Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets-Kansas Jayhawks: Week 2 Game Plan

Bill ThrasherContributor ISeptember 9, 2010

Nesbitt and Allen will look to find room to run inside against Kansas
Nesbitt and Allen will look to find room to run inside against KansasKevin C. Cox/Getty Images

It might sound cliché, but the Yellow Jackets have one primary goal this week:

Get out of Lawrence with a "W".

This Week 2 matchup faces off the ACC Champion and 15th-ranked Georgia Tech Ramblin Wreck and the Kansas Jayhawks of the Big 12.

After losing their opening contest to an FCS opponent, Kansas will be in wounded-dog mode. Against Georgia Tech, they are playing with little to lose and everything to gain.

Kansas head coach Turner Gill has named redshirt freshman Jordan Webb the starter in Week 2, one of several desperation-type moves as the Jayhawks look for any answers to salvage the start of the 2010 football year.

It also appears that a true freshman RB, James Sims, could see playing time to help Kansas establish something on the ground after being held to under 100 yards rushing by North Dakota State.

Look for Kansas to go to the air quickly, dumping the ball on short routes, trying to establish tempo and get some useful points on the board early.

If Kansas has any shot in this game, it will be to get a quick lead and force Georgia Tech out of their desired game plan.

As for Tech, this will be the first of back-to-back road games for the nationally ranked squad.

Look for the Jackets to pound and grind the option-based running attack all game, bleeding the clock and scoring at or over their 2009 average of 33 points per game. Head coach Paul Johnson will likely look to establish dominance on the line of scrimmage and keep the ball between the tackles more than what was seen in Week 1.

Senior B-back Anthony Allen was kept under wraps by South Carolina State and will be looking for his breakout game from the traditional fullback position. Expect to see Allen move the chains one down at a time, and then when the defense gets caught napping, break a long run for a back-breaking gain and possible score.

When all is said and done, Georgia Tech should cruise to a solid win. Don't expect to see anything fancy in their game plan as they look to keep things close to the vest in preparation for their ACC opener against division rival UNC in Week 3.

Game Prediction: GT 38, Kansas 16