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

Anonymous

November 6th, 2009
11:36 am

Who’s mad?

I feel sorry for anyone who seems to tie his self-worth to a college football team’s performance!

jumbeauxtiger

November 6th, 2009
11:38 am

Throughout the preseason the LSU-Bama game was frequently discussed on this blog about being a key game in the West. It is even bigger than many of us predicted as the Tide has a great chance to make it to the NC game. Many of us including me did not have LSU among the contenders for the BCS title before the season and they are in the mix. TB, I typically enjoy your work but I am disappointed that there has been basically no discussion about this game this week.

Here are my picks:
Tech 38 Wake 21
Dawgs 42 Tn Tech 7
Bama 24 LSU 13
SC 21 Ark 20
Gators 49 Vandy 3
Clemson 34 FSU 31
NC 20 Duke 17
Penn St 24 Ohio St 17
OU 31 Neb 14
ND 34 Navy 21

Geaux Tigers
Go SEC

blazer

November 6th, 2009
11:39 am

THEY WHOULD WORRY ABOUT TENN. TECH
IS SPIKES GOING TO PLAY FOR THEM SINCE HE HAS THE WEEKOFF?

wes

November 6th, 2009
11:39 am

Sorry for calling u a whiner all the time.

I do, however, thoroughly enjoy this column every Friday and look forward to it.

Is Tennessee Tech any good? Don’t know the first thing about em’.

TommyP

November 6th, 2009
11:42 am

Here’s the deal, Tony. Everyone has pretty much caught on with your song and dance.

Your picks are a joke because you’re not using the lines. Like someone above said…”You actually count your Florida and Georgia picks in your ongoing record?” What a joke. Quit keeping up with your picks, dude. You pick favorites every friggin’ week with all 10 picks and this week you finally pick an underdog in Duke. (pretty sure it’s a buddy pick for Cutcliffe, though)

If you never use the point spread (which is silly to make picks without doing so), then don’t tally up your wins and tout yourself as being “Mr. College Football.” My grandma can pick 10 favorites each week.

Tell us things we DON’T already know.

Another thing…. I have to side with some of the UT fans on here that are incredulous to the fact that you haven’t mentioned them at all when talking about games. (and I’m a Dawg fan) I hate the Vols but am aware enough that they’ve definitely played some good, damn football lately.

Finally, it’s a blog, not a column. In this century, the writer of said blog interacts with its loyal readers. One example of how it’s done would be on DOB’s blog (without the condescension or barbeque talk, of course).

Let Schlabach start writing this blog.

bb

November 6th, 2009
11:48 am

Furthermore, I love seeing comments that GT’s best win is against VT which is not as impressive given their subsequent loss and drop in the polls. You are aware that the SEC’s ONLY quality OOC win came against that same team, aren’t you? Beyond the VT win there is a whole lot of Fla Atl, La-Lafayette, W. Ky and the like. The SEC’s next best win is against Washington. Washington? Are you kidding me? This is what you are crowing about?

ACWho?

November 6th, 2009
11:52 am

Yes, bb, it seems like most people in the USA feel that the ACC is “more relevant” than the SEC.

In your dreams.

Tech75

November 6th, 2009
11:57 am

bb – as long as Tony B. and others speak of the SEC as the “best conference”, and writers continue to tout that winning the SEC is a golden road to the NC game, SEC teams will not change their scheduling behavior.

The writers are going to have to start dinging the major SEC teams for scheduling really weak OOC competition – “paid victims”. They’re essentially playing an 8 or 9 game schedule. Poetic justice (although I’m not wishing it, so don’t get me wrong) would be for one of these teams that schedule these patsies to incur a season-ending injury to a key player.

On the other hand, the counter argument is “The SEC is tough enough – look at what happens with Southern Cal – they go OOC, play the best teams, get jacked up and win those games, then suffer letdowns against Stanford, Oregon St., Washington…”. You could argue that any team only has so much emotion it can call upon during a season, and you have to manage it wisely.

Exposed Gator / character really sucks!

November 6th, 2009
12:00 pm

Anonymous whatever man ..ok I’m sad ..you’re so right

I’m sad that aren’t enough real men to hold folks accountable
for wrongs just because they happen to be wearing their team
colors. So yes in a way you are right. Sad for you too cause
it must really suck to be weighed down with so much hatred you
can’t deal with the truth because pride, however motivated, whether
motivated by anti Georgia bias or personal team bias won’t let
you deal honestly in the matter.

Paul's Johnson

November 6th, 2009
12:01 pm

Tech75:

You Tech homers finally come out of obscurity, where you have been since 1998 (last Conference Championship) and proceed to talk smack and thump your chests and then you get upset when you are put in your place.

The fact of the matter is, outside of your fanbase and Conference, GT is still irrelevant in collegiate football. I know, the truth hurts but get over it.

1 win in the last 8 years against UGA and you knobs are still jumping up and down like you’ve won the lottery.

Yes, it is true, UGA holds the series record and I would be willing to bet that you will not see GT takeover the series in your lifetime.

To your dismay, the proud, storied UGA football program will be fine and we will continue to dominate you little Techies for years to come.

As far as the Orange Bowl.

Do you know how to make GT cookies?

Put them in a big bowl and beat them for three hours.

THWGT!!

Go Dawgs!!

Willie Martinez

November 6th, 2009
12:14 pm

Bama looses because they are over-rated. Florida looses because are over-rated. GT looses because they just SUCK!!! My defense comes back to life. Gooooooo DAWGS!!!!!

Coach Right

November 6th, 2009
12:17 pm

“Georgia Saturdays…Built Ford Tough.”

Tech75

November 6th, 2009
12:25 pm

bb – probably stands for “blindly believing” that it’s going to get better….

I hope things do improve over there at Bulldog U. I’d like nothing more than to beat your sorry azzes for the next ten years, regardless of your over-inflated, classless non-performing recruits.

You had better hope that Tech doesn’t start a Sports Management major. If they did, NO ONE would accept an offer to come to Athens.

‘Course it’s a safe bet that Tech won’t start a major like that…it would be counter to our mission to be a world-class UNIVERSITY, rather than a big-business football ghetto.

Tech75

November 6th, 2009
12:26 pm

Excepting of course female gymnasts….

gdawginkalamazoo

November 6th, 2009
12:27 pm

Tech75, you could also argue that half the PAC-10 and half the ACC are just D1 “paid victims” to start with. And don’t get me wrong the SEC has a couple of those. And just so there is no misunderstanding we could probably be considered one of those this year.

Prayers out to our military around the world and especially those serving at Fort Hood.

Styles

November 6th, 2009
12:29 pm

UGA wins big tomorrow orchestrating the start of it’s own redemption song to end the regular season 8-4. F the naysayers cuz they don’t mean a thing!!

Tide Rising

November 6th, 2009
12:30 pm

I have to hand it to the gator fans for knowing their football. Like me they are wondering why there was practically no writing on the biggest game in the west this year the Bama-LSU game. It should be another great SEC slugfest and I think is the only weekend game between two top ten teams. Too bad the whole week was spent rehashing over and over the Spikes thing.

Jumbeauxtiger if you’re out there good luck but not too much luck and enjoy the game.

Miles, only 300 public intoxication arrests in Tuscaloosa this weekend? Surely LSU plans on bringing more than 300 fans?

Lord of The Lizards

November 6th, 2009
12:32 pm

Bama and LSU will be a classic game. Too bad it’s been ignored for the most part in these columns all week because the Mutts wanted to console themselves with Brandon Spikes stories. Bama at home will be hard to beat so I’m going Bama 20 LSU17. It will be nice to get back to actual football Saturday and next week…hopefully…maybe…

Eric

November 6th, 2009
12:33 pm

Don’t like LSU, never have. Hate Mr. Leslie. But I’ll be pulling for them Saturday. I hope they spank bammer.

ReptilesRule

November 6th, 2009
12:36 pm

The best thing about this week besides my Gators being 8-0 with a chance to go 9-0 is that I have become a big Georgia Tech fan…especially for that last game of the season.

jumbeauxtiger

November 6th, 2009
12:42 pm

Tide Rising

“Jumbeauxtiger if you’re out there good luck but not too much luck and enjoy the game.”

Thanks TR. I heading to T-town this afternoon.

“Miles, only 300 public intoxication arrests in Tuscaloosa this weekend? Surely LSU plans on bringing more than 300 fans?”

LOL that’s a good one.

cherokee

November 6th, 2009
12:43 pm

Urban the loud mouth just fined $30,000. THAT IS GREAT

Carlton

November 6th, 2009
12:44 pm

I am dying to know what the nerds who always say “first” look like…

Jessie in Vidalia

November 6th, 2009
12:44 pm

Georgia Tech should win against Wake Forest, but it could be a close game unless Tech has a lot better defense than last week.

The Dawgs should win easily over Tenn Tech, but if they struggle any at all, it will prove that Richt just doesn’t have it. Either way, this is another lost season for UGA.

Gen Neyland

November 6th, 2009
12:49 pm

Just got a kick out of opening Mr. CFB’s blog and the ad above his header reading, ‘BUZZED DRIVING IS DRUNK DRIVING’…Careful GT’ers, be very careful…

Rocky King

November 6th, 2009
12:50 pm

Jessie,
I lived in Vidalia the first 18 years of my life. My parents are still there. This is another lost season for UGA and I don’t see it looking very bright for next year, either.

Jim

November 6th, 2009
12:51 pm

Watch out for Wake. They will be up for the game, Skinner is a great passing QB and turnovers are always a threat. Other than Tech winning the best result this weekend would be a FSU victory over Clemson. The Tigers are hot and mad about the Tech game in September. I don’t think that the fake field goal will work again.
Jim

The Gator Nation

November 6th, 2009
12:55 pm

The SEC office just fined Coach Meyer 30K. Thats OK, Mr Slive, we’ll take care of that check…thank you.

Tide Rising

November 6th, 2009
12:55 pm

Jumeauxtiger,

I liked your breakdown yesterday between the 2 teams. You definitely have the edge on the WRs and DBs. The only thing I disagreed with you is you gave us the edge on RBs. I would have to call that a draw. We go 3-4 deep but LSU has Charles Scott who is as good as anyone and Keiland Williams who can hit the edge. Not to mention some trick plays here and there where Sheperd will get the ball.

All in all I’m looking forward to a great game. Just don’t know if I can stand another finish like the UT game without keeling over with a stroke. If ya’ll never hear from me again then you will know what happened. Outta here. Rolls tides rolls. And if coarch Meyer got fined as a poster above mentioned then I guess that will take up all of next weeks subject matter instead of football.

gdawginkalamazoo

November 6th, 2009
12:58 pm

General, I just thought the same thing myself except I pictured Buzz the Tech mascot driving down the road.

Tide Rising

November 6th, 2009
12:58 pm

Florida’s AD should counter the SEC commish and announce a 30k bonus to Coarch Meyer to offset the fine.

Carlton

November 6th, 2009
1:00 pm

Gator co-eds carry pork rinds in their purses.

Paul's Johnson

November 6th, 2009
1:04 pm

Jessie in Vidalia:

“this is another lost season for UGA.”

First of all, this season isn’t over yet. And if it does end up as a losing season, it will be the 1st since 1996.

Unlike GT, whose last losing season was two yrs. ago.

Fleischman in Chi Town's bed

November 6th, 2009
1:11 pm

Hey Tony Jabroni… do you have a response to everyone complaining about your LACK of coverage for the BIGGEST SEC West matchup of the year?
Be a man and respond to your readers.

Around The SEC This Afternoon | MrSEC.com

November 6th, 2009
1:11 pm

[...] more young players than any other teams in the conference.3.  Tony Barnhart of The AJC has posted his weekend predictions.4.  Barnhart’s AJC mate Jeff Schultz makes his predictions, too.5.  There’s nothing [...]

V is Back

November 6th, 2009
1:18 pm

“Paul’s Johnson” is really Bill King.

BWAA HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

Mark

November 6th, 2009
1:25 pm

UGA keeps complaining about refs and officiating, and every week their penalties pile up higher…you think they would get the message and shutup!

Paul's Johnson

November 6th, 2009
1:27 pm

Paul’s Johnson (Loser Imposter)

“Tech’s last losing season was 1996, Same as UGA’s.”

You tools are so jaded from losing that you consider 7-6 (Gt’s 2007 record)a winning season. HaHaHa, pathetic.

Now what are you gonna do, get mad, cry, run home to your boyfriend.

You Techie douc..bags crack me up.

Paul in RDU

November 6th, 2009
1:28 pm

Paul’s Johnson

GT’s last losing season was two yrs ago???
How do you work that out? Tech went 7-6 in 2007.
My grandkid knows 7 > 6

And to the Dawg fans who think they have some kind of divine right to have great results year in and year out

Has UGA been better than GT over the last 40 years? Yes
Is Richt likely to improve UGA’s record next year? Yes

Are there any guarantees that UGA will go to the top of the rankings? No

It will take good recruiting, good coaching, hard work and a good attitude for UGA to get to where all you Dawg Fans think you “belong”. It doesn’t happen by divine right.

You can talk about the size of the stadium, amount of donations to the athletic fund, number of wins, number of NC’s, number of Heisman winners, etc. but it doesn’t guarantee you’ll win on the field.
Look at ND and Michigan. Both are more storied than UGA and GT.
Michigan has a bigger stadium, more money, more total wins, more NC’s, etc than UGA and it hasn’t helped win games.

Richt should turn it around at UGA – especially with some changes in his coaches – but you are all indulging in wishful thinking if you think it is guaranteed

Mike Slime

November 6th, 2009
1:30 pm

I almost made Meyer’s punishment for him to write a 500 word essay on “why he feared facing a Willie Martinez defense”; however, my staff said that would be cruel and unusual punishment. Many thought it might have taken him several years to finish it, too.

Paul's Johnson

November 6th, 2009
1:41 pm

Paul in RDU:

“How do you work that out? Tech went 7-6 in 2007″

True, 7-6 is better than .500.

Like I said, with Tech’s 7 wins per season for most of this decade, I guess it is easy to fool yourselves into believing that your football team are winners.

Exposed Gator / character really sucks!

November 6th, 2009
1:52 pm

Well it has been quite the circus that I expected

A special thanks to all the Florida faithful for the show.

Alright Tony now that the Meyer deal has been dealt with how

about some early bowl speculation? The dawgs are likely headed

to Nashville in my opinion . Interested especially in the

likely landing spots from of the less reknown comers like

TCU, Boise State and Cincy. I am aware of the slight possibility

of one of these teams making the championship game but really can’t

see it happening. But any of the three could make for an intriguing

matchup against on another. Any possibility of that happening at all ?

Not sure if conference bowl tie ins would preclude that or not.

Paul in RDU

November 6th, 2009
1:57 pm

Paul’s Johnson

Yep – Gailey usually won 7 games and that is mediocre.

Having said that if you win more than you lose you it’s called having a “winning” record.

For instance, when UGA beats TT this weekend (probably by 3 touchdowns) they will be 5-4 and will have a winning record.

jumbeauxtiger

November 6th, 2009
2:11 pm

Tide Rising,

I gave the Tide the edge at RB because of Ingram’s ability to break tackles. That really worries me.

I believe the 2 big keys for our D is taking Ingram down when he is first hit and if our LBers are effective in pass coverage.

Paul's Johnson

November 6th, 2009
2:28 pm

Paul in RDU:

“For instance, when UGA beats TT this weekend’

Being that none of us UGA fans know what Dawgs team we will get on Saturday. That “when” turns into an “if”.

Nonetheless, Go Dawgs!!

Huh?!

November 6th, 2009
2:48 pm

Paul’s Johnson, winning percentages of 57% and 53%, respectively, hardly qualify as dominating. That’s barely more than a runoff.

HBTD

November 6th, 2009
3:21 pm

Bees and Dukies both win this weekend setting up “game of the decade” in the ACC……….Duke v. Tech for the Coastal. Is this a joke or am I just dreaming.

Got 12?

November 6th, 2009
3:54 pm

Jumbeaux,

Another key to the game is the status of Colin Peek. He was injured during warm ups before the UT game. If Peek can go, that will present match up problems for your LBs as well. He is, arguably, McElroy’s favorite target. Saban says it’s a game time decision.

Good luck (i.e. no major injuries) this weekend. I’m logging out and heading to T-town right now. RTR!

Anonymous

November 6th, 2009
3:59 pm

Tide Rising:

“Florida’s AD should counter the SEC commish and announce a 30k bonus to Coarch Meyer to offset the fine.”

Funny stuff.
Good luck this weekend.

GO GATORS!

Fifo Mouskewitz

November 6th, 2009
5:38 pm

LETS DRINK SOME FOCKING BEERS BROTHAS!!!!

FU Corndawgs