Watching Kansas beat Tech this year and then lose to Southern Mississippi reminded me of a team I have seen before. What if Kansas' only win this year is against the Yellow Jackets? Well, it has happened before, but only in reverse. Bear with me.
When Bill Curry came to Georgia Tech he concentrated on improving morale, refocusing on the "student" part of student-athlete and returning integrity to the Tech campus. For better or worse the new Kansas coach is following a similar pattern, including a stunning victory over a nationally ranked team. The similarities are eerie.
The 1981 Yellow Jackets under new coach Curry opened the season with a stunning victory in Birmingham over a nationally ranked Alabama team. That would prove to be Tech's only win of the season as they ended up losing every other game including games to Memphis, Tulane, Duke and Navy. Alabama would end up losing only one other game the entire season.
If one reviews the films of that 1981 victory over Alabama one can see that Alabama did not play poorly. The were in the right places to make plays, they did not miss tackles and they generally executed well. Tech just executed better. Tech was a half-step faster the entire game, made pin point passes and never missed an open field tackle.
The game today in North Carolina will tell us almost everything we need to know about Tech's season this year. Either Tech is as bad as our worst nightmares portend or Tech has more in common with the 1981 Alabama team that ran into a Tech team that, like Kansas this year, not only played a near perfect game but the best game they will play all season.