USC football would’ve struggled to stop Georgia Tech’s triple-option offense if it had just a week to prepare.
But it’s had a month.
Even without Matt Barkley, the Trojans already boast superior talent to the Yellow Jackets. On top of that, though, its countless hours of preparation will give Southern California an overwhelming edge when it takes on Tevin Washington and company in the Hyundai Sun Bowl.
Georgia Tech has lost seven straight bowl games. Over the course of that losing streak, it’s been held to 14 or fewer points four times, including three out of the last four.
It isn’t like the Yellow Jackets are routinely getting matched up against superior opponents either (like USC). Four of their seven losses have come against non-BCS competition.
Why are they having such a hard time winning bowl games?
It’s simple. The triple-option offense is so basic that, if given an entire month to study it, it’s easy to shut down.
The triple option only needs one out of the 11 defenders on a football field not to do his job. If just one player screws up, the quarterback will put the ball where it needs to be to pick up huge yardage. That’s why the triple option is so lethal against a stop unit with minimal preparation time.
But once again, by now, the Trojans know Georgia Tech’s offense inside and out. With the talent Southern California has on offense, however, its attack can’t be fully simulated.
USC’s elite wideout duo of Marqise Lee and Robert Woods has combined for a whopping 185 receptions, 2,493 receiving yards and 25 touchdowns this season. The Yellow Jackets have the 104th-ranked defense in the country in yards per pass attempt allowed at 8.0.
Expect nothing less than a slaughter.
David Daniels is a featured columnist at Bleacher Report and a syndicated writer.