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Revisiting the FTRS Staff’s Preseason Hot Takes

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Last week we saw that the FTRS staff is bad at predicting overall records. Did our hot takes fare any better?

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Nobody expected Georgia Tech to go 5-6 this season. We established that last week with our review of the staff’s preseason record predictions from way back in August, which were quite... optimistic... in hindsight. Thankfully, our chance for redemption is here in the form of our preseason bold predictions! Did anyone know what they were talking about this time around? Let’s find out, take by flaming take.

Andrew Chau

...Casey Wilson declares for the draft...

This bold pick gets 50% correctness because Casey Wilson did actually leave the team early, as he was honored with the seniors during the Georgia game. Actually, it gets a full point. Who’s to say that he didn’t declare for the draft? Nice work.

Stephen Murphey

...Pressely Harvin III has an average of 45.3 yards per punt, with a return average of just under 5 yards, earning him hype for the Ray Guy award...

Harvin ended up averaging 44.1 yards per punt, making this prediction another spectacular effort by our god-level staff predictors.

...which will go to the eventual Heisman winner, Zach Sinor, Punter, Oklahoma State.

Baker Mayfield goes to Oklahoma, so that’s close enough.

Conner Knapp

TaQuon Marshall is Georgia Tech's starting quarterback against Tennessee.

We are on a roll, folks. Anyone need lottery numbers?

Jake Grant

Everything is going to be fine. Take a deep breath. We're going to be okay... We'll win some games and it'll wind up being a good year. We'll look back and wonder what could have been; it's inevitable. But it could always be worse, and we'll look back at the end of the year, enjoying what actually did happen.

It was going so well, too! l was 100% behind this statement at the beginning of the season, but Paul Johnson and company made sure that it wouldn’t hold up.

Josh Brundage

Georgia Tech goes 2-0 against the SEC this season, bringing their record against them since the start of 2014 to 7-1 because it just means more.

I'm going to assume that he meant 0-2 and award the points anyway. The Jackets were so close against Tennessee (and markedly less close against UGA), but that 7-1 mark since 2014 would have been really sweet right about now.

Danny Duncanson some point this season, Lucas Johnson unseats Matthew Jordan as the starting QB.

Matthew Jordan ended up unseating himself as starting quarterback, with Lucas Johnson eventually taking the backup job behind TaQuon Marshall.

Clinton Lynch gains 1,000 yards from scrimmage even after missing the Tennessee game with an injury.

Lynch finished with 252 yards on the year, one of the most unforeseen plotlines of all after his incredibly 905-yard outpouring last year. Hopefully he’ll be back and better than ever next time around.

Rane Martin

Lucas Johnson will start the majority of the games at QB for Tech this season.

We may have been a year early on the Lucas Johnson love, but stay tuned to LJ news following Jay Jones’ transfer earlier this month. In the meantime, TaQuon Marshall killed another perfectly good prediction.

Georgia Tech beats Georgia at home.

Now I’m sad.

The Georgia Tech defense finishes in the top 10 in the country in takeaways.

Now I’m very sad. (Tech finished tied for 109th in interceptions with 6 and tied for 119th in fumble recoveries with 4. That’s a bad total for an 11-game schedule.)


This is finally the year Paul Johnson walks across the field and chokes an opposing coach out. My money's on Bronco Mendenhall, but I could easily it seeing Butch Jones in week one.

We came very close to this with Paul Johnson’s game-week exchange with Mendenhall, who said that defending the option was his passion. Johnson’s retort was that playing against 3-4 teams was his passion, but the fight never broke out.

Rutgers continues to exist.

Someone is going to have to tell me if this happened or not because no one cares enough to pay attention.

Cade Lawson

...I personally think that Georgia Tech can be among the top-15 in the nation in pass defense this season...

I no longer personally think this, by the way. The Jackets finished 46th in passing defense, allowing just over 200 yards per game through the air.

Robert Pensa

Tech ends the season with two players gaining over 1,000 yards from scrimmage.

Yes! Kirvonte Benson finished with 1,053 yards while TaQuon Marshall finished with 1,146 rushing yards and 927 passing yards. Rob wins.

Tyler Duke

Tech wins at Clemson, but loses the next week to Virginia.

That’s another 50% prediction. In the worst way possible, I might add.

Drew Gordon

No Georgia Tech player hits 5 sacks on the season.

I thought for sure that this was true when I went to check, but Antonio Simmons finished with 5.5 sacks in his final collegiate season. Anree Saint-Amour was next with 2.5 for the year.

Jerry Howard is taking most of the B-Back carries by the end of the season.

Put this one in the “it would have been true if not for Kirvonte Benson” category.

Ricky Jeune will spend much of his time bailing out the QB, but he will do a very good job getting over 500 yards receiving.

That’s 545 yards for Jeune, to be precise. Two for three so far!

AJ Gray will be a First-team All-ACC player.

He’s a first-team All-ACC talent but plays on a last-team All-ACC defense. This year was a no-go.

Benjamin Tankersley

Lucas Johnson will be the starting QB by the end of the season.

Clinton Lynch averages at least 15 yards per touch again this season.

Jalen Camp surpasses Brad Stewart as the No. 2 receiver.

Antonio Simmons and Anree Saint-Amour produce a much better pass rush this year, combining for somewhere between 15 and 17 sacks between the two of them.

Bruce Jordan-Swilling will be the starter by the end of the season.

Georgia Tech will have one of the best secondaries in the ACC with Step Durham, Lance Austin, and AJ Gray all making All-ACC.

Pressley Harvin III averages at least 42 yards per punt this season, and Brenton King hits 80 percent of his field goals.

Rapid fire! No (TaQuon Marshall), no (8.13 yards per touch), not quite, not quite (8 sacks), basically (Bruce Jordan-Swilling is going to be great), no (thanks, Ted), and a resounding double yes (44.1 yards per punt for Harvin and 83% field goals for King!).

We did much better in this category. Special kudos to Andrew and Ben on the special teams predictions and to Rob for calling the two 1,000-yard players. Good work everyone! Share your bold picks in the comments.