ESPN College GameDay returns to Blacksburg, as the Hokies play host to
Georgia Tech in the rematch of a game that never was. Both teams are undefeated
and are looking to take early control of the ACCï¿½s Coastal Division.
This game is expected to be a battle between two teams that feature a lot of
talent at the skill positions. There has been a lot of attention this week on
the status of Georgia Techï¿½s QB Reggie Ball. He likely will play, but his
stamina is certainly in question. For the purposes of this article, I am
assuming that he will be healthy and ready to go.
With that, letï¿½s get on with the keys to the game for the Hokiesï¿½.
Va Tech Defense vs. Georgia Tech Offense
Feeling very confident after posting consecutive shutouts, the Hokies defense
is getting ready for a challenge on an entirely different level this week.
Georgia Techï¿½s offense can pressure every aspect of a defense. They can run it
tough inside with RB PJ Daniels. They can attack the edges with QB Reggie Ball.
And they can stretch the defense vertically with WRï¿½s Calvin Johnson and
Defensively, the Hokies will have to stay disciplined within their system to
offset the balance of the Yellow Jackets offense. The middle of the defensive
line will have to get penetration and make plays against Danielsï¿½ inside
running ability. Xavier Adibi, James Anderson and Aaron Rouse will have to keep
Ball contained to the wide side; Darryl Tapp and Jimmy Williams will have to be
ready for the backside bootlegs. Johnson and Bilbo will keep the secondary under
the gun, particularly in the deep middle areas patrolled by the safeties.
Key #1: Prioritize Containment Utilizing Delayed Pressure
Georgia Techï¿½s offense can counter various blitz packages with a good
screen game combined with Ballï¿½s speed and mobility. Blitzing also gets big
receivers like Bilbo and Johnson matched up in single coverage. Ballï¿½s
decision making has been an issue in past years, but he has matured as a QB,
making the Jackets offense that much more dangerous against extra pressure.
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