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Georgia Tech Football: 2014 game-by-game predictions

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Now that the 2014 Georgia Tech Football schedule has been released, it's time for my version of the token "anyone's best guess game-by-game" predictions.

With the recent departure of starting quarterback Vad Lee, the crystal ball becomes very foggy for the Ramblin' Wreck, and making predictions prior to spring practice is indeed a futile venture. But, as with all guessing games in college football, it's half the fun, so here goes:

Wofford - 08/30/14

The Terriers were a disappointing 5-6 last season, but broke even in difficult conference play. Also, for what it's worth, they were able to beat an option team in Georgia Southern 30-20 early in the season, but a very good FBS Baylor team hung nearly 70 on them in the season opener. The Jackets might be sloppy early breaking in a new field general, but won't even break a sweat past the first quarter. Prediction - Win (1-0, 0-0)

Tulane - 09/06/14

Due to concerns that its new stadium wouldn't be ready in time for the 2014 season, Tulane cancelled it's four game series with the Yellow Jackets earlier in January, then shortly after announced that the games were back on. New stadium or not, Tulane is not currently on track to beat many big conference opponents, but it will be fun watching these two old SEC opponents renew this series. Prediction - Win (2-0, 0-0)

Georgia Southern - 09/13/14

Paul Johnson protege Jeff Monkin would have returned to the Flats for the first time since leaving for the Georgia Southern job, but he just packed up for the Army job. Many in Statesboro might have considered the Eagles 2013 record of 7-4 underachieving had it not been for a season ending 26-20 stunning win over the Florida Gators in the Swamp. New coach or not, the Jackets can outmatch GSU at every position. Prediction - Win (3-0, 0-0)

at Virginia Tech - 09/20/14

The first real test for the Engineers will be a road match with the heated in-division rival Hokies. This starts a six game stretch of Coastal division matchups for the Jackets, and has a history of deciding one half of the ACC Championship game in December. VPI was 8-5 last season, with a 5-3 ACC record. With a new quarterback in his first big-time game on the road, it's hard to put much stock into Georgia Tech in this one until we see more. Prediction - Loss (3-1, 0-1)

Miami - 10/04/14

The Hurricanes went 9-4 last season, and 5-3 in the Coastal, and it appears as if they'll be able to hold onto Al Golden for the time being. The Canes have owned Tech over the past few seasons, so the Jackets are certainly due. In a series that never seems to have much rhyme or reason, throw the records out the window, and chalk up a home win for the Wreck. Prediction - Win (4-1, 1-1)

Duke - 10/11/14

Probably one of the biggest surprises of the 2013 College Football season was Duke. With their first 10 win season in school history, the Blue Devils only lost four games, including the ACC Championship game to the eventual National Champion Seminoles. With a 6-2 conference record, one of Duke's only two losses in the ACC came at the hands of the Yellow Jackets. This game will generally see Duke as a favorite in most pre-season predictions, but the Jackets win this one at home. Prediction - Win (5-1, 2-1)

at North Carolina - 10/18/14

It could be said that the Carolina are still in the rebuilding phase, and Larry Fedora has been steady thus far, but hasn't had his breakout season. Coming off a mediocre 7-6 season, and breaking an even 4-4 in the ACC, the Tar Heels are certainly hoping to bust through sooner rather than later. Paul Johnson seems to have UNC's number, but on the road that's not a given. Still the Jackets should still be able to put up more points than the Heels, until Fedora's style of football gets settled in at the big time level. Prediction - Win (6-1, 3-1)

at Pittsburgh - 10/25/14

The Panthers had a rough first season in the ACC with a 3-5 losing conference record. With an overall season at 7-6, however, it was certainly not as bad as it could have been. The future is likely at least a little brighter for Pitt, but there is still some settling into a stiffer competition level. Jackets roll in 2014. Prediction - Win (7-1, 4-1)

Virginia - 11/01/14

Mike London's Cavaliers had a tough season all around. After a Chick Fil A Bowl appearance just two seasons ago, Virginia has had two straight losing season, going just 2-10 overall. The Cavs didn't win a single conference game in 2013, and though they'll improve in 2014, they won't beat the Jackets in November. Prediction - Win (8-1, 5-1)

at North Carolina State - 11/08/14

Yet another disappointing team in the ACC was the Wolfpack of NC State. Like the Cavaliers, they didn't win a single conference game in 2013, and only managed three wins overall. One of those came against an FCS Richmond team, and the other two against lesser non-BCS opponents. There is some tweaking to do for Dave Doeren in Raleigh, but he has time to get it figured out. Just not in time for November 8th. Prediction - Win (9-1, 6-1)

Clemson - 11/15/14

The Tigers had a really good 2013 with an Orange Bowl win, washing away the pain of their last trip to Miami in January. Dabo Swinney just got paid, and in a big way with a long-term contract extention, and he deserved every penny. Clemson is good, and will be good again in 2014. They'll give the Jackets a taste of reality at home with a rare win in the city of Atlanta. Prediction - Loss (9-2, 6-2)

at Georgia - 11/29/14

Like the Jackets, Georgia replaces its starting quarterback. It'll be interesting to see how well the Bulldogs' new defensive coordinator handles Paul Johnson's option attack. Georgia Tech will certainly see this as a winable game, but until the Jackets throw off this albatross, it's safer to just go with UGA. The Jackets will have an off week to prepare, but will it be enough? Prediction - Loss (9-3, 6-2)

Be sure to comment, and come back to give me a hard time during the season as this list falls to pieces before our very eyes.

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