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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Alabama jack

October 22nd, 2009
1:11 pm

Dawgs Rule, Jackettes Drool
October 22nd, 2009
12:47 pm
Bey Bey? Sounds like a baby urban rapper. Of course he will get yards in that gimmick offense. I guarantee you he would not have half the yards he has if he played in a pro-style offense. Have you seen him run routes? My 5 year old kid runs crisper routes than Bey Bey…..(it seems gay just to type that name!!)

Here’s some (non-gay) stats for you:
Rushing
Nesbitt 625 yards (22nd)
Dwyer 583 yards (28th)
Allen 367 yards (83)
Samuel 335 yards (109th)
King 135 yards (296th)
Ealey 122 yards (322nd)

Receiving
Green 41 catches 682 yards (10th)
Thomas 27 catches 671 yards (13th)

Season Record
Georgia Tech 6-1
Georgia 4-3

BCS Ranking
Georgia Tech 12
Georgia N/R

Who does your 5 year old kid play for? Hope he is not a loser like his old man.

DON'T CARE ABOUT TECH BUT

October 22nd, 2009
1:11 pm

I can give credit where it is deserved and Johnson has done an outstanding job bringing the , worst, laughing stock of the college football world to the point where they almost matter, he should be signed quickly to a lifetime contract , Tech kills virginia 45-0, and later on they beat the pups 49-0 , that being said
GO GATORS !!!!!!!!!!!

C from Marietta

October 22nd, 2009
1:12 pm

Hey Governor,

I would MUCH rather attend a school with MORE women than men. Instead, of the pimple popping Geek U. I was too busy in at UGA getting laid and having fun, than worry about North Ave trade schools Nerds. Have fun a DragonCon.

Alabama jack

October 22nd, 2009
1:16 pm

yeah, and for fat girls, the UGA coeds don;t sweat that much

GTMike

October 22nd, 2009
1:19 pm

All this talk about how GT can’t get good recruits is just plain retarded. First off, why the HELL wouldn’t a good RB want to come to a top ranked school that currently ranks no. 2 in the nation rushing… 3 of the 10 ACC rushing leaders are GT players. No other ACC school has more than 1 player on that list. I’ve gotta think that these great HS players are seeing the same thing that Anthony Allen saw when he decided to transfer to Tech – an awesome future!!! Now regarding WR’s, we won’t get as many big time recruits as other schools, but that’s because we don’t need and thus recruit as many. We only need a handful of solid recievers to thrive… but there’s still a huge attraction to GT’s offense for WR’s too. Any smart, talented, and patient WR can see the potential of playing in the offense that has made Bey Bey Thomas the leading reciever in the ACC. And PJ is still getting talented, physical recievers like Stephen Hill who will step up in the coming years. We are also going to be attractive to a QB who is tough, fast, and can throw. The benefits of GT’s offense for a running QB are obvious. But, the Miss. St. game showed that if a QB can also throw he’ll get the opportunity to put up some gawdy passing stats too. This is a win-win situation which has already attracted some big recruits like 4 star Jordan Luallen.

I think that the idea that PJ can’t get recruits is just wishful thinking by those who are afraid of how good GT’s future is looking under CPJ.

That being said, I’m looking forward to this Saturday where hopefully another streak will be broken during this awesome season. PJ’s offensive juggernaut will continue to roll against UVA while the defense finally get’s comfortable with what they are asked to do. It will be a good game for a quarter or two against a pretty good Virginia team, but look for GT to wear them down and pull away. GT 38 UVA 14

And hopefully Clemson can use their speed and talent to pull off a shootout win against Miami…

Dawgfacedboy

October 22nd, 2009
1:19 pm

1. I hope someone in this state can accomplish something this football season.

2. Roll Tide, I would love to see a beatdown of biblical proportions!!

3. I’m going to contradict myself and have to pull for Miami. I just can’t root for Clemson.

4. I’ll root for communism before I root for Notre Lame.

5. I’ll be rooting for LSU. Recruiting wise we compete more with Auburn than LSU.

6. Thankfully the dogs have off this week. My heartburn and liver both could use a break.

ornery

October 22nd, 2009
1:26 pm

The difference this time is Coach PJ, as he has said, keep the game close in the 4th quarter we’ll find a way to win. I definitely believe that is something to be said for that. Having seen both O’Leary and Gailey and now PJ, there is no complacency, No give.. since we’re on a normal schedule, hopefully we’re prepared and rested. PJ is the polar opposite of say Richt, in that he will do what needs to be done, no matter who his friends are or not.

Hey Dogtards

October 22nd, 2009
1:38 pm

Dawgs Drool said – “Of course he will get yards in that gimmick offense. I guarantee you he would not have half the yards he has if he played in a pro-style offense.”

Ok, so let me get this straight. We have 2 RBs with more yards in our “gimmick” offense and you admit that a top WR gets twice as many yards in this “gimmick” offense than a top WR in a “pro-style” offense.

Why would a WR go to uog when they can have twice as many yards in our “gimmick” offense?

Hey Dogtards

October 22nd, 2009
1:41 pm

Otto Said “You also still directly contradicted yourself with the Vandy comments.”

Re-read my post genius. Those little things that look like this – ” – are quotation marks. Meaning I didn’t say what is inside them. Now use your brain really hard and voila, no more contradiction.

Got 12?

October 22nd, 2009
1:48 pm

Vol,

Stacy Harrison (aka “Dirty Harry” on campus) blocked the field goal attempt. It was my freshman year at Bama and Stallings’ first year as well. I don’t really remember that game but I remember starting 0-3. We lost the first game of the year against S. Miss and Brett Favre. I still don’t like Favre. We only lost two more games that year–Penn St for homecoming and Louisville in the Fiesta Bowl.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jQgW5Ch09pw

Otto

October 22nd, 2009
2:23 pm

Dogtard, Yes the quote was originally by BeBe but you seemed to imply that you agreed.

BGS, I was only replying to other fans who state that the ACC played tougher games than the SEC. UGA is down this year I don’t think many will deny it. Actually a good friend is in OKC and I followed Big 12 football to compete with him in College Pick’em. Kansas had one 12-1 year and another 8-5. Most of the Big 12 North is in the dumps thus all the coaching changes over the past few years.

Hey Dogtards

October 22nd, 2009
2:26 pm

Otto – how is this implying that I agree? I countered the Vandy lost to Army point with the point that the ACC lost two games to FCS schools.

Someone else said – “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.”

I replied – 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?).

jacket3

October 22nd, 2009
2:35 pm

Why all the vitriol Dog fans? GT stealing your thunder?

Clemson almost wins. ND’s defense prevails. Vols are sent packing without the jerseys. Da Bee’s sting Mr. Jefferson while Dog fans go into shock.

BTW – GT has reincarnated Vince Lombardi … if you are not a believer now you soon will be !

Yellow Fuzz

October 22nd, 2009
2:43 pm

Time,

Leave the drama and sensationalism to the sportswriters dude. Tech may not win out but they will beat georgia. YOU can “bank” on that. You can even bet the trailer on it!

True, Tech is not as talented as many of the teams they play (IE georgia, and VT) but they do not need the 5 start recruits like they do in order to compete. Just solid 3-4 star athletes and students. Johnson’s “gimmick” offense and defensive systems are superior to anything the traditional powerhouses have seen and tried to prepare for. He will continue to compete and attract high school players that want to win now and play at the next level later (and get a first class (not 2nd) education). Granted he won’t attack the Matt Stratfords etc., (pro style quarterbacks), but take another drink of Koolaid if you don’t think he will get the top Dual QB types in for visits. LOL. I know that your world has been rocked this season and that the thought of losing to Tech again costs you sleep at night, but face it, you have once again been out smarted by a Tech man (Paul Johnson). Learn your new role, like it and STFU when addressing the Tech Nation on future posts.

Also, you can spin it any way you want, but Florida hates you every bit as bad as we do and they will not let up on your fugly azzez until they are up by 30-40 points (like last year’s 49-3 BEATDOWN-I was there). Like always, I will be here to remind your ignorant hairy azz the following week (I may even do another play-by-play commentary on line here if I get paid again. Unfortunately, by next Sunday you will be posting under yet “another” handle won’t you so & so dawg? LOL.

Lastly, get ready for the “Smoke by Coke”!

Otto

October 22nd, 2009
2:45 pm

Yes you pointed out that it was a dumb but you seemed to confirm that Vandy wasn’t a tough game by pointing out that the ACC had lost to some FCS teams. Going down the same direction, maybe I took it the wrong way. Apologies since it looks that I have.

I do agree with your Miller Lite Pilsner post but most would not understand that comparison as well. I’ll also go to say that those calling GT a gimmick offense really don’t keep up with college ball. If GT is a gimmick so is UF for running something out of the norm and look at how they have done. If you really look at gimmicks look at how Les Miles has called also sorts of fake kicks to win a game. It is only a gimmick if it does not work. Further the HS offense crowd, very few if any are running PJ’s option in HS because the blocking schemes used are not legal. If you want a HS offense go looking at the teams that run a variation of the spread far more run it than CPJ’s version of the option.

Suck it Nerd

October 22nd, 2009
2:47 pm

Hey Dogtards – I see where you were going with that. Good point, both conferences lose games they would like to have back. The OOC schedules are looking better for both schools. I like the games with the big conference schools. OSU was overrated when we played them but so were we. The exposure is what is so important. It gets the teams in front of new audiences. I always liked that GT scheduled ND, etc. Was glad to see UGA finally get some better OOC opponents.

I hate to say it but GT beats UGA this year, our D couldn’t hold me under 75 yards and I’m 40.

Delbert D.

October 22nd, 2009
2:47 pm

Spread option? Wishbone? Veer? Belly series? Yes, they are triple options. But CPJ’s is different.

1) No tight ends like the other three USUALLY have.
2) Wider line splits.
3) The B back is not a fullback. He’s deeper than the FB in the wishbone, and the veer doesn’t have either of those. The B back can follow leads that are not available in the ‘bone, due to the closenesss of the wishbone fullback to the line of scrimmage.
4) A backs are lined up as wingbacks, not as “tailbacks” split behind the QB as in the veer and wishbone. Navy’s current variant of the spread option has the A backs angled at 30 degrees outward.
5) The A backs get to their blocking assignments quicker than veer or wishbone backs.
6) The belly series is a straight-T formation triple option. Tech, Auburn and others ran it in the late 50s early 60s and many high school teams did (including mine)
7) The I formation with TB, FB and WB/Flanker can run the option, similar to the belly series. (Nebraska for one famous example)

The other “spread option” (Florida) is a different offense, with the QB and RB deep, side by side. It uses 1 or 2 tight ends and multiple WRs.

Comments? Additions?

Nachos

October 22nd, 2009
2:48 pm

Hey Eric didnt ALLBARN just lose to Kentucky for the first time since 1966???

I’d kick you a$$$ anytime day or night little boy. Just like Saban will beat the chizzzzzzzzzzzzzz after Thanksgiving.

BGS

October 22nd, 2009
2:48 pm

Otto

Really? Kansas and Mizzou were ranked in the top 5 2 years ago and were in the top 10 to start last season. Then Mizzou lost Daniel, Coffmann and Maclin and Moore who plays but is hurt for the Falcons. Pinkel has been at missouri as long as richt has been at ga and mangino has been at ku since 02. I will give you iowa st as being a dud and pelini has been at neb for 2 years. But I would hardly say they have high coach turnover and the North has been down.

You make ku having a 12-1 year like that is some easy task. You were wrong on your stats and the big 12 north is not has not been anywhere near the “dumps” the last few years.

Otto

October 22nd, 2009
2:51 pm

Fuzz no sleep lost of GT beating UGA. If UGA wins maybe the coaching staff is getting things on the right track. If they don’t maybe the wake up call has been sent to make some adjustments in the program. UGA didn’t live with Goff long and Donnan even less. I don’t see this staff will be keeping the program down in mediocrity for long.

Yellow Fuzz

October 22nd, 2009
2:56 pm

Otto,

Nothing wrong with your staff dude. It’s your pathetic fan base that thinks they can call the president’s cell phone in the middle of the night and email the AD to light a fire under their azz to please you.

The mighty dog nation needs to learn their new role, like it and (I hope you can hear me) STFU when addressing the Tech Nation on future posts.

Shananeeee Fananeeeeeee

October 22nd, 2009
2:59 pm

Absolutely, then later in the season they are going to embarrass the Dawgs. Tech is on the rise, Dawgs are on the decline for the next several years.

U-no

October 22nd, 2009
3:10 pm

I could care less what you call GT’s offense, and I could care less beyond description on any of the put-downs that come from jealous puppies who want to make fun of it. CPJ has been winning with it for a long time. Georgia Southern, Navy and now at Georgia Tech. I would rather win with a so-called gimick or high school offense than to get beat every weekend with some other kind of attack. Until the teams that play against us can consistently find a way to defeat it, I am all for it.

It does demand that the team stay focused, limit turnovers, and exercise patience, which Tech has proven it can do. It demands the defense who plays against it to stay disciplined and stay on their assignments the entire 60 minutes. UGA failed to do that last year, and will fail to do it this year.

CPJ knows how to climb through the ear-holes if his players and keep them on track. CMR has yet to demonstrate he know how to do anything but keep from falling asleep on the sidelines. The puppies don’t fear their coach, GT does. It makes a big difference on the field as we all have observed.

Hal

October 22nd, 2009
3:10 pm

Looks like Larry & U-No had to go pull their shifts at the waffle house. DCATBut, c’mon dude… tech 49-0 over UGA? U loose all credibility in a smack talk forum by just being stupid. And Tech fans and Dawgs alike need to recall especially Shananeee Fananeeee… when Mark got to Athens our program was in MUCH worse position than it is today and certainly not of his own doing. To think he can’t or won’t repair this is incredulous.

His loyalty to CWM and others undoubtedly has caused this to fester to the point its at now. But remember, we used to kill Tommy Tuberville when he changed coordinators like he did underwear. Mark chose to be loyal, develop loyalty in return and try to let a guy work his way out of the mess. He didn’t and he’ll be gone at the end of this year, count on that.

Just stop all the bool shyt about UGA being horrible, on the decline, down and going further… is just all a bunch of stupid bs. Nerds, don’t be a bit surprised when we come to Sanford West and leave with a big win on your stingers…

U-no

October 22nd, 2009
3:12 pm

Gotcha Hal! I haven’t been in a Waffle House in I can’t remember when. I drive a new debt-free car, live in a debt-free house, and pay cash for everything. LIfe is good! and Tech will take the puppies to the woodshed in November!

Otto

October 22nd, 2009
3:12 pm

BGS, Kansas going 12-1 was a one year thing and they did not play OU, Texas, or Texas Tech that year. They slid last season dropping all 3 games against the Big 12 South, Tx Tech, OU, and Texas.

This year they lost in their only relatively tough game Colorado. Nebraska is getting better. Mizzou may still be king of the North but Mizzou is 2-6 against the South the past 2 years. Even my OU and Texas friends would like to see the Big12 North improve. K State, Colorado, Iowa State, and Nebraska have all made coaching changes over the past few years. Kansas and Mizzou have been the stable programs. Also the Big 12 is fun to keep up with because of the coaches, Gundy, Hawkins, Mangino, Leach, and Stoops all have their quotes.

Yellow Fuzz

October 22nd, 2009
3:15 pm

Hal,

Just take your trash with you instead of strowing it around our campus like you do your own. Both paper and human form.

We look forward to owning Sanford West this year because we sure as hell own sandford east as of last year (45-42).

Otto

October 22nd, 2009
3:17 pm

Fuzz, e-mail the AD? Is that sort of like running Chan (who BTW made a ACC CG) out of town?

Hal

October 22nd, 2009
3:19 pm

YellowBelly ‘er Fuzz I’m sorry…. we hear you and we raise you. Why don’t you just STFU period?

Now, U-No… I know this is a smack talk session strong and true, but dude… CMR hasn’t proven he can do anything? Really? 6 of 8 seasons, 10 wins, I forget exactly but 28-6 in opponents home stadiums, 2 SEC titles, 2 top 3 finishes, 5 of his 8 have finished in the top 10?

GT beat us last year and still barely cracked the top 25! C’mon don’t be soooo stupid. You take all the fun out of it!

johnny weissmuller

October 22nd, 2009
3:19 pm

Hal

You’re 4-3. You will be 4-4 VERY soon. We are 6-1. You have no room to talk trash.

Ga boy

October 22nd, 2009
3:21 pm

We want Rodriquez.

Yellow Fuzz

October 22nd, 2009
3:21 pm

Hal

October 22nd, 2009
3:22 pm

U-No, you wanna compare portfolio’s? Don’t think you do… yours sounds like a bus, a shelter and bad credit from what I just gathered.

Mine is in the 7 figs…. my pkg is bigger too

Hal

October 22nd, 2009
3:23 pm

Yeller…. whats 45-42?

Delbert D.

October 22nd, 2009
3:24 pm

On CPJ’s offense…I was hoping that Bob Davie would get this info. He seems to have forgotten much of what he knew as a coach. It ain’t a wishbone, Davie! The guy has obviously never even talked to Paul Johnson. Put him together with Brent Musberger, and I’d turn off the sound.

Ga boy

October 22nd, 2009
3:25 pm

It should be against the law to have so much tom foolery.

Delbert D.

October 22nd, 2009
3:27 pm

Hal – Uh-oh, Pres. Obama has his eyes on your goodies.

U-no

October 22nd, 2009
3:27 pm

LOL! Hal, seven figs is about enough for one Newton! I doing alright, I certainly don’t have any concerns about my credit, my house, or my car. And if I owned a bus, it would be a nice bus and debt-free. Who needs credit when you can pay with cash. And, to top it all off, Tech will still make the puppies go hump a fire hydrant in November! LOL!

Yellow Fuzz

October 22nd, 2009
3:28 pm

Hal,

Your and Otto’s IQ

BGS

October 22nd, 2009
3:28 pm

Otto
They were still both ranked in the top 5 2 years ago. And if missouri had beaten Ok, they would have played for the nat champ instead of LSU. You act like they have no ranked teams. Teams that are average. They still had to beat a top 20 ok st team, a decent nebraska team. My point is you are wrong to say they are not good. They are currently ranked while your team isn’t. Nuff said.

U-no

October 22nd, 2009
3:30 pm

By the time you get to page 3 of the blogs, things can get really interesting!

Ga boy

October 22nd, 2009
3:31 pm

This just in from ESPN— Tim Tebow just stopped for a large slurpee at the University Avenue QT.
Updates to follow!

Delbert D.

October 22nd, 2009
3:31 pm

Nothing to the right of the decimal point counts, by the way. $10000.00 isn’t 7 figures.

Delbert D.

October 22nd, 2009
3:35 pm

U-no – Wait ’til the kids get home from school. Then it’s like walking between monkey cages at the zoo, with all the shi* being flung back and forth. 15-year olds posing as UGA and Tech grads.

Yellow Fuzz

October 22nd, 2009
3:37 pm

“Can Georgia Tech finally win at Virginia”

If we can beat Virginia Tech we can beat Virginia. If we can beat Jacksonville State we can beat georgia.

Hal

October 22nd, 2009
3:42 pm

Delbert, $10k is a slow day at my slowest store bud. U-No, I do own a bus, 43ft Prevost, you can come tailgate with us in November… not paid for though mind you, the corp needed a big write off to avoid Bush putting his hands in my coffers too deep.

Fuzz, 45-42 ain’t no stomping, and it equates a 1 game winning streak.

You know what 59-36 is?

Otto

October 22nd, 2009
3:46 pm

A pollack using IQ humor….amusing

Otto

October 22nd, 2009
3:46 pm

*pollock IM popped up

RogerDawg

October 22nd, 2009
3:51 pm

Ok, I will admit that UGA sucks this year and we have no chance against the Rambling Wreck. But, we have a week off here and I just thought I would come on the blog and cause a little trouble. Seems like I was successful… not. Woof Woof

Delbert D.

October 22nd, 2009
3:52 pm

Hal – Google “The Virginia 100″, and hope that someday you’ll be in that range.