Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets
(6-6, 5-7 ATS)
Air Force Falcons
(8-4, 4-8 ATS)
If you’re a fan of the triple option offense, this is the duel for you! The Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets and Head Coach Paul Johnson take on a very familiar looking foe on the other side of the field, the Air Force Falcons. These two running schools will have at it in Independence Bowl betting action on December 27th.
The Ramblin’ Wreck really saw their season turn into a bona fide train wreck following a 42-14 win over the Middle Tennessee State Blue Raiders. It was their second to last win of the year, and just a few weeks later, QB Josh Nesbitt would go down with a season ending injury. G-Tech only beat one other bowl eligible team this year (save the Blue Raiders), and that was way back on September 18th against the North Carolina Tar Heels. This is probably going to be the toughest win of the year if it is earned. Unlike last year when the Yellow Jackets won the ACC, there isn’t that deep passing threat to find like WR Demaryius Thomas. Instead, it really is just a straight triple option look with no wrinkles. QB Tevin Washington is having a hard time really getting things going, as he only guided the team to one win this year, a very against the lowly Duke Blue Devils. The good news is that this is the No. 1 rushing team in the country at over 325 yards per game, and RB Anthony Allen is one of the best in the biz. We lost track of Allen last year in the shadow of ACC Player of the Year RB Jonathan Dwyer, but after Dwyer went pro, Allen shined, rushing for 1,225 yards and six scores.
Air Force has a great ground game too, though, as it ranks No. 2 in the country just behind that of Georgia Tech. Just like the Jackets, the Falcons were given a horrifying blow in the middle of the season when RB Jared Tew was knocked out for the season. That did leave for more carries for the rest of this team, as there were eight players with at least 130 yards on the ground on the campaign, but Tew could have, and probably would have been a 1,000 yard back had he stayed healthy. RB Asher Clark reached the 1,000 yard mark just barely, and he found the end zone five times. QB Tim Jefferson Jr. has been turned loose a bit as a passer. In 2010, Jefferson threw for 1,342 yards and ten TDs. As always, the leader of the triple option ran for 769 yards and 15 scores. Defensively, Air Force has had some problems stopping the run, ranking No. 99 in the land at 190.4 yards per game. Needless to say, that number probably isn’t improving just after Christmas.
The Falcons are flying high having won their final three games of the season in relatively convincing fashion. They played the tougher schedule, they won the tougher games, and they have the healthier and better team. Head Coach Troy Calhoun gets the job done against his familiar nemesis on the opposite sidelines.
Independence Bowl Pick: Air Force Falcons -3