Jackets take on Clemson

by admin on October 15, 2008

Yellow Jackets Georgia Tech (5-1) at Clemson (3-3)

Saturday. October 18, 2008. Noon

The Jackets somehow held off the Runnin’ Bulldogs of Gardner Webb with a 10-7 victory last Saturday. The concession stands at Bobby Dodd Stadium should strongly consider selling antacids. I could have used several in order to watch all of last week’s game.

Calvin Booker started at QB for us last week due to injuries to our top two QB’s Nesbitt and Shaw. What’s interesting about our team is that our second string QB can fill in for our first string with a very small drop in efficiency if any.The difference between second and third string is apparently much wider…we’ll say Grand Canyon wide.

The good news is that we aren’t Clemson. Head Coach Tommy Bowden announced late last week that their sophomore QB would replace their senior QB. He then announced on Monday that he is stepping down as head coach. That’s a lot of announcements. The Clemson offensive coordinator is also leaving. The most recently demoted Clemson QB responded with a message similar to “don’t let the door hit you on the way out.” He later issued another statement saying that he wouldn’t wish Bowden’s fate on anyone. The funny thing about words is that when you say them to ESPN, everyone will hear them. First statement heard loud and clear. Second statement…not so much.

There are a few questions that need to be answered:

1) Will Tech be better prepared than last week? Answer: Yes, if only for the reason that it is physically impossible to be less prepared than last week.

2) Will the coaching turnover at Clemson have any effect on Tech? Answer: No. We are the better team. If we execute plays and hold onto the ball, we will be fine.

3) Who will be Clemson’s QB this weekend? The senior is a pocket passer while the sophomore is a runner. Answer: Clemson says that they are still going with the sophomore. He will provide a challenge as he is difficult to contain.

Line: Tech by 2.5

Prediction: QB Josh Nesbitt should be back for Tech and second string Shaw should be available if needed. Last week’s scare should have sent a message. I hope we heard it. Clemson has 4 days to deal with the loss of a head coach and offensive coordinator while they prepare for the option based spread. There is a reason why Bowden did not want to coach in this game.

Tech 24 – Clemson 13

Tom Oliver
KD 804

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