Week 8 – Boston College at Georgia Tech

Posted Oct 19, 2012

Week 8 Fearless Prediction – Boston College at Georgia Tech

Boston College (1-5) at Georgia Tech (2-4) Oct. 20, 3:00, RSN

Here's The Deal: Two programs skidding off the rails are set to collide in Atlanta. Georgia Tech's demise is a bit of a head-scratcher. Paul Johnson seemingly had the Yellow Jackets playing like a Coastal Division contender after three weeks, but the program lost three straight games leading into last weekend's bye. The play of the defense, which yielded at least 40 points in three straight games for the first time in school history, resulted in the dismissal of coordinator Al Groh following a 47-31 loss to Clemson. Boston College would need a resurgence just to get to where Georgia Tech currently resides. The Eagles and lame duck head coach Frank Spaziani are dead men walking, carrying the burden of a four-game losing streak. In signs that the school is gradually approaching offseason mode, BC became Army's first victim and failed to show up versus Florida State in the last games.

Why Boston College Might Win: To snap the skid , the Eagles will need to attack a Georgia Tech defense now under the watch of interim coordinator Charles Kelly. In Groh's defense, the personnel on the Flats isn't all that scary, allowing more than 1,700 yards over the last three games. Prior to last week in Tallahassee, Boston College was doing some nice things on offense. It has hung up at least 31 points in four different games, moving the ball off the right arm of Chase Rettig and the legs of Andre Williams, who has crossed 100 yards in each of the last two games. Rettig has finally reunited with next-level TE Chris Pantale, who returns from a foot injury to complement receivers Alex Amidon and Johnathan Coleman.

Why Georgia Tech Might Win: A beat up and depleted Boston College defense just got done allowing 51 points, its highest total in more than a decade. The D-line is battered, and the run defense ranks 117th nationally. When the Eagles met Army, which runs the option like Georgia Tech does, they were gashed for 516 rushing yards and four scores. That track record does not bode well when playing a Yellow Jackets team norming 331 yards a game between the tackles. Well-rested and refocused, Tech will pepper BC with a steady diet of QB Tevin Washington and RB Orwin Smith on the ground. Washington has also been a factor through the air this fall, throwing for at least 125 yards in five straight games.

What To Watch Out For: So what can fans expect now that Kelly is in charge of the Georgia Tech defense? For starters, the Yellow Jackets are going to do a lot more reacting and a lot less thinking. The feeling around campus is that Groh installed a complicated system that prevented his best athletes from just letting loose. No, this unit won't be confused with the one in Tallahassee, but there's no reason that players, like LB Jeremiah Attaochu, S Isaiah Johnson and LB Brandon Watts shouldn't be making more plays.

What Will Happen: Maybe it'll be fleeting, but Georgia Tech will look like a rejuvenated team in Week 8. The time off and the coaching change will serve the Yellow Jackets well in the short term, providing a bounce in the step of a team that desperately needs it. For the second time in three games, Boston College will be powerless in the face of the option, giving up more than 300 yards on the ground. And Kelly's D will play a little faster and a little smarter in his debut as Groh's successor.

CFN Prediction: Georgia Tech 40 … Boston College 24
ATS Consultants Line (Click for more lines and picks) Georgia Tech-14 O/U: 61.5
Must Watch Rating (5 – Seven Psychopaths, 1 – Here Comes the Boom): 2