Georgia Tech finished the 2014 ranking in the top 10 in both the AP and Coaches polls, finishing at No. 8 in the AP and No. 7 in the Coaches, as was announced earlier today.
This is the first time Tech finished this well since 1990, when they finished No. 2 in the AP and No. 1 in the UPI Coaches Poll.
Just let that sink in for a second.
Georgia Tech finished in the top 10. But isn't this the same team that played close games and came close to losing games against out of conference opponents like Wofford, Tulane and Georgia Southern? Yes it is.
It's been a pretty magical season. If you had told me after those first three games, that Tech would go on to not only finish in the top 10, not only beat uga in Sanford and then take F$U down to the wire in the ACC Championship game, but also finish 4-0 against our supposed "big 4," I frankly would not have even believed you.
I'd have probably laughed in your face. Actually, I definitely would have laughed in your face. Going into this year, following the large amounts of attrition which occurred during the offseason, I was prepared for what I thought would be Paul Johnson's last year on the Flats. I realize my predictions don't scream that feeling, but that was more me looking through gold-colored glasses than anything.
I thought we legitimately could have missed our first bowl game in a very long time. Those fears only increased after those first few games that were far too close for comfort. I was already thinking about coaches that I'd like to see take over for Johnson after the season.
But then something changed. It didn't really change; it just kept happening. It almost seemed like we kept getting lucky in each of our games. We kept winning those games that no one thought we would win. This team was not going to go down without a fight.
That feeling was almost magical to watch throughout this season. Just being able to see firsthand the chemistry, the swagger with which the players and team carried themselves, the trust among the team, was absolutely incredible. It's something that I hope will only continue into next year.
The way our offense works, it is something that will need to continue into next year. Let's face it, we don't have the most talented roster in the country. Simply put, we don't. But we really don't need it. We keep punching the opposing defense in the face again and again and simply stuff it down their throats. It leaves defenses tired and hopeless. Defenseless, you could say.
And it is a thing of beauty to watch.
Thank you to the players and the coaches for all of the wonderful memories from this season. It has truly been a magical one!