Since winning a combined 20 games in 2008 and 2009, Georgia Tech has averaged seven wins the ast four years.
The Yellow Jackets, looking for their first Top 25 finish since 2009, are trying to end an ugly streak of five consecutive losses to state rival Georgia.
Johnson points to recent high finishes in the Atlantic Coast Conference’s Coastal Division as evidence criticism of his program is unwarranted.
Georgia Tech has never finished lower than third in the division in Johnson’s six years.
The league’s media picked Georgia Tech to finish only fifth in the division this year.
The Yellow Jackets finished 7-6 overall and 5-3 in the ACC last year. Georgia Tech lost three of its past four games, including a Music City Bowl loss to Mississippi.
Justin Thomas is expected to replace quarterback Vad Lee, who transferred to James Madison. The running game should be strong as usual in Johnson’s spread-option attack.
There are questions on both lines.
“We’ve got replace a lot of experience on the offensive line,” Johnson said. “So there are question marks. I can see why people would question (the team’s potential).
“Are we going to be the most talented team that we’ve had here individually? Probably not. But that doesn’t mean you’re not going to be the best team. You just have to see.”