Dan Scott: Clemson - Georgia Tech Prediction
When Clemson Has The Ball
No real secret to the game plan here. The Tigers struggle in the running game and Tech stops the run exceedingly well. Clemson's advantage, and Tech's early weak spot, has been in the passing game. Get those fleet receivers charged up and turn them loose. If the offensive line protects Whitehurst, Clemson should find some big plays through the air.
ADVANTAGE - Clemson
When Ga. Tech Has The Ball
The X-factor for this game, either side of the ball, is Tech freshman quarterback Reggie Ball. Young, talented and brash, this youngster is a smaller version of former Clemson quarterback Woody Dantzler. His athleticism can give a defense fits, and he appears to be getting both smarter and more comfortable as each game goes by. Contain him or else.
ADVANTAGE - Ga. Tech
Aaron Hunt got himself straightened away last week, if going 1-for-1 on field goal attempts can accomplish such a thing. But the Tigers gave a glimpse of some of last season's problems covering kickoffs vs. Middle Tenn. State. Given the recent nature of this series, better hope Jad Dean finds his end zone range again.
ADVANTAGE - Even
Two coaches. Two hot seats. The winner here moves another step up the job security ladder. The loser might go two steps down.
ADVANTAGE - Even
Bottom line, for all the analysis done week in and week out, this is the one game on Clemson's schedule where the unexpected usually can be expected. Not that we'll see as wild a finish as we did in Atlanta two years ago, but don't be surprised if something unusual ends up playing a large role in deciding the outcome. Our crystal ball - 3-0 so far this season - says the Tigers in a squeaker.
THE PICK - Clemson 24, Ga. Tech 23