Things won't get easier for Georgia Tech

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There is still pain and shock from a loss Paul Johnson describes as the worst of his five years at Georgia Tech.

There also is a big question for this week: How can Georgia Tech’s defense hope to stop No. 15 Clemson’s high-powered offense on Saturday after the Yellow Jackets were overwhelmed in last week’s 49-28 loss to Middle Tennessee State?

There was a similar shortage of defensive stops in a 42-36 overtime loss to Miami two weeks ago.

No Georgia Tech player has more than one sack, interception or forced fumble.

Another alarming sign: Three of the defense’s top six leaders in tackles are defensive backs, including safety Isaiah Johnson, who has a team-best 32 stops.

Johnson said Tuesday he told his players he believes Georgia Tech (2-3, 1-2 ACC) is better than it showed in the back-to-back home losses.

“It’s like I told them yesterday, I know that we’re a better football team than we’ve played, and I’m not going to give up on them,” Johnson said.

“I don’t want think they’re going to give up on themselves. We’ll keep grinding and keep going. In my mind, nothing is over. You keep playing.”

STANFORD: There will be no quarterback change at Stanford this week. And if David Shaw had his way, there will be no questions about the quarterback’s job status either.

The second-year coach stood behind redshirt junior Josh Nunes on Tuesday, delivering an unprompted and unscripted message at the beginning of his weekly news conference that his struggling quarterback will start for the No. 18 Cardinal (3-1, 1-1 Pac-12) against Arizona (3-2, 0-2) on Saturday.

The only quarterback change Shaw wants to see is a change in Nunes’ play.

Nunes completed 18 of 37 passes for 170 yards and an interception in Stanford’s 17-13 loss at Washington last week.

The offense converted 5 of 18 third downs, never scored a touchdown and looked lost for the first time since Andrew Luck left.

NEW RIVALS: Ohio State and Texas Christian University will play a home-and-home football series in 2018 and 2019, the schools announced Tuesday.

The first game will be held Sept. 15, 2018, at TCU’s Amon G. Carter Stadium. The Horned Frogs will visit Ohio Stadium on Sept. 21, 2019.

The schools have met six times, the last in 1973. Ohio State holds a 4-1-1 series edge, with all games having been played in Columbus.


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