The model is to schedule two power conference teams, which they weren't able to do this year. So if you replaced Georgia Southern wtih a power-conference team, that would improve strength of schedule, although maybe not so much this year. Further, I'd think Georgia and Clemson will increase schedule strength. And, also, Tech and any other ACC school will, for the foreseeable future, suffer in comparison to the SEC in schedule strength. Bear in mind there's four games to go. If Tech ran the table, beating Clemson, Georgia and FSU to get to 14-0, it'd be pretty hard to keep them out.
It's a rough schedule, no doubt. the team could be better and have a worse record.
That was pretty big. I'm hoping to write about that soon.
There you have it. Don't see it happening for various reasons, but GT Dude has spoken.
I definitely want to. I haven't made any this year, and we've only got two more home games left.
4/5 of the offensive line will be back, also, and either Trey Braun or Shamire Mason could slide over to take over for Shaquille Mason. They'll start over at B-back and they'll be pretty inexperienced at A-back, too. And, as you say, wide receiver. Micheal Summers will be the most experienced wide receiver. I think Ricky Jeune and Antonio Messick will have a shot. Qua Searcy looked good in the preseason, I recall. But, to answer your broader question, there's a lot of key losses among skill guys, but having Thomas back for his second season behind a nearly intact line is promising.
Dave Wommack got 2 years. Groh got 3 1/2.
The thought crossed my mind that we might be in for another Georgia Southern-type game. I've not heard rumors like that.
Hard to say. I guess if the blitzes are coming up the middle to stop the dive, then maybe tosses to the A-backs. Quick-hitting passes like slants or quick outs are typically blitz-beating plays.
That's a tough one. It's close, but probably Duke losing two more.
Safeties Anthony Harris and Quin Blanding, linebacker Henry Coley, defensive end Eli Harold.
Aggressive, really good safety play and they force a lot of turnovers.
I don't know that it affected "strategery" that much. Tech obviously was going to run the ball anyway, and it became even more run-heavy with the lead. Pittsburgh is typically run-heavy, but had to call more passes than runs because of the score. I don't think it would be a factor, except possibly in trying deep balls or either kicking field goals/going for it. But I can't remember being at a game at Bobby Dodd where it was so strong that it seemed to affect the outcome.
They do, but they also have one with Texas, and I don't think anyone's accusing ESPN of a Texas bias. (at least not this year) I don't deny you can make a pretty good case for SEC bias; I think that fans sometimes see things the way they want. I'll give you a pretty good example. There are Georgia fans that are convinced that my colleague Jeff Schultz loves Tech and hates Georgia, and I know there are some Tech fans that feel the opposite, when the reality is that Jeff loves Kennesaw State.
a good question. I think it's probably time, although I'd say that's not the only excuse/reason. We'll see how things finish up. I think there's legitimate reasons for the performance, namely depth. But, again, we'll see. I think Roof would be safe.
I thought the same on both counts.
No, I don't think so. I guessed the other day that Tech would probably be ranked around No. 18. I don't think the strength of schedule would be high enough to merit being in the top four. Even if Tech were undefeated, its best win would be Miami, which is No. 29 in Sagarin.
If you'd like to show me examples of how I am biased towards the SEC, I'd love to see it. We give a lot of coverage to the SEC, granted. The paper is also in the middle of the conference's footprint. I think slant is different than coverage.
we're down to four games plus the bowl game, and, given how highly Johnson spoke of Matt Connors, I think they see him as someone who can ably sub for Synjyn Days.
I'd be highly surprised. We
One, I think as a new coach it can be awkward/difficult to retain a coordinator who you beat out for the job. And I think he just didn't think he was the right guy for the job. It's hard to say what would have happened, but I think it might not have ended well if he'd stayed.