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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The refs

October 26th, 2009
2:32 pm

Brew,

What you’re not accounting for is that on a lot of the UT penalties there is no dispute. Calls like jumping offsides, illegal procedure, delay of game, there’s really no judgement call or gray area. It is what it is. They deserved ALL of those penalties and I saw several numerous holding calls that I thought UT should have been called for and they were’nt.

Also, one thing you’re not factoring in is that when you’re playing against a better team you tend to commit more penalties sometimes in an effort to try to keep up or gain an advantage.

Last, you’re complaining about Cody possibly celebrating too early after blocking the kick on the last play of the game. Man that is just weak, weak, weak!

Prez O

October 26th, 2009
2:53 pm

I’ll take care of the BCS by creating a playoff. Because between golfing, playing basketball, socializing I don’t have any other thing to do. Go Me!

Got 12?

October 26th, 2009
3:00 pm

Ok, let me whine too:

What about the non call for PI when the defender hit Julio in the endzone (after five yards and with the ball in the air)?! What about Bama’s play calling in the redzone? What about McElroy’s inaccuracy?!

Sorry, got carried away with the last two. I didn’t realize whining was so fun.

Got 12?

October 26th, 2009
3:05 pm

FRESH OFF THE SEC PRESSES:

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (Oct. 26, 2009) – Southeastern Conference Commissioner Mike Slive has issued a public reprimand to University of Tennessee head football coach Lane Kiffin for his public comments concerning officiating Sunday.

“Coach Kiffin has violated the Southeastern Conference Code of Ethics,” Slive said. “SEC Bylaw 10.5.4 clearly states that coaches, players and support personnel shall refrain from all public criticism of officials.”

“This is the second reprimand for Coach Kiffin in this calendar year. Coach Kiffin is on notice that for any further violations of SEC policies will subject him to additional penalties including suspension.”

Got 12?

October 26th, 2009
3:07 pm

TO PUT AN END TO THE CODY ISSUE:

SEC associate commissioner Charles Bloom said Sunday that any penalty on Cody would have been enforced on the next play. But since the game was over, there was no penalty.

Bowl Championship SERIES

October 26th, 2009
3:10 pm

It’s not even a SERIES!!! Remember that through 2006, there were only 4 BCS bowls, and the championship was one of those 4. Starting in 2006, there were still 4 BCS bowls but they added a 5th BCS Championship a week later. NOW WE ARE SO CLOSE TO HAVING AN 8-TEAM PLAYOFF!!! Just let the BCS choose the 8 teams to play in those 4 bowls, then the winners have a semi-final bowl game, then the BCS Championship. That is a SERIES!!! And it only adds 1 more week to the season. And don’t forget that same year NCAA went from 11 games to 12 in a season. I’m ok with going back to 11 if it gets the playoff system done. It’s so simple it’s right there in front of college football nation’s eyes and we can’t even see it.

GoneFishin'

October 26th, 2009
3:18 pm

for UGA’s soul…….

Lame Kiffen- The idiot gets reprimanded AGAIN!

October 26th, 2009
3:25 pm

What a moron. When asked why he didn’t run another play with time left on the clock to get closer Kiffin said he didn’t want to take a chance on either an int or another flag “magically appearing out of nowhere”. What a sore sorry ass loser.

I’ve seen lots of games where teams get 10 or more penalties. Its not that unusual. And to get 8 when practically all of them aren’t even judgement calls and are easy to make for the official. That’s pretty normal.

Hard to believe that UT people say that they are proud of the way this imbecile represents them. Ya just can’t find a bigger idiot in college football period.

I challenge anybody to show me a bigger idiot as far as really dumb, moronic statements in the history of college football than this village idiot.

Lame Kiffen and UT remain undefeated

October 26th, 2009
3:27 pm

7-0 with 3 victories and 4 moral victories. Oh, and don’t forget that those moral victories would have been on the field wins if the refs hadn’t stolen all of them.

Losing Interest In The SEC

October 26th, 2009
3:34 pm

Tony, might we have more coverage and commentary on CSS regarding the horrible ref calls in the SEC? To date:

1 Georgia gets screwed in the LSU game with a call the SEC says was wrong.

2 Arkansas gets crewed in the Florida game with a call the SEC was wrong.

3 Tennessee gets screwed in the Alabama game on questionable calls that for 68 yards to Alabama’s 10 yards that make them fearful of running another play because a flag takes them further out of field goal range.

4 Mississippi State gets screwed in the Florida game when a Floorida player claearly fumbles the ball prior to going over the goal line because he is showing off and a MS player falls on it in the endzone for a touchback, yet the refs still award Florida a touchdown. The Florida player isn’t even penalized for his behavior. Take that TD away and MS kicks the extra point and it is a 22-20 game with MS having the ball with 3 & 1/2 minutes left. A field goal wins it for MS.

Is it stupidity on the part of the SEC refs or is the fix in for a Alabama – Florida SEC CG and a BCS CG for the winner of that game.

And what is so distasteful is that if the coaches or players, or athletic department personnnel complain, then the school can be penalized.

Youe friend that runs the SEC officiating at the SEC HQ need to resign or be fired or the SEC is going to start looking as fixed as professional wrestling.

Jared

October 26th, 2009
3:38 pm

What will UF do when they play FSU at the Swamp with acc officials? Maybe they will be sec officials in disguise.

PMC

October 26th, 2009
3:39 pm

so what does reprimanded really mean? Are they going to fine Tennessee… Kiffin? Is there any teeth behind these words or is just useless?

We win the ACC when the ACC is pitiful

October 26th, 2009
3:41 pm

I know I’m not seeing ACC folks claim that the SEC is weak? REALLY?

Any Tech fan with sense on this board knows that were it not for FSU being lousy, Clemson getting off to a slow start, and for UNC having zero offense this year, Tech wouldn’t be 7-1 right now. That aside, the ACC is pretty forgettable, just like it was the last time Tech contended for the title (and lost). Just because you smack around a MSU team after they lost a heartbreaker to LSU doesn’t make the whoel conference weak. MSU plays Florida tight because THEIR HEAD COACH WAS FLORIDA’S OC LAST YEAR. Of course it’s going to be close, but that doesn’t mean you could beat, or hang with UF.

The top ACC team has the #27 offense in cfb and #64 defense in cfb (Tech). Florida has the #8 offense and #1 defense in the nation. Alabama has the 34th best offense, but has the #4 best defense. Miami? 50 offense/35 defense, VT 60 offense, 31 defense. The rest of the conference, like the ACC, has it’s good and bad points, but I’d take LSU, UTK, South Carolina, Georgia, Auburn, and Ole Miss over Clemson, Virginia, Wake Forest, UNC, and FSU.

Keep dreaming…the ACC is not eclipsing the SEC, the SEC is just rebuilding this year.

Go Gators.

Got 12?

October 26th, 2009
3:42 pm

Losing Interest,

Please list the calls where UT was screwed in the Bama game. Were they the false start and illegal motion penalties or the delay of game or the offensive holding or blocking below the waist on a kickoff or the non-call supported by the actual rules? Which ones were they?

For the record, Kiffin was fearful of running another play because he had no confidence in Crompton.

Jared

October 26th, 2009
3:47 pm

We win acc

The acc is every bit as good as the sec this year. There are so many wrong things with your post. First, look at the cupcakes fla and bama have played. There was an article on yahoo sports showing when you take out the crap teams they scheduled, their offense AND defense goes DOWN. Let’s look at who Miami played while they were playing cupcakes. FSU, OK, GT and VT. 3 top 20 teams and a big rival. And let’s not forget Sagarins strength of schedule. GT’s is higher than bama and flas by a long shot. But it will all be decided on the field in Nov when the acc likely sweeps the sec.

KR

October 26th, 2009
3:50 pm

The UT “blocking below the waist” call on the kickoff looked more like a poor attempt at a tackle to me.

That’s about the only one I saw that was questionable, aside from the non-call on Cody that has been debated ad nauseum.

Dummy LeBey

October 26th, 2009
3:58 pm

Vanderbilt? Who’s Vanderbilt? Is that the guy that had all the money?
GO, JACKETS !!!

Reggie Reg

October 26th, 2009
4:02 pm

Whiny voice….do we havta play Floridaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa!!!! I don’ wannaaaaaaaaa!!!!!!
The Dawgs are gonna have Alpo served by Florida. What a disaponting year!!!!!

The refs

October 26th, 2009
4:02 pm

KR,

You can’t dive into someones knees which is what the UT player did on the kickoff. It will get called every time now and ever since Donta’ Hightower of Bama went down with a shot to the knee by an Ark o-lineman the sec has vowed to clamp down. Bama got called for a chop block the week before against Carolina and Carolina got hit with the same call. I never did understand why they would allow chop blocks aiming at someone’s knees to go on anyhow.

But you are correct in that this penalty is the only one that UT can remotely call questionable and even then they really can’t. The rest of their penalties were obvious. From delay of game, illegal procedure, jumping offsides, not a single one of those penalties were debatable.

The whining about Cody not getting a penalty when the ball was already dead is nonsensical
beyond belief.

Funny how UT fans haven’t mentioned the noncall on the UT player in the end zone against Julio. You have to play the ball and clearly the UT player did not play the ball. 90% of the time that would have been called pass interference and every UT fan knows it. That noncall and a couple of other obvious times when UT was holding were the only seriously questionable calls or noncalls. Other than that the game was well officiated.

G8R GRAD

October 26th, 2009
4:03 pm

I’m invoking the Fifth on the fifth(point).

Got 12?

October 26th, 2009
4:05 pm

KR,

The UT defender threw himself into the knees of the two Tide blockers, not into the ball carrier. That’s a block. Blocking below the waist is illegal for either side during a kickoff. It was a good play by the UT defender. Without his foul, Arenas takes it to the house.

One more word from the idiot please!

October 26th, 2009
4:07 pm

`I’m very shocked at the penalties,” Kiffin said Saturday.

Sunday, he went even further. He questioned why Alabama wasn’t penalized on the final play, when Terrence Cody ripped off his helmet in celebration after blocking UT’s try at a game-winning field goal.

That wasn’t the real problem. This next troublesome crack was:

“I’m sure we’ll get one of those letters that mean nothing, that Bobby (Petrino) got last week,” Kiffin said, “but Florida and Alabama live on.”

Crybaby Kiffin at it again. I guess he thinks that delay of game, jumping offsides, illegal procedure, that all of those penalties are debatable. Sorry lame but those calls are obvious. Now the non call pass interference by the UT defender against Julio Jones. That’s a whole different story and gets called 90% of the time. Oops. Better quit whining. Starting to sound like Lame Kiffin.

Janice Wilfurt

October 26th, 2009
4:09 pm

Is Iowa a fraud at #4? I think so Tony and its mainly what the lasting memory us southerners have when we play against Big Ten teams.

Dog in TN

October 26th, 2009
4:10 pm

Maybe try improving the quality of the officials and the officiating? Then it is quite possible the coaches will be quiet. The problem is in Slive’s house and he needs to fix it, not by reprimanding the coaches.

ecdawg

October 26th, 2009
4:11 pm

Come’on Tony…..Georgia got voted out of No. 1 in the first week after beating Georgia Southern……how quickly you forget and in your own backyard.

Johnny Test

October 26th, 2009
4:15 pm

Tech has definately over achieved so far this year. Historically they have a let down or two ( North Carolina and LSU in 08) but it has not happened this year, yet. Maybe against Vanderbilt on saturday night in Nashville or against UGA in November. Duke and Wake Forrest are so bad they should drop football.

Oh and by the way Miss St had more total offense than Tech 487 yards to 479 yards and scored 31 points. Tech won because Miss St had 5 turnovers. Miss St only had 237 yards against Florida and 14 of their 19 points were scored by their defense. Only M would try to make an idiotic comparison like Tech beat Miss St. easier than Fla did. It means nothing. LSU had lost 5 games when they drilled TECH 38 TO 3 last year.

Tennessee is gonna be the most despised program in the SEC before Lame Kitten is done with his showboating. Never lose to UGA again? Famous last words.

When Iowa is the class of the big 10 you know the big 10 is not so big anymore.

Those of you who think the SEC officials are making calls to protect Alabama and Florida’s ranking are too stupid to be called idiots.

Is LSU getting better or is Auburn imploding? Haven’t heard any War Eagles lately. Chizik starting to sound like Mark Richt now.

Coach O

October 26th, 2009
4:20 pm

ecdawg

October 26th, 2009
4:11 pm
Come’on Tony…..Georgia got voted out of No. 1 in the first week after beating Georgia Southern……how quickly you forget and in your own backyard.

Georgia was not a defending national champion. That was merely a pre-season ranking. It meant nothing. It meant even less after a few more games.

KR

October 26th, 2009
4:21 pm

I’m an Auburn fan. Not much to say about Saturday’s game, except to congratulate LSU.

I do have to question Les Miles’ choice to bring the 1st team defense in with 8 seconds left to stop a garbage touchdown by AU’s 2nd team offense. I’m guessing it didn’t go the way he thought it would…

Coach O

October 26th, 2009
4:22 pm

PMC

October 26th, 2009
3:39 pm
so what does reprimanded really mean? Are they going to fine Tennessee… Kiffin? Is there any teeth behind these words or is just useless?

One more time and he’ll start racking up game suspensions. That’s what reprimand means.

gdawginkalamazoo

October 26th, 2009
4:28 pm

I wouldn’t discount Iowa being up there. They have a good coach and and an experienced QB running the show. Teams find a way to win games and Iowa did just that on Saturday night. Last second, last play and the play call was absolutely perfect.

Mister T

October 26th, 2009
4:33 pm

uga fans calling anyone classless is freaking hilarious. You have short memories when calling out Urban for calling LEGAL timeouts while your own St. Mark allowed if not encouraged the pups to break the rules and ILLEGALLY celebrate just one year earlier.

You had it coming. Count on more of the same. I figure Tebow will have the cobwebs completely shaken out by Saturday. As Bill has pointed out, Willie’s Defense is cure for what ails a floundering offense.

THWg!

Tide Rising

October 26th, 2009
4:35 pm

KR,

If anyone has reason to be mad at the officials this week I would have thought it would be Auburn. 8 penalties in the 1st qtr alone. In all my years of watching college football I’ve never seen that. It could be they were all absolutely deserved or it could be a couple were judgement calls that didn’t have to be made. Don’t know but that had to be disappointing for Auburn and that kind of penalty night will simply sap the will out of a team and destroy any momentum you mighta had.

Didn’t know Miles put the 1st team D back in with 8 seconds left in a lopsided game. I don’t want to get onto LSU too much or their fans but that’s considered by many to be kind of a classless thing to do in college football.

F-105 Thunderchief

October 26th, 2009
4:37 pm

I don’t think it’s possible to be a running back/return specialist. Running back/kick returner sure. Specialist implies that’s his main thing. It’s not. No charge.

Tide Rising

October 26th, 2009
4:39 pm

gdawgzoo,

I agree on Iowa. In the preseason I picked them as my darkhorse national title game team because they had most of their team back, they had an easy schedule noncon and especially within the big 10, and last of all they lost something like 3 games by 7 pts total in 08. Usually a team that returns most of their starters and lost a series of tight games wins those tight games the next year and that’s exactly what’s happening with Iowa. Of course I looked like a fool when they barely escaped Northern Iowa 17-16 on the opening weekend.

KR

October 26th, 2009
4:42 pm

Tide Rising: I was not happy with the officiating of our game either. The penalties early on seemed very one-directional (4 on Auburn in less than 4 minutes).

It’s hard to say whether it had any impact on the outcome. We were driving well early on, got called for illegal procedure when it truly looked like defensive offsides, and then Auburn’s wheels seemed to fall off.

To their credit, this was the best I’ve seen LSU look all season. However, in the process Jordan Jefferson got his bell rung and had to come out of the game. I haven’t heard the outcome of that.

123456789

October 26th, 2009
4:44 pm

All of the video replays tell us the plain & simplte truth:

1. Mark Richt
2. Dan Mullen
3. Lane Kiffin
4. Bobby Petrino

These guys cant ALL be wrong about
such BLANTANT SEC officiating stupidity.

There is a PATTERN & A FREQUENCY to all this.

Mister T

October 26th, 2009
4:46 pm

Johnny Test,
You are a hypocrite! On the one hand you want to belittle Tech for winning against Miss St, but being out gained by 8 yards! They you turn around and want to say that Tech can’t be compared to UF just because they handled Miss State as easily as UF did.

You are absolutely obsessed with Tech. You can’t handle the fact that Tech is by every possible comparrison better than uga is this year. If uga wins this year you can talk, but until that happens, STHU! What would it take for you to actually admit that Tech is better than uga now? Obviously just winning isn’t enough. You didn’t accept that last year…7 outta 8 blah blah blah.

BTW, I don’t make it a practice to come over to the uga blog and say much if anything. But guys like you and the one I responded to earlier are the ones that give uga a bad sportsmanship rap. I know it isn’t all of you, but really? If you look at the Tech blogs, the first 5 or 6 entries are obnoxious uga fans.

THWg!

Jared

October 26th, 2009
5:09 pm

Hey Johnny. Miss st had 4, that’s FOUR, turnovers against LSU. LSU had 0, ZERO. And won by 4. Nice try in the comparison. Gt’s defense has been playing much better the past two weeks. And GT had 2 turnovers against Miss st..one in the end zone on a scoring drive. We could have scored again at the end had we wanted. So your argument holds no h20.

Paddy

October 26th, 2009
5:10 pm

heartbreak….on the blocked field goal by Bama. Don.t believe it is a dead ball foul until the whistle blows. It had not blown.

Tide Rising

October 26th, 2009
5:15 pm

Paddy,

Once the ball stops its dead per the rules. The ball was DEAD, DEAD, DEAD! The sec commissioner has already weighed in on this in favor of Bama.

And in light of all the complaining regarding the unsportsmanlike penalty against AJ Green several weeks ago does anybody want to see the refs give the game to a team on a highly questionable penalty AFTER the game is over? Could you imagine the crap people would be saying about the refs if they gave UT a second chance by saying that Cody took his helmet off before the play was over?

Brad P

October 26th, 2009
5:16 pm

Johnny Take away the bogus td from Fla and they only put up 22 points against miss st. I love how you point to a teams defense and completely ignore their putrid offense. A good defense coupled with a great offense is what wins nat champs 80% of the time. Here’s the proof.

see all those points?
1995 Nebraska 12-0-0 Fiesta: Beat Florida 62-24 Tom Osborne
1996 Florida 12-1 Sugar: Beat Florida St. 52-20 Steve Spurrier
1997 Michigan (AP)
Nebraska (Coaches) 12-0
13-0 Rose: Beat Wash. St. 21-16
Orange: Beat Tennessee 42-17 Lloyd Carr
Tom Osborne
1998 Tennessee 13-0 Fiesta: Beat Florida St. 23-16 Phillip Fulmer
1999 Florida State 12-0 Sugar: Beat Va. Tech 46-29 Bobby Bowden
2000 Oklahoma 13-0 Orange: Beat Florida St. 13-2 Bob Stoops
2001 Miami, Fla. 12-0 Rose: Beat Nebraska 37-14 Larry Coker
2002 Ohio State 14-0 Fiesta: Beat Miami, Fla. 31-24 (2 ot) Jim Tressel
2003 LSU (National Champs)
USC (#1 in AP Poll) 13-1
12-1 Sugar: Beat Oklahoma 21-14
Rose: Beat Michigan 28-14 Nick Saban
Pete Carroll
2004 USC 13-0 Orange: Beat Oklahoma 55-19 Pete Carroll
2005 Texas 13-0 Rose: Beat USC 41-38 Mack Brown
2006 Florida 13-1 BCS Championship Game:
Beat Ohio State 41-14 Urban Meyer
2007 LSU 12-2 BCS Championship Game:
Beat Ohio State 38-24 Les Miles
2008 Florida 13-1 BCS Championship Game:
Beat Oklahoma 24-14 Urban Meyer

only one year 2000, and possibly last year and 98, was the defense the key. The offense was what won for the winning teams.

UGASlobberknocker

October 26th, 2009
5:40 pm

241 comments and not one by Tony. I thought a blog was supposed to go two ways.

GoVols

October 26th, 2009
5:57 pm

Good one, Slobberknocker. I never see comments in the blog from Mr. College Football.

To others: as a UT fan, I’m happy with where we are as a team – there was a great deal of concern before the season began. We’re happy with the effort and believe that’s the result of better coaching. We lost, plain and simple, this weekend, but played well and I look for better days ahead as a proud fan of the Big Orange.

Bama fan

October 26th, 2009
6:25 pm

GoVols,

Now that was a reasonable post. UT could have won but didn’t in a game that could have gone either way. Both reasonable Bama and UT fans recognize that the game could have gone either way and just ended up gong Bama’s way cause we made one more play when we needed to.

UT has got to be satisfied with the way they are playing and the idea that as they improve better days will be ahead. The vols have lost a few close ones that were winnable and a year from now some of those games will start falling their way.

Bama had the same thing in Saban’s first year. We went 7-6 and all 6 of our losses were by 7 pts or less. We were losing but each and every game lost was competitive. They just didn’t go our way in that initial transition year. The next year we went 12-2. Some interesting parallels between Saban’s first team and Kiffin’s 1st team.

Jay

October 26th, 2009
6:40 pm

Tony doesn’t want to get into trouble with the sec. They pay his side salary.

Born2Buzz

October 26th, 2009
6:46 pm

1. GT used to let us down just when they were on the brink otf being relevant when Chan was the coach. Paul Johnson is now the man in charge and he won’t let that happen again.
2. In addition to Spiller how about some press for Josh Nesbitt. If you look at Nesbitt’s stats and his impact on the Jackets, he does as much as Tebow does, if not more. Spiller is definitely a stud and should get some serious consideration.
3. The SEC refs are becomming a joke. They will probably over compensate a cost UF and/or Bama a game with some bad call. And I will love it.
4. Another Big 11 team in the BCS game? ARRGGGGGHHHH!! No, Tony don’t say it can happen. Probably will.
5. Maybe UGA could actually beat the Gators. Come on Doggies, play the game of your season. Only team I want UGA to beat is the Gators. Maybe that bad call is coming to your aid.

Golden Pond

October 26th, 2009
7:00 pm

Paul Johnson has an amazing record of winning when Tech is favored. Only 2 slip-ups have been LSU and Virginia in his career at Tech and the Virginia loss was just avenged. That offense he runs doesn’t seem to require motivation, the players run it well ’cause it is fun. The entire Bulldog nation better buckle its collective chin straps ’cause Paul Johnson is fixin’ to administer another ass-beating at the end of November and seize control of the state of Georgia. Talk Georgia Tech football at: http://www.bbuzzoff.com

SC Rules!!!

October 26th, 2009
7:07 pm

GoVols/Bama fan;

You two are both spot on, yes the Tide won and Yes the Vols could have won. But in the end the real thing to remember here is one storied program is back near the mountain top and the other is climbing back to the top. Y’all are where SC was at the end of the ‘01/02 seasons, building solid foundations for the future! I thought both teams played well for the most part, and yes there were times when both had lapses; then again we played well when we needed too but it seemed ONLY when we needed too. That is going to be what keeps us from the NC game, our inability to play UP to our ability. There, I said it, we need to get our sh!t together for 4 full quarters! Then again, so DOES FLA! They can’t begin to have a prayer of hope of beating Bama/LSU in the SEC title game if they keep limping along as they are here recently.

Fight On!!

Michael G.

October 26th, 2009
7:13 pm

Slive has to protect his $30 mil. investment by ensuring 2 SEC teams make it to the BCS whether they deserve it or not. It’s funny that all the “questionable” calls have favored LSU, Florida, and Alabama, thus ensuring that none of those teams lose, and the conference gets a team in the NC game, and another one an at-large berth.

GT For You And Me

October 26th, 2009
7:15 pm

Hopefully the DAWG’s will unwrap Urban’s turban!!!!!!!!