For most onlookers, Georgia States upset win over Baylor in the NCAA Tournament was either a bracket-busting disgrace or an exciting win for an easy-to-root-for team. I personally went with the second option, but it appears that at least a few Tech fans have created a third option -- using the win to further their complaints about the state of the Georgia Tech program. The argument here is that the GSU upset provides even more proof that Georgia Tech is not even the best program in Atlanta, and it hasn't been for at least two seasons. As the article insinuates, this is just a tale of two programs -- one on the uptick on one appearing to be on the decline. While I can see where the author is coming from, I'm not going to read much into it. The success of programs like those at Tech and GSU fluctuate (especially mid-majors like State), so we could be talking about this in a totally different light just a year from now.
The AJC recently compiled a list of Tech defenders to watch for in the upcoming football season, highlighted by DJ White and Jamal Golden. I didn't realize until recently just how special the 2015 Tech defense could be, especially in the secondary. It is by far the most talented and experienced unit since the 2012 group which somehow managed to fail spectacularly under the direction of Al Groh. With a more stable and less elderly Ted Roof in charge, I fully expect for Tech to use its talent much more efficiently this season.
Georgia Tech baseball dropped the rubber game of their series with UNC on Saturday, splitting the double header and falling by a final score of 5-1. The Jackets also lost the series opener, but managed to bounce back in game two before having offensive troubles which would lead to their first lost ACC series of the year. Cole Pitts started for Tech and took the loss, falling to 0-2 on the season, while UNC's Benton Moss picked up his third win of the campaign. The Jackets appear to be struggling to put together consistent offensive games despite showing off their high ceiling numerous times this season -- Tech scored an average of just over three runs per game over the weekend.
The loss of Jameis Winston and presumably a steep drop off in talent for the upcoming season means that Florida State has officially stepped out of the limelight for the upcoming season and probably beyond. While the Noles will certainly be a solid team, the odds of them reverting back to 2013-2014 form are slim to none. If you need an indicator as to just how much talent was lost, take note that ESPN did a very un-ESPNly thing when they interviewed the team's kicker, Roberto Aguayo, rather than a big name player. At this point, he is the most recognizable name on the team. Although he's an amazing kicker, that's a problem for Florida State.
How does GSU's tournament upset impact your view on the state of Tech's program?
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