Countdown to No. 1: Can No. 14 Georgia Tech win another ACC title?

We continue our countdown to our preseason Top 25, which will conclude on Friday with No. 1 through No. 5.

Today we have 11-15 and you’ll find three ACC Coastal teams: North Carolina, Virginia Tech, Georgia Tech. Now the round robin with those three and No. 20 Miami is going to be fun. Some smart people are telling me I have Miami rated too low. We’ll see.

Again, let me know what you think. We will have teams 6-10 on Thursday.

 

 

15. Florida State

**–It will be a good season if:  The defense improves just a little bit. Florida State struggled last season and Mark Stoops, brother of Bob, comes in as defensive coordinator. But we wonder if the Seminoles have the horses to be really good. If so, FSU can get to the ACC championship game.

**–It will be a disappointing season if: QB Christian Ponder does not bounce back to his 2009 form. The senior was averaging 321.8 yards of total offense  per game when he suffered a season-ending shoulder injury in the ninth game against Clemson. He completed 68 percent of his passes last season and is playing behind a great offensive line.

14. Georgia Tech

**–It will be a good season if: Quarterback Joshua Nesbitt stays healthy. Nesbitt is the straw who stirs the cocktail that is Paul Johnson’s high-octane offense. Nesbitt has an adequate backup in Tevin Washington but Nesbitt can’t miss long stretches of play.

**–It will be a disappointing season if: The defense does not improve. It should as Al Groh, one of the best defensive minds in the game, takes over. The Yellow Jackets also have to replace four NFL draft choices (two on offense, two on defense) who were difference makers.

13. Virginia Tech

**–It will be a good season if: Bud Foster is able to rebuild his defense. Nobody is worried about the offense as running backs Darren Evans (2008 ACC freshman of the year) and Ryan Williams (2009 ACC freshman of the year) return along with senior quarterback Tyrod Taylor.

**–It will be disappointing season if: The Hokies fall in the opener against Boise State. Last season Virginia Tech lost its first game to Alabama in Atlanta. That game exposed some weaknesses that teams like Georgia Tech were able to exploit. Beat Boise and Virginia Tech could be in the BCS title discussion in November.

 

12. Wisconsin

**–It will be a good season if: Running back John Clay can pick up where he left off last season. Clay finished the season with six consecutive games over 100 yards and finished as the Big Ten’s leading rusher with 1,517 yards.

**–It will be a disappointing season if: The Badgers lose back to back games with Ohio State (Oct. 16 in Madison) and Iowa (Nov. 23 at Iowa City). Wisconsin will be favored in every other game it plays and a split in those two games probably puts the Badgers in a BCS game.

11. North Carolina

**–It will be a good season if: Senior quarterback T.J. Yates rediscovers his 2007 form when he threw for over 2,600 yards. The defense is so good that if the Tar Heels get consistent play at quarterback, they can win the very tough ACC Coastal.

**–It will be a disappointing season if: Marvin Austin’s contact with agents keeps him out of action for an extended period of time. This North Carolina team is built around a defense that has at least six NFL Draft choices. It can’t afford to lose Austin and it can’t afford for this to be a major distraction.

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JB

August 18th, 2010
2:33 pm

I’ve enjoyed sitting in the shade this afternoon……little bloody on these blogs today.

MJ

August 18th, 2010
2:35 pm

CTchomp

If UNC has their full compliment of players that defense is going to be sick. I question the UNC offense still but if Jacory throws 4 picks and has a busted thumb again who needs offense when points are given away.

what?

August 18th, 2010
2:37 pm

SSIGator, please show EVERYBODY the proof you have of Richt “flipping off” CUM. And not some doctored up fuzzy film.
Really, do you even want to compare the classiness of Richt and Meyer? Really?

SuperiorIntellect

August 18th, 2010
2:39 pm

OKY St. slammed UGa w/o Bryant. UNC can live w/o Austin. They are loaded, not a one-man defense.

IfTheGloveDon'tFit

August 18th, 2010
2:40 pm

UNC has been the posterchild of how to deal w/ an ncaa investigation. Marvin’s a extrovert and couldn’t stay off tweets and myspace. The facts are in. NCAA suits have finished w/ us. Word is 1-2 games out for Marvin just to “make a statement”, and Little is clean.
Those who think we have no Offense based on last year…we played half a season w/ an Oline held together w/ duct tape. Lost our starting TE and RB for half the season. Don’t count on that same picture this season.
It’ll all become obvious to you guys on 9/4. UNC will be proving you can’t live in the past in college football…unless you’re from the SEC. It will be painfully obvious to LSU….with or without Marvin.

LowCountryDawg07

August 18th, 2010
2:40 pm

SuperiorIntellect

August 18th, 2010
2:40 pm

You ain’t listening, UNC will field a significantly improved offense this year. Are you listening now? we ain’t talking about last year’s offense. Are we talking about UGa and Tech re last year, or this year?

UGAY REALLY STANDS FOR JOE DIRT

August 18th, 2010
2:40 pm

DAWGINLEX…. What are you a fag? Come meet you at your seat in athens? Is that a threat or something? I’m actually 6 ft 1 in 238 lbs and a former marine who has served our country for 4 years. More than i’m sure you could say, and you wouldn’t want to meet me in an unpleasant manner either. You may be going to the hospital while i’m going home partner. Leave your email address dawginlex, im interested to see if you can walk the walk, you surely talk the talk pal. You want to talk about manhood, leave your email info. I will check back to see if your interested in meeting me since you decided to go there. I expect you are a coward and nothing more than a loser who lives at home with your parents talkin sh*t. Be careful what you wish for or perhaps just STFU YOURSELF if you know what’s good for you. Meet a real man, thats awesome, i’m your huckleberry dawginlex!!!

THWG

LowCountryDawg07

August 18th, 2010
2:43 pm

I meant like the new bulldog mascot?

Fred

August 18th, 2010
2:45 pm

MJ: Talk about a DOH! moment. I’m sitting here with Bama’s schedule opened and totally missed the fact that they play Florida in the regular season. I’ll bet the other conferences are loving that. Chances are pretty good that they will meet again in the SEC Championship and if they split the two games some weak sister like Ohio State will slip in the Championship game.

Right now, and for the last several years, winning the SEC Championship is more meaningful than winning the BCS Championship. I really wish that the Big 10 and Big 12 would get back to being real football conferences and that Miami and FSU get back to being good, consistent teams. When you add the “new” Ga Tech and if folks are right about N. Carolina along with VTech, the ACC should be a tough conference too. However the hopes I had for that conference when they added VT, BC, and Miami have yet to be realized.

The PAC 10 is (and always has been) a joke especially now that USC can’t hire professionals any more. The Big 12 really for the last 10 years has only had Texas and Oklahoma. And OU can’t win a bowl game under Stoops………… The Big Easy doesn’t even deserve mentioned lol. Right now there is no arguing that the SEC IS the premier conference, even in it’s weakened state. Let’s hope Dooley can get Tennessee turned around and Richt can FINALLY find a way to instill some discipline in his players. Florida is there, Alabama is there and Auburn is on the way (God it pains me to write that lol). Nutt is turning Ole Miss around. Things should be really interesting in the next few years………

Dawgs Rule

August 18th, 2010
2:49 pm

The only team on GA’s schedule that can beat them is florida and they are way down this year. This could be the biggest year in Ga since the 1980 title game—this dawg team is loaded with talent and Grantham’s 3-4 D will be the best in the SEC. Mark it down–Dawgs win the SEC east and play bama for the title.

Fred

August 18th, 2010
2:51 pm

IfTheGloveDon’tFit: LSU was way over ranked last year. They had a decent enough defense but ZERO offense. I haven’t seen that they have done anything to improve their offense. If UNC is as good as you say they are, they should roll through LSU like poop through a goose. Well I guess I should add the caveat that it depends on who the ref’s are. The SEC Ref’s gave LSU two games last year………….

Tide Rising

August 18th, 2010
2:52 pm

JB,

Don’t know about this morning cause I wasn’t on but its been mostly a civilized football discussion this afternoon.

Fred

August 18th, 2010
2:54 pm

I hope so Dawgs rule. That wouldn’t hurt my feeling a bit.

I’ve been thinking that is we can just get the ball to about the forty yard line that Blair Walsh can just kick a field goal lol. Isn’t his range like 69 yards? Oh wait, maybe we would have to get the ball to the 50 yard line and THEN let him kick it in……….

UGAY REALLY STANDS FOR JOE DIRT

August 18th, 2010
2:54 pm

Lewis G, i’m a married man who RESPECTS HIS VOWS TO HIS WIFE, I don’t drink and drive and put other peoples lives in danger you idiot. Maybe that’s acceptable behavior to you. I will give you a pass since you likely bath in the tears of poor people up in that sh*t hole known as athens. Now go back and slither into the hole that you came from lewis. Good grief what a stupid post lewis. You must have the eye Q of forrest gump man. That may actually be a compliment to you sir!

THWG

JB

August 18th, 2010
2:55 pm

The player that Fox just lost, the 6′8″ forward has just signed with UMASS under Prop 48. Hum, imagine, UMASS accepts prop 48 and Georgia doesn’t. Oh, Bama and Auburn do, Florida, I don’t know. This was part of the Jan Kemp self imposed restrictions UGA put on themselves.
I’m really surprised Bama and Auburn Accept them……….LOL

SuperiorIntellect

August 18th, 2010
2:56 pm

MJ, if we lose both Austin and Little, we can make that up because we play the “U”, and we own them.

JB

August 18th, 2010
2:59 pm

Mr Joe Dirt……… This blog slings mud 24/7, and it’s pretty rough stuff, and reaction to your blogs fans the flames, not puts them out. they talk about things on here that get all blood pressure’s up……Maybe blogging is not for you.

what?

August 18th, 2010
2:59 pm

Uh, SuperiorIntellect,

check your facts….Dez Bryant DID play against UGA and scored a TD.

how2fish

August 18th, 2010
3:00 pm

UGAY REALLY STANDS FOR JOE DIRT…dude I’m serious chill..your not going to last long around here if your that easy to “get to” thanks for your service by the way but really……deep breath..

Coolest in the Clutch

August 18th, 2010
3:01 pm

Joshua Nesbitt for Heisman

what?

August 18th, 2010
3:01 pm

Simmer down Joe Dirt…Like JB says, it goes back and forth. If you can’t handle the heat stay out of the …whatever!

what?

August 18th, 2010
3:02 pm

what is an “eye Q” ?

Dostoyevskiy

August 18th, 2010
3:03 pm

I like UNC this year too. More ammo: Even without Austin anchoring his part of the line, UNC will still field a terrific defense, of which DE Quinn will still be the focal point. His supporting cast is equal or better than the talented group that played alongside Lawrence Taylor through 1980, and is far superior to the bunch that aided Julius Peppers a decade ago.

Fred

August 18th, 2010
3:04 pm

You mean you people are still reading what Joe Dirt writes? I blip right over his posts. I’d ask what everyone is talking about, but I can’t see how the knowledge would add value to my life…………

Dostoyevskiy

August 18th, 2010
3:04 pm

What? I apologize if that b the case. So they slammed UGa w/Bryant, not without him.

Fred

August 18th, 2010
3:08 pm

You UNC folks need to hush. You’re gonna “World Cup” me. I was on a computer tech blog and all these folks started talking about the World Cup. So I decided to watch it. I screwed around and got hooked on it and watched the whole thing. How does this apply?

If ya’ll don’t STFU, I’m gonna screw around and start watching UNC. I won’t be able to help it. I’ll be channel surfing and I’ll see a UNC game and stop on it. I might even get so carried away that I might cheer for them or something and I don’t want that to happen………….

So HUSH now.

MJ

August 18th, 2010
3:10 pm

Super

All things change my friend. Miami owned FSU for a long time than FSU won 5 straight now Miami is has won 2 straight. Oklahoma had Texas’ number for so long now Texas has won like 3 straight. Everything comes full circle.

Deezheelz

August 18th, 2010
3:11 pm

Have you people talking about last years teams as though they are this years teams ever actually played any sport at all?Teams are different from year to year,c’mon get your head out of the sand.If you think GT will roll Carolina because they did last year then thats crazy.Yeah GT rolled UNC’s highly touted defense because of good execution and game plan but they also rolled that D because UNC’s patchwork offensive line could not keep the defense off of the field.Now I’m not saying UNC is gonna win the ACC much less the Coastal but if you are expecting the offense that you probably only watched play one Sat. last year then you will be very disappointed unless we have to incorporate a MASH unit like we had last year.There are VERY few teams if any who could have survived the offensive injuries that UNC had last year.But I know injuries are part of the game and I’m not throwing that out there as an excuse,I’m just sayin.

how2fish

August 18th, 2010
3:15 pm

Deezheelz yeah I’m sure a lot of the bloggers have played a sport or two..how about you? What in the hell does that have to do with blogging? Hell there are a lot of guys getting paid big money that never played Jack but cover a sport and do a damn good job…

TEBOW TOSSES SALAD

August 18th, 2010
3:20 pm

Repeat, 3 things that are certain this year: 1. UGA will win more games this year than last! 2. tech will lose more this year than last! 3. So will f l o r i d a!!!!

IfTheGloveDon'tFit

August 18th, 2010
3:22 pm

http://tarheelblue.cstv.com/allaccess/?media=185795

Anybody who doubts that the Heels are for real, go to this link. I think you’ll have your eyes opened.

Dostoyevskiy

August 18th, 2010
3:24 pm

Fred, sounds like you like cool aide, all brands. Are you watching the GaTech and the UGa games as well. Seems like I hear an awful lot about them too. Maybe more than I hear about UNC. What you think? Maybe I’ll start watching them – but only if I can’t help it.

UGAY REALLY STANDS FOR JOE DIRT

August 18th, 2010
3:26 pm

What, jb, just a guy named dawginlex making a threat and i’m just calling him out on it fellas. Your correct that it is a blog, i get that. However, if you want to choose the verbage as that fella did, well…i’m just the guy for him to meet in person is all i’m saying. Do i hate uga, yes, do we go back and forth, yes. Dwginlex crossed a line and i just called him out. Don’t piss in my direction over that one, look at the person who wanted to make this more of an issue.

How2fish, thank you for your patriotism. I’m what you may refer to as a man’s MAN. I’m not what you think of perhaps a typical nerd fan. If you saw me, you would agree. I can talk on here with anyone, but don’t bring manhood into the thread and teaching “me a lesson” line into this GT, georgia debate as dawginlex decided to do.

JB, we can agree to disagree all we want, but people should be careful what they wish for. Go back and read that idiot’s post bro. I’m not a homer and blinded by the love of my team. I think we will go 10-2 this year and the VT game will decide our fate in regards to another title. We have a target on our back no question, but repeating as ACC champs is very possible if our defense improves and it will. We need Nesbitt to stays healthy and i feel CPJ is a winner so i think our program is on the rise! People said after lsu game, ” well GT got killed and everyone has it figured out now” … We won the ACC title and went to a BCS game last year. Iowa beat us pretty good up front as ugay did in atlanta, people will say it’s been figured out. CPJ just wins! We will live and die by our offensive line. When we don’t execute blocking as 1st half vs ugay, iowa game and miami game, we get burned. When we block and play assignment ball up front, we chew the clock up and put the pressure on the other team and WIN!!

Do you jb and what, really believe GT is not deserving of it’s ranking or just not a good team? How about a legit answer please.

THWG

what?

August 18th, 2010
3:26 pm

My goodness…Talk of UNC being relevant in the college football landscape is like saying Vandy will win the SEC. Just sayin’!!

Les Miles Quote for Today

August 18th, 2010
3:26 pm

“I don’t know that anyone on my team knows what a self fulfilling prophecy is. If they do, I hope that they take it in later in their years.”

heels my butt

August 18th, 2010
3:32 pm

When is the last time the UNC heels have been relevant? Exactly. Now STFU heel fans and wait for bball season. Even then you’ll be watching Duke win the ACC and not you guys.

Spike

August 18th, 2010
3:35 pm

The Dirt Man is quite full of himself. Get some decaff.

Tony B

August 18th, 2010
3:36 pm

Has anyone seen my baby blue bong???

5IML

August 18th, 2010
3:40 pm

I wonder who TB will list as the number one team on Friday.

Damon Evans

August 18th, 2010
3:45 pm

Any skanky ugly big nosed white girls in the house?

WVMountaineer

August 18th, 2010
3:46 pm

too much love for North Carolina.

They’ll disappoint…..again.

DunwoodyHeel

August 18th, 2010
3:49 pm

Carolina’s offense should be improved with healthly o-line, all conference caliber tight-end back, and more experienced recievers. Yates is a question mark, but think he’ll be improved with a better cast around him. The defense will be good, probably not as good as advertised. In regards to Tech-UNC game last year, remember 08′ when Carolina’s defense kept Tech’s offense largely in check and won in Chapel Hill. In other words, past performance is not always indicative of future returns. In regards to UGA-Tech bickering. UGA has a top 15 program and has enjoyed a good run. You can not argue about what a great place Athens is to catch a game or the job Mark Richt has done on a consistent basis. Tech has a good program too, has an offense that is great to watch and wins with talent that is not always nationally recognized. Paul Johnson is an excellent coach who will do good things at Tech. My prediction is that UGA wins 8 games, Tech wins 8 games, UNC wins 9 games, wins the coastal, loses in the ACC championship game, and has a better basketball team this year. Falcons win the NFC South, Braves lose in the first round of the playoffs but actually sell out two of the playoff games, Hawks finish 3rd in the East and Dustin Johnson wins the Masters next year

dawg85

August 18th, 2010
3:49 pm

I’m so excited Joe dirt is a man’s man and gives us all the details. Typical Tech fan. Tony writes a post that doesn’t even mention Georgia and he brings up the Dawgs. I suspect he has Dawg envy, particularly after last years loss to Georgia, with all the trash the nerds continually spew.

LowCountryDawg07

August 18th, 2010
3:50 pm

Any skanky ugly big nosed white girls in the house?

-Saw some in Atlanta today on Tech campus

dawg85

August 18th, 2010
3:52 pm

BTW — I think Tech will go 8-4 with a loss to the Dawgs. We shall see won’t we.

GTu

August 18th, 2010
3:53 pm

GTU = overrated

JB

August 18th, 2010
3:55 pm

Joe, all I’m saying is this may not be the venue for 6 paragraph retorts. I get called horrible things on here by Tech people all the time, some deserved.. It’s gonna happen. Sorry it happened, but most on hear
( I have been guilty) want to comment on the subject at hand and move on…Most of the time, folks on here will not read lonnnnnnnnnnnnnnng post. Have a coke a relax….It’s a game.

Loo Hoo Hoo OOO zer

August 18th, 2010
3:56 pm

The worst GA team in 20 years? How about your fabulous Quincy Carter days when Tech smacked the fleabags 3 years in a row?

GTu

August 18th, 2010
3:58 pm

Loohhhooooser: ah…I think you nerds had to vacate those cheated wins