The Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets have a pair of very tough ACC road games following the Middle Tennessee game.
Consecutive road games Clemson and Virginia Tech will likely determine whether the Yellow Jackets will repeat as ACC Champions.
However, the most imprtant game is the next game– against Middle Tennessee State.
Middle Tennessee State is entering the October 16th contest against Georgia Tech at 2 and 3, but the Yellow Jackets shouldn’t overlook a very capable team with a quarterback in Dwight Dasher who is capable of putting up big numbers passing and running.
Dasher had some NCAA issues to resolve in regard to an improper loan and had to sit out the first four games, but Dasher became the ninth quarterback in college football history with at least 2,000 yards passing and 1,000 rushing in the same season.
Dasher finished the 2009 season with 2,789 passing and 1,154 yards rushing and led the Blue Raiders to a ten win season and a bowl game win.
Dasher went to high school at Clinch County in Folkston, Georgia and the high school is also known for Denver Broncos’ NFL star and former Georgia Bulldog, Champ Bailey.
Several players from Middle Tennessee’s roster are from Georgia and look forward to playing the triple-option Yellow Jackets in Atlanta.
“I know any time you play a team in the state you are from, it adds a little juice to the game. Some of these guys played against these guys in high school. Dwight Dasher and (Joshua) Nesbitt played against each other in the 2005 state semifinals. The familiarity makes it exciting to go play in Atlanta.” MTSU coach Rick Stockstill said.
Georgia Tech was dominant in their win versus Virginia as quarterback Josh Nesbitt ran for 109 yards and Anthony Allen had his best game as a Yellow Jacket with his 195 yard performance in a 33-21 win.
Georgia Tech enters the game with a 4 and 2 mark, 3 and 1 in the ACC.
Nesbitt says Georgia Tech’s game plan won’t change against the Blue Raiders.
“We want to keep the defense off balance and keep them guessing where the ball is,” Nesbitt said. “You can usually tell in the first three or four plays of the game if they know what to do against it.”
Middle Tennessee State’s defensive tackle Dwight Smith knows that dealing with the Yellow Jackets’ triple-option attack will require discipline.
“Being too aggressive against Georgia Tech will get you beat. We have to slow down and execute the game plan. Tackling will be very important because there will be a lot of one-on-one tackling situations.
The Middle Tennessee State-Georgia Tech will be played in Atlanta at Bobby Dodd Stadium, beginning at 3:30 pm.