Georgia Tech beats Hokies in an ACC classic

 

We only had two misses last week but they were pretty bad ones as Georgia missed its wakeup call for the game at Tennessee and Auburn’s undefeated record came crashing down at Arkansas. So that’s 8-2 on the week and 43-17 on the season which, incredibly, has reached the halfway point.

Man that was fast.

 

Let’s get on with the Fearless Friday Forecast for Oct. 16.

 

1. Virginia Tech at Georgia Tech: Since getting thumped at Miami (33-17) on Sept. 17, Georgia Tech has done what well-coached teams do. They adjusted, executed a little better, and now they are getting ready to play one of the biggest home games in recent memory. This one comes down to the quarterbacks. If both Josh Nesbitt (Georgia Tech) and Tyrod Taylor (Virginia Tech) keep playing at their current level, this could be one for the ages. I’m giving the edge to the guy from Greene County, Mr. Nesbitt. Georgia Tech 24, Virginia Tech 21.

 

2. Georgia at Vanderbilt: Vandy has been a tough out for Georgia for the past few years. And the way the Bulldogs are playing now it looks like nothing is going to be easy. This looks like an ugly football game but Georgia has enough offense and the Commodores don’t throw it that well. Georgia 21, Vanderbilt 14.

 

3. Arkansas at Florida: Here is a stat to impress your friends this weekend. For all of its success, Florida has lost at least one game to an SEC West foe in each of the past 10 seasons. That’s right. Starting with the 1999 season, when Florida lost to Alabama twice (once at home and once in the SEC championship game), Florida has not gone a season without losing to at least one foe from the other division. Florida has already beaten LSU but has Arkansas coming to the Swamp on Saturday. The Gators win but this one is closer than a lot of people think. Florida 24, Arkansas 17.

 

4. South Carolina at Alabama: Alabama does a lot of things well on defense. But one of the things the Crimson Tide does particularly well is take quarterbacks out of their comfort zone. Virginia Tech’s Tyrod Taylor, Arkansas’s Ryan Mallett, and Jevan Snead of Ole Miss combined for 32 of 89 passing (35.9 percent) against the Crimson Tide defense. Stephen Garcia, it is now your turn. Alabama 24, South Carolina 7.

 

5. Kentucky at Auburn: Under normal circumstances this would be a pretty good game but Kentucky will be without quarterback Mike Hartline, who is out for the season with a knee injury. The Wildcats may take the redshirt off Morgan Newton, their big-time freshman recruit. Auburn bounces back nicely from a bad game at Arkansas. Auburn 31, Kentucky 14.

 

6. Wake Forest at Clemson: Clemson has had a week off since a brutal 24-21 loss to Maryland. The Deacons beat that same Maryland team by 10 points last week. So it is tempting to go with the Deacons here. But the Tigers have too many athletes and get a slight edge for being at home. Clemson 21, Wake Forest 20.

 

7. Texas vs. Oklahoma (Dallas): Oklahoma is out of the national championship race with two losses, but with win in Dallas the Sooners sure would spoil the Longhorns’ hopes of winning it all. Oklahoma quarterback Sam Bradford is obviously healthy again after throwing it 49 times against Baylor last week. But Bradford still has issues on his offense line. Look for Texas defensive coordinator Will Muschamp to exploit that. Texas 28, Oklahoma 21.

 

8. USC at Notre Dame: I’ve had all kinds of people tell me that Notre Dame has a shot in this game. I just don’t see it. Granted, this is not a vintage USC team but the Trojans certainly have more athletes. Also, expect Notre Dame quarterback Jimmy Clausen to see more pressure than he has all season. Notre Dame is very fortunate to be 4-1. The Irish will not get to 5-1. USC 35, Notre Dame 17.

 

9. Iowa at Wisconsin: Iowa has won 10 straight games against Big Ten opponents but most of those wins have not been easy. That’s why the No. 11 Hawkeyes (6-0) are pretty fragile as they go to Wisconsin (5-1). Look for an ugly, defensive game. Iowa has forced 19 turnovers this season and that gives them the edge on the road. Iowa 17, Wisconsin 14.

 

10. Mississippi State at Middle Tennessee: This is a dangerous game for Mississippi State. This is the first SEC team ever to travel to Floyd Stadium, so the folks in Murfreesboro will be pretty excited. The Blue Raiders have a pretty good offense, which is being run by quarterback Dwight Dasher. He is averaging 315.4 yards of total offense per game. The MTSU defense has forced 14 turnovers this season. Turning the ball over has been real problem for Mississippi. State. This one will be close. Miss. State 24, MTSU 22.

 

 

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David

October 16th, 2009
10:18 am

Has anyone else noticed that this year VT’s defense has not been as good as usual. UNC’s, Clemson’s and Miami’s defense have all been better this year. VT has holes at LB.

GatornDc

October 16th, 2009
10:19 am

I think UGA loses to Vandy this weekend for sure. (by 3-7 pts, read that, not 1 or 2 pts)

johnny weissmuller

October 16th, 2009
10:19 am

David

Read my post – completely agree with you; people keep forgeting that Duke put up 26 points against them this year

Denver Dog

October 16th, 2009
10:19 am

Ramble, are you still hoping that someone will get sick and die? I can’t believe that they let you and m, and yelllow fizz blog anymore after your comments to that Hokie.

Heres my guess

VT
UGA
Fla
Bama
Auburn
Clemson
OKIE
USC
Wis
Missy state

Fla may struggle for a while
Bama may have a tough ride
UGA will win, but Vandy will make them earn it, and we will make the Vandy offense potent.
Va Tech will stop GT a few times, and that is all it takes. If Va Tech can move the ball that is.

We will see on Sunday who was right?

GSU Eagle 91

October 16th, 2009
10:24 am

I’m affiliated with neither SEC or ACC, but the ACC took 6 out of 10 meetings from the SEC last year. The top SEC teams of FL, AL, and LSU are very good, but the rest of the conference is mediocre to very weak. UCLA over UT in Knoxville is a reminder of that, as is Army over Vanderbilt last week. VT is the best team in the ACC, but GT has a shot tomorrow night.
GT will shred UGA’s “defense” in November….

Not Disappointed!

October 16th, 2009
10:26 am

Georga and Georgia Tech will step up to the plate this weeken.

VT’s defense gave up alot of points yards last year to GT. This years VT’s defense is not as good. Read for yourself.

Ga Teams roll this weekend. Ramblin Wreck!

Denver Dog

October 16th, 2009
10:28 am

GSU Eagle 91, you must be looking in a new record book, doesn’t look like the actual outcome, but they may do a different math down there in Statesborro. Looks like 6-6 with the only top 6 win being that of Tech over UGA. Maybe you can set the record straight. How are your Eagles this year, we don’t hear much about them out here?

Not Disappointed!

October 16th, 2009
10:29 am

typos! Oy! weekend.

Good weekend to all……………..

Denver Dog

October 16th, 2009
10:30 am

Ramble, if somone is indeed using your moniker, it is insulting, that happens to me alot too!

Techfan78

October 16th, 2009
10:30 am

Roger Dawg is on some serious qualudes, look dude, stay off the freakin drugs. You will never get your job back at McDonalds if you dont. Im not saying that the jackets definetely win but I do like there chances. Roger Dawg is apparently using this logic thing (Miami 33 Tech 17- Va. Tech 31 Miami 7) so that in his eyes makes Va. Tech the clear cut winner. What a moron, first when Miami beat us we had played 3 games in 13 days and Miami had been off for 10 days. When Va Tech beat Miami it was in BLACKSBURG (one of the toughest places to play in the nation) and it was coming an absolute monsoon! Anyone with any sence whatsoever could tell that was the difference in that game. The Hokies are good but there not 24 points better than the Canes. With that being said, the Canes are good but they arent 16 points better than the Jackets. Logic is crap in college football, nothing makes sence in this sport. Throw logic out the door. Quit being pissed off that UGA isnt going to win 10 games this year and stop being jealous of the Jackets success this year! We have went through many mediocre seasons but still have went to 12 consecutive bowl games but we finally have something to be proud of. Roger Mutt get a life!! Go Jackets

another dawg in ptc

October 16th, 2009
10:34 am

Surely, the Dawgs are better than Army! But maybe not. Dawgs win in 2OT 15-12. Is Tootsie’s still open in Nashville?

reebok

October 16th, 2009
10:37 am

wow…i just got thrown off the blog in mid-type…was it something i said???

Tony, I hope you are right and my Yellow Jackets survive V-Tech…to the Loyal Opposition over there in Athens, I say good luck in Nashville…and I hope everybody…friend and foe alike…avoids the injuries this week.

Buzzwax

October 16th, 2009
10:38 am

VT may very well beat GT. Is the offense that did very well against MIss St. FSU and UNC going to show up? Is the defense that allowed only 7 to a very poor offense in UNC or the complete train wreck of a d against Miami, FSU and Miss. St.?

But for the idiots that keep saying the speed of VT’s defense is going to be too much for GT’s offense don’t have a clue. Miss St., FSU and UNC have as much speed as anyone.

Turnovers aside, this game will come down to COACHING!! The Paul Johnson/Bud Foster matchup vs. the Wommack/Beamerball/VT rushing attack will determine this game. GT’s offense needs as many possessions as possible for CPJ to get in a play calling groove. If VT runs the ball and limits GT’s possessions I see a VT victory. If GT can somehow stop the run, GT wins. My gut tells me GT’s offense will score 28 to 35 points. Can GT’s defense and special teams keep VT under 30? Recent history says no. But to those who also say that the GT home field advantage doesn’t mean too much are dilusional. Saturday night at Bobby Dodd will be ROCKING!! GT has always had good turnouts for Homecoming Games, even against ‘cupcakes’. The 1000 or so seats not sold are due to less travel from VT fans…..

CPJ has had this game circled since last year. CPJ and Josh AND the D find a way to win…..

jumbeauxtiger

October 16th, 2009
10:40 am

Va Tech 24 GT 21
UGA 24 Vandy 13
Gators 38 Ark 17
Bama 20 SC 13
Auburn 31 UK 10
Clemson 24 Wake 20
OU 34 Texas 31
SC 28 ND 17
IA 28 WI 21

Geaux Tigers
Go SEC

jumbeauxtiger

October 16th, 2009
10:42 am

and…Ms State 31 Middle T State 20

Frozen_Gator

October 16th, 2009
10:42 am

VT over GT..24-17
uga over Vandy 21-10
UF over Arky 31-13
Al over USCe 24-7
UTw over Ok 38-24
USCw over ND 42-28

MS

October 16th, 2009
10:42 am

It should be noted that Tony has not picked against Tech or UGA once this year. This should be changed from “Fearless Friday Forecast” to the “Homer Picks Extravaganza!!!”

johnny weissmuller

October 16th, 2009
10:42 am

Denver Dog

GSU was talking about the regular season. The ACC did in fact go 6-4 against the SEC last year, with two of those losses being handed out by the eventual BCS champs.

It took two bowl games for the SEC to pull to .500 against the ACC

Stupid UGA boys

October 16th, 2009
10:44 am

Wow it must suck to be a Dawg…losers

Go Jackets!!!!

MS

October 16th, 2009
10:48 am

Why can’t these blogs ever just stick to civil football discussions? Why are there always tons of insecure Tech & UGA fans that use it as a platform to “talk internet trash”?

Roll Tider

October 16th, 2009
10:48 am

Ah, m, but don’t forget that VT (your best team by far) got manhandled by Bama, score notwithstanding. In fact, let’s compare the Top 5 in each:

Bama/FLA >>> VT
Bama/FLA >>> Miami
LSU >>> GT (smoked them last year, even with scrub QBs)
Aub/Ole Miss/UGA/Tenn/USC (all about the same) >>>>> who? UNC? FSU? Wake Forest?

Seriously dude- you wanna talk scrub teams? UM, UVA, Duke, N.C. State, Clempson… Guaranteed that UK or Missy St. would handle any of ‘em. ACC whiners always seem to overlook that the SEC’s 8th or 10th best team usually ends up playing the ACC’s top two or three (see GT vs. Missy St.) Hell, look at the Peach Bowl (as it shall forever be known). The top-seeded non-BCS school from the ACC plays the FIFTH seed from the SEC. How does that matchup usually go? Now let’s reverse it and have Wake or UNC play the UF-Bama loser. HAHAHAHAHAHA

Sorry dude, ACC ball is JV.

im4bama

October 16th, 2009
10:49 am

Tony has clearly picked GT to beat VT to calm the GT fans from calling him a “UGA Homer”. Suck up!

Stupid UGA boys

October 16th, 2009
10:53 am

Roll Tider – go back to making love to your cousin and stay off the ATL blogs

Obama for Heisman

October 16th, 2009
10:56 am

So… Florida has given up two td’s the whole season but we are going to have Arkysaw come into the Swamp and put up 17 on us? Bold. Very bold. The only game our first string defense has played in the second half was against LSU and they didn’t even get the ball on our side of the 50 the entire second half.

johnny weissmuller

October 16th, 2009
10:57 am

Roll Tider

2008 SEC went 6-6 against the ACC

Sucks to just to be .500 with a JV league

AND I KNOW YOU have nothing to say after UTAH took your manhood

RogerDawg

October 16th, 2009
10:57 am

Lloyd

Dawgs only other loss this year is UF. Book it.

RogerDawg

October 16th, 2009
10:58 am

MS-

Shut it fat boy.

Hokie

October 16th, 2009
10:59 am

Tony,

Did you not learn your lesson when you picked those “fearsome” miami hurricanes over VT? If our offense moves the ball at all, our defense will be fresh enough to win the the battles and the game on that side of the ball. The ONLY way GT wins this one is if they keep our offense off the field and tire out our defense.

Ramblin Wrecker

October 16th, 2009
10:59 am

I think Tony could be right about GT beating VT tomorrow night. A quick look at how VT with Tyrod Taylor starting at QB plays on the road away from Blacksburg reveals that they are mediocre. From the start of last season thru now, VT is 5-5 in road or neutral site games. Conversely, GT in that time is 9-1 at Bobby Dodd. To me that means it will be a tightly contested game and by no means is VT in the driver’s seat. I feel they have the tough assignment, going on the road to face the option based spread offense. Last year in Blacksburg, before this offense was competent, GT lost by a field goal and if not for a questionable personal foul call, might not have lost at all. I don’t think VT possesses the passing game of Miami or FSU, and given the way Josh Nesbitt is running this offense, VT better hope their offense doesn’t sputter for a quarter or they will lose.

SOUTHSIDE DAWG

October 16th, 2009
11:00 am

Find it funny the biggest game at Tech this year and still have 1500 seats left. That is sad.
VT is not a top five team Bama already took care of them. The Acc sucks in football. When was the last time GT played in and won a BCS Bowl?

MS

October 16th, 2009
11:00 am

RogerDawg…wow. Aggressive.

BTW, I’m 6′4″ 210lbs and I played college basketball…Thanks

Pago Flyer

October 16th, 2009
11:01 am

Please don’t make the DAWGS play Cinn., or USF!

McDawg

October 16th, 2009
11:01 am

as much as i want to pick ND over USC-just can’t see it-the D cannot make the big stop

VT/Tech in the immortal words of HR PuffnStuff oranges poinges who cares

as for the dawgs the only thing i can say is i hate mid-afternoon hangovers

going with OU over TX

tide rolls

UF wins in the swamp

as for the rest-i’ll save my strength for Sunday

I love UGA

October 16th, 2009
11:03 am

I killed my bullDAWG and shaved my mullet after we lost to that dern Tennessee team!!

Hokie

October 16th, 2009
11:03 am

Hey “Not Dissappointed!”,

The final score to the Gt @ VT game last year was 20-17. That’s your idea of a lot of points? And our Defense did not allow a first down last week to BC. Doesn’t matter who you are playing, that is impressive.

Hokie

October 16th, 2009
11:04 am

* Did not allow a first down in the first half to BC

NickJ03

October 16th, 2009
11:04 am

Hokie – you lose

Statue for CPJ

October 16th, 2009
11:06 am

Glad to see so many people picking against GT this week. I was worried last week when everyone was picking GT over FSU. The team will be focused. It will be a good one.

If Tech gets the win, PJ will have to start running up the score in these games to get some poll respect in case of a tie with Miami.

UGA loses this one and I feel more sorry for them than I already do…really.
I hope ND wins so they don’t start sniffing around CPJ.

Tyrod Taylor Tumbles

October 16th, 2009
11:06 am

DUKE piled up 397 yards in an 8 point loss to the Hokie’s vastly over-rated defense.Beamer said “I don’t think thats the old Duke football team. GEORGIA TECH TAKES THIS ONE.

Hick from the sticks

October 16th, 2009
11:06 am

“Very fortunate to be 4-1.”

Interesting.

Take a SEC team with the same win/loss category and it changes to “good teams find a way to win.”

Moreover, what is a “vintage” U$C team? The one that Notre Dame owned for 13 games straight? Or the “what-have-you-done-for-me-Petey-cool-Carrol” teams?

Thanks again, “Mr. College Football”. Perhaps you should change the television from 46 all the time. They show other colleges playing on Saturday as well.

Roll Tider

October 16th, 2009
11:07 am

How many of those six cama against the top three? Besides your meaningless little in-state rivalry. Your highest ranked team was #15? Wow. What is it this year?

Oh, and Utah would have run away with the ACC last year…

im4bama

October 16th, 2009
11:09 am

VT- gonna be a good one
UGA- who know’s
ARK- crazy?- Well, UF hasn’t shown me anything so far this year
BAMA- I expect a complete team domination, offense clicking.
AUB- Will play much better this week and win big
WAKE- not picking Clemson again
OU- Texas is overrated
Iowa- hope the luck doesn’t run out
MSU- Good improvement in the right direction
USC- but close this year

GuyFawkes

October 16th, 2009
11:10 am

Fleischmann in Chattanooga (do you like the margarine or cream cheese?),

I’m assuming by your Kiffin “boast” or jab that you like UT? Can’t base that assumption on your being in Chattanooga because that town isn’t exactly Big Orange Country…at any rate, it takes more than one game to “own” someone.

Oh and at 3-3 UGA is indeed irrelevant; however UT was irrelevant even before game one. They remain irrelevant.

johnny weissmuller

October 16th, 2009
11:12 am

Hokie – that was impressive. I think what “Not Dissappointed” was saying is that last year when, I’m sure you would agree, you had a much better defense than you do this year, GT in its infancy of the triple option on the road in blacksburg put up 387 yards of offense and had 19 first downs (as opposed to VT’s 247 yards and 17 first downs). It stands to reason that GT has a shot of putting up those same, if not better, numbers this year.

I respect VT and I think it will be a close one, but I think my boys have a good shot. Nesbitt has many flaws, but he is a WARRIOR and has improved a lot since the Miami debacle.

johnny weissmuller

October 16th, 2009
11:15 am

Roll Tider

Does it matter? Didn’t you say the SEC was better than the ACC?
What you should’ve said was Bama and UF are better than any team in the ACC because that is a fact, but the SEC as a whole is not. I wouldn’t expect a homer like you to get that though.

May Utah would have, maybe the wouldn’t, but one thing is for sure, they sure whipped your butt stallion

Burdell

October 16th, 2009
11:18 am

When I was a kid, the phrase “book it” meant to run really fast. These days morons use it to try to make their GUESSES appear more valid. Book it.

GuyFawkes

October 16th, 2009
11:18 am

Sees an ugly game in Nashville and thinks that GT will beat the “other” Tech. VT usually has a good defense. No so much in ‘09. Neither stops many folks but GT should be able to score and score enough.

The ‘Dogs last trip to Nashville was also a week after their last sleepwalk through Neyland-land. It was a nailbiter at VU’s homecoming in ‘07 but they survived. Should come out angry tomorrow at noon but then…

I don’t see SC pulling off an upset vs ‘Bama. I think Arkie will score more than some think but they cannot stop anyone.

Spurrier sneaks up on $aban

October 16th, 2009
11:18 am

Gen Neyland

October 16th, 2009
11:21 am

GT and VT has the makings of the o/u at about 72. Watch it be a 13-10 affair…
UGA should rebound taking their second trip to the state of Tennessee this weekend. The only thing is Vandy, for some reason, tends to play UGA pretty good but I think the Heave and Catch offensive scheme gets back on track in Smashville…
Alabama and USC East are the Volunteers next two opponents. I’ll watch this one if at all possible…
Florida DB’s will be put to work this weekend. UF may camp a safety deep just to watch over things. UF will sack Razorpig’s QB 5 times…
USC-Hunchbacks : Weiss has taken CPF’s place at the All U Can Eat Donut Bar. Another round of creme filled on the house. Does there have to be a winner here..?
Auburn’s gimmal O took a step back last week. Hard to defend this type of Ruskie fire drill. Keeping them off the field is one way. Outscoring them is another. Can’t see Kentucky hanging with ‘em…
Good luck to all and may all go home injury free…GBO

GuyFawkes

October 16th, 2009
11:22 am

To “another dawg in ptc”

Yes I think Tootsies is still there but Tootsie died a number of years ago. Was told a couple of years ago that it lacks the ambience of years gone by.