The ACC made it through the first week of the season with a 10-2 record, losing only games in which they were the underdog…only to completely fall apart in week two.
Obviously, Georgia Tech squandered away a road win over a BCS out of conference opponent.
But that was just the beginning…FSU got punked 47-17 by Oklahoma in a game that never looked competitive, Miami turned the ball over four times en route to a 36-24 loss to Ohio State, and Virginia Tech lost 21-16 to a James Madison team that outscored the Hokies 14-3 in the second half.
The only true highlights were Wake and Duke’s 54-48 shoot out (49 points in the second quarter must be an ACC record) and UVA putting together a scrappy effort in a 17-14 loss to Southern Cal.
When the best moments of the weekend are delivered by Wake, Duke, and Virginia…well…pickings are slim!
The ACC deserves to be ridiculed this week…mercilessly…
The Jackets defense gave up 320 total yards to Kansas. That’s not bad, really. The Jayhawks points were a product of great field position more than a few times. And then there were instances where a penalty extended a drive after it had been stopped…roughing the kicker and roughing the passer being the most notable grievances.
Overall I think the scheme is sound and we have guys who are in position to make the plays. If you watch the game replay on your DVR you’ll see this.
Tech simply isn’t tackling very well right now. They’re not tackling and they’re not playing as aggressively as all the preseason hoopla and talk led us to believe we’d see on the field.
Don’t pay any attention to the so called expert (David Pollack) saying that GT’s defense will suffer as long as it practices against the triple option. The offensive and the defensive units practice against the scout team during the season. Pretty much every collegiate team does this. That’s the main purpose of the scout team…to mimic the looks of your upcoming opponent. It would be silly to practice against yourself while preparing for a game against someone else…
Besides…that particular “expert” called Georgia Tech irrelevant on the radio back in 2008. That was before the Jackets defeated UGA in Sanford in ‘08 and then won the ACC title in ‘09.
Missed tackles, penalties, and most importantly a lack of toughness are why GT’s defense can’t get off the field on third down. Its not the scheme. We have a couple of players on defense who are getting pushed and shoved around defense. And we have a few guys with size on the depth chart who have yet to step up and show the toughness needed to get on the field.
Offensively I’m getting tired of our guys being solo tackled in open space. While our a-backs were being tripped up and arm tackled repeatedly, the Kansas runners were using stiff arms and spins and second efforts to get extra yards and points.
The a-backs absolutely MUST win some of those one on one battles on the edges to spring the big plays and make this offense hum.
The UNC Game
I have no idea what to expect.
We don’t even know who will be eligible for the Tar Heels.
I just hope that Paul Johnson is right when he says that good teams don’t lose two games in a row.
I still think the Jackets are a good team. Maybe we’ll see that this weekend…
BEAT NORTH CAROLINA!