In a sense, Saturday's game between the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets and North Carolina Tar Heels is a matchup between dirty teams. Both programs have recently been the subject of NCAA investigations, with Tech getting hammered for some buhhhhhhhhhh and UNC set to be launched into outer space for actual cheating.
But did you know the game itself could get dirty, too? Here's former Heels tight end Deems May talking to Inside Carolina, via The ACC and SEC Blog:
Those guys are as good as there is against the run and I believe will be the keys to getting some big stops and beating the cut blocks by their wide receivers. Lastly, we can't get frustrated up front. Georgia Tech is the dirtiest team in college football. Their coach takes pride in it and they do too. Referees just can't call over 2-3 illegal blocks a game and they know this. They are willing to give up 2-3 illegal chop block penalties and get away with 20-25 more. They want you to take a swing at them and get thrown out. We have to be disciplined and poised.
It's not a new claim, especially around the ACC. Virginia Tech Hokies coach Frank Beamer and Hokies players have complained about those cut blocks, perhaps leading to the ACC publicly clarifying its chop block rulings.
Paul Johnson's reaction: staring at you until you leave his office, probably.
For more on this game, visit Georgia Tech blog From The Rumble Seat and UNC blog Carolina March.