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

Adam

October 26th, 2009
11:33 am

Ga was a 7 point fav over vandy. GT is a 14 point. Nuff said.
Gt blows out vandy and ugay.

PMC

October 26th, 2009
11:41 am

Got 12. It happened while the play was still live. It was immediate. It should have been a penalty. They didn’t call it. I’ve got nothing against the tide. I hope you guys win the SEC this year… but that should have been a penalty. It’s not like they wouldn’t have blocked it a third time from 15 yards closer anyway.

I’m not a conspiracy guy but the SEC has had unbelievably deplorable officiating this year even with replay. That’s unacceptable.

Adam

October 26th, 2009
11:44 am

PMC
The play is dead after the blocked kick and the ball goes across the line of scrimmage. Also, there were only 4 seconds left. There’s no way there was any time left for him to take the helmet off.

Jacket

October 26th, 2009
11:50 am

I have been a Tech fan my entire life. I attended but didn’t graduate. Decided to go the Business School route and transferred in the early 70’s. I fully realize that we could lose any game. I have confidence in the team, but not like a bunch of dumbazz dawg homers who keep guaranteeing Tech losses and dawg wins week after week. Don’t you idiots value credibility? I am very happy the way we are playing now and hope we continue to do so. I am grateful for all of our wins.

StingerSplash

October 26th, 2009
11:51 am

Tony,

A couple of things. First, in years past when Tech had a chance to do something special would never miss an opportunity to miss an opportunity, they had m’s favorite coach, Chan Gailey. Now, they have Paul Johnson. PJ isn’t likely to let that happen. He’s far too competitive himself.
Second, Spiller’s great, but … the Heisman shouldn’t be college football’s version of the Irving Thalberg Award at the Oscars.

m

October 26th, 2009
11:53 am

Dawg Realist…since you are one you need to learn how to spell “LOSER”.

Jacket

October 26th, 2009
11:54 am

Old Dawg – after reading your comments, your name is VERY appropriate. Those who are jealous will never admit it, but everyone can see it. You are a petty little person.

snakebite

October 26th, 2009
11:54 am

Tony,

You don’t believe in the conspiracy theory. However, I think everyone of the questionable calls have propped up the “premier team”. I accept homecooking. That is part of college football. However, several very questionable calls have gone against the underdog home team.

Do you think your school has been picked on since the Celebration penalty in Jacksonville. Before you answer, look at the number of penalties before and after that call. I think the answer is clear.

I recognize the SEC is the best conference in the country but I also think they recognize they don’t want a bunch of 9-3 teams at year end.

Gator Nation

October 26th, 2009
11:56 am

To: SARS

Maybe you need to write for newspaper instead of bloggin. Just a thought.

Mike

October 26th, 2009
11:58 am

I think Tebow was not playing all that well before he was hurt

Janice Wilfurt

October 26th, 2009
12:02 pm

I dont like how our SEC officials are just blundering and falling on their faces with these terrible calls. I have noticed these calls always help Florida and Alabama to a win when they are playing poorly. Tony, its getting harder every week to defend the SEC officials I dont think I can do it anymore after that review that was so obvious the Florida player fumbled into the endzone. That cost MSU the game and Tebow is not impressive to me either I dont know what his problem is but it better get fixed and fast.

Brad in KY

October 26th, 2009
12:05 pm

I’ll be happy when C.J. Spiller is running wild somewhere in the NFL. I hope GT doesn’t have to face him again…

How2fish

October 26th, 2009
12:06 pm

Congrats to TECH for a great win! Adam….1.Cody blocked the kick and I don’t think it crossed the line of scrimmage..2) 4 seconds was plenty of time for him to lose the helmet..the second the ball hit him he tossed the helmet…by the way I think that whole rule is BS but yeah he had time.

Steve Spurrier

October 26th, 2009
12:09 pm

Spiller is a senior (thank the Lord). He hasn’t had his annual injury yet. Mark that down.

Sars

October 26th, 2009
12:13 pm

Gator
That was a paste from yahoo sports. Forgot the link. Only wish I had the time dig up those kind of stats and write them up.

Damon

October 26th, 2009
12:13 pm

Hey I’ll take a 2 point loss to the number 1 team in the country with a first year Head Coach and staff. UT was not supposed to compete this year for anything but the play of the team and the confidence shared between coaches and players is only going to get better. I dont see the loss as a moral victory I just see it has a loss that shows the coaches how far they have come and how far they need to go. Congrats Bama fans this is one for the ages.

Teacher, Too

October 26th, 2009
12:22 pm

Gator fan here… love, love, love my Gators, but I do agree that we have been getting calls that are clearly wrong. I hate to win this way- we need to win outright, without the benefit of refs making poor calls.

Before the season began, I would have said that we would beat Georgia without a doubt– now, I am worried that our offense will just stay on the bus. Our defense has stepped up; now our offense needs to do the same.

I agree with previous bloggers that Timmy hasn’t been the same since his concussion. He’s still looking to the sidelines for playcalling. He did this throughout the Arkansas game, even after a timeout. Is he that unsure of the plays? Makes me very nervous.

SWFLJacket

October 26th, 2009
12:34 pm

Go Gators!!!

I hope the Gators finally get it all together and take out ALL of thier frustrations on the mutts.

Got 12?

October 26th, 2009
12:37 pm

How2fish,

There was no time left on the clock when Cody removed his helmet.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OUQrlEv2csQ

Game over, end of argument.

Got 12?

October 26th, 2009
12:48 pm

“Blocked again! Cody again! Alabama wins!” -Verne

Those were the only three things Verne got right all day.

Just Asking

October 26th, 2009
12:54 pm

“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.”

Why not the refs themselves?? I do get that coaches should refrain from publicly bashing the officials. However, the officiating in the SEC has been bad for way too long and only now has it been brought to the forefront. I can’t help but think that the coaches are doing what’s in the best interest of their programs and the conference by continuing to shine a light on the situation.

Mikey

October 26th, 2009
1:01 pm

I seem to recall UF head coach Steve Spurrier complaining about late hits on his QB’s and the zebras were very flag happy when FSU played them.
If you DO NOT say anything, nothing happens…are you listening CMR ??

How2fish

October 26th, 2009
1:03 pm

Got 12? There are 2 questions was the play still live and did the ball cross the line of scrimmage? If either is yes then it COULD have been called..but all in all an unreal effort by the MTof Cody..

Gator Mike

October 26th, 2009
1:09 pm

UT played a great game, and I was pulling for them to win. UF is in trouble this week because our offense has become predictable, boring and inept. The offense simply has an offensive odor, but the kids keep playing hard. I blame coaching and play calling. The UF Defense will have to carry the load again this week if the Gators are to beat the DAWGS. I am a loyal and true Gator, but the facts are obvious.
As for some, not all, of the DAWG fans, it is time to forget about the 2 useless and wrong time outs called by UF last year unless you want to admit that the end zone dance in ‘07 was also classless.
Go Gators!

ReptilesRule

October 26th, 2009
1:11 pm

Tim Tebow is angry and very focused after Saturday night and that makes me very happy for the Georgia game. Look for Tim to “rebound” this weekend and play an epic game, one of the best of his career.

Got 12?

October 26th, 2009
1:11 pm

how2,

The play was still live, and the ball did not appear to cross the line of scrimmage but the proposed penalties are dead ball penalties. That means the penalties would have been marched off at the end of the play. The would not have changed the pay itself. The result of the play was Alabama possession. If called, it would have been Bama ball at the 12 yard line. But, as previously stated, the clock was at triple-zero so this is all moot.

Stumpy Thomason

October 26th, 2009
1:19 pm

We’re ramblin’ toward 12-1. Best 12-1 Number Five in football history.
GO JACKETS!!!

UGAIsSoLastYear

October 26th, 2009
1:23 pm

I wrote in here, before GT ventured to MISS ST (by the way, UF and LSU had trouble with them) – thatif we could win 2 games in a row, on the road (FSU after Miss St), I would truely believe we were a very good team. Well, we haven’t looked back. It’s amazing – what a great coach and a great team will do to you. I actually feel less hatred toward UGA. It really just doesn’t matter. I hope they beat UF.

Whatever happens the rest of the year – I am totally sold on Coach Johnson. Who would have thought watching a team that runs the ball 90% of the time would be fun?

JB

October 26th, 2009
1:31 pm

Tebow is getting just what the doctor ordered this week. The Georgia Defense. Ask anyone we’ve played.. They will score 35-42 points. We could not crack the 34 yard line against Tennessee.
Yes, I would love to upset them. Gators are tired of the bad press and grumbling, they get well this week.

Tide Rising

October 26th, 2009
1:32 pm

EW and others,

On the blocked kick the ball was whistled dead before Cody took his helmet off. Someone had posted that the ball was still live but no. It had already stopped rolling. Do you really think that Cody is so fast that he can get up from the ground, start running several yards, then rip his helmet off, all this with a second of when the ball stopped rolling. It died and stopped rolling very quickly after he blocked it.

If ya think the refs gave Bama a pass on this play then man you are really, realllllly reaching and nitpicking.

Kiffin is a buffoon/idiot

October 26th, 2009
1:34 pm

An explanation of my name is probably unnnecessary, given the evidence, however, here we go. Why did he settle for a 44 yard field goal after getting the ball inside the thirty on the big pass play? The kicker had already come up short on 47 and had another of comparable length blocked. If he throws one more ten yard pass the kicker probably has the leg to get it up and over the line.

On another note, how annoying was that whole celebration by Cody? The dude just stood there being obese and the thing plunked him. That terrible, low kick would have nailed any lineman in the country, and probably would have bounced off the O-lineman’s helmet had it missed the massive target that is Cody.

JWalker

October 26th, 2009
1:34 pm

The Heisman Trophy is a joke. As someone above said, it just goes to the QB on the highest ranked team. Mark Ingram and CJ Spiller are better players and have had better years than any of other oft mentioned candidates. Ingram might be able to get in the top 5 because he’s playing for a top 5 squad. Spiller will be lucky to get a vote. I wish the media would quit over-hyping the award until it actually goes to the most outstanding player in CFB.

Not Disappointed!

October 26th, 2009
1:34 pm

Georgia Tech needs to keep playing one game at time. The polls will take care of themselves. We need to do our part.

Good luck pups. Teebow & Company looks vulnerable. Anything is possible in College Football!

Ramblin Wreck!

Tide4u2c

October 26th, 2009
1:39 pm

You who think the SEC officials are calling games to help Florida and Alabama play undefeated in the SEC champ game I would like you to explain how the referees are helping Alabama.Alabama had 10 penalties called against them in the South Carolina game and yet Alabama was still able to overcome it and win.If SEC officials were trying to help Alabama I don’t think 10 penalties at some crucial times would’ve been called.Now sure I have seen where officals have helped Florida but they are not helping Alabama.So you might want to revise your conspiracy theory to say the SEC officls are helping Florida so the can play for the national championship.I’m not buying it because ya’ll who believe in the conspiracy try to include Alabama in on it when there is no way that is the case.

Shananeeee Fananeeeeeee

October 26th, 2009
1:41 pm

Georgia Tech is on the rise, Georgia is on the decline for the next several years. First things first, Tech has to win out and then absolutely embarrass the Dawgs to send a message to their fans that the glory days are over. Ha Ha

Got 12?

October 26th, 2009
1:42 pm

Stop trying to lump us in this Florida regarding the SEC conspiracy thing. We are not getting calls. As I stated earlier, if we were getting calls why was Mark Ingram’s fumble allowed to stand? That was a golden opportunity for the refs/SEC to keep us undefeated by reversing the call on the field.

I’ve read of Kiffin’s complaints about penalties. UT had a block below the waist on the kickoff, holding, and several false start penalties. As shown by replay, those were the correct calls.

123456789

October 26th, 2009
1:48 pm

Games…CAN NOT END…on Defensive Penalties. Period.

Kiffin is correct. Vols got JOBBED.

But, havent we ALL NOW come to EXPECT BS calls from SEC Officials.

You cant have THIS MANY coaches ALL complaining about the officiating for there NOT be a problem.

Its a problem, for sure.

The BIGGER problem…is that its looking OBVIOUS TO EVERYONE
WHO IS NOT LEGALLY BLIND that these sitautions are
looking VERY ORCHESTRATED.

But hey, the SEC created this montster. You SEC fans DESERVE IT !!!

Gatorzip74

October 26th, 2009
1:50 pm

Agree with Dan Mullen that it was a horrible call, but the ball would not have been a touchback. There was a Miss St penalty on the play that would have put the ball inside the 10yard line and repeat of 3rd down. Florida’s defense would have held out and forced a punt from close to the goaline. At worst the Gators would have gotten the ball in their own territory. Let’s not go overboard and say that the bad call cost MSU the game.

Tide Rising

October 26th, 2009
1:50 pm

UT96 and other Vol fans,

It was a good game and you should be proud of the way the vols played but to insinuate that we got lucky or didn’t deserve to win? Come on? The game was essentially over when Mark Ingram, who had’nt lost a fumble in his 2 year Bama career, inexplicably fumbles after running 7 yards with 3 minutes to go and the game on ice. Talk about luck. This game should never have been close.

And then to get an onsides kick recovery which happens maybe 10-15% of the time? Talk about being even more lucky.

UT outgained us by 85 yds for the game but if Ingram doesn’t fumble then UT doesn’t get the 50 yds on the ensuing drive or the 30 yards on the drive after the onsides kick to give them the statistical advantage and thus the big “moral victory.”

But if we want to play shoulda, coulda, woulda, then we can talk about the ref taking away a probable first down by Roy Upchurch when the ref got in his way on a key 3rd down. All Roy had to do was turn up 2 yds for the first down had the ref not been in his way. Seems you guys want to talk about a Cody with his helmet off on a play blown dead but conveniently ignore the ref stopping us from a first down. What’s up with that?

Sleeze

October 26th, 2009
1:53 pm

Yeah.. Spiller is a senior.. unfortunately. He probably should already been ratching it up in the NFL but it’s dang fun to watch while he’s still in college.. And I’m definitely not a Tech fan but there’s no doubt Paul Johnson is one of the best coaches in the nation..

Tide Rising

October 26th, 2009
1:55 pm

123456789,

The ball was whistled dead and the play was over BEFORE Cody’s 365lb butt managed to get all the way up from the ground, run several yards, and then rip his helmet off. What is it about this that you don’t seem to understand? Dude you are really reaching on this one. I can’t believe some of you sore losers are going to blame the loss on this. Unbelievable.

gdawginkalamazoo

October 26th, 2009
1:57 pm

Teacher, Too

Don’t worry about your offense this week. Remember UT’s anemic O and Crompton’s problems? I feel sorry for Colt McCoy this week because Tebow will be back in the Heisman race with him. Remember Arkansas, South Carolina, LSU? Everybody having problems until they run into the dawgs D this year. Then you are given false hope of thinking all of your problems have been fixed.

The idiot speaks

October 26th, 2009
2:00 pm

Kiffin also took exception to the fact that headsets for Tennessee coaches were not working before the game. As a result, both sides had to disregard headsets for the game’s first series. UT held Alabama’s offense to a three-and-out.

“It was just amazing,” Kiffin said. “Our kickoff team goes out, everything’s working in pregame and about 10 seconds before the opening kick our headsets just happen to go off — in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. Amazing deal. Just like the penalties today. … Everything was great. We tested everything, came out right before kickoff and all of sudden they don’t work. I’ve seen that before and heard of it before. They have happened to come back at the end of the first series. Then all of a sudden they worked, after our defense wasn’t able to get the personnel from upstairs for the whole first series. They happened to come back. It would be just great timing so Coach Saban and their defense would be able to have their headsets.”

Hey Idiot, Bama’s offensive coordinator was way up in the booth while Monte Kiffin, UT’s defensive coordinator, was on the sidelines when the headsets were out. Bama was at a distinct disadvantage. What kind of an imbecile is Kiffin that he doesn’t get this? Hence Bama had a 3 and out because they couldn’t communicate. This is more critical to the offense then the defense.

The sore loser speaks again

October 26th, 2009
2:03 pm

“Interesting game that way,” Kiffin said. “We’re the No. 2 team in the country in least penalties out of 120 teams and come down here and have eight enforced penalties and a couple declined, and they have one. We obviously have to do a better job at that when we go on the road in Tuscalooosa.”

Whine, whine, whine! Let me Fedex the whiner some cheese to go with his whinings.

Brew

October 26th, 2009
2:04 pm

OK, Tiders. Enough already. Tennessee was the 3rd LEAST penalized team in the country coming into the game and were hamstrung by an 8 to 1 disparity in calls. Every single call could have been correct. We’ve got undersized walk-ons trying to block a very good DL.
Now, let’s all admit that a team that gets 10 penalties a week ago when they sprung a back for 200+ yards couldn’t possibly clean it up enough to get only one penalty when their new Heisman candidate was held under 100. You’d have to agree that getting held (pun intended) in check to a certain extent might just cause an OL to break a few rules trying to get Ingram sprung. Yet, somehow, only one block in the back call, way behind the play.
I’ll skip the Cody call/non-call except to say that no angle I’ve seen so far shows that the ball crossed the line of scrimmage and a ref never blew the ball dead till a Bammer touched it.
The disparity in calls, and some disparities in marking the ball (sometimes refs were two yards apart) both worked against Tennessee. Agreed? Good. Now, Slive, let’s clean all this crap up.

gdawginkalamazoo

October 26th, 2009
2:07 pm

Next time try blocking the guy if you didn’t like the end of the UT/BAMA game. Hell he did it once already did you think he would lay down for the possible game winner? It was Bama’s ball when they recovered the blocked kick so the penalty would have backed them up for 1 snap.

jason

October 26th, 2009
2:14 pm

Coach O, It goes to show you just how difficult the call was to make on the field. I saw Leon Lett. After the play was decided ESPN posted a splitscreen with oppisite views that showed the ball out on the before the goal line. Now< i am not arguing the case one way or the other. I am simply saying to all Gator fans who want name call MUllen, that it had nothing against UF. It was about having the ability to make the right call, and the right call was not made.

The guarantor of victorys speaks again

October 26th, 2009
2:19 pm

“This is one we should have won,” Kiffin said. “We’ll see them again next year, and we’ll be excited about the matchup. … It’s a game that we should have won, and it’s a game we’ll win next year.”

Shoulda, coulda, woulda Lane. Does the idiot ever learn? I guess you’re guaranteed to beat Bama next year the same way you guaranteed and beat Florida this year. Well, maybe you didn’t actually beat Florida but you did get that big moral victory didn’t you?

Just looked up UTs depth chart. Top 2 qbs Crompton and Stephens are both seniors. 4 of the starting O-lineman are seniors and the only returner is a 6′1, 260 lb center Cody Sullins? 8 senior starters in all on offense that will be lost. And you’re guaranteeing a win next year?

Now for the Defense. 5 seniors lost including 3 linebackers including Rico McCoy and Lemarcus. Both interior D-tackles. Then Berry probably goes pro so all in all the Vols lose 6 defensive starters.

So Lane will have all of 8 returning starters between offense and defense next year, he loses his top 2 qbs(who the hell is the 3rd team qb anyhow?) and here he is guaranteeing victories.

I’m starting to love this guy. He’s so dam stupid its comical. Can’t wait till next year Lane. You’ll keep running your mouth and teams like Bama and Florida will just keep beating you. But hey, you can always hope for and maybe get the moral victory!

jason

October 26th, 2009
2:25 pm

As far as conspiracies, I will say that the refs must be better at hiding their deeds in UA games, unlike UF. I have watched UA play this year and there have been a few questionable calls, but really calls that could go either way. Not obvious calls as the UF/ ARK game. THe only call in a UA game I would question was the the USCe game where SOS ran the fade 3 plays in a row, and on the second fade the UA CB had the WR arm penned to his chest and was an obvious PI. Other than that , UA wins like they always do, with physical play in all 3 facets of the game.

jason

October 26th, 2009
2:26 pm

Also, UA never wins pretty, but you know you have your A$$ kicked when the game is over.