The ACC's Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets will return home to Atlanta this weekend looking for their first win of the 2012 College Football season against Big South opponent Presbyterian.
Georgia Tech lost a heart-breaker to ACC Coastal division rival Virginia Tech in Blacksburg on Monday night, falling 20-17 in overtime.
Meanwhile, Presbyterian College, located in Clinton, South Carolina, enters its Week 2 clash 1-0 after throttling Brevard College in its home opener this past weekend.
The crowd at Bobby Dodd Stadium will surely be loud and out of control as they welcome home their beloved Yellow Jackets.
Here is everything you need to know for Saturday's gridiron battle between Georgia Tech and Presbyterian in Atlanta.
Where: Bobby Dodd Stadium, Atlanta, GA
When: Saturday, September 8 at 7 p.m. ET
Listen: WKRI 91.9 FM (Clinton), 790 AM The Zone (Atlanta)
Live Streaming: RamblinWreck.com
Betting Line: TBA
The overwhelming topic of conversation heading into Saturday night's game will be Georgia Tech's missed opportunities against the Virginia Tech Hokies down the stretch in their season opener. The Yellow Jackets could have and should have won on Monday night, but instead find themselves 0-1 going into Week 2.
Their matchup with FCS opponent Presbyterian will no doubt turn into a blowout quickly as Georgia Tech is by far the superior team. Once the game gets out of reach the conversation will shift back to the Yellow Jackets' miscues in Blacksburg, which have cost them early BCS consideration this fall.
Who May Not Play for Presbyterian
*According to USA Today
No significant injuries to report.
Who May Not Play for Georgia Tech
*According to USA Today
OL Morgan Bailey (Undisclosed), questionable for Saturday
S Fred Holton (Undisclosed), questionable for Saturday
CB Louis Young (Suspension), questionable for Saturday
The Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets entered Week 1 outside of the Top 25. But after watching them push No. 16 Virginia Tech to the brink of defeat on Monday night in Blacksburg, it's safe to say that Georgia Tech will finish the season in the Top 25 if they can win the games they are favored in this fall.
Aside from No. 14 Clemson and No. 6 Georgia, the Yellow Jackets' schedule looks favorable this season. They won't have to play No. 7 Florida State and should win eight or nine games this fall assuming they slip up on the road against the Tigers and Bulldogs.
Saturday's showdown with Presbyterian won't have any bearing on their position in the Top 25 since they are projected and expected to win big over the Blue Hose at home.
What They're Saying
Georgia Tech quarterback Tevin Washington is looking forward to Saturday's game against Presbyterian after a painful season-opening overtime loss at Virginia Tech (via The Atlanta Journal-Constitution's Ken Sugiura):
I think it’s good we have a game on Saturday. Hopefully, we can get this thing going in the right way and get a win on Saturday.
Washington and the Yellow Jackets are clearly focused on the Blue Hose and that could lead to an unpleasant rout this weekend in Atlanta.
Presbyterian Player to Watch
Running back Lance Byrd rushed for 109 yards on just 13 carries last Saturday against Brevard College. The senior has played in 34 career games for Presbyterian and promises to be a featured playmaker for the Blue Hose once again this fall.
Averaging 8.4 yards per carry coming into Saturday night's matchup with Georgia Tech, Byrd will be the player to watch when Presbyterian takes over on offense. At 5'8", 185 pounds, Byrd is an elusive back capable of breaking free from the Yellow Jackets' defense.
Georgia Tech Player to Watch
Senior quarterback Tevin Washington is a dual threat player in Paul Johnson's option attack. Washington completed 10-of-15 passes for 96 yards and a touchdown against Virginia Tech in a season-opening loss. Washington also rushed for 63 yards on 19 carries.
Last season as a junior, Washington threw for more than 1,600 yards, rushed for nearly 1,000 yards and scored 25 total touchdowns on the ground and through the air. His experience running the offense and ability to threaten the defense in a variety of ways makes him the Yellow Jackets player to watch this weekend.
The key matchup in this weekend's showdown in Atlanta will be the Yellow Jackets' patented option attack versus the Blue Hose's run stoppers. Presbyterian allowed 179 yards rushing from Brevard College on 50 carries last weekend.
Georgia Tech ran the ball 55 times for 192 yards against Virginia Tech. Expect Johnson and the Yellow Jackets coaching staff to run the ball consistently against Presbyterian's suspect defense on Saturday.
On the Hot Seat
Georgia Tech's Paul Johnson is in his fifth year as Yellow Jackets head coach, and although he boasts a 43-23 record during his time in Atlanta, he has yet to win a bowl game at Georgia Tech. Johnson's squad lost in the Hyundai Sun Bowl to Utah last winter, and hasn't finished the year in the AP or Coaches Top 25 since 2009.
Georgia Tech started off 6-0 a year ago before finishing the season 8-5 and unranked. Johnson has gone 2-6 as head coach in Atlanta since the Yellow Jackets' hot start in 2011.
The difference between the amount of talent on Georgia Tech's roster and on Presbyterian's is mighty, which is why I fully expect the Yellow Jackets to turn Saturday night's matchup into a blowout. After suffering a gut-wrenching overtime loss at Virginia Tech in its opener, Georgia Tech will be looking to take its frustration out on an inferior opponent at home.
Georgia Tech 56, Presbyterian 10
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