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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30 years and counting...

August 18th, 2010
4:03 pm

dawg85,

Nobody has dawg envy, even Tech fans. Why would anybody be envious of UGA football? Its an average football program that hasn’t won an nc in 30 years. So STFU.

And I doubt you or anybody else wants a piece of Joe Dirt. He called out one of you dawg fans for an upfront and personal meeting and as usual the dawg fan quickly left with ahem his tail between his legs. You guys are weak and pathetic.

Aubie

August 18th, 2010
4:07 pm

DawginLex

August 18th, 2010
4:07 pm

Joe dirt moron,

Why do you post on the UGA blogs over and over again in all caps?
Is that supposed to be your internet version of screaming?
Who is your team gerbil boy?
Did you even attend college?

You’re a marine about like I’m vince dooley.

loser

DawginLex

August 18th, 2010
4:08 pm

I’m right here 30 years.

Why don’t you STFU as well

Yellow Fuzzy

August 18th, 2010
4:10 pm

We’re gonna make you Ugag cry so hard, you’d think they’d been forced to watch their wives have sex with other men.

LowCountryDawg07

August 18th, 2010
4:10 pm

Hah, I didn’t know Tech fans could leave their world of warcraft accounts to go to a game. Their highschool stadium is never full.

guy

August 18th, 2010
4:10 pm

INTERNET FIGHT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!111111111!!1!!!!!!

Fred

August 18th, 2010
4:10 pm

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.
++++++++++++++

When I comes to college football I do. I like to talk crap about teams and conferences and in order to do so I have to see the games so I can see the teams. I don’t know HOW I got into the World Cup this year. I’m old, Americans didn’t play soccer when I was coming up.

As to the UGA/GaTech thing? I’m a Dawg. I’ve been meaning to watch more tech games since Johnson got there but I didn’t last year. I don’t understand how that mickey mouse out dated offense is winning as it’s easy to beat. All it takes to shut down an option offense is discipline. Which is why I don’t understand how the Dawgs beat Tech last year since Mark Richt teams have NO discipline. Watching the Dawgs the last couple of years has been painful. They find new ways to snatch defeat out of certain victory too often.

in short, I just love college football. But I don’t give a rats ass about pro football. I’ll watch the Falcons if I have nothing else to do, but if they aren’t playing, I’m not watching. But on Saturdays? I’m not doing ANYTHING but watching college football from 12:00 til 12:00 (or when ever the last West Coast night game ends). My favorite team is UGA and my second is OU. But I’m not a mindless fanatic. If they suck I’ll say so. I will always cheer for them, but I won’t always bet on them lol.

G8R GRAD

August 18th, 2010
4:12 pm

TEBOW TOSSES SALAD:

Total passing yards last year:

Tebow
2,895

Your boy
2,584

Who tosses salad?

T3

August 18th, 2010
4:14 pm

DunwoodyHeel:

UNC will have a good season, but likely no better than 8-4.
I do believe UNC will beat LSU.

The 2008 GT loss in Chapel Hill had more to do with GT losing
BOTH starting Offensive tackles to injury prior to the UNC game.
And then, losing BOTH starting Offesnive Guards during that game.
All that in addition to the fumbles.

2009 was a much better indicator of GT performance with everyone healthy. 400+ yds of Offense, and 47+ minutes TOP.

UNC will have a good year, but wont win the Coastal.

I think Miami is likely the team to beat in the Coastal.

Cracker Jacket

August 18th, 2010
4:14 pm

JB – well said.

Lewis Grizzard

August 18th, 2010
4:15 pm

Hey all, just got back and saw that Joe Dirt is married to a 14 year old boy and keeps his vows sacred.

Wow. To be married and still talk like a third grader. Must make all you other techies really proud.

Fred

August 18th, 2010
4:16 pm

Ummmmmmm g8rgrad? Tebow has left the building. He can’t play there any more………….

Honky Talkin'

August 18th, 2010
4:17 pm

Why are Georgia fans so ignorant?

G8R GRAD

August 18th, 2010
4:18 pm

As has Joe Cox, Fred.
Your point?

kyle

August 18th, 2010
4:18 pm

preseason polls are like shooting a gun with your eyes closed.

But as far as UNC goes, their defense alone should give them a Top 20 ranking, but until their offense proves otherwise then I say 11 is way too high

LowCountryDawg07

August 18th, 2010
4:18 pm

Why are GaTech fans nerds and think its funny to talk about red panties like they have never taken a pair off a girl?

DawginLex

August 18th, 2010
4:19 pm

we cant “hep” it if our parents are cousins

zeeeeeee Nachos aka the "Living Legend"

August 18th, 2010
4:19 pm

AND ……well well well

what do we have here?

whats up “aubie” ????

gdawginkalamazoo

August 18th, 2010
4:19 pm

Joe Dirt, thanks for serving our country man. Good point on the PJ offense eating up the clock. It works well when the other team doesn’t do the same thing. Richt and Co. showed a lot of people how to handle Tech last year as did Iowa. i think that will be the game planning for most coaches this year when they play Tech. The change up on tech’s defensive scheme will cost Tech a game or two just like UGA’s change up will cost us a game or two until the kids get use to it. Losing so much talent at key positions will hurt Tech tremendously this year I don’t care what anybody says. Tech lost four big time stars. I would say the rankings are correct at this point. I think the ACC will be even more competitive this year than last and to be honest probably the best conference to watch this year. Kind of like the Big 12 was the best conference to watch last year.

G8R GRAD

August 18th, 2010
4:20 pm

My point, in case you’re wondering, was that TTS shouldn’t throw stones if he lives in a glass house.

G8R GRAD

August 18th, 2010
4:20 pm

Cam Newton is a STUD!
Dismiss AU at your peril!

G8R GRAD

August 18th, 2010
4:21 pm

I agree with Aubie (and I’m married to an AU grad).

1Jacket7

August 18th, 2010
4:22 pm

It is amazing to me to see that so many people are so dumb. GT’s defense doesn’t go against the option every week it goes against the Scout Team that runs the offense of the opposing team. Stop making this an excuse for the bad defensive year last year. Losing Morgan and Burnett is just that a lost. So IMHO we lose 2 and gain 11 players that will be better this year than last. The last time I checked it took 11 to play and both Morgan and Burnett will let you know that their big plays are a result of someone else stepping up big. GT has a lot of talent and I am excited about seeing what they are going to do. I really believe we will be better every year for the next 4 years with the talent we have right now.
I like our ranking right now because it shows our guys how important it is to Beat UGA and Win your Bowl Game. We will win both this year. Our issue in the past was OL and DL both will be improved this year. Our skill positions are improved this year. Bay Bay was a great player, but he was an unknown when Calvin was here. Stephen Hill and Tyler Melton will be a great replacement for Bay Bay. 2 is better than 1.

HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA

August 18th, 2010
4:22 pm

Nerds just arent used to seeing the
Atheltic Director wearing them on his head.

HAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA-HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

G8R GRAD

August 18th, 2010
4:22 pm

The Hefalumps barely got out of Auburn alive last year!

Fred

August 18th, 2010
4:23 pm

G8R GRAD

August 18th, 2010
4:18 pm

As has Joe Cox, Fred.
Your point?
++++++++++++

I would think it was self evident to any rational human being. This is a COLLEGE blog. Neither one of those two young men can play COLLEGE ball any more so why are you discussing them? Did I type that slowly enough for you to keep up?

DawginLex

August 18th, 2010
4:23 pm

joe dirt is such an internet tough guy cry baby. He steals my blog handle and posts crap above about “hep”

loser

I only make it down for one game a year usually but I might make an exception this year.

LowCountryDawg07

August 18th, 2010
4:24 pm

Nerds just aren’t used to seeing them at all.

TEBOW TOSSES SALAD

August 18th, 2010
4:24 pm

G8R-u have no clue.

5IML

August 18th, 2010
4:25 pm

In spite of warnings to the contrary, I have made conscious decision to summarily dismiss Auburn.

reality

August 18th, 2010
4:25 pm

18th…hmmm…more like 35th.

12th…more like 10th.

UGA fans are ignorant.

Lewis Grizzard

August 18th, 2010
4:25 pm

Hey Dawginlex, watch out… Joe DirtGay says he’s a “man’s MAN” and he’s coming after you. Hahahahaha

DawginLex

August 18th, 2010
4:27 pm

Joe dirt,

If you did truly serve our country as a Marine, I apologize and thank you for your service.

I obviously don’t agree with what you post.

I don’t know how old you are but I’m 51 and a former player who blew out his knee before ever taking a snap. Fighting is something i have always enjoyed as a born and raised S Ga redneck but I probably should stop.

kyle

August 18th, 2010
4:28 pm

Newton is going to be a stud for Auburn, sadly. I doubt he will put up huge stats but
i think he will have a very solid year passing and running the ball. And Darvin Adams isn’t a household name but he is going to be the second best reciever in the SEC this year after AJ

Lewis Grizzard

August 18th, 2010
4:29 pm

DawginLex, He didn’t serve ANYTHING except fries with the BigMac. Don’t waste your time apologizing to that idiot.

zeeeeeee Nachos aka the "Living Legend"

August 18th, 2010
4:30 pm

Auburn – the cool place to hang out is Mellow Mushroom.

DawginLex

August 18th, 2010
4:31 pm

Lewis,

I have always been one to give the benefit of the doubt even when it is not warranted.

I hate you are gone man. I loved your books. You were also really good on the morning radio shows.

Down in Texas it is always 10 to 9. That was the best. Also when you invited the Russian basketball team over for dinner after they beat Tech. You said they wear red and beat Tech so they can’t be all bad.

5IML

August 18th, 2010
4:32 pm

kyle,

I think Newton will start off the year very hot but, as teams get more footage on him and determine is preferences and weaknesses, he will cool off. Overall, I expect him to have a much better year than the average first-year starter.

1Jacket7

August 18th, 2010
4:33 pm

The ACC has a chance to really get some clout back in its possession. VT over Boise; UNC over LSU; Miami over OSU; FSU over OU; GT over KU; UVA just play tough against USC will really make an impact nationally for this conference. It is very doable. These are all must wins for many reasons. It solidifies the power rankings for each team and helps build the interest in the head to head games to come. GT needs to repeat and VT needs to only lose to GT. Miami needs to lose to only GT and VT and UNC needs to only lose to GT, VT and Miami. That way you keep 5 to 6 ACC teams in the top 20 and two teams in the Top 10 by season end. Unfortunately, this means that Clemson will end up with 4 loses. Which is another reason why the ACC needs to step up. This scenario shows just how parity in a conference can be a plus as long as we win our out of conference games. Clemson beat Auburn! GO JACKETS!!! Let’s get to work ACC!

DawginLex

August 18th, 2010
4:34 pm

It’s funny to me that Clemson is playing Auburn because we always called Clemson “Auburn with a lake”

Lewis Grizzard

August 18th, 2010
4:35 pm

Ha. DawginLex, it’s nice to hear someone nowadays who knows what time it is in Texas.

DawginLex

August 18th, 2010
4:38 pm

gotta go back to work, Lewis.

the fries are burning!

:) :) :)

1Jacket7

August 18th, 2010
4:39 pm

I don’t know what world you all live in, but Nerds get the finest woman and end up with the greatest paychecks. Most of your Entertainers were Nerds, check the Biographies. I guess it just makes you feel better to think that the movie Animal House was Real. This is why Revenge of the Nerds was made. Well, let’s do this. Take a look at your wife and then ask yourself if you should have studied more.

Dynamicbigboy

August 18th, 2010
4:41 pm

Hey Realitycheck, you better remember that all your elite players were recruited by Gailey. So far, sour faces recruiting classes leave a lot to be desired.

Lewis Grizzard

August 18th, 2010
4:41 pm

Just another tech fan who never went to tech. Sad.

Yellow Fuzzy

August 18th, 2010
4:42 pm

I’m not allowed to make eye contact with my wife. Mistress says it humanizes me.

1Jacket7

August 18th, 2010
4:54 pm

Lol @ Yellow Fuzzy.

Ramble On:

August 18th, 2010
5:19 pm

Hey JB:

Even if Gt loses two more games, which they won’t, they will still finish 8-4 in a better conference from top to bottom than your pathetic puppies. If I am not mistaken, they were 8-5 last year and in the Terd Bowl. Even with UGA’s pathetic easy schedule, the mutts lose 4, those being UF, GT, AUB and SC. Mark it down and start making excuses of what could have been, but never will be. THWG!

Fred

August 18th, 2010
5:21 pm

Ramble on: To call the ACC a better conference than the SEC is just plain stupid. I hope you use better reasoning for your scientific studies if you ARE in fact a Tech grad………..