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Georgia Tech Vs. North Carolina: Paul Johnson preparing for high-speed Tar Heel offense

The Tar Heel offense is one of the fastest in the ACC, and Georgia Tech head coach Paul Johnson has the scout-team offense doing their best to emulate that pace.


Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets head coach Paul Johnson is altering the scout-team offense to prepare the team for the North Carolina Tar Heels. Discussing how the team was preparing for the game, Johnson said:

"I think what you can do is you run two groups, and as soon as one's finished, the next one's up there running it again," he said. "It'd be impossible to go any faster than that. You replicate it the best you can."

North Carolina played the North Carolina St. Wolfpack in Week 10, and both teams had 20 possessions. In contrast, the Yellow Jackets' Week 10 contest against Maryland had each offense on the ball nine times. Paul said he doubted that Saturday's game would feature as many possessions as the Tarheel/Wolfpack game did.

Georgia Tech faced an up-tempo offense in their game against the Clemson Tigers. The Tigers got off 93 total plays in that game, well above Tech's 60. The Yellow Jackets were able to keep it close until the fourth quarter, when Clemson outscored them 17-3 on the way to a 47-31 final. The Tar Heels aren't quite as explosive as Clemson's seventh-ranked offense, but they do average 39.4 points and 488 yards per game.

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