The Las Vegas Sun looks at six college teams to bet on and six to bet against. With regard to the latter,
The Yellow Jackets return an ACC Coastal division-high 16 starters off a team that finished last season with four straight wins including upsets over Virginia Tech and Georgia. That means they should be great, right? Not quite. Georgia Tech was extremely fortunate to go 9-4 last year. It went 3-1 in games decided by less than a touchdown, and ranked sixth in the nation in recovering 66 percent of fumbles. Those are both red flags where some regression should be expected. Odds-wise, Georgia Tech starts the season behind divisional rivals Miami and Virginia Tech but ahead of North Carolina and Pittsburgh. It’s debatable at best that the Yellow Jackets are better than the Tar Heels and Panthers.
Hopefully, it’s not debatable that the Jackets aren’t better than Georgia.
On a related note, this seems like a good time for my weekly reminder to those of you who still haven’t signed up for the Fabris Pool to do so now. The invite link is right here.
I appreciate the thoughtful responses Sunday’s post about Charlottesville generated, even from those of you who disagreed with me. That being said, I have to tell you that none of you came close to touching the sheer, concise brilliance of a comment my post spawned at the HOTD message board.
In fact, I’m going on record to say that in more than ten years of blogging, it’s the greatest comment about a GTP post I’ve ever read.
Still has his head up CMR’s ass so liberal was a given
If you’re a Georgia fan, in twelve words, that has it all, don’t it?
And some of you thought my post was political.
Just a reminder… as of today, 96 folks have signed up for this season’s pick ’em pool.
Click here if you want in.
I just got the email about setting up the 2017 Fabris pick ’em pool. Who’s in?
UPDATE: I shotgunned invites to everyone who’s participated before, but if you’re a newbie who’d like to join in for 2017, click here.
I am heading out of town this morning and won’t be back until Sunday afternoon, so you can expect posting will be as sporadic as it usually is under those circumstances.
Keep it cool in the meantime, folks.
Man, Stewart Mandel is still taking a victory lap in Montana.
But one particular question I answered in August 2007 took on a life of its own. A reader asked me to rank the nation’s power-conference schools by “prestige and place in the national scene.” For reasons I can’t recall, I opted to invoke a Medieval feudal system in dividing the 66 BCS programs at the time into Kings, Knights, Barons and Peasants.
Thus, my Program Pecking Order was born.
People took the thing pretty seriously. One Georgia blog actually enlisted a Dawgs fan to go around to sports bars in Montana testing my premise that the “G” helmet is not universally recognizable enough to merit a spot in the top group. (An “A” for effort, though it turned out I was right.)
I suppose I should be flattered.
I honestly don’t know what took me so long, but I’ve added an obvious entry to the Lexicon this morning.