Our baseball team begins its ACC Championship Tournament today at 11am against 2-seed Florida State. You can view the game over at ESPN3.com.
In the spirit of the day, there are 100 numbers you should know about the upcoming college football season, although none of them necessarily concern Georgia Tech. Still, an interesting read nonetheless.
After Paul Johnson's first two bowl losses (LSU in the 2008 Chik-Fil-A Bowl, Iowa in the 2010 Orange Bowl), he caught a lot of flak for his offense not functioning when a defense has more time to prepare. (Luckily, that criticism stopped there and we never had to hear about it again.) Upon further review, it would appear that those two teams had defenses that sent a combined 19 players to the NFL -- implying that Tech's offensive ineptitude in those games may have been more of a function of defense. The reason that I bring this up is that the 2012 National Title Game between Alabama and LSU featured 22 defensive starters, 16 of whom ended up being drafted. 6 other non-starters also ended up drafted. All this to say, some defenses are just really stacked and nobody's offense works against them regardless of style.
An interesting topic for me has always been the "freak athlete". This would include guys like Calvin Johnson (6'5", 235lbs, 4.35 in the 40) and Bo Jackson (6'1", 225lbs, alleged 4.12 in the 40, MLB & NFL All-Star). There are some guys like them that could almost be considered inhuman for how altogether physically gifted they are. Those "physical freaks" also exist in the college game today.