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

Coach O

October 26th, 2009
10:09 am

Tennessee touched the ball too soon on their onside kick. What did Bama do? Found a way to win the game anyway. That’s what you do if you’re a championship team.

This zebra whining is getting out of hand.

Sars

October 26th, 2009
10:09 am

Re the officiating. When you have replay that clearly shows the right call, and you still make the wrong call, that is not acceptable and smells of conspiracy. It’s happened several times now with florida. It’s so damn obvious the sec and bcs doesn’t want fla to lose.

Dawg Fans

October 26th, 2009
10:13 am

(((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((45-19))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))

I wonder how bad the Florida beatdown will be. Maybe Richt should have his players jump up and down in the end zone before the game.

Ja4218

October 26th, 2009
10:13 am

As soon as Fulmer’s kids graduate or leave Knoxville, UT will be a top 5 team.
Tennessee’s gona own Georgia. I guess it started this year :)

Sars

October 26th, 2009
10:14 am

Tenn didn’t touch the ball. Bama did. It was the right call. It doesn’t have to go 10 yards if the returning team touches the ball first, which is what happened. Learn the rules.

Eric

October 26th, 2009
10:15 am

My season is pretty much over. Maybe next year will be better.

EW

October 26th, 2009
10:18 am

Will someone explain to me why MOUNT CODY was not flagged fifteen yards for taking his helmet off during the last play of the game?!!?? The ball was still rolling around (read: the play was STILL GOING ON) and Cody takes his helmet off and tosses it in the air. This is a clear cut infraction and he should have been given an unsportsmanlike penalty. The same thing happened a few years back in the NFL (I think it was with Cleveland). Yet another mistake by SEC officials and nobody is talking about it.

RedGrange

October 26th, 2009
10:18 am

Bama Blinders…..

Alabama is not the best team in the country. UT and SC were not good teams. Right now, I can think of five teams that would beat Bama….Texas, Cincy, TCU, Georgia Tech, and Iowa.

Better hope you don’t play any of them in your bowl…and don’t give me that wouldn’t happen…yall didn’t think Utah would lay the wood on your A$$ either….

HunterGA

October 26th, 2009
10:18 am

Excuse me but i think last year UGA was number 1 and we won three games in a row. On that 3rd game we were ranked number 3. These people love fla and thats all there is to it.

HunterGA

October 26th, 2009
10:20 am

Nobody wants fla to lose because who wants to see IOWA and CINCY in the bcs title game

SecIsFootball

October 26th, 2009
10:21 am

Coach O…have to disagree with you on the call in the MSU game. There was a still shot from the sideline on the goal line showing the ball was clearly out of his hands and it should have been a touchback for MSU. Not saying that would have helped MSU win the game because they clearly had issues moving the ball on O. But the Ref should not take the opportunity away from them.

Sars

October 26th, 2009
10:22 am

Hunter..exactly. Fla and bama have looked like crap the past 2-3 weeks. And the refs have given them games. Yet they still sit there ranked #1 and #2.
If we had a playoff, then none of this would matter. Except they would probably lose in the first round becuase neither team is playing well. It’s funny how 3 weesk ago everyone was pounding on tenn saying how bad they were. Now they beat bearly beat Bama and it’s bama has such a good defense to win these games! Excuse me while I go puke.

TechA&B Backs for Heisman

October 26th, 2009
10:26 am

I disagree with your comments about CJ Spiller, the part where you said noone is playing better. Does CJ ever unselfishly block for his teammates so they can score? no How bout taking a look at Anthony Allen who runs over people whether he has the ball or not so the offense can score. Why does the Heisman have to be just about rushing yards? There is no better all around player than Allen except for his teammates Nesbitt and Dwyer, who do the exact same thing.

Sars

October 26th, 2009
10:26 am

Hunter I would. I think Cincy is better than Fla. Iowa no.

But if we had a playoff, all this bs wouldn’t matter. I hope every team finishes with one loss except for iowa cincy tcu and boise. Then they will still vote a sec team against either usc or texas. That will be the obvious sign this joke that is the bcs needs to go.

EW

October 26th, 2009
10:27 am

Sars. Agreed. I am a cincyhawkeyehornedfrogbronco fan from here on out.

McDawg

October 26th, 2009
10:28 am

1) Tech Should win out but won’t

2) Rocket should have won the Heisman

3) Did they throw a flag for unsportsman

4) Iowa has a really good Defense

5) if you tink that was painful wait until saturday 6-3 game

J Dub

October 26th, 2009
10:28 am

M – I like your style. A month ahead of time, you are getting your excuse built up if GA beats GT. The SEC officials won the game for them. Nice.

Oliver Stone – I agree with your statement but what about when ALL the calls go your way?

Not a tech hater, but definitely a Saint Simons, M, and Ramble On hater. I have no problem commending GT on a good season so far. I always will hope that we beat them at the end of the year but I think that it is good for both of us that they are having success. The game against Virginia was one of those games imo that help define a season. GT could have had a letdown, they were playing in horrible conditions, they hadn’t won in years @ Virginia. They came to play and they played well. They fought through their early game struggles and kept the game under their control. That is what good teams do. I have no problem admitting that they are a good team. I think though in my history of watching college football, when it comes to games like GA/GT, GA/FL, UT/AL, GA/AU, GA/UT, AL/LSU, AL/AUB, anything can happen on any given Saturday. Been a tough year for us Dawgs but we have some big games left and if we can put together a string of wins to finish the season, things won’t be as gloom and doom in Athens as most of our opponents would like to think.

Football student

October 26th, 2009
10:29 am

Until the SEC stops aiding their top teams with crooked (yes, I said crooked) officials, pollsters should just stop voting for any SEC team.

Got 12?

October 26th, 2009
10:29 am

There are a lot of bitter fans on the blog today. Hate that for you guys.

Brew

October 26th, 2009
10:30 am

All I know as a UT fan is that I can’t wait for us to get back to the top of the league standings so we too, can take advantage of the SEC officiating. The best teams are getting the calls (and spots) while the lesser teams are getting hosed. Just have to start winning enough to get to take advantage ourselves.
Tech should run the table. Great job so far by Paul Johnson.
Spiller should get some Heisman love…a lot of it, but as long as media members like Tim Brando are telling us that Tebow is still (somehow) the frontrunner for the Heisman, it ain’t gonna happen.

AZ Jacket

October 26th, 2009
10:31 am

AtlantaCane, I know the unsportmanship penalty hurt and may seem a little chicken Sh_t but it is the rule. You want officials to be held accountable but when they enforce the rules you complain. Whether you believe it or not the officials get graded for every game. That particular call is not a judgement call, it is a direct violation of the rules. You don’t call it you get downgraded. That is poor coaching. The only thing I saw missed in that game was the contact on the Clemson player. Helmet to helment on a defensless player.

Burdell

October 26th, 2009
10:34 am

Didn’t UGA get voted out of #1 early last season while they were still winning? Great reporting Barnyard.

Dawgsux

October 26th, 2009
10:37 am

Hey dawg named belue…Ga. started this mess by charging the field two years ago. This also started their down slide. Poor coaching and leading the nation in penalities shows a lot. Florida will not need to call timeout this week to piss off the dawg nation…..when Tebow breaks H. Walker’s record…against the puppies….priceless!

Oliver Stone

October 26th, 2009
10:37 am

J Dub — then look behind the grassy knoll.

Charles Bloom

October 26th, 2009
10:38 am

“The foul for taking helmet off is a live ball foul treated as a dead-ball foul,” Bloom wrote in an e-mail Saturday night. “That is, if it happens on a play where time does not expire then the penalty is enforced on the following play. However since the clock ran out on that play, then there is no next play, so there is no penalty to mark off.”

End of story

AZ Jacket

October 26th, 2009
10:39 am

McDawg, thank you very much for your Tech prediciton. We all know just how well you UGA fans can pick games. You are 1 of 8 picking Tech correctly and 4 out of 7 picking the dawgs. Keep it up with your great predicitions Tech will end up 11-1 and UGA 6-6.

Rick

October 26th, 2009
10:39 am

I’d prefer Iowa and Cincy over Florida and anyone in the BCS game, but that’s just me. I know I’m supposed to support the conference, but I just can’t root for Florida. I just can’t.

EW

October 26th, 2009
10:40 am

Just found this on a GT blog regarding the Cody helmet incident. What can I say, when research needs to be done, the nerds have it in spades.

Alright, I just looked it up: Rule 6, Section 3, Article 7 of the rule book. On a scrimmage kick (either a punt or a field goal), the ball is dead if it goes out of bounds or if it stops moving in bounds and neither team attempts to recover the ball. It was dead after it stops moving, regardless if it crossed the neutral zone or not.

But alright, let’s assume Mount Cody removed his helmet before the ball was considered dead/Bama dived on it. Removing the helmet during the play is unsportsmanlike conduct, which is a live-ball foul enforced as a dead-ball foul. In other words, it happened during play, but it’s enforced on the SUCCEEDING spot. In a hypothetical where there was 1 second remaining on the clock and Cody was called for an unsportsmanlike, all that would have happened was BAMA, not UT, would have been pushed back 15 yards.

gatorrashad

October 26th, 2009
10:42 am

Hello Tony B…..Spiller is a Sr this year..not Jr.

AZ Jacket

October 26th, 2009
10:42 am

Charles Bloom, good explanation. I would assume the blocked FG in the Bama game crossed the line of scrimmage because if it did not then Tenn could have picked it up and scored. That would have been a geat finish.

Old Dawg

October 26th, 2009
10:44 am

Questions: If Tech plays in the ACC Championship Game and no one shows up to watch, or even cares what happens, is it still considered a championship?

Ga Tech Old Times

October 26th, 2009
10:48 am

Just wondering. Does anyone else has the same concern that I do about the way Tech plays ball for the first half of almost every game they’ve played?? It almost seems like the guys don’t have their head in the game until the second half. We could be coasting and resting first team players by the time the second half starts but we can’t because we’re always either coming from behind or the game is extremely close at half we can afford that luxury. Penalties, missed blocking assignments on offense and poor coverage on defense seems to be the norm every game until after half time. While I’m obviously thankful Coach Johnson can bring the team back to reality, I’m concerned that winning the second half of the game at some point may not be enough to be winning at the end. And, it’s not the fact that we must make adjustments for either their offense or defense, it’s stupid stuff like all the penalties and missed assignments that have nothing to do with what the other team is running. I don’t know if we’re too hyped up at the beginning or what but this situation bothers me – a lot!! Comments??

gatorrashad

October 26th, 2009
10:51 am

Gators win big over UGA……31-10

EW

October 26th, 2009
10:52 am

GA Tech Old times…It’s called football…you match up your ones vs. their ones. As the game progresses, talent and depth start to show through. Sometimes not evident until the second half. GT has more depth this year and is better overall bc of it..Was this a real question?

Brent

October 26th, 2009
10:57 am

olddawg
question
If ga loses 2 out of 4, would you even go to a bowl?

Brent

October 26th, 2009
10:59 am

GTold

We won 34-9 for crying out loud. And you’re whining? Jeez.

PMC

October 26th, 2009
11:01 am

Why can’t you criticise officials publically when they have replay and still can’t get the plays right? Perhaps if they wouldn’t hire Forest Gump to officiate in the SEC they might get one or two calls right?

PMC

October 26th, 2009
11:03 am

Why wasn’t Terrance Cody taking his helmet off after the block a dead ball personal foul?

I could care less about Tennessee but I’m pretty sure taking your helmet off on the field in celebration is a personal foul… then again I’m not sure what exactly is a foul anymore because no one can tell.

SAM JONES

October 26th, 2009
11:03 am

IT SEEMS TO THIS WRITER THAT JOSH NESBITT HAS PRODUCED A REMARKABLE SEASON; YET, NO ONE IS EVEN MENTIONING HIS NAME FOR HEISMAN CONSIDERATION. WHY NOT?

Alabama Jack

October 26th, 2009
11:05 am

Beat Vandy. Beat Vandy. Beat Vandy. Beat Vandy.

We will talk about other stuff next Sunday.

Sars

October 26th, 2009
11:08 am

Florida is No. 8 in the nation in total offense, at 457.0 yards per game. But that’s misleading. Forty percent of the Gators’ offensive output came in the first two games, against Charleston Southern and Troy. Take those games out, and Florida is averaging 382.4 yards per game, which would be 56th nationally — one spot below Tennessee.

The pass offense numbers provide an especially stark contrast. As it is, Florida is just 80th in the nation, at 198.7 yards per game. But take out the first two games and that number drops to 152.8 yards per game, which would be 110th nationally — one spot ahead of Kentucky.

Florida is ninth nationally in scoring offense, at 35.3 points per game. Again, take out the first two games and the numbers drop dramatically, down to 25.8 per game. That would put Florida 73rd nationally, tied with Arkansas State.

The flipside is that the Gators’ defense has allowed just four touchdowns in seven games; two other touchdowns have come on interception returns.

Alabama is 34th nationally in total offense at 410 yards per game, but take out games against Sun Belt Conference bottom-feeders North Texas and Florida International — those two have combined for two victories, both over Western Kentucky — and the Tide’s numbers drop, too. Thirty-two percent of the Tide’s offensive output came in those two games. Take those out, and Alabama is averaging 373.5 yards, which would be 62nd nationally.

Alabama is 84th in pass offense, at 192.4 yards per game. Without those two games, the number drops to 172.5, which would be 104th.

Finally, in scoring offense, the Tide is tied for 26th at 31.8 points per game — and that’s with scoring just two offensive touchdowns in the past three games. Take out the contests against FIU and North Texas, and the average drops to 26.8, which would be 64th nationally.

Again, the flipside for the Tide is that they have allowed just 91 points. That’s not as good as Florida, but still quite impressive.

Lest you think we’re picking on the SEC schools, let’s also look at Texas, which remained No. 3 in the BCS standings this week.

The Longhorns have played three non-Big Six opponents, one more than Alabama and Florida. Texas leads the nation in scoring at 41.9 points per game. But when you toss out the games against non-Big Sixers Louisiana-Monroe, UTEP and Wyoming, that number drops to 32.3, which would be 22nd nationally.

Texas is 21st in passing offense, at 274.1 yards per game. Take out the UTEP, ULM and Wyoming games, and that number tumbles to 217.0 yards per game, which is 64th nationally.

And Texas’ rushing numbers would be greatly affected, too. With all seven games figured in, the Longhorns rush for 164 yards per game. Take out those three games, and the number drops precipitously, to 113.5, which would be 101st nationally.

The flipside for the Longhorns, too, is that their defense has been great. Texas is No. 1 in rush defense, No. 2 in scoring defense and No. 9 in total defense.

Can a great defense and a spotty offense carry you to a title? It appears as if some top teams are going to test that theory.

Secondguesser

October 26th, 2009
11:14 am

I sincerely hope that when Tim Tebow breaks “Hushulls” record this week it is an obvious blown call that he fumbles it as he is crossing the goal line at the end of regulation during a tie game to give UF a one point victory over the dawgs!!!! Of course the refs rule it a TD!!!! That will be justice to the pups for all the whining,pissing,moaning,crying, and gnashing of teeth they’ve been doing for the last couple of weeks! of course that’s not gonna happen because the gators are roll up a newspaper and train the leghumpers!

Fleischman in Chi Towns Bed

October 26th, 2009
11:14 am

Hey Tony Jabroni.. come up with any good excuses yet for how your beloved MUTTS will win Saturday ??

“because they have to”

“Because they will dance in the end zone like a bunch of thugs”

“because coach richt prayed all weekend for a win”

“because jesus told tebow to let the mutts win one”

Just a few suggestions..

Gator Nation

October 26th, 2009
11:14 am

LOCK OF THE WEEK: Georgia plus the points.

I love my gators but the offense is putrid and defense has a bunch of injured players. Even our specials teams which is usually a huge plus for us is playing below average. The georgia game scares the bejesus out of me.

Go Gators!

Got 12?

October 26th, 2009
11:18 am

PMC,

Please read the post by EW at 10:40 am.

parker

October 26th, 2009
11:20 am

Gators win by 20 plus… Dogs.. I’m sorry it’s just not gonna happen. Congrats to Tech . Congrats to Bama. That was a togh one to swallow as a Vol fan. However, some of you I see have found that UT is on the up, and no way on the down. They finish 7-5 and go to Liberty or Music City Bowl. By the way, what happend to Aubie? Ouch!

Got 12?

October 26th, 2009
11:21 am

Fresh of the SEC press:

Leigh Tiffin was named SEC special teams player of the week, and Terrence Cody was named SEC defensive lineman of the week.

parker

October 26th, 2009
11:21 am

Gators win by 20 plus… Dogs.. I’m sorry it’s just not gonna happen. Congrats to Tech . Congrats to Bama. That was a togh one to swallow as a Vol fan. However, some of you I see have found that UT is on the up, and no way on the down. They finish 7-5 and go to Liberty or Mucsic City Bowl. By the way, what happend to Aubie? Ouch!

1276jacket

October 26th, 2009
11:28 am

If you think SEC refs are bad; it could be worse. Switch and try some ACC refs. I just wish occasionally they(ACC) would get up to SEC standards as far as refereeing.

Dawg Realist

October 26th, 2009
11:29 am

Hey M, name the strengths in the ACC…There are none you fool! I give Tech all the credit in the world brother but for you to run your mouth the way you do tells me you and saint simons both need to head back to the library and stay because your trash talking sucks! I guess a couple of decades of loosing will make a couple of loosers howl out loud though, I must of forgotten who we’re dealing with here. The Dogs will smack Tech A$$ around last game of the year you mark my word looser!