Jackets, Trojans must avoid letdown

Teams like Georgia Tech and Wisconsin could face much tougher games on Saturday than most expect.

Updated: September 17, 2004, 12:54 PM ET
By Todd McShay | Scouts, Inc.
While college football certainly hasn't reached the same degree of parity as the NFL, winning on the road is becoming ever more difficult. The "little guys" aren't so little anymore and any letdown can literally wreck an entire season. Some teams are walking into particularly dangerous minefields this week.


Georgia Tech at North Carolina
How many times have we seen teams suffer hangovers following emotionally draining comeback wins? Add the fact that Georgia Tech has a big date at home against Miami next week and you have all the makings of a letdown.

The Yellow Jackets are talented and should continue to improve as the season progresses. But they're not good enough to simply throw their helmets on the field and win – even against North Carolina.

Todd McShay

ESPN Senior Writer