Duke Football: Well rested Blue Devils set to face hot Yellow Jackets

DURHAM, NC - NOVEMBER 18: Brittain Brown
DURHAM, NC - NOVEMBER 18: Brittain Brown /

It’s time for another week of Duke Football as the Blue Devils are ready to take on the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets.

The Duke Blue Devils had to sit around with a bad taste in their mouthes for a week now as they had a bye week after the home loss to Virginia Tech.

Daniel Jones has another week of rest and practice under his belt as well as the rest of the banged up team on both sides of the ball, but Duke will be without linebacker Koby Quansah for the foreseeable future as he broke his foot in practice this week and will be out indefinitely.

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But this is a Georgia Tech team that will welcome Duke on Saturday afternoon who will not be feeling sorry for the Blue Devils.

Georgia Tech is led by Head Coach Paul Johnson and his triple option offense.

TaQuon Marshall is the leader of the Yellow Jackets offense and if the Blue Devils defense can find a way to contain him, more success would follow for the Duke defense.

It goes without being said, but we have to say it, in order to stop a triple option offense the Duke defensive line must be winning the battle at the line of scrimmage and getting into the Georgia Tech backfield, while linebackers Joe Giles-Harris and Ben Humphreys will have to use their speed horizontally to stop the Georgia Tech running backs from getting the corner.

One thing that bodes in the Blue Devils favor is that they have already faced the triple option in Week 1 against Army where Duke convincingly won 34-14.

On the other side of the ball, the Blue Devils have some serious threats that seemed a bit off two weeks ago against Virginia Tech.

The running game was never able to get going since Duke was trailing for a majority of the game and the chemistry between Daniel Jones and his receivers just wasn’t there which could have been due Jones’ missed times.

With an extra week to prepare for a triple option offense as well as another week to get healthy, Duke has all the tools to take down Georgia Tech on Saturday.

The task got a bit more difficult with the injury of Quansah, but the depth of the Duke defense has already shined this season and expect that to continue on Saturday afternoon.

The game is on Saturday, October 13 at 12:20 pm ET time and can be seen on the ACC Network and Watch ESPN.

PREDICTION: Duke 31, Georgia Tech 26

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