I watched last night’s Tech-Clemson game, or at least as much as I could tolerate, so that you wouldn’t have to. You’re welcome.
How bad was it? Bad enough that it dawned on me before the first quarter came to an end that I felt sorry for the Georgia Tech defense, which came out with good energy, forced a punt on Clemson’s first series, managed to pick up two turnovers (one of them a brilliant interception) and still found itself on the wrong end of a 28-0 score.
The main reason for that was the Jackets’ non-existent offense. For some reason, Collins gave the starting nod at quarterback to Tobias Oliver. Oliver, you may remember, was the genius’ non-passing option last season and if you think he received some magic coaching up from the new staff, guess again. As soon as Venables realized what he was dealing with, he did what anyone with a functioning brain would do: play Cover 0 with the safeties within five yards of the line of scrimmage. Tech lacked the personnel to make Clemson pay and the results were predictable.
None of that is surprising. We all knew with the inevitable personnel mismatch resulting from the regime change, 2019 was going to be a long season on the Flats. That’s why it’s hard to mock Collins for saying,
“We’re just going to continue to get better,” Collins said. “But just proud of the way they fought, the way they stuck together.”
That doesn’t absolve everyone from mockery, though. StingTalk takes its usual hammer to the results and declares the game to be proof that Georgia sucks. Mark Bradley manages to combine a dismissal of Georgia in comparison to Clemson (“On the other hand, the Jackets have already played the best team they’ll see. (Yes, this includes Georgia.)”) with nostalgia for a happier time:
There was a time when Johnson’s Jackets could handle Dabo Swinney’s Tigers. That time is long gone. Clemson has risen to an exalted plane. Johnson no longer coaches Tech.
For Bradley, the genius has left the building.