Welp, turns out I don’t know anything.
Florida State, a team I had championed as the best squad in the country and a team that had won five of their last six (all against ranked opponents), got their doors blown off by Georgia Tech Wednesday night.
Georgia Tech, who lost to Penn State and Ohio earlier this season, demolished the Seminoles 78-56 in one of the most surprising outcomes of the season.
The Yellow Jackets got off to a 17-4 start and never looked back. Georgia Tech was actually able to stretch their lead to 29 before showing mercy on FSU.
The one aspect about this year’s Florida State team that impressed me was their ability to score the ball. That theory went out the window Wednesday as Georgia Tech held the Seminoles without a field goal for a 9:27 stretch in the first half.
Thus far, year one of the Josh Pastner tenure in Atlanta has been a success. Georgia Tech, who has an 12-8 record and a 4-4 mark in conference, beat UNC at home in their conference opener and have shown signs of escaping the dreaded ACC basement.
Every ACC team is going to lose to a lesser team on the road – the conference gauntlet is just too tough to avoid pitfalls, but this result was uncannily lopsided.
In recent years, a fair criticism of the ACC had been that its bottom was comprised of terrible teams. This result accentuated the point that teams like Boston College (who nearly upset Miami on the road Wednesday), Wake Forest, and Georgia Tech are all vastly improved. They may not be tournament teams, but they certainly aren’t the pushovers they once were.
Hopefully, the Yellow Jackets got that out of their system before the Irish come to town Saturday.