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Georgia Tech Vs. UNC: Jackets Offense Still No. 1 After First Challenge

This Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets team is better than last year's, and might be the best since the days of Demaryius Thomas or even Joe Hamilton. I don't think any of those statements are all that bold. They're 4-0 for the first time since 1990, which would mean a lot more if they had beaten more than one actual team along the way, but it's the way they're winning that impresses.

Their 35-28 win at home against the North Carolina Tar Heels wasn't quite as close as it appears, as Tech outgained UNC by 196 yards, gained six more first downs and had slightly worse fumble luck. Even though North Carolina plays like a team that's had its head cut off -- which, yeah -- by giving up seven sacks and committing wholeheartedly to every Jackets play fake, they still might be the most talented team Tech will face until they play the Georgia Bulldogs.

Tech retains the No. 1 total offense in the country (630 yards per game), putting up 45 more yards per game than No. 2, the Houston Cougars. Houston's best win, by the way, might be against Louisiana Tech, and I'm being serious. Orwin Smith still leads the nation in yards per carry (22.5), and Tevin Washington is still the most efficient passer (334.3) -- and that's without the easy, 40-yard touchdown Stephen Hill dropped Saturday.

For his part, Hill is averaging 38.9 yards per catch.

We'll see if they can keep it going against N.C. State. (N.C. State gave up 44 to Cincinnati, lost to Wake Forest and let Liberty score three touchdowns. So I kind of think so.)

For more, visit Georgia Tech blog From The Rumble Seat and UNC blog Carolina March.

Photographs by coka_koehler used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.