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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what?

August 18th, 2010
1:21 pm

SSIGator,

You troll these blogs enough to know that they went to the pool the other day. How come you know so much about the happenings in Athens? One piece of advice: paybacks are hell and CMR will NOT forget the “timeout Florida” you giggle about. CUM = no class

Yellow Fuzz:

You will know that equation very well this year!!

Zeb

August 18th, 2010
1:21 pm

Ya know what guys…..when you walk outside on a Fall Saturday morning……and smell that crisp, clean air you’ve been waiting all year for……..all of these comments are forgotten. Let’s just play some dam football.

CrimsonPride

August 18th, 2010
1:23 pm

dawginlex says all this, yet demands others blog in a classy style.

what an a88-hole

joe dirt, what a moron.

Cesspool?
UGAY?

How old are you 5?

Beats us in something, anything on the athletic side of things and then talk. Otherwise, come visit me in my seat at Sanford “cesspool” Stadium and I’ll enjoy our brief in person conversation and personally introduce you to the difference between a UGA man and a Techno nerd.

Until then, STFU

what?

August 18th, 2010
1:26 pm

When, besides last year and only last year, has Tech been ranked above UGA? Yellow Fuzz (I can hardly type it w/o feeling sorry for you) GT is overrated in EVERYTHING. For crying out loud, you can’t even beat UGA in hoops with all those lottery picks!!! What was the football score last year in Sanford Stadium West? How does it feel to have more Dawg fans in your stadium than yellow bellied losers?

MJ

August 18th, 2010
1:26 pm

G Stein…I am all for scheduling tougher non conference games, more teams and colleges should do it instead of taking the Texas Longhorn way out like last year and schedule SMU, LA Tech, Wyoming and N. Texas. Then when they finally play someone good like Alabama they are toast. My point is just do it in moderation. I love playing Ohio St but thats asking alot to go to Columbus, Pitt and Clemson back to back to back and then head home to play FSU. You can win the ACC but not the national title. Another cream puff instead of Pitt would have been better. If Miami beats Ohio St in Columbus they have proved their point, no need to go to Pitt.

Lewis Grizzard

August 18th, 2010
1:29 pm

guy said: “why would i lie about something like that?”

Because every techie that comes on this board claims to have graduated from tech but when asked to prove it by emailing a camera-phone photo of their diploma, they somehow can’t seem to find a way to do it. When Georgia grads retort with a photo of their diploma, we get some joke like “big deal, a degree from Georgia”. Now, you’re covering your bases by claiming to have a degree from Florida ( who just happen to be last years National Champions ).

Brave Hokie

August 18th, 2010
1:31 pm

@T3

Sounds like your gt koolaid is spike with grain…

There's no stopping GT from repeating in ACC

August 18th, 2010
1:31 pm

`
Georgia Tech can win another ACC title as long as
Nesbitt the Warrior is in the lineup.
`

Damon Evans

August 18th, 2010
1:32 pm

Does anyone know where I can get a good martini?

SSIgator

August 18th, 2010
1:32 pm

what? -

Because I used to live there for a few years. Best thing in Athens was Harry Bissetts on Broad. Too bad it closed. Please don’t talk about coaching class. That was the same game the Preacher Man flipped off Meyer and it was posted on YouTube. Not a very Christian thing to do.

Lewis Grizzard

August 18th, 2010
1:33 pm

“last year” meaning 2008 since the 2010 season has not yet started.

George Stein

August 18th, 2010
1:34 pm

I guess we’ll have to agree to disagree, MJ. I think FSU and Miami have non-conference schedules to be admired and have all the respect in the world for them scheduling them.

Athens, Georgia

August 18th, 2010
1:35 pm

`
Nesbitt for Heisman
…………………………..

Spike

August 18th, 2010
1:35 pm

Yellow Fuzz.. Here is some hurtful truth for you. We beat your #7 ranked (you seem to be fixated on rankings) overrated arses on national TV in your tinker toy stadium. We have beaten you eight out of the last nine years. You were the dreaded “ACC Champs” and lost to our 8-5 team 30-24. You have lost your last five bowl games. Five bowl losses in a row! Your team even bought themselves rings for their one victory in eight years. Is it hurting yet?

Fred

August 18th, 2010
1:36 pm

Ummmmm Lewis Grizzard? I know it takes a while to get the satelite feed all the way up to Heaven, but last year’s Champions were Alabama. Florida was 2 years ago………… just sayin………

Yo Q-Dog: Regale us all with all the NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPSthe CMR has won as a head coach. Or even the NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP GAMES he his team has been in.

4 things actually

August 18th, 2010
1:36 pm

Tebow tosses, no nc in Athens. 30+ and counting.

MJ

August 18th, 2010
1:37 pm

Tide Rising

If you look at Miami’s overall schedule, they play 6 of the top 20 teams in the ESPN Preseason top 25 and 3 of those teams were picked to be conference champions and one (FSU) would win their division. Tough! But on the flip side, unlike GT, Texas and some of these other schools who plya the likes of Furman, at least Miami goes and plays good teams. Like Bama, at least you guys play Penn St on top the SEC schedule. Thats what college football is all about.

Fred

August 18th, 2010
1:38 pm

LOL auto snagger delay. NM Lewis…………..

5IML

August 18th, 2010
1:38 pm

I’m back from lunch. What happened to the “Richt is way better than Saban” trolls?

Fred

August 18th, 2010
1:38 pm

Bama is playing Georgia State this year. How sad……….

Best thing about athens...

August 18th, 2010
1:39 pm

gettiing on 78 south and going back to civilization.

Manny Back P

August 18th, 2010
1:39 pm

Geez, aliases sure seem like they’re having a great conversation, not all the same person are they?
MJ/Lewis Grizzard/Tide Rising/SSIGator/DawginLex

We know, you’re all different people, and have blogging under your handle for years. Right?

Why do.....

August 18th, 2010
1:39 pm

…..all the trees along 78 lean to the northeast? Because athens sucks.

Lewis Grizzard

August 18th, 2010
1:40 pm

Ummm Fred, you missed that I said ‘last year – only because the 2010 season has not yet begun’.

Technically, in ncaa football world it WAS last year. Pay attention.

MJ

August 18th, 2010
1:40 pm

George I am not disagreeing w/ you, I love the schedule, but the fact is if you want to win a national title you cannot play all those types of teams and go 12-0, it won’t happen and thats asking alot of any team. Plus remember, Miami has to play S. Florida, a rival and a Big East team. Winning the ACC I think they will do, winning a national title, that will have to wait until next year.

5IML

August 18th, 2010
1:41 pm

Fred,

BAMA also allowed one it’s quarterbacks, Star Jackson, to transfer to Georgia State. Both the QB and the game are favors to Curry. I don’t understand either but its not up to me.

SSIgator

August 18th, 2010
1:42 pm

MJ -

Miami will destroy the Criminoles this year. Their defense couldn’t stop Leon County High School. Congrats to Shannon. He is doing a great job of bringing the Canes back without all of the thug business. Leave that for the FSU and UGA players. See you guys in 2013.

Fred

August 18th, 2010
1:42 pm

Lewis, You hadn’t said that when I replied. I already stated that. YOU catch up.

Tide Going Out

August 18th, 2010
1:43 pm

Tide will struggle this season mightily. The defense was manhandled and torched for 13 td’s in 1 scrimmage without the 9 players who left this year. 3 losses minimum, likely 4 losses.

But I’ll predict tony will say the defense is astounding (sure, 13 td’s in a scrimmage is just terrific).

guy

August 18th, 2010
1:43 pm

from my experience most tech fans are actual tech grads. uga seems to have more of the ‘wal mart’ fans, not that theres really anything wrong with that. florida is the same way. im not giving my personal email to a message board troll, but i can assure you i graduated from tech. i was even there in athens that rainy november day in 2000 for one of the rare GT wins in the series. stadium was pretty much empty by the 4th quarter. good times.

Lewis Grizzard

August 18th, 2010
1:43 pm

JD ( I think ) said yesterday that co-championing the ACC was like tying in the Ford Pinto 500. Best line of the day… and oh so true.

Lewis Grizzard

August 18th, 2010
1:44 pm

So what if tech wins the acc? They won it last year and still couldn’t beat Georgia.

cthomp25

August 18th, 2010
1:44 pm

To all you UNC bashers, lets not forget the 28-7 spanking we handed G. Tech in 2008- and yeah we got another bye week before you guys. Or the fact that UNC’s injury plagued atrocious offense averaged over 28 pts their last 6 games agianst the likes of VT and Miami. How can anyone sain favor VT with only 3 returning starters on defense and with GT losing key players on both sides of the ball. We get both of them at home this year includig the fact that were 3-0 against Miami. Did I mention we return 21 starters? Smart pick for a smart man Tony B.
GO HEELS!!

how2fish

August 18th, 2010
1:46 pm

SSIgator how is UF camp coming ? Anybody making a bid for playing time that wasn’t thought of as an impact player prior to camp? How is the injury situation anyone hurt the last couple of days? Just wondering if you know a damn thing about them Gators…I’m sure that knowledge equals everything you know about the Dawgs…trolling, trolling,trolling although the creek is swollen…that Gator keeps on trolling….see you in Jax!

UGAY REALLY STANDS FOR JOE DIRT

August 18th, 2010
1:46 pm

TO WHAT… Sir, you are trolling an article written about GT man, not about ugay. Did you hit your head on something this morning?? Trolling up in the cesspool is about the norm on GT articles. I think you are obsessed with GT, so use a fact check yourself since your on here today!
Here are the facts…..

1) You are scum of the southeast and are the laughing stock of college football for all the wrong reasons…see arrests and #1 ranking as a party school and your AD has disgraced your school to no end in sight!

2) yes, you beat GT last year but my point was you lost to kentucky and i believe ugay was better but played terrible. We played terrible vs ugay and did you stop nesbitt in the 2nd half sir?? NOPE.. If he played all 4 quarters, you would have lost, and i know several ugay fans who agreed with that statement, not to mention the drop pass at the end. We beat ourselves. Missed field goals, stupid penalties, dropping passes with nobody within 20 yards, throwing hail mary passes with plenty of time on the clock and in ugay territory at the end was not wise either. Those are the facts. We stunk and still you had to hang on for victory in the last minute. I don’t think you watched the same game i did, but you guys believe you will win a national title every year. YAWN…

3) You were #1 in the nation only to lose 3 times with the #1 pick in the nfl draft and loads of talent surrounding him. That equals failure and OVERRATED! Last year, preseason #13 in the nation, you lose how many times and go to shreveport against the 4th best team from texas! You didn’t even crack the top 35 at season end! Correct? You going to dispute that??? The truth hurts.

4) You continue to recruit top 5-10 classes only to get railed by florida year after year after year. You want me to copy and paste the scores for you to see what woodshed beatings look like? You talk about our fans, but half your fans were gone at halftime of the famous ” blackout” or “wipeout” vs bama, then in jacksonville you morons were running for the hills at half also down there. Your fans are jokes. I saw GT beat ugay in athens 25-6 in baseball and your fans were gone before the 4th inning! The 4th!!!! What loyal fan base you have. Again…THE FACTS!

5) YOU HAVE A FRESHMAN QB WITH NO DEPTH BEHIND HIM!!!!! YOU PLAY IN THE SEC. I WILL BE THE GUY THAT SAID I TOLD YOU SO, WHEN HE GETS THROTTLED BY SEC DEFENSES AND AL GROH WHO LIKE I SAID, WON A SUPER BOWL COACHING DEFENSE. YOU WILL SUCK THIS YEAR, SO QUIT CRYING ABOUT GT RANKED HIGHER AND WHY UGAY GETTING NO RESPECT. HOW ABOUT LIVING UP TO EXPECTATIONS, THEN COME BACK RUNNING YOUR PETER PLEASERS ABOUT GT ARTICLES!!!! Make some sense when you post please!!!!!!!!!!

THWG

George Stein

August 18th, 2010
1:47 pm

I forgot about the USF game, MJ. Win that one and the Pitt game and even if Miami doesn’t win the ACC, they should be Big East Champs. I disagree about the National Championship goal. The goal should be to win the conference – which I think they will. The National Championship is just gravy.

I also have to defend the Jackets a little. We were supposed to have played Ole Miss and UGA out of conference this year but Ole Miss bailed. We filled it with Kansas – definitely not Ohio State but still, they are a few years removed from winning the Orange Bowl (which is more than we can say!).

snapshot

August 18th, 2010
1:47 pm

the mutts from the athens cesspool are #1 ranked drunks in college football. Plus they hold the title of the most arrested athletes in college football. Go leg-humpers.

Fred

August 18th, 2010
1:48 pm

No kiddin’ 5ILM? I didn’t know that. LOL for $72 bucks for the season, I’m thinking of getting season tickets just for grins. If I don’t, I’m going to go to their first game. They have $15 tickets available. There’s really any decent games to watch among the “major football conference teams” on that first Saturday on anyway until later that afternoon or evening. 95% of the teams are playing against opponents who aren’t as good as their practice squad……….

MJ

August 18th, 2010
1:48 pm

ctchomp

UNC is winning zilch this year w/ that offense and w/ no Austin and Little. Don’t kid yourself, Austin and Little are done. No one messes w/ agents and the NCAA and lives to tell about it. Look at USC, Pete Carroll could do no wrong and NCAA threw the book at USC. UNC will not be a forgotten team and wondering what if by mid year.

snapshot

August 18th, 2010
1:48 pm

the mutts got lucky last year. Will not happen this year.

5IML

August 18th, 2010
1:49 pm

Tide Going,

In case you didn’t know, those stats weren’t’ accumulated under real-game conditions. There were 7-on-7 (no lineman), goal line, and redzone drills.

Be sure to watch “All-Access Alabama” tonight and tomorrow night. Let me know if you need the times and channels.

snapshot

August 18th, 2010
1:49 pm

we get another cutting of hedges this year.

Manny Back P

August 18th, 2010
1:50 pm

Is Lewis Grizzard/guy/Fred/SSIgator the same person, blogging to himself?

SSIgator

August 18th, 2010
1:51 pm

how2fish -

Since you have so many questions about the Gators here is the site http://www.gatorzone.com and you can find out everything you want to know.

how2fish

August 18th, 2010
1:51 pm

guy congrats on the degree from Bugville..really. I think its kind of funny you bring up a near empty stadium at the end of the 4th quarter in Athens…I’ve attended 25-30 games at the Joke by Coke and I’ve never seen a sell out unless UGA was in the house..hell son you guys couldn’t sell out at the ACC “championship game” if memory serves..

George Stein

August 18th, 2010
1:52 pm

C’mon, cthomp 25. Go back and look at the stats from that game. Tech dominated that game. We just turned the ball over three time and UNC took advantage. Not offering excuses but to say that UNC whipped Tech two years ago is simply incorrect. You saw last year what happens when Tech doesn’t turn it over. I think Heels have a nice team but I think Tech is a bit better. Good news is we get to find out for sure in a couple of weeks.

MJ

August 18th, 2010
1:53 pm

George

The national title is always the main goal at Miami. But they need to win the conference first before Miami can talk about the national title. Its just a tough schedule is all, at least Duke, Maryland and Virginia are still on the schedule.

Lewis Grizzard

August 18th, 2010
1:53 pm

Guy said: from my experience most tech fans are actual tech grads..

(1) Tech only has 17 real fans ( truth be known ).

NOTE: Indians and Chinese make up 84% of the student body.

(2) your experience is wrong.. unless your are taking these so-called grads at their word. Anybody can “say” they are a graduate of any institution. Proving it is something else altogether.

Funny how that works.

Fred

August 18th, 2010
1:55 pm

Manny Back P

August 18th, 2010
1:50 pm

Is Lewis Grizzard/guy/Fred/SSIgator the same person, blogging to himself?
+++++++++++++

Nope you mindless asshat. I’ve been blogging on the AJC as “Fred” since they started the online thing. I even have a couple of trolls who steal my name and post as me. I just don’t do much on the sports blog because most people are to stupid to hold an intelligent conversation with. (Don’t get all self conscious and look in a mirror or anything, but if the shoe fits…….)

Spike

August 18th, 2010
1:55 pm

What happened to Yellow Fuzz?