The Bright Side of the Bye

Jared Halus, Staff Writer
Jackets Online

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For the second time this season, Tech fans will have to spend their weekend without Yellow Jacket football. It will be the second week out of six that the Jackets haven’t had a game, and although it’s no fun, there’s plenty of reason to be happy about the bye.

Georgia Tech is coming off two tough ACC games in which the team was able to learn a lot about themselves. The bye will give them a chance to improve on the negatives, such as ball security, and give them the chance to keep working on the many positive things. Additionally, the two-week break gives the chance for some injured players to recover.

“I don’t think you ever know when you have bye weeks whether they’re good or bad. We’ve got some guys hurt and beat up so it’s good that I think we’ll get them back, but you also lose some continuity and some routine, which, in our world, is big. Everybody likes to be in a routine,” said Johnson.

Under Head Coach Paul Johnson, Georgia Tech is 5-4 in ACC games played after a bye week, so it’s hard to find a trend in the team’s performance after a break. However, two of those wins are against Miami. The Jackets are 2-0 against the Canes following a bye with a 41-23 win in 2008, and a 28-17 win in 2014.

The team will be looking to extend that to 3-0 next weekend, and Johnson has confirmed that the team is already preparing for Miami.

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