The teams have been seeded and the brackets have been set to find the GOAT in Tech football history. For the sake of equality, the games will be simulated in 70 degree weather with no precipitation and light wind. Also, it will be a best of 3 to find a winner in each matchup. Hopefully this will weed out any fluke victories. The team’s seeding shown are their overall ranking and actual SRS number.
#1 2008 (15.46)
#13 2000 (4.81) @ #10 2012 (6.33)
The 2012 team was too much for the Kliff-led 2000 team. Kenny Williams had 3 rushing scores as both he and SaDale Foster had over 100 yards rushing. Darrin Moore and Eric Ward had over 100 yards receiving and a receiving TD each. The 2000 team only had 12 rushing yards and Kliff only went 20-46 for 245 yards. Doege was the player of the game with 31-38 and 390 yards, throwing for 5 TD’s.
Game 2 was more of the same as 2012 outrushed 2000 163-24. Each QB threw a couple picks but Doege outshined Kliff again in yardage (563-228) and threw 6 TD’s to Kliff’s 2.
#19 2016 (1.34) @ #4 2009 (10.79)
2016 held up well in the 1st half, and was actually leading at halftime, 20-10. But 2009 took over in the 3rd with 4 TD’s to only a field goal for 2016. Both QB’s performed about the same yardage wise but Potts threw for 4 scores, whereas Mahomes only had 1. Potts was player of the game going 32-44 for 396 and 4 scores with zero picks.
Game 2 started off the same way with 2016 jumping out to a 13-0 lead. However, 2009 clawed back and took a 14-13 lead before a Hatfield FG put 2016 back on top late in the 3rd. 3 unanswered TD’s from 2009 put the score at 35-16. Mahomes was great in the game, going 27-46 for 386 yards, but never had a TD pass. Da’Leon Ward won player of the game in a losing effort with 67 rushing yards and 107 receiving, including a score late in the 4th to close the score to 35-23.
#16 1997 (3.05) @ #7 2001 (8.56)
We have a unique matchup here as freshman Ricky Williams faces off against his senior self. As a freshman he carried for 112 yards on 25 carries with a score.However as a senior he was able to go 169 yards on 28 rushes with 3 scores. He also had 7 receptions for 62 yards to earn player of the game honors.
In game 2, senior Ricky Williams stole the show again, with 100 yards rushing and another 52 receiving.
Next week the semifinals start with Harrell vs Doege and Potts vs Williams.
Tomorrow the next divisional bracket and quarterfinal games will be released.