It’s the 1970’s all over again in this years Independence Bowl. Only three teams still run the triple option. Two of them Air Force and Georgia Tech will be playing in this game. These two teams rank first and second in rushing yards per game nationally so this game could be the shortest bowl game in the last 30 years.
3 Keys from the Scouts
1. Who will play on Georgia Tech’s defense? The Yellow Jackets have suspended 7 players for all or part of this game. 6 of those players are defensive starters or contributors. Defending the triple option successfully requires very disciplined team defense. With so many new faces playing one wonders if Al Groh’s guys can pull it off.
2. Which team will pass more efficiently. There will be passes thrown in this game, though only a few. The team that is more efficient will almost certainly be the victor. Tevin Campbell will be without his favorite target Stephen Hill due to unspecified team violations. Due to that suspension the advantage here goes to Air Force.
3. Air Force’s special teams aren’t really all that special. 5 of 10 on the year in field goal opportunities. Georgia Tech will be one of the more talented defenses that Air Force has played. The should be able to stop some drives and force the Falcons into more field goal opportunities then they are used to.
Bold Prediction: Georgia Tech is the more talented team and Paul Johnson and his coaches are familiar with Air Force from their days at Navy. The team suspensions suggest that this team might not be as focused as they should be. Losing Steven Hill is especially brutal for an offense without any other established receivers to step up. Air Force 31 Georgia Tech 17.
|5th||Anthony Allen||RB||18||5Sr||Strong, north/south runner that’s significantly improved his game over the past two seasons.|
|6th||Brad Jefferson||OLB||51||4Sr||Fierce linebacker that chases the action hard and makes a lot of plays behind the line of scrimmage.|
|6-7||Mario Butler||CB||2||4Sr||Highly rated cornerback that does not live up to the reputation. Offers terrific size yet does not show the natural ball skills.|
|7th||Mario Edwards||S||33||5Sr||Aggressive run defender best up the field.|
|FA||Anthony Egbuniwe||DE||41||5Sr||Average college pass rusher that never elevated his game.|
Game Preview: Brent Foshee
Prospect Preview: Tony Pauline