Georgia Tech Football Predictions

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Georgia Tech needed some help from the NCAA to extend their bowl streak to 16. The Yellow Jackets finished the regular season at 6-6 overall and 5-3 inside ACC play. They ended up in a 3-way tie with North Carolina and Miami for the Coastal title, but due to the Tar Heels and Hurricanes being ineligible for postseason play, the Yellow Jackets went on to face Florida State in the ACC Championship Game. Georgia Tech would lose to the Seminoles to drop their overall record to 6-7. The NCAA granted their petition to play in a bowl despite a losing record and the Yellow Jackets would go on to knock off USC 21-7 in the Sun Bowl to finish up at 7-7.

Head coach Paul Johnson has done a fantastic job in his five seasons at Georgia Tech and there’s plenty of excitement in Atlanta heading into the 2013 campaign. Johnson’s Yellow Jackets return 15 starters and many believe it’s his best team he will field since 2009, when the Yellow Jackets finished 11-3 and played in a BCS Bowl.

The offense loses starting quarterback Tevin Washington and one of their top running backs in Orwin Smith, but with four of five starters returning on the offensive line the offense figures to only be stronger in 2013. Georgia Tech is also excited about the return of defensive coordinator Ted Roof, who held the same position here from 1999-2001. If Roof can bring stability to a defense that was shredded on several occasions, this team has an excellent shot at returning to the title game.

Last Season
ACC (Coastal)
Record
ATS Record
Over/Under
Points For
Points Against
T-1st
7-7
9-5
7-6
33.6
28.3
Key Numbers for 2013
Returning Starters
Returning to Offense
Returning to Defense
4 Year Recruiting Rank
Strength of Schedule
13
7
6
2.635
44th
24th
Head Coach Paul Johnson
Overall
ATS
Home
Home ATS
Road
Road ATS
78-53
72-51-1
42-21
28-30-0
27-24
33-15-1
Bowl Games
Bowl Games ATS
Off of a Bye
Off of a Bye ATS
Off of a Loss
Off of a Loss ATS
3-6
4-5
11-5
12-4
26-19
28-17
2013 Schedule
2013 Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets Schedule
Date Opponent
Spread (Est.)
Win Chance
8/31 Elon
-38
1
9/14 @ Duke
-10
0.80
9/21 North Carolina
-4.5
0.60
9/28 Virginia Tech
+1
0.50
10/5 @ Miami
+7
0.29
10/12 @ BYU
+3
0.44
10/19 Syracuse
-13
0.87
10/26 Virginia
-10
0.77
11/2 Pittsburgh
-10
0.77
11/14 @ Clemson
+9
0.24
11/23 Alabama A&M
-31
1
11/30 Georgia
+9
0.24
Estimated Wins: 7.52

We are going to find out just how good the Yellow Jackets are right away. They shouldn’t have and trouble getting by Elon in the season opener and you have to like their chances of grabbing a win on the road against Duke, but the next three games will likely decide their fate in the ACC.

In order to have any chance of winning the Coastal, Georgia Tech will likely need to win back-to-back home games against North Carolina and Virginia Tech. That’s because they follow up that set with a road game at Miami and later must visit Clemson.

Georgia Tech does get three straight very winnable home games against Syracuse, Virginia and Pittsburgh prior to their showdown against the Tigers. Considering the Yellow Jackets are 24-9 at home under Johnson, they should go into that game playing with a ton of confidence.

The Yellow Jackets close out the regular season with a cupcake home non-conference game against Alabama A&M before squaring off against in-state rival Georgia. Finishing the season with a victory doesn’t seem likely, as they have lost four straight to the Bulldogs, including each of the last two by at least two touchdowns.

 

Odds
Regular Season Win Total
ACC Championship Odds
National Championship Odds
8.5
12 to 1
200 to 1
Odds Courtesty of Bovada
Season Predictions

For whatever reason the Yellow Jackets never seem to get a whole lot of respect in the ACC. They haven’t finished worst than .500 in conference play under Johnson. While I wouldn’t be the least bit surprised if Georgia Tech won the Coastal, I think they are going to come up just short. I like their chances of beating both North Carolina and Virginia Tech at home, but I think they will drop both road games against Miami and Clemson.

It can be hard for people to back a team that lost three games by 20+ points, but none of those came inside the conference. In fact, the Yellow Jackets weren’t far from running the table in the ACC. They had two overtime losses, blew a 4th quarter lead at Clemson and only loss by 6-points to Florida State in the title game. Not to mention they were an impressive +78.1 ypg (3rd best) in conference games.

As you might have guessed with the way I have been hyping up this team, I think Georgia Tech is going to be a strong play against the spread all season. With the talent they have coming back on the offensive line and the expected improvements on the defensive side of the ball, they should be in every game and could blow out several of their opponents. One game where I would be scared to take Georgia Tech is on the road against BYU, as that’s going to be a difficult game for them to get up for after three straight against the top teams in the Coastal.

2013 Projections
ACC (Coastal)
ACC Record
Overall Record
Win Total Prediction
T-2nd
6-2
8-4
Under (8.5)
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