The week two AP Poll was released yesterday and Georgia Tech managed to jump up a spot in the rankings from No. 16 to No. 15 heading into the Tulane game. An ugly loss by formerly No. 15 Arizona State is what allowed Tech to make the leap into the top 15 -- the Sun Devils fell to Texas A&M over the weekend. The SEC now has a record 10 teams in the top 25, which to me seems like entirely too many for any conference. I don't know what about Mississippi State's win over Southern Miss inspired the voters to put them at No. 25, but I guess that's why I'm not voting. It is also puzzling how Texas A&M went from unranked to No. 16 just by beating an ASU team which may or may not be good this year.
Of the eight freshmen who took the field for Tech last week versus Alcorn State, perhaps the most impressive was defensive back A.J. Gray. Gray, a former Georgia High School Player of the Year during his days at Washington County, played some significant snaps at safety and made plays on a number of occasions, having an active hand in the easy Tech victory. I like that Paul Johnson called what Marcus Marshall did in his first college game "some good things" considering that Marshall rushed for 184 yards in his first college game. To put that into perspective, his older brother Keith Marshall of UGA has rushed for less than twice that amount of yards since 2013. Pretty impressive.
It was announced yesterday that Georgia Tech at Notre Dame is currently being considered to host the weekly College Gameday broadcast, which was most recently held at the site of Wisconsin vs. Alabama for week one. The broadcast, which has been made famous by Lee Corso's tradition of picking a winner for the host game by dressing up as the team's mascot, is held in a different location every week -- some of the locations last season included Fargo, ND, West Point, NY, and Tuscaloosa two times. The main competition for No. 15 Tech vs. No. 9 Notre Dame appears to be either Auburn at LSU or Ole Miss at Alabama, although Gameday appeared in Baton Rouge and Tuscaloosa a combined three times last season alone. The show has not been to South Bend since 2012.
You know you're living in some type of parallel universe when the ESPN ACC Power Rankings have Georgia Tech at No. 1 while the FTRS Power Rankings have the Jackets at No. 2. Tech officially emerged from the shadow of demigod quarterback Deshaun Watson and the Clemson Tigers, finally taking over the No. 1 spot. I can't tell if I'm confused or appreciative for this recognition, but I'm just going to roll with appreciative and move on.
Do you agree with Tech's No. 15 ranking and the presence of 10 SEC teams in the top 25?