Mark Bradley, who seems to suddenly be channeling another AJC writer, wrote this piece asking “Which team would you rather be?”
He decides Georgia Tech is who he’d rather be right now.
Now, Mark Bradley isn’t dumb. He collects some stats that seems to bolster his theory that Georgia Tech’s 7-2 is better than Georgia’s 7-2, a couple of which I would agree with him on. However, instead of leading with how the Buzz has done more with less, he chooses to talk about things that are just plain idiotic. Chief among them:
- That began the season ranked 80th by Sports Illustrated and is now No. 20 in the BCS standings, as opposed to starting No. 1 in the polls and slipping to No. 13 in the BCS.
- That has a realistic chance to play for its conference title, as opposed to needing two major miracles.
- That has lost two games by a total of 10 points, as opposed to being beaten by an aggregate 50 points.
- That could call it a heartening season even if it loses every remaining game, as opposed to the one that won’t be deemed a success even if it wins the rest.
By leading off with how the Dawgs have fallen from pre-season favorites to somewhere in the top 15, Bradley plays to the most basic of all logical fallacies, because it is asserted, it is true. I believe we all see from hind sight that Georgia is not as good as everyone thought them to be. I personally believe that Georgia Tech is some better than they were thought to be, but the conference they play in is about three and half times worst than people thought it to be (as evidenced by the close bunching of the current standings, as opposed to the pre-season predictions; the fact that Georgia Tech was predicted to finish at best T-9th in the conference; and the Clemson and Virginia Tech’s meltdowns). Georgia, on the other hand, has lost games (in embarrassing fashion, I admit) to the top two teams in the conference, and numbers 1 and 4 in the nation. Georgia Tech’s two losses have come to the Vanderbilt and South Carolina of the ACC, neither of which are even getting votes in any poll.
That brings me to his second point, that GT has a ‘realistic’ chance to play for its conference title. They have the better chance of playing for their conference title than Georgia does. Again, this point really only exposes just how weak the ACC is. At this point, only NC State, at 0-4 in confrence play, has been truely eliminated from a trip to Tampa. Only two other teams, Clemson and Duke, need a ‘miracle’ to get to the ACC championship game. That means 9 teams have a ‘realistic’ chance to play in the ACC championship game. In the SEC, only two teams have a ‘realistic’ chance to play in the championship game.
I think I have successfully debunked his third point above about the quality of Georgia Tech’s losses. However, one other point I would make is that Georgia’s losses have come against teams with only one loss by a total of one point. Georgia Tech’s losses have come against teams with seven losses by a total of 135 points, including losses to UConn by 35 points and to Duke by 28 points. There was also a loss to a 5-3 Conference USA team in there somewhere, too.
His final point is the most assinine of all. If Georgia Tech loses its last remaining games (@ North Carolina, vs. Miami, @ Georgia), they will finish 7-5 (4-4), they won’t be happy. Sorry, but finishing out the season that way, having to play in Nashville, Charlotte or Boise in December, isn’t a ‘heartening’ season. It gets stuff like this started. If Tech looses the rest of their games, they also go 8 losses in row against Georgia. That won’t sit well, regardless of what happens with the rest of their ACC schedule.
If Bradley really feels it is better to be Georgia Tech than Georgia, let him go white out Georgia Tech’s Thursday night game against Miami. They need asses in the seats.