Georgia Tech Betting Odds Preview
Flex option guru Paul Johnson piloted Georgia Tech to 11 wins, an ACC title, and an Orange Bowl berth in his second season in Atlanta four years ago. However, the Yellow Jackets haven't done much since, going 21-19 overall, 14-11 in ACC play, and 1-2 in minor bowls.
So this program, in its sixth season under Johnson, might be in need of a little re-invigoration. But with the talent that's returning for this season that's definitely a possibility.
The Ramblin' Wreck started 2-4 last year, losing in overtime at Virginia Tech, blowing a lead and falling in OT at home to Miami, losing outright as 26-point favorites to Middle Tennessee, and going down at Clemson. They then beat Boston College but lost badly at home to BYU. At this point Tech was very much in danger of having its 16-season bowl streak come to an end. But the Jackets then won their next three games to finish at 5-3 in the ACC Coastal Division. And because Miami and North Carolina were both banned from the postseason the Jackets “earned” a spot in the ACC championship game.
First, though, they lost to Georgia for the fourth time in a row. They then lost the conference title game 21-15 to Florida State, giving them a 6-7 record. Then, as one of the few teams to go to a bowl with a losing record, Georgia Tech saved some face and broke a seven-game bowl losing streak by beating a disinterested USC in the Sun Bowl, finishing at 7-7. The Wreck also made a little money for its financial backers, going 9-5 ATS, including 7-2 ATS in ACC play.
This year Tech returns 15 starters; seven are back on offense, led by four of the big boys up front, and eight starters are back on a defense that got better as last season went along. They do lose, though, their starting QB. Over the offseason the Jackets brought in Tech alum Ted Roof, who most recently served as the DC at Penn State, to take over the same spot. His track record portends good things. Tech's schedule this fall calls for road games at Miami, BYU, Virginia, and Clemson, home dates with UNC, Virginia Tech, Pittsburgh, and Georgia, and they miss Florida State and what should be an improved Maryland squad.
ACC Championship Odds at 5Dimes as of July 30
Florida State +240
Virginia Tech +775
North Carolina +850
Georgia Tech +1050
NC State +7000
Boston College +8500
Wake Forest +15000