Mailbag Monday: 9/13/21

Every week we answer your questions!

Where does Georgia Tech find another win in 2021? (Jeff;Marietta, GA)

Well…that certainly is a tough one. Geoff Collins and his staff are going to look back at Week One’s loss as a big missed opportunity. After throttling FCS Kennesaw State at home this past weekend, it’s hard to point to a game where Tech should be favored. But, since you asked the question we will oblige.

Let’s start by crossing Georgia, Notre Dame, North Carolina and Clemson off the list. The Heels and the Irish may not be as strong as we thought they were, but still provide a near impossible task for the Jackets.

Those Tier two games are interesting. Virginia Tech is coming to Atlanta, but Justin Fuente may have found something in Blacksburg. Miami still has tons of talent and should be near the top of the ACC at season’s end. Pitt and Boston College are intriguing. Both possess above-average QB play and that could be the difference maker. Finally, Duke and Virginia seem like the most likely candidates for a win, with the Blue Devils being the most obvious.

Right now, I'd pencil Tech in for a 4-8 season with best-case scenario being 5-7.

What have we learned about Georgia’s offense through the first two weeks? (Robert; LaGrange, GA)

I know about as much as you do Robert. Week One’s result was due to a slew of injuries and facing a top five defense in Clemson. This past Saturday brings mixed feelings. On one hand, UAB is not some random program. The have boasted a top tier defense over the past several seasons and should once again be favored to win the C-USA. Don’t let anyone convince you that this was Akron.

On the other hand, it was folk-hero Stetson Bennett who “delivered) the big performance. Not saying that is a bad thing, but with JT Daniel’s injury, this was valuable “game-time” reps that were missed to create further chemistry.

So what do you take away? This offense is good no matter who goes out there, but this defense is even better. Georgia still has time and we may look back and say it doesn’t matter that Daniels missed this contest.

I am already seeing the “Auburn is back” and “Bo Nix for Heisman” mantra, am I the only one that needs to wait to see what they do against a real defense? (Mark, Leeds; AL)

No. I need to as well. I think you have to give Auburn some credit, because no matter who you line up against the execution still has to be there. And man, have they executed.

Akron and Alabama State were tune-ups for Bryan Harsin and I don’t think anyone will debate that. The offense showed explosiveness and everything that you would want to see out of a new regime through the first two weeks. This week the real test comes. If the Tigers go up to Happy Valley, win or lose, and the offense puts up 35-plus points, then this offense is for real. Fans get ahead of themselves and that’s okay, but to be elite you have to do it against the best and right now Auburn has yet to be tested.