Countdown to kickoff: No. 22

Twenty-two more weekdays until NC State kicks off against Tennessee in Atlanta on Friday, Aug. 31. We’re counting down with 25 reasons to be excited about ACC football this year. This list features coaches, players, games, themes, position groups -- 25 things for you to look forward to.

The countdown to kickoff continues with …

No. 22: One of the nation’s top rushing offenses. The offensive line at Georgia Tech is the deepest and most talented group coach Paul Johnson has had to work with since he was hired in Atlanta. Last year, Georgia Tech finished second in the country in rushing offense. This year, the Jackets are aiming for No. 1, and it’s definitely an attainable goal. Last year, Georgia Tech set a school record for average yards per carry with 5.74. Georgia Tech also ranked second in the nation last year in third-down conversion percentage (53.9 percent). Not everyone is a fan of watching Johnson’s spread-option offense, but it’s effective and has proven to be capable of far more than just 3 yards and a cloud of dust.

No. 23: The last season before expansion

No. 24: Brent Venables

No. 25: A fresh start at Maryland