Posted: 1:16 pm Monday, July 21st, 2014

Tech picked to finish fifth in Coastal 

By Ken Sugiura

Georgia Tech was picked to finish fifth in the Coastal Division in the ACC preseason media poll, released Monday. It is the lowest projection for the Yellow Jackets going at least back to 2005, when the ACC split into two divisions. The conference expanded to 14 teams last season.

The projected order of finish for the division is Miami, Duke, Virginia Tech, North Carolina, Georgia Tech, Pitt and Virginia. Defending Coastal champ Duke had never been picked higher than fifth prior to this year’s poll.

To no one’s surprise, Florida State was picked as the Atlantic Division and league champion. The Seminoles received 104 of 108 votes as favorites to win the ACC title for a third consecutive season.

Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston, winner of the 2013 Heisman Trophy, was the runaway favorite to be named ACC player of the year, receiving 99 of 108 votes.

Tech has a strong history of outperforming its projection. In coach Paul Johnson’s first six seasons, the Jackets’ average projection was 3.2, but their average finish was 1.7.

ACC Championship Votes
1.    Florida State – 104
2.    Clemson – 2
3.    Virginia Tech – 2
(4 voters made no selection)

Atlantic Division  
(First place votes in parenthesis)
1.    Florida State (109) – 670
2.    Clemson (3) – 660
3.    Louisville – 564
4.    Syracuse – 368
5.    NC State – 326
6.    Boston College  – 301
7.    Wake Forest – 136

Coastal Division
(First place votes in parenthesis)
1.    Miami (26) – 614
2.    Duke (33) – 597
3.    Virginia Tech (23) – 571
4.    North Carolina (27) – 570
5.    Georgia Tech (1) – 322
6.    Pitt (2) -319
7.    Virginia -142

ACC Player of the Year
1.    Jameis Winston, QB, Florida State – 99
2.    Vic Beasley, DE, Clemson – 6
3.    Duke Johnson, RB, Miami – 1
4.    Jamison Crowder, WR, Duke – 1
5.    Brenden Motley, QB, Virginia Tech -1

115 comments
BigCrimson75
BigCrimson75

5th in the Coastal, huh?

This is now Bill Lewis territory. :(

Delbert_D
Delbert_D

Per the media experts order:


Miami doesn't have a proven quarterback. Jake Heaps and his 77.0 passer rating last year at Kansas is proof of something, but not good quarterbacking. They have about 3,200 lbs. on the OL 2-deep every year and still woefully underperform.  Also, their best player is named Duke.


Duke graduated three-fourths of its starting DL and both starting cornerbacks. Might have to score 45 on Georgia Tech to win. Scored 14 last year.


Virginia Tech doesn't have a proven quarterback. If Benedict (Arnold, for UGA fans) can't play, the OL depth is a bit thin.  3 of 4 starters on the DL are gone. 6 combined starts among the replacements.


North Carolina has to dodge the lack of institutional control bullet (again) to even play. Or, they might run the table in the division and then have to forfeit all wins. Maybe they will beat the Jackets this year or just stick to their established pattern and lose.


Georgia Tech has a lot of ifs and and maybes and could finish 1st or 7th. Got to establish the B-back; please, this year?


Pitt doesn't have a proven quarterback, and they lost one heckuva wide receiver. 4 starting O-linemen and 3 experienced RBs return. Aaron Donald's backup is the best returning D-Lineman. With 2 LBs and 2 DBs back, I guess the media thinks the QB is going to be a real dud to rank them 6th.


UVA has 7 starters on offense and 9 on defense returning. Those guys were 2 and 10 last year, but THEY BEAT BYU. If they learned anything, they might not give up 45+ points in 5 games like 2013 (59 each to Oregon and Clemson.)

CraigSelf
CraigSelf

Been a Tech fan since 1956. Played football long enough to have learned a few things. Bobby Dodd said it best. You can out coach them some of the time but eventually better athletes will win. Any coach at Tech, Pepper, Carson, Fulcher, Curry, O'Leary, Ross, and even Johnson can only out coach them some of the times.I will give O'Leary & Ross credit for having equal talent at times when they were coach but over the long haul at Tech equal talent is far and few between.That's my two cents.

greenedefense
greenedefense

CPJ will be back at Georgia Southern next season! book it!

greenedefense
greenedefense

ACC media days is not a 3 ring circus like the SEC media days were. Kinda like one of Tech's home games when the stadium is half empty.

greenedefense
greenedefense

CPJ will coach his 2 star's up and they will finish the season win or lose! 

GoGT
GoGT

I think GT has as good a chance to win the Coastal as any of the teams listed ahead of us.

ToeMeetsLeather
ToeMeetsLeather

If we finish in fifth place this year, it will probably be time to start looking to make a change with the HC position. I don't think we will, but we are mighty thin at some important spots on the field. Stay healthy, and I think we can stay within reach of the division title all the way up to the final conference game with Clemson. But let's face it, we are a couple of snaps away from having a walk-on QB handing off to a walk on BBack. Plus we are incredibly thin accross the DLine. Academics sure took it's toll on the DLine depth, and with Custis at BBack. Fingers crossed for a healthy camp and season.

The schedule sets up really well to get J Thomas ready for the big boys, since he didn't get near enough snaps last year. Also, hopefully Leggett and Wilson can step up at BBack during these first few games to prove that they can spell Laskey during the season grind.

Haven't really looked at everyone's schedule in the Coastal, but whoever avoids playing both Clemson and FSU probably wins the division.

Bottom line for TECH in 2014, it's time for the program to find a few big wins on the schedule. Something that has not happened since the 2011 season. If not, the recruiting momentum will hit a wall and the fan base will become pretty restless, by TECH standards anyway.

D-Sheets
D-Sheets

IMO, UNC is going to be a tough out this season.  Ryan Switzer (Mr. All-purpose), and QB Marquise Williams. 

I won't be surprised if they are the "sleeper" team. 


And I think GT finishes higher than 5th.

DawgnIT
DawgnIT

Should have just said a 5 way tie for 1st.

GTBee
GTBee

.10th overall pick out of 14 and nearly 11th. The Legend Lives . . . Tech Still Sucks!

GTBee
GTBee

And finally the truth. The fools that believe this year will be any different. Keep pumpin your money into Johnson's pocket.

Getting_Older
Getting_Older

In the Coastal, I think there should probably be 4 teams tied for 2nd, behind Miami.  But even then, I don't think that they are much ahead of the rest of the pack.  This is about like the SEC in recent years, where the top two teams in the West are better than any in the East.  I like Tech's chances of winning the Coastal as much this year as any year.  No one stands out, it is open for the taking by anyone who can put it together.

GT_Rich
GT_Rich

Miami and UNC are overrated, as always. Now add the new coastal darling of Duke...blech. Miami and UNC have to replace a lot of players and are on schollie restrictions. VT's offense is terrible. I'll take GT's redshirted FR & SO over newbie incoming FR for the other coastal teams trying to fill holes with summer enrollees. I'm glad those 4 are at the front end for us. We should be able to take 3 of 4 and set ourselves up nicely to finish 6-2 in conference.

BCW1
BCW1

I see nothing about the ACC media days. Certainly not compared to the SEC coverage for sure! Does anybody care?

BigTimeTECHFan
BigTimeTECHFan

Wofford - WIN

at Tulane - WIN

Georgia Southern - WIN

at Virginia Tech - WIN

Miami - WIN

Duke - WIN

at North Carolina - WIN

at Pittsburgh -  WIN

Virginia - WIN

at North Carolina - WIN

Clemson -  TOSS UP

at Georgia - TOSS UP


Go 1 and 1 in the toss up games, and Tech will be 11-1 headed to ACCCG.

AugustaJacket
AugustaJacket

Hey RuPaul, I see you liking these posts.  Why don't you come debate GeorgeStein and I?  


No worries, though.  I wouldn't debate either if I kept getting proved wrong like you do....

BleedingGold
BleedingGold

@BigCrimson75 

If you actually believe that we're finish 5th in the Coastal, you don't know much about college football

GGee
GGee

BigCrim... Did u hear where everytime Bama has been picked to win the SEC... They couldnt get it done? May want to disregard the media types... unless you are one of those "when its.convenient for me" types. You and I both know that GT finishing 5th in the coastal, hell 5th in the ACC is a bit ofa stretch.

Iluvnutella
Iluvnutella

@Delbert_D  We cant beat Miami under Turkey neck. We cant beat VT under Turkey-neck.  So that moves us up to 3rd....Pajamas......ACC coach of Mediocrity.

SupersizeThatOrder-mutt
SupersizeThatOrder-mutt

@greenedefense 

You want to put some money on that?  I think you'll find lots of takers on that stupid claim.  Whether he is at Tech or not, there's no way he will be back at Ga Southern, other than as an opposing coach.  And that won't happen either

SupersizeThatOrder-mutt
SupersizeThatOrder-mutt

@greenedefense 

You apparently don't remember the days when Georgia couldn't even fill a much smaller Sanford stadium and had to play double headers in Atlanta at Grant Field.  What goes around comes around.

ToeMeetsLeather
ToeMeetsLeather

Hate to break it to you "Greeny", but if Myles Autry is able to get on the field at ABack with Devine, Thomas and Smelter, that would be four (4)star athletes on the field for the TECH offense. Thanks for checking in though.

greenedefense
greenedefense

@SupersizeThatOrder-mutt This is probably a recruit that had no intentions of signing with The G. He probably didn't even work out for the coaches. He probably had already committed to another SEC school. He is just a thief looking to take advantage during his visit.

SupersizeThatOrder-mutt
SupersizeThatOrder-mutt

@D-Sheets 

I am afraid it might be UNC's year too.  The string has to end sometime.  I hope I'm wrong, but I was in Chapel Hill in 1990, and I know that anything can happen.  But I agree with you too that Tech finishes higher than 5th in the Coastal

SupersizeThatOrder-mutt
SupersizeThatOrder-mutt

@GTBee 

If you hate him so much, then why don't you pump some of your money towards hiring whoever the hell it might be you think would come to Tech and who could do better.  And I reiterate ONE WHO WOULD COME TO TECH

BigTimeTECHFan
BigTimeTECHFan

@BCW1 When is the SEC media days, I my check it out, not sure.

BigCrimson75
BigCrimson75

Bleed -- I didn't cast a vote haas!!

Truth be told, the Coastal looks winnable for GT.

D-Sheets
D-Sheets

@Iluvnutella 

Thursday, November 20, 2008, GT 41  Miami 23 .... Head coach = "Turkey neck"

Saturday, October 17, 2009, GT 28  VT 23  .... Head coach = "Turkey neck"


Dude, try to not make stupidity look so easy ..... 

SupersizeThatOrder-mutt
SupersizeThatOrder-mutt

@greenedefense @SupersizeThatOrder-mutt 

Boy, you guys really get defensive about these things, don't you?  You have no idea what his intentions were or whether he worked out for the coaches or not.  And you say he probably had already committed to another SEC school?  Don't you think that would have been in the article?  The only thing you said that was factual was that he was kicked off (actually picked up by the cops) before he could open his mouth.  When all is said and done though, he's just another thug who wanted to go to Georgia but was too stupid to wait till he got in school to get arrested.

GeorgeStein
GeorgeStein

Commit to the G? Who talks like that?

D-Sheets
D-Sheets

@SupersizeThatOrder-mutt @D-Sheets 

One thing in GT's favor is that UNC's schedule the 4 weeks prior to GT visiting Chapel Hill is:

@ East Carolina

@ Clemson

vs VT

@ Notre Dame


The Heels shouldn't be able to prepare for the TO much before the week of the game.


GGee
GGee

Id say the Miami and VT games are tossups too. Go 2-2 in those games and were not looking too shabby

Gr8_2B_aFuzzyB
Gr8_2B_aFuzzyB

Good information D SHEETS. But I'm not sure if that really hurts them considering they had extra prep time last year and we still beat them. I like it better this way, hopefully the result is the same. They did seem to show a lot of potential at the end of last year. But can they avoid the slow start pattern they have established of late??

SupersizeThatOrder-mutt
SupersizeThatOrder-mutt

@AugustaJacket @SupersizeThatOrder-mutt 

Who am I?  Where am I?  Who are you?  Better yet, why is a drag queen impersonating a Tech fan? (That, of course, not referring to you.  Some newbies here might have misunderstood me though....LOL)

AugustaJacket
AugustaJacket

@SupersizeThatOrder-mutt Like I said on the other blog:  "Much like his namesake RuPaul, no matter how hard he pretends to be something he is not, his WnE always gets in the way."