Here is the honest truth. Georgia Tech Football is viewed the same as last season even though the Jackets won 11 games and triumphed in the Orange Bowl.
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No one expects much, and no one can really guarantee anything when it comes to the Jackets success.
The only thing that is 99.9% guaranteed is that the Jackets are going to make a bowl game for the 19th consecutive season.
Other than that, no one has a real clue about how good this team is going to be. In fact the perception is that Georgia Tech is no big deal.
When Phil Steele gave out his preseason All-ACC team list with Justin Thomas, Adam Gotsis (both First-Team), Freddie Burden, Jabari Hunt-Days, Jamal Golden (Second-Team), Bryan Chamberlain, KeShun Freeman, P.J. Davis, (Third-Team) and Trey Braun (Fourth-Team) all making it, that could not be seen as a really good gauge of how good this team is.
It says that the cupboard is far from bare, but it does not say “look out world Georgia Tech is coming!”.
What makes it so crazy is that even with Georgia Tech being tied with the sixth most All-ACC selections out of the whole conference, the reality is that no one thinks much of the Yellow Jackets’ prospects still.
Nov 29, 2014; Athens, GA, USA; Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets quarterback Justin Thomas (5) runs against the Georgia Bulldogs during the second half at Sanford Stadium. Georgia Tech defeated Georgia 30-24 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports
The over/under for Yellow Jacket victories is set at seven by 5dimes offshore sportsbook. That means people only see 7-5 being the end result of the Georgia Tech Coastal Division Title defense.
The reason for a seven win outlook is less about the lack of returning skill position players and more about the fact that the last time the Jackets had a double-digit 11-win season under Paul Johnson, a six or seven win season surely followed; 2009 Tech finishes 11-3, 2010 Tech finishes 6-7.
That seems a bit unfair. Tech has a bona fide potential Heisman Trophy candidate in Justin Thomas at quarterback, a defense that is nearly intact from last season, and an offensive line that is essentially missing one main cog because of the NFL Draft, yet seven wins is the view of the team.
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Just in case fans think that the perception of the Yellow Jackets cant get progressively worse heading into the season, sportsbook.ag had the Yellow Jackets listed at 80-1 to win the National Championship only a month ago, now the Jackets sit at 110-1.
Let’s keep some perspective when it comes to the hype that is going to surround the Yellow Jackets.
The reality is the only people who really think the Jackets can do something major this season are the fans that fill the seats at Bobby Dodd.
As far as everyone else goes, this is still the same old, run of the mill, middle of the pack or worse Yellow Jackets that people outside of Atlanta are used to.
But what else is new, right?