In the matter of the Clemson game, the Tigers had just suffered a tough home loss to Virginia. In deperate need of a win, they came into Atlanta and eked out a OT win behind an amazing performance from Woody Dantzler.
Then the Cavliers, reeling from a home upset loss to Wake Forest, came back from a 13 point deficit to pin another tough loss on Tech.
Both these games are examples, some would say, of the wounded animal theory, which is also called the unexpected loss theory or the upset reciprocation theory. Whatever it's called, it's becoming more and more prevalent in today's college football where tougher conferences and parity are making it harder and harder to go through a season withou losing a couple of games. Always be wary when your opponent is an underdog who's just been struggling. When all the talk radio pundits are predicting you in a rout, be afraid. Very afraid.
Florida lost to Auburn after the Tigers had looked poor in a loss to Syracuse. Georgia lost to Auburn at home in a game they were favored to win after Auburn had looked poor in a loss to Arkansas. FSU has suffered two wounded animal losses, to UNC and N.C. State, and now they find themselves in the wounded animal catbird seat. Perhaps Florida should be nervous.
Next week's game for Tech will not be an example of a wounded animal game only because Wake Forest has won two in a row. But the showdown with Georgia could be. This would definitely be a nightmare season for Ramblin' Wreck Nation indeed if the Jackets lost three wounded animal games, all in the waning seconds -- one of them to the Dawgs.