The Orlando Sentinel ranks Georgia Tech No. 78 in the land

“No. 78, huh? Let me write that down.” (Hyosub Shin/AJC)

I’ve picked Georgia Tech to go 9-3 and win the ACC Coastal Division. In the interest of equal time (or something), I note that the Orlando Sentinel, in its annual count-up to college football, ranks the Yellow Jackets the nation’s 78th-best team.

No. 79, FYI, is Western Michigan, which is no longer coached by P.J. Fleck. No. 80 is Oregon State, still coached by Gary Andersen, ex-Wisconsin. No. 81 is Southern Miss. No. 82 is Pittsburgh. There are 130 programs in FBS, which means the Sentinel has placed Tech well below the halfway line.

The Sentinel’s rankings are the work of Matt Murschel, whom I know and like. He has been doing these for a while. He takes them seriously.

The Tech preview was done by Safid Deen, and his comments aren’t as dismissive as the ranking might suggest. Writes Deen: “Tech coach Paul Johnson has to find a new starting quarterback, but his team is a legitimate contender to win the ACC Coastal Division in 2017.”

In sum, I wouldn’t have a conniption over being No. 78. But note that yours truly had Tech in his Top 25.

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GTYJ
GTYJ

ESPN right now showing a replay of Tenn vs UGA. Watch it. The ending will be awesome!!!

Native Atlantan
Native Atlantan

I shouldn't but I can't resist. The AJC gives toilet paper a bad name.

Harvey
Harvey

June 8th - - - isn't it time ajc stops promoting this story by prominent placement on webpage? C'mon, certainly something has happened since then that deserves to be reported and commented on.   Bradley should be ashamed and embarrassed to pick up pay check if he is not doing better job.   ajc should be ashamed, embarrassed and chastised and boycotted if they cannot come up with something else, and think they can pawn off 6 week old story as relevant.

RBR
RBR

Who gives a flying eff bomb about where some newspaper or any publication outside the playoff committee and AP/ Coaches poll ranks Tech or any other team for that matter. What matters is where they are ranked by the first Playoff ranking is released.   I promise you that GT won't play any less harder being ranked 78 than they would being 25.  

DawginLex
DawginLex

Way too low. 78? No way


I'd say 20-30 depending on the QB and the OL. Lots of folks back on defense. 

sthompson1
sthompson1

Just for the record, last year the Sentinel pre-ranked GT at 74 (Georgia Southern at 56, UGA 26).

Dawgonnit
Dawgonnit

Tech's Johnson likes to be underrated but this is a little too much isn't it?....That said Tech went up to VT and beat them with a 2nd string QB with Thomas out what 30 to 20.  Tech may be surprised but may be better with Thomas because maybe he seemed to have to play out of his comfort zone for Tech to win.  Tech's QB at VT knew what he could and couldn't do. That is a sign of a good Qb. Tech has to be wary of injuries at QB and BB though.

96JB
96JB

The QB is EVERYTHING to Techs offense. If he is good, Tech wins 7 to 9 games. If not, 3-4 wins

ToeMeetsLeather
ToeMeetsLeather

@96JB


Justin Thomas may be the most gifted QB to ever play at TECH. Due to OLine under performance, injuries, and a soft defense, we won three games his junior season.


The QB is important for sure, but all areas of the team define the number of wins. 

grh0317
grh0317

@96JB I think the backs may add a little to the picture.

EVERYTHING isn't very easy for you is it genius?

GTYJ
GTYJ

We (you, whomever) have short memories.  Weren't we 3-9 just a year or so ago!?  Win, and win often, year after year, and I might think we are a Top 25 team.  For now, 40-70 seems about right.

Harvey
Harvey

All fence-stradlers will agree:  (1) No.78 might be about right, and (2) we have no insight as to what credibility of the Orlando Sentinel there is to make this projection or what data they are reviewing for their report.

drydirtroad
drydirtroad

Tech always ends up better than that. Jordan can run for a long way for a td, was the short yardage running qb, passes real well, the backup qb to him is supposed to be talented, Mills is back, real good OL, all the D back, the only thing missing will be Thomas and Butker. Saying Tech will drop to 75th just because of not having those two back just isn't right. That's like saying another 3-9 season is ahead. Last year's team wasn't built around Thomas and Butker, there's too many players on a football team, it isn't a basketball team with a much smaller group of players.

bigmacondawg
bigmacondawg

Even I don't agree with that.  Tech is a solid top 45 program.

And no, that doesn't mean were that low just because Tech got lucky and won last year.  Were a legitamate top 15 program this year.

swimfin2
swimfin2

@bigmacondawg Lucky. LOL. Yep it was all luck. Had nothing to do with playmakers or eason decision making

LOGS1973
LOGS1973

@bigmacondawg Tech will " be lucky" and boat race the

dwags again this year. WE OWN THIS STATE!

FineousMcDirtyBird
FineousMcDirtyBird

The Sarasota Bugle has rated this Mark-Bradley-Article-About-Another-Sports-Writer's-Article as 85th best in its category. Rounding out the top 10 are his season preview articles where he talks about other writer's season previews.

ToeMeetsLeather
ToeMeetsLeather

Yea, and I rank Mr Deen as the 1,218th best sportswriter in Florida. 

But who cares what either one of us think.

@eidsonb
@eidsonb

Home of UCF, which we play.  


Zino
Zino

#78? This is an insult! Ga Tech should be ranked in the top 70! Paul needs to send an angry tweet to complain.

FineousMcDirtyBird
FineousMcDirtyBird

Nice filler article. As we all know, as says The Orlando Sentinel, so goes the rest of the college football season. A paper so famous for ranking football teams, there's really no point in playing the games.


Seriously, I have never heard of any of these guys or the rag they right for. Talking about it sure takes up space in today's AJC though...

Reality Tech
Reality Tech

Classic case of the left hand not knowing what the right hand is doing.

khd713
khd713

I agree that quarterback is a big question, but ranking Tech that low is ridiculous. In the end it doesn't matter except that this "analyst" is going to look like a fool. The truth is, Tech always seems to have good years when no one expects them to, and when they are predicted to be good (2014) they always underperform. 

swimfin2
swimfin2

If gt beats tenn, and i'd say it's a 50/50 chance, that's 4 straight against 4 different sec schools. Wonder when the last time that happened. Has to be the 60s. This ranking and the reasoning is dumb. I assume he will have at least one maybe two of vt miami unc in the top 25. So a team he ranked at 78th can compete with one say at 20? Dumb. Sporting news has pitt in it's top 25. He has pitt 82. Pitt at 82 is just as dumb as gt at 78. I mean, they were the only team to be the NC winner last year.

DawgNole
DawgNole

@swimfin2: "Pitt at 82 is just as dumb as gt at 78. I mean, they were the only team to be the NC winner last year."

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Nope.

Clemson was the only team to "be" the NC winner last year.

swimfin2
swimfin2

How can you be a legit contender and rank them 78th? Typical garbage journalism.

dawg fan
dawg fan

Whether they are Top 25 or Top 78 who friggin' cares?  Its Georgia Tech. 

FineousMcDirtyBird
FineousMcDirtyBird

@dawg fan Or so says the entire rest of the country about the Bulldogs pre-,current, and post-season rankings. EVERY. SINGLE. SEASON.

Enota
Enota

You mean State Champion, Georgia Tech....

Densimulator
Densimulator

"In sum, I wouldn’t have a conniption over being No. 78. But note that yours truly had Tech in his top 25."

Having them ranked in the top 25 is about as dumb as having them ranked 78...   I expect this from Schultz not you Mark. 

swimfin2
swimfin2

@Densimulator Dumb why? Why is gt not 25th based on what they accomplished last year and what they have returning and the schedule.