-yard touchdown pass from Craig Candelo.

"All the academies play very well at home, so that's a concern to me," O'Leary said. "The Navy offense, which spreads it all around, is an equalizer right away, so that's another concern. They also run a lot of option and they do that very well, so we have to be very responsible on defense."

Georgia Tech quarterback George Godsey, who had offseason knee surgery, played well last Saturday as he completed 14 of 16 passes for 222 yards and two touchdowns in less than one half of play against The Citadel.

"George was sharper this week than he was last week, and that's been his history," said O'Leary. "He gets better each week, and I think as he gets better, we get better."

Navy has lost 30 straight games to ranked opponents. The last time the Midshipmen pulled an upset was Sept. 20, 1985, when they stunned 20th-ranked Virginia, 17-13.

Georgia Tech leads the series with Navy 15-9, including wins the last two seasons. The Yellow Jackets defeated the Midshipmen 40-13 last year in Atlanta and 49-14 at Annapolis in 1999. Navy's last win in the series was a 36-26 victory at Bobby Dodd Stadium/Grant Field in 1996. Top Stories