Over/Under 1.5 Interceptions for Georgia Tech's Defense
Actual Number: 2
Georgia Tech's defense was able to manufacture two interceptions as well as a fumble recovery, and won the turnover battle 3-1. Syracuse was intercepted on its third drive of the game by Quayshawn Nealy, who read the eyes of Terrel Hunt as he stared down a receiver. Nealy jumped the route and was able to secure the ball on his way to the ground after a slight juggle. Later, Louis Young was able to pick off backup quarterback Drew Allen on a play where Allen overthrew his receiver. Both were instances where players were given a shot to capitalize on a mistake and didn't miss the chance.
Optimism 1, Pessimism 0
Over/Under 18.5 Pass Attempts for Georgia Tech
Actual Number: 5
The correlation holds, as Georgia Tech won without having to pass much at all. However, it was good to see that when they did pass, they were efficient about it -- Vad Lee went 3/3 for 88 yards and a touchdown, including two beautiful deep passes to Darren Waller and Dennis Andrews. That's exactly what we need from our passing game moving forward.
Optimism 2, Pessimism 0
Over/Under 4.5 Yards per Carry for Georgia Tech
Actual Number: 5.88 yards per carry
Everything just worked on Saturday. The B-Back dive was gashing for big yards, the pitch man was frequently able to get a big gain, and the QB keeper was effective as well. It was really beautiful, and this is what we see when everything's running smoothly as it was.
Optimism 3, Pessimism 0
Over/Under 54.5 Combined Points for Georgia Tech and Syracuse
Actual Number: 56
A quick refresher from the "picks" article...
...If Georgia Tech wins 49-0, then the outcome is "Under" (49 + 0 = 49 < 54.5), while a 28-27 Georgia Tech victory yields an outcome of "Over" (28 + 27 = 55 > 54.5).
You know, I made up that first scenario as a bit of a joke and an extreme case, just to illustrate how things could potentially happen. Turns out our guys did one touchdown better than my "wild" scenario. I personally thought it a bit strange that Syracuse's defense was so helpless out there, given that they were the more hyped unit coming into the game.
Optimism 4, Pessimism 0
Over/Under 0.5 Passing Touchdowns for Georgia Tech
Actual Number: 1
RHP WR DeAndre Smelter threw an interception on a trick play early in the game, I just knew that we wouldn't really be throwing the ball for the rest of the game. And we didn't -- there were only 4 attempts after that play. Luckily for this line though, one was a deep pass to Darren Waller that was caught inside the 5 and he was able walk in for a score, becoming Georgia Tech's first touchdown in meaningful time since our game against UNC.
Optimism 5, Pessimism 0
Over/Under 7.5 Point Margin of Victory for Georgia Tech
Actual Number: 56
Gotta love it when your team beats a conference opponent by 8 touchdowns and shuts them out in the process. Boy, did it feel good, and boy, was it a much-needed performance for our fans.
Optimism 6, Pessimism 0
First shout-out here goes to me, for making lines that forced 2 incorrect picks from Dive Keep and Pitch and pulindian.
Second weekly should-out here goes to AugustaJacket, Buddy Smiggins, and richman0610, who went a solid 5-1 this week. AugustaJacket and richman0610 missed on the interceptions line, and Buddy Smiggins missed on the combined points line. I'll try to do better next time.
Our next weekly shout-out goes out to Atlanta's original team, whose pessimism was the only thing keeping me from being the weekly LVP. Appreciate that!
We also have a shout-out today for dhbartlett, who couldn't have been more wrong when he said...
"Under- 8 TD? I don’t imagine" - dhbartlett
Interesting anti-prophecy there though.
Final shout-out of the week goes to ClavinCliff, who called his shot when he said...
"Fully expect to go .500 again with these....." - ClavinCliff
This Week's Results
|Buddy Smiggins||5||1||83.3%||Atlanta's original team||2||4||33.3%|
|Dive Keep and Pitch||4||2||66.7%||jchens_GT||0||0||0.0%|
Weekly Entrant Success Rate: 64.7% (66-36)
Week 7 Leaderboard
|Dive Keep and Pitch||32||10||76.2%||JohnHeisman||17||19||47.2%|
|Atlanta's original team||18||17||51.4%||tdot6||0||1||0.0%|
Season Entrant Success Rate: 57.8% (460-336)
This concludes Week 7. Things are looking up!
Link to the spreadsheet I'm using to track this, as well as my Weekend Selections, found here: link.