Evaluating Tech’s bowl situation

Though Georgia Tech still needs one more win to become bowl eligible, it seems appropriate to list the various destinations and scenarios for the Yellow Jackets.

The ACC has numerous bowl tie-ins, and Tech could find itself, depending upon its karma, playing anywhere from Miami to Shreveport.

Here’s a roulette style look at the bowls (listed in order of date):

Orange Bowl, Jan. 3.

Georgia Tech vs. Auburn

How could this happen? Well, the Yellow Jackets would have to win the ACC. It may not seem likely, but keep in mind that Tech has yet to play its best game this season. Because there’s no longer any pressure, they could run the table and with a little luck make it back to sunny Florida.

Chick-fil-A Bowl, Dec. 31

Georgia Tech vs. Arkansas or Mississippi State

How could this happen? It likely wouldn’t, but there’s a caveat. The issue is, let’s say Tech makes it to the ACC championship game and loses. The Chick-fil-A Bowl would have to choose between the Yellow Jackets, who played in the game two years ago, or Virginia Tech, which played in it last year. That’s not a good choice for them to have to make. The bowl is supposed to take the ACC’s No. 2 team, but there are caveats that allow them to choose another team, depending upon various scenarios. That’s how the Hokies, and not ACC runner-up Clemson, ended up in Atlanta last season.

Sun Bowl, Dec. 31

Georgia Tech vs. California or Oregon State

How could this happen? This is a decent possibility, and who wouldn’t want to spend the holiday in El Paso, just minutes away from the serene Mexico border, where almost nothing negative has happened in the past few seconds.

Meineke Bowl, Dec. 31

Georgia Tech vs. a Big East team

How could this happen? This is another interesting possibility. The Big East is so jumbled up right now, the Yellow Jackets could face anyone from West Virginia to South Florida. Louisville or Rutgers are also contenders. New Year’s Eve in uptown Charlotte……bleah. (Note: it is called uptown, not downtown. Why? Because the city’s civic leaders though downtown had a negative connotation. I’m serious. It may have changed by now, but still…)

Music City Bowl, Dec. 30

Georgia Tech vs. Florida or Arkansas

How could this happen? Before the season, if you heard that the Yellow Jackets were going to play the Gators you would have assumed it was the Orange Bowl and that Florida had lost to Alabama in the SEC championship game. Of all the non-Miami cities, Nashville might be the most fun.

EagleBank or Military Bowl, Dec. 29

Georgia Tech vs. a Conference USA opponent

How could this happen? Of all the possibilities, this one may be the least intriguing. D.C. in late December? Pack your thermals. Conference USA…other than Chuck Oliver, I’m not sure anyone is excited about that possibility.

Champs Sports Bowl, Dec. 28

Georgia Tech vs. Big East

How could this happen? This might be the fans’ second choice. If you can’t be in Miami in late December, Orlando’s not a bad fallback.

Independence Bowl, Dec. 27

Georgia Tech vs. Air Force

How could this happen? Though this would likely be the fans’ last choice because of the volume of taunts thrown Georgia’s way during the past year, a matchup between the Yellow Jackets’ option and the Falcons’ option would be fun to watch.

172 comments Add your comment

T-Rav and the Eastside Grainger

October 27th, 2010
4:25 am

Prissy Tech Boy

October 27th, 2010
5:00 am

Yeah!!! We will beat Auburn in the big game!!!! Yeah!!! We will win them all!!!! National Champions!!!! Nesbitt for Heisman!!!!! Paul Johnson and Al Groh are sensational!!!!! BAHAHAHAHAHABAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!!

stupid dawg boy

October 27th, 2010
5:22 am

uuuummmmmm? what?!

Al Groh

October 27th, 2010
5:23 am

I predict we will play Oregon for the national championship. My legendary defense will SUCK the opposing offense dry. BAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!! BAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!! BAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!! BAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!

stupid dawg boy

October 27th, 2010
5:24 am

you want fries with that, sir?

Rockdale Jacket

October 27th, 2010
5:48 am

Doug: I think it may be necessary for GT to go at least 7-5 to get a bowl bid.
Even if they get one with a 6-6 record it will be a non-event for most fans and maybe some of the players. Unless a miracle occurs, this season will be a bummer….cannot see us beating VT/Miami/ UGA the way this team is playing now. Too many areas are weak….passing game,special teams mistakes, offensive line,new defense…with too little time to correct these.

yellow fella

October 27th, 2010
6:34 am

depressing slide…. not much hope …

Alabama Jack

October 27th, 2010
6:51 am

It ain’t over ’til its over, unless of course, you are a dawg, in which case you have no life anyway.

Got to be kidding

October 27th, 2010
7:07 am

Prissy Tech Boy…Your on Drugs….

Bill Lewis

October 27th, 2010
7:16 am

Tech will be crushed by whoever they play! Paul Johnson,”Guys just got to make plays.”… Can’t fault the “Genius” can you? Only at Tech can sorry coaching get by the media press!

Scrod

October 27th, 2010
7:25 am

Why worry about a bowl game? We seem to lose those, too.

GT Jake

October 27th, 2010
7:38 am

Agree with Rockdale Jacket.

We would have to win 7 games to get a bowl bid.

Georgia Tech is unpopular with bowl selection committees b/c we travel poorly.

Any reasonable person would project the following outcomes:

GT 13 Va Tech 47
GT 21 Miami 47
GT 34 Duke 24
GT 17 UGA 47

Sad to say… But I think the bowl streak ends this year.

Yellow Jacket Joe

October 27th, 2010
7:43 am

Just an observation… how do you know that we haven’t played our best game yet? That’s a guess and not a fact like you present it in your article.

In the know

October 27th, 2010
7:45 am

I think Tech has peaked and played it’s best game already. They’re just not that good this year.

From 11-3 to 11-3

October 27th, 2010
7:45 am

Enter your comments here

Vidalia Bubba

October 27th, 2010
7:46 am

Whu don’t we play them out, before all this Tech Football stomping. Johnson won the ACC Coach of the Year Award, the last two years. Who could Tech hire, that would do better, than he has done? Granted, this team is lifeless, but I guarantee, that Johnson is battling. Tom Landry didn’t take Dallas to the Super Bowl every year, but he was a good Coach.

GTman

October 27th, 2010
7:52 am

Doug –

Well played on the Mexico comment. Although I am sure that someone has been kidnapped or beheaded since you wrote that, haha.

Gatorman

October 27th, 2010
7:52 am

Hey, as bad as my Gators are, maybe the Tech and Florida could get together and play in one of the bowls, kind of retro game.

We_Run_This_Country

October 27th, 2010
8:02 am

VT is the only tough game remaining this year. Miami in cold weather, automatic WIN for GT. Duke and U(sic)GA are about the same level this year….so easy WINS on those two games. So, VT on a Thursday in Blacksburg…..we win it, and everything will fall into place. Headed to the Orange Bowl!! Go Jackets!

GT Sambo

October 27th, 2010
8:16 am

GT Jake, we go to a bowl (albeit a very poor one) under the scenario you laid out. So the bowl streak wouldn’t end!

GT Sambo

October 27th, 2010
8:16 am

GT Jake, we go to a bowl (albeit a very poor one) under the scenario you laid out. So the bowl streak wouldn’t end!

Doug Roberson

October 27th, 2010
8:22 am

If Tech wins six games, it’ll go to a bowl.

jacketman

October 27th, 2010
8:24 am

We_Run_……. – you’re an idiot – you don’t think if Tech & UGA played tomorrow that they would kill us? They have big lines just like the other teams we’ve lost to. So does Miami. If we don’t improve A LOT, we will struggle with Duke!

Tech Man

October 27th, 2010
8:25 am

We will win all the games left on the schedule and Nesbit will win the Heisman. That’s what they said before the season started. Let’s face it, we are terrible this year. Probably win the Duke game but that’s it folks. Let’s find us a quarterback who can at least complete 50 % of his passes.

kemosabi

October 27th, 2010
8:25 am

I guess my question is . . . who cares?

Tech75

October 27th, 2010
8:26 am

We REALLY have to turn it around to get to a bowl.

And I sure don’t want to go to another bowl (any bowl) and see us get creamed again.

Keith

October 27th, 2010
8:26 am

Hey, We_Run_This_Country … COLD weather? Where have you been since June? First of all, there is no such thing as cold weather in November in Atlanta. Secondly, there is zero indication that cold weather will ever return.

GT, Sr.

October 27th, 2010
8:42 am

Every time I think of bowl season I think of what a waste it is. Instead of a playoff system we are watching meaningless games that are there mainly to fill cheap programing for the networks. It is like watching soaps in the middle of the day. A few guys at the fraternity house got addicted to them cutting classes to catch an “important” series and I am sure there is an audience for cheap football. One way to force a playoff is to stop supporting this, refuse to watch it or go to it. Tech pretty much have by its nature done that anyway. By then the basketball team has not messed up yet and most of our attention drifts that direction.

Brock

October 27th, 2010
8:42 am

Let’s have a little faith guys. We are such a “what have you done for me today” society we can’t give a coach that has won 2 coy awards and an ACCC some slack? He didn’t all of sudden forget how to coach. Don’t be that UGA fan that wants to fire Richt every time they lose. It’s utter stupidity.

I’m rooting for tech next thursday, the saturday after that, the saturday after that etc….. Jump off if you guys want too but damn this piss poor attitude of some tech fans. I understand winning is what matters but this team and every other team in the NCAA will struggle at times. Get behind these guys and pull for them to finish the season strong. Negativity is not needed right now. Be critical yes, but stay positive about your team, your coach and your school.

Paul in RDU

October 27th, 2010
8:43 am

The ACC has 8 bowl tie ins and there will only be 8 ACC teams with 6 wins or better. GT will be one of them – VA, WF, BC and Duke will not win 6. The question for GT is whether they will beat anybody besides Duke.

Tech75

October 27th, 2010
8:45 am

Hey, Tech Man – how about we find some receivers that can catch the ball?

Who is Kevin Cone, by the way? I remember Ronny Cone, this guy’s supposed to be related; but not sure what he does. Just he just occupy a DB?

How about some A backs that aren’t 5′8″ and 175 lbs., that can block?

I vote we move Allen back to A back and let Preston Lyons run the B.

georjajim

October 27th, 2010
8:48 am

My guess would be Brunswick Lanes on Monroe Drive.

reebok

October 27th, 2010
8:52 am

Guys – At 6-6, Tech WILL go bowling. There are too many bowl games for us not to go somewhere. But if we don’t get to 7-5, we are probably in Shreveport.

Greg

October 27th, 2010
8:53 am

Well if we don’t beat dook, then we get no bowl at all.

jarvis

October 27th, 2010
8:54 am

Going to a bowl stopped mattering a decade ago.
There are 35 bowl games this year. 70 teams wil go bowling.

Tech like UGA is on path for the http://www.whogivesash*t.com bowl.

Dadgum.....

October 27th, 2010
8:56 am

Doug……have things changed? To my recollection GT needs 2 more wins. In a 12 game schedule you must have 6 wins against D1 schools thus our 1st win didn’t qualify. We will need 7 wins total but should get there anyway.

Folks let’s be honest. GT isn’t very good. Middle of the pack this year. Anyone that can say with a straight face that we will beat VT in Blacksburg after we derailed them last year is delusional. VT is the very best ACC team and it ain’t close. National tv in Blacksburg means a big loss.

Some of you..

October 27th, 2010
8:56 am

6 wins gets you a bowl morons.

Tech75

October 27th, 2010
8:59 am

Another few thoughts:

Any discussion of bowls should be responded to as Jim Mora responded… “Playoffs??!”

CPJ continues to make comments about whether this team is motivated or not. He continues to “hope” that a leader emerges… None has, and there’s been plenty of chances. Guess what? “Hope” is not a strategy. Internal motivation is not doing the job here; time for some external motivation! Kick some ass coach!

Start posting position grades and number of missed assignments in the locker room – you get what you measure!

It was interesting to hear CPJ talk about Clemson “smacking around” our freshmen and sophomores with their juniors and seniors. Is he saying the linemen he’s been recruiting can’t do the job until they’re redshirt juniors or seniors?? Maybe he should start looking at Jr. college transfers.

Maybe CPJ needs to rethink the theory that quick, strong 280 lb. linemen can get the job done against just-as-quick much-stronger 310 lb. linemen? His guys aren’t even close to getting the job done.

Sorry for the rant… I’m just tired of seeing the same-old same-old each game.

Rick

October 27th, 2010
8:59 am

Yes things have changed dadgum.
And you shouldn’t go from playing in the acc champ, ranked around #10 to this unless you lose like 8 starters. We didn’t. And we still have our qb from last season and the one before. Except he is playing the way he did in 08.
Something is wrong and it goes to the coaches at this point. Perhaps they got high on their orange bowl bid.

T3

October 27th, 2010
9:01 am

This was a useless exercise.

The only game that matters right now is GT vs VT on Nov 4th.

jarvis

October 27th, 2010
9:03 am

So T3, you want him to write every one of his 3 blogs a day about the VT game from the next week and a half?

Heels Rock and Rule

October 27th, 2010
9:06 am

Are they not already scheduled to play UGa soon in the Loser’s Bowl?

krb81GT

October 27th, 2010
9:06 am

I remember when we used to have the best bowl win percentage in the country. Lately, not so good. But I was there when we were 1-10, so ACC champs in one year and a winning record the next is better than what I endured. So I hope for a bowl game in the South that I can go to, to cheer on the Ramblin’ Wreck. Go Jackets!

Mike

October 27th, 2010
9:06 am

How about the Toilet Bowl? Tech doesn’t deserve to go to a bowl.

Doug Roberson

October 27th, 2010
9:11 am

i believe that you can have six wins, including one against a FCS-level team, but not two wins.

While Virginia Tech is a very good team…playing Boise State very close and beating N.C. State, which throttled Tech, the Hokies’ schedule hasn’t been as tough. East Carolina is good, but not great. The rest of the wins came against Boston College, Central Michigan and Duke.

The stats are outstanding, but I’ll be curious to see if they are more great than good.

Dadgum.....

October 27th, 2010
9:15 am

GT dr……..Any playoff scenario would only incorporate 4 teams most likely. Let’s say it would involve 16 teams that would leave about 50 teams still to fill bowl slots. Agree the glut of bowls is overdone and emits a who cares persona but still it is a reward for many teams and seniors and charities.

My solution would be to have every bowl game be over by Jan. 1st. Then take the winners of the 4 bcs games in a two week playoff. This way the season is only extended one week for the final two teams and it keeps the bowls meaningful and the interest higher. I hate the bcs as it is now as does the majority of fans and players. Alas, not the college presidents who impede the move to a playoff system. We will have it one day.

Mark

October 27th, 2010
9:23 am

And who has tech beaten with a winning record doug? At least they have quality losses. Their schedule by playing boise is 10 times better than ours. Have you seen how bad wake, va are? How about Kansas? Yeah sc state is tough along with middle tenn who lost to troy 41-13. lol

T3

October 27th, 2010
9:24 am

GT’s #1 challenge right now is what I would call
“player mind-set” or “unity of purpose.”

Players are not all on the same page.
Players heads & hearts are out-of-sync right now. It shows.

The second challenge is solidifying O-Line play.
It ALL begins and ends with the O-Line.

As the O-Line goes, so goes the team.

Hopefully, all will be resolved before Nov 4th.

If not, GT will get embarassed in Blacksburg.

We Hit and Run This State

October 27th, 2010
9:34 am

Gotta love the ugag fans that constantly troll our blogs…how pathetic. Go back to sweeping and mopping.

THWG

Big B CH 99

October 27th, 2010
9:38 am

To be bowl eligible you have to have 6 wins & one of those can be against a FCS (I-AA) team, so Tech needs 1 more win to become bowl-eligible. And since there are so many bowls I assume Tech will get invited to a toilet bowl.