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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Yellow Fuzz

October 16th, 2009
6:59 pm

4542ACP,

Yes,

Look me up. I tailgate near the right fied foul pole of the baseball field (tan colored tent). I’m the big dude with a gold tee shirt that has “Y-E-L-L-O-W-F-U-Z-Z” printed across the back. I’m easy to find if you want to find me. Please come speak. NOBODY has ever came by when I have tailgated in your trash dump (Athens).

BIG BEE

October 16th, 2009
7:02 pm

Hey guys, guess we will have to wait to see who wins which games(Vandy/UGA, GT/VT), cause the final score is after the game and not before.

Crabster

October 16th, 2009
7:15 pm

ACC footballl is a joke; who even cares? I can hardly stand the excitement when Duke plays Wake Forest. Whoopeeee!

Yellow Fuzz

October 16th, 2009
7:18 pm

Crabs,
That’s why you guys are on Peachtree freaking TV dude. get used to it and learn to like it!

DawsonvilleDawg

October 16th, 2009
7:22 pm

Hey Yellow Fuzz,

How come I have never been able to find you when your tail gate in Athens? I have looked for you many times and not been able to find you.

Yellow Fuzz

October 16th, 2009
7:33 pm

DawsonvilleDawg,

Um…………………………maybe it’s because you live a little too close to where they filmed Deliverance? Seriously, maybe it’s because you are just stupid like many ga fans. I tell you what, Since we never sell out at Tech, why don’t you come tomorrow and buy a ticket. I just told you exactly where I tailgate, and what I wear. Let me know if you need my cell phone number so you can call me when you are 10 FEET away. LOSER!!!!!!!

David Granger

October 16th, 2009
7:37 pm

If Georgia Tech goes into the game knowing they can beat Virginia Tech, they’ll win it. If they go into the game knowing they’re GOING to beat Virginia Tech, they’ll get hammered.

45ACP

October 16th, 2009
7:43 pm

Yellow Fuzz – I have to go down to Albany this weekend. See the Father in Law. He is old.
I will take a rain check on the invite to tail gate. Thanks.

Yellow Fuzz

October 16th, 2009
7:49 pm

4542ACP,

My old neck of the woods (sort of). I used to date a girl from Doerun. No joking

Booger

October 16th, 2009
7:58 pm

doggs will be lucky to become bowl eligible

45ACP

October 16th, 2009
8:01 pm

Yellow Fuzz – I have friends in low places.
My wife is from Leesburg. Drove thru Doerun many times on our way to see family in Palatka,Florida.

Yellow Fuzz

October 16th, 2009
8:03 pm

georgia = Vanderbilt’s irrelevant home coming bitch

FLA DAWG

October 16th, 2009
8:06 pm

Tony,

This is a MUST WIN for The Dawgs………………….however, considering how poorly they are coached I don’t think The Dawgs CAN WIN!

UGA 14 VANDY 17

Dawg Players – Demand a change at DC and OC. Your talents are being wasted. Even if you win – IT”S VANDY – the bottom of the SEC!

Is this how low we have sunk!? We NEED a win against VANDY!?

Give me a barf bag.

DawgFrog

October 16th, 2009
8:11 pm

I hate to say it, but the best outcome for UGA is to lose to Vandy. That would force the issue with Richt and his staff. At that point, just about everyone would be fed up with Richt and would demand that he go.

GT vs. VT? I confidently predict that Tech will win! :-)

Seriously, Virginia Tech by 10 points.

Yellow Fuzz

October 16th, 2009
8:12 pm

My my how things have changed for the big bad dog nation.

http://www.vanderbilt.edu/alumni/homecoming/

TradeSchooled

October 16th, 2009
8:14 pm

L-Dawg, have you solved your bedwetting problem yet?

45ACP

October 16th, 2009
8:17 pm

You beat VT. That sets up a 3 way tie for the coastal division.
GT, VT and the U. The Jackets climb in the polls.
The tie breaker would be where you stand in the BCS poll.
After you lose to an unranked UGA team the Jackets fall. And fall hard.
No ACC championship this year. The Dawgs have their revenge.
Sweet!

Yellow Fuzz

October 16th, 2009
8:19 pm

Where is the dog nation tonight? I aced THREE exams this week (two today) and want to celebrate.
You guys all deer hunting early this year?

45-42

Yellow Fuzz

October 16th, 2009
8:20 pm

4542 ACP,

georgia still does not want this game as much as Tech. It will be 2010 at the earliest.

Jim

October 16th, 2009
8:21 pm

GT will not beat VT, no way, no how AND I don’t even like VT!

Yellow Fuzz

October 16th, 2009
8:22 pm

man I sure hope we are never Duke’s home coming game like uga is Vandy’s.

ROTFLMAO

GT9

October 16th, 2009
8:24 pm

People had this theory that during Paul Johnson’s second season at TECH, defenses would do better against the triple option because it would be the second time that they had seen it and that it would be easy to figure out. This theory has four cases against it and two cases to support it. Of course, some of those people who said that are the same people who incorrectly believe that Johnson runs the same play every down.
I think Bud Foster is an excellent DC. Last year in Blacksburg, GT was running the ball right up the gut during the first two possessions (6 plays, 28 yards-fumble;10 plays 56 yards-field goal). For the rest of the game, Foster put two huge linemen on the shoulders of the center and succeeded in stopping Dwyer’s dives. Johnson saw the opening and Nesbitt completed a pass to Roddy Jones for a 41 yard touchdown in the second quarter. Johnson called this same play one more time and it went incomplete just beyond Roddy’s reach.
In the fourth quarter, Virginia Tech went up 17-9. Nesbitt lead a nine play, 81 yard drive in 4:30 minutes and ran the two point conversion in to tie the score. Nesbitt lead all rushers (on both teams) with 151 net yards and passed for 109 yards.
My belief is that this year, Foster will relax the middle to contain Nesbitt. Foster is great at making adjustments and he will have to after Dwyer begins to accumulate big chunks of yardage “up the gut.” When Foster tightens up the inside, the outside lanes will be opened up.
For people who really enjoy college football, this will be a really good game to watch.
I hope you Hokie fans have a good time visiting Grant Field. Let’s hope for an excellent day of college football in the South.

Yellow Fuzz

October 16th, 2009
8:24 pm

Not sure we will beat VT but we “can”. Don;t mistake us with georgia who gives up before they show up.

And we stand as good a chance of beating VT as georgia does beating Auburn or Kentucky or Fresno State in the Boise Bowl.

GaSux

October 16th, 2009
8:26 pm

Then gulps then swallows

Yellow Fuzz

October 16th, 2009
8:26 pm

Enter your comments here:

Yellow Fuzz

October 16th, 2009
8:27 pm

ouch (and gross)

45ACP

October 16th, 2009
8:30 pm

The Jackets will beat VT.

Yellow Fuzz

October 16th, 2009
8:35 pm

4542 ACP

Maybe, maybe not. But they will damn sure know they were in a game unlike Tennessee, LSU, OSU, Tech, Florida and Bama etc., etc.

Sure hop georgia beats Vandy on their home coming.

Yellow Fuzz

October 16th, 2009
8:36 pm

georgia < Tech

Yellow Fuzz

October 16th, 2009
8:37 pm

I’m outta here dog nation. Good nite and good luck at Vanderbilt’s Homcoming!

LOL

Hahahahahahahahahahahaha

Ramblin man

October 16th, 2009
8:38 pm

O my Gosh! Georgia really does play Vandy on their home coming.

45ACP

October 16th, 2009
8:40 pm

Yellow Fuzz – If you want to remain a hostile combatant with me that’s fine.
I am well aware of the Dawgs season. Or lack there of.
I’m just saying that I believe the Jackets will win.

St Simons

October 16th, 2009
8:45 pm

(((( uga @ Vandy’s home coming ))))) hahahahahahahhahahahahahahahaha

45ACP

October 16th, 2009
8:47 pm

What is a Homcoming!

Yellow Fuzz

October 16th, 2009
8:47 pm

4542ACP

My bad

Yellow Fuzz

October 16th, 2009
8:49 pm

4542ACP,

can’t be all bad if you have been to Doerun Ga. It’s just a shame that your parents raised you so poorly. You are the ONLY georgia fan I will cut a break to. Well, maybe DawginLace too because he is REALLY crossed up if you know what I mean.

45ACP

October 16th, 2009
8:49 pm

Okay – AMF
Have a great night.

Yellow Fuzz

October 16th, 2009
8:52 pm

just be glad I never spent a lot of time in Leesburg growing up

45ACP

October 16th, 2009
8:57 pm

Blacksburger

October 16th, 2009
9:19 pm

This one won’t be close. ACC is won tomorrow night.

VT

October 16th, 2009
9:43 pm

VT hasn’t played but (1) road game this year and played Duke close. Take VT away from Lane Stadium, and they aren’t the bull dozing team that everyone thinks they are. No disrespect to VT, but they haven’t proven themselves on the road. The lost to BAMA in Georgia….and haven’t played a team on the road yet. (yeah, excluding Duke). I like GT in this one b/c its at home and they are on roll…which says alot in college football this year. Home field will definately be an advantage albeit, it will be close. GT 31 VT 24

NEXT#13

October 16th, 2009
9:50 pm

TIDE RISING,YOU ARE SPOT ON WITH YOUR 3:54 PM POST! I HEAR PEOPLE DAY IN AND DAY OUT SPOUT OFF ABOUT HOW MUCH VT HAS IMPROVED AND MY REPONSE IS AND WE(BAMA) HAVEN’T??!! PULLEEZEEE….THEY DON’T WANT ANYMORE OF US!!!

VT

October 16th, 2009
9:53 pm

Bama is DEFINATELY miles ahead of VT. I agree NEXT #13. Bama has won on the road and won big. And they are beating ranked teams big. VT is good, but not top 5 until they win on the road.

sacramento hokie

October 16th, 2009
10:19 pm

Amazing that some GT fans ignore the fact that they have an awful defense; that they have played only one good team -ScUM Hurricanes where Miami could have scored 60 but put the scrubs in; VT humiliated scUM 2 weeks later and has endured Bama, Nebraska and the like-”the hotter the fire the stronger the steel”.Also the GT win over F$U is a joke-this is the WORST team in the ACC but is perceived as the greates win ever by GT!!! You will get your arse spanked at home Sat night-fortunately as usual, you cant sell out the biggest home game in your hsitory for you!! 2,000 tix on sale this am…when does basketball season start???

Fleischmann in Chattanooga

October 16th, 2009
10:28 pm

I have a small member.

SEC FAN

October 16th, 2009
11:00 pm

Believe it or not, unlike the classless majority of Tech fans, I like the other major football team in GA, except when they are playing UGA. I really do not understand there tyranical rantings, and really do not understand why, when they are having such a good year, rather than enjoy it, they spend all there times on UGA blogs. That being said, I do not think they have a chance in heck of beating VT. I believe they can score the points, but VT is great against the run, and GT ONLY weakness is there defense. I do not believe they can put up enough points that VT will score to beat them. I HOPE THEY DO WIN, and I WILL BE ROOTING FOR THEM. GO DAWGS. GO TECH.

VT

October 16th, 2009
11:17 pm

You all seam to ingore that this game is ON THE ROAD, which VT has not done since getting drilled by BAMA. You have to win on the road, so my argument is very solid as to why GT may, and, and propobaly will beat VT. Homefied is 90 percent of teh game in college football (unless you are Florida, LSU, Texas, or maybe USC (outside of the PAC 10). Tyrod is great, your coach is a legend, but not sure you have proven yourself on the road yet. And yes, I’m going to “on the road” one more time. Making my point.

Okay

October 16th, 2009
11:19 pm

hokie, I guess we won’t even show up then. LOL. See you tomorrow night.

Blacksburger

October 16th, 2009
11:23 pm

Tech has won on the road this year, @ Duke. Laugh. They beat you a couple years ago, and they’re going to a bowl game.

Tyrod IS great. Williams IS better. Beamer IS the man. And we’ll have as many people there as GT will, lol.

Okay

October 16th, 2009
11:24 pm

SEC Fan, we can accept that you’re from a different breed of Tech fan that doesn’t despise the other state team. I can readily admit I hate the Dawgs, but respect them at the same time. I would agree with you that our defense has pretty poor thus far, but I think you’re overestimating VT’s D. They’re not as good as they have been in the past.. And our offense was one dimensional last year in Blacksburg whereas now we’ve gotten the passing game going.

All in all, I see a close game that comes down to the wire. But I do think we have a chance.