(Where, oh where, do you rank the Jackets?)
It's been a long season already. Nine full weeks of headlines and heroes and other alliterative phrases I'd prefer not to discuss.
Not a whole lot to report tonight, outside of the fact that Wake Forest has initiated something of a mini-furor in Atlanta with its decision to wear the white unis (Paul Johnson's teams have never worn a jersey color other than white at home).
It's within Wake's prerogative as the road team, since white is commonly the color worn by the road squad in the ACC. So the question for Georgia Tech has come down to gold or—the jersey some believe to be cursed—blue.
Johnson said he'd let his players decide. He also took a not-so-subtle dig at the school down the road when he made it clear no uniform switch would be taking place for motivational purposes. (see: The incredibly poor decision Georgia made in wearing black helmets (!) and black pants against Florida. Yuck.)
Anyway, I thought I would do something different tonight. Instead of bringing you my latest thoughts on the injury situation or Jonathan Dwyer's attempt at a big finish, I thought I'd turn the tables a little bit.
We're all about reader interaction here at Bleacher Report, so here goes: Where do you see Georgia Tech in the national picture right now? Overrated? Underrated? Just right?
I pose that simple question to you, imagining, of course, that your answers will be far more complicated. To lend color and clarity to your would-be arguments, I offer certain facts:
- The Yellow Jackets are currently ranked 17th in total offense nationwide, and second in the country in rushing, at better than 304 yards per game.
- Josh Nesbitt and Jonathan Dwyer give the Jackets two almost-certain 1,000-yard rushers this season, and Demaryius Thomas is a Biletnikoff Award finalist for the nation's best receiver.
- Tech is also 61st in total defense, and has surrendered 31 points to both Vanderbilt and Mississippi State. They are 58th in rush defense and 102nd against the pass.
- They rank 63rd in net punting, but ninth in punt returns.
- Their 0.78 turnover margin is 27th nationally and best in the ACC.
- Where it arguably matters most, Tech is 10th in the AP poll and BCS Rankings, and 11th in the coaches' poll. If it's worth anything, they're also 10th in ESPN's power rankings.
- Nine games into last year's season, Tech was 7-2 and 4-2 in the ACC, compared to 8-1 and 5-1 marks now.
I'll be a good sport and lend my two cents:
Georgia Tech is a very good team, possibly a great team, with great coaching and solid execution. The Jackets lack the depth required to compete with the best defenses in the country, but as long as their offensive line can consistently win battles up front, they'll be able to play with just about anyone.
They are deserving of a BCS bid based on results so far, although one certainly is yet to be guaranteed.
They are not the best one-loss team in the country—Oregon is far better.
If they played Saturday, Tech would beat Iowa, as would every other team in the top 10.
Now I open the floor to you, the reader. With as little bias and as much analysis as you can muster, where do you honestly see the Jackets in comparison to the rest of their conference, their greatest rival (Georgia), the rest of the country's one-loss teams, whatever? Go.