Coach Paul Johnson has experienced much success since leaving Navy and bringing the triple-option offense to a major BCS school like Georgia Tech. Twice, Georgia Tech has reached the ACC Championship Game, even winning the conference in 2009-2010 before losing to Iowa in the Orange Bowl. Heading into this season, the Yellow Jackets possess the talent and the schedule to surprise and become a legitimate threat to win a wide-open Coastal Division.
The X-Factor for this team is QB Vad Lee. He is only a sophomore, but he contains the perfect skill-set for Coach Johnson’s offense. Lee is a fantastic athlete due this dual-threat ability. He is very explosive running the ball and he could be the best passer this offense has had since Johnson took over. Georgia Tech also has a stable of running backs and a veteran offensive line, which means the offense is in very good shape. The defense must step up in order for this team to reach its potential. With All-Conference performer and prized NFL prospect Jeremiah Attaochu returning at LB, this defense can be solid.
As far as the conference schedule is concerned, the Yellow Jackets have only three road games, which are at Duke, Miami, and Virginia. The Miami game stands as the toughest road challenge, but it is still a winnable contest. Georgia Tech gets their three biggest conference games, Clemson, North Carolina, and Virginia Tech, at home. If they can take at least two of three from this group, then they should be in a prime spot to possibly win the division. Non-conference games at BYU and vs. Georgia can also provide some seasoning and confidence to carry into the conference schedule. Georgia Tech tends to sneak up on people, and this season could be another surprise from the Yellow Jackets.