It would be quite a story. I have to believe that the committee would be more principled than that. If they go undefeated, which means they'd have wins over Clemson, Georgia and (presumably) Florida State in their most recent three games, it'd be hard to keep them out. But, that's a little bit premature.
It was sort of touched on, but I haven't sensed that. That said, I think that is so hard to fight against. When I talked to Jim Grobe last week when he said that he thought Tech was in the driver's seat, he said the toughest part about coaching is getting players to give full effort every week. It's a tough game that typically requires full effort and focus, and I think it's hard to get that from all 40 or 50 guys that play every week.
I'll say this. I think it's hard to play at that kind of an emotional peak on a week-in, week-out basis, and that doesn't even include the Virginia Tech game. I don't know if effort will be a problem, but I think it'll be a challenge (albeit not impossible) to play at an emotional high like they did Saturday.
I'm not going to tell Tech fans to start making reservations for Charlotte, but I think it looks pretty good for the Jackets to get there. If they can beat Miami and Virginia Tech, there's no reason they can't beat at least the other four coastal teams. If they do that, then all they'd need is Virginia to lose one more conference game. As far as 10-0, I think it's possible, but I also think Clemson and Georgia are different animals than the first 10 opponents. But if they get to 10-0, there'd be no reason to not dream a little bigger.
It was great meeting you, too, Christie. Thanks for stopping me. It's always fun to meet readers. thanks for the kind words. I don't think they lacked for motivation, but I have to think this will put a chip on their shoulders.
It's always tough to gauge motivation, but a few players I talked to at least said the right things. Tony Zenon, for instance, said that the team hadn't accomplished anything yet and that if Alabama can lose, anyone can. Ted Roof said yesterday he saw the hunger that he was hoping to see, but it was just the first full-pads practice. This is a new situation for this team, but I don't think motivation will be its shortcoming.
I don't know the answer to that one. Just guessing, but I imagine cost is less. I'm a little out of field, but I think Tech will help former athletes who want to come back to finish up undergrad, but probably not for other degrees. Also, I imagine Tech doesn't offer associate's degrees.
I saw that, and was also going to try to find an answer for that, too.
The team does plenty of conditioning throughout the season. I don't think it's necessarily a "we're playing a fast-tempo team this week; everybody do extra jumping jacks" sort of thing. One benefit of the offense working on no-huddle in preseason is that the defense did, too. But, you're right, I expect the pace to be faster.
He mentioned it a week or two ago. they are still working on it in practice, but it seems less and less likely that they'll use it, at least significantly. I think given how well the offense is running at its huddling tempo, and the way it's keeping the defense off the field, I don't think they're eager to change. It's possible, maybe to kickstart things, but that might be the only circumstance.
I've never asked specifically, but Roof is obviously on the headsets with the coaches downstairs. What I''m quite sure happens is he calls the play to them and they signal it in to players on the field. all the players can read the signals and share them with teammates. communication has to go a lot faster with no-huddle teams.
wow. You're right. The year is going by fast. The break starts this weekend. So student numbers may actually be down.
I'm hoping to do that. I appreciate the suggestion.
I put in an e-mail this morning hoping to get an answer. I'm particularly curious what the student response will be. the student section was pretty light for Georgia Southern, but sold out for Miami, and i think the late start helped. We'll see how they respond to a pretty big game that starts at 12:30.
From a Georgia perspective, I'd think it undoubtedly would help if Georgia Tech went into that game undefeated if the Bulldogs still had one loss. that would mean Georgia would have beaten Arkansas and Auburn, among others, which undoubtedly would help schedule strength, but certainly beating an undefeated Tech team would help. And, obviously, from a Tech perspecive, beating a 10-1 Georgia team would be huge from a playoff standpoint. I presume both would also have to win the next week. This is all way, way, premature, obviously, but that would be something else, an 11-0 Tech team vs. 10-1 Georgia. That'd be a pretty tough ticket, I imagine.
He played some against Virginia Tech, and I think coaches want to rotate players like him and Patrick Gamble and Tyler Stargel into the games to give starters such as Gotsis and Green a breather. The Miami game was an exception because the Hurricanes played so few snaps, so coaches decided to stick with the starters. If Duke runs more plays, and I'd say it's a safe bet the Blue Devils will, I suspect he'll play.
Left tackle Bryan Chamberlain is the only one that I know about, and I'm not positive, but I think he actually is the only one. My guess would be that he won't play and that Errin Joe will start.
Good morning, everyone. Congratulations to Tech fans on the team's 5-0 start. I can't say I expected it. Very interested to see how Saturday plays out. Let's go ahead and get started.
It looks like that's about all the questions we have for this week. Once again, thanks for a lot of really good questions. it's great to interact with such well-informed readers. I've got a ton of stuff that I hope I can get onto the blog before Saturday, so please come back here for more Tech coverage. I'll be back next Wednesday. Enjoy the game!
So far, 50,000 tickets have been distributed, and I'd think it could do well with walk-up. So maybe about what you'd expect for a big conference game.
No, but I was going to try to find out. Given that they're wearing the honeycomb helmets, the honeycomb jerseys wouldn't be a surprise.
It is a little surprising. You could make a case for Louisville at 4-1, but the loss to Virginia looked bad, particularly at the time. You could also say the same for N.C.State, but the Wolfpack hasn't beaten a power-5 team yet and also had to overcome the stigma of being so bad last year, I'd guess. I'd say Clemson might be most deserving, but just the way the polls work, you can't be 2-2 and be ranked. Kind of silly, if you ask me. You shouldn't be downgraded for losing in overtime on the road to the defending national champion.