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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another dawg in ptc

October 22nd, 2009
10:17 am

Marc Curles has the week off and is going to Virginia in his Halloween costume… a Sec official. Look for him on the field in the last minute to make sure GT gets the win.

militarydawginDC

October 22nd, 2009
10:17 am

THWGT.NERDS!

JP owns DJ

October 22nd, 2009
10:18 am

And one more thing, Eric is gay and bangs his fat a** sister.

Want some more, Barner?

36-0

Go Gators

October 22nd, 2009
10:21 am

militarydawginDC is obviously a pathetic excuse for a member of the american military!

Go Gators

October 22nd, 2009
10:21 am

militarydawginDC is obviously a pathetic excuse for a member of the american military!

Tim

October 22nd, 2009
10:23 am

Eric-
I’m still laughing at Albarn’s loss to UK and continue on through this Saturday when they get schooled by LSU. Talk about funny what about a team that replaced one of it’s winniniest coaches with one of the losiniest coaches in the NCAA…now thats some good ole fashion humor.
LOL

Rogerdawg

October 22nd, 2009
10:24 am

I’m so stupid. I’m so stupid. I’m so stupid….and I love mens.

The Jackyl

October 22nd, 2009
10:24 am

General- The 3 touchdowns you mention for Ingram are receiving, he has 8 on the ground (11 total). No flame, just corecting.

Also, in addition to UVa’s 8 straight home wins against Tech- they have also taken 5 of the last 6 in the consecutive series. Fine for GaTech to gloat if you guys win on Saturday, but don’t act like you’ve been anything but one of UVa’s surest vitories over the last 6 years– which is saying a lot given the quality of football in Charlottesville.

Tom

October 22nd, 2009
10:24 am

Maybe Lame will have a black out next year for Bama since he can’t wear the jersey he wants to wear this year.

gtdave

October 22nd, 2009
10:25 am

Larry, I think you are right…..So here are the options to the ACC Championship for Tech (Both assume GT wins rest of ACC games). Miami and VT win all ACC games and Miami is 5 spots lower than Tech, which probably means a loss to S. FL and Tech wins against Vandy and UGA). Or…Miami has to lose to one of their remaining ACC games. We will hold head-to-head against VT, obviously not against Miami which comes into play if there are just 2 teams tied.

12 & 21

October 22nd, 2009
10:26 am

Hey Eric,
You had a very nice 6 year run when Bama was at it’s all time lowest but you have to know in your heart (and pea sized brain) that it is over and it simply will not happen again. So go to the back of the line where you know you belong, it is your true destiny.
I look foward more than ever to giving ya’ll loss # 6 for the year. It must be miserable to wake up each day and know that you are a barner but i guess disappointment is a feeling with which you are well aquainted.
I await your response after you finish up with the goats.

DickDawg

October 22nd, 2009
10:28 am

Hey Rogerdawg I’ve got something for you. Come back you loved it last time! ;)

JP owns DJ

October 22nd, 2009
10:28 am

Hey Tom and 12 & 21…

Do you think Eric and the rest of his Barner buddies understand the beat down that is coming day after Thanksgiving?

Cant wait to get down to Bryant Denny South and enjoy a win in that dump of a town.

36-0

GCS Eagle 91

October 22nd, 2009
10:30 am

I don’t usually focus on one comment, but “Time” is way off, and needs to open his eyes a bit. The triple option is not a gimmick offense, but a ball control attempt to eat up clock, gather first downs, and keep the defense rested for the 2nd half. How is that a gimmick? That type of philosophy is how Bear Bryant, Vince Dooley and Pat Dye had great success for many years in the SEC. A gimmick offense would be trying to control the clock with 5 recievers and no running game. Coach Johnson just has a variation in the way he goes about it. I enjoyed watching my Eagles compile a 62-10 record during CPJ’s 5 year stay.
Florida will smack the Dawgs around this year like pups…45-10…Next year I feel will be different as UF will come back to the pack a liitle and UGA will have a shot. But not this year…

Buzz Belle

October 22nd, 2009
10:31 am

Name calling – All you guys can call Virginia what ever you like – UVa, UVA, Cavs, whatever. You can also call our offense “high school”, option, wishbone variation, whatever. I will stick with “winner” – we win. That’s all that matters. Paul Johnson wins and we have Paul Johnson. Virginia can look at the past and think they will beat us again, but don’t make the mistake of thinking we are the same team as in the past – We have Paul Johnson and he likes to win as much as me! THWG & GO JACKETS!

yellowjacket82

October 22nd, 2009
10:31 am

1. Tech wins big & kills UGA in November.
2. Tide rolls. Crompton is not a factor.
3. Clemson beats da “U”.
4. BC beats ND.
5. Auburn loses to LSU but pounds UGA in November.

G Force

October 22nd, 2009
10:32 am

1. If GT remembers to show up, there’s no reason to believe they can’t beat Virginia. Paul Johnson brings an end to another negative streak.

2. Run, Jonathon, run. The Vol O-line is tough, but with the pressure Alabama brings, Crompton is going to get happy feet and make some mistakes. He’s going to wish his stats look as good as Jevan Snead’s. Hope the UT defense is rested because they’re going to spend a lot of time on the field.

3. I don’t think Clemson can knock off Miami, but stranger things have happened this season. As others have said, the biggest threat left on Miami’s schedule is probably South Florida …but, BCS rankings used in tiebreakers notwithstanding, a loss there doesn’t help Tech in the ACC. It’s too bad Butch Davis’ team didn’t take things to the next level this year, but that’s another story for another day.

4. This game will show how the Irish responds to last week’s disappointment vs USCw. These teams are fairly evenly matched, and I’m tempted to go with the Irish at home, but the jury is still out.

5. This is as good a year as any to beat LSU, what with their struggles on offense. But Auburn’s offense hasn’t shown it’s consistent enough to beat this caliber of defense, especially with the game at LSU. Even though the Gators showed LSU can be beat at night, it’s a stretch to think Auburn can win. But the two games should have something in common — a low scoring affair that won’t be decided until late.

Hal

October 22nd, 2009
10:33 am

So, U-No… let me get this straight. For a couple weeks now techies have been killing us for crying fowl over an excessive celebration penalty, killing AJ for being a thug essentially but now you say that its ok when GT wins to deface something UGA and its fans consider sacred? What next, gonna kick Uga VII if you win this year?

ATL BUZZ

October 22nd, 2009
10:33 am

It doesnt seem right!!!! I get really upset (emotional) when I go to Athens and walk in a UGA clothing store and they are selling more Tech apparal than UGA! It must be because uga SUCKS!!!!!!
The Wahoos will have a cleat mark on that @$$ after the game because GT is going to run all over them!
PREDICTION #1 – UGA SUCK!
PREDICTION #2 – UGA SUCK!
PREDICTION #3 – YOU GUESSED IT – UGA SUCK
WHATS THE GOOD WORD!!!!
THWG!!!

Hey Dogtards

October 22nd, 2009
10:35 am

Dear Paul H

Learn to read. I was making fun of UVA, not supporting it.

Larry

October 22nd, 2009
10:36 am

Hal you mean gt burned down the ga theater?

bb

October 22nd, 2009
10:41 am

Paul H – No, the difference between the ACC and the SEC is the ACC actually plays some teams that are not cupcakes out of conference. BTW, no one in the ACC has lost to a team ranked as low as Army in the Sagarin ratings. So, enjoy your win over Vandy, the team that managed that.

The SEC has played only 3 OOC games against teams ranked in the top 30 of the Sagarin ratings, versus 9 for the ACC. In fact, the SEC has only played 9 in the top 66 (the number of teams in BCS conferences) and a whopping 15 rated lower than 120.

Tha ACC is 2-1 OOC against AP top 10 teams this year. The SEC is 1-2 OOC against AP top 25 teams. Sure the losses by Duke and Virginia to Richmond and W&M are embarrassing, but the fact is those teams are better than most of the teams in the Sun Belt and CUSA that the SEC feasts on every year.

Gen Neyland

October 22nd, 2009
10:41 am

zoodawg : Or maybe in the UGA game (Hail Mary, full of grace,…) JC and receivers finally got on the same page. And don’t go slamming Willie. We love him Atop Rocky.

RAMBLE ON!!!

October 22nd, 2009
10:45 am

Hal, your shrubs are not The Burning Bush, it’s a freaking shrub, and guess what?

It grows back.

Hey Dogtards

October 22nd, 2009
10:47 am

Simple Dawg said – “All of you numb-nuts who describe the Tech offense as the “spread option” are about as accurate as Miller calling Miller Lite a Pilsner. Johnson’s offense is a variation of the wishbone with the QB under center. The spread option has the QB in the shotgun.”

You must be a simple dog because you don’t understand what a spread offense is. It has nothing to do with where the QB is lined up. The point of a “spread offense” is, simply put, to spread the field. Where the QB lines up doesn’t matter because he’s always lined up in the dead center of the formation, directly behind the ball.

What does matter, however, is the distance of skill players from the ball. GT spreads its two WRs out about as far as they can go. GT also spreads out 2 RBs outside of the tackles and opts for no TE. Thus, like all other spread offenses, GT plays with only 5 down linemen and 4 skill players spread outside of those down linemen. In fact, the main difference in PJs spread offense and other pass happy spread offenses is playing RBs instead of WRs and moving the RBs in about 4-5 yards so they can run the ball effectively.

Otto

October 22nd, 2009
10:48 am

bb,

Last year the SEC play 9 FCS teams, and the ACC played 14. 5 more FCS teams for the ACC? ….and you state “the difference between the ACC and the SEC is the ACC actually plays some teams that are not cupcakes out of conference.”

As of this year the ACC has lost to 2 FCS teams.

The difference between the SEC and the ACC is the SEC expects National titles and to have the top nonBCS bound team from the Big12, Big10 and ACC to play in 3 of their bowls. BTW the SEC lines up SEC #4 against ACC #2 really says something about the state of the ACC compared to the SEC.

Hal

October 22nd, 2009
10:50 am

hey bb… that’s because there are only 2 teams in the ACC that can actually put a game on, perhaps 3 if you count the surprising Miami team. We have no need for an OOC game to bolster our schedule. You dumb a$$es amaze us with all your stats, you do realize anyone with a 9th grade education can skew numbers and statistics to mean anything they want them to.

How about you compare our entire schedule, you know the one that INCLUDES LSU, Tennessee, Florida, Arkansas, GT. You’d find at the end of the year your strength of schedule is 20 spots behind LSU’s, UF’s (although UF’s is a bit embarrassing early), UGA’s, Bama’s etc. The pundits do that little exercise each year and you guys always fall way behind.

Got 12?

October 22nd, 2009
10:52 am

bb,

Let’s add some perspective to your stats. What where the match ups in those ACC v OCC Top 10 and SEC v OCC Top 10 games?

BankerDawg

October 22nd, 2009
10:52 am

I cannot believe there are still people out there referring to Tech’s offense as “gimmicky”, certainly not UGA fans. I would think Zeier’s infamous “high school offense” comments last year would have put this notion to rest.

Fact is, they ran for over 400 yards against us last year, and through a schedule that includes Clemson, Miami, UNC, and Virginia Tech (all pretty good defenses), I believe they lead the nation in rushing this year at the midpoint.

Let’s just worry about how to stop it versus what to call it, shall we?

I think Tech takes UVA behind the wood shed this weekend. (Apologies to TH Jefferson, but I’ve always called it UVA, and besides, wasn’t UVA built on James Monroe’s land? Seems wrong to just give Jefferson all the credit). I know Nesbitt has been carrying you guys, but I think Dwyer is ready to have a big game against the 3-4. I have been reading that UVA has a daunting D, but it looks to have come against UNC, Indiana, and Maryland…not exactly offensive juggernauts.

I’m looking forward to a relaxing weekend since we are mercifully at a “bye” before heading to J’ville. (Incidentally, I do think we have a shot in that game….IF our defense can be solid…big IF, I know.)

GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO DAWGS!

U-no

October 22nd, 2009
10:53 am

Last time I was up at the puppy pen, I don’t remember the hedges glowing in the dark. Geez!

UGA FANS ARE MORONS

October 22nd, 2009
10:53 am

“BANK ON IT” is the dumbest term I hear these idiotic Gawga fans use.

UGA over OSU – BANK ON IT!
UGA over LSU – BANK ON IT!
UGA over UT – BANK ON IT!

Why don’t we let just UGA fans vote in the polls – that way they can automatically win the NC every year. You guys are complete and utter homer morons.

Gen Neyland

October 22nd, 2009
10:56 am

Jackyl : I really didn’t think Ingram would have only 3 rushing TD’s. I must have misread the columns. So that makes Ingram 8 and Hardesty 6..? Thxs

Hey Dogtards

October 22nd, 2009
10:56 am

“BTW, no one in the ACC has lost to a team ranked as low as Army in the Sagarin ratings. So, enjoy your win over Vandy, the team that managed that.”

Just to show that Yellow Jackets sometimes make stupid points too, no team in the SEC this year has lost to a FCS school. I think we’ve lost twice (William and Mary and maybe Maryland?). I also have to commend uog for trying to play a tough OOC schedule (although I think at the time they booked them Ariz St was tough and OK St was a cupcake).

FWIW, though, you puppies also have to give Tech credit for scheduling tough games including Auburn a few years ago, Notre Dame, Miss St, Vandy, Ole Miss (even though they tried to back out), Bama (I think starting 2011), Kansas (2010).

JWalker

October 22nd, 2009
10:57 am

– GT will win…
– but Clemson will barf all over itself so GT won’t get help there
– Aubs get beat again, but I think game could be close because LSU O almost as bad as Aub D
– BC upsets ND
– Tide Rolls

RTR!!!!!!!!!!!!

Otto

October 22nd, 2009
11:01 am

DawgTard, You state in reference to vandy “no one in the ACC has lost to a team ranked as low as Army in the Sagarin ratings” and then turn around “you puppies also have to give Tech credit for scheduling tough games including…Vandy”

So people should give credit to a team for scheduling a tough game who lost to a terrible team in the Sagarin ratings?

ND, Miss St, and Kansas are not exactly bragging material either.

Vol of reason

October 22nd, 2009
11:03 am

I was at the UT v Bama game in 90 when UT was in the top 10 and averaged over 40 points a game. Bama was 3-3 and mediocre at best. UT ended up losing that game 9-6 on a Cornelius Bennett blocked FG which went 40 yards the opposite direction and Bama kicked the FG as time ran out. Not saying it will happen, but you have to hold out hope. Bama by 17. Go Vols!

Got 12?

October 22nd, 2009
11:04 am

Otto,

The Chick-Fil-A Bowl is SEC # 5 v. ACC # 2. In spite of this uneven pairing, the SEC is 13-8 against the ACC.

Hal

October 22nd, 2009
11:05 am

U-No… glowing in the dark? Larry says “burn the ga center” and now you say, “glowing in the dark”??? what are you two idiots reading?

bb: just for giggles I just went and googled “ncaa strength of schedule to date” and took the top 5 teams from the ACC and the top 5 teams from the SEC (had to go up to about #40 AP rank to get 5 from each) and averaged their strength of schedules to date.

RESULT:
top 5 teams cumulative strength of schedule through this past weekend:
SEC= 12.8 SOS
ACC= 25.6 SOS

even with the cupcakes up front (which UGA didn’t get btw) now that conference play has begun for both, your SOS is dying on the vine while ours is skyrocketing…

Rule of thumb:
Don’t argue numbers unless you’ve looked at all of them, someone smarter than you (IE: ME) can always poke holes in shabby numbers. The SEC teams that have lost OOC games are all reeling at the moment and yes, that includes UGA.

Got 12?

October 22nd, 2009
11:07 am

Vol,

Cornelius Bennett was not playing for Bama in 1990.

CW

October 22nd, 2009
11:08 am

Time, Easy for you to run your mouth this week about how the pups will beat Tech and that Tech is a gimmicky offense. We’ll see how that works out the weekend after Thanksgiving.

Also, your contention that Coach Johnson won’t be able to recruit well doesn’t make sense. Tech’s offense has a WR, QB and RB that are among the statistical leaders in their conference and in the nation. Not every recruit will want to play in Coach Johnson’s system, but plenty of talented skill players will be interested in an offense that is averaging over 32 points per game and over 420 yards per game

Hey Dogtards

October 22nd, 2009
11:14 am

From realtimerpi.com

Strength of schedule rankings (keep in mind this includes only games that have been played, not all games)

#1 Florida
#2 Texas
#3 Alabama
#4 Virginia Tech
#7 Miami
#9 LSU
#16 Georgia Tech
#61 Georgia

It’s a little unfair because Georgia’s schedule from here on out is much harder than it has been including UF and GT. Tech’s toughest game in the second half is against #45 uog. By the end of the year, uog will have a tougher schedule than tech

Now: GT avg opponent is #54, uog avg opponent is 60
End of year: GT avg opponent is 65, uog avg opponent is 62.

Why can’t we both say we each play hard schedules?

U-no

October 22nd, 2009
11:16 am

My reference was concerning the “sacredness” of the precious hedges referred to in a earlier post. As Ramble On observed they are bushes for crying out loud! They grow back!

Enjoy your rest this weekend, puppies! I know it will be a sturggle, but you shouldn’t lose this weekend! Can’t say the same for next weekend, though.

Bama should handle the Vols, I don’t think Clemson can beat the Hurricanes, I hope they do, but I just don’t think it will happen.

The curse will be broken by the CPJ led Yellow Jackets this weekend.

BC is better than some folks think, may make it really tough for the Irish to win. I think the Irish will take anyway.

LSU will prevail over Auburn. The War Eagles should have never let Ketucky win like they did.

Big Poppa Pimp

October 22nd, 2009
11:18 am

I like Virginia in this one. 27-20 mark it down, engrave it. I dont care.

Yellow Is The Color Of Pi$$

October 22nd, 2009
11:22 am

Virginia will handle our weak high school offense. Johnathon Nesbitt will throw 8 interceptions.

Yellow Is The Color Of Pi$$

October 22nd, 2009
11:23 am

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Spike

October 22nd, 2009
11:24 am

Wow, I didn’t know UVA and UGA had that much in common. That is, beating Tech so many years in a row. Who knew?

Chris

October 22nd, 2009
11:26 am

Ha ha ha. Tech fans make me laugh. I wonder if you dorks will still be on here after Tech ends up with three losses at the end of the season, before the bowl game? UGA will take care of business and Tech ALWAYS loses to someone they shouldn’t, like Virginia.

Larry

October 22nd, 2009
11:28 am

Man you ga/sec idiots amaze me. First, go look at fla’s schedule. See who they have left? 4 teams that gt also plays. Yet you talk about how the schedule is so much harder. Idiots.

Larry

October 22nd, 2009
11:32 am

If you’re going to use schedule strenght, get it from a reliable source and not some unheard of website peopel. Sagarin is the only one to believe in. GT is 7th currently in that one.

http://www.usatoday.com/sports/sagarin/fbt09.htm

ballin

October 22nd, 2009
11:34 am

Hey UGAy fans… at least y’all can’t lose this week…. haha lmfao