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

Hondo

November 13th, 2009
10:08 am

I am always amazed that there are a few people out there that really are interested in Tech football. It is so cute!

Florida at South Carolina:

November 13th, 2009
10:08 am

Spurrier pulls the upset this time.

Hondo

November 13th, 2009
10:09 am

Nesbitt for Heisman

zombiewoof

November 13th, 2009
10:10 am

“The sec is the weakest and most overhyped conference it has ever been…no wonder Tech is undefeated in the weak sec this year.”

No wonder you are undefeated…when you play the bottom dwellers. We’ll see what you’re saying when the big boys roll on your schedule (e.g. BAMA). You’ll be wishing that you were back in Nashville you lousy maggots!!

Otto

November 13th, 2009
10:11 am

Navigator, If CMR goes, Cutcliff would be a solid replacement. I am sure he could find a DC to complete the staff.

Urban knows all

November 13th, 2009
10:14 am

I suggested that Kiffen suspend the UT armed robbers for the first half of the Ole Miss game.

Delbert D.

November 13th, 2009
10:14 am

Otto – Might I recommend Dave Wommack? Kidding, of course. I wonder how CPJ is going to address that issue after the season.

Ga boy

November 13th, 2009
10:15 am

Mutt Nonsense

Typical classless comment from a Gator in the land of mullets, jorts and felonies at the Gainesville penitentiary school.

Alexanders Gym

November 13th, 2009
10:15 am

The players said that they would voluntarily sit out the second half

Buzz29

November 13th, 2009
10:17 am

Wanna carpool Jackette? I’m not gonna make this because I don’t want to pay for 900 miles worth of gas. See you in Tampa though.

AU

November 13th, 2009
10:20 am

Gee, Tony picks UGA again. What a shocker.

Anonymous

November 13th, 2009
10:21 am

Tony,
You just can’t resist, can you?

“Florida wins ugly (again). . . ”

” . . . and speculation begins. Yes, Urban Meyer, that will include you.”

AU

November 13th, 2009
10:26 am

“Duke is the last tough team that Tech has to play before finishing with sec patsy ugag.” Last tough team huh, I stopped reading there.

dan

November 13th, 2009
10:29 am

Can UGA beat Auburn? Yes. Will they care enough to do it? ehh….

UT96

November 13th, 2009
10:29 am

Otto, I thought get away car being Prius took the cake. I mean, how do you explain that to the boys in the state penn?

Tide rising

November 13th, 2009
10:30 am

General and UT96,

Saban had the same issue 2 years ago with Jimmy Johns selling coke and a freshman who robbed 2 students at gun point. As soon as Saban found out and confirmed with police that there was either video or witness id both were booted immediately, literally within hours of their arrest. Saban didn’t use the “lets wait for all the information” crap on 2 cut and dried cases. That is how serious stuff like robbery is to be handled when the evidence is that cut and dried and overwhelming.

In Edward’s and RIchardson’s case there were witnesses and the 2 that were identified should have been booted ASAP. The other evidence is so compelling with the car being identified also as well as the woman, the hoodies, the weapons,etc. Cut and dried. What more does Lame Kiffin need to man up and make a decision to boot them?

And don’t give me this crap about innocent before proven guilty which is a widely misunderstood legal term to begin with. If they are really automatically assumed to be so innocent that what the hell are they still doing in jail anyway and why the hell do they have bail bonds to meet? Its like the Ft. Hood shooter. He is termed a ’suspect’ in the media despite the fact that every person in this country knows damn well what he did. Is there anyone who doesn’t believe he didn’t shoot up Fort Hood?

Janzen Jackson’s case is the only one where they should wait to gather info. Even then its hard to believe that he didn’t know that his 2 buddies had hoodies, a freaking rifle, a handgun, and hard to believe Janzen didn’t know these guys had any intention of every doing anything wrong. Regardless on Jackson they should further investigate.

Everybody’s got some bad apples. Its how you handle them on serious crimes that counts and lets people know if you’re running a serious program with discipline and accountability. So far Kiffin and UT are failing that test.

Anonymous

November 13th, 2009
10:33 am

Ga[y] boy,

You’re back?

Great, now, please go away!

lee

November 13th, 2009
10:33 am

tony, ohio state only has to beat iowa. if they win that the michigan game is just for exercise, the winner of the ohio state-iowa game is rose bowl bound.

Mack

November 13th, 2009
10:34 am

Anonymous
Fla is ranked #1. They are winning FUGLY. #1 teams shouldn’t play like this. Which is why both Bama and UF are only where they are bc of the refs. More lousy play this weekend and more controversy.

martin

November 13th, 2009
10:36 am

tech fans enjoy your run now, because UGA will not settle for what we are going through right now. Remember, we fire coaches who loses three in a row to tech, mediocrity isn’t accepted at UGA, it took tech 6 years to fire gailey. besides, I bet johnson is on notre dames speed dial.

martin

November 13th, 2009
10:36 am

tech fans enjoy your run now, because UGA will not settle for what we are going through right now. Remember, we fire coaches who lose three in a row to tech, mediocrity isn’t accepted at UGA, it took tech 6 years to fire gailey. besides, I bet johnson is on notre dames speed dial.

Miles

November 13th, 2009
10:37 am

Gators and Crimson Tide win (the Longhorns will also win)…what else matters?

UT96

November 13th, 2009
10:38 am

Tide Rising, here’s the deal Richardson and Edwards are gone, it just hasn’t been made public by Kiffin. He’s acting on orders from the AD and the school who was out of town when the incident occurred. He’s met with the players. Again, it’s done just hasn’t been made public but it will.

TS

November 13th, 2009
10:38 am

Tony-

You were ready to castrate Meyer and Spikes in four different posts last week but three TN players get arrested for an alleged armed robbery and not a word? Outstanding journalism sir.

Georgia

November 13th, 2009
10:39 am

Just wanted to remind everybody on this blog that the AJC is the newspaper out of Atlanta, GEORGIA so naturally the Bulldogs and Yellow Jackets are going to be the main focus. All you Gator fans and Auburn fans can go back to your piece of trash states if you don’t like it here. You all are stealing are HOPE money anyway.

Ramblinwreck1378

November 13th, 2009
10:39 am

Tony, can you comment on the Cincy vs. West Virginia game tonight? I’ve heard that Devine is doubtful to play, which definitely hurts the Mountaineers, but quarterback controversy could have created some animosity in the locker room this week. What do you think?

Ga boy

November 13th, 2009
10:39 am

Anonymous

Ahhhh- don’t get your panties in a wad. I just love to speak truth to hypocrisy and tackiness-hallmarks of Gator fans everywhere.

Lord of The Lizards

November 13th, 2009
10:43 am

Tony, I never want to hear anyone here talking about how Urban Meyer disciplines his players again and that especially means YOU Vol fans and Lane Kiffin! Already, they are setting up this ARMED ROBBERY thing up as a Richardson and Edwards thing while claiming that Janzen Jackson had no clue… although he was the lookout man. Although he was in the car with them with marijuana and even though he was JUST suspended for a positive drug test the prior week against Memphis. He just “happens to be” the “next” Eric Berry but theres no connection there!!! JUST WATCH, they are going to hang the other two out to dry and keep the one they really want!! So UT fans…no more bullshirt about how your coach runs a tight ship and no more comments about how anyone else decides to dispense discipline on their team…

Ga boy

November 13th, 2009
10:44 am

Article out of the Gainesville Sun says Spikes is not gonna wear gloves anymore when he is working. They are too large for him to get his hands into the helmet easily.

Gators #1

November 13th, 2009
10:44 am

Im going for a nap. Be back in a little bit.

Ga boy

November 13th, 2009
10:47 am

Lord of The Lizards

Meyer does not have to do much disciplining- at the Gainesville penitentiary school, charges are mysteriously dropped or plea bargained away. Lots of get out of jail free passes available in Jortville.

Tide rising

November 13th, 2009
10:50 am

UT96,

Yes. We all know that those 2 will eventually be formally booted. But my point is that as soon as UT knew it was a cut and dried case they should have booted the 2 ASAP instead of dragging it out. It sends a very strong message of immediate repercussions and a sense of discipline to do it asap rather than dicker around. That’s all.

Mr. Intelligent

November 13th, 2009
10:50 am

we gonna whips them albarns team all the way back to alabammy. I bets my UGA PHD on it.

Aubie

November 13th, 2009
10:53 am

Big shock, UGA over Auburn….Tony would probably pick UGAy by 2 over the Patriots.

Tide rising

November 13th, 2009
10:53 am

Lord of the Lizards,

I’m looking for a great game in a month. Hopefully another classic. I think we both win this week but I don’t think its crazy that one or both of us could be involved in a tight, tough contest. MSU played you guys really tough and will do the same against us. S. Carolina played us really tough in a game we didn’t ice until midway through the 4th qtr so I wouldn’t be that surprised if they gave you a tough time at least initially anyway.

GoVols

November 13th, 2009
10:54 am

Wow, incredible insight there, Lord of the Lizards. Do you work in the K’ville police dept to have all that knowledge of the case? All UT fans are expecting Kiffin to do the right thing and we are all hoping that occurs today if not sooner. Relax – hold your judgement of Kiffin and UTuntil he acts.

Georgia's 2009 Schedule

November 13th, 2009
11:03 am

@ OK State (L)- “It’s not our fault. Our schedule is too difficult.”
South Carolina (W) – “We should be top 5 in the BCS.”
Arkansas (W) – “Mark my words- we will beat FL this year!”
AZ State (W) – “We will probably beat AL and win the SEC without too much trouble.”
LSU (L) – “The refs fault. We had no control over the outcome. We’ll still beat FL though.”
TN (L) – “I think we won. I feel good about that.”
Vanderbilt (W) – “We are back!! Vandy is a tough team. Week off before our win over FL.”
Florida (L) – “not our fault- eye gouge. Moral Victory by my dawgs.”
TN Tech (W) – “maybe we should play div II football.”

Ga Boy

November 13th, 2009
11:03 am

I like small Korean boys.

T Brainfart

November 13th, 2009
11:03 am

Dawgs win. The SEC is God’s conference.

Blah, blah, blah.

Same old BS.

Barnhart States the Obvious

November 13th, 2009
11:03 am

Tony thinks if Tech fumbles the ball the game will get a little scary for them. Could you not put that comment on every game you analyzed? How about this… if Thad throws a whole bunch of interceptions the game will get a little scary for Duke.

On a side note, I don’t think Tony reads any of these comments. He writes his article and then ignores the responses. I guess he’s too busy breaking down the obvious.

Lord of The Lizards

November 13th, 2009
11:08 am

GoVols…you’re right, let’s see what happens. But, if things go down the way I am saying they will then Kiffin loses all credibility, especially in light of the recent boasting he has done about his program.

Taco

November 13th, 2009
11:12 am

Dear Gym,

The UGA fans are the ones unloading all tickets to all games this year. UGA fans could not even give away tickets to the Florida invitational this year. Those seats in Athens will be empty soon too! I bet the ratio of Tech fans to UGA fans in Atlanta is much different this year also. UGA will bring a bunch but the gap is shrinking. It is all a matter of wins and losses. Two programs headed in opposite directions. I love Tech but I am not dillusional thinking we have superior talent to UGA, we just have superior coaching and superior heart. The DAWGS, like their fans are imploding and I love it. I would not cheer for the Dawgs versus the Taliban, simply because their fans are so obnoxious.

Trade School Junkie

November 13th, 2009
11:13 am

Anyonee else see some of the articles being written about Notre Dame after the loss to Navy?

Published comments MADE BY NOTRE DAME PLAYERS about the loss to Navy, and how the COACHES ARE AT FAULT !! WOW !!

Weis PUBLICLY calling out SPECIFIC players. WOW !!

Weis has COMPLETELY lost this team.

It has all the makings of a ND “trainwreck” vs. Pitt.

Lord of The Lizards

November 13th, 2009
11:14 am

Tide Rising, I don’t even want to think about that game right now. With the drama we have had this year, we’d better just remain focused on South Carolina. The Ole Ball Coach is always dangerous and there’s talent on that team, esp defense.. And you’re right, Miss State is tough in Starkville but I see the Tide pulling away in the 2nd Half…

Anonymous

November 13th, 2009
11:15 am

Hey, Mack,

Aside form the admittedly unfortunate (and indefensible) Spikes incident, what part of a 41-17 a$$ whippin’ would you call ugly?

Gators #1

November 13th, 2009
11:16 am

Im awake now. What a nap! Ready for my gators to whomp the ol ball coach. Auburn will cruise past Ga in easy fashion. I think Bama will get upset with slow offensive play.

Gator Chomp.

paul johnson's face looks like an old woman's....

November 13th, 2009
11:17 am

HBTD

November 13th, 2009
11:18 am

Tony.

Not really sure why so many tech fans are talking smack to UGA fans, and I’m not looking to pick a fight, but keep in mind this is the same tech team that:

1. Let D2 Jax State hang around way to long,
2. Let a bad FSU team hang 42 points on their defense,
3. Let a mediocre/bad MSU team hang 37 points on their defense,
4. Trailed Vandy, 31 – 28 late in the 3rd quarter,
5. Got drilled by Miami which looks to be slightly above average,
6. Celebrated their biggest win in 40 years over a team (VT) that
looks to be slightly above average and has no offense.
7. Needed OT to beat Wake Forest last weekend,
8. Has a defense that’s giving up 30 points a game even with their
offense usually winning the TOP,
9. Has very weak special teams.

The offense is what everyone seems to be hanging their hat on. It’s quirky and effective against most of their opponents which arguably are relatively weak.

So again, where’s the real concern with beating tech and why are tech fans so boastful?

Tim

November 13th, 2009
11:18 am

Dilbert-

Just an FYI…you typically count the rankings of the team when you play them otherwise after you beat them they drop in the rankings. In any event it’s funny to hear people try to compare schedule strength that have absolutely no knowledge of what they are talking about. In the top conferences you beat each other up week end and week out and are bound to be just worn out. Verses someone that plays teams rated in the bottom of the league to have only one big game and now claim that it is unfair that they are left out. Bottomline to have a playoff you need to seperate the entire league into 2 Divisions (about 60 teams in each). Basically one that average over 50k in fans and another that average under that. Then you can have a similar competition in the season and a real playoff.

Georgia Tech PR Department

November 13th, 2009
11:20 am

ATTENTION GEORGIA TECH STUDENTS, ALUMS AND FANS!!
We are currently researching new and innovative ways of luring our fan base to our games. We are the only top 10 program that is unable to sellout our games. This continues to be a lingering problem for us, and sadly there are several high school stadiums in the state that are bigger than ours. Here are our ideas and we would love your feedback. What would it take to get YOU in our lovely and historic stadium?
A. Free coke and hotdog per ticket
B. 2 free cokes and hotdogs per ticket
C. Free kissing booth with real life females inside
D. Free Playboys in the programs
E. Free “I brag I went to GT even though I’m not an engineer” t-shirts
Thanks so much!!! Looking forward to the results!!!