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Technical Tidbits 8/30: GT-Clemson Takeaways; Cross-country news; Weight-lifting on the sidelines

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GT loses in season opener, cross-country teams in Athens this weekend, plus more.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL: AUG 29 Georgia Tech at Clemson Photo by Todd Kirkland/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Ok, so before I get into today’s Tidbits, I’ll just say a few words about last night. Yes, it wasn’t pretty. Yes, it was lopsided. And, honestly, I was expecting a much, much closer game (maybe I’m just too much of an optimist). However, based on what I saw, though, I don’t think this team is in bad shape.

Nor would I say it hasn’t made improvements over the offseason -- particularly on the defensive side of the ball. I mean, honestly, that first series where the defense forced Clemson to go three-and-out was very encouraging. And those two interceptions? That has to speak volumes about the coverage and secondary and the ability of the defenders to read the QB.

Regarding the offense, I believe it just has to figure out its identity. It’s hard to say who should be the starting quarterback right now. I won’t say who my personal favorite is, but I will say I did see some promise from each one of them, even if it was in garbage time. Right now, I’m still excited about this team, and I’m really looking forward to the future and seeing what they do.

Ohh, and does anyone else find it ironic that Tech’s first touchdown came on an option play? Also, what were your favorite and least favorite parts of last night’s season opener?

Georgia Tech’s men’s and women’s cross-country teams will be competing in this weekend’s Bulldog Invitational. The U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association ranked the men’s and women’s teams fifth and third, respectively, in the preseason poll. Good luck to both teams!

The Yellow Jackets pre-game warmup routine caught the eye of at least one ESPN analyst before last night’s season opener. Weightlifting on the sidelines? Now, that’s commitment. I’m assuming we’ll see this again in future games. Here’s the Tweet from David Pollack: