#21 Georgia Tech vs NC State Preview: …whatever…

Despite how this season may be turning out, here are some highlights on GT.  If this analysis is a bit leaner than usual, I’m assuming everyone will forgive me for not exactly being motivated to preview too much for Tom’s 5th-year football team (I’m even avoiding calling it the “2011 NC State Football Team”).

Georgia Tech

  •  QB: Tevin Washington, 27/42 for 821 yards (almost 20 yards per attempt).
  • Offense is #1 in the country for overall points scored, 2nd in the country rushing.
  • One of only three remaining undefeated ACC teams (#13 Clemson, #11 Virginia Teach are the other two).
  • Averaging over 7 yards per carry.
  • Averaging just under 30 yards per completion.
  • Four receivers and three running backs have TDs for the year. 
  • Seven players have season-long receptions or rushes for 50 yards or more.
  • Kicker: Justin Moore, 28/28 XPA & 3/5 FGA, 2/4 between 30-49 yards.

I’m not going to do much more in the form of analysis for this game, but I still wanted to allow readers the opportunity to discuss/predict/analyze/meltdown.  Regardless, let’s still wish our boys luck and try to support the work the players are doing.

For more information on NC State, see WV Wolf’s “NC State Footbal By The Numbers“. 

Also, make sure to check out 1.21 Jigawatts’ daily webruns for more information on NC State, upcoming games, the UNC scandal, and anything else NC State. 

If you’re wondering “why should I watch this game?” or “why I should even bother supporting this 2011 squad, you may want to check out my earlier article “A Legacy of Never Giving Up“.

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45 Responses to #21 Georgia Tech vs NC State Preview: …whatever…

  1. lumbee wolfman 09/30/2011 at 8:16 AM #

    As to “If you’re wondering “why should I watch this game?” or “why I should even bother supporting this 2011 squad” —

    Been supporting the Pack since 1977. Permanent seats in Section 29 with 20+ Wolfpackers I know and talk to on any given Saturday. I support the team thru the worst and best of times. So many good memories have been made when we were supposed to lose and did not. GO PACK!

    Besides I’m still working out my new version of the last part of our Fight Song.
    “Go to Hell, Carolina,
    You’re a bunch of cheaters,
    Swahili whiners
    The Red & White from NC State!
    Go State!

    Class of ’81 Textiles

  2. wolfbuff 09/30/2011 at 8:21 AM #

    I hope the boys come out fired up. But, in the end, it won’t matter. GaTech will hang 50+ on us and the offense will be forced to pass on every play. This one starts surprisingly good for us. Then GaTech breaks a long one. Then another one. It gets ugly from there. I’ll still be there though.

  3. Par Shooter 09/30/2011 at 8:27 AM #

    I’m just racking my brain trying to think of a reason not to drop my 401(k) on Tech if they are only giving 9.5. Probably parlay with the over which is only 63. Hell, I’d be tempted to bet even money that they will score more than 63 and we’ll probably junk a couple of TD’s ourselves.

  4. tuckerdorm1983 09/30/2011 at 8:29 AM #

    Here is how it will go

    First quarter we are down a couple touchdowns. We maybe get a field goal and/or a touchdown they score 2 or 3 times.

    Second quarter we pick up on offense and score 10 or 14 points but they score the same. We go in the half down 10 or 14 points

    Third quarter our offense scores 7 or 10 points, but our defense begins to lag and they score 21 points or more. We are now down by more than 3 touchdowns.

    Fourth quarter. They wind out the clock and we score again making it they score 40 points or more and we score in the low 20s.

  5. redcanine 09/30/2011 at 8:42 AM #

    We need a great (not good) game from Glennon. That’s alot of pressure, I know. I can’t see our defense stopping the GT ground attack. We need to score, score, score to stay in this one.

  6. codebrown 09/30/2011 at 8:45 AM #

    Tevin Washington is going to have a Woody Dantzler type of day at Carter-Finley. It’ll get ugly quick. 42-17 Wrecks.

  7. EasternWakeWolf 09/30/2011 at 8:53 AM #

    If we win the toss and defer, I’m going home.

  8. Khan 09/30/2011 at 9:03 AM #

    My prediction? P A I N.

  9. Wulfpack 09/30/2011 at 9:03 AM #

    We are going to get bludgeoned. Not just on the scoreboard, but physically beat down. If I were a betting man, I’d put it all on Tech in a heartbeat.

  10. JasonP 09/30/2011 at 9:08 AM #

    We’re overmatched. So I’m hoping for the small victories:

    1. Receivers and tight ends catch the passes they’re supposed to. No bounces off of helmets or shoulder pads. And then some YAC here and there.

    2. A well-played game from Glennon despite the pressure he’s going to face. He’s a tough kid and here’s hoping he gets the blocking he needs.

    3. Gentry gets a carry or two.

    4. Good tackling from the defense. All out effort from every single one of them, no matter what the down situation is or what the score is.

    5. No quitting from anyone on the field or the sideline or the coach’s booth.

    6. Maybe a sack or 2 by our walk-on and patchwork D line against GT’s first string players.

    If we get run out of our own stadium tomorrow, and the above things happen then the players will have something to build on and at least attempt to salvage what’s possible of this season.

  11. jrsr 09/30/2011 at 9:14 AM #

    collegefootballpoll.com has Ga Tech by six and the computer has NCSU by .75 (dont know how you score that)
    I will be there after a drive from Charlotte.
    Always optomistic, if our defense stays in their lanes we may have a chance.
    GO PACK!!

  12. coach13 09/30/2011 at 9:21 AM #

    I have not placed a bet since I was in college early 90’s, but….but… I have considered putting couple of bill on GT giving up 9 1/2. Just sayin….

  13. TruthBKnown Returns 09/30/2011 at 9:23 AM #

    I’ve heard a lot about Tech’s offense. How about their defense? Seems I’ve heard they’re not all that great on defense. Hopefully this is a shootout and not a blowout.

    Someone posted somewhere else that we should let Tech score on their first play of each possession. Then we just try to match it on our ensuing possessions. At the end, it’s 63-63, and on their last possession, we let our defense (with fresh legs) finally try to stop them. If we pull it off, then our offense can win it for us at the end!

    Sounds like a plan to me! And no, I’m not serious.

  14. Prowling Woofie 09/30/2011 at 9:27 AM #

    Players need to forget the probabilities and focus on their assignments, every play, one at a time. DISCIPLINE, PACK !!!!!

  15. 61Packer 09/30/2011 at 9:30 AM #

    We won in Atlanta last season, 45-28. Don’t see any reason we can’t be competitive on our turf vs the same team. I think we will.

    NCStatePride: I could let this one slip by. Are you f—ing serious?! If you can honestly, with a straight face, say that this is the same team, then I think you’ve lost any credibility to objectively observe an NC State game.

  16. WileyCoyote 09/30/2011 at 9:40 AM #

    We had a running game to help keep GT off the field in Atlanta last year…problem is the running game from last year will be playing in prime time Saturday night. No matter…our defense will be so overwhelmed that even RW could not stop this one. Hoping the wounded defense bows up and gives the game of their lives and MG puts up 450 yards…Go PACK!

  17. TruthBKnown Returns 09/30/2011 at 9:46 AM #

    61Packer, it’s two very different teams this year. We won in Atlanta last year because of our defense. We will lose this year because of our defense. Last year, they didn’t have a viable downfield passing threat at QB. This year, they do.

    As much as I’d like to believe maybe we match up well with Tech, and have a shot, I really don’t this time. I’ll still be at the game, though, taking my licks as a State fan!

  18. ryebread 09/30/2011 at 9:54 AM #

    JasonP: I’m with you on your thoughts. If it really is that bad, we may as well hand out participation trophies and get TOB’s retirement Cadillac cranked up.

    61: I’m with TBK on this one. These are “tales of two seasons” for both of these teams. GT is drastically improved and, well, we know what we’ve done. I don’t think there’s a homefield advantage that can make up for it. I think GT covers. The question is whether our team can score enough for us to get to the over. I’m guessing we will — 49-21 Tech.

  19. 61Packer 09/30/2011 at 10:38 AM #

    After watching those 3 baseball games Wednesday night, I won’t rule out anything.

    The Wolfpack is notorious for playing totally different on the road than at home. I think it’ll still be 38-24 Tech, but I’d be very surprised if we laid down like we did in Cincy.

  20. Sam92 09/30/2011 at 11:01 AM #

    ok, my ceaseless optimism has ceased – Tech blows us away.

    thing is, i’ve always secretly liked georgia tech, my second favorite team, so i’m pulling for them to have a great season.

  21. graywolf 09/30/2011 at 11:04 AM #

    They are going to score at least 49 while we score no more than 14. It’s going to be really ugly.

  22. logarithm 09/30/2011 at 11:14 AM #

    Guys, look on the bright side. They’ll score so much, so often, TJ Graham will have a gozillion return yards, be named specialist of the week again, climb the record books, and cement his position leading the nation in all purpose yardage.

    That’s what I’m telling myself anyway.

  23. jljones 09/30/2011 at 11:25 AM #

    I have always and will always be a supporter of the Pack but after years of high hopes and only frustration as a reward I had to finally start using my head instead of my heart. Look at TOB’s product on the field with HIS recruits: NO DEFENSE, NO RECRUITS, NO O LINE, NO D LINE, NO INOVATIVE COACHING, PROBABLY NO PLANS TO CHANGE THE STAFF OR GAME PLAN STRATAGEY. If this staff were managing a company would you invest or would you replace the managers? As I have said before we are being left in the dust—schools like Clemson, Georgia Tech, South Carolina, Virginia Tech, etc, continue to progress–we on the otherhand have regressed. You can bet that THERE IS NOTHING BUT FAILURE with the current hohum staff.

  24. runwiththepack 09/30/2011 at 11:38 AM #

    One of the keys to keeping this from becoming a massacre will be for other receivers to bring their A-game (or create an A-game, maybe?). Can you imagine how GT will key on TJ Graham?

    Palmer can help a lot. George Bryan, too. Maybe someone we would never suspect of coming up big will do exactly that. If so, Graham will still manage to come up big for us. In other words, I’m an eternal optimist.

    I have wondered if it would help to have Brosius come in as a “running quarterback” for some plays. It will be predictable when he runs, but any help in the running game right now seems welcome. I hear he has a good arm, too.

  25. JSRy2k 09/30/2011 at 12:12 PM #

    Turnovers must swing in our favor to have a chance at a win. The D-line is decimated, and I don’t see the offense suddenly lighting up the scoreboard apart from some turnovers giving us a short field.

    Our present injury-laden status reminds me a lot of the situation in Rivers’ Sr year: Our present depth chart features 3 of 8 on the D-line who are Jr’s or Sr’s and only 8 of 22 overall (1 is walk-on Kahut) on the entire D … except this year we’re not the offensive scoring machine we were then.

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