Category Archives: Georgia Tech Football

“Tech can’t out-brag us on any of that.”

One of the best owns in this state this century is Georgia expanding its engineering offerings.

It wasn’t until 2012 that UGA decided to jump in with both feet and make engineering a truly interdisciplinary undergraduate program. Since then, the university has been pouring money into the College of Engineering.

It’s not that Georgia is going to overtake Georgia Tech as the state’s premier engineering school.  It’s that it’s turned out to be an effective way of undercutting the bullshit academic argument Tech pushes as to why it can’t draw the same quality of athletes that wind up in Athens.  Not to mention that, for those few out there wanting to pursue an engineering degree, they’ve now got a legitimate set of options.

Hey, don’t take my word for it.  Check out the reaction at StingTalk.

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I can’t help myself.

Another week, another Georgia Tech dunking.

I wonder if Geoff’s begun to question whether seven years is enough.

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UPDATE:  Four games in and they’re already calling for Collins’ head on StingTalk.

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An existential question

If The Citadel is dunking on Tech, do I really need to?

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Flat on the Flats

You know, I feel like I’ve been remiss somewhat by not celebrating The Citadel’s epic win over Georgia Tech — okay, more like the Jackets’ epic loss — as much as I should here.  So, allow me to make some amends by noting the historical track record of P5 teams that fell on their face against FCS foes.  (HINT:  It ain’t pretty.)

Between 1999 and 2018, a span of 20 seasons, there have been 36 power-conference teams that have lost to FCS opponents. Of the 36, 22 went on to win three games or fewer.

You don’t say.  Tell us more.

Were Tech to follow suit, it would rate among the least successful in many years. Since the retirement of Bobby Dodd after the 1966 season, Tech has won three games or fewer seven times, five of those seasons occurring in the 1980’s.

At Georgia Tech, you can do that.

There is some hope for the most optimistic Tech fans. Of the 36 teams visited by FCS defeat, eight still managed to make bowl games in the same season. The shining model is Virginia Tech in 2010, which lost to James Madison (the Hokies were playing on short rest after losing to Boise State on Labor Day night) before going on to win the ACC and playing in the Orange Bowl. (Apologies to Jackets fans who would rather not look to Blacksburg, Va., for inspiration.)

However, it is interesting to note that the coaches of all eight of those teams were well into successful tenures at their schools (including Michigan’s Lloyd Carr, Virginia Tech’s Frank Beamer and Washington State’s Mike Leach) and most faced elite FCS opponents, suggesting the results were indeed blips. Tech’s situation does not include the former and does not appear to include the latter.

Good thing Geoff’s got that seven-year deal.

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No, they can’t take that away from him.

I only hope that each of you is loved by someone as much as Mark Bradley loves the fact that Paul Johnson is the last coach to beat Kirby Smart in Athens.

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“Blame me, I’m good with that.”

Meanwhile, on the Flats, the Geoff Collins Experience continues on its merry way.

In an alarming result that only future games and seasons will be able to put into full context, the Yellow Jackets were stunned by The Citadel 27-24 in overtime Saturday afternoon. Against an FCS opponent, Tech was haunted by an option offense highly similar to the one former coach Paul Johnson directed for 11 largely successful seasons, sending the Jackets to one of the more humbling defeats in team history.

Holy genius, Batman, how in the name of Waffle House could the Jackets lose to a team that came in 0-2 (with losses to two Top 25 FCS teams) and was a 27-point underdog?  Glad you asked.

Defensive players said that they had not had a good week of practice as they overlooked their FCS opponent.

“I don’t think that this week there was super good attention to every detail, like we should, and that showed up (Saturday),” linebacker David Curry said. “But we’ve just got to show up to play, and every single game, no matter who you’re playing, you can’t just roll the ball out and think that you’re going to win.”

Too bad there’s no catchy slogan for that.  Or this:

For instance, the three unsportsmanlike-conduct penalties within a six-minute span of the second quarter, indicating that Tech at least was able to successfully install the taunting part of its defense this week. The Jackets couldn’t do it against Clemson because, well, they’d just get laughed off the field. And presumably it was just too hot against South Florida to expend the energy. But against this humble FCS opponent, they seemed more than ready to write checks with their mouths that their bodies couldn’t cash.

Give ’em credit.  At least they know when to pick their spots.

Meanwhile, from StingTalk (which, by the way, is everything you could hope it would be and more) comes this gem.

The upside? Tech is being talked about again. The downside? For all the wrong reasons. I was ar Hudson’s. Someone brought up we lost to Citadel. A dwag asked if Citadel was favored. A dwag at another table said GT by 27 and we are the easiest game on their schedule.

Hard to argue.

It’s gonna be a good year.

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“So the revenue is coming back to us, not the broker.”

Honestly, I’m surprised Georgia Tech didn’t think of this sooner.

With an intention to optimize pricing, capture revenue and remove the middle man, Georgia Tech will test a different ticket sales strategy for its home game against Georgia in November.

The Tech ticket office will put tickets for the annual rivalry game on sale Sept. 9, but rather than selling them at a fixed price, will adjust prices based on demand, not unlike how secondary market websites like StubHub or Vivid Seats operate…

… The department will set prices based on recommendations from Atlanta-based Kaizen Analytix, which uses artificial-intelligence algorithms incorporating ticket transaction data and other factors to determine pricing models. The prices will begin at $130 for tickets in the upper corners of the east and west stands. (The seats in the upper north stands are part of Georgia’s 8,000-seat allotment.) For the 2017 game at Bobby Dodd Stadium, the average ticket price on StubHub was $162.

Don’t think other programs (which shall remain nameless) won’t be watching this experiment closely.  Cutting out the middleman for games with huge demand makes a ton of financial sense — not to mention from the consumer’s standpoint, at least you know for sure you’re dealing with a legitimate seller, as opposed to shitheads like this dude.

If you’re one of those who elects to buy tickets through Tech, let us know how the experience goes.  I’ll be curious to see how Georgia fans drive this particular market exercise.

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