Struggling Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (1-2) travels to North Carolina to face the unbeaten Wake Forest Demon Deacons in Week 4 of the college football season at Allegacy Federal Credit Union Stadium. Click here to watch Wake Forest vs Georgia football on CW TV
Both teams have only played once in the Clawson Era due to divisional play in the ACC. However, they share a long, rich history. The two programs squared off each other yearly from 1982-2003, with Georgia Tech leading the all-time series 23-8.
These two teams last faced each other on October 21, 2017, when Georgia Tech scored the final 19 points to come from behind and defeated Wake Forest 38-24. John Wolford threw for 252 yards and two TDs, while Cade Carney led the Demon Deacons rushing attack with 92 yards on 19 carries.
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Venue: Allegacy Federal Credit Union Stadium
Date: Saturday, September 23
Time: 6:30 pm ET
TV: The CW
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Play-by-Play: Tom Werme
Analyst: James Bates
Sideline Reporter: Treavor Scales
Radio: Georgia Tech Sports Network | (In Atlanta: XTRA 106.3 FM / 1230 AM | SiriusXM 382 | Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets App
Play-by-Play: Andy Demetra
Analyst: Joe Hamilton
Sideline Reporter: Chris Mooneyham
Georgia Tech Preview:
Yellow Jackets (1-2) have had a less-than-ideal start to the season and would like to improve as they play Wake Forest today.
Georgia Tech’s offense has been a top-15 unit with 513.3 yards per game. They rank 20th with 310 yards/game passing and 29th in rushing with 203.3 yards per game.
Yellow Jackets have scored 35 points per game so far this season. QB Haynes King has been solid this season, completing 2/3 of his passes for 910 yards, nine TDs, and only one INT.
Since 2000, he is only the 15th ACC passer and the first from Georgia Tech with at least nine TD passes over the first three games of a season.
RB Jamal Haynes leads the Yellow Jackets with 236 yards on 39 carries, followed by Trey Cooley behind with 32 carries for 196 yards. Cooley also leads his side with three rushing TDs. Freshman Eric Singleton Jr. leads the squad with three touchdowns, averaging 20 yards/catch.
Georgia Tech’s third-down offense is improving, putting up a 53.5% third-down conversion percentage (14th best) this season. Moreover, they have a -1 turnover margin this season (75th rank in the FBS).
Meanwhile, the Yellow Jackets have been poor on the other side of the ball, surrendering 483.3 yards per game on average (18th worst in the country).
They concede an average of 197.7 yards/game through the air and 240.7 yards/game on the ground (3rd worst in the country). Moreover, Kyle Kennard leads the team with 15 tackles (nine solo). Also, they rank 57th by allowing a 36.1% third-down rate.
Georgia Tech Injury Report:
Five of the Georgia Tech players are injured, with four out for the year. RB Donate Smith is the only player expected to be fit for the upcoming game.
Wake Forest Preview:
Wake Forest has had an excellent start to the season, boasting an undefeated record. Demon Deacons are racking up an average of 440 yards/game, 279 through the air, and 161 on the ground this season.
Offensively, Wake Forest is totaling 440 yards/game this season (43rd in the FBS) and is totaling 279 passing yards this year (34th in the FBS). Moreover, they rank 66th in run offense (161.0 rushing yards/game) and 42nd with 46.7% third-down percentage.
On the other side of the ball, they are conceding 324.7 yards per game (56th) and allowing 230.7 passing yards per game (86th). Moreover, they rank 29th in run defense (94) rushing yards allowed per game) this year.
Wake Forest has been a top-25 unit regarding third-down efficiency, allowing a 25.6% third-down conversion rate (7th best).
The Demon Deacons (+2) own the 29th-ranked turnover margin in college football with seven forced turnovers (10th in the FBS) against five turnovers committed (78th in the FBS).
Jahmal Banks is the year’s leading receiver with 18 catches for 223 yards and three touchdowns. Demond Claiborne also has been truly impressive, amassing 269 rushing yards and one touchdown on just 11 attempts.
Replacing Hartman, Mitch Griffis is the starting QB for the Demon Deacons with brilliant performances. So far, he has thrown for 837 yards, completed just under 62% of his passes, and has eight TDs to three INTs on the year.
Jacob Roberts leads the Demon Deacons with 31 tackles and is the only player with at least ten solo tackles. Additionally, he is leading with five sacks, with Jasheen Davis right behind him with 4.5.
Chelen Garnes leads the secondary with three passes defended, and DaShawn Jones has two picks on the year. Moreover, Tate Carney has 13 carries for 117 yards and averages nine yards per carry, followed by Justice Ellison, who is also over 100 yards.
Wake Forest Injury Report:
Like its opponent, Wake Forest also has players (eight) on the injury list, including three tight ends. Brendon Harris, Nick Sharpe, and Donavon Green are out for the longer term, while the rest are expected to be fit this or next week.