Posted: 9:47 am Tuesday, July 1st, 2014

Orlando Sentinel ranks Tech 55th in the nation 

By Mark Bradley

All the color and pageantry of that rainy T-Day. (Brant Sanderlin/AJC)

All the color and pageantry of that rainy T-Day. (Brant Sanderlin/AJC)

Every summer, Matt Murschel of the Orlando Sentinel undertakes the massive task of ranking all the FBS (formerly Division I-A) football teams. Murschel slots Georgia Tech at No. 55 this time, which is above the halfway point — there are 128 FBS teams — but not all that far above it. Still, there’s a bit of a silver lining.

Even at 55th, Tech should be favored — at least by the Sentinel’s ratings — in half its games. Wofford, against which Tech opens, isn’t ranked since it’s an FCS member, and Tulane (75th), Georgia Southern (124th), Virginia (118th), North Carolina State (98th) and Pittsburgh (66th) are all gazing upward at the relatively mighty Jackets.

Of Tech, Murschel writes:

The Yellow Jackets would feel a lot better about their ability to consistently thrash opponents on the ground if their offensive line was experienced. Three starters along that front are gone. Entering last season, the group had 105 career starts. Now the Yellow Jackets have linemen with just 45 career starts.

For the record, the Sentinel also ranks Tech above half the teams on Georgia’s schedule. Kentucky is 107th, Arkansas 96th, Tennessee 88th, Troy 69th and Vanderbilt 57th. (Charleston Southern of FCS isn’t rated.)

Oh, and since you asked: Georgia State is again ranked last by the Sentinel — No. 128.

693 comments
Dawg350
Dawg350

A bunch of stupid ignorant tech fans! UGA is your daddy! You bunch of losers!!!!!

Gt79
Gt79

Love that pic of Johnson, it just oozes confidence, and leadership! Kinda reminds me a of wet puppy.

Gt79
Gt79

That's generous!

Jmonty
Jmonty

Mine was great!  Hopefully, you found the meaning to humility.  Again..  I have too many UGA fans that are my friends to slur the whole nation.  While each one of them would detest you 350.  You're not even a wanna be.  You are a never was and never will.  Maybe someday you will grow up and act like a Dawg.

Dawg350
Dawg350

I hope all you tech fans have a horrible 4th of July!

Dawg350
Dawg350

1:30 pm hearing for the Bama fan who left the toddler in the car....another Bama fan gonna be going to prison.....haha...he deserves it.

bigmacondawg
bigmacondawg

I don't hate Tech.  But I honestly believe 55 is probably about right, if not a little too high.  

Georgia Tech with the exception of just random luck is just not very good at football.  No football program that is serious would even consider Johnson and his offense because it's too hard to recruit successfully, and recruiting is HALF or more of the game in college football.  It doesn't make that much difference at Tech because you guys have never recruited well.  Georgia State will be very close to the second best college football team in the state within a decade, if not sooner.

GT_Rich
GT_Rich

Does GT deserve to be top 25?  No, but they were in the top 35 in the major statistical categories for Off and Def.  Surely that gets them enough respect to be ranked somewhere between 35 and 45.

Dawg350
Dawg350

UGA will be national champions in 2014! It's time baby! Nobody will stop UGA! Book it!

Dawg350
Dawg350

I just want y'all to know how much I hate tech!!!!! I hate y'all! I hope y'all lose every damn game. The sight of y'all's uniforms makes me want to puke!!!! I love the state of Georgia but I don't give dayum about the university of yech!

Adamsran
Adamsran

Exactly.  Most of these kids are from Georgia.  You want to see them do well on the field and in life.  I'm a born and raised Dawg, but proud of the fact that our state host one of the finest engineering universities in the country.


I hope Tech out performs this projection.  Hey, its just another writer (no offense to the AJC staff), but they are usually more wrong than right.


Ellison
Ellison

I've been a UGA season ticket holder for 25 years....I love my dogs...BUT, I cheer for anything that makes the state of Georgia look good.....including cheering for Tech when they are not playing UGA...This guy putting Tech at 55 is ridiculous....thinking more like 35 would be more accurate....my opinion....

Jack5150
Jack5150

Bradley you should make the POLL say TECH Fan votes and then Other team fan votes

Dawg350
Dawg350

Tech stinks!!!!! Ugly uniforms! Stupid tech car.....buzz is a dumb mascot!

gtcaryd
gtcaryd

Got to get busy, we'll meet at the monkey bars at 5th period to argue with you trolls some more.

gtcaryd
gtcaryd

Man, Tech must be getting pretty relevant to someone, these trolls have us up to 612 comments. Not bad.

BigCrimson75
BigCrimson75

Rue -- I think your numbers are actually low. I'd say it's more accurate to assume of the top 200 players coming outta the state of Georgia each year, probably more like 75 close to 100 would qualify at GT. It's the dirty little secret PJ fans hate to admit!

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Bob -- Last 9 coaches? I thought Ross & O'Leary were great. The guy before Curry wasn't that bad either.

Jmonty
Jmonty

That's quite possibly the lowest and least classy post I've ever seen.  If making fun of kids playing football wasn't enough.  Note:  It took a UGA fan to write a post this tacky.  Is this what UGA is about?  Jabs at other schools for every misfortune?  Even if it involves the death of a toddler? 

Jack5150
Jack5150

@Dawg350 so you are no longer posting from Bulgaria? When did you get back? It is 8:30 in SOPHIA, BULGARIA so get your time right.

GTBob
GTBob

@Dawg350 Using the death of a kid to bash Alabama. Nice. This is the third UGA fan now that has made fun of that kid dying just to look macho on an internet blog.

GTBob
GTBob

@bigmacondawg Yep, im sure Georgia State will be a contender in a major conference very soon. Those zero wins they had last year, don't be fooled. They are knocking on the door to greatness.

Gt79
Gt79

Name one Tech win, last year, that causes people to respect us.

Jack5150
Jack5150

@Dawg350 What an intelligent response. You really bring so much insight and brilliance to these blogs.

GTBob
GTBob

@Dawg350 Oddly enough, I respect this post. Its much better than all of the fake, I hope you win every game except the last week in November posts.

DawgNole
DawgNole

@Ellison

Smart thinking by you and Jmonty. I always hope my favorite teams' opponents fare well when they're not playing my favorite teams. I'd much rather beat a winner than a loser--AND it's MUCH better for my schools to beat winners than losers. That's why I don't understand dopes like ThomAss Brown and 350, who actually wish for the very things that hurt their own team. Duh!

Jmonty
Jmonty

I tend to be on the same page with you Ellison.  Just flipped the other way.  I've been the the UGA stadium and had a great time each and every time.  Since I have really good friends that are UGA grads, I get to go to a few games.  I really don't see why people like to make rude comments about each other.  I really see it as childish.  Maybe it makes them feel better?  I'm just glad I get to see football in a few short months.  Not to mention tailgating! 

Jack5150
Jack5150

We finally get to hear from Europe. GED350 the Magna Cum Laude graduate from UGa has decided to post something STUPID as usual.

RuePaulJohnson
RuePaulJohnson

@BigCrimson75

I generally use the Top-75 or Top-100 because all of those players are BCS/SEC/ACC quality, when you get to the Top-200 some of those players are D1-A quality, but are Tulane level D1-A players.

GTBob
GTBob

@BigCrimson75 If they were great then they would have won more games. Nobody since Bobby Dodd has been a great coach at GT and Dodd struggled his last 10 years or so. Eventually you have to accept that maybe it is tough here.

Dawg350
Dawg350

No you idiots....not making fun of the situation...I'm low but wouldn't go that low, all I'm saying is the truth...the dumb arse man is a Bama fan...would the heck y'all want me to do??? Pretend that he is not a Bama fan???? Haha y'all ain't nothing but a bunch of sissies who can't face reality. I hope they threw wimbush under the jail as well.

Jack5150
Jack5150

@GTBob GED350 is about as BRITE as a 2 watt bulb so I hope you didn't expect some intelligent or classy post from him.

Gt79
Gt79

Why are you worried about GSU, Tech and Johnson are the problem, not a fledgling program like GSU. Nice try at deflecting though.

bigmacondawg
bigmacondawg

@GTBob @bigmacondawg

They will be recruiting better than you guys within a couple of years now that they are FBS, especially if Johnson stays on.  Most good football players don't have a whole lot of interest in calculus and chemistry.  Just sayin'....

Dawg350
Dawg350

Thanks bro....I think so too.

Dawg350
Dawg350

I don't care if it's a nursery or a mental institution or technical school...I hate y'all's guts"..is that clear enough?

GTBob
GTBob

@DawgNole If you are rooting for your rivals all of the time then you are taking strength of schedule way too seriously. Personally, if UGA never won another game im not sure I would cry about them hurting our SOS. I would be too busy laughing.

Dawg350
Dawg350

That's because you're dawgnoletechgatorseminole.......duhhh!

BigCrimson75
BigCrimson75

Noledog -- Do you really enjoy watching the Gators have success! ?

Dawg350
Dawg350

You look like a river rat....johnny.jack Travis poad McKnight!!! Whoever you are!

BigCrimson75
BigCrimson75

Rue -- How bout the blatant disrespect the HC at GA St shows PJ by holding these recruiting summits in Atlanta for the likes of ND & OH St.

PJ carries zero weight, even in his own backyard!!

If the HC at UAB tried something like that in Birmingham, the Nic-Tator would have him exiled to Alaska!!!

GTBob
GTBob

@bigmacondawg GT isn't an ideal place for recruits, but compared to a school that has yet to win an FBS game, doesn't have their own stadium, and can't draw more than 5k to a football game, we are doing rather well. It will take Ga St 20+ years to become moderately competitive in a mid major league.

Jmonty
Jmonty

No most good football players have no interest in classes at all.  They go because they can't jump straight into the NFL.  So they pick the easiest schools, with the easiest classes.  Given they go to class at all.

Grant1296
Grant1296

WOW.....

You laugh Bob...

I'm impressed....

I always assumed you were to cosumed with hate and jealousy to think anything would

be funny....

Jack5150
Jack5150

@Dawg350 What an intelligent response. You really bring so much insight and brilliance to these blogs.

DawgNole
DawgNole

@BigCrimson75

HELL NO I don't "enjoy" it! But I'd sure rather they roll into JAX undefeated for UGA and with only one loss (to UGA) when they face FSU at year's end than the sorry bunch they were last year. What does it prove to beat garbage like that? NOTHING! I want my teams to beat teams that are highly ranked and feared. THAT is what is BEST for my programs. Anyone who can't see that is extremely shortsighted.

Jack5150
Jack5150

@BigCrimson75 Nick couldn't do crap he has no power to make that an issue. It is all conference policies not Nick policy.

GTBob
GTBob

@BigCrimson75 Why didn't Saban do something about the Ga St coach then? It affects him as much as CPJ.

Grant1296
Grant1296

I guess if you have enough "programs" things should work out just fine for ya dawgNole...

GTBob
GTBob

@Jack5150 He knows that Saban wouldn't have done anything. He likes to pretend that Saban is god and can move mountains if he wants to.

DawgNole
DawgNole

@Grant1296

I have only two. That's enough for me. And things haven't worked out "just fine" nearly as much as I'd like.