Tech will grace a BCS game, but not THE BCS game

The good news: Georgia Tech should — not could, should — play in the Orange Bowl as the ACC champion. The less-good news: Georgia Tech cannot reasonably aspire to anything better than the Orange Bowl, and there is one game better. It will be played in Pasadena, and it’s for the BCS title.

Tech was ranked No. 11 in the BCS standings announced yesterday, and to play for the BCS title a team must be no lower than No. 2. It sounds overly simplistic to say that for Tech to climb nine spots nine teams would have to lose, but that’s essentially how it is. With the Jackets’ schedule, they aren’t apt to jump anybody ahead of them so long as those teams keep winning.

A few of those teams must lose. Alabama and LSU will meet, and the winner of that game will surely play Florida for the SEC championship. And Southern Cal and Oregon face off this weekend. So that’s three teams ranked above Tech that are guaranteed having one more loss than they do today. But only three.

It’s unlikely Boise State or TCU will lose. (Cincinnati could, though: The Bearcats have West Virginia and Pittsburgh remaining.) And if the current standings suggest anything, it’s that an unbeaten team from a non-BCS league figures to trump a once-beaten team from the ACC.

The Jackets have four games remaining in their regular season. They’ll be favored in each. The cumulative record of those four teams is 14-16. Not one is ranked. Nothing Tech does in those four games is going to impress anyone the way, say, Oregon beating Southern Cal or LSU beating Alabama would. The meat of Tech’s schedule is behind it, and even the ACC title game in Tampa figures to offer no heavyweight opposition. Every Atlantic Division team holds at least three losses.

Put simply, a once-beaten conference champion from the Big 12 — say Texas loses to Oklahoma State this Saturday but then wins out — or the Pac-10 would surely shade Tech in the final rankings. The ACC has lost cachet by the carload these past few seasons, and history teaches that the teams extended the benefit of the BCS doubt are those that have already caught someone’s eye. (Think LSU in 2007, which was ranked No. 1 twice only to lose and still wound up the national champ.)

For all its splendid work, Tech isn’t yet in the top 10. The guess here is that it will be somewhere around No. 5 come Dec. 6, the day the final BCS standings are revealed, and that in the grand scheme is really good. (The obvious assumption is that Tech won’t lose again this calendar year, which it shouldn’t.) But the BCS will never be a truly grand creation simply because different teams and different leagues are held to different standards.

Were Tech still in the SEC with its one loss, it would stand a fighting chance to reach Pasadena. Because it plays in a conference that has lost whatever sheen it once possessed, it has next to no chance. Sad but true.

378 comments Add your comment

bugsquacher

October 26th, 2009
12:47 am

go dawgs, GT your day is coming, the dawgs own you… we have in the past, we do in the present, we will in the future….

bugsquacher

October 26th, 2009
12:48 am

Yellow is the color of Pi$$.

October 26th, 2009
12:49 am

luckily for tech, UGA isnt in the ACC

bugsquacher

October 26th, 2009
12:51 am

ONE MORE TIME…..Since 1964, the Jackets have managed just 12 wins against Georgia. Let me say that again for all of you Jacket fans out there…12 wins in 45 games. To say that Georgia has dominated this series in the past 45 seasons would be a slight understatement. During that stretch of dominance, Georgia has posted win streaks of five, six and seven (twice). Tech has won three straight once (1998-2000).

red and black are the colors of old period blood

October 26th, 2009
12:52 am

Luckily for UGA, they don’t have to keep up with the BCS poll each week.

red and black are the colors of old period blood

October 26th, 2009
12:55 am

But I do love UGA anyway!

Billy

October 26th, 2009
12:56 am

Yup… An article about GT, and the first people to comment are whiny UGA fans. Gotta love it.

red and black are the colors of old period blood

October 26th, 2009
12:58 am

someone has to keep the press honest

hmmmmm

October 26th, 2009
1:05 am

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Kelly Johnson Fan Club

October 26th, 2009
1:09 am

Mark Bradley,

Should a GT “Believe” campaign be erected? Their chances of reaching the BCS title game are probably on par with the Braves’ chances of reaching the post-season when that campaign was effected.

yes hmmmmm, 59 is a prime number

October 26th, 2009
1:09 am

still confused?

gt fever

October 26th, 2009
1:10 am

Mark Bradley

October 26th, 2009
1:11 am

I’m fairly certain the Braves have some leftover “Believe” signs from that final week, KJFC.

hmmmmm

October 26th, 2009
1:12 am

important years.

gt fever

October 26th, 2009
1:12 am

lets use them. I believe.

GT Grad

October 26th, 2009
1:12 am

hmmm: you have way too much time on your hands buddy. Get a job… oh wait. you probably can’t….

Kyle

October 26th, 2009
1:13 am

bugsquacher – I’m not sure what the last 45 seasons has anything to do with what’s going to happen this year. As Paul Johnson says, it doesn’t help you block and tackle, and it doesn’t give you any points. Unlike U[sic]GA, we don’t have to count on history to give us points, we have the Triple Option.

And ’squash’ is spelled with an S, not a C. There’s a U[sic]GA joke there, but I’m going to let it go. Too easy.

gt fever

October 26th, 2009
1:13 am

GT will win the national championship!

JB

October 26th, 2009
1:14 am

Hey buttscratcher…

Since you are so apt to point out records, exactly where are your Trembling Chihuahua’s in the current Top 25 Ranking? The current BCS Standings? The ranking in just your conference? The ranking in just your division of your conference? See who looks stupid? Dumb Dawg! Go back to your butt sniffing ya dumb mutt!!

hmmmmm

October 26th, 2009
1:15 am

what is the series count between GA & GT?

MagnaCarterGT

October 26th, 2009
1:15 am

Naturally, Mark Bradley writes an article about Tech, an article that’s on the Tech page and not the uga page, and it is immediately swarmed by slobbering dawg fans. Typical.

I don’t think we have much of a shot at reaching the BCS title game this year. Like you said, nine teams need to lose, and I don’t think all nine of them will. Plus, our strength of schedule is pretty weak on the back end, so there’s no guarantee we won’t get jumped by lower ranked teams even if we do win out.

But it’s good to be in the conversation. It’s a huge step forward for Tech, given our recent history. And we have a chance to be in the top ten after this week. Someone has to lose in the USC-Oregon game, and the loser will likely fall into the teens. All we have to do is take care of business against Vandy.

Kelly Johnson Fan Club

October 26th, 2009
1:16 am

Just slap a few Ramblin’ Wrecks on those suckers and we’ve got ourselves a cheesy fan interface promotion campaign!

gt fever

October 26th, 2009
1:17 am

I can teach you how to butt sniff.

gt fever

October 26th, 2009
1:18 am

GT will win the national championship.

gt fever

October 26th, 2009
1:21 am

yellerskeeters, we will will the national championship

fartona dawg

October 26th, 2009
1:22 am

what are all these dawg fans doing on a tech blog?

JB

October 26th, 2009
1:24 am

Can you feel the pain of the poor puppies? We’re loving it, really, we are just having a lot of fun watching the Dawg fans self-destruct with a poor team while the Jackets have risen high in the rankings. So, what can these Dawg fans do about their lousy team? Nothing and they know it. That leaves only one way to feel better about their sorry program and that is to deride ours by reminding of games that took place in 1897 and 2007, like they have any relevance to the current situation.

Yes, their pain and jealousy is deep and it is so nice to watch them squirm on these blogs. Keep trying your pitiful jabs you dumb mutts, we’re loving your misery. THWG!

Cuttysark

October 26th, 2009
1:26 am

When Paul Johnson was named the coach at Georgia Tech, I just new he would win considering that he would now have a more athletic player to implement his complicated triple option offense. Now in his second year they are making a run at an ACC conference championship.

Not certain why we have all of these Dawgs fans on our blog reading about our high school offense, but glad you are here. Go to http://isportsweb.com for more articles on Georgia Tech Football and a review of the win at UVA. Go Jackets.

Mark Bradley

October 26th, 2009
1:26 am

I don’t want to be a scold, but the language and imagery in these comments is getting mighty harsh mighty soon. I just deleted one comment, and I rarely delete anything.

Let’s try to keep our insults on a higher plane, shall we? (Thanks.)

gt fever

October 26th, 2009
1:27 am

well said JB, us GT fans need to stand together! I believe we will win the national championship.

Mark Bradley

October 26th, 2009
1:27 am

Make that two deletions. For those keeping track.

Adam

October 26th, 2009
1:28 am

Hahahahahahahah you’re absolutely right JB, these neutered Dawgs are hilarious. What an insecurity complex!

gt fever

October 26th, 2009
1:30 am

Oh how I believe!

GT Killa

October 26th, 2009
1:32 am

Mark
man, you must be ready to be back at work here in the wee hours! hope your vacation was fun, I did miss your commentary after the big UVA win. to all the dawgs, it is hilarious to see your hopes for the season resting on knocking off the the highest ranked team in the state… we were there once.. my how times have changed. keep on coming with your comments about the past, you’ll need to live off these for awhile under the new regime of CPJ. And with the rise of Alabama (and UT??) you can know brag about being the 4-5th team (at best) in your self exalted conference… MSU comes close to taking down your #1 team, and Tech took their heads off on the same field. would LOVE to see us play the SEC runner up in a BCS matchup….

hmmmmmm

October 26th, 2009
1:33 am

cuttysark or cuttydull, did you “new” or “knew”? New grammar from a trade school?

GT Killa

October 26th, 2009
1:36 am

Tech will win a MNC before UGA…mark it down. and CPJ will win 2 of 3 every time we play the porch hounds

Mark Bradley

October 26th, 2009
1:36 am

I’m ready, Killa. Thanks for you patience.

gtturnedup

October 26th, 2009
1:37 am

yellerskeeters, you seem to have forgotten that tech has a GOOD record, not 4-3, even if there was a georgia loss, the jackets would still win an acc championship and a bcs bowl victory, have fun in JAX

GT Killa

October 26th, 2009
1:38 am

skeeter – go to bed and quit your whining. get ready for your whippin this weekend vs UF. you’ll need to save your whining for saturday night, don’t use up all your energy now

The Ginger Assassin Can't Save UGA's Season

October 26th, 2009
1:39 am

bugsquacher, since you seem to be a fan of history, pray tell who owns the most recent national title?

Bring up past history all you want, but it didn’t stop your vaunted program from sh***ing the bed in an epic fashion last season. Just when you think your season couldn’t have been more disappointing, the Dawgs get slammed in the second half by a team led by sophomores and freshman running an offense they had never played in prior to that season. I’m surprised the DA didn’t file felony rape charges for what happened in Athens that day. Players that UGA’s fanbase loves to say “would never see the field at UGA” kicked your a** all over the field in the 2nd half. I have yet to figure out why UGA fans insist on calling the flexbone a “high school offense” as if it’s some kind of insult; that offense put over 400 yards of rushing on your swiss cheese defense.

Winning 7 in a row didn’t bring victory to you last year, and winning 7 out of 8 won’t guarantee you victory in November this year either. How on God’s green Earth can you possibly be so confident that you’ll win this year when you couldn’t do it AT HOME with an NFL QB and RB on your roster? Delusional much? So you go on ahead and keep telling yourself how great your team was, but you may want to fit in some prayers imploring that your defense learns how to tackle. The only thing your defense has done all year is make Jonathan Crompton look like Peyton Manning. Hope you guys have fun at the Who-Gives-A-@#%! Bowl…

Bob in SF

October 26th, 2009
1:41 am

I’m a GT fan but I have to say that whipping applied to the Jackets by the ‘Canes would preclude any serious discussion of them deserving to be in the National Championship hunt. Just like in ‘07 when Georgia got smoked by 35-14 Tennessee (on top of a loss to SC by a figgie) then whined about not getting a fair shake by the BCS the fact remains if someone hangs a 20+ difference on you, you’re probably not national championship material in the first place. Lets just worry about one game at a time and let the rest sort out. A possible Top 5 finish would be a great milestone for this program especially after getting thrown under the bus by the school’s own AD a few years back.

GT Killa

October 26th, 2009
1:43 am

Georgia IS the new kentucky! (only without a good basketball team) chomp chomp chomp go Gators!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

GT Killa

October 26th, 2009
1:45 am

speaking of streaks hmmmmmmmmmmmmmm/skeet how does 3-16 grab ya? thats right, its your record vs you know who since 1990. have fun this weekend, hounds

bugsquacher

October 26th, 2009
1:45 am

Hey Ginger, nah… not worth the comment

andy rooney

October 26th, 2009
1:46 am

have you ever noticed that the most hyped conferences (via abc, cbs, espn are in order top to bottom correlate EXACTLY to the fannies in the seats of each conference????

sec (sec schools hold positions from 4 thru 11)

big ten (osu psu um in the big ten hold the top 3 spots)

big twelve

pac 12 /acc (pac 12 and the acc were close to having the same attendance figures)

big east may not have finished at no 5 as their attendance was truly pathetic

point being that the sec/ big ten / pac 12 are hyped more than any other conference for a reason. their tv exposure is even almost proportioned 1, 2 and 3.

And the correlation of attendance and hype pretty much shows why ESPN toots the sec as being the top conference over and over and over and over again. number of fans equates to dollars and cents for tv revenue.

it couldnt be that because espn holds the biggest football tv contract with the sec, it causes them to hype the sec more than any other conference? nahhhhh not possible.

they show the same segmants wrt the sec the big 10 and big 12 over and over and over again much like a ‘commercial’ for those 3 conferences. the remaining conferences seem to get relegated to clown status…. like they did with the acc and the wheel of destiny.

hmmmmmmmm…..

espn had that shameless acc wheel of destiny. funny thing though…. the acc and the sec had the same exact issues. yet they made the acc the butt of their lame jokes.

both conferences had a trio of strong teams…

both conferences trio of strong teams were playing a bit inconsistantly

both conferences had close games between cellar dwellers and the big 3. only saving grace was that ‘poor’ officiating saved all 3 ‘SEC’ teams from potential defeats in the last two weeks. hmmmmmmm.

could it be a conspiracy? nahhhhhhhh.

than we have the issue with recruiting stars etc. anaybody wanna bet that the stars of recruits are affected by the numbers of fans who buy subscriptions to sites like rivals and scout??????

sounds kinda like the health insurance industry eh?

Hey, "Yellow is the color of . . ."

October 26th, 2009
1:48 am

You made a great prediction on the GT-UVA score! Just like you said, “34-9″. Only problem, you had the teams & scores reversed. Haahaahaahaahaahaa. . .

hmmmmmm

October 26th, 2009
1:48 am

GT Killa

October 26th, 2009
1:52 am

wah wah wah – save that for saturday hmmmmmm

The Ginger Assassin Can't Save UGA's Season

October 26th, 2009
1:52 am

Haha bugsquacher…I apologize if I used too many big words; let me paraphrase my comment so that you can understand it…

Dawgz no be good this yeer. No can play deefense. Think past rekurd help teem win this yeer…make me think they is coo-coo

GT Killa

October 26th, 2009
1:54 am

Hows it gonna feel when Tebow breaks Herschel’s TD record against you guys?