ATLANTA (AP) Not able to strive an ACC champion, Georgia Tech needs to refocus on more modest objectives.
Today’s target is 6 wins to end up being bowl eligible. To reach that objective, Georgia Tech should win far from house for the very first time this season.
“We have actually got a lot to bet,” coach Paul Johnson stated Tuesday of Saturday’s video game at Duke. “We have actually got a lot on the line. We have actually got a possibility to obtain win number 6, which is big in a season when you just play 11 video games.”
Georgia Tech’s arranged video game at Central Florida on Sept. 16 was canceled by weather condition. The school was not able to arrange a replacement video game on its open date on Oct. 7. It has actually likewise thought about scheduling a 12 th video game on Dec. 2, when the ACC national championship will be played.
“I do not believe it’s going to take place,” Johnson stated. “I do not know. We cannot discover any person who appears to wish to play.”
The Yellow Coats (5-4, 4-3 Atlantic Coast Conference) are 5-0 in the house. Consisting of a season-opening loss to Tennessee in a neutral website, Georgia Tech is 0-4 far from Bobby Dodd Arena.
Georgia Tech’s typical margin of defeat in those 4 video games is just 5 points. In 3 of the 4 losses, the video games were chosen in the last 90 seconds or in overtime. 3 losses– to Tennessee, Miami and Clemson– came versus ranked groups.
The Yellow Coats lastly won a close video game versus a ranked group by beating then-No. 17 Virginia Tech 28-22recently.
The win over Virginia Tech was vital to the Yellow Jackets’ efforts to prevent missing out on a bowl quote for the 2nd time in 3 years.
“We have actually been through everything,” quarterback TaQuon stated Monday. “We have actually been through a 3-9 season (in 2015). We have actually been through a 9-4 season (in 2016) and the men above me have actually been through an Orange Bowl season (in 2014). We have actually all basically been here together through the ups and downs so we’re quite close as a group.”
Marshall tossed scoring passes of 80 backyards to Ricky Jeune and 60 backyards to Brad Stewart for his only 2 conclusions versus Virginia Tech.
The majority of Marshall’s production has actually begun the ground. He requires 66 backyards hurrying versus heaven Devils to end up being the 3rd quarterback under Johnson to run for 1,000backyards in a season.
KirVonte Benson, another first-year starter, is just 70 backyards from 1,000to lead the running backs.
Johnson acknowledged the offense hasn’t been his finest, though he stated he mores than happy with the averages.
“I believe since we have actually been quite constant over the 10 years here offensively and scored a great deal of points, the expectations appear to be a lot greater for the offense than other parts of the group,” he stated. “We’re not fantastic on offense by any stretch, however we’re balancing 31 points and over 400 backyards per video game, which is okay.”
Georgia Tech will close its routine season in the house versus No. 7 Georgia in 2 weeks. Their finest opportunity for the 6 win might come versus Duke (4-6, 1-5).
“Attempting to get to 6 wins is a huge offer,” Johnson stated. “It’s not where the objectives were set to start with, however that’s where they are now.”
If restricted to 11 regular-season video games, it’s possible Georgia Tech might be approved a waiver to play in a bowl at 5-6.
“I have no concept,” Johnson stated when inquired about the opportunities for a waiver with 5 wins. “I wish to get to 7, in fact.”
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