You tell me: How will Georgia Tech finish?

during the second half of an NCAA college football game against Clemson Saturday, Oct. 10, 2015, in Clemson, S.C.  Clemson won 43-24. (AP Photo/Richard Shiro)

during the second half of an NCAA college football game against Clemson Saturday, Oct. 10, 2015, in Clemson, S.C. Clemson won 43-24. (AP Photo/Richard Shiro)

during the second half of an NCAA college football game against Clemson Saturday, Oct. 10, 2015, in Clemson, S.C. Clemson won 43-24. (AP Photo/Richard Shiro)

A soggy day in Pickens County, S.C. (AP Photo/Richard Shiro)

Georgia Tech will play Pittsburgh on Saturday having not won in more than a calendar month. (Sept. 12 against Tulane: That was GT’s last W.) It’s the first time under Paul Johnson, whose tenure spans 100 games, that his Jackets have lost four in a row. Game No. 100 was close to PJ’s nadir — Middle Tennessee still looms large in memory — seeing as how his prized offense managed but 71 yards rushing at Clemson, the worst yield yet.

Picked to win the ACC Coastal, Tech is alone in last place at 0-3. (Virginia and Miami are likewise winless in league play, but they’re only 0-1.) It’s possible to win the Coastal with three losses — at 5-3, Tech tied Miami and North Carolina for first in 2012 — but it’s hard to imagine these Jackets running the ol’ conference table.

Under Pat Narduzzi, formerly Mark Dantonio’s defensive coordinator at Michigan State, Pitt has — big shock — played stout defense. Florida State is unbeaten and ranked No. 11 nationally. Virginia is 1-4, but that game’s in Charlottesville. Virginia Tech lost to East Carolina yet again and managed 100 total yards against Pitt, but Georgia Tech needed an improbable finish to beat a mediocre bunch of Hokies last season. Miami lost at Cincinnati and missed a real chance to win in Tallahassee, but the Jackets play the Hurricanes in Dade County, where they haven’t won under Johnson.

And then, on Nov. 28, there’s Georgia, which has been living with last season’s excruciating loss to Tech for 10 1/2 months already. Looking at that schedule, you’d have to say Tech will do well to reach 6-6, which would preserve the school’s bowl streak but would, in the grand scheme, be a major reversal after the 11-3 of last season. Still, we’ve all been wrong about the Jackets before. (I picked them to go 9-3, which is already out the window.)

Your turn: How will Tech finish? There’s a poll below. Please avail yourselves. And, as they say on The Hive, no venting.

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juvenal
juvenal

i officially herewith retract the above.....

juvenal
juvenal

@Spitzensparx @juvenal they do have at least 2...........usually only predict we won't forfeit, was a little mopey, i guess.......

Peachs
Peachs

Maybe teams took Tech seriously this year, and actually prepared for them.  The AJC might have done Tech a favor not being interested in them, always putting that target on Georgia, which never wore it well either but was pretty well on reset every year like the year before didn't happen. What really make some local press mad is the lack of caring by Tech on this poor year, no outrage or calling for Johnson's head.  One of the great things about the ACC they have a lot of money as individual schools, they educate their alumni who then make money and actually run the programs at their schools not the press nor the big money givers. It is how Duke kept David Cutcliffe so long when he would have been fired somewhere else, and now has one of the class programs in the NCAA, it is real college football. This is of no interest to the AJC, nor the masses that read the AJC, but if you have a child you might want to think of it in this three dimensional way, life is a lot longer than four years. 

ATLsportsguy
ATLsportsguy

@Peachs Tech isn't going run Johnson out after 1 terrible season, especially not after the one his team had in 2014.

AnsweredTHIS
AnsweredTHIS

Who cares!? The result will be the same until he teaches a QB the passing route tree and actually lets him use it. 4th and 8, Tech has to go for it AND they run a dive...

superfan57
superfan57

I predict johnson will fire an assistant or two, a couple players will quit or be dismissed, several reporters will get banned from johnson press conferences, a few pieces of furniture will get smashed, you will be able to hear crickets at the Hudson Grill, record will be no better than 4-8 (my prediction 3-9), and players with 3-4-5 years experience will be thrown under the bus for not knowing their position assignments. 


I almost forgot, their will be waves of saliva, profanity, and insults flowing around the Rose bowl! 

inoto20
inoto20

Just brilliant to give a coach that no other school would ever "steal" a 4 year contract worth 3 million. Why does gt hire these moron ads? Braine and his idiotic PH contract and now this one. Some on here use to always say that PJ never had as bad a year as CJ. Well chan never missed a bowl game and never looked this lousy. And next year won't be much better. I mean, it's still JT team. It's time to move on. Once again eat the moronic contract of a lousy coach. This system needs to go.And so does the idiot ad and whoever brought him in.

Jmonty
Jmonty

Ted Roof has got to be one of the WORST DC's in the country!!!  What a loser...  Shame on GT for wasting money on that worthless idiot.  GT needs a DC that knows how to call an aggressive game.  One that knows what an A gap blitz is.  One that knows what bump and run means.  Roof runs a system that is too outdated.  The sooner he's gone, the better.

G-out4806
G-out4806

I stand by my earlier prediction baring Virginia and Pittsburgh lay down (and Pitt didn’t) they want win an ACC game this season. In fact except for the Virginia game they will lose the rest of the games by double digits! A note to Mike Bobinski:The rest of the games this season should be a sellout. FL St., Vir. Tech, and Georgia all travel well!

TexGT
TexGT

CPJ has to be fired.  Find big time alumni to cover the financial hit.  Just pathetic.

Spitzensparx
Spitzensparx

@TexGT Only problem is , dude, the alumni who matter- the ones with the $$ support PJ.   And should, in my opinion.   You apparently are disconnected from reality.

dtanner311
dtanner311

remember what dave braine once said?

Jmonty
Jmonty

Hoping for 6-6, at this point.  However; if I had to wager... I think it's 5-7. Right now... Too many questions and not enough answers. 

GTBee
GTBee

2-10 not a choice? Worse than 4-8 it is.

MyMourningJacket
MyMourningJacket

Any truth to rumor that Richt and Johnson will mission together.  We can always pray.

gknight
gknight

This team won't win another game!

MikeS777
MikeS777

I think the bowl streak will be snapped.  I don't see them beating FSU.  I also don't see them winning more than 1 game of the final 3.  That alone leaves them at 5-7.  Of course this all assumes they beat Pitt and Virginia.  I have no real faith that Pitt and Virginia are any better against the option, but then this PItt coach is a defensive minded guy.  He may have his team ready for Tech.

All I know is if UNC a couple of weeks ago was a must win for the Coastal (which it was), this Pitt game is a must win if Tech wants any chance at a bowl game.

GTBob
GTBob

@MikeS777 Im kind of glad to not win the coastal this year. Im not sure I want to watch the Clemson game a second time.

GTBob
GTBob

@Sayinthisagain I only post as GTBob and yes, as long as UGA has 10 times more talent than GT I consider the game a free roll.

AnsweredTHIS
AnsweredTHIS

There goes that win against #25 ranked Pitt And there goes your bowl game!

jarvis1975
jarvis1975

"We are the best 4-6 team in America."
True quote from Jerry DiNardo a couple of weeks before LSU fired him.

Hedley_Lammar
Hedley_Lammar

" No one has ever stopped my offense "


- Paul Johnson

SeriousBlack
SeriousBlack

@GTBob  "Paul Johnson is a better coach than Mark Richt. So what if Johnson has only beaten Richt two out of seven times? Numbers and facts are irrelevant. What I believe is what's most important." -- GTBob

GTBob
GTBob

@SeriousBlack Lets say that we decide to have a one on one war battle. You get a rocket launcher and I get a pellet gun. Even if I am a significantly more skilled figure than you, who do you think is going to win?

SeriousBlack
SeriousBlack

@DawgNole  Didn't see that one. Poor GTBob is a bit blinded by his faith. You throw 2-12 at him, and he doesn't even flinch. He'll have you believing Tech's two wins in fourteen years are a source of pride. 

DawgNole
DawgNole

@SeriousBlack 

Don't forget his proclamation that Gurley wouldn't be drafted in the first round.

likeitis
likeitis

OOps...I meant Minnie the Mermaid....Millie is her sister. 

likeitis
likeitis

They might join Millie the Mermaid down in the bottom of the Sea. 

Birmingham__Jacket
Birmingham__Jacket

The triple option has been here long enuff...  Time to move on.

GTBee
GTBee

GT BOB ...he is correct!

BCB
BCB

Tech is bad.

SeriousBlack
SeriousBlack

@TOJacket @BCB It says even in one of Georgia's most trying seasons, they're still better than 2-4 Georgia Tech. Alcorn State? Tulane? Those two wins shouldn't even count. 

rallo
rallo

I don't like this but I feel we've lost heart.  5-7.  and what happened to all this JABARI HUNT comeback talk?  haven't noticed any dominant presence. 


grh0317
grh0317

This is what Bradley has waited and longed for! He and other SEC homers have had no answer for

Georgia Tech's running game for years. GT was the number one rushing team in America last year

and that grinds on old Mark. We GT fans expect and will soon see marked improvement in our running

game and other aspects of play. We hope to beat most of the tough teams left to include Pitt, FSU

Miami, etc..Bradley's favorite, the dogs from Athens also rounds out the schedule. This game should

be an easy GT win as the dwags are again under achieving and have beaten no one of consequence!

Thank you for hard research into GT football...Did you know Bark Madley, that GT has one of the toughest

schedules in football this season? Of course you suggested this, right???