But no one is complaining about getting a shot to play in the Orange Bowl.
In an interesting twist, the Yellow Jackets benefited from another school's wrongdoing just three years after losing an ACC crown under similar circumstances. Georgia Tech defeated Clemson in the 2009 title game, only to be stripped of the championship later when NCAA violations were discovered.
This Saturday, the Yellow Jackets will face No. 3 Georgia (10-1) in the regular-season finale. The Bulldogs have a shot at playing for the national title if they win the next two weeks, which has left both coaches with the chore of making sure their players don't get caught looking ahead.
Johnson said that shouldn't be a problem for his team.
"Our guys understand the importance of this game to our fans and our alumni and everyone involved," he said. "Besides that, Georgia's got a very talented football team. If you're not ready to play, you'll get embarrassed really fast."
While plenty of ACC critics pointed to Georgia Tech's appearance in the title game as a sign of the league's weakness, Johnson wasn't about concede that his team wasn't deserving of its spot.
"We're 5-3. Who else is better than that in our division?" Johnson asked. "I'm not apologizing for anything."
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