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Georgia Tech vs. North Carolina State 12/5/2020 College Football Picks, Prediction, and Preview

The Georgia Tech visits North Carolina State on 12/5/2020 at 4:00PM.

Georgia Tech and North Carolina State face off in an important game for both teams as every game in this shortened season with limited or no fans in attendance means more. Georgia Tech has a record of 3-5 this season. North Carolina State is 7-3 this season. Both have players to meet and know.

Georgia Tech Team Defense Preview

Georgia Tech has had 100 defensive drives in non-garbage time minutes and they yield 5.42 plays per drive. There is not much to take away here when it comes to how many plays per drive opponents run, but they are a team that falls in the average window when it comes to plays per drive. Georgia Tech has shown an inability to stop defenses from converting on 4th Downs and they let opponents get into manageable 3rd Down situations where an RPO may be especially deadly. Georgia Tech opponents pass the football 48.71% of the time.Opponents typically have some form of run/pass balance against them.

Defenses want to stop offenses from getting into a 3rd Down where the options are plentiful. Unfortunately, this defense is too porous to limit those choices. How effective are opposing offensive lines given what we know about their ability to force negative yardage rushing plays? Georgia Tech can take credit for holding the offensive line of their opponent to 3.17 yards per carry. This defense lets offensive lines have too much control over them on the ground, too much push from the opposing offensive line. This is a team that is getting gashed too much for the tastes of their base. Linebackers are not stopping the bleeding well enough. Opponents have shown a relatively average level of explosiveness in the running game, maybe there will be a breakout rushing play against them.

This Defense has had average success disrupting the flow of the opposing offense.. Getting more granual into the front seven and their ability to cause trouble, they are just average in this regard. Georgia Tech has shown themselves to be better at stopping the pass than the run this season.

Georgia Tech Team Offense Preview

Georgia Tech has had 99 drives in non-garbage time minutes and they average 4.87 plays per drive. Relatively speaking, Georgia Tech is not a team that runs many plays per drive. The offense is either prone to faltering and struggles to notch first downs or extremely explosive, we will need to find out a bit more to get answers. Georgia Tech has shown a capability to be explosive on first and second down to avoid third downs and has converted well (relatively) on 3rd and 4th Down situations. Georgia Tech passes the football 45.02% of the time.They favor running the ball as opposed airing it out.

Georgia Tech is not doing anything particularly special as far as their ability to avoid negative yardage plays on the ground. How effective is the offensive line given what we know about their ability to prevent negative yards on rushing plays? More than you think, thanks to the Adjusted Line Yards metric. Georgia Tech can take credit for 3.03 yards per carry. Generally speaking, this is an average offensive line as far as their ability to set up the running game. The offensive line and running back corps deserve a lot of credit for gashing defenses with their running game like the way they have this season. They feature a relatively average explosiveness in the running game, maybe there will be a breakout rushing play, but it is not something to count on from them.

Defenses have been able to impose their will on the Georgia Tech Offense this season. Front sevens of opposing defenses are causing a lot of problems. Georgia Tech has shown themselves to be a better running team than passing team this season.

North Carolina State Team Defense Preview

North Carolina State has had 125 total defensive drives this season and they yield 5.77 plays per drive. North Carolina State lets opponents run a lot of plays per drive and in the Fourth Quarter, this team could be gassed. North Carolina State has a generally average defense. Nothing too special about it, but they are capable of rising up when needed. North Carolina State opponents pass the football 53.54% of the time.North Carolina State tends to face teams that prefer to air it out or opponents want to air it out against them.

North Carolina State opponents have struggled with running the ball and this defense has crushed the spirits of their opponents with zero or negative yard plays. 4th and Short is not a cake walk against this defense, maybe passing on 4th and Short or having some sort of RPO is the way to go here because if an Offensive Coordinator thinks that they can just line and run a Quarterback Sneak or hand it off to a tailback, they are mistaken. Opponent rushing yards attributed to their offensive line this season comes out to 2.65 yards per carry. Opponent offensive lines have been simply unable to support their running games against this defense. This is also a team that is allowing running backs and quarterbacks to get to the second-level in an average fashion. Opponents have shown a relatively average level of explosiveness in the running game, maybe there will be a breakout rushing play against them.

This Defense has had average success disrupting the flow of the opposing offense.. Getting more granual into the front seven and their ability to cause trouble, they are just average in this regard. North Carolina State is better at stopping the run than the pass this season.

North Carolina State Team Offense Preview

North Carolina State has had 128 total drives this season and they generate 5.02 plays per drive. Relatively speaking, North Carolina State is not a team that runs many plays per drive. The offense is either prone to faltering and struggles to notch first downs or extremely explosive, we will need to find out a bit more to get answers. North Carolina State is an average offense when it comes to staying ahead of the chains, getting into 3rd and Short scenarios, and converting on 3rd and 4th Down. North Carolina State passes the football 48.13% of the time.Relatively speaking, this is a team that favors run/pass balance.

North Carolina State is not doing anything particularly special as far as their ability to avoid negative yardage plays on the ground. How effective is the offensive line given what we know about their ability to prevent negative yards on rushing plays? More than you think, thanks to the Adjusted Line Yards metric. North Carolina State can take credit for 2.61 yards per carry. So what does this mean? It means that the offensive line has been incredibly disappointing in their contribution to the ground game. This is also a team that is getting to the second-level in an average fashion. Offensive line and running backs are average in this regard. The breakout rushing plays are simply not happening, it is a massive reach to expect this team to bust out big rushing plays.

Defenses have had average success disrupting the flow of the North Carolina State Offense. Front sevens are causing an average amount of trouble for the Offense. North Carolina State has shown themselves to be a better running team than passing team this season.

The Georgia Tech Roster

The Players to Watch for Georgia Tech

Jeff Sims QB 6-3 215

This season, Jeff Sims has put up 1492 yards and 11 touchdowns. He has thrown 11 interceptions. He has a QB Rating of 125.8thus far this season. Jeff Sims has thrown 11 interceptions this season.As a rusher, Jeff Sims has 385.0 rushing yards, which puts him in the 95.87 percentile among Quarterbacks. He ran the ball as opposed to throwing the ball 93.0 times this season, which puts him in the 97.3 percentile. Has he hit paydirt as a runner? He has 4.0 rushing touchdowns this season.

Jahmyr Gibbs RB 5-11 200

This season, Jahmyr Gibbs has 460 rushing yards on 89 carries. Was he able to get to the end zone on the ground? He has 4 rushing touchdowns.As a receiver in the backfield, Jahmyr Gibbs picked up 303 yards. He caught the ball as opposed to taking handoffs or catching laterals 24 times this season. Did he score often as a receiver? He had 3 receiving touchdowns this season.

Jalen Camp WR 6-2 220

This season, Jalen Camp picked up 320 yards. He caught the ball 22 times this season. Did he score often as a receiver? He had 3 receiving touchdowns this season.

Jordan Domineck DL 6-3 247

The leading tackler among Defensive Ends for Georgia Tech, Jordan Domineck has 31 tackles this season. He was able to keep rushers back and penetrate the offensive line with 8 tackles for loss, which puts him in the 96.73 percentile among Defensive Ends. When it came to rushing the Quarterback, he has been able to take them down 4 times this season, which put him in the 94.33 percentile among all Defensive Ends in College Football. He has forced 2 fumbles this season.

Juanyeh Thomas DB 6-3 220.0

He is the leading tackler among non-exclusive Defensive Backs (meaning he can play either Safety Position, Nickel Back, Star or even play as a Cornerback in coverage) for Georgia Tech, Juanyeh Thomas had 47 tackles which puts him in the 95.32 percentile among returning non-exclusive Defensive Backs. He was able to keep rushers and receivers back on screens with 0 tackles for loss this season, which puts him in the 32.62 percentile among Secondary position players. When it came to blitzing the Quarterback, this season he was able to take them down 0 times this season. Juanyeh Thomas as a ball hawker was able to pick off 1 passes this season, which puts him in the 84.5 percentile among returning secondary position players this season.

The North Carolina State Roster

The Players to Watch for North Carolina State

Bailey Hockman QB 6-2 200

This season, Bailey Hockman has put up 1511 yards and 12 touchdowns. He has thrown 8 interceptions. He has a QB Rating of 142.9thus far this season. Bailey Hockman has thrown 8 interceptions this season.As a rusher, Bailey Hockman has 14.0 rushing yards, which puts him in the 41.9 percentile among Quarterbacks. He ran the ball as opposed to throwing the ball 52.0 times this season, which puts him in the 84.6 percentile. Has he hit paydirt as a runner? He has 3.0 rushing touchdowns this season.

Zonovan Knight RB 5-11 206

This season, Zonovan Knight has 698 rushing yards on 124 carries. Was he able to get to the end zone on the ground? He has 8 rushing touchdowns.As a receiver in the backfield, Zonovan Knight picked up 139 yards. He caught the ball as opposed to taking handoffs or catching laterals 19 times this season. Did he score often as a receiver? He had 0 receiving touchdowns this season.

Emeka Emezie WR 6-3 220

This season, Emeka Emezie picked up 603 yards. He caught the ball 36 times this season. Did he score often as a receiver? He had 5 receiving touchdowns this season.

Alim McNeill DT 6-2 320

The leading tackler among Defensive Tackles for North Carolina State, Alim McNeill has 23 tackles this season. He was able to keep rushers back and penetrate the offensive line with 4 tackles for loss, which puts him in the 90.37 percentile among Defensive Tackles. When it came to rushing the Quarterback, he has been able to take them down 1 times this season, which put him in the 75.92 percentile among all Defensive Tackles in College Football. He has forced 1 fumbles this season.

Terrell Dawkins DE 6-5 255

The leading tackler among Defensive Ends for North Carolina State, Terrell Dawkins has 31 tackles this season. He was able to keep rushers back and penetrate the offensive line with 10 tackles for loss, which puts him in the 98.34 percentile among Defensive Ends. When it came to rushing the Quarterback, he has been able to take them down 5 times this season, which put him in the 96.93 percentile among all Defensive Ends in College Football. He has forced 2 fumbles this season.

Jakeen Harris S 5-10 189.0

He is the leading tackler among non-exclusive Defensive Backs (meaning he can play either Safety Position, Nickel Back, Star or even play as a Cornerback in coverage) for North Carolina State, Jakeen Harris had 57 tackles which puts him in the 97.64 percentile among returning non-exclusive Defensive Backs. He was able to keep rushers and receivers back on screens with 1 tackles for loss this season, which puts him in the 73.47 percentile among Secondary position players. When it came to blitzing the Quarterback, this season he was able to take them down 0 times this season. Jakeen Harris as a ball hawker was able to pick off 1 passes this season, which puts him in the 84.5 percentile among returning secondary position players this season.

Cecil Powell CB 6-0 210

Considered the leading tackler among Cornerbacks for North Carolina State, Cecil Powell had 44 tackles which puts him in the 97.95 percentile among Corners. He was able to keep rushers and receivers back on screens with 2 tackles for loss this season, which puts him in the 92.38 percentile among Corners. When it came to blitzing the Quarterback, this season he was able to take them down 0 times this season. Cecil Powell as a ball hawker was able to pick off 0 passes this season, which puts him in the 37.54 percentile among Corners this season.

Georgia Tech vs. North Carolina State Prediction, Picks, and Odds


Prediction: Georgia Tech 29 North Carolina State 30

Spread Pick: Georgia Tech +7 -120 YouWager
Moneyline Pick: North Carolina State -224 matchbook
Total Pick: Under 61 -116 Bookmaker