So yeah. That one time I told you that you should totally still watch? My bad guys. You should totally probably stop watching now. At least until the draft. In the meantime, it’s Labor Day in Atlanta! That magical weekend when GADOT issues alerts on Tuesday to totes warn you about about impending traffic doom on Thursday, and that’s before the weekend of SEC+DragonCon cray even starts. All the pre-con weekend traffic already up and clogging. 65K or so for the Falcons final preseason. And GA Tech kicking off the season with a tuneup against Alcorn State.
You may recall that Tech is the defending state champion, having beaten Georgia Southern in a nail-biter at home before travelling over to the ag-subsidy campus in Athens to put away the third tier squad. That game was probably closer than it should have been, given the obvious talent and coaching advantages the Yellow Jackets bring to bear, but sometimes an also-ran will get hyped up to play better competition on their home field. It happens.
The Jackets come into 2015 as the favorites in the ACC Coastal. They return the best QB they’ve had for coach Johnson’s system to date, Justin Thomas, while adding a big full back from Stanford, Patrick Skov. Skov is a grad student transfer who got few touches as an undergrad at Stanford and has his senior year of eligibility left. As per usual, the defense is the question, but you can have bad defense when you run all over your competition and milk the clock while doing.
Meanwhile, the second best state squad looks to improve on a fantastic freshman year showing in the Sun Coast Conference, where they missed a bowl selection only due to league rules that they couldn’t play in a bowl game their first season in. The third place also-rans just named the guy UVA cut this spring as their starting QB. While, it’s not hard to hand the ball to Nick Chubb, per se, well. Ya know? Cut by UVA. Threw more interceptions than TDs last year for the Cavs. Turr-ble.
The Jackets, however, barring catastrophe, should move through the Coastal relatively well and take another shot at the same ACC title game and a bid for the Playoffs, where Paul Johnson’s system will reek havoc on all comers. UGA may manage to beat Tennessee or Mizzou, but probably not both.