Duke football looking for home cooking against inconsistent Georgia Tech

Duke football captains (Jaylynn Nash-USA TODAY Sports)
Duke football captains (Jaylynn Nash-USA TODAY Sports) /

The Duke football team returns home to face an inconsistent Georgia Tech squad. 

After an encouraging three weeks for the Duke football program, the Blue Devils (4-2, 0-1 ACC) suffered a massive setback on the road against the North Carolina Tar Heels but will be looking to get back on track at home on Saturday afternoon.

Georgia Tech (2-3, 1-2 ACC) will make the trip to Wallace Wade Stadium, and while the Yellow Jackets have been impressive this season, Geoff Collins’ squad has also been very inconsistent.

After an opening night loss at home to Northern Illinois, Georgia Tech responded to demolish Kennesaw State before narrowly losing to then-No. 6 Clemson on the road, 14-8.

The Yellow Jackets then bulldozed No. 21 North Carolina from the Mercedes Benz Stadium in Atlanta, 45-22, prior to returning back home to be run out of the stadium by Pittsburgh, 52-21.

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The quarterback position has been a revolving door for Georgia Tech between Jordan Yates and Jeff Sims.

Both players have started this season for the Yellow Jackets, and Yates is completing 64.2-percent of his passes with five touchdowns and one interception while Sims is completing 69.1-percent of his attempts with three touchdowns and two picks.

Sims is expected to get the start on Saturday for the Yellow Jackets as he also has rushed for 200 yards this season and three additional touchdowns.

Duke football defense must have big performance

It seems as if a Duke win will be dependent on the play of the defense on Saturday afternoon.

Now, the offense must do its job by putting together long, time-consuming drives to keep the Georgia Tech offense off the field. But the Yellow Jackets are reliant on the play of a handful of players on offense.

Running back Jahmyr Gibbs has totaled 239 yards and a rushing touchdown in addition to 15 receptions for 219 yards.

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Wide receiver Malachi Carter has reeled in 21 passes for 300 yards and a touchdown, and Kyric McGowan has 16 catches for 244 yards and three touchdowns.

In the last two weeks, the Blue Devils have seen an atrocious Kansas team score 33 points in Wallace Wade Stadium and a potent offense of North Carolina post 38 points on their home turf.

A win at home over Georgia Tech would go a long way in eventually achieving bowl eligibility for the Blue Devils this season.

Kickoff is scheduled for 12:30pm EST and can be seen on Regional Sports Networks and the ESPN App.

PREDICTION: Georgia Tech 31, Duke 23

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