Time for a few minor musings about a dozen hours before quarterback-cursed Maryland collides with a Georgia Tech team whose season is all but in shambles.
In other words, good times in College Park. On to the predictions …
1. There will be less than 20 passes in the entire game. Georgia Tech, by its nature as a triple option team, does not air it out very much. Maryland, by dint of its lack of actual quarterbacks, probably will not throw a whole lot. Think of it as a bigger, stronger version of a service academy game, which is hardly a bad thing at all.
2. The game will take no more than 3:10 to play. Given the anticipated lack of passing, it had better. That time of game would match the second-fastest contest of the season for Maryland; it took 3:10 to lose to Connecticut and 2:51 to topple William & Mary.
3. Joe Vellano will have 10 tackles. The senior defensive lineman feasts on triple-option teams, from his 10 tackles against Navy in 2010 to his 20-tackle effort last year at Georgia Tech. He might not match that, but he’ll have a fine day.
4. Brad Craddock will make a field goal. Maryland could —- OK, probably will —- have trouble moving the ball. So if there’s an opportunity to stare down a 45-yard field goal or so, Craddock could be called upon. The Aussie is a more-than-respectable 4-for-6 from 40 yards and longer this season, so it certainly isn’t out of the realm of possibility he makes his way into the box score.
5. Georgia Tech will win. There is some trepidation behind this pick; considering Maryland will start freshman linebacker Shawn Petty at quarterback, this doesn’t reflect all that great on the reeling Yellow Jackets. Nonetheless, look for some combination of Tevin Washington and Vad Lee to squeak out enough points for Georgia Tech to maintain some hope of a bowl bid.
—- Patrick Stevens