Clemson vs Georgia Tech : College Football action on Saturday afternoon and a pair of teams from the Atlantic Coast Conference will square off as the Clemson Tigers grapple with the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets at Bobby Dodd Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia.
Five things to know when No. 2 Clemson (3-0) plays at Georgia Tech (1-2) Saturday afternoon in Atlanta:
The Bobby Dodd mystique
Georgia Tech’s Bobby Dodd Stadium hasn’t been kind to the Tigers over the years, and weird things have a tendency to unfold here. Georgia Tech has won five of the last six games in Atlanta. Since 2000, the Yellow Jackets have ended Clemson unbeaten streaks five times.
Do your job
It takes discipline on defense to throttle an option attack and the Tigers have improved vastly in that regard in recent years. In fact, the Yellow Jackets are averaging a mere 121.3 yards rushing over the last three years against Clemson while averaging more than twice that yardage against all other Power 5 opponents in the same time period.
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While the defensive linemen are the primary players who must deal with Georgia Tech’s cut blocking, the defensive backs face a challenge as well – namely, staying awake. Cornerbacks and safeties can be essentially lulled to sleep by Tech’s run, run, and run some more approach and become susceptible to getting burned for a big gain by a surprise pass.
It may seem like a home game for Clemson backup quarterback Trevor Lawrence, who’s from nearby Cartersville, Georgia. He worked teammates for extra tickets earlier in the week, so a good portion of Cartersville may be in the stands Saturday afternoon. He’ll also strive to be on point in his first game as a collegian in his home state.