A guest blogger on Mark Bradley’s Atlanta Journal-Constitution wrote a short post on why the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets will win in Charlottesville this year. Matthew Harrison is a Virginia resident after moving here from Atlanta. Click here to read the whole post but here’s a short glimpse:
There are several reasons why Tech will beat Virginia:
UVA will be running a new offense this year — a spread (I guess imitation is the sincerest form of flattery) and Jameel Sewell, the projected starting quarterback, has not played in a year because he was not in school last season. He has to get back into playing shape while he learns a new system under a new offensive coordinator. So the area that is the one question mark for Tech — the defensive line — should see an offense that is a pale imitation of what it’s used to seeing in practice. That also means, hopefully, that Coach Paul Johnson and Coach Dave Wommack will be better equipped to defend against this offense.
Setting aside the fact that The Sabre is projecting Vic Hall as the starting quarterback (at least for the opener) and not Jameel Sewell, the guest blogger touches on a topic we’re all talking about. Namely, “What will UVa’s new offense look like and will it work well enough to win games?” The optimists out there generally fall in the “anything is an improvement” category with the attached caveat that any improvement will lead to more wins. Others believe it may take more than a year for the offense to truly find its way, which could mean a frustrating year overall. Closed practices and nothing but base plays in the Spring Game did little to reveal what the offense will truly look like so really it’s a mystery.
But Georgia Tech’s success last season switching to a new option style offense with Paul Johnson went more smoothly than expected. Most outsiders thought it would take much longer for the Yellow Jackets to get things in place and win a lot of games, but they rattled off 9 wins (including a 45-42 victory over rival Georgia). So can Virginia whip up a similar success story? If so, it’s hard to imagine GT coming into Charlottesville and winning in late October. Especially when you consider that Al Groh has lost just twice to Georgia Tech as Virginia’s head coach.
So what do you think? Will the Jackets snap their losing streak in Charlottesville?