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GEORGIA TECH AT BOSTON COLLEGE
2* Georgia Tech +7 over Boston College - This game certainly has some intrigue and figures to answer some questions about both of these squads. To illustrate just how badly Matt Ryan will be missed at BC, just take a look at last weeks performance at Kent State. It was a dink and dunk, safe passing game for BC and QB Chris Crane for a grand total of 106 yards. Now that was Kent State, a 3-9 team a year ago that gave up on average 228 passing yards per game. It shows the confidence, or lack of, in their passing game if you're not willing to open it up a little against Kent State. All of BC'S damage was done on the ground last week rushing 47 times and averaging 5 yards per rush.
Matt Ryan carried this team last year. They benefited from an easy early schedule and pulled some rabbits out of the hat to win a couple of games. They were good last year. They weren't great. 11-3 could have easily been 8-6. Take away Matt Ryan and it would have been 8-6. Take away half of their offensive starters and more than half of their defensive guys from a year ago and you have the 2008 version of the Boston College Eagles.
Georgia Tech certainly isn't the cream of the crop either. Paul Johnson (Navy) takes over the coaching duties and brings with him the Triple Option offense which gives defensive coordinators fits. Here's a direct quote from Jacksonville St head coach Jack Crowe - “There’s just too many issues with this offense for people to deal with,” Crowe said. “We had two and a half weeks to deal with it. The rest of these folks will get two days. Good luck, ACC.”
Now, of course, that's Jacksonville State. Not sure what we can learn from that 41-14 drubbing other than Tech got some much needed real game experience out of the deal as reports were that in their spring game and a couple of scrimmages, they were turning the ball over like crazy.
But, do that math. Two teams that are literally half of what they used to be, BC without it's superstar QB and Tech with a new offensive scheme, both looking to rely heavily on the run. That keeps the clock moving, shortens the game and likely makes it close heading into the stretch where is exactly where you want to be if you're taking +7. Ok, you'd rather be up by 3 touchdowns. But we'll take close in the 4th quarter with a chance to win. This one may even be exciting! Georgia Tech +7
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