Hopefully you read today’s story about Georgia Tech’s bowl options. Right now, it’s looking like the Sun Bowl, but it could change. It just depends on how Tech and every team ahead of it do.
Take this scenario: Virginia Tech beats Clemson for the ACC title, Georgia Tech wins out against Duke and Georgia to finish 9-3. Florida State drops its last two, against Virginia and Florida. (Not the most likely outcome, but not out of the question.)
In this case, the Chick-fil-A Bowl would have to take Clemson, because it is required to take either the team with the best record in league play or a team within one win. Clemson would be 7-1 and no one in this scenario would be 6-2. (Worth pointing out that any scenario with Tech in the Chick-fil-A would require Tech to win out to boost its candidacy and the ACC title-game loser to have a 6-2 record. All the ACC bowls are required to take either the team with the best league record or a team within one win of that team. Tech would finish 5-3 with a win over Duke.)
That would leave the Champs Sports Bowl to choose between a Tech team that is 9-3, almost certainly ranked and with a fan base that is presumably giddy from the Georgia win and a Florida State team that is 7-5 (5-3 in the ACC) and out of the polls. Virginia would be 8-4 (5-3 in the ACC) and likely unranked and Wake Forest team would be 7-5 (5-3 in the ACC) at best. That would make Tech a pretty good candidate, I’d think.
In the same scenario, but one in which Clemson loses its two regular-season games to N.C. State and South Carolina and then the ACC title game, Tech would be a tempting choice for the Chick-fil-A Bowl along with Florida State if the Seminoles finish well. This possibility is, obviously, unlikely, beginning with an N.C. State win over Clemson.
2. I was driving to Tech Wednesday afternoon listening to the “Chuck and Chernoff” show on 680 the Fan. The topic du jour was a comparison of the coaching jobs by Paul Johnson and Mark Richt this season. Matt Chernoff happened to mention the survey I did with him and a handful of other local media predicting Tech’s season game-by-game. (I usually flip between 680 and 790 as I race down Ponce de Leon, wondering why I didn’t leave 15 minutes earlier.) He brought it up to make the point that he picked Tech to go 8-4, which the Jackets have the chance to match or exceed, which speaks well to the job Johnson has done. Chuck Oliver, to his credit, owned up to his 6-6 prediction. Anyway, I’ve been meaning to dig that up and check on how they’ve fared. Today, dear reader, is that fateful day.
Sorry the chart looks like my 2-year-old together, and that might be an insult to her. The blog software is as adept at sending benign comments to the spam filter as it is at ignoring tabs. Anyway, it’s the game-by-game prediction, with correct predictions bolded. Each participant’s record is next to his name, with the season record after the game-by-game.
In case you forgot, the order of the games this season: Western Carolina (win), Middle Tennessee State (win), nsas (win), North Carolina (win), N.C. State (win), Maryland (win), Virginia (loss), Miami (loss), Clemson (win), Virginia Tech (loss). Duke and Georgia are the last two.
Mike Bell, 8-2 W W W W L W L W W L W L 8-4
Matt Chernoff, 8-2 W W W W L W W L W L W L 8-4
Buck Lanford, 8-2 W W W W L W L W W L W L 8-4
John Kincade, 7-3 W W W W L W W W W L W L 9-3
Zach Klein, 6-4 W W W W L L W L L L W L 6-6
Steak Shapiro, 4-6 W W W L L W W W L W W L 8-4
Chuck Oliver, 4-6 W W W L L L W W L L W L 6-6
With all seven picking the same results for Duke and Georgia (win and loss), Mike Bell, Matt Chernoff and Buck Lanford will pick the most games accurately. Kudos and felicitations to each. John Kincade can still end up being the only one to get the overall record correct. A tough year for Chuck Oliver. Cue the sad cornet.
Interesting that a loss to N.C. State was a unanimous pick, and Bell and Lanford get points for going against the grain and calling the Virginia loss, and Chernoff and Klein for doing likewise with Miami. Shapiro had a near-miss by being the only one to predict a win over Virginia Tech.
You might go back and read the comments they made; kind of interesting. My thanks again to each for participating.
Matt Winkeljohn’s assessment of the Jackets at Duke week for Sting Daily. Ole Matty brought his dog Rupert to Tuesday’s media availability after bringing his twin girls a couple weeks back and bringing his son Patrick to the Virginia Tech post-game interview, where he held the camera for a Heather Dinich interview with Tevin Washington. It went better than another time Patrick came along for an interview Matt did with Arthur Blank. It involved a piece of chocolate and the presumably expensive rug in Blank’s office and did not end well.
This week’s “preparing for the Tech offense” story, courtesy of the Durham Herald-Sun.
A Duke student columnist says David Cutcliffe should not be on the hot seat. I imagine Cutcliffe agrees.
Thanks for reading. Check back tomorrow morning.
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