It was a great weekend for Georgia Tech. Now what?

 

 

So what did we learn over the weekend?

 

1. It was a great weekend for Georgia Tech. Now what? Bobby Dodd himself could not have drawn up a better football weekend for the Institute. Tech’s win over Virginia coupled with Miami’s loss to Clemson puts the Yellow Jackets’ in the driver’s seat in the ACC Coastal Division. Beat Wake Forest at home on Nov. 7 and Duke on Nov. 14 in Durham, and the Yellow Jackets will advance to the ACC championship game in Tampa on Dec. 5. Now is where the Georgia Tech team has to decide: Do they want to be good or do they want to be special? Sandwiching those two conference games are a pair of SEC opponents, Vanderbilt and Georgia. In the past Georgia Tech would be on the verge of being special and slip up. Georgia Tech is good enough to win these last four games if it can remain focused. Will they?

 

2. You’ve got to start giving C.J. Spiller some love for the Heisman. Nobody is playing better right now than the junior running back/return specialist for Clemson. In the Miami game alone he had a 90-yard kickoff return for a touchdown, a 56-yard pass reception for a touchdown, and a total of 310 all-purpose yards. In each of Clemson’s seven games Spiller has had at least one play of 60 yards or more. He has returned four kicks (three kickoffs, one punt) for touchdowns this season. And here’s the best one: In his Clemson career Spiller has had 19 career touchdowns of 50 yards or more. That’s more that Rocket Ismail, Reggie Bush, or Tim Brown. Bush and Brown won the Heisman.

 

3. Some SEC coaches obviously didn’t get the memo: SEC Commissioner Mike Slive reminded everybody last week that public criticism of officials is a no-no. He reprimanded Bobby Petrino last week when the Arkansas coach went off on the officials after a loss to Florida. The SEC later admitted that one of Petrino’s complaints was correct. But being right doesn’t allow you to jump the officials in public. There may be more memos going out today. Tennessee coach Lane Kiffin went right up to the line after the Alabama game when he wondered aloud how his team, which was among the least-penalized in the country, could get eight penalties while Alabama was flagged for only one. Mississippi State’s Dan Mullen was less subtle. He called out the replay official for not overturning a controversial touchdown in his game with Florida. “I hope he’s severely punished if he ever works another SEC game again, because I think it’s completely unacceptable,” he said. I finally saw the play last night. The score should have been taken off the board and because the Florida player fumbled before the goal line when he was trying to hot dog it as he went into the end zone.  Still, it doesn’t matter if the call was wrong or not. The coaches know they can’t publicly criticize officials and if they keep doing it, the Commish is going to bring the hammer down strong on somebody.

 

4. Iowa is this season’s 2002 Ohio State: In 2002 Ohio State won one ugly game after another and finally got to the BCS championship game, where the Buckeyes were supposed to get blown out by a great Miami team. It didn’t happen and Ohio State won the national championship. The Hawkeyes had to score on the last play of the game to beat Michigan State Saturday night, one of many great escapes that this team has had. But here is what we now know. The Hawkeyes (8-0) jumped over Boise State and Cincinnati in the BCS standings and are now sitting at No. 4. If Texas, Alabama, or Florida stumble down the stretch it has become clear that the Hawkeyes will jump a once-beaten among those three and get into the big game. Iowa is No. 8 in the human polls but No. 1 in the computer polls.

 

5. Florida is getting painful to watch: It’s a good thing Florida started the season at No. 1 because the Gators are really getting painful to watch on offense. Quarterback Tim Tebow, who is now starting to get frustrated and forcing things (two pick sixes against Mississippi State), is simply not playing as well since his concussion against Kentucky. I don’t know that the two are related, but the numbers don’t lie. My buddy Pat Dooley of the Gainesville Sun points out that in Florida’s last 15 trips to the red zone, the Gators have scored only two touchdowns. But when you’re No. 1, you don’t have to impress anybody. My experience is the pollsters will vote you out of No. 2 (as the AP did Alabama this weekend), but they won’t vote you out of No. 1 as long as you keep winning. Do the Gators have a breakout game coming this Saturday against Georgia? We will watch and report.

 

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274 comments Add your comment

Nachos

October 26th, 2009
8:30 am

Big Bad Wolves rules!

Vol of reason

October 26th, 2009
8:37 am

Need to follow up heartbreaking loss with win over South Cackalacky. Go Vols!

Major Major

October 26th, 2009
8:38 am

Tech does need to stay focused and I think they will. They are too well coached. I just wish our schedule was a little tougher so we could advance a little in the BCS rankings. No worries though. If we finish as ACC champs and win the Orange Bowl it will be the best season since winning the national title in ‘90 and give us a platform for more things to come. BEAT VANDY!

TO HELL WITH GEORIGA!!!

GO JACKETS!

T

October 26th, 2009
8:39 am

Georgia will beat Florida on Saturday !!

Saint Simons

October 26th, 2009
8:39 am

UGA will be Gator bait this weekend!!!!!!!!! hahahahahahahahahahahahahaha

Grantland Rice

October 26th, 2009
8:40 am

What good is a review when the officials still allow a TD to stand like in the Florida/Mississippi State game? The ball was clearly stripped before the showboater crossed the goal line. Touchback.

Heartbreak

October 26th, 2009
8:42 am

Ruling on excessive celebration after blocked FG is that it is a dead ball foul. UT would not have been able to kick again anyway. It’s like a player celebrating as he runs into the endzone. He still gets the TD. Cody’s armpits must be sore this morning. Go Vols!

UT96

October 26th, 2009
8:43 am

Go ahead Tide fans, start with the excuses. Your team got outplayed and outcoached. You were darned fortunate to win against an undermanned and under talented Tennessee team. Enjoy your win, you know what’s coming down the pike.

UT96

October 26th, 2009
8:46 am

Heartbreak, It’s my understanding, and, of course, I could be wrong but it’s only a dead ball if the kick passes the line of scrimmage. Maybe someone can clarify this for me.

RAMBLE ON!!!

October 26th, 2009
8:47 am

Very nice way to finish the season against 4 light weights, with apologies to WF. You just don’t have it this year.

Bubba

October 26th, 2009
8:49 am

What’s coming down the pike? UT has fallen so far it now brags about close LOSSES to Florida and Bama. What’s your record now Vols? And you’re happy enough about that to say you are outplaying whom?

Me and You and a Dawg Named Belue

October 26th, 2009
8:49 am

Someone needs to remind Urban Meyer of the timeouts he called last year. Totally classless. Hey Urban: You don’t get to be a fan of Herschel.

Bowden Wyatt

October 26th, 2009
8:50 am

“Show me somebody that complains about officiating and I’ll show you somebody that just got beat”.

SEC Refs

October 26th, 2009
8:51 am

Tony, what are the SEC coaches supposed to do, stand back and take it? These idiots have been missing calls all over the place and something needs to be done. The celebration calls are a joke when 1 team can do things that get called and others do much worse and get nothing. Blowing a call after a review that shows CONCLUSIVE evidence that the original call was wrong is inexcusable and should not be tolerated. I don’t blame Mullen one bit- good for him. I know you don’t believe in conspiracy theories but what else could it be? UF has been getting away with murder practically and the SEC does nothing but look the other way. The FIX is in. All the SEC wants is 1 vs. 2 in the SECCG and is selling their souls to make it happen. The best league with the worst refs, PERIOD.

hh

October 26th, 2009
8:52 am

It has never been so obvious that the SEC is protecting Alabama and Florida’s 1 and 2 ranking. This is sickening, but business as usual in the SEC

Tech fan

October 26th, 2009
8:52 am

Tell you what Gators Offense could be their downfall this weekend..

Heartbreak

October 26th, 2009
8:52 am

Excessive celebration by defination is a dead ball foul.

Zebra

October 26th, 2009
8:55 am

If Slive wants to quiet criticism of the officials, he should have them go at least one week without helping a BCS contender steal a game. When I see the zebras cost UF, ALA, or LSU a game I will take off my tin foil hat.

Joey

October 26th, 2009
8:55 am

Dog fan here but not a Tech hater. I think Tech will win out, at least til the Orange Bowl. They are a better team than last year, and PJ is one of the better coaches in the country. If Tech can keep him, he will lead Tech to a national title sooner than later. They are on the rise. Meanwhile our program is in decline. After Richt’s early success he assumed his “system” would work no matter who he plugged in as coordinators. He promoted from within and therefore didn’t get the benefit of fresh ideas and schemes. Face it, we are not keeping up with the Jones’ (UF, Bama, LSU, ). I hope he has the courage to make changes, cause we’re on the verge of falling behind UT, Ole Miss, and others.

Got 12?

October 26th, 2009
8:56 am

UT96,

There are no excuses (from either side). What’s coming down the pike is the same thing that’s been coming down the pike lately.

After eight straight games including three against ranked opponents, we really needed this bye week. Hopefully, McElroy (bad decisions, poor mechanics) and McElwain (questionable play calling) can figure some things out over the next two weeks.

Mikey

October 26th, 2009
8:56 am

Congratulations to Dan Mullen for speaking out.
The Commish coming down on the coaches is BS- someone has to say it so again, congrats to Dan.

Touchback and perhaps a different outcome…

No BCS

October 26th, 2009
8:57 am

1. I really thought GT would get caught still celebrating the win over VT and get upset by Virginia. Hats off to the Jackets. Great follow-up victory. Glad I was wrong and I hope they continue the rest of the way.

2. Who cares about the “Quarterback on the No. 1 Team” award, aka the Heisman Joke, I mean Trophy. I’d rather wish Spiller a long and successful career in the NFL.

3. Actually, some SEC OFFICIALS didn’t get the memo. DO YOUR JOB!

4. Iowa is reminscent of the 2002 Ohio State team; however, I don’t remember this many undefeated teams ahead of Ohio State at this point of the season in 2002. Iowa will go to the Rose Bowl, but it won’t be for the National Championship.

5. Why is Florida still ranked number one? This season may go down as the best example of why we need an 8-team playoff.

jlc

October 26th, 2009
8:57 am

I know Fla. and ‘Bama won this weekend, but there is no way you can convince me that the SEC is as dominant as people make it out to be. Tennessee and Miss. St. are not that strong of teams this year and they gave the 1 and 2 teams in the country all they could handle. Miss. St. got whacked by GT at home, and UT lost to UCLA at home. I would love to see TCU play a big dog this year, because they could have a legitment shot at winning.

UT96

October 26th, 2009
8:58 am

Bubba, fitting name, losses chump, several to the Vols in the coming year. tell me something, have you changed your underwear yet after soiling them in the closing seconds of the game? No, we aren’t bragging about losing to Florida or Bama but apparently aren’t smart enough to realize what Kiffin is doing at UT.

DawgGirl32

October 26th, 2009
8:59 am

“But when you’re No. 1, you don’t have to impress anybody.”

Really? That’s funny. I seem to remember Georgia dropping from #1 in the polls last year after winning its first 3 games. I guess that rule only applies to Florida.

SecIsFootball

October 26th, 2009
8:59 am

if there is one thing we have learned, Kiffin will whine and complain after every loss an place the blame anywhere but on himself and his team nor will he give the opposing team credit for winning. On top of that, he basically guaranteed a victory over BAMA next year. Will this guy ever learn? My guess is no.

Gen Neyland

October 26th, 2009
8:59 am

Congrats to the Red Elephants.

Bubba : You truly are a Bubba.

Dawg Named Belue : Every programs classless except yours, right..?

Got 12?

October 26th, 2009
8:59 am

hh,

How are the officials protecting Bama? They had a golden opportunity on Ingram’s fumble to give the ball back to Bama to run out the clock. They made the correct call which almost resulted in a Bama loss.

m

October 26th, 2009
9:00 am

Tech has four games left…two with the ACC against Duke and Wake Forest and two with the sec against vannnerbilt and ugag. The ACC games will be much tougher than the creampuff sec games.

The sec is the weakest I have ever seen the conference in my lifetime and even though the ignorant poll voters keep propping the sec up…it is painful to watch how weak the sec shows itself to be on the field week after weak (sic).

And that so-called high school offense that Tech runs is a thing of beauty. It is going to be sad what it is going to do the clarke county correctionaly institute in the last game in November.

Thank God and Greyhound that chan gomer gailey is gone forever.

C tha 1

October 26th, 2009
9:01 am

1. I agree GT can be special if they stay focused. They simply play disiplined, mistake free football unlike UGA.

2. I don’t know about the officiating in the SEC…too many blatant miss calls or wrong calls that have an indirect impact on the outcomes of games. I’m starting the smell something and it rhymes with tool kit…I’m just sayin.

SecIsFootball

October 26th, 2009
9:02 am

UT96….Only people making excuses are UT fans and your whiny little coach!!! Facts is at the end of the game, BAMA made a play to win and your team could not. Congrats thought on your so far undefeated season. 3 wins and 4 moral victories!!!

richtisthenewfulmer

October 26th, 2009
9:04 am

No excuses for the Vol loss, better days are ahead !! We just waved to the Bulldogs as we passed them by. Fl and GT will work the Bulldogs like a red headed (QB) stepchild.

Whine UT96 Whine

October 26th, 2009
9:05 am

Want some cheese with that?

Nachos

October 26th, 2009
9:06 am

UT96 —- shut your yap you little crybaby. Wow UT beat Georgia… congrats on that awesome victory. U Sore loser, just admit the better team won.

Got 12?

October 26th, 2009
9:06 am

Congrats to Tech! I hope they can finish strong and make it to the ACCC game but you just never know with the ACC. It doesn’t seem to matter which team is actually better in ACC games.

Geoff

October 26th, 2009
9:09 am

It has become clear that the SEC officials will do everything they can to keep them undefeated for the sec champ game, thus guaranteeing the conference a team in the bcs nat champ. This is what college football has become. Refs and big money decides who gets to go to the Nat Champ game. Makes you want to walk away from the game.

kenny d

October 26th, 2009
9:09 am

tony,
talk about poor officiating – Miami / Clemson game…
how can that crew not call a helmet to helmet contact on the Miami defender that hit the Clemson tight end. The worst I have ever seen.

Geoff

October 26th, 2009
9:10 am

I will add that USC, which has a UGLY loss to Wash is right there in the mix. The same USC team that looked awful Saturday. Right there in the mix while a team like GT, which is playing the best football in the country is not even in the top 10. Total fraud.

WreckIt

October 26th, 2009
9:11 am

Here’s hoping that Tech can win out, clean Clemson’s clock in the ACC-CG and show well at a BCS game. In fact, we need all the ACC teams to show up at the bowls this year. That’s the only way that a 1-loss ACC team will get more respect in the future. The way the ACC has played out of conference as a whole (yes, there have been bright spots) lets the media keep its bias against the conference.

ACC teams play tougher schedules than other disrespected conferences do (or are allowed to do – Boise State) so the respect is there to be garnered if the teams perform well enough.

Earn it on the field.

m

October 26th, 2009
9:11 am

Thank God and Greyhound it’s a slow day at Geek Squad, so I can post the same exact thing for the 183rd day in a row.

I just knew UVa was gonna be a tough win, after the way they handled William and Mary.

Now we have to be just as nervous about Wake Forest… I mean, they almost beat Baylor!

Dave

October 26th, 2009
9:14 am

This season has taken most of the wind out of my sails. I love UGA and live and die with each game. Thruth be told, we are gonna get slaughtered this weekend. It seems that any offense that is having their problems suddenly runs on all 12 cylinders when they take the field against UGA. We have no home run hitters this season except for AJ. Our defense plays good for 3 downs and then gives up a 30 yard play time after time. I’m frustrated, but still a dawg. Just make it through this season and see what the crystal ball produces next year. Right now, we are behind FL, AL, Old Miss, LSU and TN. I’m scared to death about every single game we play from here on out, except TN Tech. Oh well….

sunday

October 26th, 2009
9:14 am

From a Tech fan, I’m predicting either a very close game for UGA this weekend against UF, or an upset. Florida is reeling right now and I think the timing is perfect.

OMG

October 26th, 2009
9:14 am

what is funny but sad, if Maryland Terrapins who are currently 2-6 with a win over Clemson as well were in the Mountain West Conference as TCU is in, they would be 8-0 and ranked 6th in the nation. Noone would question it and hail Coach Friedgen as being one of the best coaches in the NCAA. That goes the same if they were in the WAC like Boise State.. they would reign and could even play for National Championship. And the idiots who vote for these schools, TCU and Boise State do not get it. Their conference opponents could not beat Div 1AA schools

collegeballfan

October 26th, 2009
9:14 am

“The coaches know they can’t publicly criticize officials and if they keep doing it, the Commish is going to bring the hammer down strong on somebody.”

Tony the commish needs to bring down the hammer on the entire officiating apparatus of the SEC. The officiating is fast turning the SEC into a joke. This is three straight weeks of incompetence.

I say the SEC athletic directors need to say NO to any fines from the commissioners office. What is the commish going to do, kick Tennessee & Miss State out of the SEC?

The commish needs to clean his act up before criticizing anyone else.

Sars

October 26th, 2009
9:14 am

What happens to iowa when the big 10 is left with just one ranked team? No way they make it to the title game even if other teams lose. They play no one. OSu will likely beat them anyway.

AtlantaCane

October 26th, 2009
9:16 am

Congrats to Clemson on having the will to come back seven times on the road to take a lead and/or tie and eventually have somebody on their team step up BIG and make plays when they had to be made. Clemson did it, so did Iowa and Notre Dame.

While it was a great game to watch because of all the points scored man, it was also a painful one to watch from the UM vantage point. Eleven penalties, four turnovers — who can U beat when U play that sloppy? Here’s one of those “ref calls” for U Tony:

We score on a 56-yard fumble recovery and we get flagged for unsportsmanlike conduct, not excessive celebration. The reason? UM safety Randy Phillips took his helmet off (he didn’t score) and according to Randy Shannon, Phillips was 50 yards away from the end zone and as he was walking back to the bench he took of his lid while still on the field. So we had to kick off from our 15.

C.J. SPiller is one heck of an athlete…not just a RB but an athlete. He’s going to make some NFL team a whole lot better next year. On two of his TD’s:

His 90-yard kickoff return right before halftime was a killer. Get this: The UM coaches told our kicker to squib it and DO NOT KICK TO SPILLER. So what does he do? He nails a line drive shot so fast to C.J. that when he catches it there isn’t a UM player withing 20 yards of him. Our kicker was benched for the remainder of the game and possibly the rest of the season.

On the second half 56-yard TD pass catch C.J. was covered by one of our two best LB’s: Sean Spence. That’s the good news. The bad news is Spence had no business being on the field, let alone trying to cover somebody who can outrun a dog. Spence injured his knee in the first half and they had to put a brace on his knee. The video shows Spence limping down the field trying to catch a meteor. What a mismatch. Spence was pulled because of his injury.

One defensive note: I think we blitzed one time in the game and when we did we got to Parker. He may be a redshirt freshman but we made him look all-conference. Our front four couldn’t get past their front five, or six (RB) or seven (TE). Clemson blitzed effectively, we didn’t even try. (BTW, I hope the Clemson TE is going to be OK after that hit.)

Regardless, kudos to Clemson. It sucks to lose in OT but we couldn’t hold any of the seven leads we had and when we had a chance to run out the clock at the end of regulation we couldn’t do that either. So for the second year in a row, destiny gives us a shot at the title game if we take care of biz. We didn’t, so we won’t as we step aside and tell GT/VT, “We don’t want it, U can have it.”. What could of been.

Go Canes!

Sars

October 26th, 2009
9:16 am

Correct. Fla is faltering. UGa coming off a bye week rested. They are prime for the upset.

Mike D

October 26th, 2009
9:17 am

Tony,
Tech is looking impressive, and as a Dawg fan, that’s tough to say. Too bad their remaining sked looks like it does, it’s not going to help them one bit. Additionally, playing an ACC championship game against at least a 3 to 4 loss team won’t propel them into a Natl Championship game. Should they run the table, look for them to get treated like Auburn in 2004.

Not from Roswell Ed

October 26th, 2009
9:17 am

When it comes to some conspiracy regarding the officiating, I just do not buy it. There have always been bad calls, and always will be bad calls. There will always be poor decisions. There will always be fans that feel as though they got jobbed.
Having been an official for nearly 30 years in another sport, I can say I have definitely made some poor decisions. We want to do the right thing, and sometimes we simply just make a huge mistake. What happens occasionally is the fans, coaches, announcers simply do not know the rules. The same fans that crucify an announcer one minute will applaud that announcer when he says something that benefits or praises their team.
I have seen and heard announcers make some horrible assessment of calls on games I did. They did not know the rules and made themselves out to be fools.

Fleischman in Chi Towns Bed

October 26th, 2009
9:17 am

How ’bout some love for those Auburn Tigers ???????

WDE