2017 Football Preview – ACC – Yellow Jackets
Looking for 2017 Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets predictions? The Yellow Jackets had a very nice finish to the 2016 season, and there is high hopes around the Georgia Tech program that they can even take another step forward this year. The Yellow Jackets run a triple option offense and it has been very successful in years past. But this a crowded Coastal division that is going to have a lot of competition from top to bottom.
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But will the triple option be what allows them to take another step forward?
2017 Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets Predictions: Team Strengths
Strong Running Game: When you play the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets, you know what you are going to get. They are going to run a triple option offense and they are going to try and run the ball down your throat.
That is the case again this year, as the triple option will be the the main mode of offense. Last year they were very successful running the ball averaging 258 yards per game and 5.5 yards per carry.
The only thing that they are missing from last years rushing attack is the quarterback and the second leading rusher. Dedrick Mills is back this year after leading the team with 771 yards and 12 scores.
When you run the triple option you need a lot of running backs, and Georgia Tech has no shortage of those. They will probably have six guys most games that register a rushing attempt for the team.
Back of the Defense: The linebackers and the secondary are strengths of the Georgia Tech defense, and they return a lot of starters this year.
Brant Mitchell is the leader at the middle linebacker position, and he should lead a linebacker position that is veteran led, and make a lot of plays.
In the secondary all the starters and their backups are back. With another off season in the weight room you can only assume they will take another step forward this year.
2017 Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets Predictions: Team Weaknesses
Who’s At Quarterback?: It’s not really a weakness, but more of a question mark is who will be the starting quarterback when they kick off their season.
They need to try and replace Justin Thomas who was a very successful option quarterback the last three years for the Yellow Jackets.
They have a couple options to take over that position, but it is still going to be a work in progress, and there will probably be a few growing pains early in the season.
Young on Special Teams: Now being young is not always a bad thing, but I think it could be this year for the Yellow Jackets.
The Kicker and Punter from last season are both gone so where are the Yellow Jackets turning? They are going to go with two true freshman.
No one knows how they will react to the pressure situations that power five conference football brings with it, and I think the Special Teams will end up costing them a game.
Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets Prediction: 7-5
I think the Yellow Jackets will have some growing pains early in the season with trying to figure out their quarterback situation.
Their first game of the year is going to be a real tough one against Tennessee, and that game will be a loss, and I think by a lot.
They also have to play Miami, Clemson, and Georgia to finish the season, all games that will be tough.
I think with such a tough schedule, they are going to have some issues with it. I think they will finish with seven wins and get to a bowl game, but it will be a step back from last year.
2017 Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets Football Schedule
- 9/4/17 8:00 PM ET TENN
- 9/9/17 12:30 PM ET JVST
- 9/16/17 7:30 PM ET @UCF
- 9/23/17 TBD PITT
- 9/30/17 TBD UNC
- 10/12/17 8:00 PM ET @MIA
- 10/21/17 TBD WAKE
- 10/28/17 TBD @CLEM
- 11/4/17 TBD @UVA
- 11/11/17 TBD VT
- 11/18/17 TBD @DUKE
- 11/25/17 TBD UGA
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