DURHAM, N.C. When Duke head coach David Cutcliffe opened his weekly press conference on Tuesday, he said, "I guess the question would be who's got the dive, who's got the quarterback and who's got the pitch?"
A roomful of reporters didn't know the answer to that somewhat-joking question, and plenty of ACC opponents seemingly don't, either.
As an offensive coordinator, Cutcliffe used to joke with defensive coaches the option really isn't that complicated to defend. And it isn't. But it is tough to get used to defending, and that's the key.
As the narrative goes, Georgia Tech's tricky triple-option offense, under head coach Paul Johnson (who UNC defensive coordinator Vic Koenning called "guru king daddy"), can be successfully defended if the opponent has extra time to prepare.
But is that really true?
The easy answer is yes ... and no.
Georgia Tech is 5-12 under Johnson against FBS opponents that have had extra time to prepare (30-14 in all other FBS games), whether as a season-open...