Tech’s path back to the ACC title game

Although Georgia Tech (5-3, 3-2 in the ACC) is two losses behind Virginia Tech and Miami in the ACC’s Coastal Division, it is still possible for the Yellow Jackets to advance to Charlotte and the Dec. 4 conference championship game.

Here is one scenario:

The Yellow Jackets must win out, beating Virginia Tech, Miami and Duke. Defeating the Hokies and Hurricanes would give the Yellow Jackets the first tiebreaker in the two-team or three-team scenario, which is the head-to-head match-up. A loss also would be Miami’s second in conference play, bringing it level with Tech. Miami also has games remaining against Maryland and Virginia, but losing either seems unlikely.

The Hokies would have one loss, but still have games at North Carolina and at Miami. They also must host Virginia. Losing to the Cavaliers doesn’t seem likely, but Virginia Teach stumbling on the road to the Tar Heels or the Hurricanes could happen.

So, despite Tech’s two losses within the conference, they can still defend their title. And, though it seems unlikely when considering how it played in the loss to Clemson, it’s not an unthinkable possibility either.

What say you? Do you think Tech can defeat either the Hokies or Hurricanes?

I think Tech has a better chance to win a shootout with the Hokies, because their defense’s front line is built more on speed than power, a la Clemon’s or Miami’s, or Iowa’s last year. But that’s just my opinion as of now. That’s also assuming that Tech has its special teams issues worked out.

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juvenal

October 25th, 2010
10:33 am

juvenal

October 25th, 2010
10:36 am

only if the team that lost to JMU shows back up…..never know which Jacory is going to play…

ArkyTech

October 25th, 2010
10:45 am

Doug, why do you keep saying Tech is 2 losses behind Miami?

GRADE F

October 25th, 2010
10:48 am

still do not understand the reason behind Sweeting roughing the kicker..no excuse for it..do not understand what was quoted in the paper how it happened..the game replay showed no indication that he fell into the punter..give me a break…that kid needs to be demoted or kicked off the team, GT would have probably lost anyway but it is almost like Sweeting was working for the other team..

Buzz

October 25th, 2010
10:50 am

Doug, not to use the following as an excuse, but GT is REALLY inexperienced on the OL.

http://blog.philsteele.com/2010/06/02/ol-career-starts-returning/

old gold engineer

October 25th, 2010
10:51 am

GT needs a credible passing threat. I believe it was 6 out of 19 against Clemson. That doesn’t work against good teams. I think Navy passed twice against ND, completed both, and one went for a TD. Other than the Mississippi State game last year, I’m losing any confidence that Nesbitt will develop into the passing threat we need. I disagree with the defense bashers. There’s no shame in holding Clemson to 27. If we hold teams under 30, we should be able to beat them. The offense is not pulling its weight. We can win out but only if the offense starts executing with urgency.

St. Simons

October 25th, 2010
10:51 am

I think the best chance for these players to go to the ACC title game is to buy 85 tickets, 85 hot dogs, and 85 Cokes. Welcome to Shreveport!!!

GTHD

October 25th, 2010
10:51 am

The odds are slim Tech comes out with wins over both VT and Miami. We have to play VT in Blacksburg on Thursday night. That is the toughest environment outside of Athens that GT will have to play in this year.

rich

October 25th, 2010
10:52 am

When you dont coach your players to pass, catch, kick or tackle and your total emphasis is on your running game when it comes to recruiting and coaching – this is what happens

superDawg

October 25th, 2010
10:52 am

Who is going to be the tallest midget?

We_Run_This_Country

October 25th, 2010
10:53 am

Sweeting came within a millimeter of getting the ball (instant replay could neither confirm nor deny he didn’t touch the ball)…he was trying to make a play…can’t fault the kid for that! The punter also deserves an Emmy….Sweeting barely touched the guy!

GT can easily win out….let’s take the bye week and get ready for VT…the DEF needs to step it up. This should be an easier game than the CU game. Go GT!

juvenal

October 25th, 2010
10:53 am

couldn’t be because he’s a soph……Paul in RDU, how do think the last 2 classes are doing……thought he claimed he’d touched the ball……

AlwaysGT

October 25th, 2010
10:54 am

I say just take care of business on the field and it will all fall into place. The problems are the defense needs to point blank step it up for the final four games. On the offensive side of the ball the WR need to do the job they are suppose to do and that is make some catches. I have seen three games in a row now where passes were right on the mark and not caught. As fans we say we need to throw more well this is why we don’t. Come on guys just do your job and catch the ball. Defensively it is time to start manning up and take care of business to help the O out.

old gold engineer

October 25th, 2010
10:55 am

By the way, did you see any of the Oregon game last week? They run a play every 18 seconds or so. That is urgency. Couldn’t GT do something similar? We use the same formation on almost every play. Let’s put some pressure on the other team’s defense with some urgency!

SavannahJacket

October 25th, 2010
10:55 am

Miami has a history of stumbling mid-season and the players loosing focus and dropping some games that they shouldn’t and I believe that they will again. Ideally if GT could win out and have VT to lose one to UNC things could line up.

It is possible, but if Tech doesn’t start stopping other running backs from running up the middle and learn how to avoid these stupid penalities that won’t let us get offenses off the field it doesn’t matter. Until we play better it doesn’t matter who else wins or loses.

Someone on the D-Line has got to step up!!!

GTSteve

October 25th, 2010
10:56 am

I don’t see them winning at VT, but should handle Miami at home…no ACC championship game this year

HKillen

October 25th, 2010
11:03 am

With two ACC losses, you kinda don’t feel that you’ve earned a birth in the ACC Championship.

HKillen

October 25th, 2010
11:03 am

Stephen Hill, please learn how to catch the ball

Doug Roberson

October 25th, 2010
11:07 am

We asked cpj about the oregon theory last week. He said shortening the game, with the defense’s issues last season, didn’t seem smart.

RambleOn84

October 25th, 2010
11:08 am

Stephen Hill needs to be benched til he can prove he deserves to be out there. He is a liability right now, despite his great athletic abilities.

It’s not that we want you to be D. Thomas; we would settle for you just being able to CATCH a ball that hits you in the hands.

Doug Roberson

October 25th, 2010
11:09 am

They are inexperienced at the guards, but not at center or tackle when the first string is in. I can understand that thought, though

RambleOn84

October 25th, 2010
11:10 am

We will not beat VT, Miami, or UGA.

We will struggle with Duke.

6-6 looks like our BEST case scenario right now.

Rob

October 25th, 2010
11:11 am

I doubt it. There are too many holes right now and the team hasn’t shown any improvement this year. Johnson and Groh have the skills to do it, if only the kids will start executing better.

I won’t ever stop supporting them, but watching them perform this poorly with no improvement is hard to stomach following last years success.

We Hit and Run This State

October 25th, 2010
11:12 am

Gotta love the cliche ugag fans trolling the Tech blogs again. And we STILL have a better record than them.

Things to work on during the bye: 1) catching passes. 2) run blocking. 3) making special teams plays. 4) tip drills. 5) not whiffing on blocks 6) making tackles 7) making tackles 8) did I mention catching passes?

If we don’t blow out VPI, then we don’t deserve a trip to Charlotte. I just hope the refs don’t decide this one like they did in 08.

Mike

October 25th, 2010
11:13 am

This speculation is silly. This team won’t play in any championship game. They will finish 7-5 if they can beat Duke and Miami, but probably 6-6. CPJ is right. They got wacked. This is the third time this year they had a chance to step it up in the 4th qtr and did not. We are young, and rebuilding both lines. Plus, when you take Nesbittt out, and Allen out, we have no others step up. We can’t catch, and these guys just don’t have their head in the game. They’re young, and not nearly as talented as VT, Miami, or (ugh) GA. We just don’t have enough players this year. We are average. Average won’t win in any league.

superDawg

October 25th, 2010
11:20 am

macriod where are you kayaking today.

Sebastian

October 25th, 2010
11:23 am

GT will not beat VT or Miami this year. Better just save it up for UGA.

RambleOn84

October 25th, 2010
11:25 am

We won’t beat UGA either. They are just starting to really turn the corner, and we keep looking worse and worse.

mtraininjax

October 25th, 2010
11:26 am

Nesbitt is the same player he was last year, but its obvious that he lacks a deep threat. So teams can play 8 guys by the line of scrimmage and dare Tech to run with Freshmen and Sophmores on the line. If Tech cannot run the ball, they cannot win games. I see them losing to VT and Miami and beating Duke, 4-4 sounds about right.

mtraininjax

October 25th, 2010
11:28 am

Many years ago we had a guy named Derrick Steagal with lightening speed. He was wasted because he could not catch a pass. Hill is beginning to remind me of him.

Georgia Tee

October 25th, 2010
11:29 am

There’s no way Tech will beat VT and Miami. It took a few games for the Jackets to get there but the offense is now playing on par with the defense. What a shame! Coach Paul can no longer depend on the offense to out score the other team to pull off a win.

I'll be a tarheel fan

October 25th, 2010
11:29 am

for a short while if we can beat VT.

I’d like to see Tech in Charlotte but not for the muffler bowl.

Cobb Jacket

October 25th, 2010
11:30 am

Why not work on establishing a short passing game? Would getting the ball to the a backs on short, screen type passes go along way to keeping defenses honest? Why should defenses commit 3 or four players to defending the pass, when history shows that 3 out five of those passes are going to be incomplete? Go one on one with our wr’s and then stack 8 or 9 players up for the run.

Okeefe/Bob

October 25th, 2010
11:33 am

We can’t win out because nobody has one ounce of respect for our passing game and that includes me. As good as JN is,he should be replaced when we get behind with a passer. I also agree that Hill should be on the bench BUT for two reasons.One, he can’t catch a pass and two, he can’t block a lick.BUT, the main problem(and we should all just face it)is that we just aren’t a very good team this year. 7 & 5 will be very good for this team.

BreakingNews

October 25th, 2010
11:33 am

i find it amusing that most of you Techies were ready to crown Hill the next Calvin Johnson in the preseason. But, you also thought Nesbitt was Heisman material too, so I guess it shouldn’t be surprising

Cobb Jacket

October 25th, 2010
11:36 am

News, there was nothing but upside for Stephen Hill prior to this year. He has not lived up to his expectations. He still has huge potential, but he needs to develop. Are you perhaps a dawg fan accusing someone else of being delusional?

Sebastian

October 25th, 2010
11:37 am

Whatever happened to the Nesbitt for Heisman guy?

RambleOn84

October 25th, 2010
11:38 am

Pardon us for thinking a 1A-caliber wide receiver could actually CATCH the ball…he’s got physical gifts most receivers would kill for, but he can’t master the basics.

BE

October 25th, 2010
11:38 am

Tech’s offense will continue to produce a middle of the pack team. They will win the majority of games against the average, but will not beat top teams. Mediocrity is the norm in Tech football, so enjoy – NERDS

RambleOn84

October 25th, 2010
11:39 am

Probably the same thing that happened to the millions of Miami fans who kept telling everybody “DA U IS BACK!” for the past seven years.

Okeefe/Bob

October 25th, 2010
11:40 am

Cobb Jacket How correct you are.Let’s face it, we’ve heard a hundred times that our passing game is OK.I’m very sorry to say that our passer is just not very good.Josh can’t hit a guy wide open at 10 yds more than 4 out of 10 times.I know that we are a running team and I love that style but dang you have to be able to throw the ball accurately some of the time—don’t you?

RambleOn84

October 25th, 2010
11:40 am

BS, BE.

The offensive scheme is not the problem. The problem is the guys aren’t making the plays.

You show me a pro (or any style) offense that succeeds when the O-line can’t block and the receivers can’t catch.

Sebastian

October 25th, 2010
11:43 am

Da U is coming back. Let Coker bring in your players for four years instead of Gailey, then get back to me.

RambleOn84

October 25th, 2010
11:46 am

Yes, Chan Gailey, the world’s greatest recruiter.

I love this revisionist history…Larry Coker had top ten class after top ten class and Miami fans blame him for all their troubles. Meanwhile Gailey brought in ONE good class in 2007 and little else.

Okeefe/Bob

October 25th, 2010
11:47 am

SCREW THU “U” The “U” is back from awful to average. Isn’t that great and oh yeah Randy Shannon is running the program like a CEO—- BS.I’m tired of hearing about the “U” being back—who cares.

Richard

October 25th, 2010
11:53 am

Tech’s path to the ACC title game starts up again in 2011, or it starts in the recruiting trail.

It doesn’t start during this football season.

Fixed.

RambleOn84

October 25th, 2010
11:54 am

Only a coach as inept as Shannon could take all the talent they have down there and continually underwhelm everyone.

RambleOn84

October 25th, 2010
11:55 am

Agreed, Richard…I just hope we don’t lose any recruits we’ve gotten so far…I’ve been pretty happy with a lot of the guys we’ve signed.

Sebastian

October 25th, 2010
11:55 am

Coker was a great guy, but did not keep the program at the level Butch Davis left it and he put no one in the league. No college program can sustain U like excellence for an extended period of time. Look around at the fallen Giants just in the last few weeks.

thUGA

October 25th, 2010
11:56 am

Stop the insanity!! ACC title game??? This is so far fetched it avoids reason. Tech is a bad football team. They will lose to VT, Miami and thUGA and these games will not be close. thUGA will destoy Tech. Tech is not man enough to beat thUGA. IF they learn how to block and catch, they might be able to beat Duke.