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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Spurrier sneaks up on $aban

October 16th, 2009
11:22 am

South Carolina Wins

GT4Ever

October 16th, 2009
11:27 am

Hokie

October 16th, 2009
11:04 am
* Did not allow a first down in the first half to BC

That was BC. Our offense is considerably better.

Dawgrulz

October 16th, 2009
11:28 am

Roll Tider is right, any of the top three in the ACC could not compete with Alabama, Florida or LSU. The top ACC team over the last 5 years (VT) has routinely gotten thrashed by SEC losing to LSU, UGA in Peach Bowl and Alabama this year. For all of you ACC homers claiming LSU is overrated think 38-3 over the last year and two BCS titles this decade. UGA is not strong this year but to say this is a one or two team league is a joke.

im4bama

October 16th, 2009
11:29 am

Spurrier

If there is one thing I know for sure, it’s that no team will ever sneak up on Bama again. After a couple of embarrasing losses over the past two years, I know that the player’s finally know what coach means when not to overlook or under estimate an opponet; and they won’t do it again, ever.

Spurrier sneaks up on $aban

October 16th, 2009
11:29 am

Roll Tider is a punk

Proud Nerd

October 16th, 2009
11:32 am

Wow, RogerDawg sure is angry. Must be trailer-gating early.

Ed

October 16th, 2009
11:33 am

Hey m & GSU Eagle 91:

I will agree there is a drop off from the top two teams in the SEC to the rest. That said, what do you make of ACC teams losing to Colonial Athletic teams? I know William & Mary and James Madison are good, but if you want to brag about your teams maybe you should beat the teams you pay to come play you.

johnny weissmuller

October 16th, 2009
11:33 am

Dawgrulz

You must admit that the SEC is top heavy (i.e., UF, BAMA, and LSU) or how else do you explain going 6-6 versus the ACC last year?

Opinions lie, but facts dont.

Shakespeare please yield to Roger Dawg

October 16th, 2009
11:33 am

Roger Dawg,
What snappy little comebacks you publish. One can only wonder how many hours you sat in the glow of your computer screen to peck out these profound words.
“Shut yer damned mouth.”
“Shut it fat boy.”
I will await your masterpiece insult…which will no doubt fail to flirt with logic, or the ten syllable count.

GT4Ever

October 16th, 2009
11:38 am

Those saying the SEC isn’t the best conference is crazy but you have to admit it’s not as good this year as in year’s past. Besides the big two UF and Bama, any one of the rest of the teams can be beat in any given week. College footbal in genral has become a little bit more balanced (parity). Granted the ACC has a ways to go but we have stepped it up recently and it should only get better.

Old Dawg

October 16th, 2009
11:41 am

GatorGreg: It’s lose, not loose.

TuscaLoser, Alabama

October 16th, 2009
11:42 am

South Carolina and Alabama will both be 6-1 after the game.

god and greyhound

October 16th, 2009
11:43 am

Hokie: Clemson held BC without a first down for the first 40 minutes of their game. BC is just a sorry offensive team.

Proud Nerd

October 16th, 2009
11:45 am

How can anyone deny the distance between the top of the SEC and the middle?

rick

October 16th, 2009
11:46 am

Go Vandy!!!!!!!!!!!!

johnny weissmuller

October 16th, 2009
11:46 am

Bud Foster spent time with Willie Martinez to get advice on how to stop GT’s offense……

Fried Turkey

October 16th, 2009
11:46 am

Josh Nesbitt and the Ramblin Wreck will dominate the Hokies,

The Alpha Male

October 16th, 2009
11:47 am

Doesn’t anybody at this paper have the guts to say Tech will get beat? Are subscriptions down that badly?

Roll Tider

October 16th, 2009
11:48 am

Proud Nerd, that distance is clear. What isn’t so clear is the difference between the top of the ACC and the middle of the SEC.

macrotech

October 16th, 2009
11:48 am

SOUTHSIDE DAWG, when was the last time the mutts won a game?! You bullpups keep riding on the coat tails of UF, LSU and BAMA….you need to find a new tune to sing….the leghumpers are proving to be a one hit wonder!!!

RogerDawg, I know, “Shut up!”……

Hokie, lookin’ forward to a GREAT game!!!

McDawg,….. I care!

Tech82

October 16th, 2009
11:53 am

JB – Suggesting that the Tech defense has holes is the biggest understatement since Noah said, “Looks like rain.” Fortunately, the “Martinez factor” allows us to still have the best D-1 defense in the state.

Roll Tider – Bama manhandled VT? Maybe you were passed out and missed the game but VT was WINNING heading into the fourth quarter. Clearly, Bama was the better team, but manhandled? No.

Southside Dawg – What does UGA have that Tech doesn’t? A full stadium and three losses. What does Tech have that UGA doesn’t? Five wins and a BIG JOHNSON.

Roll Tider

October 16th, 2009
11:53 am

If Tech wins Saturday, but loses ths ACCCG, might they rematch with the pups in the Peach Bowl? Boy there would be some vile spewed around here for a whole month leading up to that one.

G8R GRAD

October 16th, 2009
11:53 am

VT/GT too close to call;
UGA by 7;
UF by 21;
UA by 17;
AU by 14;
Clemson by 7;
Texas by 3;
So Cal by7;
Iowa by 3; and
MSU by 3.

Good luck to all and . . .

GO GATORS!

HH

October 16th, 2009
11:55 am

Vandy 14 UGA 13. Adios Willie.

FrazierHughes.com

October 16th, 2009
11:57 am

Tony…. If the same Va Tech team shows up that played Boston College… your prediction is way off… and that makes you tony bolognie!

Roll Tider

October 16th, 2009
11:57 am

See stats from VT’s beatdown. Like I said, manhandled…

ALA VT

1st Downs 22 11
Total Yards 498 155
Passing 230 91
Rushing 268 64
Penalties 10-83 6-45
Possession 37:02 22:58

johnny weissmuller

October 16th, 2009
11:58 am

Will

October 16th, 2009
12:01 pm

Big Tone,

As big of a UGA homer that I am I hate to post this…… But I think the wheels are off in Athens and we get beat in overtime by Vandy this week. Not many UGA fans will travel and the team will come out flat as they have every game this year.

Tom

October 16th, 2009
12:07 pm

“Georgia fans are passionate, but let’s face it – they’re not the brightest fans. Passionate, but not bright.” – Eric Zeier, November 21, 2001

Tom

October 16th, 2009
12:08 pm

methinks EZ knows Roger ;-)

dawgshack

October 16th, 2009
12:09 pm

ACC Classic? That’s a stretch. That would be like calling an Emerald Bowl game a classic. The ACC should never be combined with the following words: classic, big game, game with national ramifications, game of local interest, game worth attending, game worth attending when given free tickets, game worth attending when given free booze and a marta ticket…

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SOUTHSIDE DAWG

October 16th, 2009
12:10 pm

Marcotech Even if GT wins the game Saturday they will still be riding the coat tail of UM
Tech82 fill your stadium and back your team I dont care who it is when you have the biggest game of the year on prime time and u cant sell it out that just shows your programs is a joke
If Tech wins Saturday they should get a ring with the score on it HAHA

Burdell

October 16th, 2009
12:11 pm

johnny weissmuller–

That link was great! Bud Foster travelled to UGA in the off-season to get help with stopping our offense….well, in that case, we have no chance tomorrow! HA HA HA!!! Did they witness the second half of the UGA/GT game???

RogerDawg

October 16th, 2009
12:12 pm

MS-

Nobody cares that you’re 6′4 210 and played basketball. Who would even list that on here? What a fairy.

johnny weissmuller

October 16th, 2009
12:13 pm

Burdell

If Foster is taking any hints from Willie Martinez, we may hang 50 on them lol

I hope that Bud is smarter than that

Tom

October 16th, 2009
12:15 pm

Wow. Did Foster also get flying tips from John Denver?

Roll Tider

October 16th, 2009
12:18 pm

Hopefully he didn’t get tips in respect for the deceased from you Tom. Just damn.

toga

October 16th, 2009
12:20 pm

Vandy 27
Dogs 17

Here is why. Georgia gets down early by 10 points. Georgia abandons the running game and Cox throws 2 picks. Big Mo stays on Vandy’s side the rest of the game. The goal posts come down.
All of Richt’s supressed emotions and anger come out like a volcano. He yells, curses and slaps the sideline reporter. Evans suspends Richt and he disappears to a Monk Temple somewhere in India never to be seen again.

Georgia gets in a bidding war with Tx A&M for Tubberville. Ga. pays Tubberville 4m a year to become the next head coach.

And the cycle repeats itself in 9 years.

Problem solved.
Roll Tide!

Fleischman in Chattanooga

October 16th, 2009
12:23 pm

RogerDawg –

Is the UGAg game even on TV this week? Besides their annual a$$ whuppin against Florida, I doubt they will be on TV again.

No one cares about a 3-3 lower tier SEC team like UGAy.

It’s great to be a georgia bulldog !!!

What the UGA AA Needs to Know

October 16th, 2009
12:23 pm

It pains me to say it but when I see UGA play and then watch GT, the GT players have more discipline than the UGA players. For example:

1 The GT players toss the ball to the ref and run towards their bench when they score rather than celebrating like they have never been in the end zone before.

2 The GT offensive line players block their assignments and open holes. UGA linemen look confused as to whom to block.

3 The GT defensive backs stay with their assignments. UGA defensive backs were barely in the picture when UT receivers made Crompton look like Johnny Unitas.

4 The GT players stay with their units and their position coaches on the sidelines getting ready to go back into the game. I saw UGA players dancing for crowd behind the bench in one game this year.

5 The GT players seem determined to win. The UGA players look like they are playing scared and are hanging on.

6 The GT players do not make many penalties. The UGA players make stupid penalties that cost them wins.

It is all poor coaching. Coaching preparation for this season should have started with conditioning drills last February. The coaching staff needs to get the players on the same page with improved position coaching and an actual game plan for the week’s opponent.

Has success made the coaches and players at UGA lazy in their preparation and play? They sure do not appear focused enough to win. And that is on the head coach. I love him, but he needs to get their attention and if that means getting pissed off then that is what he needs to do.

The coaches are not his friends. They are his employees. The players are not his friends. They are student athletes that need to be taught the self discipline and position techniques to compete on the field.

Also, Evans needs to quit loading the schedule. The players are exhausted.

Matthew Fincher

October 16th, 2009
12:25 pm

Tony, one of the things I really don’t get about the MSU-MTSU pick is that all of the facts and stats you put out regarding the game point to MTSU winning. Why do you think Miss. State is going to win? If I had read your analysis and not seen the projected score, I would have thought you were picking the Blue Raiders! Care to comment?

RogerDawg

October 16th, 2009
12:28 pm

what uga aa needs to know

shut your damned mouth! who are you to even write out this crap on here? this is slander. you’re a jacka$$

macrotech

October 16th, 2009
12:31 pm

SOUTHSIDE DAWG, you are incorrect…we talk about GT football…all we keep hearing from uga fans this season is that they’re in the best conference….it didn’t play out that way last year; find a new tune to sing! Wanna talk about rings? We have four national championship rings and a ring that commemorates the preservation of our EIGHT game winning streak against your dogs. The way things are looking right now, we’ll be adding another NC ring before uga does…seems like ya’ll blew your chance last season!

JB

October 16th, 2009
12:33 pm

My how things have flipped. We used to be scared Tech was going to Fire Chan. 7 and counting was fun. Well, you guys hired a difference maker. A ’smart ‘ Tech fan would pull For the Dawgs the rest of the year, except Tech of course. Getting beat the rest of the year might bring a difference maker or two to Athens. Just a thought.

richard cranium

October 16th, 2009
12:33 pm

Lots of “PENIS ENVY” coming from the dawg fans…..

UGAy WINS AND STOMPS ON THE VANDY LOGO !!!!!!! Go dogs 3 -3 !!

Proud Nerd

October 16th, 2009
12:34 pm

Richt coaches GA like the good ole days at FL State. The problem is that FL State was so dominate that penalties, distractions on/off the field, special teams were not the difference between winning and not. After the TN game GA is in disarray. Sux the Vandy game is only on PPV.

Proud Nerd

October 16th, 2009
12:39 pm

I want GA to win every game besides vs GA Tech. Pisses me off that GA is heading southward. Helping TN recruit GA sux.

JB

October 16th, 2009
12:39 pm

macrotech………………………Georgia will never win a NC title under richt, but TECH will never win one under Johnson. He will successful, but he will never pull together enough good players, to provide the depth, to win it all. He will win 9-10 a year, but even if you went 12-0, i doubt you get oplay. Ask ole Tommy Tubberville how it works with a 12-0 USC and 11-1 Ohio St. sitting 1 & 2. Not bashing, but forget it.

$lick $aban

October 16th, 2009
12:44 pm

“Alabama will never lose a game while Nick is in charge.”