Hope you are well. Sorry I didn’t put up a post this morning. I’ll be going to practice in a little bit, but wanted to give you something to consider.
Here are the total defense ranks for Tech’s first three opponents:
Western Carolina (in FCS): 119 out of 120
Middle Tennessee State: 108 out of 120
Kansas: 120 out of 120 (yikes)
I guess we can finish it up: North Carolina is 52, N.C. State is 88 and Maryland is 84. Tech, if you’re wondering, is 31.
The point being, we knew that Tech’s first three games were ideal scheduling for the Yellow Jackets because they’d allow them to gain experience and have a more than likely chance of winning. But I guess we didn’t know the scheduling was that ideal. (Yes, Tech’s games against each of those teams factors in their rankings, but 20 percent or less.)
First, it makes me think that perhaps the production from the first three weeks perhaps set the expectations a little too high.
Second, it makes me think that perhaps what we’re seeing now is a little closer to what we might see the rest of the season. And, even then, it’s not like the numbers have been in the gutter. Tech scored 35 against North Carolina and 45 against N.C. State and left points on the field in both games. The Maryland game was undoubtedly the poorest execution, but the Jackets easily could have scored more.
Which leads me to the third point. Third, I think it bears remembering that it’s still a young team that is probably still learning to handle success. After the N.C. State game, you might remember, A-back Orwin Smith said that the team hadn’t been tested yet and was looking forward to being tested against Clemson and Virginia Tech.
I don’t think he was trying to give a sound bite or talk trash; I think that’s how he honestly felt. And, given how the team had played to that point, it wasn’t an unreasonable thing to say, especially if you were a fan or a team member not within earshot of a microphone. I’m probably like you in that I’m curious to see how Tech fares against Clemson far more than I am to see how the Jackets play against Virginia. (Hopefully Virginia beat writers won’t read this and tape it to their laptops.)
So, anyway, that’s about it. I’ll have practice notes up around 9:30. Thanks for reading. What do you think?
A couple Washington Post reports on lineup moves at Virginia.
Virginia coach Mike London’s news conference transcript from Monday. He was asked what Maryland did against Tech, and he said it seemed like Maryland tried to let Tevin Washington keep the ball. Said London, “That might be some scheme built into it. If anybody is going to beat you, then let the quarterback beat you.” (Kind of funny: I’m going to believe the transcriber goofed, but he’s referred to multiple times as “Kevin Washington.”)
By Ken Sugiura, Georgia Tech beat