Georgia Tech wrapped up its early-season tuneup game schedule with yet another blowout, routing Tulane by a final score of 65-10. It appears that any fears we had of Tech looking ahead to the upcoming Notre Dame game were all for naught -- the Jackets piled it on early and often, breaking the 60-point mark for the second time in two tries this season. One of the biggest developments from the game was backup quarterback Matthew Jordan, who proved a number of times that he is more than capable of running the offense while regular backup Tim Byerly is out. Jordan was actually Tech's leading rusher on the day, finishing with 72 yards on just 3 carries. He also completed his only pass for a 35-yard touchdown to Qua Searcy.
While the implications from that blowout win were nothing but positive for the Jackets, the results from Saturday's game could have lasting negative implications for the Tulane football program, writes NOLA.com. While the Tech vs. Tulane game was surely a game that the Jackets should have won handily, don't forget how rare a 55-point win over an FBS team really is. The Green Wave, contrary to popular belief, came into this season with heightened expectations after a disappointing season in 2014. It is a team that returned nearly every starter on both sides of the ball. There is absolutely no reason that they should have lost 65-10 to any team, no matter what the ranking. What Tech did over the weekend was truly special.
For the second time in three weeks, College Gameday will set up camp at the scene of an Alabama football game -- the widely-popular show will make the trip to Tuscaloosa this weekend for a matchup between The No. 2 Crimson Tide and SEC rival Ole Miss. If you recall, there was some speculation that Georgia Tech at Notre Dame would receive the honor of hosting Lee Corso and company, but that dream is now dead. Instead of going to the scene of a top-15 matchup between two teams which rarely play one another in Georgia Tech and Notre Dame, ESPN once again opted to make the trip to Tuscaloosa to see an annual game that isn't even a rivalry. In fact, Gameday made the trip to Oxford last season to for this exact same game. In my mind, the purpose of Gameday is to let people watch top-tier games while experiencing foreign fanbases. At what point does Alabama get old? The show is missing opportunities for unique and more compelling games in order to keep going back to the same locations. That's boring.
The newest AP Poll was released yesterday and, with a bit of help from Auburn, Tech was able to move up to No. 14 in the nation. Outside of big drops by Auburn (from No. 6 to No. 18 following a near-loss to FCS Jacksonville State) and Oregon (from No. 7 to No. 12), most everything stayed the same. Three SEC teams, Mississippi State, Tennessee, and Arkansas, which had no business being in the top 25 in the first place, dropped from the rankings. Missouri and Texas A&M are also unworthy of top 25 rankings but remained in the poll for this week.
What do you think of the new AP Poll?