Know Your Foe: Georgia Tech

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Pitt-Georgia Tech Preview

Game Three: Pitt (1-1) vs. Georgia Tech (1-1)

Last Week

Pitt was embarrassed against rival Penn State in a 51-6 blowout loss. Georgia Tech had issues of their own, falling to South Florida 49-38, wasting a nice offensive day.

Georgia Tech Offense

On offense, Georgia Tech runs a unique flexbone offense, colloquially known as the Triple Option. I don’t want to go into too much depth on the intricacies of the unique attack that that Pitt defense will face, but a great rundown of it can be found here. Basically, under this offense, rushing plays, which rely on eliciting uncertainty in the defense over which back will receive the ball, are favored to a high degree over passing plays. The uncertainty stems from the fact that the Quarterback can take the ball himself or at any time hand off or pitch the ball to one of the Running Backs (designated as A Back and B Back).

Running the offense this year for Georgia Tech is second year starting Quarterback TaQuon Marshall. Marshall has had a mixed bag to begin his career. Though he put up very high individual rushing totals last season, the offense has a whole wasn’t nearly as effective under him as a whole compared to under his predecessor Justin Thomas. The fact of the matter is that Marshall remains a threat with his legs and is also a decent passer, which is not always a given in this offensive scheme. He’s a bit banged up, missing time during the South Florida game with a toe injury. His backup Tobias Oliver was productive, but his passing ability must be questioned, as he didn’t throw a single one during his appearance.

Gerogia Tech was dealt a blow this past week when their starting B Back KirVonte Benson was lost