Charlottesville, Va. – OK, here’s a test case: Does having an extra week to prepare for Paul Johnson’s stylized offense offer a competitive advantage? Some folks think it does. Some folks also point to Johnson’s record in bowls — he’s 0-3 at Georgia Tech — as evidence that the spread option stripped of its surprise is nothing special.
And if Virginia were any good, that could be a determinant in today’s titanic tilt. But the Cavs are 3-2, which sounds better than it is. They’ve lost their only ACC game. They beat Idaho by a point in overtime when last they played. But UVA wouldn’t seem an aggregation capable of stopping the Jackets if it had six months to study. That said …
The great offensive wave crested and broke in the second half against Maryland last week. The Jackets the final 27:09 without scoring, and that’s not a sign (if sign it is) to welcome. Tech’s schedule gets harder starting next week: At Miami, then Clemson and Virginia Tech at home, Georgia awaiting on Nov. 26. Right now the Jackets are ranked No. 12, but there remains some question as to whether that ranking is a function of schedule or excellence.
I think it’s possible the Jackets could lose before they smack into Clemson on Oct. 29, but my guess is that the more dangerous game will come next week in Miami. Virginia doesn’t seem much of a team just yet. Mike London, in his second second as head coach, has won a total of one ACC game. (You might recall that London succeeded Al Groh, who has found employment coordinating Tech’s D.
Beyond that, I’ve got nothing. It’s a nice day in Albermarle County, Va., and pumpkins are being sold just down the Thomas Jefferson Parkway from Monticello, where Mr. Jefferson once hunkered down. And, speaking of pumpkins: Wait’ll you get a load of Virginia’s uniforms. Yow.
And with that, the floor is again open for questions, comments and compliments all around. I welcome your presence. I thank you in advance.
By Mark Bradley