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#131 Georgia Tech 49 vs.
#132 Duke -17.5
Saturday, October 12, 2019 at 12:30pm EDT
Wallace Wade Stadium, Durham
Written by Scott Reichel

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Week seven of college football continues as Georgia Tech travels to Wallace Wade Stadium to take on Duke on Saturday, Oct. 12 at 12:30 P.M. This will be the 87th meeting between these teams. This will be the first meeting since last season when the Blue Devils won on the road by a score of 28-14.

Georgia Tech Looks To Fix Its Offense

The Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets are in the midst of a painful transition period. After running the triple-option offense for years, the Yellow Jackets decided to switch head coaches and have starting running a more conventional offense. So far, the transition has been very unpleasant as its offense has been awful. Specifically, Georgia Tech has not scored more than 24 points in a game this season which has resulted in its awful 1-4 record. With a decent defense up next, Georgia Tech will need to piece together a solid offensive performance for a 60 minute period if it hopes on winning its first conference game of the season.

Leading the Yellow Jackets offensively is sophomore running back Jordan Mason who has been great this season. Despite the team's offensive woes, Mason has been as consistent as possible as he has 319 rushing yards along with five rushing touchdowns. In addition, he is also averaging an impressive 5.6 yards per carry as no defense has had much of an answer for him up to this point in the regular season.

Georgia Tech's biggest threat on defense is sophomore linebacker Charlie Thomas who has been solid through the first five games. So far this season, he is leading the team with two sacks along with two forced fumbles. In addition, he also ranks second on the team with 34 tackles so he has the ability to make an impact on any given play. Look for him to be very active against Duke on Saturday.

Duke Looks To Forget About Last Week

The Duke Blue Devils will look for a bounce back home victory following a brutal loss to Pittsburgh last week. After falling behind early by 23 points, Duke managed to rally and even took the lead with less than 90 seconds remaining. However, the Blue Devils then blew the lead and lost to Pittsburgh by three points. Now, Duke gets to play another home game against arguably the worst team in the ACC so it will look to get back to its winning ways at home. However, since it is a conference game, Duke cannot afford to get complacent as this game would do a lot for its bowl game chances.

Leading the Blue Devils offensively is senior quarterback Quentin Harris who has been great this season. Specifically, he has already thrown for 1,007 passing yards along with 11 passing touchdowns. In addition, he is also leading the team on the ground with 342 rushing yards and four rushing touchdowns. However, Harris has also thrown four interceptions so he will need to do a better job limiting turnovers in this game.

Duke's biggest threat on defense is senior linebacker Koby Quansah who has been great through the first five games. So far this season, he is leading the team with 48 tackles. In addition, he also has 1.5 sacks and one fumble recovery so he is definitely not afraid of contact in the opposing team's backfield. With a run heavy offense up next, look for Quansah to make his presence known on Saturday.

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Even though Duke lost last week, it is the much better team in this matchup and it should coast to a home victory on Saturday. Georgia Tech is still a mess with a new head coach in the middle of its first season and I expect it to get worse moving forward. Plus, Duke will be motivated to bounce back from that heartbreaking home loss to Pittsburgh last week so I think this game could get ugly. Give me the home team as a result.

Prediction: Duke -17.5

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Even though Duke has a solid offense, Georgia Tech's offense is very underwhelming and it loves to milk the clock through its ground game which should lead to less points. Georgia Tech has not scored more than 24 points in a game all season long and I expect it to score around 14 points on the road against Duke. As a result, I have to take the under.

Prediction: Under 48.5
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Written By Scott Reichel

Scott Reichel is a University of Wisconsin-Madison graduate with an insane passion for sports. His commitment to endlessly researching statistics helps separate him from other handicappers with regard to MLB, NBA, NCAAB, NCAAF, NHL and NFL coverage. Scott also shares his passion for sports on StatSalt's YouTube page where he does a daily show called Scott's Selections.