Feat of Clay

October 9th, 2011 at 12:21 PM ^

That's ridiculous.
<br>I mean, I love this team, but no. This doesn't look like a Top Ten team to me yet. But then I guess they couldn't find more than 9 others who do either.


October 9th, 2011 at 12:23 PM ^

While everyone will say this is "undeserved" etc. etc. almost all college teams are poor in some aspect of the game. That's just how college football is. While we are far from a perfect team who should be ranked above us?


October 9th, 2011 at 12:23 PM ^

Are we as good as most top 10 teams should be? Of course not. But we're 6-0, and not many people are. Most #10 teams will finish the season with 1 or 2 losses. Now look at our schedule, do you see more than 2 losses? I'd say we're right where we should be.


October 9th, 2011 at 1:30 PM ^

GaTech looks very similar to Michigan last year. It is outscoring its opponents because of a very good offense, but its defense is allowing way too many points.

More specifically, GaTech is allowing 24 ppg against relatively week opponents while Michigan is only allowing 13 ppg. In fact, every team GaTech has played has scored more than 20 points on them except Maryland (which scored 16). Even Western Carolina and MTSU each scored three TDs against them. At worst, a UofM v. GaTech game would be a shootout.


October 9th, 2011 at 3:17 PM ^

This weekend will be telling. If we beat a good MSU team on the road that will be two road victories against solid teams. It will provide more support for our improvement. As of now, one could make the validly make the argument that not only is GT better than us, but so is Arkansas, South Carolina, and Nebraska. Arkansas lost to arguably the top team in the country, while South Carolina only seems to lack a QB and did get screwed by the officials in that last call in the Auburn game. Nebraska really hasn't been that impressive, but I shudder to think of us playing a game against Wisconsin in Madison. There really is no measuring stick, which is why most preseason polls and early season polls are worthless: arguing who had a more difficult when comparing wins over Middle Tennesse versus Minnesota doesn't really mean much. Two back to back road victories over NW and MSU provides more support. We are going to learn more about this team in the coming weeks.


October 9th, 2011 at 12:52 PM ^

Total offense: GT 553, M 457
Scoring offense: GT 46.5, M 38

Total defense: GT 343, M 348
Scoring defense: GT 24.2, M 12.5

They're outscoring us by a little more than a TD per game, but our defense is letting up 12ppg less. And this is coming against significantly weaker competition than we have faced.


October 9th, 2011 at 1:01 PM ^

This would be a fun match up. Not only for personal reasons ( the gf went there), but because I think it would be an even match up with big play offenses. Although after the way we played the option last night...


October 10th, 2011 at 12:05 PM ^

Well, they beat a MAC team (WMU) at home by 3 points, and then squeaked by Northwestern (now 2-3), also at Champaign, by three points after Persa went out.  Prior to that they squeaked by ASU (a decent but not great team) by 3 points, once again at home.  There is a bit of a smoke-and-mirrors aspect to the Illini's season to date.


October 9th, 2011 at 12:26 PM ^

I don't think any other team is more deserving that Michigan to be ranked 10 at this point. Barring the top 7, every team has huge gaps. You have to respect 6-0 fwiw. 

I am glad State is ranked again. Will be our first ranked opponent this year, and will make for a great win!