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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Sars

October 26th, 2009
9:18 am

cane
That is the most clear cut rule out there and is called every time. You never take off the helmet while on the field. Nothing wrong with that call. It’s pretty simple.

rhynster

October 26th, 2009
9:19 am

It appears that Tech is going to be an elite program in the ACC for a while.

You can see the GT-Miami series becoming the ACC game of the year each season.

With FSU sucking wind, the conference needs it.

It’s also going to finally put some life back into the Good Old Fashioned Hate game.

UT96

October 26th, 2009
9:19 am

Nachos and the rest of you. What whining and what excuses? We lost, Bama needs to enjoy this win over our our undertalented and undermanned team. I’m only saying, the SEC had better prepare for the coming years against us. Hell’s coming and his name is Lane Kiffin.

Vols Bitch!

G Force

October 26th, 2009
9:21 am

Congrats to GT for taking care of business and putting an end to another streak. It was close until about midway in the second quarter, but the Jackets kept pressing and it was Virgina that buckled.

SecIsFootball

October 26th, 2009
9:23 am

UT96….we dont need to worry about UT anymore than you guys will have to worry about BAMA, LSU UGA and UF. All of these teams recruit on a very high level and will be good for many years to come (despite UGA’s down year this season). Last I checked, UT has a losing record right now and could very well end up out of the post season again this year. Sorry if we are not intimidated by a team who claims moral victories like UT does.

3-4 Bitch!

Volcross

October 26th, 2009
9:24 am

Got 12?

Do you really believe the officials had any idea TN would even score after that play? Had Bama given up a touchdown this year up to that point? TN needs a kicker that can get the ball up and thru the uprights from 45 yards and they win the game. I feel bad for Lincoln. The team played well enough to win.

UT96

October 26th, 2009
9:26 am

Wrong, we’ll run the table and finish 8-4. Not bad for a team in which that moron Fulmer left for dead. We will finish with the #1 recruiting class in the country, book it.

Vols Bitch!

m

October 26th, 2009
9:26 am

The difference between the ACC officials and the sec officials is this….both are totally incompetent.

The ACC officials are usually incompetent for both sides. The sec is biased incompetent and usually favor one side over the other.

The only concern of playing the clarke county correctional institute on the last weekend in November. The incompetent sec officials are going to make their usual bad calls but they know they have to be careful to make them against Tech because if they make them against ugag they will get put on probation after ugag cries and cries and cries.

We would be much better off to get neutral officials from out west somewhere.

Fleischman in Chi Towns Bed

October 26th, 2009
9:26 am

Gus Malzahn will be the new head coach at Lousiville WDE barners

Captain Sweatpants

October 26th, 2009
9:26 am

Tony, Spiller is a senior, not a junior.

#2 BAMA FAN

October 26th, 2009
9:28 am

UT96, Bama has beat UcheaT four out the last 5 years and who is bama’s BITCH!! You ARE!! RTR

Gen Neyland

October 26th, 2009
9:29 am

A comment : What never ceases to amaze and baffle me are those of us that considers talking football consists of what transpires outside the realm of a 60 minute football game.

Honest Abe

October 26th, 2009
9:31 am

Amen, Gen Neyland.

Got 12?

October 26th, 2009
9:32 am

Voltross,

So now the refs only cheat after closely examining statistics and taking into account the law of probability? Come on. The Vols only needed a field goal and had been moving the ball on Bama. If the refs wanted Bama to win, they would have given the ball back to Bama.

And I have read that Lincoln was injured. I had not watched any other UT games this year but the injury probably had something to do with the low kicks.

m

October 26th, 2009
9:34 am

UT96…you may be correct that tennerseee is recruiting well.

BUT…when lil kiffy came to atlanta in his rented helicopter and tried to steal two of the stud recruits that had already committed to Paul Johnson…both of the recruits told kiffy thanks but no thanks.

So you maybe stealing ugag’s recruits, but you are not stealing Paul Johnson’s.

And did y’all notice how so-called #1 floriduh struggled mightily with a lil ole missy st team that TECH pummelled?!?!

Vol of reason

October 26th, 2009
9:35 am

Got 12?. Great game. I was just glad it was competitive. Are you not a little concerned about McElroy’s drop off in play and his inability to get Julio Jones the ball?

Oliver Stone

October 26th, 2009
9:35 am

All of you conspiracy theorists need to get a life. Some calls go your way, some don’t.

Obama for Heisman

October 26th, 2009
9:35 am

Tebow breaks Herschel’s record on Saturday against UGA. I love this setup. If I were Richt, my game plan against FL would be to throw the ball to AJ every single play. If Cox and AJ don’t get in sync quick it will be a very low scoring game for the Dawgs.

GO VOLS!!!

October 26th, 2009
9:36 am

It’s time to FIRE KIFFIN ! ! !

ugadawg

October 26th, 2009
9:36 am

Tony–
Go back to just last year and check UGA’s poll rating concerning your point #5. If I remember correctly, UGA was voted out of the #1 spot after winning their early games. Also,it was said at the time it was because they were winning ugly and not enough “style points” for their ranking. So, YES you can get voted out of the #1 spot while winning.

Miles

October 26th, 2009
9:36 am

“Still, it doesn’t matter if the call was wrong or not.” Mr. Barnhart, you are absolutely WRONG! Coaches have a RIGHT to say what they think relative to officiating decisions. Neither Mullen nor Petrino were “crying wolf” nor does it make these coaches look bad when they state the OBVIOUS! Rather, what looks bad is any attempt to quiet those who have legitimate concerns. Reprimanding the officials rather than the coaches is the RIGHT thing to do in these situations. As a lawyer and Commissioner of the SEC, Mike Slive has the responsibility to make his conference as legitimate as possible. Encouraging the coaches to put their “tails between their legs” is cowardly.

jtriverdog06

October 26th, 2009
9:37 am

Tony-

“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.”

Me-

The officials are fueling the fires of frustration by consistently being inconsistent. The League expects excellence from the officials but we are getting fair to mid at best. The coaches should reserve themselves and the comments for the SEC commissioner but it is getting to the point where too is too much.

jumbeauxtiger

October 26th, 2009
9:37 am

Got 12?,

I agree the Tide needs the week off. It certainly helped us for Auburn. That said it worries me that Nick will have an off week to prepare for the Bayou Bengals. I can see it now blitzing and press coverage :(

I know we are looking forward to it and it should be a great game.

Geaux Tigers
Go SEC

KR

October 26th, 2009
9:38 am

Tony, the last time I checked, the coaches answer to their respective Athletic Directors and University Presidents, not the Commissioner of the SEC. Maybe it’s time for the Universities to have a prayer meeting with Mike Slive and tell him to clean up his operation…

GO VOLS!!!

October 26th, 2009
9:38 am

Mrs. Lincoln…” other than that I enjoyed the play”.

GeoffDawg

October 26th, 2009
9:40 am

Georgia dropped out of #1 last season after an uninspiring win over Georgia Southern. Of course, these are the annointed gators we’re talking about.

UT96

October 26th, 2009
9:40 am

Got 12, in all seriousness, Lincoln, injured or not, just sucks. period and Mt Cody made a great play at the end. Thank your lucky statrs you have Tiffin, helluva of a kicker.

UT96

October 26th, 2009
9:41 am

‘that’s stars, my typing blows, got 12

Got 12?

October 26th, 2009
9:45 am

Vol,

I have been extremely concerned with McElroy’s play for the past 4 games. Before the season, I expected this kind of play from him but he set the bar so high with the first four games. Julio has been nursing an ankle injury since August but his lack of production has a lot more to do with McElroy. Also, McElroy’s security blanket, former Tech TE Colin Peek, was injured in pre-game warmups and didn’t play.

Bama’s coaches say they will get back to basics with the offense over the next two weeks. That coupled with much needed rest, will hopefully have us ready for LSU.

Honest Abe

October 26th, 2009
9:46 am

Miles, For every action there is a consequence. The coaches have a right to say what they think, but that does not make them immune from the consequences of those actions. The last thing anyone wants to hear is a bunch of players and coaches whining about calls week in and week out. The league has shown its willingness / responsibility to reprimand the officials. There’s no reason to play this out in the press until they show otherwise.

jason

October 26th, 2009
9:46 am

The replay in the UF/MSU game was total BS. No, it may have not affected the outcome, but it shows that there is a glaring problem within the SEC in regards to officiating. Funny thing to me is Gator fans who want to trash Mullen and label him as a whiner. Mullen is a Meyer Disciple. He has followed Meyer at every stop. From ND to UF. He was not whining about “Oh, how we could have won the game.” Not he was arguing the need for Refs to be held accountable for their actions. Obvious question here. If you can replay a call and have no time limit to determine the correct call, then how does the replay offical still screw it up?

UT96

October 26th, 2009
9:47 am

M, no beef with the Techsters. I can live with not getting a couple of your recruits. Honestly, we’re not going to go head to head on many with them due to different styles of play. Johnson is a great coach and I hope we can renew UT- Tech in the future.

Vol of reason

October 26th, 2009
9:47 am

Heard that in Vols practice on Sunday they moved their biggest lineman (Hughes, Williams) to special teams on FG in hopes of preventing another Mt.Cody incident. I agree with UT96, ever since his freshman year he has been terrible. Palardy should help next year.

Ja4218

October 26th, 2009
9:48 am

Tony,

Florida could have easily won by 30 points last week. After Tebow scored on that 20 yr rush, Florida threw the ball every time in the red zone (except for Demps run).

I believe Tebow and Myer were saving Tebow’s rushing attempts in the endzone for UGA. The goal has been to break Walker’s record vs. Georiga all along.

Bill E. Goat

October 26th, 2009
9:49 am

NO WAY in HADES will UT finish 8-4. They will be lucky to get to 7-5. They wont have the #1 class either.

UF could beat the dogs 55-0 and UGA fans will still cry it was the officials fault.

As much as the Gators are ripe for an upset they’re also ripe to finally put a complete game together. One or the other will happen on Saturday.

Tom

October 26th, 2009
9:50 am

UT96
Your team has a losing record and will lose to UK and USC. BTW Bama fumbles with 3:30 left in the game up by 2 scores…talk about lucky.
Lame is a joke of coach and eveyone except you realizes it.

Kick stand

October 26th, 2009
9:51 am

The best kicker in the world isn’t going to make the kicks if there isn’t sufficient blocking up front…especially right up the middle. Just sayin’…

the real Old Gold

October 26th, 2009
9:52 am

I say if the call was blown, then complain and take the penalty. Lane was just crying with no obvious blown call, but Miss State has a gripe that could have been a game/season/program changer and the replay booth blew it and that is unacceptable. Miss State’s play against UF makes me think this Tech offense is better than even I thought. GO JACKETS!

MalibuGT

October 26th, 2009
9:52 am

first of all for my dog friends, i think the upset is coming this week. florida has played with fire too many times and i think they get burned in jax.

i believe GT runs the table and goes to the orange bowl. we don’t have enough respect with the national media to make BCS title, even at 12-1. i just hope its two teams I respect that make it there. Sorry, but Boise and TCU don’t make that cut.

Rick

October 26th, 2009
9:52 am

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

Oh, really??? Then how do you explain Georgia falling out of the top spot last year after one game (which we didn’t lose)? Not that it really mattered in the end, but this is just more evidence that if you are USC, Ohio State, Florida, LSU, Oklahoma, Notre Dame, or Texas, you can win ugly and keep your spot in the polls. But if you are not one of the media darlings — look out!

BCS = Bowl CONSPIRACY Series

October 26th, 2009
9:53 am

Looks like more people are beginning to see the BS behind the BCS. It’s all about $$ people, and the BCS is NOT going to let its cash-cow (SEC) fail. It’s not about finding the true champion by way of a playoff, it’s about $$ and nothing else. UNLESS one of them lose, AL & FL will be #1 & #2 on Dec. 5 in Atl. Looks great on TV, ad revenues will be huge, broadcast fees, media frenzy creating a “game of the century” for fans to be suckered into spending TONS of cash on tickets, memorabilia, fan fests, FG contests, and enough hype to choke a blue whale.

Get used to it fans ……. we are stuck being force-fed that the only relavant football in the NCAA is the SEC. All the BCS eggs are in one basket, and there is nothing we can do but sit back and take it. But it is nice to see more & more people who are realizing this. And if people don’t think the SEC commission is “benefitting” in some form by ensuring that at one SEC team is in the NC then you may need to have your head checked. It’s hard to believe these refs can be this bad without some outside influence telling them to be this bad.

Free Willie

October 26th, 2009
9:53 am

I have the cure for what ails the Florida offense!

Vol of reason

October 26th, 2009
9:58 am

Hey goat, No Way in Hades said that UT wouldn’t stay within 3TD’s of Bama if you read this post last Friday. After last season most Vol fans I know would be pleased with 8-4 or 7-5 and a top 10 recruiting class. They are on pace to do both. Both are losses, but would you rather lose 12-10 or 45-19? Go Vols!

Elliot Garcia

October 26th, 2009
10:00 am

Hey Tony, CJ Spiller is a Senior, not a Junior….I guess you don’t know much about him either….

RedGrange

October 26th, 2009
10:00 am

Tony

Will we be fortunate enough to get another “Georgia will win because they have to” breakdown of the game?

MattDawg

October 26th, 2009
10:01 am

Thats not true Tony, Georgia got voted out of the #1 spot last year even though they won their first game.

UGAisdead

October 26th, 2009
10:03 am

Waaah Waaah the refs dont like the trailer trash waaah waaah.

Coach O

October 26th, 2009
10:04 am

jason,

I guess it would have been nice for MSU if that Florida interception had been fumbled outside the end-zone, but it wasn’t. The call stood because the call was correct. I’m no Florida fan, but it was obvious that he crossed the goal line before he lost the ball.

blazer

October 26th, 2009
10:05 am

LANE-WHY DIDN’T YOU THROW A COUPLE OF MORE TIMES??

GO JACKETS IN THE RAIN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

COACHES SHOULD BE ABLE TO BE CRITICAL OF THE OFFICALS IF THEY ARE HORRIBLE!

baconboy

October 26th, 2009
10:09 am

Unlike Georgia last year, Florida came into the season as the defending national champion and as of right now they have a 17 or 18 game winning streak. Their primary opponent is the unrealistic expectations everyone had before the season that they’d just roll over everyone. Sure, they aren’t playing great on offense, but their defense is playing fantastic, which means they’ve got more room for fixing their offensive problems than other teams. I don’t see how you drop in the polls the defending national champs who haven’t lost a game in over a year.

Here’s a question I have: how come there aren’t cameras right on the goalline at these SEC games? I assumed that the Dustin Doe strip on the goalline wasn’t overturned because the angle of the camera left the evidence inconclusive. It looked like it was outside of the endzone, but the angle left just enough doubt in my mind that I could see why they couldn’t overturn it.