Dec 31, 2012; El Paso, TX, USA; Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets players Tevin Washington (13) and Orwin Smith (17) hold the 2012 Sun Bowl trophy after the game against the Southern California Trojans at Sun Bowl Stadium. Georgia Tech defeated USC 21-7. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee/Image of Sport-USA TODAY Sports

Early Football Preview: UNC vs. Georgia Tech

If you love ridiculously high scoring football games, then you must have loved the UNC-Georgia Tech football game from last year. In case you don’t remember, the final score was 68 to 50, it was the highest scoring game in ACC history. With a total of 16 Touchdowns, it pretty much felt like playing Madden 13 on Rookie level. 68 points is sometimes more points than a college basketball team gets in a game these days. Had to be hard for the Tar Heel offense, you put 50 points on the board and you still lose. Eleven different players scored a TD in the game, both teams combined for 118 points, 1,085 yards, and only 5 punts. It’s hard to believe there was even that many, in a 68 to 50 game, who would punt? 

After the game, UNC head coach Larry Fedora said “If I would have saw that coming, I wouldn’t of shown up today.” Apparently the Tar Heel defense saw it coming, it didn’t look like they showed up. Credit to Paul Johnson and the Yellow Jackets though, the option isn’t easy to stop. The Tar Heels made that very obvious, the option is tough to stop. Offensively, they deserved to win that game. It was the other side of the ball that cost them the game.

Saturday, September 21st 2013. That is the next matchup between the Yellow Jackets and the Tar Heels. The Tar Heels will have a chip on their shoulder going into this game.

We are all aware of the departures of Giovanni Bernard, Jonathan Cooper, and Sylvester Williams for UNC. But has Georgia Tech lost anybody? One big loss for Georgia Tech is their starting QB from last year, Tevin Washington. Washington did not play in the game against the Tar Heels last year because of an injury, so it won’t make a huge difference that he is gone in this years game. Vad lee, who took over for Washington when he got hurt, will be the starter this year. With his play from last year, he proved he is absolutely capable of leading the Yellow Jackets back to the ACC Championship game. Running back Orwin Smith, who was also the leading receiver, also graduated. Last year Smith had 5 rushing touchdowns, and led the team with 18 receptions. Eighteen receptions does not sound like a whole lot, but for Georgia Tech it is. As a team, they had only 102 receptions, compared to 808 rushing attempts.

I am sure coach Larry Fedora will mention last years game to the team, and watch some film of it. Not only is this game important for the sake of revenge, but it will help determine who the ACC Coastal division champion will be, and who will go on to the ACC Championship game. It might be safe to say that this time, there might be a little more defense. I am no fortune teller, but to say there will be less than 118 total points would be a safe bet.

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