After a disappointing loss to Duke, the Georgia Tech football team will head into a bye week before beginning preparations for a Thursday night trip to Blacksburg. Their opponent, the Virginia Tech Hokies, are in a similar situation. VT squeaked out a win over North Carolina on Saturday but will now have a week off to rest and begin preparing for the flexbone offense. Bud Foster and the Hokies’ defensive coaches have a lot of experience coaching against Paul Johnson’s offense, but the defensive players are fairly young and lack experience. Getting them up to speed will be a top priority for VT during this week off.
While Saturday’s game was very disappointing, the one bright spot for Georgia Tech was the play of Anree Saint-Amour. The senior DE recorded four tackles, two sacks and a forced fumble against the Blue Devils. His all-around performance was good enough to earn a spot on Pro Football Focus’s ACC Team of the Week. For the season, Saint-Amour has recorded 22 tackles, 4 sacks, and is credited with 3 forced fumbles.
Did anyone know ESPN had a Fan Happiness Index? I did not until I stumbled upon it yesterday. This highly scientific (?) system uses seven variables to determine how happy a given fanbase is. The variables include team strength, recruiting trend, rivalry dominance, revenue growth, head coach hot-seat ranking, Twitter sentiment, and in-game panic rating. Your Yellow Jackets clock in at 104th in FBS and 12th in the ACC (ahead of UNC and Louisville). I don’t really know what all to make of this system but I’m sure it is perfectly accurate and cannot be picked apart in any way.