The Yellow Jackets certainly have a unique offense and a few players that must be accounted for, but with 4 weeks to prepare, Norm Parker and company will have the defense well prepared. A couple of keys for the defense:
- Spievey must shut down Demaryius Thomas who accounts for 1154 of Georgia Tech's 1762 receiving yards. He is really the only threat at receiver.
- Limit the big play. Georgia Tech can sustain long drives with short runs, but the real threat is the big play. I tallied up GT's touchdowns this year and of the 60 there were 12 that were over 40 yards and 5 of 11 passing TD were over 60 yards.
- Get pressure up front and force losses. GT is very good on 3rd downs (53.5%, 2nd in the nation) but that's because they put themselves in many 3rd and short situations. If Iowa can force into obvious passing downs, then GT will be in a tough place.
- Block Derrick Morgan. Morgan has 12.5 sacks and 18 TFLs. He has also forced and recovered 2 fumbles. He's the last thing we want running after Stanzi who will be coming off his ankle injury.
- Run the ball effectively. As I pointed out, GT is not exactly good against the run. If Iowa can establish a solid run game and keep GT's offense off of the field, then Iowa should be in good shape to win the game.
- Limit turnovers. This is obvious every game but has really been hurting Iowa lately. GT has forced 24 turnovers this year so can definitely take advantage of a miscue.