Week 6 Preview: Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets vs. Mayland Terrapins

Brian StewartContributor IIIOctober 7, 2011

ATLANTA - SEPTEMBER 24: A general view of Bobby Dodd Stadium during the game between the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets and the North Carolina Tar Heels on September 24, 2011 in Atlanta, Georgia. Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)
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In Week 6, the 5-0 Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets return home to Bobby Dodd Stadium to take on the up and down Maryland Terrapins. This will be Maryland's first true road game of the season, as they begin a stretch of three very difficult games, facing ACC powers Georgia Tech, Clemson, and Florida State in consecutive games. 

Meanwhile, the Yellow Jackets enter their own stretch, as they will face back to back road games after this at Virginia and Miami before returning home for the much anticipated Homecoming matchup against Clemson. The game this week should prove to be an entertaining one, and here are some things that will play to the Yellow Jackets' advantage.


No. 1

The Maryland Defense is still beat up. On the weekly injury report that is released by teams before each game, Maryland is currently missing seven defensive players that are guaranteed to be out for this game.  What's worse is that three of those are linebackers, while three others are d-linemen. 

It can be rehashed time and time again, but the bottom line is that without depth in the front seven, teams are naturally going to struggle against the triple option run attach of Georgia Tech.  Add in the fact that their playmaking heart and soul on defense, Kenny Tate, is doubtful to play this week as well, and this could be a disaster in the making for the Maryland defense.


No. 2

Maryland sophomore signal-caller Danny O'Brien is still struggling.  It's been a surprising season for the former Freshman of the Year, as he has struggled tremendously in both redzone situations, and in passing efficiency, throwing just four touchdowns to five interceptions. 

Some of this can be attributed to injuries in the WR corps, but he will have to play better in order for the Terrapins to have a chance


No. 3

The GT offense clicks again.  One of the main things that Paul Johnson could be heard complaining about after last week's poor execution was a lack of effort in practice. This week, however, he says there have been none of those issues. 

We've all seen what the GT offense can do when playing at its highest potential (ask Kansas, they found out the hard way), and unless a team can slow down this offense enough, they will be tough to beat

It is interesting to note that when Georgia Tech scores more than 30 points under Paul Johnson, the Jackets are currently an incredible 21-1 over his four-year tenure, with the only loss coming in 2010 to UGA, where the Jackets scored 34 points. 

As long as the turnover bug doesn't bite the Jackets in a major way, expect the Jackets to have enough offensive firepower to keep a good distance in this game.


Final Prediction:   

Georgia Tech 48, Maryland 24