As some of you may have noticed, I'm wearing another hat for SB Nation. In addition to being our National Recruiting Analyst and running Tomahawk Nation, I am also authoring our weekly gambling column. And it's something about which I am very excited. So far, we've run through the SEC, Big XII, B1G and the Pac-12. Bookmark this stream for all of my plays and insight throughout the 2012 season. Today is the day for the ACC. Here's the link, and an excerpt:
Georgia Tech Over 8 Wins (+130), 5Dimes: Experience. Georgia Tech has a lot of it, and many don't realize it. The senior quarterback returns, as do the three leading rushers. And Tech also returns four of five offensive line starters and all four seasoned backups. This should be the best Georgia Tech offensive line in quite a while.
Replacing receiver Stephen Hill won't be easy. But I am confident that Tech can find a receiver to catch jump balls and be wide open when defenses bite on play action. Seriously, we've heard more this off-season about finding receivers than we have about all of the returning talent for a team that ran 717 times and passed only 167.
I'm not as confident defensively, as a few key pieces must be replaced, but this is a veteran unit in its third year under Al Groh's complicated scheme.
The schedule also stacks up well. Tech should complete the stretch of at Virginia Tech and vs. Presbyterian, Virginia, Miami, and Middle Tennessee at 4-1. Six of the final seven also offer plenty of opportunity for wins, including at Clemson, vs. Boston College, vs. BYU, at Maryland, at North Carolina and vs. Duke. At Georgia is tough, but I like the timing of the North Carolina game, as the Tar Heels' major weakness is a lack of defensive depth.
8-4 is also a very real possibility for this team, and having the potential for a push at that number helps here.
Make sure to head on over and check out my analysis for the other 11 teams, including the Seminoles.