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Georgia Tech looking to surpass low expectations

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By CHARLES ODUM
AP Sports Writer

ATLANTA (AP) - Paul Johnson's first two years at Georgia Tech are looking better and better - and increasingly distant in the past.

Since winning a combined 20 games in 2008 and 2009, Georgia Tech has averaged seven wins the last four years. The Yellow Jackets, looking for their first Top 25 finish since 2009, are trying to end an ugly streak of five straight 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. The league's media picked Georgia Tech to finish only fifth in the division this year.

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.

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