Over/Under 2.5 Justin Thomas Pass Completions
Actual Number: 0 completions on 3 attempts
Justin Thomas made it into the game before halftime and played 2-3 drives if I'm remembering correctly. Coach Johnson gave him an opportunity to throw, and similar to seemingly everyone else on our team he was unable to complete any.
Pessimism 1, Optimism 0
Over/Under 24.5 Points Allowed by Georgia Tech's Defense
Actual Number: 38 Points Allowed
For three quarters, Tech and its defense hung tough with Miami. When the time for the Budweiser song came, the Yellow Jackets were down 24-17, and shortly thereafter a David Sims touchdown pulled things to within 24-23. It was something of a landslide from there though, as Miami would score 2 offensive touchdowns plus a defensive touchdown (which doesn't count here) to finish with 45 points on the board -- a mark where you're guaranteed a win so long as you're not UNC or Duke.
Pessimism 2, Optimism 0
Over/Under 125 Rushing Yards for Duke Johnson
Actual Number: 184 Rushing Yards
That's right, Duke Johnson went for close to 2 bills on only 22 carries -- for those keeping score back home, that's a solid 8.4 yards per carry. What that means is that every time he got the ball, Miami almost had a first down. Which is actually irresponsible, since they were averaging over 14 yards per passing attempt for a composite of 10.4 yards per play.
Pessimism 3, Optimism 0
Over/Under 17.5 Pass Attempts for Georgia Tech
Actual Number: 19 Pass Attempts
This isn't so much the problem as the mark of 6 completions on those 19 attempts. What I don't understand is how the first 3 games saw Vad Lee throw for between 50 and 65 percent completions, while the last two games have been awful passing, with even Justin Thomas getting in on the fun this week. I'm fine with promoting the "Paul Johnson Flying Circus" if it actually flies and goes somewhere. However, when it's sputtering mid-air and threatening to crash and burn, I'll be a lot more hesitant to leave the ground.
More attempts mean a struggling rushing attack, so this one goes to the pessimists as well.
Pessimism 4, Optimism 0
Over/Under 299.5 Rushing Yards for Georgia Tech
Actual Number: 335 Rushing Yards
Woo!! We struggled with some things again this week, but thankfully our rushing attack was back to normal after only 129 yards against Virginia Tech. No 100-yard rushers this week, but David Sims went for 77 (almost 5 yards per carry), Deon Hill went for 47, and Robert Godhigh and Charles Perkins each went for 39 yards. This is a performance our team HAS to build on for the weeks ahead.
Pessimism 4, Optimism 1 (on the board!)
Over/Under 5.5-Point Margin of Victory for Miami
Actual Number: 15 Points
I really thought that this game would be kept to 10 or less, but the floodgates opened in the fourth quarter and Georgia Tech was down for the count. It doesn't look good and doesn't feel good, and we're going to have a tough time finding the positives from this game. That's how it goes though.
Pessimism 5, Optimism 1
Our first shout-out this week goes to the weekend MVPs, Dive Keep and Pitch and mrnuttle, both of whom went 5 for 6. DKP thought that Georgia Tech wouldn't manage 300 rushing yards, while mrnuttle thought that Georgia Tech would stop short of 17.5 passing attempts. Those were wrong, but everything else between the two of them was correct.
With the 5-1 performance, DKP (23-7) pulls one pick closer to tying our leader pulindian (25-5), who went 4-2 this week.
This week's LVP, with an uncharacteristically poor foresight, was dhbartlett, who went 0 for 6 in this game. dhbartlett was 15-9 coming into this weekend, good for 5th overall. He drops to 8th place, with a dead even 15-15.
Our last shout-out goes to GoalieLax, who joined us this week just in time to go 1-5. Welcome to the show, kid.
This Week's Results
|Dive Keep and Pitch||5||1||83%||packerman||2||4||33%|
|Atlanta's original team||2||4||33%||pswole GT||0||0||0%|
Weekly Entrant Success Rate: 44.5% (53-66)
Week 5 Leaderboard
|Dive Keep and Pitch||23||7||76.7%||acedarney||11||7||61.1%|
|Atlanta's original team||12||12||0.5|
Season Entrant Success Rate: 56.8% (337-256)
This concludes Week 5. It was marginally better than Week 4, which is better than saying it was worse. I hope we all go 6-0 next week and Georgia Tech whips BYU, however improbable statistics says that may be.
Link to the spreadsheet being used to track these, as well as my weekend selections: click.