If you believe, as I do, that Wake Forest head coach Jim Grobe has some idea about what he does for a living, then this quote of his about the chances of Paul Johnson’s offensive scheme succeeding in the ACC should be of interest:
“You never see it, you never practice it, you can’t simulate it in practice. No matter how hard you try to show your kids in practice what it’s going to be like, you get in the game and it’s 10 times faster than your scout team could ever show in practice. There’s just absolutely no way to prepare for it.”
Navy scored 24 points on Wake last year. For comparison’s sake, that’s more than Nebraska, Florida State, North Carolina, Virginia, NC State, Vanderbilt or Connecticut managed.
No, that doesn’t mean that Georgia Tech is destined for BCS greatness next year. But the Jackets aren’t going to embarrass themselves as much as people think, either. At least if, as Grobe suggests, they find themselves a competent quarterback.