Season Tickets, the Home Schedule, & AP Poll
Like most collegiate season ticket holders, this past week included my own personal vigil for the FedEx delivery truck.
I was rewarded, on Tuesday, with my 2010 Georgia Tech season ticket package. Tossing aside the various fillers and advertisements, I quickly found what I’d been waiting for…the tickets themselves. The tickets showcase the helmets of both GT and the day’s opponent while also specifying the “theme” for the day.
- September 4 - “Opening Day” against South Carolina State. Another ubiquitous “bulldog” team and our first chance to see Al Groh’s 3-4 defense in action.
- September 25 – “Family Weekend” against North Carolina State. By the time we face the Wolfpack we’ll have already gone on the road against Kansas and North Carolina. We’ll have a pretty good idea about how good this 2010 team will be. NCSU will be coming off a Thursday night game against Cincinatti.
- October 9 – “Homecoming” against Virginia. The sixth game of the season will be both Homecoming for the Jackets and revenge time for Al Groh as he faces the program that just fired him. There is a high potential for drama in this one folks…
- October 16 – “Hall of Fame Weekend” against Middle Tennessee State. Don’t expect the Blue Raiders to roll over and play dead. These guys went 10-3 last year and beat Maryland en route to a bowl bid. Dwight Dasher is a senior QB, from the state of Georgia, who has been named to the Davey O’Brien National Quarterback Award Watch List, the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Watch List, the Paul Horning Watch List, the Manning Award, and the Walter Camp National Player of the Year Watch List. In other words…the kid can play!
- November 13 – “1990 National Championship Reunion” against Miami. The Jackets will host the Hurricanes in a continuation of a rivalry that’s beginning to develop some bad blood and intensity. The guests of honor will be a reportedly sizable group of players from the 1990 National Championship team.
- November 20 – “Senior Day” against Duke. Josh Nesbitt and the rest of the 2010 seniors will play their last home game on the Flats. We’ll also get a close up look at Sean Renfree, the highly touted QB recruit who switched his decision from GT to Duke when Paul Johnson was hired and the Jackets went away from the pro-style offense.
The Associated Press pre-season poll is out and Georgia Tech is ranked 16th.
That feels like a good ranking to me. Not too high and not too low. Its about right for a conference champion that’s bringing back a senior QB but also replacing four NFL draftees while also changing defensive coordinators.
The ACC (five teams) and the SEC (six teams) dominate the poll with 11 of the Top 25 rated teams.
If the Jackets start the season in the mid-teens and are able to ring up wins over Kansas, North Carolina, and NC State before the month of October then they’ll likely be flirting with Top 10 status when they go up against Wake, Virginia, and Middle Tennessee.
If we’re 7-0 before the Clemson game then the stretch against the Tigers, Hokies, and Hurricanes takes on major BCS implications.
Looking ahead like that would probablty aggravate Paul Johnson, who has already been quoted as saying he doesn’t like preseason polls.
Still…its hard not to get excited about Josh Nesbitt running this offense in his senior season.
And if Al Groh’s defense can force a few punts and improve from last season…all bets are off!