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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Tide Rising

October 16th, 2009
3:54 pm

59bulldawg,

I got to respectfully disagree with you on whether or not VT could beat Bama in a rematch. If anything I think the score would be substantially more lopsided than the first time. We rolled up 498 total yds offense to 150 for VT. That kind of statistical domination tells you that in the trenches we simply whipped em bad. Nothing would change 5 games later as far as our lineman whipping their lineman man to man.

If you go back and look the only thing that even kept that game within double digits was a series of Alabama miscues from untimely penalties, turnovers, poor special teams play, etc. The game really wasn’t very close and even when we were losing every Bama fan watching knew we would win. Why? Because its hard to stay lucky for a full 3 hours of football. Eventually the bounces of the ball even out and the more physical, more dominating team comes through. And that is what happened.

You also ignore the fact that we had the ball at the VT 15 or 20 yd line in the closing minutes and just ran dive play after dive play to run out the clock. We could have scored another 3 to 7 pts if we really had to but Saban just wanted to melt the clock and put the game on ice.

Sure, VT is playing better. But so are we. VT looks better now because they’re not playing anybody that has a defense anything near what Tyrod Taylor saw in Bama’s D. Also, our qb is demonstrably better than he was in the first half of the VT game. He was a first game starter but is a seasoned qb now. Bottom line is that if we could get a rematch with them I’ld be all for it. It would be a beatdown far more lopsided than the first beating we gave them.

GT4Ever

October 16th, 2009
3:57 pm

GT is #4 in the FBS in rushing. VT is 48th in FBS defending the run at 128 ydspg. I think will be able to run on them now that we’ve got our offense rolling.

coach smith

October 16th, 2009
4:01 pm

Got a feeling that TECHIES are flooding the POLL on who wins between UGA/VANDY

No way UGA loses to Vandy

Get real

coach smith

October 16th, 2009
4:02 pm

GT4Ever

and where is Tech in passing? That’s the problem. When that offense looks bad it looks real bad…

VaTech wins 41-21

GT4Ever

October 16th, 2009
4:04 pm

59bulldawg

October 16th, 2009
3:40 pm
Besides the Dawgs and Steelers, I probably watch more VT football than any other team. Beamer has a beast in Blacksburg and it’s getting better each week. If the VT-Bama game were played now, I’m not sure Bama would win. I certainly don’t see GT holding them to 21 points much less beating them on Saturday. Still this is the best GT team in a long while . . . and anything could happen. Hokies 38-24.

Yeah, because their last two games have been against two pitiful opponents. I saw both games and they didn’t impress me as much as I guess the impressed you. Duke put up some yds and pts and BC is just terrible. Just don’t see them slowing our offense down.

BS Patrol

October 16th, 2009
4:06 pm

No way VPI stops this freight train. It’ll be another track meet a la FSU.

gdawginkalamazoo

October 16th, 2009
4:07 pm

Tide Rising, 1) Don’t tell them who you are at the gate. Ouch! those had the be worst games played by Bama in ages. 2) Some DC’s will adjust from series to series within a game. Sometimes actually calling a time out to make an adjustment on a third down play. Willie and our D? What’s an adjustment? The Tech game last year they burned the edges all day long in that second half. I thought the DVR player was broke showing the same damn play time after time. I didn’t get to see the UT game but from Crompton’s comment about the timing patterns I didn’t need to see his career day on TV I could visualize it.

Regardless of how this season turns out I think Richt knows it is time for a DC change. You can’t hunt for championships if you drop 1 or 2 games a year. Especially the way we drop them. Just ain’t goning to cut it.

GT4Ever

October 16th, 2009
4:10 pm

coach smith

October 16th, 2009
4:02 pm
GT4Ever

and where is Tech in passing? That’s the problem. When that offense looks bad it looks real bad…

VaTech wins 41-21

Doesn’t any offense?

Coach Alex

October 16th, 2009
4:11 pm

” Better to die a small child than to fumble this football.”

GT4Ever

October 16th, 2009
4:12 pm

coach smith…Nesbitt has almost as many passing yards and a better comp. % than Taylor so it looks as though they have the same problem as the past couple of years with him.

coach smith

October 16th, 2009
4:22 pm

Man….that was a lotta trash I picked up from North Campus.

GT

October 16th, 2009
4:23 pm

I still have visions of Va. Tech coming down here and handing it to us on a Thursday night two years ago. Ga. Tech looked bored with the whole thing, slow to line up, slow to the ball, you almost wonder sometimes if a fix is not in when you see such heartless play. Then last year we got jobbed. Bad call by the ref was the difference. Bad calls happen, I’m not whining, I am just pointing out one game we loss it for ourselves and one game the ref lost it, Va. Tech has not beaten us in two years and I think we will avoid both at home with a coach that making history not retirement plans on the sideline and a team glad to be here and do something every play besides just throw their hat out there.

Stinger

October 16th, 2009
4:29 pm

GT:

2007 game, GT had all 3 starting RBs out and Taylor Bennett threw 4 INTs, and Nesbitt threw 1 INT. Bad game.

That game was MOST memorable for all the GT fans loudly booing
Gailey’s 3rd Qtr PSA on the Jumbo-tron.

That confirmed for me that D-Rad was gonna fire Gailey at year’s end.

As m says, Thanks G & G. Gailey was an awful coach.

Soulja Girl

October 16th, 2009
4:29 pm

Yah! Yah! Yah!

GET OUT MY FACE!
Get OUT MY FACE!

gdawginkalamazoo

October 16th, 2009
4:30 pm

GT and VaTech will come down to special teams play. That will be the difference.

bugsquacher

October 16th, 2009
4:30 pm

Dave In Tampa

October 16th, 2009
4:43 pm

I read a post that states that Tech has NOT sold out that game? Please tell me that is incorrect. The biggest game of the year not being sold out would be sorry. I’ve paid attention to VT’s defense. Even we(Dawgs) would score on them. I think the Techsters will be up for this one and win by 17.

Sorry Dawgs, but until you can resemble looking like a team I say Vandy by 12. I mean, if we can make Crampton(yes spelling) look like a Heisman candidate, why not Vandy’s QB. You know he is excited for tomorrows game. This reminds me when I played baseball in college and at the beginning of the spring season the Northern schools would come down for their spring training. They have not seen a baseball field since Fall and the scores would show it. It was time to pad the stats. That’s what the Vandy QB is looking to do. It is sad.

Paddy

October 16th, 2009
4:47 pm

ND gets crushed at home vs USC. They will be talking about this mismatch for years. You had to see this coming! And I am a ND fan. Watch out, this gets ugly early.

Paddy

October 16th, 2009
4:54 pm

coach smith…” noway our dawgs lose to Vandy? ” Have you watched us play this season. We could lose to the Sisters of the Sick and Poor if we get off the bus wrong. Wow!! Of course we have a chance to get a defeat in this game. If you don’t go to the games they are on tv. Have you seen us play? I ask again. Have you seen a dawg team this poor in recent memory? Yes we can lose this game if we play like we have been playing.

Zack Morris

October 16th, 2009
5:11 pm

B da B da B Go Bayside! B da B da B Go Batside!

Bayside would whip the gators and tide! AC would run and pass all over your D.

Go BAYSIDE!!

Kelly Kapowski

October 16th, 2009
5:12 pm

You got that right honey bun Zack. Now get home. We still need to pay for that Vegas wedding. Did you finish renting out the jet ski’s? Come home. I want some ZM!

AC SLATER

October 16th, 2009
5:13 pm

I would pass all over Bama and UF. I would make Tebow look like a 3rd string at Cal Poly. I am the man. Where’s Jesse?

MarbleRye

October 16th, 2009
5:13 pm

Anyone who picks Clemson to beat anyone at this point needs to be in an intervention. Have you all forgotten they lost to one of the worst, if not THE worst, team in the ACC this year? You think that bye week really gave them a chance to improve THAT much? Put down the bottle.

Jesse

October 16th, 2009
5:13 pm

I’m here protesting Vick in Oakland! Hey guys!

Screech

October 16th, 2009
5:14 pm

Oh lisa lisa lisa. How do I love thee.

Lisa

October 16th, 2009
5:15 pm

Get lost Dork. You must be a tech fan. Mr Belding, are you around. Tell screech to leave me alone

Mr Belding

October 16th, 2009
5:15 pm

Hey hey hey hey. Everyone calm down. Dick is here!

Zack Morris's dad

October 16th, 2009
5:17 pm

Zack did you drink and drive and wreck Lisas mom’s car? You are grounded young man. And give me that brick cell phone.

Stacy Corrosi

October 16th, 2009
5:18 pm

Yo cowabunga dude. I am here in Hawaii at the resort. Got me a real man.

Yellow Fuzz

October 16th, 2009
5:19 pm

Hey Irrelevant georgia dog nation,

Good luck in your game at Vanderbilt tomorrow at 12:21pm on Peachtree TV #2. I’m sure that the 2,000 or so non dog fans that watch it will be entertained by you and your appropriately ranked 60th in the nation program when you square off with the Commodore’s powerful 94th ranking.

I don’t even want to do the play-by-play on this blog for you this week for you lol.

Georgia Tech, on the other hand, ranked 19th nationally, will be playing in Prime Time (6:00 PM) in front of 20,000,000 viewers on “National” TV against a Virginia Tech Team that is also ranked nationally at number 5.

Good luck. Do yourself proud!

Eric

October 16th, 2009
5:20 pm

Will any poor ajc sap have to do the live in nashville for the dawgs? lol. i feel sorry for them if they do.

Hokie

October 16th, 2009
5:22 pm

Yellow fudd
We are ranked 4th. And I will bet you 1000 we beat you by more than 3.

BS Patrol

October 16th, 2009
5:23 pm

Squacher(whatever that means),
You’ve been sniffing those Sanford seats again, haven’t you?

Song for the Dawgs

October 16th, 2009
5:26 pm

Wonder Pets!
Wonder Pets!
We’re on our way
To help a friend
And save the day
We’re not too big
And we’re not too tough
But when we work together
We’ve got the right stuff
Go, Wonder Pets, ya’ay!

What’s gonna work?

Teamwork
What’s gonna work?

Teamwork!

Sautee Dawg

October 16th, 2009
5:28 pm

Tony,
Sorry about your loss this week.

1. Tech outruns Tech

2. UGA passes against Vandy

3. Charlie Strong defense too much for petrino

4. Alabama suprised by SC defense but still wins

5. Auburn wins big vs Cats

6. Clemson vs Wake= 3 seconds in the lane.

7.Oklahoma over Texas, Sooners have a defense too Tony

8. USC vs N. Dame– USC BIG

9. Iowa vs Wiss = Iowa loses on the road.
10 Miss st. vs MTS== Miss st should roll.
10.

L-Dawg

October 16th, 2009
5:35 pm

I’d rather be a dead Dawg than a yellow piss jacket ANYDAY!!!! Boy, it must suck being a NERD!!

L-Dawg

October 16th, 2009
5:38 pm

Hey Yellow Nerd,

Do you wanna bet that UGA-Vandy will be seen by more people in Atlanta than your Nerd Herd? $1000? That’s what I thought. Climb back into your little hole (Momma’s basement) and continue the D&D tourney. You might be relevent in something yet!!

BTW, is your big 45000 seat stadium sold out?

parker

October 16th, 2009
5:48 pm

Crompton just threw another TD…. hahaha the sting is still there UGA fans!

sccatfan1

October 16th, 2009
5:49 pm

VT over Tech 38-24. Tech’s D is scary bad.
UGA over VU 28-14. Previous close games mean nothing.
UA over USC 31-14. UK ran it against SC…imagine what Ingram & Co will do.
UK over AU 38-35. Lack of D on both sides…Freshman QB is the heat.
UF over Ark 48-17. Another strafing in the swamp…speed on the edge too much for Mallet.
OU over Texas 31-24. Texas a wee bit overrated I think.
USC over ND 42-21. ND’s defense & secondary is torched repeatedly.

BS Patrol

October 16th, 2009
6:03 pm

Hey L-Dog,
What happened to all that ‘loving my team, not hating another” mellowness you’ve been making everyone nauseous with? On the other hand you might be impersonated by that Grinch weasel going for his 100th fake name.

bhamwreck

October 16th, 2009
6:14 pm

anybody remember the 92 Tech Georgia game? At halftime the Tech band covered up the 100 years of UGA football logo with a big GT and all I could hear was solid boos til they came off the field. A UGA cheerleader (guy) even tried to run on the field and remove it but he was blocked out. My older sister was in the band and when they marched off the field some deranged Georgia fan threatened to cut them with a knife.

GT Brill

October 16th, 2009
6:18 pm

Anybody else think that Arkansas is going to scare the crud out of the Gators ? Not saying they win, just sayin it might be a fun game to watch. Coming out sluggish will catch up to the Gators one day and Arkansas can score. Bama/SC sounds interesting, too. Though I think Bama rolls in the end.

Yellow Fuzz

October 16th, 2009
6:31 pm

L-(ooser)-Dawg

We may not beat VT, but we will not lay down like YOU did against Tennessee. hell, Kiffen just flew a helicopter into the heart of your recruiting bed. Just six days after your over rated and over hyped azzhole program got bitch slapped AND beat down by them.

Say what you will about us but WE are NOT Vandy’s home coming bitch. YOU are! Back in the day it was the other way around. LOLOLOL.

Waje up L (ooser) Dawg. You have drank the Koolaid way-way too long!

DawginLace

October 16th, 2009
6:32 pm

macrotech

October 16th, 2009
6:32 pm

ewwwwww!!!! “Yellow Piss Jacket”?! You REALLY got us with THAT one!!! Do they still have recess in middle school?

BS Patrol, I don’t think that Grinch and these other folk are the same person…while the Grinch IS a mutt fan…he/she always came off as clever in their post. That said….these others are a cheap imitation. From what I’ve read, anyway.

DawginLex

October 16th, 2009
6:33 pm

double azz ouch!

Yellow Fuzz

October 16th, 2009
6:36 pm

L(ooser) Dawg

1. Yes
2. Yes
3. Yes

Rich from Deepstep

October 16th, 2009
6:37 pm

Another perfect football weekend….. Georgia Tech wins a big one in a moderate shootout; UGA loses AGAIN, and the Falcons get some love whuppin’ da’ bearz.

Ahhhh PERFECT!

45ACP

October 16th, 2009
6:38 pm

Did you guys all ride together to the blog?

45ACP

October 16th, 2009
6:46 pm

Yellow Fuzz – You going to the game Saturday evening?