Georgia Tech at Notre Dame
Kickoff: 3:30 p.m. ET (Saturday)
TV Channel: NBC
Spread: Notre Dame -2.5
Notre Dame vs. Georgia Tech Game
The Georgia Tech quarterback is difficult to stop because he does so many things well. As the trigger man in the Paul Johnson offense, first and foremost he has to make proper decisions. The junior from Prattville, Ala., ran for over 1,000 yards last fall, which is not surprising out of the triple option system. What is a surprise is that he threw for over 1,700 yards with an 18-to-6 touchdown to interception ratio.
Virginia did not have much success with traditional running plays against Notre Dame but they did burn the Irish on the outside with the jet sweep. Thomas and his backs will threaten the edge and the Irish must find a way to contain the outside run while not forgetting about fullback Patrick Skov inside and Thomas throwing the ball. Brian Van Gorder’s defense was hardly spectacular against the Cavaliers and will face a significant challenge from the Yellow Jackets’ signal-caller.
It was a storybook ending for the sophomore from Toledo. This week, Kizer has to assume the role of starter and realize that the Georgia Tech defense is preparing specifically for him. Kizer has a live arm and certainly showed some accuracy on the game-winning touchdown pass. It did appear that his first look was usually to wide receiver Will Fuller, which isn’t a bad thought. But the ND coaches undoubtedly would like to see Kizer spread it around to others a little more. As a relative unknown, Kizer is a wild card factor in this game.
One of the great things about the Georgia Tech offense is that they always feel they can pick up positive yardage. The Yellow Jackets can become maddening for opponents because they consistently put themselves in third and short yardage situations. They are also very good in those spots, ranking No. 1 in third down conversions in 2014. Also, because of their success at getting yards when they need to, you can never assume that Georgia Tech will punt even if you stop them on third down.