Paul Johnson has the ACC right where he wants them—continuing to doubt.
Yesterday the voters at the ACC's annual media frenzy predicted the Coastal Division to finish with Virginia Tech in the top spot, followed by Miami, Georgia Tech, then North Carolina.
On paper, that list is probably a good, safe guess for anyone who follows ACC football.
As one of the toughest divisions in the nation, most pundits will also admit that any one of those four teams has the opportunity to take the Coastal crown.
VT is the most established team, setting a level of consistency and excellence unmatched in the conference.
Miami has the history and talent to make a run in 2010. But do they have the coaching staff in place to make it through the season without running out of steam?
North Carolina has all the pieces in place for a championship run... on one side of the line of scrimmage. Can their incredible defense alone be enough?
Then there are the Yellow Jackets. A program subtly on the rise, sending four star juniors into the ranks of the NFL after last season. Quietly rolling on the ground to lead the league in total offense. Accomplishing a league title in only their second season under Paul Johnson. Simply winning.
Yet this team is doubted.
With good reason, nonetheless. With last season's lackluster defense, current questions in the trenches, and a schedule that puts all but one of their toughest games on the road, you find reason for doubt.
But, I would ask all fans of the ACC to understand. Georgia Tech is not a team that should be underestimated. They will be in the hunt. With a senior QB, a new look on defense, and a vicious desire to prove those pundits wrong, they are ready for this season to begin.
Will the Jackets finish third in the Coastal division this season? Who knows...perhaps.
But I do believe that 2010 might just prove to be a year that Georgia Tech's program will give reason not to be doubted in the future.