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

Nachos

October 26th, 2009
8:30 am

Big Bad Wolves rules!

Vol of reason

October 26th, 2009
8:37 am

Need to follow up heartbreaking loss with win over South Cackalacky. Go Vols!

Major Major

October 26th, 2009
8:38 am

Tech does need to stay focused and I think they will. They are too well coached. I just wish our schedule was a little tougher so we could advance a little in the BCS rankings. No worries though. If we finish as ACC champs and win the Orange Bowl it will be the best season since winning the national title in ‘90 and give us a platform for more things to come. BEAT VANDY!

TO HELL WITH GEORIGA!!!

GO JACKETS!

T

October 26th, 2009
8:39 am

Georgia will beat Florida on Saturday !!

Saint Simons

October 26th, 2009
8:39 am

UGA will be Gator bait this weekend!!!!!!!!! hahahahahahahahahahahahahaha

Grantland Rice

October 26th, 2009
8:40 am

What good is a review when the officials still allow a TD to stand like in the Florida/Mississippi State game? The ball was clearly stripped before the showboater crossed the goal line. Touchback.

Heartbreak

October 26th, 2009
8:42 am

Ruling on excessive celebration after blocked FG is that it is a dead ball foul. UT would not have been able to kick again anyway. It’s like a player celebrating as he runs into the endzone. He still gets the TD. Cody’s armpits must be sore this morning. Go Vols!

UT96

October 26th, 2009
8:43 am

Go ahead Tide fans, start with the excuses. Your team got outplayed and outcoached. You were darned fortunate to win against an undermanned and under talented Tennessee team. Enjoy your win, you know what’s coming down the pike.

UT96

October 26th, 2009
8:46 am

Heartbreak, It’s my understanding, and, of course, I could be wrong but it’s only a dead ball if the kick passes the line of scrimmage. Maybe someone can clarify this for me.

RAMBLE ON!!!

October 26th, 2009
8:47 am

Very nice way to finish the season against 4 light weights, with apologies to WF. You just don’t have it this year.

Bubba

October 26th, 2009
8:49 am

What’s coming down the pike? UT has fallen so far it now brags about close LOSSES to Florida and Bama. What’s your record now Vols? And you’re happy enough about that to say you are outplaying whom?

Me and You and a Dawg Named Belue

October 26th, 2009
8:49 am

Someone needs to remind Urban Meyer of the timeouts he called last year. Totally classless. Hey Urban: You don’t get to be a fan of Herschel.

Bowden Wyatt

October 26th, 2009
8:50 am

“Show me somebody that complains about officiating and I’ll show you somebody that just got beat”.

SEC Refs

October 26th, 2009
8:51 am

Tony, what are the SEC coaches supposed to do, stand back and take it? These idiots have been missing calls all over the place and something needs to be done. The celebration calls are a joke when 1 team can do things that get called and others do much worse and get nothing. Blowing a call after a review that shows CONCLUSIVE evidence that the original call was wrong is inexcusable and should not be tolerated. I don’t blame Mullen one bit- good for him. I know you don’t believe in conspiracy theories but what else could it be? UF has been getting away with murder practically and the SEC does nothing but look the other way. The FIX is in. All the SEC wants is 1 vs. 2 in the SECCG and is selling their souls to make it happen. The best league with the worst refs, PERIOD.

hh

October 26th, 2009
8:52 am

It has never been so obvious that the SEC is protecting Alabama and Florida’s 1 and 2 ranking. This is sickening, but business as usual in the SEC

Tech fan

October 26th, 2009
8:52 am

Tell you what Gators Offense could be their downfall this weekend..

Heartbreak

October 26th, 2009
8:52 am

Excessive celebration by defination is a dead ball foul.

Zebra

October 26th, 2009
8:55 am

If Slive wants to quiet criticism of the officials, he should have them go at least one week without helping a BCS contender steal a game. When I see the zebras cost UF, ALA, or LSU a game I will take off my tin foil hat.

Joey

October 26th, 2009
8:55 am

Dog fan here but not a Tech hater. I think Tech will win out, at least til the Orange Bowl. They are a better team than last year, and PJ is one of the better coaches in the country. If Tech can keep him, he will lead Tech to a national title sooner than later. They are on the rise. Meanwhile our program is in decline. After Richt’s early success he assumed his “system” would work no matter who he plugged in as coordinators. He promoted from within and therefore didn’t get the benefit of fresh ideas and schemes. Face it, we are not keeping up with the Jones’ (UF, Bama, LSU, ). I hope he has the courage to make changes, cause we’re on the verge of falling behind UT, Ole Miss, and others.

Got 12?

October 26th, 2009
8:56 am

UT96,

There are no excuses (from either side). What’s coming down the pike is the same thing that’s been coming down the pike lately.

After eight straight games including three against ranked opponents, we really needed this bye week. Hopefully, McElroy (bad decisions, poor mechanics) and McElwain (questionable play calling) can figure some things out over the next two weeks.

Mikey

October 26th, 2009
8:56 am

Congratulations to Dan Mullen for speaking out.
The Commish coming down on the coaches is BS- someone has to say it so again, congrats to Dan.

Touchback and perhaps a different outcome…

No BCS

October 26th, 2009
8:57 am

1. I really thought GT would get caught still celebrating the win over VT and get upset by Virginia. Hats off to the Jackets. Great follow-up victory. Glad I was wrong and I hope they continue the rest of the way.

2. Who cares about the “Quarterback on the No. 1 Team” award, aka the Heisman Joke, I mean Trophy. I’d rather wish Spiller a long and successful career in the NFL.

3. Actually, some SEC OFFICIALS didn’t get the memo. DO YOUR JOB!

4. Iowa is reminscent of the 2002 Ohio State team; however, I don’t remember this many undefeated teams ahead of Ohio State at this point of the season in 2002. Iowa will go to the Rose Bowl, but it won’t be for the National Championship.

5. Why is Florida still ranked number one? This season may go down as the best example of why we need an 8-team playoff.

jlc

October 26th, 2009
8:57 am

I know Fla. and ‘Bama won this weekend, but there is no way you can convince me that the SEC is as dominant as people make it out to be. Tennessee and Miss. St. are not that strong of teams this year and they gave the 1 and 2 teams in the country all they could handle. Miss. St. got whacked by GT at home, and UT lost to UCLA at home. I would love to see TCU play a big dog this year, because they could have a legitment shot at winning.

UT96

October 26th, 2009
8:58 am

Bubba, fitting name, losses chump, several to the Vols in the coming year. tell me something, have you changed your underwear yet after soiling them in the closing seconds of the game? No, we aren’t bragging about losing to Florida or Bama but apparently aren’t smart enough to realize what Kiffin is doing at UT.

DawgGirl32

October 26th, 2009
8:59 am

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

Really? That’s funny. I seem to remember Georgia dropping from #1 in the polls last year after winning its first 3 games. I guess that rule only applies to Florida.

SecIsFootball

October 26th, 2009
8:59 am

if there is one thing we have learned, Kiffin will whine and complain after every loss an place the blame anywhere but on himself and his team nor will he give the opposing team credit for winning. On top of that, he basically guaranteed a victory over BAMA next year. Will this guy ever learn? My guess is no.

Gen Neyland

October 26th, 2009
8:59 am

Congrats to the Red Elephants.

Bubba : You truly are a Bubba.

Dawg Named Belue : Every programs classless except yours, right..?

Got 12?

October 26th, 2009
8:59 am

hh,

How are the officials protecting Bama? They had a golden opportunity on Ingram’s fumble to give the ball back to Bama to run out the clock. They made the correct call which almost resulted in a Bama loss.

m

October 26th, 2009
9:00 am

Tech has four games left…two with the ACC against Duke and Wake Forest and two with the sec against vannnerbilt and ugag. The ACC games will be much tougher than the creampuff sec games.

The sec is the weakest I have ever seen the conference in my lifetime and even though the ignorant poll voters keep propping the sec up…it is painful to watch how weak the sec shows itself to be on the field week after weak (sic).

And that so-called high school offense that Tech runs is a thing of beauty. It is going to be sad what it is going to do the clarke county correctionaly institute in the last game in November.

Thank God and Greyhound that chan gomer gailey is gone forever.

C tha 1

October 26th, 2009
9:01 am

1. I agree GT can be special if they stay focused. They simply play disiplined, mistake free football unlike UGA.

2. I don’t know about the officiating in the SEC…too many blatant miss calls or wrong calls that have an indirect impact on the outcomes of games. I’m starting the smell something and it rhymes with tool kit…I’m just sayin.

SecIsFootball

October 26th, 2009
9:02 am

UT96….Only people making excuses are UT fans and your whiny little coach!!! Facts is at the end of the game, BAMA made a play to win and your team could not. Congrats thought on your so far undefeated season. 3 wins and 4 moral victories!!!

richtisthenewfulmer

October 26th, 2009
9:04 am

No excuses for the Vol loss, better days are ahead !! We just waved to the Bulldogs as we passed them by. Fl and GT will work the Bulldogs like a red headed (QB) stepchild.

Whine UT96 Whine

October 26th, 2009
9:05 am

Want some cheese with that?

Nachos

October 26th, 2009
9:06 am

UT96 —- shut your yap you little crybaby. Wow UT beat Georgia… congrats on that awesome victory. U Sore loser, just admit the better team won.

Got 12?

October 26th, 2009
9:06 am

Congrats to Tech! I hope they can finish strong and make it to the ACCC game but you just never know with the ACC. It doesn’t seem to matter which team is actually better in ACC games.

Geoff

October 26th, 2009
9:09 am

It has become clear that the SEC officials will do everything they can to keep them undefeated for the sec champ game, thus guaranteeing the conference a team in the bcs nat champ. This is what college football has become. Refs and big money decides who gets to go to the Nat Champ game. Makes you want to walk away from the game.

kenny d

October 26th, 2009
9:09 am

tony,
talk about poor officiating – Miami / Clemson game…
how can that crew not call a helmet to helmet contact on the Miami defender that hit the Clemson tight end. The worst I have ever seen.

Geoff

October 26th, 2009
9:10 am

I will add that USC, which has a UGLY loss to Wash is right there in the mix. The same USC team that looked awful Saturday. Right there in the mix while a team like GT, which is playing the best football in the country is not even in the top 10. Total fraud.

WreckIt

October 26th, 2009
9:11 am

Here’s hoping that Tech can win out, clean Clemson’s clock in the ACC-CG and show well at a BCS game. In fact, we need all the ACC teams to show up at the bowls this year. That’s the only way that a 1-loss ACC team will get more respect in the future. The way the ACC has played out of conference as a whole (yes, there have been bright spots) lets the media keep its bias against the conference.

ACC teams play tougher schedules than other disrespected conferences do (or are allowed to do – Boise State) so the respect is there to be garnered if the teams perform well enough.

Earn it on the field.

m

October 26th, 2009
9:11 am

Thank God and Greyhound it’s a slow day at Geek Squad, so I can post the same exact thing for the 183rd day in a row.

I just knew UVa was gonna be a tough win, after the way they handled William and Mary.

Now we have to be just as nervous about Wake Forest… I mean, they almost beat Baylor!

Dave

October 26th, 2009
9:14 am

This season has taken most of the wind out of my sails. I love UGA and live and die with each game. Thruth be told, we are gonna get slaughtered this weekend. It seems that any offense that is having their problems suddenly runs on all 12 cylinders when they take the field against UGA. We have no home run hitters this season except for AJ. Our defense plays good for 3 downs and then gives up a 30 yard play time after time. I’m frustrated, but still a dawg. Just make it through this season and see what the crystal ball produces next year. Right now, we are behind FL, AL, Old Miss, LSU and TN. I’m scared to death about every single game we play from here on out, except TN Tech. Oh well….

sunday

October 26th, 2009
9:14 am

From a Tech fan, I’m predicting either a very close game for UGA this weekend against UF, or an upset. Florida is reeling right now and I think the timing is perfect.

OMG

October 26th, 2009
9:14 am

what is funny but sad, if Maryland Terrapins who are currently 2-6 with a win over Clemson as well were in the Mountain West Conference as TCU is in, they would be 8-0 and ranked 6th in the nation. Noone would question it and hail Coach Friedgen as being one of the best coaches in the NCAA. That goes the same if they were in the WAC like Boise State.. they would reign and could even play for National Championship. And the idiots who vote for these schools, TCU and Boise State do not get it. Their conference opponents could not beat Div 1AA schools

collegeballfan

October 26th, 2009
9:14 am

“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.”

Tony the commish needs to bring down the hammer on the entire officiating apparatus of the SEC. The officiating is fast turning the SEC into a joke. This is three straight weeks of incompetence.

I say the SEC athletic directors need to say NO to any fines from the commissioners office. What is the commish going to do, kick Tennessee & Miss State out of the SEC?

The commish needs to clean his act up before criticizing anyone else.

Sars

October 26th, 2009
9:14 am

What happens to iowa when the big 10 is left with just one ranked team? No way they make it to the title game even if other teams lose. They play no one. OSu will likely beat them anyway.

AtlantaCane

October 26th, 2009
9:16 am

Congrats to Clemson on having the will to come back seven times on the road to take a lead and/or tie and eventually have somebody on their team step up BIG and make plays when they had to be made. Clemson did it, so did Iowa and Notre Dame.

While it was a great game to watch because of all the points scored man, it was also a painful one to watch from the UM vantage point. Eleven penalties, four turnovers — who can U beat when U play that sloppy? Here’s one of those “ref calls” for U Tony:

We score on a 56-yard fumble recovery and we get flagged for unsportsmanlike conduct, not excessive celebration. The reason? UM safety Randy Phillips took his helmet off (he didn’t score) and according to Randy Shannon, Phillips was 50 yards away from the end zone and as he was walking back to the bench he took of his lid while still on the field. So we had to kick off from our 15.

C.J. SPiller is one heck of an athlete…not just a RB but an athlete. He’s going to make some NFL team a whole lot better next year. On two of his TD’s:

His 90-yard kickoff return right before halftime was a killer. Get this: The UM coaches told our kicker to squib it and DO NOT KICK TO SPILLER. So what does he do? He nails a line drive shot so fast to C.J. that when he catches it there isn’t a UM player withing 20 yards of him. Our kicker was benched for the remainder of the game and possibly the rest of the season.

On the second half 56-yard TD pass catch C.J. was covered by one of our two best LB’s: Sean Spence. That’s the good news. The bad news is Spence had no business being on the field, let alone trying to cover somebody who can outrun a dog. Spence injured his knee in the first half and they had to put a brace on his knee. The video shows Spence limping down the field trying to catch a meteor. What a mismatch. Spence was pulled because of his injury.

One defensive note: I think we blitzed one time in the game and when we did we got to Parker. He may be a redshirt freshman but we made him look all-conference. Our front four couldn’t get past their front five, or six (RB) or seven (TE). Clemson blitzed effectively, we didn’t even try. (BTW, I hope the Clemson TE is going to be OK after that hit.)

Regardless, kudos to Clemson. It sucks to lose in OT but we couldn’t hold any of the seven leads we had and when we had a chance to run out the clock at the end of regulation we couldn’t do that either. So for the second year in a row, destiny gives us a shot at the title game if we take care of biz. We didn’t, so we won’t as we step aside and tell GT/VT, “We don’t want it, U can have it.”. What could of been.

Go Canes!

Sars

October 26th, 2009
9:16 am

Correct. Fla is faltering. UGa coming off a bye week rested. They are prime for the upset.

Mike D

October 26th, 2009
9:17 am

Tony,
Tech is looking impressive, and as a Dawg fan, that’s tough to say. Too bad their remaining sked looks like it does, it’s not going to help them one bit. Additionally, playing an ACC championship game against at least a 3 to 4 loss team won’t propel them into a Natl Championship game. Should they run the table, look for them to get treated like Auburn in 2004.

Not from Roswell Ed

October 26th, 2009
9:17 am

When it comes to some conspiracy regarding the officiating, I just do not buy it. There have always been bad calls, and always will be bad calls. There will always be poor decisions. There will always be fans that feel as though they got jobbed.
Having been an official for nearly 30 years in another sport, I can say I have definitely made some poor decisions. We want to do the right thing, and sometimes we simply just make a huge mistake. What happens occasionally is the fans, coaches, announcers simply do not know the rules. The same fans that crucify an announcer one minute will applaud that announcer when he says something that benefits or praises their team.
I have seen and heard announcers make some horrible assessment of calls on games I did. They did not know the rules and made themselves out to be fools.

Fleischman in Chi Towns Bed

October 26th, 2009
9:17 am

How ’bout some love for those Auburn Tigers ???????

WDE

Sars

October 26th, 2009
9:18 am

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

rhynster

October 26th, 2009
9:19 am

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

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

With FSU sucking wind, the conference needs it.

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

UT96

October 26th, 2009
9:19 am

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

Vols Bitch!

G Force

October 26th, 2009
9:21 am

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

SecIsFootball

October 26th, 2009
9:23 am

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

3-4 Bitch!

Volcross

October 26th, 2009
9:24 am

Got 12?

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

UT96

October 26th, 2009
9:26 am

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

Vols Bitch!

m

October 26th, 2009
9:26 am

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

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

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

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

Fleischman in Chi Towns Bed

October 26th, 2009
9:26 am

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

Captain Sweatpants

October 26th, 2009
9:26 am

Tony, Spiller is a senior, not a junior.

#2 BAMA FAN

October 26th, 2009
9:28 am

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

Gen Neyland

October 26th, 2009
9:29 am

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

Honest Abe

October 26th, 2009
9:31 am

Amen, Gen Neyland.

Got 12?

October 26th, 2009
9:32 am

Voltross,

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

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

m

October 26th, 2009
9:34 am

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

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

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

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

Vol of reason

October 26th, 2009
9:35 am

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

Oliver Stone

October 26th, 2009
9:35 am

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

Obama for Heisman

October 26th, 2009
9:35 am

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

GO VOLS!!!

October 26th, 2009
9:36 am

It’s time to FIRE KIFFIN ! ! !

ugadawg

October 26th, 2009
9:36 am

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

Miles

October 26th, 2009
9:36 am

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

jtriverdog06

October 26th, 2009
9:37 am

Tony-

“The coaches know they can’t publicly criticize officials and if they keep doing it, the Commish is going to bring the hammer down strong on somebody.”

Me-

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

jumbeauxtiger

October 26th, 2009
9:37 am

Got 12?,

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

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

Geaux Tigers
Go SEC

KR

October 26th, 2009
9:38 am

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

GO VOLS!!!

October 26th, 2009
9:38 am

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

GeoffDawg

October 26th, 2009
9:40 am

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

UT96

October 26th, 2009
9:40 am

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

UT96

October 26th, 2009
9:41 am

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

Got 12?

October 26th, 2009
9:45 am

Vol,

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

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

Honest Abe

October 26th, 2009
9:46 am

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

jason

October 26th, 2009
9:46 am

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

UT96

October 26th, 2009
9:47 am

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

Vol of reason

October 26th, 2009
9:47 am

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

Ja4218

October 26th, 2009
9:48 am

Tony,

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

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

Bill E. Goat

October 26th, 2009
9:49 am

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

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

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

Tom

October 26th, 2009
9:50 am

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

Kick stand

October 26th, 2009
9:51 am

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

the real Old Gold

October 26th, 2009
9:52 am

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

MalibuGT

October 26th, 2009
9:52 am

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

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

Rick

October 26th, 2009
9:52 am

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

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

BCS = Bowl CONSPIRACY Series

October 26th, 2009
9:53 am

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

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

Free Willie

October 26th, 2009
9:53 am

I have the cure for what ails the Florida offense!

Vol of reason

October 26th, 2009
9:58 am

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

Elliot Garcia

October 26th, 2009
10:00 am

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

RedGrange

October 26th, 2009
10:00 am

Tony

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

MattDawg

October 26th, 2009
10:01 am

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

UGAisdead

October 26th, 2009
10:03 am

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

Coach O

October 26th, 2009
10:04 am

jason,

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

blazer

October 26th, 2009
10:05 am

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

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

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

baconboy

October 26th, 2009
10:09 am

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

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

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!

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.

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!!!!!!!!

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.

Story continues below ↓

“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!!!!!!!!!

45ACP

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 ?????????????????

Lance

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…

jumbeauxtiger

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!

DP

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.

Jake

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.

UGAIsSoLastYear

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?

Really?

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?