Does Clemson D have something special for Tech?

 

Five burning questions as we head into the weekend:

 

1—What does Kevin Steele have cooked up for the Georgia Tech offense tonight? Steele is a veteran defensive coordinator who has seen just about everything. He spent the last two years at Alabama working with Nick Saban. He’s been the head coach at Baylor. He spent six years with Tom Osborne at Nebraska. He worked for Bobby Bowden at Florida State. The guy knows how to coach defense and can get very creative when the situation calls for it. Last week, for example, he went with a lot of six defensive back looks against Tony Franklin’s spread offense at Middle Tennessee. He didn’t play his base defense for one play, which made sure Tech’s offenses coaches had to reach back to Alabama to get some film on Steele’s scheme.  It will be interesting to see if Steele has anything special for Georgia Tech.  Defenses have to be very disciplined when they play Georgia Tech. “The thing about what they do is you have to follow your assignments on every single play. If you take one play off, they will break a big one on you,” said Steele.

 

2—Is Georgia going to “Man Up” and get ready to play South Carolina? I thought Mark Bradley made a great point yesterday when he wondered aloud if something—other than talent—was missing at Georgia. It’s too early to tell right now but after doing this for a while I do know what a team needs when they are facing a critical game like the one the Bulldogs have against South Carolina on Saturday.

Georgia needs an Al Wilson.

Every great team I’ve ever been around had a guy like Al Wilson, the former linebacker at Tennessee. On Tennessee’s 1998 national championship team Al was basically the enforcer. If guys weren’t putting in the work or were taking plays off, Wilson would deliver a basic message. Get your butt in gear or I’m going to start kicking it for you. And the guys on that team knew he would back it up.

 Tim Tebow and Brandon Spikes play that role for Florida. Does Georgia have anybody who is in somebody’s face this week?

 

3—Will Jonathan Crompton get his revenge? Tennessee lost to UCLA in Pasadena, 27-24 in overtime. It never should have happened. Jonathan Crompton threw the ball 41 times (completed 19). Never should have happened. After that game things started going downhill for Crompton and at the end of the season coach Phillip Fulmer was relieved of his duties. Now UCLA comes to Knoxville and Crompton will get another shot at the Bruins. He is feeling better about himself after completing 21 of 28 passes against a bad team from Western Kentucky. Does he get his revenge and still feel good after Saturday’s game.?

 

4—Does Maryland need to look out for James Madison? I would say yes because apparently you just don’t mess with the Colonial Athletic Association, the future home of Bill Curry’s Georgia State Panthers. Last Saturday the Division I-AA conference had three wins over Division I-A teams.  William and Mary beat Virginia,  Richmond beat Duke, and Villanova beat Temple. Now James Madison, coached by former Georgia assistant Mickey Matthews, goes to Maryland, which got embarrassed last week at California. Keep an eye on that one.

 

5—Does LSU finally explode on offense against Vanderbilt? The LSU defense played poorly last Saturday at Washington, giving up 478 yards in an ugly 31-23 win over the Huskies. The net result of that bad defensive performance was that the LSU offense only had the ball for 48 plays in the game. Washington had the ball for 83 plays. Look for LSU to try and get the ball to true freshman Russell Shepard when Vanderbilt comes to Baton Rouge on Saturday. Shepard, from Houston, was supposed to get 10 or 12 touches last week but LSU wanted to protect the football when the Tigers found themselves in a dog fight on the road. Will LSU take it out on Vanderbilt in their home opener?

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Spike

September 10th, 2009
7:01 am

Tony, you are right, UGA better have the killer instinct this weekend and the rest of the season. Our enforcer? Rennie Curran.

I agree that Rennie should be...

September 10th, 2009
7:15 am

…the Enforcer – at least he came out and said in Tim Tucker’s article that this game is very important. And, why oh why, is he playing on special teams? He is a special player, but that is just dumb! They’re special teams are crummy with him, so they can be crummy without him and not risk an injury to him there.

And, no, Clemson will not have a special defense for Tech – no one will. The Clemson guys are correct – to stop Tech you have to play assignment football – but what happens is someone wants to be a hero, gets out of position, and bam, someone is gone for a long gainer. Plus, Johnson is very adept at reading the guy that is getting out of position and attacks that, even if he has to make up a play on the spot (they run the same play 6 times, giving the ball to Dwyer, or pitching to the A back, or Nesbitt keeps it around the end. Then, Johnson sees the weak side linebacker overplaying the handoff, and BAM, he tells Nesbitt to fake the handoff to the B back and follow him into the hole and cut back – he doesn’t tell anybody else so they block the same, just Nesbitt, and you got a made up play and a big gain. That is why you have to do your job every play in order to slow down Tech’s offense.

Where have you gone jim Bob Cooter ?

September 10th, 2009
7:18 am

Tony:

1) The Kitties better bring their “A” game. GT looked workmanlike in their win over Jax St. on Saturday ,but they know that there is very little room for error in the ACC this season. Tech wins a dogfight…

2) You are referring to senior leadership and the Dawgs don’t have it-Yet. In fact ,this team doesn’t really have much of an identity at all because you don’t just plug and play replacements for Matthew Stafford , Knowshon Moreno and Mo Mass. It will take time for leaders to emerge and the team to coalesce around whomever steps up .That is , if the nut fudge fair weather fans are tuned out by the coaching staff and they approach this year realistically – rebuilding.

3)Jonathan Crompton still has a LOT to prove. He seems to have put last year bhind him for the most part (like he has a choice),but we still saw some flashbacks to the nightmare that was ‘08 against WKU.One game does not a comeback make. When he straps it on against UCLA this week ,we will know a little more about his return from the valley of death.

4) Maryland cruises. JMU is good , but Ralph Friedgen is 10 time the coach that Al Groh is and he won’t let the snappers take JMU lightly.

5) Vandy’s defense is better than Washington’s. Vandy’s offense is unproven. (Hard to gauge success against a 1AA bottomfeeder). LSU will be much better at game management this week. Look for a pretty comfortable LSU win in bourbon soaked DeathValley.

Spike

September 10th, 2009
7:26 am

Tony, nice show last night. But what is tour take on the penalty against Reshad Jones in the OSU game?

optionoffense

September 10th, 2009
7:30 am

Georgia Tech will run on Clemson’s D. Clemson will be overly aggressie and then BOOM, Dwyer for 65 yards. I would say Tech puts up 300+ on the ground. Spiller may have a slight hamstring issue…and the freshmen quarterback for Clemson won’t be able to do much through the air, in fact Morgan Burnett gets pick number 2 tonight.

Tech 28
Clemson 23

Not Disappointed!

September 10th, 2009
7:37 am

Tony, great read.

I’m sure Kevin Steele will have something for the Jackets, but he better eat his Wheaties & all the Veggies on his plate. You can bet Paul Johnson will adjust. He has a second year team that was chewed out pretty good the last few days with “Killer instinct, Finish the job, etc! I still like my Jackets in a close one.

Curran is the man for pups on defense. He’s vocal, great players and should be the point man for the pups to man up agaisnt the Coach that “Everyone loves to hate!”

Tenn’s QB should have a better game and send UCLA back to west coast.

Ralph just don’t have the talent he had in the south; nevertheless, he always manage to get his team to rebound. Good luck Terps! “I thank you’re going to need it!”

LSU better get in gear! Vanderbilt isn’t the bottom of the basement anymore. They can give anyone a hard time.

Good football to all in the South. Even Clemson tonite, but not to win. Oy! Ramblin Wreck!

theTruth

September 10th, 2009
7:43 am

1) Tech wins but it’s a fight.
2) Backs against the wall, NOW, you find out how the ‘team’ concept is going.
3) No deep passes at all for Tn, all underneath stuff to pat the stats. No pressure on Crompton at all, and that is when he crumbles like a cookie. However, UCLA is an easy game, they won 4 games last year and got beat 69-0 by BYU. Easy win for the vowels.
4) The fridge’s days may be numbered.
5) Perhaps LSU was overhyped after only winning 8 games last year.

Jake

September 10th, 2009
7:52 am

Just happy there’s football on Thursday night once again. Oh,, the pigskin smell is in the air.

buck

September 10th, 2009
8:00 am

Is this the same Kevine Steele….who…1. Flunked out of Furman after paying someone to take his SAT? 2. Said he played at UT when he never did? 3. Got fired from Baylor? 4. Got B-slapped by K.Greene when he was with the Panthers? 5. Got run out of bama by Nick?……………………………………………………………………I for one am not worred……Go Jackets!!

David

September 10th, 2009
8:14 am

Tech will be looking ahead to Miami next week, Clemson has had this one circled since last November, and there will be no illegal formation penalty (6 men on the line) that cost Clemson winning touchdowns during the last two visits to Bobby Dodd. Clemson wins something in the neighborhood of 17-14.

Bass Pro customer

September 10th, 2009
8:14 am

Tony, I also do not understand the call for hard tackling…is that a new rule? Or a misinformed ref?

Hope Tech runs for 300 in the third quarter…again.

techgold

September 10th, 2009
8:19 am

David-

You UGA homer. You’re an idiot.

GT4Ever

September 10th, 2009
8:20 am

David…you’re nuts. GT will not be looking past CU. They know how important each and every game is to them. It will be tough but GT wears CU down in the end and goes on to a good victory.

Ryno

September 10th, 2009
8:21 am

God bless you Tony for referencing Al Wilson. His name is almost holy among Vol fans for all the reasons you mentioned. You pulled your weight and did your job and then some or you faced Al.

johnny reb

September 10th, 2009
8:23 am

LSU’s defense stinks. Go with Vandy and the points.

Me

September 10th, 2009
8:23 am

Their surprise? Those hideous purple uniforms….takes a while for your stomach to settle so you can play football. Tech prevails…..

Lewis Grizzard

September 10th, 2009
8:23 am

Please,

Tech & Clemson?

Like two mules wrestlin’ over a turnip, WHO CARES?

Baba O'Riley

September 10th, 2009
8:23 am

David,
Why would Tech be looking ahead to Miami? Is Clemson better than last year? Is that camera-hound still the head coach?

Baba O'Riley

September 10th, 2009
8:24 am

Lewis Grizzard- then why did you take time to address it?

Bobby Dodd

September 10th, 2009
8:24 am

Tech rolls, 400+ yards of rushing.

200+ for Jonathon Dwyer and 150+ between Roddy and Allen

Georgia Tech 42 Clemson 24

InstantClassic1

September 10th, 2009
8:25 am

Tony

When was the last time UGA started 0-5?

As a nuetral observer……..UGA is soft and plays like a PAC 10 team (CAL of the SEC)

FatJoe

September 10th, 2009
8:26 am

UGA 48
South Carolina 14

Joe Cox turns things around…300 yard passing and 3 TD’s

Dooley's Cardiologist

September 10th, 2009
8:29 am

I am a little concerned about the game myself. That is me just speaking honestly. We didn’t look as good as we should have last week, and made way to many mistakes. If we can keep the mistakes to a minimum and capitalize in certain situations, ie. 3 dropped passes that would have went for 6 points, we should be alright.

Runner

September 10th, 2009
8:30 am

Hey Fat Joe, you have a fat head. Georgia puts up 48? What are you smoking?

USC 17
UGA 13

GT 31
Clemson 21

Dooley's cardiologist's grammar teacher

September 10th, 2009
8:32 am

Son, since you furthered you education you should know that it is improper to say, “would have went”.

Gen Neyland

September 10th, 2009
8:33 am

Truth : Underneath routes a stat padder..? Not to sound condescending, but, ever heard of ball control and moving the chains..? It’s an important part of an offensive game plan and one that Tennessee failed at in 2008. Deep routes will be successfully run, by kingdom come. Ye shall bear witness to the fruit of da bomb in the coming days.

Jonathan Crompton

September 10th, 2009
8:34 am

I still feel good about myself.

nuetral observer

September 10th, 2009
8:34 am

uga has no one near the leader of Al Wilson, the dogs reflect their hc’s personality…soft.Cromp’s has a better oc this year so watch how he improves. He’s not all sec , but he is better than Cox.

Pablo Escobar

September 10th, 2009
8:35 am

I can see the mutts starting 0-3… man it should be fun to watch

Pablo Escobar

September 10th, 2009
8:37 am

What the hell am i talking about, I can see them starting 0-6 !

karma !

ED-Covington

September 10th, 2009
8:38 am

CPJ: “I got your ’something special’ for Clemson right here!”
Leaders are born, not made; any “leader” for uga would have stepped up before now.
Worst story in college football this year would be if that idiot Kiffen is successful at UT.
Ralph will eventually regret leaving Tech, I hated it when he left; but I’m glad to have CPJ now.
LSU’s defense will improve under Chavis, but they looked awful last week. Vandy may surprise them.
GO TECH!! CLEAN CLEMSON’S CLOCK!!

Sorry, FatJoe...

September 10th, 2009
8:40 am

…but based on last week’s analysis Cox could not throw for 300 yards if there was nobody out there but him and his receivers.

Baba O'Riley

September 10th, 2009
8:40 am

I look for a big day from the Burnett’s. Big hits by Julian and a pick or two from Morgan.

Geez, Ed Covington...

September 10th, 2009
8:42 am

…Ralph has been gone from Tech for what, 6 – 7 years? Why would he “eventually” regret leaving Tech when he has made millions by going home to his alma matre and being successful?

Atlanta Gator

September 10th, 2009
8:43 am

ED-Covington

September 10th, 2009
8:49 am

Did you actually see the UMary v Cal game last week? You call that “successful”?
I believe it’s spelled “ALMA MATER”!

Joe Schmoe

September 10th, 2009
8:51 am

From what I am seeing on ESPN blogs and other sports blogs, you would see Clemson fans thinking they are going to walk out of Bobby Dodd with a W, and easily. Well I got some bad news for you Clemson fans, you are in for a rude awakening. The talking is done on the fiield.

Ron Mexico

September 10th, 2009
8:52 am

Gotta love when the person pointing out a grammar mistake makes one of their own.

FatJoe

September 10th, 2009
8:52 am

Who are you to insult our quarterback? Joe Cox is 10x the quarterback that Georgia Tech has. Book it.

Baba O'Riley

September 10th, 2009
8:52 am

I’m just thankful we’re not playing William & Mary tonight!

G Force

September 10th, 2009
8:52 am

TB,

1) It doesn’t matter if Steele pulls an all nighter trying to cook things up in the kitchen. Clemson doesn’t have enough for GT.

2) Georgia does need a leader to emerge, but USCe needs a talented quarterback even more. The battle of the anemic offenses ends with a Georgia victory.

3) There are some interesting x factors in this game. I’d hate to see Lame Kiffen come out on top.

4) Please don’t compare JMU to Cal. The Fridge and company take care of business — Fear the Turtle, JMU!

5) LSU’s sloppy, bend-but-usually-don’t-break, opening week defense should be better in week 2. Funny how it was the offense that had problems last year. This could be another dog fight, but the Tigers come out with the win.

Atlanta Gator

September 10th, 2009
8:53 am

Tony—-I don’t know why, but I am having a heck of a time posting my comments this morning. Have I been “blocked” for some reason?

Joe Schmoe

September 10th, 2009
8:56 am

Tony, what is your call on the game tonight?

ED-Covington

September 10th, 2009
8:56 am

All I’m saying was that Ralph would have probably succeeded O’Leary as Tech head coach, still been paid millions and met with much more success at Tech than at Maryland. Would have been better than Gailey, not as good as CPJ.

@ Atlanta Gator

September 10th, 2009
8:57 am

It’s a conspiracy.

hsf

September 10th, 2009
8:59 am

1) GA 30 SC 10

2) Now that Al Wilson is retired from the NFL, he has been back in Knoxville and re-involved with the TN program on a limited basis. If Kiffin is as smart as we think he is, he will put Wilson on the payroll as an assistant.

3) TN 35 UCLA 17

4) MD 48 JMU 7

5) LSU 28 Vandy 18

Geez, Ed Covington...

September 10th, 2009
9:02 am

…brilliant hindsight on Ralph and “probably would have succeeded” O’Liar. Instead he made millions ANYWAY at his alma mater (my bad initially – fingers faster than my brain) – and has been successful (did you see the LSU – GT game last year in Atlanta?) One game does not define success, but millions of dollars in the bank do help ease any pain!

Blackwatchdefense

September 10th, 2009
9:05 am

Fat Joe

You’re a complete moron. Joe Cos is 10x better than Josh Nesbitt? Stupidest statement of the day…so far.

Blackwatchdefense

September 10th, 2009
9:05 am

parker

September 10th, 2009
9:06 am

All the Crompton business aside. TN rolls… no true freshman QB is ready for his first road game against a MONTE KIFFIN D. That’s just not going to happen. Lot’s of folks seem to forget that he is in Knoxville and he is better than Chavis ever will dream to be. Vols win in another blowout!