Tech’s tilt against Presbyterian tonight will not be the greatest game ever played.
So there am I again, out on Ye Olde Limb. Just can’t help myself.
Presbyterian is an FCS program based in Clinton, S.C. It is the smallest (enrollment: 1,200) Division I football operation in the land. Its nickname is the Blue Hose, doubtless to differentiate it from the Boston Red Sox. It played two ACC teams in 2010, losing 53-13 to Wake Forest and 58-21 to Clemson.
The Blue Hose went 4-7 last season. Last week they won their opener 45-10 over Brevard, about which I know nothing. (OK, now I do. Mr. Google tells me Brevard is located, oddly enough, in Brevard, N.C. Its nickname is the Tornados.)
About Georgia Tech: On Labor Day night it came within one play of registering the biggest victory this program has known since 2009, and the hangover effect from that squandered chance in Blacksburg could be mighty. Then again, the difference in manpower figures to override the vagaries of glumness.
Beyond that, I have little to offer. This is one of those games I’d abolish from all collegiate schedules were I king of the world, but at last check I’m not. My appointed task tonight is to sit here and observe, and I’d appreciate some company. Thanks, as ever, in advance.
UPDATE! OK, I lied. Tech just took the field and has broken out another in a series of new uniforms. This one is the same as the one worn against Virginia Tech, with one exception: The jerseys are blue. And, according to Tech’s media guide, blue is not among the official school colors.
Old gold and white are the designated hues, with blue and black worn for “contrast.” This look is, I must confess, quite the contrast. But maybe you’ll love it.
By Mark Bradley