Georgia Tech's offense will look to keep the pedal to the metal as it makes the trip to Raleigh for a Saturday match-up with a talented NC State team. Headlined by star quarterback Jacoby Brissett, the Wolfpack are coming off of their first ACC win of the Dave Doeren era, a slim win over the hot mess that is Syracuse. Paul Johnson boasts the most efficient offense in the nation (probably because it is a high school offense) and it should be a relatively high-scoring affair against a defense which is ranked No. 63 in terms of total defense and No. 73 in defending the run.
Despite some obvious struggles on field goal attempts this season, Georgia Tech kicker Harrison Butker remains confident in his ability to put the ball through the uprights from any distance. Butker's problems this season have been very unique and somewhat backwards -- he misses more often from 40 and in than from farther out -- and have gone relatively undocumented because they haven't cost the Jackets any big games so far in the season. If you ask me, Butker will get his career back on track very soon. It is nearly impossible for someone as talented as him to continue missing the easy kicks like he has so far. A leg like Butker's only comes around the Flats once in a blue moon, so let's be sure to support and continue to have faith in the still very young kicker.
As the college football season wears on, the seats of many head coaches only tend to get hotter and hotter. Losses mount and so do the anxieties of fans who have been waiting year after year to see a product on the field that they can be proud of. Likewise, it seems that for the last two or three seasons, people have been calling for Paul Johnson to be shown the door at Georgia Tech. In fact, it took a 5-0 start to the season to finally quell some of those rumors and instigate what seems to be a time of happiness with Tech's direction as a program. In regards to job security, however, there are quite a few highly touted coaches sitting on the brink of unemployment around the nation. One of these men is longtime Hokie Frank Beamer, who is as much an untouchable as anyone else in college football. Beamer has brought decades of success, including a ridiculous 228 wins, to Blacksburg, but many feel that the prized coach could be on his way out following what appears to be another disappointing season. He is just one coach on a long list of hot-seat contenders, joining Steve Spurrier, Will Muschamp, and most of the B1G as candidates for replacement this off-season. I fully expect the coaching carousel to be going a million miles per hour this time around.
If Lebron James leaving Miami helped anyone at all, that person was former Yellow Jacket Chris Bosh. The power forward was recently named the official NBA Eastern Conference Player of the Week -- the first to win the honor this season -- and has gotten off to his best start in years, averaging 25.7 points and 11.3 rebounds per game as the lone face of the Miami Heat franchise. The future is bright for Bosh, who is on the first year of a new max contract, and I wouldn't be surprised to see him reestablish himself as a top five player at some point.
If Georgia Tech wins nine games this season, how many more years does that buy Paul Johnson on the Flats? If Johnson stays for much longer, will Tech be too invested in the flexbone offense to consider making a change? Have we reached that point already?
Have a great Wednesday!