After looking like a genius with Chan Gailey’s players, Paul Johnson has settled into an average tenure with the Jackets. Over the last four years the Jackets have never won less than six games and they’ve never won more than eight. They consistently finish 4-4 or 5-3 in the conference. Will the Jackets be better or worse than they were last season?
First let’s take a look at the schedule….
8/30 vs Wofford
9/6 at Tulane
9/13 vs Georgia Southern
9/20 at Virginia Tech
10/4 vs Miami, FL
10/11 vs Duke
10/18 at UNC
10/25 at Pitt
11/1 vs Virginia
11/8 at NC State
11/15 vs Clemson
11/29 at Georgia
If I’m Paul Johnson I believe I can confidently look down the schedule and know that I can win every game on the schedule before November 15th. The question is if they will.
With Vad Lee leaving for higher ground and Tech still looking for the type of production from the running back position that hasn’t been seen since Anthony Allen left, the offense seems to be stuck in a funk. When the triple option is effective it can still be brutal to stop but Johnson just hasn’t had the offense going on a consistent basis lately.
On defense, the Jackets lose seven starters including academic casualty Jabari Hunt-Days, who looked to be their best player on D this season.
Vegas has Tech’s win total at 6.5 wins. Athlon has them at 6-6 (3-5 in the ACC) and Phil Steele has them finishing tied for 4th in the Coastal. I think they win 7 (4-4 in conference) after losing their final two.