No. 14, and that’s not bad

Georgia Tech debuted, if that’s the right phrase, at No. 14 in CNNSI’s post-spring football poll,

Writer Andy Staples says defensive tackle T.J. Barnes was the star of the spring. I would argue that it was A-back Marcus Wright, but you can read more about that in Sunday’s paper.

Other notables in the poll: No. 1 Florida, Virginia Tech at No. 5 (which shocks me. I have some familiarity with the team from my days in Virginia. Always a good team, but never struck me as one that can put it all together). Alabama at No. 10, Georgia at No. 15 (Staples makes comparisons to the Shockley year), and FSU at No. 22.

My purely unscientific, haphazard, no guarantee, poll rankings for the ACC after the spring practices:

Atlantic (this division is a mess this year, in my opinion. Wouldn’t be surprised to see this finish totally backward from what is written here)

1. Florida State

2. Clemson

3. N.C. State

4. Boston College

5.  Wake Forest

6. Maryland



1. Georgia Tech

2. Virginia Tech

3. North Carolina

4. Miami

5. Virginia

6. Duke


Other tidbits:

35 athletes will graduate this year, according to a tweet from GT’s talented and always helpful Sports Information Department…four women’s tennis players will compete in the NCAA’s individual tournament, including defending champion Amanda McDowell (more on her season in next week’s paper)…the women’s basketball team is about embark on an 11-day trip to Tunisia and Paris (great city, but its subway system seems like it was drawn by a child with a box of crayons)…and a few football players are at rookie camps this weekend (hopefully more on that next week).

So, what are you post-spring football predictions for the ACC? Oh, and anyone watch Lost last night? Send me your theories about that, as well.

108 comments Add your comment


April 30th, 2009
11:43 am

Barnes is a monster! Do you think he could be as affective as Alabama’s Terrance Cody?


April 30th, 2009
11:54 am

If Mr. Barnes can keep his weight below 330 pounds, and hit the weight room everyday till Summer camp and run his daily mile, he can be better than Mr. Cody. Otherwise he will be just another fat boy wanna be.


April 30th, 2009
12:05 pm

i dont care if he can run a mile or not, i just want him to be able to push 2 or 3 guys off the line of scrimage to disrupt the middle.


April 30th, 2009
12:08 pm

We should be at least 5 teams ahead of UGAg.


April 30th, 2009
12:27 pm

BARNES was NOT the star…Not even close. He is a work in progress, don’t expect him to start just get situational playing time. He still plays too high and isn’t a full effort guy every play. Misdirection kills him, today he is a one gapper thats it.


April 30th, 2009
12:32 pm

Doug, Techies do not care about preseason polls. They are absolutely meaningless every single year according to the Techies. It will be interesting to see how this position holds up now that their team will actually be in one. My guess is the Techies will do one of their usual 180’s on the subject and preseason polls will once again be all the rage.

Jaded Jacket

April 30th, 2009
12:45 pm

I agree with you Huh?. I believe the polls are irrelevant until at least the 4th game of the year when all the patsy games are done with.


April 30th, 2009
12:56 pm

If you lose, it doesn’t matter what your ranking was. Noone cares about rankings until after the conference championship games.

Jaded Jacket

April 30th, 2009
1:07 pm

Ranking teams based on last year’s results, their returning players, and an overhyped spring scrimmage is a joke. It’s nothing but a huge guessing game. Wait until some meaningful games have been played and then start the guessing game. That being said I still enjoy seeing GT ranked high, but only when it means something at the end of the year.

blue fox

April 30th, 2009
1:16 pm

How many years has it been since Tech entered the pre-season ranked higher than UGA?? Seems like forever!

Baba O'Riley

April 30th, 2009
1:20 pm

Huh? Shouldn’t you be upstairs feeding your cats or cleaning your mother’s dentures?

Ty Webb

April 30th, 2009
1:26 pm

I believe you have to put VT at the top of the division until someone proves that they can beat them. They are going for their third straight title. The Atlantic…who knows? Tech gets both VT and UNC at home which is good, and they are at the U after the week after Miami plays FSU. Back to back Thursday night games for Tech against Clemson and Miami in September should tell the story for the rest of the season.

Ty Webb

April 30th, 2009
1:27 pm

blue fox, I know in 2006 Tech was ranked ahead of UGA for most of the season until our epic collapse (UGA, Wake, West Virginia).


April 30th, 2009
1:37 pm

Preseason rankings are a waste of internet!!! GO TECH!!!


April 30th, 2009
1:41 pm

Huh?, i like the way you called out the Tech fans attitudes towards preseason rankings…the best way to end an argument is to destroy it before it begins… would you have offered up this sentiment IF the mutts hadn’t blown their preseason #1 ranking last year AND if they’d been ranked higher than Tech THIS season? GO TECH!!!

jamie c

April 30th, 2009
1:54 pm

Va Tech was a little too high, but GT seems to be right where I thought we’d be. Gonna have show more consistency on defense and improve the o-line to go any further than #14. LSU destroyed our line and proved there’s still a long way to go…that said, there’s no reason why we can’t be in a half empty stadium in Tampa playing for an ACC title.
…and about Lost last night, well I’m just glad that Jack is back to making decisions and there is no more secrets amongst the Darma group and Sawyer. The ending to this season should be a helluva


April 30th, 2009
1:59 pm

Yech’s football season will turn out as ugly as Paul Johnson’s golf swing. Bank on it…


April 30th, 2009
2:31 pm

CPJ has two hole-in-ones WTF???, how many do you have?

We’re not talking putt putt either.


April 30th, 2009
2:38 pm

Barnes better than Cody? I love Tech as much as anyone, but brotha, put down the Kool-Aid.

Saint Simons

April 30th, 2009
2:43 pm

uga #15 hahahahahahahahhahahahaha


April 30th, 2009
2:44 pm

You all better hope Morgan Burnett can cover the entire secondary like he did in high school, or u have no chance.

Doug Roberson

April 30th, 2009
2:47 pm

Former great Pat Swilling elected to the College football Hall of Fame, also CPJ awarded three scholarships for 2009-10 to Mario Edwards (DB), Zach Krish (OL) and Sean Bedford (OL).

Not Disappointed

April 30th, 2009
2:48 pm

Barnes can be something really special!!! Let September get here quick! Ramblin Wreck!

ACC Football=SEC Basketball

April 30th, 2009
3:20 pm

Congrats to the Sack Man. If the Clampetts had any sense, they would have drafted Pat instead of the Saints getting him.


April 30th, 2009
3:24 pm

Doug, do you actually think we can win some sort of title this year? It’s been such a long time since we’ve been relevant, so forgive me if I’m skeptical about this team. Keep up the good work!


April 30th, 2009
3:31 pm

Doug, forgive my creepy imposter at 3:24, he’s a victim of a very sad childhood and a 45-42 beatdown.

Dawg House

April 30th, 2009
3:50 pm

45-42 beatdown?? Winning by 3 is a beatdown? Isn’t that like an oxymoron? Then what is 52-3?


April 30th, 2009
3:52 pm

38-3 IS A BEATDOWN… LOL………Couldn’t find the end zone with Daniel Boone leading the way.
45-42 is a horseshoe up your butt…..


April 30th, 2009
3:59 pm

Should tech being ranked higher than ugay not be front page news? If it were the other way around, I guarantee it would be THE front page headline in this worthless UGAY rag.

Doug Roberson

April 30th, 2009
4:15 pm

Mutts: First, it’s online, so it’s not a rag. It’s a Commodore 64 (or some equivalent of a bad computer or monitor)

Second, it’s a off-the-top of the head poll, as Staples says.

I wouldn’t put too much stock in it.


April 30th, 2009
4:29 pm

Dawg House 52-3 sounds good…but if you’re going to make something up, why not try something like 222-0 or something?

…don’t let 48-0 get in your way.

Supersize that order, mutt

April 30th, 2009
4:33 pm

I think Dawg House was talking about when UGA beat us 51-7 in 2002.


April 30th, 2009
4:42 pm

Doug…congratulations, you’ve just inherited a blog that usually devolves into stupidity between GaTech and UGA fans after every post (it happens on the UGA blog, too). I find it hilarious that it’s almost always the same people…I guess we all know what part of the 7% that’s unemployed is doing. I think Mark Bradley finally figured it’s better to just amuse himself and egg them on rather than try to keep them from being unruly. I’m a GaTech fan and Alum, and I have a lot of friends that are UGA fans/alums. Sure we have are good natured ribbing here and there, but nothing to level some of certain posters. It’s always the vocal minority that makes it uglier than it needs to be for the rest of the school fanbase.


April 30th, 2009
4:43 pm

sticking up for a fleabag supersize?

BS Patrol

April 30th, 2009
5:26 pm

Lighten up, Dannyboy! We’re just trying to have a little fun.


April 30th, 2009
5:51 pm

VT is the team to beat until someone does it. Every year that a championship game has been played, VT or GT has represented our division. It will continue this year, but let’s hope it is us.
Barnes will come in handy against the UVA’s of the world. Those huge OL’s have given us trouble since Groh has been there. Big TJ should help us get some push.
Marcus looks like Reggie Campbell from Navy. Small with great acceleration and above average top end. He’ll be a player for us this year.
As far as UGA, I’d compare it more to the Tereshinski year than the Shockley year. Shocker had a defense, Cox does not.


April 30th, 2009
5:58 pm

Oh and Doug, this is the same SI that predicted Tech to win 3 games last year. Their poll is meaningless.

Joe Schmoe

April 30th, 2009
7:01 pm

I agree with Jackets21, these polls are crap and think CPJ would think so as well. Let our results be know on the field, and not on paper. If TJ keeps up everything he has been doing, there is no way he dosen’t start this year. That big baby hueghy is a man child. Griffin should also have a break out year as well.

Not quite

April 30th, 2009
7:34 pm

I don’t understand why the ajc’s writers always promote TJ Barnes. I think personally many people are extremely ignorant to the nuances of football and assume a big body equals a great player. I completely agree with the statement of “Disagree”:

“BARNES was NOT the star…Not even close. He is a work in progress, don’t expect him to start just get situational playing time. He still plays too high and isn’t a full effort guy every play. Misdirection kills him, today he is a one gapper thats it.”

I am not saying he can’t become a good player, but to ordain him the chosen one on the defensive line is outrageous. Simply watch all the scrimmages and every practice and you might be surprised at what you see.

Preseason Polls do matter

April 30th, 2009
8:55 pm

For all you who keep saying that preseason polls don’t mean anything…think about this.

1) Higher ranking gives us more exposure early on in the season.
2) Helps recruiting.
3) Puts us in a position to be in contention for the BCS championship game later on (I think LSU was the lowest preseason ranked BCS champion, who started in the low teens).

Either way, it’s all good, that is, unless you’re UGA and fold under the pressure of being preseason #1…


April 30th, 2009
9:16 pm

RAMBLE ON!!! Is your first name Matt?


April 30th, 2009
9:30 pm

All the polls have value based on the value people place on them. Recruits like to see a team that wants them to be in the polls, Coachs like the polls at the end of the year, and talking heads have jobs because of polls. I like that we are there but I will wait until after Oct.3 to see where we are.


April 30th, 2009
9:40 pm

Jackets 21, I’ve read ALOT of IDIOTIC posts on here(this is full of Tech Geeks) BUT if you or anyone else thinks UGA won’t have a defense next year, you all are in for a RUDE awakening. Are you GEEKS in for a BIG surprise!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


April 30th, 2009
9:42 pm

Ramble On, your imposter makes more sense than you do!!


April 30th, 2009
10:07 pm

Although preseason polls are essentially meaningless, being ranked higher to begin with helps a lot later on in the season. Just ask Utah.


April 30th, 2009
10:24 pm



GT looking good

April 30th, 2009
11:05 pm

Oh god, there goes “SugarHillDawg” again spitting some of her ‘venom’ …. madam, you are kind’of a joke. You’ve got it figured-out. GA is going to kick GT’s *** in ‘09; please tell what you know!

To the GT fans that are saying TJ gets fooled by mis-direction consider this …………. TJ Barnes plays over the center or in the center-guard gap — he’s not required (or needed) to play sideline to sideline. He will CLOG THE MIDDLE allowing LBs to make tackles.

Another point to consider regarding TJ (and Derrick Morgan) …… these 2 guys can’t be consistently handled 1-on-1. Which means it’s going require that opposing Os use 4 guys to block these TWO which will have a huge “ripple effect” to the 9 remaining GT defenders.

If GT’s D stays healthy in 2009, it will be VERY, VERY GOOD!


April 30th, 2009
11:09 pm

whoever said that tj barnes was the star of the spring is completley a retard. Honestly did the people writing this stuff even play college football? I doubt it. Because if they did they would be able to realize size doesn’t matter. Some how through the entire spring Barnes has been made into a god by people who didn’t even play college football. Look who Giff Smith rotated in on first string Peters, Anderson and Walls. Who’s opinion do you think is better of who the stars are, Andy Staples or Giff Smith….I’m going to have to go with the coach who watches practice film instead of the writer who only looks for big plays, not 90% of Barnes’ other plays. Barnes is second string for a reason!!!

Matt Winkeljohn

May 1st, 2009
12:22 am

If TJ can get his grades in order and actually have the opportunity to play this fall, he could be one of the best D.lineman in the ACC. The sky is the limit for this kid. I was talking to Chuck Oliver the other day and he said TJ could be the next “Mount Cody.” Though, I wouldn’t put too much stock in an Auburn Grad :)

sugarhill reject

May 1st, 2009
4:28 am

sugarhill, if tech fans are such geeks then what does that say about rejects like yourself and huh?, whose highlight in life is to post on here with all of them??

secondly, tech’s version of mount cody will be coming in this fall and his name is jc lanier.