Following ACC Media Days last week, the ACC media predicted Georgia Tech Football to finish at the bottom of the ACC Coastal in 2019.
The Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets not given much faith to make it out of the bottom of the Coastal Division in 2019 which goes along with what many have expected entering this season as the ACC released their media voting via press release on Monday. The Virginia Cavaliers are predicted to win the division receiving 82 of 173 possible first place votes. They’re projected to play an unsurprising pick in the Clemson Tigers for the ACC Championship. Clemson was picked to win the conference by 170 of 173 total votes with Syracuse and Virginia also receiving votes.
As always, the Coastal Division is a toss-up with Virginia (82) and Miami (55) leading the pack. The only team that has not appeared in the ACC title game from division is the Virginia Cavaliers, that could change this year if Bronco Mendenhall’s Cavaliers ale another big step forward. That being said, every team in the ACC Coastal including the Yellow Jackets received at least one vote to win the Coastal Division.
During the media day conferences, new head coach Geoff Collins was generally upbeat about the state of his new program while offering no specifics on exactly where his team should be when they kick off against Clemson. While coaches will always praise optimism heading into the season, they often know where they stand.
It is no secret that Georgia Tech under Paul Johnson thrived on being the underdog in the pre-season rankings. In these first few seasons under Geoff Collins, it will be important for that trend to continue. While being optimistic about this team is never a bad thing, the simple truth is that a major team change like this does not fare that well for the prospects of this 2019 squad.
There are still a lot of questions that need to be answered on both sides of the ball for the Jackets to be competitive this season. QB play is still in the air and losing Parker Braun was a big hit for the O-Line. The defense is going to be searching for an identity as well losing seven starters from last years squad. Collins has a moniker as “Minister of Mayhem” but it may take a year or two to get the mayhem truly rolling for the Jackets.
There are some media outlets that have a rosier prediction for the Jackets. College Football News has the Jackets predicted to go 6-6. That record includes wins over North Carolina, Pitt, and NC State.
No matter what happens to the Jackets this season there is no doubt that watching this team will be fun, interesting, and at times frustrating as they make the transition from the old to the new.