Georgia Tech wraps up the division at Duke

 

 

Last week was a tough one because I believed Duke could beat North Carolina, Oklahoma could beat Nebraska, Notre Dame could beat Navy (what was I thinking there?) and Penn State could beat Ohio State.

 

That puts us at 73-27 for the season. We’ll try to do better this week as we get on the Fearless Friday Forecast:

 

1. Georgia Tech at Duke: Georgia Tech should be able to go up to Wallace Wade Stadium and take care of business and clinch the ACC Coastal. The Duke defense is banged up and I don’t see the Blue Devils stopping the Jackets at any point in this game. But the Yellow Jackets could stop themselves. If Tech lays the ball on the ground, this one could get a little scary. Georgia Tech 38, Duke 24.

 

2. Auburn at Georgia: Georgia gets back to basics behind running back Washaun Ealey, who looks more and more like the answer at tailback. The Bulldogs control the ball and limit the possessions of the Auburn offense. If Georgia can’t run the ball against the SEC’s No. 10 rushing defense, then the Bulldogs are in big trouble. Georgia 24, Auburn 17.

 

3. Alabama at Mississippi State: Mississippi State played LSU and Florida to the wire at home and should have some confidence as the nation’s No. 2 team comes to Starkville. Alabama is coming off a tough, physical game against LSU and might be a little flat.  Still, Alabama’s defense is just too good and forces Mississippi State into three or more turnovers. Alabama 28, Mississippi State 9.

 

4. Florida at South Carolina: Steve Spurrier says he’s going to start calling the ball plays again and so the Gamecocks might keep this close for a while. But Florida’s defense is going to light up Stephen Garcia. Don’t be surprised if the Gators get at least three interceptions. Florida wins ugly (again) and moves to 10-0. Florida 28, South Carolina 17.

 

5. Tennessee at Ole Miss: It’s hard to say what effect, if any, Thursday’s arrests will have on team. These things either bring a team closer together or causes it to splinter. The timing could not be worse. I think Tennessee still wins because Monte Kiffin’s defense is so good and will continue to frustrate Ole Miss quarterback Jevan Snead.  It also helps that the light has finally come on for Tennessee quarterback Jonathan Crompton. Tennessee 17, Ole Miss 14.

 

6. Florida State at Wake Forest: The Seminoles (4-5) will be without quarterback Christian Ponder, who suffered a separated shoulder in last week’s loss to Clemson and is out for the rest of the season. Redshirt freshman E.J. Manuel will get this first career start against the Deacons, who have beaten Florida State three straight times. Make it four.  Of Wake Forest’s six losses, five have been by three points or less. The Deacons are due to win a close game. Wake Forest 28, Florida State 27.

 

7. Utah at TCU: TCU (9-0) is ranked No. 4 in the BCS and needs to keep winning to stay in the national championship discussion. TCU has a veteran quarterback in Andy Dalton, who has led the Horned Frogs to over 500 yards in their last two games. Utah will start a true freshman quarterback in Jordan Wynn. TCU has the nation’s No. 3 defense. The numbers don’t add up for Utah. TCU 24, Utah 14.

 

8. Iowa at Ohio State: Iowa quarterback Ricky Stanzi was lost for the season in last week’s 17-10 loss to Northwestern. So freshman James Vandenberg will get his first career start before 105,000 at Ohio State’s famed Horseshoe. Win the game and Iowa goes to the Rose Bowl. Ohio State (8-2) must beat Iowa and Michigan to go to Pasadena. Iowa is very good on defense but I have go with the Buckeyes. Ohio State 17, Iowa 13.

 

9. Notre Dame at Pittsburgh: Notre Dame lost to Navy last week for the second time in three years. Charlie Weis says it’s not about him, it’s about Pittsburgh. Actually, Charlie, it’s all about you at this point. Notre Dame falls to 6-4 and speculation begins. Yes, Urban Meyer, that will include you. Pittsburgh 31, Notre Dame 21.

 

10. Stanford at Southern California: Stanford RB Toby Gerhart just plowed through Oregon last week for a school record 223 yards and three touchdowns. Remember that this is the USC defense that gave up 394 yards rushing to Oregon on Oct. 31. It is tempting to pick Stanford but USC knows it has to keep winning to keep its hopes alive for a BCS bowl. Southern California 28, Stanford 21.

 

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304 comments Add your comment

BigCheddar Said...

November 13th, 2009
9:30 am

YellowFuzz, You and JacketTown need to enjoy this year(even with the next 2 loses in 3 weeks you about to get) and enjoy. Tech will become and after thought real quick. UGA wins one at the wire Saturday and commits come a calling.

U-no

November 13th, 2009
9:31 am

I know this is supposed to be a college football blog, but Mr. Schultz infected his blog with a political virus and I just wanted to post my picks on a blog where they may be appreciated.

SimpleDawg

November 13th, 2009
9:31 am

UT96

We could compare Attempted Armed Robbery charges……UT still leads the pack.

You’re right about them picking 2 guys with no money…..pretty sad, and they’re lucky they didn’t approach some one who would’ve popped a cap in their @ss.

The whole thing is so stupid on several levels…..

Y’all need to pay those boys more.

Andre "Pulpwood" Smith

November 13th, 2009
9:31 am

When Paul Johnson dies, will he ascend to Heaven to sit at the foot of God the Father?

Eric

November 13th, 2009
9:32 am

You really think the Georgia D will hold the Auburn O to just 17 points? Is that a joke? Are you REALLY Mr. Football? Maybe you’re Mr. Georgia Football. Thanks for the chuckle and War Damn Eagle!!! Better be careful in Stark Vegas, those Bulldogs are capable beating the barners from Tuscaloozer.

U-no

November 13th, 2009
9:33 am

Pulpwood, Yeah, he will, but he will have to shove Coach Richt out of the way!

Delbert D.

November 13th, 2009
9:34 am

Iowa is very good on defense? Tony, have you watched any of their games? Did your TV buddies tell you that? UGA is much better on D than Iowa. It IS the big 10, so on any given day, Central Michigan could whip any of them, but Ohio State smacks the Hawkeyes, I think. And I’m not one to go overboard on predictions.

Tide rising

November 13th, 2009
9:36 am

buckblue,

Bama is 6th in the conference in penalties. If the refs are helping us they’re doing a piss poor job of it.

Yeah, you can whine about one bad call the Peterson int. which wouldn’t have made a difference in the game anyway. LSU was down to a backup tailback and backup qb and could only manage 9 total yds in 11 plays in the 4th qtr and we outplayed them 452 total yds to 253. People like you for some reason have a hard time dealing with the fact that the better team on that day won.

But if the you think the refs are being paid to help us then you must likewise agree that they must be getting paid minimum wage judging by their overall season long performance.

Jeff

November 13th, 2009
9:37 am

I am tired of hearing these pundits say if Texas loses their conf champ game, they can still play in the Nat champ game. What???? You don’t win your conf and you can win it all? How f’d up is this? If you want teams to have a chance to win the nc that can’t win their conf, then get a damn playoff. This system is a joke. I hope Texas loses their conf champ and these dolts have this dilemna.

Got 12?

November 13th, 2009
9:37 am

After a slow start, Tech by 17 over Duke (41-24).
After jumping out to a big lead, AU by only 13 over the Dawgs (38-25).
Bama sleepwalks to a 10-point win over Miss St (20-10).

Clemson at N.C. State:

November 13th, 2009
9:38 am

Coach Tom O’ Brien is hard to beat in the month of November. The 4-5 record of N.C. State could easily be 7-2. Clemson better take care of business because this is a dangerous game. The timing could not be worse for the overconfident Tigers thinking they are already the ACC Atlantic Division champs. Clemson loses ugly again and opens the door for Boston College to wrap up the division.

N.C. STATE 27, CLEMSON 24.
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Freddie Kitchens

November 13th, 2009
9:39 am

I just noticed that Tony picked Wake Forest over Florida State.

What the hell has happened to FSU?

Jeff

November 13th, 2009
9:39 am

I am also sick of hearing this tough schedule crap. Texas has played ONE ranked team this year. They have no ranked teams left. And their likely opponent in the big 12 won’t be ranked either. Yet you here about their tough schedule. Same thing with Fla and Bama. They all played 4 cupcakes this year. Yet some teams actually played 3-4 ranked teams. This system is a joke.

TDAS

November 13th, 2009
9:40 am

BigCheddar – you won’t be remembered until you spoil. Nothing worse than stinky cheese. I don’t know about the nrest of you, but your thought process or lack of one has certainly gone rank! Your buttsniffers have been gatting all the commits they want for the last couple of years. How are they working out?

Kyle

November 13th, 2009
9:40 am

Uh freddie their qb is out. Plus wake is not a bad team. They’ve lost 5 games by 3 points or less. Just unlucky. Obviously you only follow 1-2 teams.

RxDawg

November 13th, 2009
9:43 am

1. Tech should take it. History says an upset is likely, but logic says no way. We’ll see.

2. Heck if I know! Let’s just flip a coin…..crap Auburn wins :(

3. Man oh man I so want to pick the upset here. The fact that Bama played a hard game last week and MSU had a bye is all I need to hear. Mullen is for real, though his team might not be. I think he can pull this one out for some reason. Here is my upset special of the week.

4. Florida has never had an undfeated season. USC rallies behin the ol’ ball coach and a little bit of fate. Spurrier put’s a smudge on Florida’s championship run.

5. Hasn’t anyone learned that Ole Miss is overated yet? UT lost 3 freshman. That will hurt more next year than this year. UT wins.

6. zzz FSU wins

7. And the consolation BCS bowl goes to TCU!

8. Hmm, I think Iowa get’s back on track and knocks off OSU to win the Big 10.

9. I can’t help but smirk to see Notre Name fall. Pitt keeps pushing them down.

10. Me thinks USC is missing something. Standford will win with more heart and talent.

Wow I picked a lot of upsets. I might be eating some crow soon..

Got 12?

November 13th, 2009
9:44 am

Jeff,

Bama has played two top-ten teams (Va Tech and LSU) and four ranked teams overall (Ole Miss, S. Carolina). By the time Aub is done with UGA, they will be ranked. Add to that, #1 UF in the SECC game.

You are the joke, Jeff.

ratherBgambling

November 13th, 2009
9:44 am

UF wins ugly? Is that better than UGA losing ugly?

Delbert D.

November 13th, 2009
9:45 am

Georgia’s best RB has 281 yards. Auburn’s best RB has over 1,000. I think Auburn will establish the run, but not Georgia. Bobo will have to push the ball in the air. Both teams might be 2nd and 15 or 3rd and 20 on multiple occasions given the penalties that will probably play a big part. So that might actually be in Georgia’s favor, given the almost assured big performance from AJ Green.

Marietta Dawg

November 13th, 2009
9:48 am

Do you still get a free hotdog and coke for buying a ticket to the tech game?

Jeff

November 13th, 2009
9:49 am

Got 12
Va tech is top 10? Only an idiot like you would say you played a top 10 team based on where they were at the beginning of the season. You look at where they finish. Not when you played them. Moron. That’s like saying you own a stock, it’s currently at $20, but today it’s $12 because of bad earnings and you go around telling people it’s $20. Dumbass.

Fleischman in the ATL this weekend

November 13th, 2009
9:50 am

buckblue – quit with this bull$hit the refs are paid crap. Have you seen Alabama play this season? They are DOMINANT on defense. Offense maybe not. That dumb interception penalty wouldnt have done anything for the Who’s. Bamas defense would have stuffed them anyway.

Take all your conspiracy theories and shove up your little a$$.

Delbert D.

November 13th, 2009
9:51 am

Got 12? – That’s an interesting point, the rankings when the teams played, as opposed to current rankings. One of the schools actually lists the opponents’ rankings on their schedule results (FSU, I think, maybe someone else I looked at). It’s always been a point for me that Ga.Tech plays a ranked team, beats them, and then they drop out of the top 10, so the critics then say, “Tech hasn’t played anybody.”

Jeff

November 13th, 2009
9:51 am

I have a small penis

Kennesaw Jacket

November 13th, 2009
9:51 am

Are Ga basketball tickets only $5? Saw the ad here. How sad.

Hey the hawks, thrashers, braves and falcons all offer deals with free drinks and meals for buying tickets.

Sunshine

November 13th, 2009
9:51 am

Marietta Dawg

November 13th, 2009
9:48 am
Do you still get a free hotdog and coke for buying a ticket to the tech game?

Yea, and on Nov. 28 you also get to see a slaughter. Gonna be an ugly days for the doggies.

calvin

November 13th, 2009
9:53 am

Going by what has happened so far this season:
First half, Duke will throw about four touchdown
passes and Tech will choke. At halftime the
sorcerer Johnson will utter secret incantations,
and Tech will come out and dominate the second
half, clinching the win early in the 4th quarter.

JP owns DJ

November 13th, 2009
9:54 am

I’m totally eating Nachos this weekend…..if you know what I mean.

Navigator

November 13th, 2009
9:55 am

DUKE: If Duke could start going to bowls every year, Coach K may find out he competition from something other than the Tar Heels. I’ve seen this at Kentucky, they may live and die basketball, but they absolutely go crazy when their football team is good. Let’s hope they win the ones after the Tech game. If any AD’s had a brains they would be sending feelers out to the Duke coach; anybody that can win there can win anywhere.

Delbert D.

November 13th, 2009
9:55 am

As to the “dumbass” comment, if Florida beats Bama in the SEC championship, then “Bama wasn’t really #2.”

Christian Dior Dogg

November 13th, 2009
9:55 am

Tony, can you please predict what kind of color ensemble our beloved Dawgs will be sporting? Some of us are trying to match our outfits.

Joe Schmoe

November 13th, 2009
9:56 am

calvin

November 13th, 2009
9:53 am
Going by what has happened so far this season:
First half, Duke will throw about four touchdown
passes and Tech will choke. At halftime the
sorcerer Johnson will utter secret incantations,
and Tech will come out and dominate the second
half, clinching the win early in the 4th quarter.
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Thats funny, because the defensive stats in the second half is stout. They come out and play like they wanna murder someone, and its probably after the chewing from CPJ.

Marietta Dawg

November 13th, 2009
9:56 am

We get a FREE DIPLOMA when we get GA tix. Wooo hooo. What a Deal.

Gen Neyland

November 13th, 2009
9:56 am

UT96 : Most the people on the ajc blogs won’t take the time to read the facts of the ongoing investigation. The implication alone is enough and all it takes to revel in blind moral superiority which is as false as their teeth. You’re pissing up a rope trying to defend the issue of Jackson vs the acts of the other two. I mean, people would actually have to read the unfolding story…

Now, for my picks : UT 38 Ole MS 11…Winners are UGA, FL, AL…I’ll go out on a limb with a pellet gun and pick off two upset specials just for the fun of it, Duke and Stanford. We don’t play for money, do we..?

Kennesaw Jacket

November 13th, 2009
9:58 am

My son’s high school basketball games cost the same as uga’s. How sad.

Alexanders Gym

November 13th, 2009
9:58 am

Sunshine, good thing UGA will be there so you can sell it out. Bring your slaughter on down too!

Navigator

November 13th, 2009
9:58 am

Coach K. may find out he has competition other than the Tar Heels if Duke can win enough to go to a bowl. If some of the AD’s had brains, they would be putting feelers out for the Duke head coach. Any one who can win at Duke can win anywhere.

Alexanders Gym

November 13th, 2009
10:00 am

Joe scoring 2 touchdowns late in the 4th quarter doesn’t mean that you dominate Vanderbilt,or Miss State. Come on guys, accept your team as a good team, and don’t run down the other guys. You never hear UNC talking about how pitiful Ga Tech basketball program shows.

Otto

November 13th, 2009
10:01 am

Auburn beats UGA. Both defenses can’t tackle but Malzahn is far better than Bobo. Auburn has fewer penalties and turn overs.

Ole Miss wins over UT. UT has been rolling over some week competition.

Joe Schmoe

November 13th, 2009
10:01 am

Alexanders Gym

Ok? How is that possible when only GT season tix holders were the ones that were able to purchase for the games. Sorry, there are no more flex packs for ya anymore, and it will be filled with GT fans.

Gen Neyland

November 13th, 2009
10:02 am

And this is for the righteous. Hope it connects…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kn4-2qMErgM

ATTENTION--This just in

November 13th, 2009
10:03 am

FIRST 1,000 FANS TO ATTEND TONIGHT’S BASKETBALL GAME IN ATHENS WILL RECEIVE A FREE T SHIRT!!

Wow that out to bring in the red necks! they can wear their tshirt to the football game tonorrow!

LOL

November 13th, 2009
10:03 am

“he was inside the Pilot dropping a deuce when the attempted robbery occurred and knew nothing of the incident.”

CLASSIC!

Joe Schmoe

November 13th, 2009
10:03 am

With the exception of the usual ticket brokers that occupy every stadium.

the real Old Gold

November 13th, 2009
10:03 am

“GTdays” is a sad example of what ‘dawgs’ fans are up to when their season is all but over and they are terrified of what the future holds for their unoriginal and over-hyped program.

Delbert D.

November 13th, 2009
10:03 am

Tech has got to really throttle back on the offense. These long run TDs keep giving the opponent the ball too much. Crank out 8 or 9 minute drives, and hold Duke to about 6 possesions. If the D gives up the points like in the Mississippi St. game, then go ahead and unleash the fury. CPJ will make the proper call, not me. I’m just imagining.

Enter Promo code FOX for your $5 basketball tickets

November 13th, 2009
10:04 am

Wow what supporters you fans are.

And your chick tix are $1. One buck. What a joke. That promo code is LANDERS! Load up on em Dawgs!

12 & 21

November 13th, 2009
10:06 am

Hey Eric,
Can’t wait to kick aubie @$$ in 2 weeks. Maybe you will give the goats the day off and watch the carnage.
Soon to be 13 & 22

Otto

November 13th, 2009
10:07 am

UT96 – Seriously, how damn stupid can two people be and on top that they picked two kids who didn’t have a dime to their name

They must like wearing Orange and getting a meal plan.

Sorry that was just wide open. Yes UGA had problems with the rape charges on the Basketball team. Sooner or later we all have kids that do something stupid. Only time will tell if it is a trend for Lane

Alexanders Gym

November 13th, 2009
10:07 am

Joe My man, UGA fans bought the season tix and then unload the others, the same as the did with ASU, OSU, and any other team that we play home in home out of the conference. That is why there are so many Ga fans at the Ga Ga Tech game in Atlanta, and so few Tech Fans at the game in Athens. No offense, just fact.