Georgia Tech moves one step closer to ACC title game

 

Made a couple of mistakes last week when I thought Ole Miss had figured things out and would beat Auburn and that Kentucky would win at home against Mississippi State. That gave us a record of 8-2 on the week and 67-23 on the season.

So let’s get on with the Fearless Friday Forecast for the first Saturday in November:

 

1. Wake Forest at Georgia Tech: It’s tough for any team to get ready to play Georgia Tech in just four days. Deacons’ quarterback Riley Skinner (concussion) was cleared to play on Friday which gives them a chance to control the football and keep the Tech offense off the field.  Still, Georgia Tech is a hot team that is at the top of its game. Jackets take one step closer to the ACC championship game in Tampa. Georgia Tech 31, Wake Forest 17.

 

2. Tennessee Tech at Georgia: It has not been a fun week to be a Bulldog. Coach Mark Richt has decided to stick with quarterback Joe Cox for a stretch drive that also includes Auburn, Kentucky and Georgia Tech. This game has to help Cox with his confidence, which can’t be very high right now. Georgia 42, Tennessee Tech 13.

 

3. LSU at Alabama: No question in my mind that LSU has a shot here because the Tigers have the athletes to match up with the No. 3 Crimson Tide. Both teams will use the same defensive game plan: Stop the run and force the quarterback to make plays. But I think the Alabama defensive front is better and can put more pressure on LSU’s Jordan Jefferson. LSU has to take some chances and throw the ball down the field. Alabama will intercept at least two passes and win a tough, vintage SEC game. Alabama 17, LSU 13.

 

4. South Carolina at Arkansas: The Head Ball Coach at South Carolina (6-3) really could use this game. After last week’s loss to Tennessee, where the Gamecocks gave away too many points with turnovers, Steve Spurrier is facing the real possibility of a very tough finish. South Carolina hosts No. 1 Florida next week and finishes with Clemson in Columbia. I just think Arkansas QB Ryan Mallett is playing better right now than Stephen Garcia. The Hogs win at home. Arkansas 24, South Carolina 17.

 

5. Vanderbilt at Florida: We know Florida linebacker Brandon Spikes will sit out this game. Today we should find out if head coach Urban Meyer will be joining him for his comments about officiating. If Meyer sits it will give defensive coordinator Charlie Strong, who should have been a head coach long ago, to improve his head coaching record to 1-1. Strong was the interim coach in the 2004 Chick-fil-A Bowl after Ron Zook was fired. Florida lost to Miami. Gators roll and get ready to go to Columbia. Florida 42, Vanderbilt 6.

 

6. Florida State at Clemson: This one is basically an elimination game in the ACC Atlantic. Clemson has played well the past three weeks thanks to the big plays by C.J. Spiller. Florida State QB Christian Ponder has been a warrior, keeping the Seminoles in the game while the defense struggles. I’m giving the edge to Clemson at home. Clemson 38, Florida State 35.

 

7. Duke at North Carolina: Duke (5-3) still needs two wins to become bowl eligible because the Blue Devils played Division II team N.C. Central. But more importantly, they need another ACC win to set up next week’s Coastal Division showdown with Georgia Tech. David Cutcliffe has significantly improved the program in less than two years. Beating the Tar Heels in Chapel Hill would be his signature victory to date. This week’s upset special. Duke 31, North Carolina 30.

 

8. Ohio State at Penn State: Ohio State (7-2) can still go to the Rose Bowl if the Buckeyes can win their final three games against Penn State, Iowa, and Michigan. But the Buckeyes still have an issue with sophomore quarterback Terrelle Pryor. He is a wonderful athlete who has yet to learn how to play the position. Pryor, a Pennsylvania native, will not have a good Homecoming. Penn State 20, Ohio State 10.

 

9. Oklahoma at Nebraska: Remember when we used to look forward to this game? After losing three games by a total of five points to BYU, Miami, and Texas, and losing its Heisman Trophy quarterback (Sam Bradford) to injury, Oklahoma (5-3) wants to finish 9-3 and go to the Cotton Bowl. Nebraska is struggling on offense, big time. Both have great defenses but Oklahoma has more guys who can make plays. Oklahoma 24, Nebraska 20.

 

10. Navy at Notre Dame: I’m not a big believer in the Irish (6-2), who can still go to a BCS bowl if they finish 10-2. Navy is finally healthy and will get quarterback Ricky Dobbs (16 TD rushing) back for this game. It is tempting to go with the Middies but I believe Jimmy Clausen will be able to throw the ball on the Navy defense. Notre Dame 31, Navy 21.

 

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154 comments Add your comment

Fleischman in Chi Town's bed

November 6th, 2009
10:09 am

Chi Town claims another victim! Lock up your wife & daughters if you heading to T-Town.. the CHI is on the prowl!

Over Exposed

November 6th, 2009
10:11 am

Atlanta Gator,

In years past, I would agree that Tony has not been a homer. But, here are three quotes from his columns this year that, I believe, show that he’s “jumped the shark”:

“…the excessive celebration call on Georgia’s A.J. Green last Saturday against LSU is the single worst officiating mistake I have seen in my three decades of covering the sport.”

“Normally on Thursdays we have Five Burning Questions. Today, we only have two:” (yesterday)

“I didn’t get to see the video but I talked to some people who did.” (referring to the late-hit-on-Tebow video from the CBS game that Tony worked the pre-game, halftime, and post-game shows)

The Govenor is a dumb a$$

November 6th, 2009
10:11 am

The acc is insignificant because Tech playing and beating Georgia is gonna hurt their stregnth of schedule, lol (2 year record against sec 5-1, GA twice, LSU, Miss St twice & Vandy, scary). They are sooooooo insignificant you feel the need to keep writing about it…an obsession me thinks.

JP owns DJ

November 6th, 2009
10:13 am

Chi Town is the man!!!

He runs Tuscaloosa.

Let's Go

November 6th, 2009
10:15 am

Wake Forest is the one team in the ACC that could slow down Georgia Tech’s offense just because they have over the years run a very similar type of offense so their defense has seen it more in practice. I don’t think Wake wins but don’t be surprised if they are able to slow Tech down in the first half and this game is close going into the 4th quarter.

If Clemson wins big against Florida State then it’s obvious they figured (Fixed) something out after the Maryland game and the ACC Championship game could finally be a sell out and exciting.

Tony, If South Carolina struggles down the stretch again this year will the “Old Ball Coach’s” job be in danger? He’s getting paid a lot of money in Columbia to only win 6 or 7 games.

Denver Dog

November 6th, 2009
10:17 am

It has been 2 months of football and UGA has played 3 home games. Anyone else had that kind scheduling. The only games on here with any question are Alabama LSU and FSU and Clemson

LSU and FSU win in close ones.

Hick from the sticks

November 6th, 2009
10:19 am

” …I believe Jimmy Clausen will be able to throw the ball on the Navy defense.”

Considering Tate, Rudolph, and a guy named Floyd comes back, yeah master prognosticator. I’d think he’ll have no grand problems, turf toe or not.

Exposed

November 6th, 2009
10:19 am

You missed the point Over gee ..big suprise!

The football team was exposed on week one. A lack of character is

mostly exposed when these type of incidents occur. But hey that’s

ok because the Gators they are great. That’s all that really matters..

except of course to your neighbors and those that do business with those

who think like you.

Fleischman in Chattanooga

November 6th, 2009
10:19 am

Way to close the deal Chi Town!

The Governor

November 6th, 2009
10:21 am

Who in the ACC did LSU lose to? Are you already counting UGA losing to Tech this year?

Beating Miss State and Vandy is not anything to brag about.

kcgtfan

November 6th, 2009
10:23 am

Tech rolls. Doesn’t matter if Skinner plays or not. Tech will be a very focused team tomorrow.

Edward Winter as Colonel Flagg

November 6th, 2009
10:26 am

Georgia is soooooooo good that they are playing Tennessee in the 1st half and Tech in the 2nd half. Is each half counted as a game or do you add both halves together to see who wins? Tickle pile @ Bill King’s house before and after the game.

Denver Dog

November 6th, 2009
10:27 am

Who is this idiot that thinks that Tech beat LSU. Must be using some of that Ga Tech Fuzzy Math again. UGA is 92.7 % against the ACC over the last 10 years. Smoke that one dope head

timthebrave

November 6th, 2009
10:28 am

1. I think Tech wins but it will be closer than you think 31-24(If skinner plays) 48-3 if he doesn’t
Ga wins but doesn’t cover the spread. 35-10
I pick an upset here. LSU 24-23
Another upset S Carolina wins 21-17
Fla wins big 31-3
Clemson wins a close one 31-28
Everyone wants Duke to win but they won’t 27-17 NC
Penn State in a close one 20-17
OK in a runaway 24-3
ND in last minute 28-21
My picks for the week

Anonymous

November 6th, 2009
10:30 am

“Today we should find out if head coach Urban Meyer will be joining him for his comments about officiating.”

Jeez Louise, Barnhard!
Give it a rest already.
Your beloved Dawgs lost, and badly I might add.
So quit whining and play on.

Tony Homer

November 6th, 2009
10:30 am

Tony’s just still grumpy because he didn’t get to go down to Florida and play golf with his buddies. Well, that, and the fact that his Dawgs continue to be the Gators’ whipping boy.

Get over it, Tony.

Nachos

November 6th, 2009
10:32 am

Big surprise you leg humpers picking LSU to win tomorrow. You guys still bitter about the Great blackout of 2008???.. sheesh get over it!!!

Chi rules

Eric

November 6th, 2009
10:35 am

I predict Roswell Ed and I will have a “FAB” weekend snuggling in the cold weather!!!!

thomas

November 6th, 2009
10:36 am

Secondguesser

November 6th, 2009
10:38 am

Exposed, please son, you are opening your mouth and removing all doubt of being a fool! If this is the best you can do then you are no better in this field than your pups are on the Jax field. I know it hurts son. Let it go before it devours you.

jc 7 nd

November 6th, 2009
10:39 am

granted your not believer tony notre dame would still beat uga this year

jc 7 nd

November 6th, 2009
10:40 am

im ready to strike my pose in new york

Lurch

November 6th, 2009
10:41 am

uhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh

johnny weissmuller

November 6th, 2009
10:41 am

The Governor – you don’t read very well do you?

He said….”(2 year record against sec 5-1, GA twice, LSU, Miss St twice & Vandy, scary)”

ID EST, (since you couldn’t discern this yourself)

GT at the end of this season if we beat UGA will be 5-1 vs the “Big Bad SEC” with wins over Vandy, Miss St twice, UGA twice, and a LOSS to LSU

G8R GRAD

November 6th, 2009
10:41 am

I’d like to echo Atlanta gator’s sentiment.
This weekend’s UA/LSU game is the semi-final game for the SEC Championship.
And a National Championship hangs in the balance.

For the record:

Bama by 7.

GO GATORS!

The Thin Guy

November 6th, 2009
10:43 am

If UGay whips up on little ole Tennis Shoe Tech they should drop out of the SEC and enter the OVC where every year they can play all the schools off interstate exits in Tennessee and Kentucky excepts of course for those mean Tennessee Volunteers in Knoxville. Compost Cable wants $ 30 for this turkey. Fire up those DVRs. After all you need something to put on UGay Tube when things don’t go your way. Heck. All All American Brandon Spikes was doing last week was trying to help and poochie pick his nose. Sheech.

Tampa Wreck

November 6th, 2009
10:45 am

Insider, I agree 100%. This game against WF will likely be another nail biter. Until our D shows me they can stop a good quarterback, I’ll be worried about every game, and Skinner, even on limited practice, is very good. I thinks it’s close and likely in the upper 30’s or 40’s for both teams, but in the end CPJ and Mr. Nesbit will find a way to win.

Go Jackets and THWG.

Anonymous

November 6th, 2009
10:46 am

“Now, let’s all line up at the window for our meds…”

That’s funny right there.
I don’t care who ya are!

What?!

November 6th, 2009
10:47 am

I get a kick out of these UGA fans that claim Florida plays dirty. Hmmm… Who is the most penalized team in the SEC? Oh, yeah – it’s Georgia.

So do you think these Dirty Dawgs turn into little angels at the bottom of the pile? “Pardon me, my good fellow. May I kick you in your groin area?”

The Govenor is a dumb a$$

November 6th, 2009
10:47 am

Yes, Georgia is a win. And if Miss St and Vandy are no big deal, how can “Every week is tough game in the SEC”, unless every week means Florida, Alabama or LSU, the rest are leftovers JUST LIKE EVERY OTHER CONFERENCE. Why can you not stop talking about the insignificant conference, hmmmmm, why, because your obsessed, your in love with Duke and you have posters of Paul Johnson hanging over you bed…….Geogia can’t claim superiority based on the fact that they are in the same conference with Florida, they are still just Georgia.

GatorG

November 6th, 2009
10:50 am

Ok, let me correct the Governor:

Beating Vandy, Miss State, and Georgia is nothing to brag about!

redeployed dawg

November 6th, 2009
10:51 am

Where are the 39 GA Tech fans who predicted that Tennessee will beat UGA? I could use some extra spending money so am looking to make a bet with some. Name the price.

redeployed dawg

November 6th, 2009
10:52 am

Correction to above post, Tennessee Tech will beat UGA

Anonymous

November 6th, 2009
10:53 am

“. . . they are still just Georgia.”

OUCH!

We'll Always Have Dec. '06

November 6th, 2009
10:54 am

Top Concerns for the Old Gold & Black visitors to Bobby Dodd Stadium tomorrow:

1. Hot, confident, explosive Tech team
2. health of QB Riley Skinner
3. Coach PJ rarely, if ever, allows letdowns
4. heartbreak hangover from excruciating defeat last week to Canes?
5. Deacon confidence/mindset (i.e., expecting something bad to happen) after three Ls by 3 pts. and one L by 1 pt.

Does the game w/ Navy two weeks ago help us tomorrow? Maybe. But then again we allowed the Midshipmen 330 yds. rushing that day. Against all odds, the Deacs will need the following to have a chance:

• +2 to 3 in the turnover dept. (including no Skinner INTs)
• no Tech special teams plays or receptions over 25 yds.
• limit the Jackets to 250 yd. rushing or less (they avrg. 304 ypg)

Coach ‘em up, Grobe!

And can Nesbitt wear Reggie Ball’s old blue jersey?!?

Damon Evans

November 6th, 2009
10:55 am

I am pleased to announce we have accepted an invitation to play in the chitlin’ bowl, where we are 7 point underdawgs to Clemson. We have been lucky enough to keepp Willie Martinez and Mike Bobo with 50% salary increases and Mark Richt with complimentary memberships to the Athens tanning salon and the hair club for men. To pay for these and our facilities renovations, donations for season tickets are going up 75%, trailer park fees going up 200% to $3 and fines for public drunkeness are increasing from $.25 to $1.

johnny weissmuller

November 6th, 2009
10:57 am

We’ll Always Have Dec. ‘06

We burned that thing in effigy a long time ago

good luck to your deacs

Go Jackets!

I'll take that

November 6th, 2009
10:58 am

redeployed make that 40 Tech fans, can I have $1,000,000 on Tennesse beating Georgia this year(and next, and ….)?

Exposed Gator / character really sucks!

November 6th, 2009
10:59 am

Hey Secondguesser nice wig old son! Don’t worry about me

go back to your usual brilliant posts. You don’t have to look

in the mirror if you do want to. It’s a free country man.

Anonymous

November 6th, 2009
11:07 am

Hey Exposed,

You’re just a sad, scared, little boy aren’t you?

Smokewagon

November 6th, 2009
11:08 am

UGAY- What Tech fans say when they look in the mirror.

Paul's Johnson

November 6th, 2009
11:10 am

In reponse to you GT and UF idiots.

UGA OWNS you both.

Series record with GT.

UGA 59 wins….GT 39 wins….5 ties

Series record with UF.

UGA 46 wins….UF 39 wins….2 ties

THWGT & THWUF!!

College Football Fan

November 6th, 2009
11:13 am

Tony, Man you really know your stuff! You really are Mr. College Football. Picking Fla over Vandy and then Grambling over Tn Tech. WOW! You need to start your own 1-800 number to sell that kind of knowledge. Your insighful picks are incredible.

It’s not surprising though… after reading your series of incredibly thought provoking articles on Spikes, late hits, and suspensions.

Now that that’s over, looking forward to more articles from you about the rugged SEC, Grambling’s greatest wins of the last 50 years, and another Herschel retrospective. Can’t get enough of that.

Anonymous

November 6th, 2009
11:19 am

Hey Paul’s johnson,

Whatever gets you through the night, buddy.

GA Tech Insider

November 6th, 2009
11:21 am

Denver Dog; Complaining about UGA’s schedule won’t win you any sympathy from the GA Tech faithful, my friend. Georgia only played 4 games in October, including one at home, and one that UGA chooses to play in Jacksonville, and then 2 games in the state of Tennessee. By the way, Georgia one 1 game, and lost 3 during that stretch.

On the other hand, GA Tech played 5 games in the month of October, and played in 5 different states (Mississippi, Florida, Georgia, Virginia, and Tennessee). And since I mentioned Georgia’s won/loss record during your October stretch, I think that it’s only fair I do the same for the Jackets – 5 wins and 0 losses.

Be careful of what you complain of, my friend.

cuttysark

November 6th, 2009
11:26 am

Georgia Tech is rolling and will do the same over Wake on Saturday. Paul Johnson will have the troops ready to play again despite those nagging injuries.

Go to http://isportsweb.com for more Georgia Tech Football articles and a story about “uniformgate.”

Paul's Johnson

November 6th, 2009
11:27 am

Anonymous:

“Hey Paul’s johnson,

Whatever gets you through the night, buddy”

Stats are stats. Don’t get mad at me.

leland

November 6th, 2009
11:31 am

There’s so much knocking on TB today that I want to remind all of you once again of the remarkable creativity TB has shown in triple spacing between paragraphs. No unimaginative double spacing for him.

Tech75

November 6th, 2009
11:34 am

Paul’s Johnson – I suppose everyone needs to hang onto something to make them feel good. Too bad in your case it’s “past history” – because the present and the future “don’t be lookin’ too good” for you right now.

I’ll hang onto my piece of the hedge, and I’ll be thinking about you while I’m in Miami sweating at the Orange Bowl.

Where will you be? Oh, sorry… probably in your living room watching 60 other teams play bowl games and posting on a blog somewhere “I can’t wait until next year….”

bb

November 6th, 2009
11:34 am

Talk about insignificant conference. To be significant you have to play ranked teams and win. For a conference that means OOC games.

The SEC has only one win against an OOC ranked team this year. They have only played 4 (1-3). The ACC has played twice that amount and won 3 (3-5 for the mathmatically challenged). In fact the ACC is 2-1 against top 10 OOC foes this year. So, the ACC has beat twice as many top 10 OOC foes as the SEC has top 25.

If you look at games against currently ranked teams the SEC doesn’t fair much better with a 1-4 record (picked up a loss) and the ACC is still 3-5.

Who would you say has been more ‘relevant’ on the national level??