Good Saturday morning to you all! I'm reporting right now live from Bobby Dodd Stadium in the heart of Atlanta, Georgia. What great weather we've got here today. Aside from the cold, damp weather at Virginia Tech last week, this has been a great year for good weather. The temperatures and the sky have cooperated each game this season, minus that one.
For you folks who read a lot into weather and warm weather teams, this of course likely won't have much bearing on Miami, seeing as how it should get as high as 71 today. The last time the Hurricanes were in Atlanta, temps hovered in the low 40s as the Yellow Jackets hosted a Thursday night "white-out" at Bobby Dodd Stadium that ended in a big 41-23 Georgia Tech win.
Alright, enough of that weather talk, let's discuss something really important: jerseys.
Haha, OK, maybe jerseys aren't that important, but this will be the first time in about two years that the Yellow Jackets reach into their closests and pull out the blue tops. After donning white (and gold for one game) jerseys all season, the Yellow Jackets will be wearing blue uniforms as a tribute to the 1990 national championship team that is being honored throughout the game today. Of course, the 1990 team wore blue unis. For this current-day group, this will mark the first time Georgia Tech has worn blue uniforms since the 2008 Chick-fil-A Bowl, when the Jackets lost to LSU 38-3.
With the weather and uniform talk behind us, let's get to some things to look for out of the ballgame.
The Yellow Jackets today will be looking to avoid losing their third consecutive game for the first time under head coach Paul Johnson. As a matter of fact, Johnson hasn't lost three straight games since 2002, when he lost 10 in-a-row during a 2-10 season at Navy. It was his first at Navy. Other than that year, all he has known is winning (cue, musical interlude "All I Do Is Win"...). So we'll see if the Yellow Jackets can stave off that daunting mark as they try to recover from losing to Clemson and Virginia Tech in back-to-back games.
~Receiver Stephen Hill is considered QUESTIONABLE for the game, so he will not be starting. He could still play, but Kevin Cone will be getting the start instead. Cone got in during a lot of plays last week after Hill went down against Virignia Tech.
~Guard Jay Finch will get the start in place of Will Jackson, who is available, too, but will be out after getting injured against Virignia Tech.
~Defensive tackle T.J. Barnes will get the start in place of Logan Walls, who hurt a shoulder last week. It appears all of these injured players will be available, but I wouldn't expect to see them too much.
Today also marks Tevin Washington's starting debut at quarterback. The sophomore played last week against the Hokies in relief of quarterback Joshua Nesbitt, who went down with a broken forearm during that game. Washington led the offense in the spring while Nebsitt rehabbed from ankle surgery.
As we said before the game, this contest marks Georgia Tech's celebration to honor its 1990 national championship team. There were festivities last night, but there will be others throughout the day. I saw a lot of former players and a lot of old blue jerseys floating around the parking lots and tailgates pregame, so it seems there will be a lot of former 1990 players in attendance for the 20-year reunion. Colorado was also named national champion that year, and during the Buffalos' reunion earlier this season, they proclaimed themselves the consensus national champions from the year. We'll see if Tech responds...
On another, unrelated note. Must say, there are a TON of recruits here today, too. Some players are making their final visits or official visits as the recruiting season ramps up. Right now, recrits are standing 80 yards down the Tech sideline and are wrapped all the way around the entire north end zone. So yes, a lot of them on hand.
That's all I've got for right now, enjoy the game on the ACC Network (ABC-16 in Macon), and of course, keep it here for news and analysis post-game and as we head into next week's contest with Duke. Also, feel free to follow on Twitter (@macontechtalk), where I'll have in-game tweets, updates and analysis.
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