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:


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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Janice Wilfurt

October 23rd, 2009
3:16 pm

Mark Richt was said to be seen in the redlight district in Knoxville after the UT beating he received. Put the bottle down and stop drinking Mark before you destroy your family. Your wife had an affair last year I bet she never told you about it but I heard the rumors. Georgia needs a new head coach to come in and bring character back to the university.

record analyzer

October 23rd, 2009
4:27 pm

The key in analyzing this long streak of VA’s over GT is who the coaches were during that stretch.

On paper, there is not one single team left on their schedule to stop them from winning out. The UGA game will be tough in name only because of the rivalry hatred. But on the field there is no comparison. UGA is pitifully weak this year and this will be a country butt whipping by GT and by halftime that game will be over.

GT is going to beat the stuffing out of VA. The score is going to be something like a 3 TD win.

Miami will beat Clemson

LSU will beat Auburn

Alabama will beat Tennessee

Florida will beat Miss State

Boston College will beat Notre Dame

Leonard's Losers

October 23rd, 2009
9:12 pm

Things got a little stupid last week in both the SEC and the ACC. But I’m gonna crank up the ol’ smart pill machine again anyhow…

Tennessee loses to Alabama
Ole Miss loses to Arkansas (maybe)
Auburn loses to LSU
MSU loses to Florida
Georgia doesn’t lose this week
Monroe loses to Kentucky
Vandy loses to South Carolina

Alright, get me outta here Percy…

Leonard's Losers

October 25th, 2009
1:05 pm

I knew that Ole Miss call was iffy. Miss had the advantage on potential — Arky had the momentum. Momentum is a fickle wench!