Why Florida State vs. Georgia Tech Will Be Biggest ACC Championship Blowout Ever
We have seen many close and enjoyable ACC Championships over the years.
There haven't been many blowouts between the top teams from the Coastal and Atlantic divisions, as the largest margin of victory in ACC Championship history is 28 points. That margin happened last season when Virginia Tech couldn't slow down a high-powered Clemson offense for anything.
Although, since 2005, we have seen four matchups decided by less than two touchdowns.
This weekend’s game between Georgia Tech and Florida State will be one of the few games that won't even be close. In fact, it will result in the most lopsided game in ACC Championship history. I'm talking about the Seminoles piling it on and winning the game by at least five touchdowns.
Make sure you have something else to watch at 8 p.m. ET because the game on ESPN is a complete mismatch.
You can go ahead and pencil in the Seminoles for the BCS Orange Bowl.
Georgia Tech Is a Mess
8Let's cut right to the chase, Georgia Tech wouldn't even be participating in this game if it wasn't for the Miami Hurricanes self-imposing a bowl ban for the second straight year.
The Yellow Jackets lost to Virginia Tech, Miami and Clemson, who are all teams that Florida State had little trouble knocking off this year. That doesn't even include allowing Middle Tennessee to drop 49 points in a blowout loss that was enough to convince me this program still has a long way to go before becoming ACC elite.
What will the outcome of this game be?
The offense is also about as one-dimensional as you can get, as the unit is ranked third in the country in running the ball, but only passes the ball for 135 yards a game. Every above-average defense this team has played has resulted in a loss for the Yellow Jackets this season (Virginia Tech, BYU and Georgia).
Florida State is ranked second in the country in total defense and is allowing less than three yards a carry on the ground. The triple-option may confuse the Seminoles at times, but the defensive unit is simply way too athletic and disciplined to allow an offensive explosion from the Yellow Jackets.
In last week’s game against Georgia, Georgia Tech was able to move the football for 426 yards, but finished the game with only 10 points. You can't beat great defenses with an unbalanced offense, and that is exactly what Georgia Tech is. Even Florida was able to make plays in the air last week when it had to, something we haven't seen much from Tevin Washington.
Again, Georgia Tech isn't even supposed to be in this position. Head coach Paul Johnson is currently on the hot seat, and this team is simply over its head in this matchup against a much more talented Florida State squad.
Florida State Is Better Than What We Saw Last Week
Give credit to the Gators defense, but you aren't going to win many games when you cough the football up five times. Quarterback E.J. Manuel did a horrible job of seeing the field and threw a couple of highly questionable passes. There were also two fumbles that didn't help in the rivalry game.
How much of a chance do the Yellow Jackets have to pull off the upset?
Turnovers are something that has bothered this offense all season long, as there have been 23 of them in 12 games.
Good news is that the Seminoles won't be facing that Florida defense anytime soon. In fact, this week, Florida State will go up against a Georgia Tech defense that is allowing nearly 400 total yards on that side of the ball. Almost six yards a play is being allowed on average and more than 43 percent of opponents' drives are being converted on third down.
This is a Yellow Jackets unit that hasn't played great defensively all season. What makes things worse is that Coach Johnson thinks he may have seen the worst performance last weekend against Georgia, according to the AP, via ESPN:
We haven't played very well defensively. Johnson said. There's no secret about that. The last game was probably as bad as we've played all year against Georgia, and they had a lot to do with that. They're a very good football team.
Well, Florida State has an offense that has topped 500 total yards five times. If it can produce anywhere close to that on Saturday, there is absolutely no chance it loses this ball game.
We all know what the Seminoles defense is capable of as well, and unfortunately for Yellow Jacket fans, Georgia Tech doesn't feature the same physical offense that gave this unit trouble last weekend.
Jimbo Fisher's squad is an upset bunch that will look to take out its frustrations this weekend against a lesser talented Georgia Tech team. This will likely get ugly fast.
Note: All stats come from cfbstats.com unless otherwise noted.
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