Francesco (5-0): Georgia Tech 27, Syracuse 13
Too many question marks for Syracuse. It’s one thing to play that style of offense in a surprising manner against a Pitt team that may be the worst in the ACC. Georgia Tech has wins over Miami and North Carolina this year, although also a loss to Bowling Green. This games means a lot to the Yellow Jackets, who haven’t gone to a bowl game in over half a decade. Georgia Tech is 5-5 with a matchup against #1 Georgia coming next week. That means this is essentially a must win at home in prime time. The Yellow Jackets, with that motivating factor behind them, get it done and Syracuse has to wait until Wake Forest to try and reach that 13th game.
Adam (7-2): Georgia Tech 24, Syracuse 13
This game is a must win for Georgia Tech. With Georgia looming large next week, the Yellow Jackets need this win to make a bowl game. For Syracuse, I just can’t predict the wildcat heavy offense to be successful two weeks in a row. It could be, Georgia Tech has one of the worst defenses in the ACC. But still, until the Orane prove that this offense can be consistent, it just is too hard believe in.
Liam (5-2): Georgia Tech 27, Syracuse 21
The big question coming into this contest is, as it has been for the last few weeks, the health of the quarterback(s). As unique and cool as the offense against Pitt was, it is anything but sustainable. Even against a GT team that isn’t exactly elite defensively. On the Yellow Jackets’ side, it’s a question of which team show up. Georgia Tech beat a ranked Miami team on the road, but somehow lost to Bowling Green at home this season. Regardless, it’s a big leg up from Pitt. Until Syracuse proves it has an offensive identity that actually includes a passing attack, I have a hard time seeing them emerge victorious in Atlanta.
Ethan (7-2): Georgia Tech 31, Syracuse 10
The Yellow Jackets are going to come out hot, hungry, and desperate in prime time to get their sixth win of the season considering No. 1 Georgia looms large next week, meaning this is GT’s last chance to gain bowl eligibility. Syracuse’s offensive gimmick is up and the defense just isn’t healthy or talented enough to win a game like this. Georgia Tech is going to dominate on both sides of the ball and we’ll all be left scratching our heads wondering just how Syracuse pulled off last week’s gameplan against Pittsburgh.
Tyler (5-3): Syracuse 27, Georgia Tech 21
It’s simple. Syracuse put up almost 400 rushing yards last week. Georgia Tech allows 224 rushing yards per game, the second most out of 130 D1 teams. If SU keeps using its wildcat offense, which it should, then the Orange have a path to victory. The X-factor is GT QB Haynes King. He’s a playmaker, and will target Syracuse’s secondary, which is its weakest defensive group, hard. If the SU defense holds up, then bowl eligibility is right there for the taking.