Georgia Tech keeps rolling at Virginia

 

 

If Auburn’s offense had not been missing in action last week in a 21-14 loss to Kentucky, your Fearless Forecaster would have gone 10-0. We picked Georgia Tech’s upset of No. 4 Virginia Tech. We promised you and Arkansas-Florida would be closer than the experts thought. (Insert your comment about the officiating here).

That gives us a record of 52-18 on the season.

Except for Georgia Tech’s visit to Virginia, it looks like a less than exciting set of games this Saturday. But that’s when the fireworks—and the upsets—usually start.  Look for at least one big surprise this weekend.

Let’s get on with the Fearless Friday Forecast:

 

1. Georgia Tech at Virginia: It looks like Cavalier coach Al Groh has saved his bacon after an 0-3 start. Groh realized that the spread offense was not going to work and went back to basics. Now Virginia is playing power football and pretty good defense. But if Georgia Tech quarterback Josh Nesbitt keeps playing like he has the past four weeks, the Yellow Jackets are going to be very hard to beat. Tech rolls to 7-1. Georgia Tech 28, Virginia 13.

 

2. Tennessee at Alabama: The Volunteers are feeling kind of frisky since taking Georgia to the woodshed on Oct. 10. But Tennessee needs to realize that the Alabama defense is an entirely different animal.  Alabama, for instance, can actually rush the passer. This team eats quarterbacks for lunch and will make life very difficult for Jonathan Crompton. The Tennessee defense will keep the Vols in the game for about a half. But Alabama simply wears opponents down and beats them up. Alabama pulls away in the fourth quarter. Alabama 24, Tennessee 6.

 

3. Arkansas at Ole Miss: We wouldn’t have said this before the season started, but Arkansas will win this game because it has the better quarterback. Ryan Mallett was brilliant against the Florida defense last week and has 14 touchdown passes and only three interceptions. Jevan Snead of Ole Miss bounced back against UAB last week but he still has nine interceptions. Ole Miss could win this game because of its defensive front. But I just have a hunch that Arkansas is going to play well after the tough loss at Florida. Arkansas 24, Ole Miss 21.

 

4. Auburn at LSU: Auburn started 5-0 and got its fans all excited. Now the Tigers have dropped two straight to Arkansas and Kentucky and now their fans are getting worried. If Auburn quarterback Chris Todd can regain his touch, Gene Chizik’s team has a shot in Baton Rouge. That’s because LSU still hasn’t figured out what kind of offense it wants to be. Still, it’s worth noting that Auburn has not won in Baton Rouge since 1999. LSU 21, Auburn 14.

 

5. Florida at Mississippi State: Tim Tebow goes against his old offensive coordinator Dan Mullen, who is now the head guy in Starkville. Florida played one of its worst offensive games in a long time against Arkansas with four turnovers and six quarterback sacks. Tebow also had to carry the ball 27 times, which is something you’d rather not do with a quarterback who just had  a concussion. Mississippi State doesn’t have the athletes Mullen needs, but the Bulldogs are moving the ball on just about everybody. Florida could also be caught looking ahead to next week’s trip to Jacksonville to play Georgia. Florida wins another ugly game.  One historical note. If Tebow scores two rushing touchdowns, he will break Herschel Walker’s career SEC mark of 49.  Florida 24, Miss. State 10.

 

6. Vanderbilt at South Carolina: Vanderbilt has won two straight against the Gamecocks but don’t figure to make it three. Still Steve Spurrier has great respect for the Commodores, who manhandled his Gamecocks two years ago in Columbia. That loss started a five-game losing streak to end the season. South Carolina (5-2) needs this win to become bowl eligible. Spurrier also knows that his team is facing the really brutal part of its schedule with Tennessee, Arkansas, Florida, and Clemson remaining. “Our schedule is tougher the latter part of the year. We know that,” Spurrier said. South Carolina 24, Vanderbilt 7.

 

7. Clemson at Miami: Clemson fans are rightfully confused. They watched their Tigers lose to 1-3 Maryland on Oct. 3 and it appeared that Dabo Swinney’s team was falling apart. After an off week, which included some serious and sometimes heated discussions among coaches and players, Clemson comes back to dominate Wake Forest 38-3. So is Clemson finally starting to turn the corner under Swinney? We should find out Saturday when the Tigers go  to No. 10 Miami. The Hurricanes are 5-1 but they’ve only played three ACC games. They may also be the ACC’s best hope at a national championship team. I like Miami at home. Miami 21, Clemson 17.

 

8. Boston College at Notre Dame: Boston College has won six straight games in this series between the two major Catholic football playing schools. Paul Johnson of Georgia Tech will probably be the ACC coach of the year, but BC’s Frank Spaziani has to get some votes. The Eagles (5-2) were picked dead last in the ACC Atlantic and are currently leading the division. Here is your upset special of the week. Boston College 28, Notre Dame 24.

 

9. TCU at BYU: TCU (6-0) is No. 8 in the first BCS Standings and has a real shot to go 12-0 if the Horned Frogs can get past Max Hall and BYU. TCU has an underrated quarterback in Andy Dalton, whose 23 career wins at TCU is second only to the great Sammy Baugh, who had 29. Jerry Hughes might be the best defensive end in the country. This is the best game on the board this Saturday. TCU 31, BYU 24.

 

10. USF at Pittsburgh: Pittsburgh is 6-1 but the Panthers have been here before under Dave Wannstedt.  Pitt started 6-1 in 2006 and proceeded to lose its last five games to finish 6-6. The last time the Panthers were 7-1 was in 1982 when Dan Marino led them to a 9-1 start. Pittsburgh has found a star in freshman running back Dion Lewis, who is third in the nation in rushing at 131.14 yards per game. Pittsburgh, No. 20 in the first BCS standings, appears headed for a show down with No. 5 Cincinnati on Dec. 5 for the Big East championship. They will take care of USF. Pittsburgh 23, USF 13.

 

 

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298 comments Add your comment

Stumpy's Bear

October 23rd, 2009
9:50 am

So where are these upsets?

GTSteve

October 23rd, 2009
9:52 am

Tony…….I watched your show on the cbs sports channel the other night, why no love at all for the ACC or GA Tech. You talked about all these other conferences in the country. There is a pretty good team right under your nose.

Will

October 23rd, 2009
9:53 am

Tebow will not get the opportunity to score the 2 touchdowns because Urban wants him to get them next week against us. Urban not only wants to beat us badly but wants to smear our nose in it by taking Herschel’s record in front of 50,000 beaten and dejected Dawg fans.

The question is what is CMR going to do about it? The comments out of Athens this week make me think the answer is “nothing”. This nonchalant attitude makes me sick and I’m tired of it. So have a good time at Jon’s game, I will be at home scouting the Gators.

GTSteve

October 23rd, 2009
9:53 am

Good play on words Swami

Jake

October 23rd, 2009
10:01 am

Read about the upset Sunday.

JP owns DJ

October 23rd, 2009
10:02 am

Hey Fleischman in Chattanooga…..

You ready to drink some ICB’s with Nachos on the Quad tomorrow?

Tired of $aban and Tebow

October 23rd, 2009
10:12 am

Talk about OverExposure!

Trade School Junkie

October 23rd, 2009
10:13 am

Tony says: GT:28 UVA:24 ?? What a joke.
UVA is SO BAD is all ways, it could be GT:128 UVA:24.

UVA has played so UNBELIEVABLY bad ALL YEAR…against BAD teams, except TCU.
The UVA wins against UNC & MD were awful.
UNC had 3 TOs vs UVA. MD had 4 TOs vs UVA.
UVA had (9) 1st downs and (63) yds rushing vs “Marylan” (no D).

GT will absolutely D-E-S-T-R-O-Y UVA.

Its gonna be a COMPLETE & TOTAL AZZ WHOOPIN !!!!

Clemson vs Miami:
I’ll take Clemson here. The Clemson beatdown of Wake tells me that clemson fixed whatever “issues” they were having. Miami didnt look impressive vs UCF. There’s a reason Miami got crushed by VT. This is THE GAME of the weekend for the ACC.

Since FSU beat UNC, a Clemson win likely sets up the Clemson-FSU game as the ACC-A title match. I dont see BC winning the ACC-A. A Miami loss practically gurarantees a GT-Clemson or GT-FSU rematch for the ACC-CG.

BC vs ND: Absolutely no way in Hell BC beats ND. Period.

Lastly, Tony Bias says: “They [Miami]may also be the ACC’s best hope at a national championship team.”

My response: F-You Tony.

Thanks for the “left-handed” insult to GT.

If Miami loses, guess who looks like the “best hope for a NC team”:

Thats right: an 11-1 GT team. You fat B**tard.

Hokie Fan

October 23rd, 2009
10:16 am

The biggest problem in the ACC has been the general inability of the better teams to win on the road. Frankly except for the Alabama game the Hokies have not played a good game on the road. GT had their problems on the road and everyone knows what happened when Miami went to VT. I would have to guess the teams that can perform the best on the road in the ACC the rest of the season will end up in Tampa.

GTSteve

October 23rd, 2009
10:23 am

Give’em he11 Junkie

Huh?!

October 23rd, 2009
10:24 am

AZ Jacket, I didn’t say it was in his post…it’s just some talk coming from the “experts.” A little defensive for a Friday.

GTSteve

October 23rd, 2009
10:25 am

You are correct Hokie Fan

JWalker

October 23rd, 2009
10:29 am

I like all the kind words for Clemson from all the GTers who need Miami to lose. Yall are delusional. Have you not been paying attention the last how ever many years? Clemson chokes. Miami wins comfortably.

*suspended SEC crew*

October 23rd, 2009
10:31 am

” There shoud be some REAL upsets this week,
thanks to our suspension.”
” Les and Urban are really gonna miss us helpin out at critical times.”

Head in the Sand

October 23rd, 2009
10:31 am

Trade School Junkie, based on your post I guess UVA and BC (and possibly Miami) shouldn’t even bother to show up for their games. Ya gotta like Tech’s turnaround under Johnson but don’t get too c0cky. On any given Saturday…

Trade School Flunkie

October 23rd, 2009
10:32 am

“Thats right: an 11-1 GT team. You fat B**tard.”

Wow, real classy there. You and m should get a room.

Got 12?

October 23rd, 2009
10:37 am

Hokie Fan,

VaTech didn’t play well against Bama (check the stats for verification). Bama played very sloppily and finally got things going in the second half.

Just last week, we’re you saying VaTech would run the table and rematch Bama for the NC?

Trade School Junkie

October 23rd, 2009
10:38 am

JWalker:

Clemson found ways to choke in the recent past because of Tommy Bowden.

He absolutely SUCKED as a HC, and Clemson has generally played much better since he was canned.

The Clemson-Wake game would indciate that Clemson fixed whatever “coaching issues” they were having that caused the lost to MD.

I firmly expect Clemson to beat Miami, b/c I think Clemson is the better team in all areas. Clemson hasnt been “thumped” by anyone this year. Miami got thumped BADLY by VT. Miami is the weaker team.

ARdawg

October 23rd, 2009
10:40 am

Barnhart

Kudos to you for the officiating column the other day. I for one was proud of you. That act alone will have me reading your schtick for years to come.

Jimbo Muschamp

October 23rd, 2009
10:42 am

Miami and Clemson were both 7-6 last year JWalker.and Miami lost their last 3 games.
Clemson is always stronger later in the season while Miami ” chokes.”
Miami is way over-rated, living in a 1980’s delusion.

AZ Jacket

October 23rd, 2009
10:43 am

ARdawg, you don’t have to kiss Tony’s a$$. He is a UGA and SEC homer. He can whine with the best of you.

GT4Ever

October 23rd, 2009
10:45 am

tampadawg

October 23rd, 2009
8:31 am
Tony……. If UGA can win out the rest of the season(means beating uf, auburn and tech) will that be enough to keep Richt from having to can martinez, or do you see that as a foregone conclusion that martinez is out at the end of the season?

You do realize what you’re asking of them? Winning one of those three will be hard enough.

Craig

October 23rd, 2009
10:46 am

Va tired a spread offense to start the season and it was awful. They went back to their old offense so who knows how good they are. Tech should win this one regardless. Spearmen is gone which is good. Gt should win it 31-17

Yellow Is The Color Of Pi$$

October 23rd, 2009
10:48 am

Virgina 65 Tech 12

GT4Ever

October 23rd, 2009
10:50 am

No BCS

October 23rd, 2009
8:54 am
I think the upset special will be Virginia over Georgia Tech. Betting the Jackets are still swapping stories about the win over Virginia Tech last week. Classic letdown after a huge win.

As Lee Corso says, “not so fast my friend” and puts on his GT Buzz helment. Tech rolls against the Cavs. 42-10

Craig

October 23rd, 2009
10:51 am

Trade school. Tony has gt winning 28-13. Take some valium or prozac and calm down.

Prediction

October 23rd, 2009
10:51 am

Bye Week 78
Uga 3

GTSteve

October 23rd, 2009
10:52 am

Yellow Is The Color Of Pi$$

October 23rd, 2009
10:48 am

Virgina 65 Tech 12

wanna bet………come on, if you really believe that, lets put a 100 on it

Saint Dawg

October 23rd, 2009
10:55 am

If UVA beats Tech, does that make Bill and Mary ACC Champs?

ARdawg

October 23rd, 2009
10:56 am

AZ Jacket

There’s no whining here my little pinheaded friend. It’s matter of right and wrong. It is of my own personal opinion that officials should not be allowed to inject themselves into the outcome of any game unfettered without consequences. I do not doubt for a second that you quite enjoy flags thrown on phantom penalties.

No azz kissing here or needed just giving Barnhart some deserved kudos for taking a position on a hot topic. Most of the national bonehead media guys shy away from such, Barnhart did not.

AZ Jacket…Why so bitter? Must everything be a “those Georgia Bulldogs” issue with you? You should get out and enjoy life more. OPPS! I almost forgot, we have waxed your azz 7 of 8 years haven’t we?

Paddy

October 23rd, 2009
10:58 am

nachos….two words; anger management.

Atlanta Gator

October 23rd, 2009
11:03 am

Comments in response to Tony—-

(1) Georgia Tech over Virginia (?). On paper this should be a no-brainer given the relative strengths and weaknesses of the two teams. Still . . . something weird always seems to happen when the Jackets play in Scott Stadium. Pencil this one in as a “possible,” but not “probable” upset.

(2) Alabama over Tennessee, 27-10, but it won’t feel that close. The Tide defense will shut the Volunteers offense down for three-plus quarters. If the Tide can get in UT QB Crompton’s face, this game has the potential to get ugly.

(3) Ole Miss over Arkansas, 27-20. These are two relatively equal teams on paper, but the Hogs will be emotionally drained after their close and disappointing loss to the Gators, and the Rebs should be angry about their season so far and motivated to do something about it.

(4) LSU over Auburn, 27-13, in the Tiger Bowl. Two teams on the rise, but LSU is the more complete team now. That should be enough for the win.

(5) Florida over Mississippi State, 31-13. Florida’s defense shuts the Bulldogs down, and the Gator offense takes full advantage of MSU’s mistakes. Mullen is good, but he doesn’t have the horses.

GT4Ever

October 23rd, 2009
11:04 am

I think Clemson has their sights set on UM. It’s a big game for both. Clemson knows they can be the spoiler here. How great would it be for them to upset a top ten team? They should be ready to play. The key to the game will come down to CU’s DL against UM’s OL. I think their DL can get to Harris and harrass him. CU win a close one 20-17.

Miles

October 23rd, 2009
11:06 am

ND will beat BC…

god and greyhound

October 23rd, 2009
11:08 am

Tony has not picked against either Tech or uog all year.

Trade School Junkie

October 23rd, 2009
11:08 am

Flunkie:

I dont need to be “classy” here. Tony “dissed” GT.
I just call like it…like Tony writes it.

I dont put on any “pretenses” like Tony.
He’s a complete SEC/UGA Homer in every possible way. Thats OK.

But dont promote yourself out here as “Mr. College Football”
when you’re nothng of the sort.

His bias against ALL THINGS non-SEC and mindless defense of the trainwreck we call the BCS is obvious to everyone, except SEC fans.
But hey thats OK. His right.

But dont push the LIE that you’re “Mr. College Football”
and then turn around and “diss” a 6-1 local team that ALSO has a shot.
I would HOPE to get a lot more “street cred” from from a local sports writer.

He is simply an SEC media “w-hore.” Nothing more.

Head in the Sand:
Pull yours out of the sand. Just take a look at UVA stats year-to-date. Awful in almost every possible way…against BAD teams.

And, ND is playing very good ball, with a Heisman candidate QB.

BC is playing with a 25 yr old “freshman” QB, who has struggled all year, and lots of key talent missing. ND still has some BCS hopes.
ND should slam-dunk BC.

Cash

October 23rd, 2009
11:09 am

Miss St 42
Fla 27
Cowbells will be ringing!

DC Dawg

October 23rd, 2009
11:10 am

The a$$ whippings, yes whippings, jacket fans have taken over all the years their in regards to the mighty mouse football program , they will never get over, hence why they talk smack when they can.

ARdawg, They are not use to winning so they dont know what to do with themselves, kinda like “the jerk” when he found out about his special purpose, jacket fans will always be left holding their pud when it’s all over.

reebok

October 23rd, 2009
11:11 am

I hope you are right about my Jackets, Tony…under Chan The Man Gailey, you could bet the farm that Tech would let down after a big win and lose on the road to an inferior team…under Johnson, I am hopeful that the team stays focused & will take care of business. I hope you are worng, however, on Clemson vs. Miami…I will be pulling hard for the Tigers.

Bet on Boston College to spit the bit against Notre Dame & lose big.

Happy Friday to all!

reebok

October 23rd, 2009
11:11 am

Wrong, not worng. Dang.

alligator belts 50% off

October 23rd, 2009
11:12 am

Mississippi State gave away the game to LSU, the gators are in trouble with that SEC crew suspended this week.

AZ Jacket

October 23rd, 2009
11:13 am

ARdawg, not bitter. Why don’t you and all the leg humpers get out of the past. 7 out of the last 8, we would have won if the officials had not cheated. One could tolerate a dawg fan if it weren’t crap like that. I guess if it continues Tech’s way you will be spouting 7 out of the 15. As far as officials making mistakes, it happens, they are human. The SEC has taken care of the situation, now it should be laid to rest…oh I forgot. If it had not been for the officials UGA would have beat LSU. Right.

GT4Ever

October 23rd, 2009
11:15 am

Saint Dawg

October 23rd, 2009
10:55 am
If UVA beats Tech, does that make Bill and Mary ACC Champs?

Funny coming from a 4-3 team fan.

Fleischman in Chi Town's bed

October 23rd, 2009
11:16 am

The quad will be rockin’ tomorrow dudes. Lame K. & his orange jerseys aint gonna mater to the Saban. He wants to kick Lance Thompson’s a$$ up & down the field all day. Dont f with Saban.

Head in the Sand

October 23rd, 2009
11:22 am

Trade School Junkie — pull your head out of your arse. Shoulda, woulda, coulda. Stats from previous games don’t win teams’ next games, let along guarantee a slam dunk. I repeat, ya gotta show up because on any given Saturday…

How2fish

October 23rd, 2009
11:23 am

nachos….one word , loser.

AZ Jacket

October 23rd, 2009
11:25 am

DC Dawg, it really hurts to have only the past to talk about. Hey, UGA is not the only show in town. The State has two programs and there will never be seven in a row for either side. Count on it.

AZ Jacket

October 23rd, 2009
11:28 am

DC Dawg, you must not have watched the same games I did….a$$ whippings….only in your mind.

GT93

October 23rd, 2009
11:29 am

This GT team has amazing focus this year and it all starts with great coaching. Many “monkeys” have been removed from our backs and tomorrow, hopefully, we will remove one more.

Here are 2 U.Va statistics that worry me a little though:

• Virginia is one of two teams nationally to convert on all of its red-zone opportunities this year (the other is San Jose State).

• UVa is 17 of 17 (10 TD, 7 FG) this year when entering the red zone. All 10 touchdowns have come via the run.

Solution (as long as GT delivers): keep U.Va out of the red zone!! Get ahead early, play defense like we did against VA Tech to force some U.Va 3-and-outs, then play disciplined long-possession football and wear down the clock. 6 yards, 4 yards, 6 yards, 4 yards … all day long.

Easier said than done, for sure, but this GT team is playing like a solid unit right now (much like the 1990 team was). The less we have to hear Auld Lang Syne after each U.Va score the better. I used to like that song.

GO JACKETS!!

GT4Ever

October 23rd, 2009
11:29 am

CPJ and the team knows what’s at stake here. They know they have to win out and hope UM loses one for them to even get to the ACCCG. I don’t think they’re going to take any team lightly from here on out. They know how big each and every game is and will do whatever it takes to win. This isn’t the old Jackets. They may have F’d up in the past but not with CPJ at the helm. He will not allow them to give anything less than 100%. Even when they do well, CPJ praises them for about a minute and then launches into what the team could have done better. The guys are buying into his beliefs. We won’t have another LSU meltdown. I’m sure CPJ tells the guys “you’re good but not great so don’t think you are”. Tech will be ready tomorrow just like they were ready for VT.
GO JACKETS!!!!