Back on the Front Burner: #SunBeltHeat Week 7

You may have noted, and not without considerable dismay, the chilling absence of #SunBeltHeat in Week 6. That’s because there was no heat to be had. Week 6 featured three Sun Belt on Sun Belt donnybrooks that categorized its own form of calefaction.

The Heat returns in Week 7, briefly but with maximum penetration between two in-state rivals, separated by 200 miles and roughly $9B of Power Five booty. Enjoy it while it’s hot, fellow Belters. Only seven blasts of #SunBeltHeat remain in 2016, but this year’s Heat (15-21) already out-sizzles 2015’s horror (13-34), with scorching victories over Top 25 programs, Power 5 foes and Peer Conference enemies. #SunBeltHeat is building steam, and the conference can still finish the season over .500. What exciting times we live in!

Remember, #SunBeltHeat is derived by the following top secret formula that was developed by sports scientists and sorcerers in a secret laboratory beneath the Mercedes Benz Superdome:

P5 Condescension x ESPN3 + Righteous Fury / “Any given Saturday” = #SUNBELTHEAT

As always, #SunBeltHeat can only be administered to non-Sun Belt opponents and is programmed to become self-aware sometime in the 32nd century.

Georgia Southern vs Georgia Tech, October 15, 11:30 PM CST, ACC Network

Chance for winning (ESPN FPI): 17.6%

2691472_mktg_logoThe Yellow Jackets started the season pretty swell, trumping ACC body bag Boston College to open the season, then doing the same to Vanderbilt (the “Boston College of the SEC”) two weeks later. However, Georgia Tech began seeing some quality on the schedule, losing to (but not losing badly to) #5 Clemson, #14 Miami, and Pitt. The strength of the Yellow Jackets is the defense, which ranks 36th nationally and only surrenders 21.5 points per game. Georgia Southern’s sinister triple-option rush attack (6th nationally) will test the Jacket’s rush defense (40th in the nation), but the Eagles may be tempted to poke at Georgia Tech’s slightly softer pass defense, which gives up 217 yards per game. Lead signal caller Kevin Ellison tossed for 203 yards and a TD (no INTs) in last week’s loss to Arkansas State. Everyone is wary of Georgia Southern’s tricky ground game. But Ellison’s arm (and underrated wide receivers) could be the torch that blisters Georgia Tech. Do remember, Ellison punished Georgia Tech when the two teams met for the first time in 2014, throwing for 164 yards and a touchdown and running 107 yards and another score. Matt Breida also ran for 111 yards and two scores, which wasn’t enough to overcome the Yellow Jackets two seasons ago. THAT MEANS YOU GOTTA TURN UP THE HEAT, FIRST YEAR HEAD COACH TYSON SUMMERS! YOU HAVE AN IN-STATE RIVAL TO THUMP! YELLOW JACKETS DON’T COOK THEMSELVES!

Sun Belt Heat Index: 10,000% – 0.5% every time ACC announcers call Georgia Southern “Georgia State.”

Adjusted Chance for Winning: 123.6%

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