Can Georgia Tech finally win at Virginia?

Five burning questions as we head into the weekend:

 

1. Can Georgia Tech win on the road again? The Yellow Jackets have already won impressively at Florida State and Mississippi State. But winning at Charlottesville has proven to be a tough thing to do lately for Tech. I was at Virginia in 1990, the last time Georgia Tech won up there in what was one of the better games I have ever seen. Tech has played in Charlottesville eight times since and lost some heartbreakers. In 1999 Tech was 6-1 and ranked No. 7 when the Jackets lost 45-38. In 2001 they were 6-2 and lost 39-38. This season Virginia and Al Groh seemed headed off the deep end when they started 0-3. Now they have won three straight and are starting to find some answers on offense. This will not be an easy game for Georgia Tech. In case you were wondering about those eight Georgia Tech losses they were:

1992: L, 55-24

1995: L, 41-14

1997: L, 35-31

1999: L 48-35

2001: L, 39-38

2003: L, 29-17

2005: L, 27-17

2007: L, 28-23

 

2. How badly will Alabama take Jonathan Crompton out of his comfort zone? The Tennessee quarterback had an excellent game against Georgia on Oct. 10. But in that game he had time to throw because Georgia could not put pressure on him. The Alabama defense does a lot of things well. But one  thing the Bama defense does very well is take quarterbacks out of their comfort zone. Tyrod Taylor (Virginia Tech), Ryan Mallett (Arkansas), Jevan Snead (Ole Miss) and Stephen Garcia (South Carolina) combined for 38.5 percent passing against the Alabama defense. Here is the breakdown of what the Alabama defenses did against these quarterbacks:

Quarterback———————-Att/Comp——–Yds——TD—–Int

Tyrod Taylor (Va. Tech)———-9/20————–91——-0——-0

Ryan Mallett (Ark)—————-12/35———–160——-1——-1

Jevan Snead (Ole Miss)————11/34———140——–0——4

Stephen Garcia (S. Carolina)———20/46———214———0——1

Total—————————52/135 (38.5 pct)—-605——-1——-5

 

3. Can Clemson do Georgia Tech a favor and knock off Miami? Clemson really impressed me last week when the Tigers dominated Wake Forest 38-3. You normally don’t see a Jim Grobe team get beat that badly. With RB C.J. Spiller and QB Kyle Parker, and an improving defense, Clemson has enough athletes to make a game of it if the Tigers don’t beat themselves with dumb mistakes. Georgia Tech basically needs Miami to lose if the Jackets are going to have a realistic chance of winning the Coastal Division and going to the ACC championship game.

 

4. Can Boston College beat Notre Dame for the seventh straight time?  This series is tied at 9-9 and the Eagles always seem to give one of their better efforts against their sister Catholic institution. Notre Dame lost a gut-wrencher last week at home to Southern Cal. How much did that take out of the team? Jon Tenuta’s Irish defense is still struggling. Boston College has found a running back in sophomore Montel Harris, who had 264 yards and scored five touchdowns in a 52-20 win over N.C. State. If Notre Dame (4-2) loses it will eliminate any hope the Irish had of going to a BCS bowl.

 

5. Can Auburn get back on track? The Tigers started 5-0 and got their fans, many of whom were expecting the worst in the first year under Gene Chizik, a little excited. But in the past two weeks Auburn has struggled, first on the road against Arkansas (a 44-23 loss) and then at home against Kentucky (a 21-14 loss). Now the questions abound. Auburn had only one offensive touchdown against Kentucky. Quarterback Chris Todd, who started out so hot, has cooled considerably as defenses have adjusted. The defense had problems against a Kentucky team that had lost its starting quarterback. But in the SEC it’s tough to get things turned around once they start going sour. You just don’t have many chances to breathe. Auburn has to figure things out during a trip to LSU. Auburn hasn’t won in Baton Rouge since 1999, Tommy Tuberville’s first season as coach. Two years ago LSU threw a touchdown pass with one second left to win 30-24.

Here are the results of Auburn’s last four trips to LSU:

 

2001: L, 27-14

2003: L, 31-7

2005: L, 20-17

2007: L, 30-24

 

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304 comments Add your comment

KG

October 22nd, 2009
6:57 am

TO HELL WITH GEORGIA!

Dog Island Gator

October 22nd, 2009
7:00 am

GT will run over the Cav’s.

Nachos

October 22nd, 2009
7:00 am

Go ahead and wear your orange jerseys vowwwwwels.. it dont matter.

Saban & the tide will still BEEEEEEEEEEE DA AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA$$$ shawty.

Secondguesser

October 22nd, 2009
7:25 am

WHAT?!!!!!! There is no comment on the SEC puppets suspending the refs from the UF-ARK game! BLASPHEMY!!! Thanks for giving the gators the rallying point they need to get focused on another championship! It’s gonna be a beat down in Jax for the pups! Bring on the tide!!!!

calvin

October 22nd, 2009
7:40 am

Three Tech coaches never won at Virginia after Bobby Ross did:
Bill Lewis, George O’Leary, Chan Gaily. But Paul Johnson has
been breaking streaks. This is the one remaining to be broken.

#2 BAMA FAN

October 22nd, 2009
7:45 am

There are 2 games Bama HAS to win every year. UT and the Auburn game, so really the season starts for me on saturday. RTR

Atlanta Gator

October 22nd, 2009
8:05 am

(1) Wow. That’s a strange statistic. Virginia over Georgia Tech in a 7-game home field winning streak dating back to 1995. Following an emotional upset win over Virginia Tech, perhaps an upset loss to Virginia is almost predictable, but that’s why they play the games.

(2) Tennessee QB Crompton is not going to have a good day against Alabama. His line can’t protect him against lesser defenses, let alone Alabama’s. The Volunteers fall to 1-3 in the SEC.

(3) No, Clemson will not knock off Miami, but some other team remaining on their schedule will. Maybe an unexpected ACC school. Maybe South Florida in the season finale.

(4) I wouldn’t bet on this game, but I’ll call it “even money” that Boston College beats Notre Dame again. The streak continues. If so, any hope of a BCS bowl is over for the Irish.

(5) The loss to Kentucky was a surprise, but Auburn’s game with LSU is a real test. I expect LSU to win. No shame in that for Auburn; the AU Tigers have already exceeded expectations for 2009 and are laying the groundwork for the future.

Fleischman in Chattanooga

October 22nd, 2009
8:07 am

Nachos, you could not be more right! Beat that azzz shawty!

m

October 22nd, 2009
8:13 am

Virginia has an away game streak going against Tech…they do not have an away game streak against Paul Johnson.

Tech is going to stomp a mudhole in Virginia…mark it down.

And all this is possible…Thanks to God and Greyhound chan gomer gailey is gone forever. Halllleeeeedamlooooooyah.

m

October 22nd, 2009
8:23 am

Thanks to God and Greyhound we’re not playing William & Mary!

b-dubs

October 22nd, 2009
8:25 am

Atlanta Gator, if Miami loses to South Florida, it wouldn’t really help GT much would it? Seeing as its not an ACC game and all….

I predict a Tech win and (unfortunately) a Miami win. Both teams are looking like they will win out the rest of their schedules. But still plenty of time for either to slip up.

Dooley's Cardiologist

October 22nd, 2009
8:34 am

It is good that we give courtesy to UVA by making them feel like they have a chance in this game. Now, to speak the truth: They have NO chance at all, streak or not. They are a subpar (at best) team that lost to William and Mary. Their three wins are to Indiana (basically a 1-AA team), UNC (middle of the road, I guess) and Maryland (the other school in their division who lost to a 1-AA opponent). As a fan, I can focus a few games down the road, which is a luxury that GT can’t afford to do. So, I hope Tech doesn’t break down in this one, which they are notorious for doing the week after a big win. I am thinking that I will be able to take a nap in the second half of this one.

Dooley's Cardiologist

October 22nd, 2009
8:36 am

**Against** —-not “to”

m

October 22nd, 2009
8:40 am

Question of the day….who sucks worse….the sec or the sec refs.

Answer: they suck equally.

Atlanta Gator

October 22nd, 2009
8:41 am

b-dubs—-As a Gator alumnus who also attended an academically prominent ACC university, I am well aware of the original membership of the ACC, the withdrawal of South Carolina, the addition of Georgia Tech and Florida State, and the most recent conference expansion to include 12 teams. I can also tell you about the history of John Allen, the founding president of South Florida, and how his guiding educational philosophy kept USF out Division I football for over 25 years after his retirement.

So, yes, I am well aware that USF is not a member of the ACC. It was Tony’s point that Clemson could help Tech, not mine.

Miami may contend for an ACC title this year if the Canes win out, but they will not contend for the national title because they will lose again —- either in ACC competition or otherwise. The Canes aren’t ready to compete at their former level just yet.

Time

October 22nd, 2009
8:43 am

Tech is not going to win out. They’ll get throttled by UGA. Bank on it.

Tech is just not that talented. Johnson is living on a gimmick offense and Gailey’s recruits. All this Johnson love (pun intended) by the Techies is going to go out the door once he has to play with his own recruits. Which will be weak. If you’re a big time QB prospect, do you go to Tech to run the wishbone? Same for big time RB’s and WR’s. Recruits with any thoughts of playing at the next level are not going to go to Tech. Granted, it’s the ACC, and you don’t need a ton of great players to win in that conference. But, even there, Tech’s will be weak. Again, bank on it.

And you UF people ought to watch out as well. UGA is down, but not so down that it can’t beat a UF team that is clearly not as good as it has been in previous years. UF should have lost to Arkansas (UGA won) without the help of some terrible officials. UGA should have beat LSU (UF barely handled them) if not for the same terrible officials. Just saying, the Gators are not the juggernaut they have been. I wouldn’t be confident if I were a Gator fan.

Eric

October 22nd, 2009
8:43 am

If bama is found to have cheated with the tape incident (which wouldn’t surprise me) even though such a small thing obviously would not have any affect on the outcome of the game, would they be required to forfeit those wins? Would there be any consequences at all. And if so, would that eleminate them from contention for any type of championship? Would that be FUNNY or what!!! Or, would that be sad? I guess it depends on your point of view. From my point of view…I might still be laughing during the fireworks display in July.

m

October 22nd, 2009
8:44 am

Why am I so well endowed?

No toys as a child.

Quo vadis?

October 22nd, 2009
8:48 am

Time tou are a tool. Gators and Tech will beat the dawgs. Bank on it.

Eric

October 22nd, 2009
8:49 am

And one more thing, m is a moron and nachos is his even dumber sister.

Trade School Junkie

October 22nd, 2009
8:49 am

FSU plays at UNC tonight.

An FSU loss all but eliminates any FSU hopes for ACC-A title.
An FSU win likely sets up the Clemson-FSU game as the ACC-A title game.

If Clemson beats Miami, along with ANY FSU loss, it practically guarantees a Clemson-GT rematch for the ACC-CG.

GT, gotta exorcise that Charlottesville curse.

Time

October 22nd, 2009
8:52 am

Quo vadis?

Thank you for that highly intelligent commentary. Classy.

TDone

October 22nd, 2009
8:53 am

To Mr. Time, since you are by no means a big-time recruit, you just don’t understand football. For one thing, any big time defensive recruit would relish the opportunity to play for the Jackets. Why not? As for offensive recruits, again, why not? All football is about is blocking and tackling, no gimmicks. What you call gimmicks, I call schemes. And with schemes, you put people in the position to make plays. That is all that Johnson’s offense allows you to do.

If you can’t understand that, I feel sorry for you.

By the way, 45-42, and you folks had a better team last year.

Go Jackets…

RAMBLE ON!!!

October 22nd, 2009
8:56 am

I don’t see Miami winning the rest of the ACC games. GT beats UVA and guess who is moving up in the BCS standings. This is the last test GT has on their schedule.

Tony won’t tell you about what happened after GT won that game in 1990. He’s still trying to set the stage for a UF/Bama game for the N.C. to keep it in the SEC.

GT 12-1 and Tony will still be trying to get a SEC rematch (UF or Bama/LSU) with 2 loses in the National Championship Game.

It’s happening, deal with it.

Time

October 22nd, 2009
8:58 am

TDone. I’ve forgotten more about football in the last 5 minutes than you will probably ever know. There’s a reason why noone runs that offense anymore. Tech snuck up on a Bulldog team that has traditionally looked past weaker opponents with a offense noone has really seen in 40 years. Won’t be sneaking up on them this year. Even in a down year, with loads of youngsters starting, with some bad coordinators UGA wins this game

Not saying UGA is going to beat UF though. UF is still the more talented team. But, IMO, it will be alot closer than most think. UF is just not the juggernaut they have been the past few years. Great team, but not the unstoppable force that some seem to think they are.

WOW

October 22nd, 2009
8:59 am

Dont think the wahoos are gonna win, but here’s hoping they do …co CAVALIERS,…..not really gonna matter either way, when uga comes to bobby dodd, they will spoil their season..looking forward to it now, gonna be fun

David

October 22nd, 2009
8:59 am

Toney, you can’t get a plug in for Ga? Damn I thought that was your strength. I accuse you of being disloyal to your beloved dawgs. Mr Football, how could you be so insensitive? I will give you this, you do look like Uga.

collegeballfan

October 22nd, 2009
9:00 am

Tech is 6 – 1 & plays Virginia. Last year Tech was 6 – 1 & played Virginia – and lost. When you are winning the next game is the biggest game of the year. This is the next game & the biggest game of the year.

U-no

October 22nd, 2009
9:00 am

Time: Gimick or not, that offense made the puppies pee all over themselves in the second half of last years game…in your own dog-pen. The criticism of our offense is falling on deaf ears right now with our Yellow Jackets ranked 11th and the puppies not even showing up on the radar screen. Go bark in somebody else’s back yard until the hydrant humpers can beat the gimick.

dowhatnow?

October 22nd, 2009
9:01 am

Eric, those were missed calls during a football game not infractions of NCAA recruiting rules.

KR

October 22nd, 2009
9:02 am

LSU can be beaten. Florida proved it; Georgia and Mississippi State came close to proving it. LSU had last week off following their loss to Florida, so they will be rested and ready to redeem themselves.

But can Auburn get back on track and show some promise? Can the defense start making some stops; the offense show some life again and the entire team get their penalty problem under control? I guess we’ll find out soon enough.

RE: the ‘Bama kicker and spotting the ball. My belief is that if it didn’t get called in the game, it goes along with all of the other missed calls that happen in every game. Let it go.

WAR EAGLE!

RogerDawg

October 22nd, 2009
9:02 am

You Tech fans are so stupid. I guess suddenly you think you’re all high and mighty. Georgia Tech beat a VERY overrated Virginia Tech team, and not by much at that. Keep the delusion going you nerds, UGA is coming…listen, can you hear us? can you hear us marching towards Atlanta?

UGA would have rolled Virginia Tech as they had virtually no defense…JC would have picked them apart through the air, but again with VT not being a premier program, would it have even mattered? Not so much.

gte268p

October 22nd, 2009
9:03 am

Time: Josh Nesbitt is tearing defenses to shreds (including uga’s last year) with his running and decision making.

Was he a Gailey recruit? Yes.
Was he a big QB recruit? Not even close.
Had he run the option before? Nope.

If Johnson can get him to perform at this level, imagine what he can do with a recruit he wants that has run the triple option before. Your logic is completely flawed.

Face it, you guys are finished.

Time

October 22nd, 2009
9:03 am

U-no, again, some classy and intelligent insight there. Really, is that the best you got?

And you really want to rely on your ranking to justify your position? Right, those rankings really mean a whole lot. UGA was ranked #1 in the preseason last year, that didn’t work out so well for the Dawgs. So, you might want to think about not basing your belief of the strength of your team on those meaningless rankings.

Got 12?

October 22nd, 2009
9:05 am

Eric,

I see you and The Family are still hoping the NCAA will beat Bama for you.

I also see the Tech fans are starting to buy into the 12-1 BCS Championship dream much as the Hokies had just last week. Let’s be honest (and not unrealistically optimistic), Tech will lose at least one more conference game this year. That’s just how the ACC works. And, if you were able to run the table, you would be smashed to bits by Bama or Florida.

Time

October 22nd, 2009
9:06 am

Bwhahahaha…finished. You people really do believe you’re dancing on the grave of UGA football don’t you?

And when you lose, you’ll just crawl back into your holes like you always do. Then, after a few years, you’ll win again, and your blue and gold colors will see the light of day again.

TDone

October 22nd, 2009
9:07 am

If Mr. Time is so smart, why aren’t you coaching somewhere?

By the way, why the frustration?

Dooley's Cardiologist

October 22nd, 2009
9:07 am

Time,
Key phrase there: “UGA is down.” That is quite possibly the understatement of the century. UGA will be a 5 loss squad this year, maybe 6 losses. You sound a little bitter. It might be because the bandwagon has left town. Also, Tech cannot “win out” if they lose to UGA. I thought that you Dawg fans said that teams would have caught on to the wishbone by now. I think it is working a bit better than Bozo’s offense this year, don’t you?? Don’t cry when GT puts 60 up against the Dawgs!! But, I am sure there will be an excuse for that. Bad calls, home field advantage, half the team is in the county lock-up, and my favorite: LUCK. It’s hard to luck up and score 45 points on a team.

collegeballfan

October 22nd, 2009
9:08 am

Time you know nothing about offensive football. The Tech offense & the Florida offense are the same. They line up differently but the blocking schemes are virtually the same. The plays are virtually the same. Tech does not run a wishbone as Bobby Bowden is fond of saying. They run a spread option. They just line up differently.

Besides what difference does the offense make? UGA cannot block for their offense. If they changed offenses do you think they could block better? Offenses work because of blocking not because of the formation you line up in. If you cannot block a pro-set then you probably lose.

#2 BAMA FAN

October 22nd, 2009
9:10 am

Eric a give you the title of Auburn’s dumbest fan!! Nachos and Eric in a cage match!! BE THERE!!
RTR

Time

October 22nd, 2009
9:10 am

Man, all these childish rants directed at me must mean I’ve hit a nerve. Just saying what you all know to be true in the depths of your gut.

Dooley's Cardiologist

October 22nd, 2009
9:10 am

Enter your comments here

You are crazy

October 22nd, 2009
9:11 am

I love these puppy fans. They think if they keep saying over and over that Tech’s offense won’t work that it will become reality. The reality is UGA will have more talent than Tech every year and will still lose a majority of the time as long as CPJ is the head coach. You could give Wilie Martinez the Pittsburgh Steelers defense and he still couldn’t stop the option. So, that means you’ll have to rely on the red headed step child to outscore Tech. I like our odds on that one.

We aren’t going after the blue chip qb recruits. They don’t fit our system. In most cases the qbs we will be recruiting will be recruited by football factories but to play a different position. FYI, Nesbitt was recruited by UGA to play on the defensive side of the ball. Also, in terms of not being able to get wide receivers to play here, we got Stephen Hill over UGA this past year. We currently have the leading WR in the ACC who is tops in the nation in yards per reception.

Time

October 22nd, 2009
9:15 am

Well, my work is done here. Gave you guys a good dose of reality. One that you’ll find to be true in a few weeks, and in the coming years. Stay classy Tech fans…hahahaha

Buzz Belle

October 22nd, 2009
9:16 am

Time – let me think on this one. Would I rather be Joe Cox playing for MR and UGA OR Nesbitt playing for Paul Johnson and GT? Tough one but I think given how things are turning out, I’d much rather play for Paul Johnson. Question to you – Who do you think the NFL is looking at, Cox or Nesbitt? So if I was a big time QB prospect – I think I’ll go with Tech. And to say we are going to get “throttled” by UGA only shows your focus on Tech this year. who has UGA throttled exactly?

Time

October 22nd, 2009
9:17 am

I like guys! Especially those UGA guys! So soft!

U-no

October 22nd, 2009
9:17 am

Oh, I see. Rankings mean something only if the pups are ranked. Cute! I remember all the smack back then, aimed at us GT folks, about how great the puppies were and how they were going to run us out of the stadium…before the season ever started. That worked out real well! A pre-season ranking is truly worthless as there has not even been one game played to see if prognosticators fantasies are close to reality.

I know it hurts that your precious pups are struggling and the won-loss record is not what you would like it to be, but that is the way the dog biscuit crumbles. Enjoy your delirious visions of beating the Gators and GT. Reality will play out in Jacksonville in another week and I, for one, will enjoy seeing a superior Gator team take the puppies to the wood shed.

Paul H

October 22nd, 2009
9:17 am

m – Wanna know the difference between the SEC and ACC? The SEC actually beats the cupcakes on their schedule.

Josten

October 22nd, 2009
9:18 am

Hello Tech, your “We Beat the Other Tech” rings are now ready for pick up. We need you to please follow up ASAP on the design that you presented for “We are the ACC Champs 2009″. Our designers are having problems getting your coaches face to fit on one side of the ring. They say it may work on top of it. Please advise. Your “500+ Rushing Yards v. UGA 2009″ will be ready early next week. Don’t forget to pick up the bonus T-shirts “We Heart Willie” with that order.

Sunshine

October 22nd, 2009
9:19 am

Funny how the inferiority complex of UGA is roaring its ugly head again. Keep dreaming UGA, as long as CPJ is here, you guys are an afterthought.