Georgia Tech's BCS Chances May Need a Boost From UGA

Jonathan CooperContributor IOctober 19, 2009

ATLANTA - OCTOBER 17:  Fans storm the North End Zone to bring down the goal post after the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets 28-23 win over the Virginia Tech Hokies at Bobby Dodd Stadium on October 17, 2009 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

But if I had a son, sir, I'll tell you what he'd do. 
He would yell, "To Hell with Georgia," like his daddy used to do.

Every time the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets run on the field or put points on the board, fans are reminded of an age-old tradition of hating the state-rival University of Georgia. I don't want to change years and years of tradition and hatred, but I want to make a simple suggestion for Georgia Tech fans. On Halloween, disguise yourself in the Red and Black and cheer for Georgia to upset the top-ranked Florida Gators (yes, a long shot but maybe less laughable than it was two weeks ago).

Here's why and how a Georgia upset could be beneficial to the Yellow Jackets' Orange Bowl and BCS chances. If Miami, Georgia Tech and Virginia Tech all win out, a tie will be broken by the seventh tiebreaker - the BCS Standings. Miami leads the chase at No. 10 with Georgia Tech at No. 12. I'm good with numbers but don't have one of those expensive computers to figure out this mess they call the BCS. However,  I do know strength of schedule and quality of wins is a key component. Both Miami and Georgia Tech will be heavily favored in all remaining ACC games and have one remaining non-conference games - Miami at South Florida and Georgia Tech vs Georgia. It would seem like the only way Georgia Tech can pass Miami would be with one more quality win, and as of today, Georgia will not give any boost over South Florida. But, what if Georgia upsets Florida? Again, a big if, but it would probably return Georgia into the Top 25. With a freshman quarterback, South Florida may struggle down the stretch. I'm not guaranteeing a win over a Top 25 Georgia team would give Georgia Tech the needed credit to advance to the Orange Bowl, but I'm almost certain it's not possible if Florida blows out Georgia on Halloween. So Tech fans, it's only one game, but can you cheer for your state school against the No. 1 team in the nation? Yes, you would have to put up with Georgia fans for a few weeks but I truly believe it's the only chance to make the Orange Bowl.  

Oh, and by the way, don't forget to cheer for Virginia Tech to win out because it needs to be a three-way tie for any of this to play out.