OK, raise your hand if you think Virginia Tech is the sixth best team in the country right now.
I know, it’s not really a fair question.
Who the heck knows who should be in the top 25 this year. Even Florida now has issues should Tim Tebow have to miss the Gators’ next game in two weeks.
And is Georgia Tech, which has played one bad game, two good ones, and one average one, be ranked no higher than 25th?
But here’s the bigger issue, one the ACC just can’t seem to avoid: it once again doesn’t have a lead dog, a team that can legitimately say it’s within the ballpark of Florida, Texas or Alabama right now.
Had Miami taken care of things in Blacksburg, it potentially could have been that team. Florida State sure isn’t, and it doesn’t appear like it will be anytime soon.
Clemson lost its chance, even after its loss to Georgia Tech, by losing to TCU on Saturday.
Could it be the Hokies? It has been them for the past few years, but I can’t get over the offense, or lack of passing game, specifically. And please don’t say that Georgia Tech is the last team to talk about another team’s passing game.
But Virginia Tech’s defense and special teams are more than proven, while Georgia Tech’s this season have had ups and downs.
So, whichever team in the Coastal runs the table would seem to have the best chance at achieving lead-dog status. VT’s path is much easier than GT’s, simply because the Hokies are already sixth, while GT is 25th, with only two games against teams that are currently ranked remaining (VT and UGA). Miami could still get back in the mix, as well. I doubt they will play another game in a monsoon, as they did Saturday. A win against Oklahoma on Saturday will move them right back up to the top 10.
It’s all still a guessing game right now. But I’d love to hear your thoughts on what Georgia Tech and the ACC needs to happen to get a team in the national championship picture.