Two fourth-quarter touchdowns from B-Back Patrick Skov were not quite enough for the Jackets to complete what would've been a huge comeback in South Bend, eventually falling to Notre Dame by a final score of 30-22 over the weekend. From coast to coast, the Irish played like a team that was very aware of and frustrated by their underdog status at their home venue. Though not everyone was ready to jump onto that Vegas-fueled Georgia Tech bandwagon prior to the game, the sheer ineffectiveness of Paul Johnson's offense was astounding to say the least. For the first time in his Tech career, the normally cool and collected Justin Thomas appeared both lost and frustrated at times, struggling to get anything going against a well-prepared Notre Dame defensive front. It's over now, and the only thing left to do is congratulate Brian Kelly and his team on a very impressive performance. Notre Dame was the better team all night long and proved it in front of a rowdy crowd of over 80,000.
Though the final football score from over the weekend was dreadful, Brian Gregory and the Tech basketball news got perhaps their best news since the commitment of Marcus Georges-Hunt when Romello White, a four-star power forward out of Wheeler, committed to the Jackets. The 6-foot-9 forward is the No. 15 player at his position and a top-75 player nationally, according to 247Sports. White reportedly chose Tech over big offers from Kansas, Georgia, and Tennesee among a number of other schools. He joins small forward Christian Matthews as the second commitment of the 2016 recruiting class for Brian Gregory and will hopefully start a long and fruitful pipeline from Wheeler, home to some of the best players in the nation.
If you are still trying to find some way to come to grips with Tech's loss at the hands of Notre Dame, at least take refuge in the fact that many credible news sources are now considering the Irish to be a top-two team after their performance against Tech. If that sentiment holds up throughout the season, this loss will look a lot better come late November. And to be totally honest, there is no shame in losing by single-digits to a top-10 Notre Dame team in South Bend, especially when the referees were as questionable as they were. The defense looked like a top-10 unit and the offense will get back on track. Don't count this season over quite yet. It is just too early for all this premature bitterness.
A new AP Poll was released and Georgia Tech was among the biggest losers, falling from No. 14 to No. 20. Two more SEC teams cracked the top 10 with Ole Miss surging all the way to No. 3 and LSU moving into the No. 8 spot. Notre Dame moved all the way up to No. 6 following its win while Alabama fell 10 spots to No. 12 after a loss to Ole Miss in Tuscaloosa. The biggest loser of all, however, was former No. 6 USC, which fell all the way to No. 19 after a loss to Stanford.
What does the commitment of Romello White mean for Brian Gregory and Georgia Tech's future outlook?