It's an odd-numbered year which means lucrative opponents at home, a greater possibility for late afternoon/ evening TV games, and an increase in season ticket sales. This past weekend, I had a good conversation with my ticket block and it made me think just how long the offseason will be. We will follow the format GobblerCountry used last week in evaluating their opponents.
September 24, North Carolina Tar Heels
Relax: The Tarheels haven't won in Atlanta since 1997
Worry: A small offensive line could run into some trouble if UNC puts together yet another solid defensive line
October 8, Maryland Terrapins
Relax: Maryland hasn't seen the Paul Johnson offense yet, setting this game up to be a classic "run-over-em" Georgia Tech rushing victory.The Terrapins also lost their most productive wide receiver, Torrey Smith, to the NFL Draft.
Worry: Randy Edsall could put something together up in College Park and their defense returns a number of starters
October 29, Clemson Tigers
Relax: Dabo-Dabo Doo! Actually, this game could be a huge toss-up
Worry: Last year, the Jackets got pummeled on each side of the ball. This game is a huge toss-up
November 10, Virginia Tech Hokies
Relax: Thursday night football in Atlanta. Remember 2009?! Plus, no Tyrod Taylor for the Hokies. By November, I suspect the Tevin-Synjyn combination is in full-swing and we're ready to go for this football game.
Worry: Frank Beamer always has a quarterback who ready to fill the void left behind by the previous starter. Bud Foster defense, special teams abilities, etc.
I think the choices are pretty clear and usual. Virginia Tech will be the most daunting task in 2011 at Bobby Dodd Stadium. Clemson will the be biggest question mark going into the season.