Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets — Syracuse football scouting report

Syracuse is aiming for its fourth win of the season with it heads down to Atlanta to face Georgia Tech:

BOWL STREAK IN JEOPARDY: When Georgia Tech hosts Syracuse on Saturday, it is as close to a ‘must-win’ situation as it will get for the Jackets. Georgia Tech has made a bowl game each year since the 1997 season, and a loss to the Orange would put that streak in serious jeopardy. After starting the season 3-0, the Jackets have lost three straight and will need four wins to become bowl eligible. The Jackets cannot become bowl eligible with a 6-6 season because they play two FCS teams (Elon and Alabama A&M), and only one counts toward eligibility. And Georgia Tech still has to travel to play BCS title contender Clemson and also hosts Georgia at home. That means besides Syracuse, Georgia Tech must defeat Virginia and Pittsburgh to make the college football postseason.

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Vad Lee has struggled this season

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SCOUTING THE YELLOW JACKETS: Georgia Tech head coach Paul Johnson runs a heavy run-based option offense that he refers to as a “spread option.” It has allowed the Jackets to rank 6th in the NCAA in rushing at 290.3 yards per game. Expect to see a lot of David Sims, who has powered the offense to 353 yards and a team-high six touchdowns. In past years, Tech has dared opposing teams to stack the box to stop the run, then unleash its air game upon unsuspecting safeties. But the Yellow Jackets have struggled through the air this season, as sophomore Vad Lee has completed just 42.7 percent of his passes and has thrown 7 touchdowns to 5 interceptions, potentially hurting his future stock in the eyes of NFL scouts.

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HISTORICALLY SPEAKING: Syracuse is 0-2 all-time against the Yellow Jackets. The last time these two teams played was in the 2004 Champs Sports Bowl in Orlando. Syracuse lost 51-14 in what was Paul Pasqualoni’s final game as head coach of Syracuse.

GAME INFORMATION: Saturday, Oct. 19 at 12:30 p.m. in Atlanta, Georgia. TV: ACC Network.

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Wes Cheng

About Wes Cheng

Wes has worked for Rivals.com covering the New York Knicks, as well as for Scout.com covering Syracuse athletics. Wes has also worked for the South China Morning Post (Hong Kong) and reported on the NBA and MLB for the New York Sportscene. A native of Long Island, New York, Wes graduated from Syracuse University in 2005. Follow him on Twitter @ChengWes.
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