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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349 comments Add your comment

tony's a homer

October 16th, 2009
9:23 am

Keep picking uga tony, they have to win one soon.

RAMBLE ON!!!

October 16th, 2009
9:23 am

1st!!!

Don’t really care what Tony thinks about GT/VT. He’s got Vanderbilt to worry about, and that’s a lot these days.

GT 35 VT 27

UGAg 28 Vanderbilt 27 (enjoy stomping on the logo).

Sorry, any further posting is by my fleabag imposter who has become pathetically obsessed and consumed with me by, saying crass, rude, and socially unacceptable things under my moniker.

Have a nice weekend.

RAMBLE ON!!!

October 16th, 2009
9:24 am

damn, OK now I’m out.

Purple Tiger

October 16th, 2009
9:27 am

Tigers, Tigers

Leave ‘em in the lurch

Down with the heathens

Up with the church

Yea, Sewanee’s right!

playthatfunkymusic whiteboy

October 16th, 2009
9:30 am

Tony – first I’m a delusional ND Alum. However, I just keep thinking about 2 things.
1. USC of 2005 > USC 2009 – ND 2009 > ND 2005, and without two fluky things happening at the end of that game (Leinart fumbling the ball out of bounds so the clock stopped and the “Bush Push”) ND wins.
2. It’s snowing in South Bend today – gametime temps in the mid 30’s tomorrow and the kid from Mater Dei (Barkley) has never, ever suited up for a game in any conditions like that – ever. Cold plays on the mind and psyche for those who aren’t accustomed.
USC 20 – ND 27.

GatorGreg

October 16th, 2009
9:30 am

Yes, Florida has lost at least one game a year to an SEC West team. But, our MO is to loose in the state of Mississippi. So, given that we go to Mississippi State later this year and play against the guy who knows more about our offense than anyone (Dan Mullen), I’m much more worried about this game.

My other thought is that I don’t think Alabama is going to score 24 points against SC’s defense. I think it’s going to be more like a 10-3 Alabama win.

SEC homer-dog

October 16th, 2009
9:30 am

Oklahoma, Ga. Tech, and Notre Dame win? Cinn. and Boise…give me a break.Do we even have a BCS this year. We SEC homers all know the national championship will be in the Georgia Dome in Dec. Sorry Ga. Tech – not enough time to make up ground plus the rest of your schedule due to the poor ACC (div. II????When are ya’ll going to start playing on CSS on Thursday nights like the GSC) is terrible.

DawginLex

October 16th, 2009
9:31 am

Rambler,

Just consider it a sign of blogger respect. I have multiple idiots who have posted under my handle.

GT wins big
UGA wins a shootout
Florida wins but allows points
Alabama wins but it is fairly close
I kinda have a hunch that Texas is going to lay an egg Saturday
The rest are crapshoots so I’ll go clemson, Iowa ND, Auburn and MSU

We will see what removing a redshirt from a talented freshman QB in mid season looks like in the UK game. Morgan Newton might start. Aaron Murray comparison?????????????????

hilliarddawg

October 16th, 2009
9:32 am

Georgia will beat Vanderbilt by a good margin Saturday giving fans their first opportunity to relax during a game and enjoy a win. Vanderbilt is the weakest team Georgia has played this year in what has been a tough schedule with no rest (no excuses though, still many problems with this team). The week off will be great for the dawgs although the first game back will be tough to win.

GT will lose to VT. VT has speed on defense which is required to shut down the triple option. GT defense is bad and will allow VT to score at wil.

Starring Kam Fong as Chin Ho

October 16th, 2009
9:33 am

I don’t see USC west scoring 35 on anyone with a D. They might win but their offense hasn’t been good at all. Is the ND defense as bad as Ga’s?

ACC Fan

October 16th, 2009
9:33 am

Take the Deacs over the Tigers

buzz29

October 16th, 2009
9:34 am

We get it Tony. Josh is from Greene County. Please stop putting it into every blog.

EW

October 16th, 2009
9:35 am

GatorGreg..I am an UGA guy and we scored a ton against SC. I think Alabama does the same.

Jake

October 16th, 2009
9:35 am

Good to see you back in the saddle Tony. Hope your wife is doing OK since her mother passed. Time will help her. Keep-em coming dude. Don’t over look the boys from Blackburg, VA. GT is on a roll and wish them the best. Look for an upset in the GA-Vandy game. Vandy is due one and the dawgs are unsettled.

yellarjacket4life

October 16th, 2009
9:36 am

I hope your right about my Jackets, but I do not have a good feeling about this game. If we’re going to pull off the huge upset, we will need to score more than 24 points. Our defense is just plain awful these days and the Hokies have been rolling on offense. We can’t stop the run and our pass coverage has been poor all year. Throw in a mobile quarterback like Tyrod Taylor and it could a long evening for our defense. Our offense will have to sustain some long drives, score TD’s in the redzone (No FG’s), and hold onto the football to give us a chance to win. Tough task against a Bud Foster defense. If we win, I see the score being 38-35. Go Jackets!

EW

October 16th, 2009
9:39 am

TB, I don’t think USC puts up 35 in the cold weather. I do think it will be one sided, just won’t be evident from the scoreboard alone. USC wins 21-3. Clausen out of Heisman talk.

RogerDawg

October 16th, 2009
9:39 am

VT 48 GT 10
UGA 41 Vandy 14
Florida 35 Ark 21
Bama 21 SCar 6
Kentucky 23 Auburn 16
Wake 24 Clemson 20
Texas 27 OK 17
USC 38 ND 28
Wisc 17 Iowa 14
MST 35 MTS 20

Joey

October 16th, 2009
9:39 am

Tony, the “Commodores don’t throw it that well” ………. until now. Our guy Willie has made a season of making the other QB look like NFL 1st rounders. No reason for it to change. Yes, my glass is half empty.

That's Mr. Burdell to you

October 16th, 2009
9:40 am

Tony – agree across the board with on exception: Clemson.

Clemson is loaded with athletes but the coaching staff is in shambles whereas Wake is just the opposite.

That's Mr. Burdell to you

October 16th, 2009
9:41 am

Hey RogerDawg – wanna put some serious money on those picks? You’ll be cutting my grass and washing my car for the next ten years.

Paul ( You doesn't have to call me Johnson}

October 16th, 2009
9:41 am

Ward, I’m worried about Tebow. He takes so many big hits

Aw June, Tebow will be just fine. You saw how he bounced back after that big hit in the Kentucky game.

Ward, I’m talking about Urban Myer

Jake

October 16th, 2009
9:41 am

RogerDawg, I agree with you, I feel Bama will shut down SC.

TommyJack

October 16th, 2009
9:42 am

Vanderbilt/GA…..another nail for MR.

slaw_dawg

October 16th, 2009
9:43 am

i think south carolina’s defense is going to keep it close

___________________

UGA 31 Vandy 10
GTech 24 VT 20

Paul ( You doesn't have to call me Johnson}

October 16th, 2009
9:43 am

Ward, I’m worried about Tebow’s virginity

TML

October 16th, 2009
9:44 am

TB, I like the GT-VT pick. This could be one for the ages. Another GT-UVA 1990 perhaps? :)

“Toe Meets Leather” – now available at http://www.stinGTees.com.

Gator Nation

October 16th, 2009
9:44 am

Here are some reasonable picks that in a way, contradict barnhart:

Va Tech beats Ga Tech. I hope for the reverse….but its not gonna happen.

Florida doesn not cover the 25 pt spread against Arkansas…but does win by more than 7.

Georgia wins big over Vandy. Georgia usually bounces back from the disaster games pretty well.

USC beats notre dame. Its not a slaughter, but its solid.

South carolina plays tough against bama….but still loses by 10 or more.

juvenal

October 16th, 2009
9:44 am

after that “honorary” degree, hope notre shame loses every game…

KC in Athens

October 16th, 2009
9:46 am

Too bizzare and funny how the techies call Barnhardt a Georgia homer even though he’s a writer for THEIR HOMETOWN NEWSPAPER. Yes the obsession with Georgia continues.

GT Falcon

October 16th, 2009
9:46 am

RogerDawg,
VT wins 48 to 10!!!!!! Thats hilarious. I forgot we were playing the Baltimore Ravens D….

Jake

October 16th, 2009
9:47 am

Alter boys go down. USC gets up for these games.

crackbaby

October 16th, 2009
9:51 am

RogerDawg – You actually think Kentucky will win at Auburn after Auburn stunk it up last week against the Hogs? Have you seen Kentucky this year?

Dude, you been sniffing glue or something.

JB

October 16th, 2009
9:56 am

If My Dawgs lose to Vandy and Tech Beats VT, There ain’t enough beer in the state to drown our sorrows…………………………I think Dawgs win in a close one ( we’re due) and I think Tech loses in a close one. I just think the Defense at VT can handle them, the Tech D has holes in it.

RogerDawg

October 16th, 2009
9:57 am

crackhead-

Yes, can you not read? Kentucky spanks Auburn who is coming back down to earth playing in the vaunted SEC. And you still have UGA to play.

RogerDawg

October 16th, 2009
9:57 am

George B. Burdell wanna be-

Just shutup.

Atlanta Gator

October 16th, 2009
9:58 am

Tony, it’s good to have you back on the job, sir.

(1) Virginia Tech over Georgia Tech, 24-17. Hokie defense is the difference.

(2) Georgia over Vanderbilt, 24-10, but don’t bet on it. Even money that UGA fails to cover. This looks like a demoralized Dawgs squad. Richt needs to pull it together to save the season from becoming a complete debacle.

(3) Florida over Arkansas, 38-13. Opened up by a great running game, the Gators’ passing game gets well against the Hogs’ suspect pass defense.

(4) The Evil Genius still has some magic left, but not even Merlin could win this mismatch against the Crimson Tide. Alabama over South Carolina, 24-10.

(5) Auburn over Kentucky, 27-10. Kentucky has taken two steps back this year, while Auburn has taken at lease one step forward. (My money is on the head coach who is a Gator alumnus.)

(6) Wake Forest vs Clemson — No bet. Neither of these teams has a win over a quality opponent. Dabo Swinney may need it more. We will see.

(7) Texas over Oklahoma, 31-21. Texas has not appeared overwhelming so far, but Oklahoma looks hollowed after last spring’s graduations and NFL defections.

(8) Southern Cal over Notre Dame, 38-13, but only if Pete Carroll calls off the dogs in the 4th quarter. Notre Dame is better, but still not ready for prime time.

(9) Iowa and Wisconsin? Do they still play Division I football in the Midwest? Just kidding. Notwithstanding Iowa’s No. 11 ranking, I think this is a pick-em situation, and will not be surprised by the outcome either way.

(10) Mississippi State over Middle Tennessee, 27-21. The Bulldogs finally get another win. Tough rookie season for Bulldogs head coach (and former Gators offensive coordinator) Dan Mullen, but these hard-fought games (and close losses) should form the basis of a better team in 2010 if Mullen can recruit some more talent.

Good luck to all the teams for whom you cheer, and may the best teams win (they usually do).

Barkin'Dog

October 16th, 2009
10:00 am

Coach Richt rarely loses 3 in a season, and he’s never lost 3 in a row at Georgia. Dawgs will be focused and roll, with 3 TDs from Cox to Green… 38-17. It doesn’t always work by the book, but Miami trounced Tech and VA Tech did the same to Miami. So, it stands to reason VT beats GT, especially on national TV… 31-27. Just a hunch, but pulling for both GA Teams!

PMC

October 16th, 2009
10:00 am

Florida is focused and driven. They want to go undefeated. There is no way they are going to let Arkansas come in and throw it on them. This might be the first really good game they’ve played all year. Everyone says trap. I don’t see it. I think Florida is all over Mallett all day.

Dave

October 16th, 2009
10:02 am

VT won’t lose to Tech. They will lose to some random lower-echelon ACC team later in the year. That’s just how the ACC rolls.

johnny weissmuller

October 16th, 2009
10:04 am

Barkin’Dog

2008….UGA demolished LSU @ LSU, GT beats UGA @ UGA, and then LSU destroys GT

Your logic is flawed

PTC Jacket

October 16th, 2009
10:05 am

Georgia Tech would never score 24 points. That’d involve a field goal, and we all know that Paul Johnson would rather kiss Frank Beamer than depend on Scott Blair to kick a field goal. We’re a fourth-down team. Make it 28-21 Georgia Tech

ratherBgambling

October 16th, 2009
10:05 am

UF 44 ARK 17
ALA 31 USC 7
USC 28 ND 3
VT 21 GT 20
UGA: Champs Sports Bowl Vandy 0

GT4Ever

October 16th, 2009
10:07 am

Everyone’s Talking about how bad Tech’s defense has been but VT’s defense is allowing only 70 yards less per game than GT. I’m not as impressed with VT’s defense as in year’s past. They just don’t have that killer instinct this year. Our offense will execute better than VT’s. Taylor will have to win the game and I’m still not sold on him. GT wins 28-17. GO JACKETS!!!

gatorrashad

October 16th, 2009
10:09 am

Gators playing with big chip…and its homecoming to win big…31-10

Brad

October 16th, 2009
10:10 am

1. Sorry Bees… VaTech is simply the better team and it doesn’t matter where the game is played, the field is 100 yards long in Atlanta just like it is in Blackburg. You guys really don’t possess much of a homefield advantage, anyway. Hokies by two touchdowns, 31-17.

2. I’m inclined to agree with Tony on this one. Historically, UGA has difficulty with Vandy, especially in Nashville (talk about ZERO homefield advantage). Luckily, the ‘Dores are pretty terrible on offense and won’t put up much resistence. Dawgs stop the skid, 28-10.

3. Again, I’m with Tony on this one. The Hawgs chuck the ball around quite effectively. Even Urban Meyer commented this week that this will likely be the best offense UF will face all season. And they are pretty sound on special teams too (just ask Auburn). We Gator fans are a little nervous about this one since this Arkansas team is better than the Ole Miss team that beat us at Florida Field last year. Here’s to hoping Meyer stays true to his word and gets more aggressive on offense (i.e. throwing the ball downfield) against a porous Hawgs defense. Gators take this one, 31-24.

4. Don’t be fooled by South Carolina’s annual first half success… the second half of the season promises to force the Ole Ball Coach to contemplate golfing in south Florida this off-season. Houston Nutt said after last week’s game that this version of Bama’s defense is ‘the best he’s ever seen.’ That’s good enough for me. Tide keeps rolling, 38-14.

5. Kentucky might have a shot in this game if it weren’t for the season ending injury to Mike Hartline. That one really hurts. Auburn is still smarting from last week’s beatdown and will put that to constructive use. War Eagle cruises, 42-17.

6. Not sure who really cares about Clemson/Wake, but what the hell, right? They’re both equal disappointments, but Clemson gets the edge in the athleticism department. This game demonstrates why people don’t like the ACC… it’s Virginia Tech, Georgia Tech, Miami, and then nothing but mediocrity across the board the rest of the way. Tigers please the home crowd, 24-20.

7. This game is tough for me. Texas with all its superior talent and coaching has been underwhelming thus far. Oklahoma has dropped two in the absence of Sam Bradford, but looked like they were on their way back last week, albeit against hapless Baylor. Texas didn’t get the lead back from 1-5 Colorado until the 3rd quarter last week and didn’t look all that impressive by game’s end, thus they got dropped the number 3 in favor of Bama. Hmmmm… decisions, decisions. I’m gonna go out on a limb and go with the Sooners, 27-24.

8. By a show of hands, who wants to see SC depants the Irish? Okay, I’ll mark that down as ‘all of you.’ I’m tired of all this Notre Dame BCS talk. Here’s to hoping the men of Troy put all the undeserved hype to bed in South Bend. Trojans, 31-7.

9. The Hawkeyes keep finding ways to win games. They exposed Penn State as a fraud in Happy Valley, no less, but other than that, they really haven’t been all that impressive. Wisconsin notched their first loss of the season last week in a close one at Ohio State. I say the Hawkeyes’ luck runs out in Camp Randall. Badgers, 28-21.

10. Miss. State at MTSU, Tony? Really? Anyway, Dawgs in a squeaker, 21-17.

Fleischman in Chattanooga

October 16th, 2009
10:10 am

3-3 mutts how does it feel to be irrelevant?

Lane Kiffin owns Mark Richt

Mikey

October 16th, 2009
10:11 am

Atlanta Gator, you nailed it.
I agree with your picks, especially VT over the bugs.

m

October 16th, 2009
10:11 am

What is really funny is ugag is scared of losing to vanderbilt…a team that lost to army and got stomped by miss st. My oh my how the mighty dawgs have fallen. LOL

And you are picking missy st by 2 over MTSU. missy st outplayed lswho the whole game and lost by 4 inches at the goal line and hey are only picked by 2. My oh my how the mighty sec has fallen.

And picking floriduh by only 7 over a pitiful weak arkansaw team???

The sec is the weakest I have ever seen it in my lifetime. One, maybe two, decent teams and a bunch of scrub teams. That is why the ACC is going to beat the sec 4 out 7 this year after beating the sec 6 out of 10 last year.

The sec talks the talk but they cannot walk the walk. Too bad sec folks that you actually have to play the games and not just talk about it.

Paul Johnson is going to take Bud Foster to school this week just like he took Mickey Andrews to school last week.

And, as always, Thank God and Greyhound that chan gomer gailey is gone forever.

johnny weissmuller

October 16th, 2009
10:12 am

GT4Ever

Agreed – Anyone who knew anything about VT and their defense (and from the looks of it, not that many posters on this blog do), they would know that VT’s defense last year was MUCH better that it is this year and GT in their first year with CPJ WENT TO Blacksburg and outgained the Hokies and only lost by 3 points and beat OURSELVES with turnovers.

Most of the bloggers here picking VT to demolish GT are just degenerate UGA fans looking for something to help them feel better in the midst of their .500 season (there are some good UGA fans though, and to those fans, I apologize about the jab)

GT wins this one in a close one.

RogerDawg

October 16th, 2009
10:13 am

Fleischman-

Shut your damned mouth.