This past Saturday 16th-ranked Georgia Tech dominated its FCS opponent as expected, defeating South Carolina State 41-10 in the season opener for both schools.
What seemed like an easy victory for the Jackets, was not as pretty as the scoreboard appeared.
An overall lack of energy combined with an ultra vanilla game plan, and a new somewhat hesitant looking defense gave fans reason to speculate on the promising forecast for the remaining season. Does Georgia Tech have any chance to repeat as ACC champions?
The answer to that question will be found soon.
The Jackets hit the road this coming week to face the Kansas Jayhawks in Lawrence. The Jayhawks were embarrassed by North Dakota State in their opener losing 6-3 before their home crowd.
Head coach Turner Gill will be eager to prove that the opening game was a fluke and without question have his team fired up to prove that they can play better. Do not be surprised to see a closer than expected game with two teams looking for an identity this season.
Kansas' anemic offense will look to redeem itself against Tech's lackluster defense, which yielded nearly 300 yards of offense (178 on the ground) in Week One. The Ramblin' Wreck option offense will look to continue their great start against the solid defense of the Jayhawks, which only allowed two field goals and only 168 yards in total offense.
One thing is for certain, Georgia Tech's coaching staff will be working hard to keep its young players focused on the task at hand.
Looking ahead to Week Three, the Yellow Jackets will stay on the road and begin their ACC schedule against UNC. The Tar Heels have the benefit of a bye week to prepare for the Jackets option attack and hopefully get some of their starters reinstated.
After its gritty performance in the Chick-fil-a Kickoff Classic, UNC will be looking to showcase a more complete team in conference play. That game might very well be the key game in the race for Coastal division champion.
In general, Week One did very little in giving away who the 2010 Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets are.
Chances are fans will see a bit more energy and focus this week in Kansas. Paul Johnson will look to have his option fully cranked up and in rhythm by Week Three in what is sure to be an epic battle against two programs who truly believe they are the best the ACC has to offer.
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