A single loss to a top-10 team doesn't necessarily mean that Georgia Tech is completely out of the playoff conversation, writes the AJC's Michael Cunningham. Though it would seem like an eight-point loss on the road against the No. 6 team in the nation wouldn't sting too much, the voting panel set a relevant precedent last season when it excluded TCU from the final four due to a loss at top-10 Baylor. Though it's true that the Big 12's lack of a conference championship also contributed to that decision, I wouldn't be surprised if people called for a potentially 12-1 Tech team to miss the playoff because of it. That likely isn't the thought process of the entire playoff committee, but the playoff itself is just too young to be certain. Regardless, the possibility of Tech making the playoff is not dead at this point.
Week two of the NFL concluded yesterday with a Monday Night Football matchup between the Colts and Jets, and many a former Yellow Jacket showed up for his NFL team. Offensive lineman Shaq Mason proved that his week one start was no fluke -- he made his second consecutive start for the Patriots in just the second game of his young career. Megatron and Demaryius Thomas each had fantastic days for their respective teams, but that's to be expected from two of the best wide receivers in the entire NFL. Second-year pro Jeremiah Attaochu finished with two tackles and a 36-yard fumble recovery for a touchdown, which was eventually called an incomplete pass and reversed.
In other Shaq Mason news, the young Patriot is drawing plenty of praise from everyone surrounding the infamous New England organization thanks to his worth ethic and on-field performance. My constant raving about Mason may seem tedious, but it is just remarkable that he, a rookie fourth-round draft pick, has been starting from week one for the defending Super Bowl champions. That simply doesn't happen very often, particularly in today's era of complicated offensive schemes. Good for Shaq Mason for finding his place and good for the Patriots for ignoring the "he's too small" argument brought on by the common rabble of the national media.
For the ACC, the league's football agreement with Notre Dame may just be more of a hindrance than a help to the playoff chances of an ACC team, according to ESPN. Although I appreciate and understand what David Hale, one of my favorite writers across any platform, is saying, I'm not in complete agreement with every point. Is it frustrating that Notre Dame is likely going to either knock an ACC team out of the playoff or take a high-tier ACC bowl bid? Absolutely. Is the constant balancing act between needing the Irish to win and lose frustrating? Sure. But I'm still an unapologetic advocate for playing quality competition and that is exactly what Notre Dame will always be. If the Irish end up taking a playoff spot that would have otherwise gone to Tech, what argument or frustration are we entitled to have? The playoff spots are supposed to go to the best teams, and Notre Dame clearly proved that it is better than Georgia Tech even without a number of starters. The Jackets had every opportunity to win the game and control their own destiny but failed to do so. That's our own problem, not an issue with the Notre Dame agreement.
Do you agree with David Hale's assessment of the Notre Dame agreement? Is the ACC better or worse off with it?