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

Bucky Blew

October 23rd, 2009
3:03 pm

I stuck here with this radio station and this trash philadelphia sidekick. Sure wish I was workin for my dawgs. I wouldn’t let them be 4-4 next week. I woulda done kept Staffy and Noshow in hippie town.

aarh

October 23rd, 2009
3:03 pm

GT4Ever- A couple of weeks ago I would have agreed w/ you about UGA being lucky to win 1 of thoselast 3 games against AU, FL, & GT. Even though AU got off to a good start…they’re starting to look like they’re not as good as everybody thought. They started out w/ a weak schedule, & now they’ve lost 2 in a row…w/ the last one being against KY. Now they play LSU on the road at night, & then Ole Miss before they play UGA. So as bad as UGA has looked at times….nobody in their right mind who isn’t biased should think UGA won’t have a chance against them especially. I guess we’ll have to see how both teams play over the next couple of weeks before we start jumping to conclusions. I’m not even convinced tha the FL. game will be impossible to win. After all, if it wasn’t for the refs…then Ark. would have beaten FL. I’m not saying UGA will win all 3 of those, but I would expect for them to at least win one of those games.

C. Tampa Ironworse

October 23rd, 2009
3:07 pm

Boston College is 5-2…has won 8 straight in the series…and beating Notre Crap is an upset? Thanks, Beno Cook Jr, um, I mean, Tony…

Stumpy Thomason

October 23rd, 2009
3:07 pm

Against UVA, Ramblin’ Wreck may scare fans with a tie score at halftime, but roll in the second half. Tech 38, Virginia 16.
GO JACKETS ! ! !!!!

how2fish

October 23rd, 2009
3:13 pm

Nacho nope about a nano-second and come to think of it I over thought it since it was about you…hey you still calling folks out or have you dropped the tough guy act? I said it before and it bears repeating..your a loser always have been and always will be…next to you m is a wonderful, witty , chick magent.

KJ

October 23rd, 2009
3:31 pm

LOL, Tony writes an article that a) picks NATS to win and b) has nothing to do with UGA, and you Techtards still spew your tired, bitter “OMG UGA HOMER U SUCK” tripe. To quote Harvey Keitel in From Dusk Til Dawn: “Are you so much of a loser that you don’t know when you’ve won?”

Wait, don’t answer that.

Shananeeee Fananeeeeeee

October 23rd, 2009
3:35 pm

Georgia Tech is on the rise, Georgia is on the decline for the next several years. UGA Freshman and verbal commits – You will never play in a game at the Georgia Dome unless you turn pro.

Yellow=Piss

October 23rd, 2009
3:43 pm

Cavs win 64 – 13 in a ‘blowout’.

Marc

October 23rd, 2009
3:44 pm

Florida has the #1 defense in the country and with a scaled back, conservative offensive scheme, Tennessee was able to move the ball. Midway through the season, Crompton’s cofidense and Kiffen’s confidence in Crompton has grown. You can see it in the play calls and the production. That said, how will Tennessee score fewer points in this game than the Florida game?

prediction – Bama offensively will play a conservative game to avoid turn overs with a struggling McElroy focusing primarily on the run. Tennessee with its confidence will come out aggressively similar to how it did against Georgia. The Tennessee offense is better than SC’s, so what we saw last week will not be repeated. Tennessee will convert and keep their defense on the bench less than people think. Montario Hardesty is every bit as talented as Ingram and we will see that in this game. This game will be much closer and lower scoring than most think. I am obviously biased and I am calling for the upset. Tennessee will be riding its new found confidence and will score early hushing the crowd. Ingram will be spied all game long by Berry void him out. Evans will be all over Jones similar to how he took Greene out of the Georgia game. This will come down to QB’s with Crompton being more productive than McElroy. Bet on it.

aszsqeez

October 23rd, 2009
3:45 pm

nacho is the proud owner of the only mexican/soul food resterant in winder. it is called nachomamma.

John Kenny Cade

October 23rd, 2009
3:48 pm

I sure does like my Phillies. I am the smartest man on the planet. You can here me now on the radio! I be on six eight zero on am. I can’t wait to play those yank mes. Just wish my Eagles were werth a darn. Lost to the raders. Shoot. Gotta go. Back on the radio. Hope you listen to my wisdom. I am so purty and smart for a philly guy. Not nearly as fat as most of the hicks from that place. Sure glad I left there to a city with a pulse.

JP owns DJ

October 23rd, 2009
3:48 pm

How come everyone hates Nachos?

Jerry

October 23rd, 2009
3:51 pm

Fla defense? They haven’t played anyone. Sorry LSU’s offense is a joke. When you play troy and charl southern, it’s easy to have a good defense.

Pete

October 23rd, 2009
3:54 pm

I have a question. LSU barely beat MISS ST. MSU had 4 turnovers in the game. LSU had 0. Miss st lost by 4 and should have won if they had scored on 3 goal line stands.
So what if Fla wins by less than 14? Will that open the eyes of everyone saying fla and the sec is so great?

Scott dawg

October 23rd, 2009
3:56 pm

Fla plays 4 road games this year along with their joke of ooc games. What a joke their schedule is. Half the sec teams would be undefeated with that schedule. Plus, they needed the refs to give them the Ark game. Must be nice.

Atlanta Gator

October 23rd, 2009
3:56 pm

jumbeauxtiger—-I’m having the same problem with the blog software: can’t post more than a sentence at a time today, and sometimes nothing at all.

Red is the color of menstration

October 23rd, 2009
3:58 pm

Burdell

October 23rd, 2009
3:59 pm

Scott dawg—pass the Kleenex when you’re done.

Burdell

October 23rd, 2009
4:00 pm

Real classy Red….at least you could check your spelling.

GTinWS

October 23rd, 2009
4:07 pm

4-3 Leg Humpers!!! BBBaaah-Hahahahahaha!

Yellow=Piss, it’s kinda hard to win if you don’t have the ball. Check for GT time of posses…

Styles

October 23rd, 2009
4:11 pm

I hope Tech continues to win!! Nothing would be finer than to dash their meager hopes and dreams on November 28th and then see them proceed to ACC and Bowl losses!!! MUUHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!

Sean

October 23rd, 2009
4:11 pm

Hahahhaa BC is going to beat Notre Dame? BC has been embarassing when it has played a team with a pulse (Clemson & Va. Tech). They exploded against a truly terrible NC State that got blown out by Duke. Duke = BC. Notre Dame by 4 touchdowns, at least.

gtne80

October 23rd, 2009
4:15 pm

Clemson beating Miami is nothing but wishful thinking. If it were in Death Valley, I’d be inclined to say that they have a shot, but I don’t see them going to Miami and winning. Clemson is highly talented but largely undisciplined. Mistakes will kill them.

If Georgia Tech was facing a tough opponent next week, I would worry more about the UVa game being a “trap” game. Those “sandwich” games are notorious traps. However, Tech has nothing to look forward to but Vandy, Wake and Duke before the Dawgs come calling. It’s way too early for them to be looking ahead to the UGAg game. I look for Tech to start slowly but build momentum before halftime and roll in the second half. The only fear would be if we gave up some quick scores (special teams, turnovers, or big plays) early and fell behind by 2 touchdowns or more in the first quarter.

Scott dawg

October 23rd, 2009
4:20 pm

Dawgs would be 5-1 with UF’s schedule. What a steaming pile.

Trade School Junkie

October 23rd, 2009
4:25 pm

A useful reminder:

In 2008: Tony Bias picked UGA over Bama.

Then, even AFTER that AZZ WHOOPIN, TB still picked UGA over Florida for an even B=bigger AZZ WHOOPIN.

Two weeks ago, he picked UGA over Tenn. And THAT turned into a “Crompton for Heisman” video.

And now, he’s picking BC over ND?

And….he’s picking a close win for GT over UVA, 28-24??

WHAT A JOKE !!!!!!

GT is gonna lay the biggestdamn beatdown on UVA in recent history.

GT ROLLS…HUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUGE.

GT:56 UVA:9

Denver Dog

October 23rd, 2009
4:36 pm

As long as the jackets are fabored by 21 over UGA we will all be happy.

Denver Dog

October 23rd, 2009
4:37 pm

CPJ rules us all.

Tech75

October 23rd, 2009
4:49 pm

theoHoo – next week you’ll be posting as “booHoo”

Next week your team is going to look like the Southern Dictionary’s definition of a possum – “Possum: large, flat, smelly animal that lives on roadways.”

GT 42
UVA 17

We’re going to bomb Charlottesville!

When I say yellow, you say Jackets, YELLOW

C’mon, you can do it…

GTSteve

October 23rd, 2009
5:00 pm

SameScore

October 23rd, 2009
5:25 pm

Same score kind of comes to mind. Let’s see…Miami….yeah.

Mike Oxbig

October 23rd, 2009
5:26 pm

Tech dorks–enjoy your glory while it last for another 24 hrs. Regardless of the occasional good record the bugs might have every 6 or 7 years, just remember–you still are nothing but a loser tech fan. Have fun at your awesome saugage parties tonight!

Meditank

October 23rd, 2009
5:28 pm

My noles will crush the gators when we meet.

GTSteve

October 23rd, 2009
5:38 pm

where is the FSU and UF game this year

Mike Oxbig

October 23rd, 2009
5:42 pm

m, Ramble on–which one is quarterback and which one is center tonight?

Mike Oxbig

October 23rd, 2009
5:55 pm

The Dawgs will not lose for the rest of the season. The Gaytor game won’t even be close and the nerds won’t know what hit them. The Dawgs are the real class of the SEC, the best conference in the land. Go DAWGS!!

Mike Oxbig

October 23rd, 2009
5:56 pm

We’re looking for 8 in a row over Tech in November!!! Mark it down now… UGA wins!

Hey BigOx...

October 23rd, 2009
5:58 pm

You’re an idiot!

SameScore

October 23rd, 2009
5:58 pm

Virginia 33 – GT 17 in a huge upset. Miami is the ACC boss as you know.

JB

October 23rd, 2009
5:59 pm

Mike Oxbig – a little over the top wouldn’t you say? Let’s take it down a notch; let’s not look foolish like these bug fans and the second coming of CPJ.

Adam

October 23rd, 2009
6:01 pm

Uh, Oxbig, 8 (eight) in a row??? You must have attended Jim Harrick’s class at UGA!! Need to check your stats before puking fiction big fella.

TIgerPaw

October 23rd, 2009
6:13 pm

CU has a good chance to take the U this weekend. If we can get a good start and put pressure on Jacory we have a chance. Spiller should have a great day. don’t care if it helps anyone else, but we have a great opportunty to show what were made of. CDS deserves a lot of credit.

Yellow Fuzz

October 23rd, 2009
6:16 pm

Styles,

“I hope Tech continues to win!! Nothing would be finer than to dash their meager hopes and dreams on November 28th and then see them proceed to ACC and Bowl losses!!! MUUHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!”

lol. we said the same exact thing about YOU last year little man and you made fun of us for it. And just so you know, it did feel great (45-42). Especially after we spotted you 16 at half time before bitch slapping YOUR fugly azzes the entire 3rd qtr 26 to (I hope you can hear me) 0. Now that’s a genuine Beat Down.

Living to beat Tech now are you there Styles? lol. Highlight of YOUR season instead of the other way around? Funny how what goes around comes around, huh little man? NOTHING is better than seeing a quieted down georgia fan on the run. lol.

From Preseaon Number 1 to Pathetic Number 104 in the nation all in what, 13 months?
How do YOU feel now that YOU are “irrelevant” dude?

(((( ga )))) Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha

HooVille

October 23rd, 2009
6:18 pm

The weather will be a HUGE factor tomorrow. Can’t wait until we see some pitch outs on that 3rd option land on the ground! If we get up early on GT they won’t be able to recover, especially with a weak passing O. I think UVA wins and it’s not close. Glad to see so many of you GT fans see it differently, and hope your team does also. The curse continues… UVA 24 GT 14 Go HOOS!!!

Yellow Fuzz

October 23rd, 2009
6:28 pm

HooVille,

Our team has changed the rules dude. We could lose to Va. but it won’t be because of any curse. The curse was broken in Sanford Stadium (our home away from home) last November 45-42. We brought some hedges (and a good bit of your mid field logo back to a clean campus. You, Styles and Mike Oxbig too, need to learn your new role like, like it and STFU when addressing the Tech Nation on these blogs.

bugsquacher

October 23rd, 2009
6:56 pm

Here let me give you little boys a history lesson…. Since 1964, the Jackets have managed just 12 wins against Georgia. Let me say that again for all of you Jacket fans out there…12 wins in 45 games. To say that Georgia has dominated this series in the past 45 seasons would be a slight understatement. During that stretch of dominance, Georgia has posted win streaks of five, six and seven (twice). Tech has won three straight once (1998-2000).

Barkin'Dog

October 23rd, 2009
6:58 pm

Yellow Fuzz — you are livin’ the dream, aren’t you?! Livin’ large, ’cause your team beat the Dawgs… once in almost a decade. Dawg fans are glad you brought pieces of the hedges home with you, because that in itself is the curse of Mother Nature. Get ready for another 7-0 Dawgs run against the mighty bees… the blogs will be a whole lot different after late November. And it will be merciless. You had your year of slammin’ the Dawg Nation… but, it will come back to haunt you. Speaking of haunt… after the Dawgs upset Florida next week, keeping Tebow from getting those magical 2 TDs to pass HW, they will be tuning up a little more to trounce you Techsters in the middle of your HS stadium. My only comment will be, after it’s all said and done, is, “You can dish it out, but you just can’t take it.” I hope you go undefeated until Nov. 28th, because the shock to your system will be tremendous. It’s comin’… be scared, be very scared! BOO! Go Dawgs!! G.A.Tech’sA.!!!

jumbeauxtiger

October 23rd, 2009
7:08 pm

Atlanta Gator, I’m going to post my picks one at a time so maybe they will go through:

Tech 33 UVA 20 Cavs no match for Jackets

jumbeauxtiger

October 23rd, 2009
7:09 pm

Bama 27 Vols 10 Tide pounds away and Tiffin kicks 2 FGs without any tape

Chuck Uga

October 23rd, 2009
7:09 pm

This is college football, so anything can happen. It cracks me up that all these “so and so has no chance of beating so and so.” You are wrong. Said that many times about UVA when Tech visited there, and lost money on it. UVA stinks but somehow finds a way to make life tough for Tech. Maybe this year breaks the jinx.

Otherwise, just don’t get this obsession with UGA by Tech fans. Someone stupidly stated in this thread that UGA is going to be down for several years. Moronic. UGA isn’t going to be down and isn’t even done with 2009. Let’s wait and see what happens before declaring UGA dead. And one more thing, Mark Richt has a very good chance of defeating Tech THIS year. Tech, as good as they are, has to outscore the good teams they play in order to win. Miami just throttled them and has a much better overall team. All if takes to beat Tech is a decent defense and a solid offense. Tech cannot stop ANYONE on defense, so we shall see what happens. I wouldn’t write UGA off just yet, and certainly would not write them off for 2010. Richt isn’t stupid…he’s been declared dead before and stunned the football world (see 2006). He will make the necessary staff adjustments, and could likely win the SEC East in 2010. IF he makes the right adjustments, Lane Kiffin will be eating crow for dinner after UT (with a brand new QB and OL mind you) gets waxed in Sanford Stadium next October (remember, “I will not lose to Georgia ever as long as I am the coach here” per Lane Kiffin). Stupid statement. Not even Urban Meyer would make a statement that stupid.

jumbeauxtiger

October 23rd, 2009
7:10 pm

Ole Miss 24 Ark 21 Hogs have letdown after close call with Gators