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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GT For You And Me

October 26th, 2009
7:24 pm

Virginia Tech safety Kam Chancellor told the Virginian-Pilot on Sunday that he was blocked below the waist at least four times during the Yellow Jackets’ 28-23 win two weeks ago. Virginia Tech coach Frank Beamer said one of those illegal and “dangerous” blocks occurred on Josh Nesbitt’s touchdown run in the fourth quarter that sealed the win.

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“That’s a joke,” Johnson said. “Put the tape on and watch. Tyler Melton cracked the free safety. He doesn’t even block him. He shields him.

“They got outschemed. So, it’s illegal to outscheme them, I guess.”

Earlier this summer, Chancellor said that he thought he had picked up some of Tech’s tendencies on film and could tell where the ball was going before the snap. ESPN singled him out after the game at Bobby Dodd Stadium on Oct. 17 and showed several instances where Chancellor didn’t know who had the ball.

“We blocked them the same way we blocked them a year ago and they weren’t complaining when they won,” Johnson said. Chancellor is a JOKE!!!!!!!!!! GO JACKETS!!!!!!!!!!

Starring Peter Graves as Capt. Over

October 26th, 2009
7:39 pm

Tech will run the table. CPJ is not Chan Gailey or George O’Leary.
Spiller would get more pub, but Clemson is only 4-3. If Clemson gets on a roll & finishes 9-3, he may get an invite to NYC. Outside of Paul Hornung winning in 1956 on a 2-8 ND team & Tebow winning on a 9-4 UF team, usually the Heisman Trophy winner comes from a highly ranked team.
Officiating stinks in general. The reason it is such a hot topic is that it is the SEC officials.
Iowa could go undefeated & may have the same fate as Auburn in 2004.
Tebow rallies the troops Saturday. BTW, with all this talk about UGA having the open date before the Florida game & beating Florida in 1997 & 2007, tell me what happened the last time UGA had an open date in the regular season? It really helped them, that’s for sure.

GT For You And Me

October 26th, 2009
8:06 pm

Mr. Homer Football: The what now is UP! Why do you think they created the ATHENS BYPASS? Because your team has been bypassed!!!!!!!!!!!!!! GO JACKETS!!!!!!!!!


October 26th, 2009
8:17 pm

Win or lose I hope the Dawgs play well.
No blow-out please.

The Last of the Gwinnettians

October 26th, 2009
8:41 pm

While I enjoy seeing Tebow do well, I’m getting a little Gator-fatigued, and it would actually help Tech if the Dogs beat UF and the Jackets win out. Plus, the wife, mother and mother-in-law are GA fans (so is the father-in-law, but to h3ll with him). As difficult as it is to admit, therefore, I guess I’m pulling for Uga and his boys this week.

It’s dangerous business to pull for your opponents, though (Clemson over Miami, GA over UF, etc.). A team can do a lot with a little confidence.

Look for Dwyer to have an ‘08-like game against Vandy, and go Jackets!!!

The Last of the Gwinnettians

October 26th, 2009
8:49 pm

Speaking of Dwyer, did anyone else hit rewind a time or ten after he lowered his shoulder on that UVA defender?

Big 10 rules

October 26th, 2009
9:38 pm

Last of the gwinnettians,

Nope. No one saw dwyer lower his head and hit a uva defender. Wanna know why? Cause few people watch ACC football, even fewer people watch UVA, and practically nobody watches Tech.

Big 10 rules

October 26th, 2009
9:39 pm

Is the ACC going to have more than 30k show up at its championship game this year? probably not.

Fleischman in Chi Towns bed

October 26th, 2009
9:44 pm

Where are the pups ?????????????????


October 26th, 2009
9:56 pm

How is it that the #1 guy in the Heisman isn’t even the 2nd best QB in the state of Florida? What a joke. All of the national commentators who laud Tebow for gutting out a win in Starkville should watch the game. In the 4th quarter, the guy went 1\4 for 3 yards and an INT returned for a TD (his second of the game). He must’ve done it with his legs…nope. He rushed 4 times for 11 yards. It is becoming more and more apparent that Percy Harvin is what made that team go. He was a once in a lifetime player, not Tebow. Any 245 pounder can run it in from the 3 yard line to pad his stats. Unfortunately for him, coaches tend to pick up on that if it is your bread and butter and you are left looking for answers. The best QB in the state and possibly the nation will be playing in Tallahassee this weekend. It’s just too bad their defense is the worst in the history of FSU so no one knows the facts.

Tim Tivo

October 26th, 2009
10:00 pm

lance. You may be right. But I’m still going to win the Heisman because, after all, I’m Timmy Tivo. I have 8 or 9 td passes, I ranked 84th in the country in passing before the MSU game but that don’t matter. I will still win the Heisman. Why? Cause I’m timmy tivo and ESPN is on my side and God is probably on my side too. Your friend, Timmy

Big 10 drools

October 26th, 2009
10:04 pm

Rest assured that the ACC is solidifying its location for the Championship game … it will be in Charlotte next year, a city which is within 300 miles of 9-out-of-12 ACC schools.

SEC & Big 10 = overrated & outdated. Smart, intelligent football is back in the form of CPJ & the GT Yellow Jackets. Now go complain about it to the refs…

The Last of the Gwinnettians

October 26th, 2009
10:06 pm

If the Jackets are fortunate enough to go to Tampa, I plan to be there supporting them, Big 10.

I’m also proud to say that our conference is wise enough to have a championship game.

The Last of the Gwinnettians

October 26th, 2009
10:18 pm

If 30k show up for the ACC championship game, that will be 30k more than the number of people who show up for the Big 10 championship game.

Gen Neyland

October 26th, 2009
11:02 pm

Tide Rising : The ref in the field of play can be used in multiple fashions. Alabama may have been using him for a pick gone bad. All I know is that the ref is like a blade of grass on the field, meaning he’s a part of the playing field. That Alabama receiver should have been able to shed the Zebra…The Cody helmet ripping thing doesn’t mean a hill of beans to me. If Lincoln had had the leg, he wouldn’t have thumped Cody with the ball. All in all, a good defensive scrum. A 12-10 loss is very respectable to what I considered the #1 team in the country until Saturday evening…


October 26th, 2009
11:23 pm

Tide Rising

October 26th, 2009
4:35 pm

“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.”

LSU’s D dominated Auburn but Auburn drove the ball down the field with LSU’s subs in( Auburn had theirs in too) and Auburn called time out to try to score. I think it is arguable that some coaches would have just let the clock run out as they had no time to run a play without stopping the clock. When Chizik did that the players asked to go back in. There was time for just one play and the ball was marked with the nose touching the goal line. I really have no problem with that and I have no problem with Chizik trying to “improve” the score.

Archie loves Peter Griffin

October 26th, 2009
11:42 pm

You guys better leave Big 10 alone.

Next year they’re gonna learn us to count to eleven!


October 27th, 2009
12:12 am

Tide Rising, it didn’t make any difference whether the play was over or not when Cody took off his helmet. Unsportsmanlike conduct is treated as a dead ball foul whether it is during the play or after. The play is not repeated and the penalty is assessed after the play. Think about a kick returner who taunts an opposing player before he crosses the goal line for a touchdown. They don’t call back the return and penalize the return team, they assess a 15 yard penalty on the ensuing kickoff. Had the officials thrown a flag on Cody, it would have been Alabama’s ball first and 10 after a 15 yard penalty from the spot of the kick. But with no time on the clock there was no next play, game over.


October 27th, 2009
5:24 am

Officiating as a whole in the SEC has been terrible this year, and I am glad coaches are going public.

how2fish 4 men

October 27th, 2009
7:06 am

I love watching the football players in those tight pants.


October 27th, 2009
9:28 am

I don’t get to see the GT games up here in Ohio but I did youtube Dwyer plowing over that UVA defender. Priceless.

Regarding the SEC; Kiffin has that ‘it’ factor. Same goes for Spurrier and Meyer. Why I think all 3 of those schools will be beating UGA consistently while they are still coaches – and Richt is still at UGA.

Bruce Duncan

October 27th, 2009
2:21 pm

Tony, yes, its about time C.J. Spiller of Clemson is part of the Heisman talk. It seems to me this award has become more about who you play for and less about the most valuable player. Spiller is at the top of several dozen stats that few in history can compete with, much less his contemporaries. His name should be formost in these conversations.

Vince's Dooley and Wally's big ole Butt

October 29th, 2009
9:36 am

Why do you call yourself Mr. College Football when you cannot see the best backs in the country are right down the street from your office. You expect the GT fans to swallow this Koolaid you passout in this newspaper every week. And now you are talking about C J Spiller. Well did you see Anthony Allen run over people this week like he does every week or Dwyer blocking when he isn’t scoring? Of course not..your livelihood depends on SEC’s dominance and primarily UGA, what are you going to do when all that crumbles? Oh yeah, that’s right talk about something that went on 29 years ago. After a couple of days of that, it starts to get real old.

Postero's Ghost

October 30th, 2009
8:36 am

VA Tech falls to the Tar Heels?


What is it about ACC teams that makes them wither under pressure whenever they get ranked? Last year it was Clemson. This year it’s been Miami, then VA Tech. Will GA Tech be next?