I know the offseason is long. Interminably long.
But nothing represents the eternal goodness of the offseason like hope.
See here: "How Can Georgia Tech Win A Championship In 2006?"
Before a down is ever played, we as fans can have these dreams, these visions of what is to come and what might or might not be. And then in four swift and furious months dreams are tempered as reality moves its moody self in. But oh, what a rush, good or bad.
But now is not that time, it is the time for the dreamer, the man thinking about the hypothetical.
I don't mean to deride In Dodd We Trust. In fact, I love the blog. And he sort of has a point.
It's all but a certitude Georgia Tech won't win a national championship this year. They're just as unlikely to contend for one. But he understands the road map for how they get there, succinctly outlined in his entry. Things like "go 11-1", "beat every North Carolina school", "Clemson doesn't win the Atlantic Division" and "no inexplicable losses" are but a few of the conditions for success.
But dadgummit, the kids from the engineering school have a chance. They're fortunate enough to have a slate of powerhouses on their schedule, and if they win those games, they're destined to come close to a title. Notre Dame and Georgia are OOC foes, and both are likely to finish the year in the top 10. Tech will also face Miami and buzzworthy Clemson in ACC action.
Chances are many of those teams will bury the Yellowjackets' hopes, but you never know for sure until the games are played. And what better way to contend for a title than to play a bunch of bullies and beat them?
That said, I wouldn't put a preseason penny on them, but plenty of others will.