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

Ross

November 13th, 2009
9:24 pm

I’m watching Cincinnati vs WVa and can’t believe this team of welterweights is taken seriously. Tech would shred these famine cases. I think WVa will win despite their horrible QB. They are running at will.

UGA fan living in the past

November 13th, 2009
11:09 pm

Auburn will make hawg slop out of UGag. Tech runs for over 400 yards (again) against a pretty good Duke team. We have got to blitz Thad Lewis. He can burn you up with his arm.

Tech 38, Duke 21.
Auburn 31, Ugag 27

Midnight Rambler

November 13th, 2009
11:48 pm

GO DAWGS! BEAT AUBURN!

I try to pull for our in-state rivals except when they play Tech since (a) they represent my home state, (b) it makes for a better rivalry game, and (c) its good [this year!] for our strength of schedule…IF we beat Duke.

GO JACKETS! BEAT DOOK!

Drexel Gal

November 14th, 2009
12:06 am

Tech was favored by 16 against Wake Forest, and was tied with the Deacons at the end of regulation. Since the Jackets are favored by 13 against Duke, that means they should lose by three in regulation at Durham.

superDawg

November 14th, 2009
12:08 am

The Hell you say Duke by 3.

superDawg

November 14th, 2009
12:09 am

superDawg

November 14th, 2009
12:14 am

I hope you are right about UGA,that could be wishful thinking HUNKERDOWN!

Frank Wren

November 14th, 2009
12:46 am

How much longer before tech returns to irrelevance? 2,3 years?

Frank Wren

November 14th, 2009
12:50 am

By the way I’ve posted this before and had to explain to some idiot that thought uga was 22 “games” ahead in the series. Unbelievable.

We are 22 games ahead. 1943 and 44 dont count because “real men” were off at war.

Lol

November 14th, 2009
3:06 am

Heck If I could I pull for both of you’ins’ (dunno how to spell that) but I think Duke will beat Ga. Tech this weekend (and I’m a big Cutcliffe fan). No joke I have Duke winning this game. Sorry Tech. And by the way I F>IN HATE THE DAWGS!!!!

Lol

November 14th, 2009
3:07 am

GO VOLS! CHOKE ON MY LANE KIFFIN BALLS!

Lol

November 14th, 2009
3:07 am

Enter your comments here

Lol

November 14th, 2009
3:08 am

NO COMMENT EXCEPT I THINK DUKE WILL BEAT TECH

Lol

November 14th, 2009
3:09 am

We will see though at noon tomorrow.

Gt4ever

November 14th, 2009
8:44 am

Duke, They got beat by Richmond to start off, they get smoked by Kansas, and they just lost to UNC. Wow, what a powerful statement! If the Jackets don’t take care of business and blow these guys out, then we don’t deserve to play for any championship. The defense needs to grow some and play for 60 minutes, giving their offense a break! I’m tired of hearing how the defense is getting better because of what they do in the second half of a football game. Give me a break! B4 anybody questions my allegiance to this team and program, forget it, I have been a loyal fan for all my life. I am not a blind loyalist that makes excuses for this team. If the defense comes to play then we should win, and we should win BIG!

TommyGator

November 14th, 2009
8:46 am

Tony,

You and ALL the puppies can keep wishin’ and hopin.’ Meyer is NOT going to ND….EVER.
Most intelligent columnist ( and I DO consider you one) have realized this fact. How about getting with them.

Gt4ever

November 14th, 2009
8:49 am

Just so everybody understands! DUKE SUX! They are a basketball school. This game should not be close, unless of course we are just not that good.

jesse james

November 14th, 2009
9:00 am

I hope Meyer stays at Gatorland. But you let other teams catch up with him and he will haul butt. He has had a great run, but I promise you it goes ln cycles. Go Dawgs! We have a chance to salvage a 9 and 4 year, when the true football fan new this would be a struggle. How many teams would love to be 9 and 4. I know we’ve got 3 tough games, but it’s gonna happen.

jesse james

November 14th, 2009
9:03 am

Oh I forgot this is a Tech blog, but I check it because I do like Coach Johnson and I hope they beat Duke.

5 year football programs

November 14th, 2009
9:59 am

Sum of Final AP Rankings past 5 years… #1=25 pts, Unranked=0 pts.

USC 117 points
Ohio State 105 points
Oklahoma 81 points
Texas 81 points
LSU 78 points
UGA 75 points
Va Tech 70 points
West Va 60 points
Georgia Tech 4 points

I would say UGA is doing alright and the nerds suck.

Coach O

November 14th, 2009
10:01 am

Today’s Likely Losers in the SEC:

MSU loses to Alabama
Troy loses to Arkansas
Auburn loses to Georgia
LA Tech loses to LSU
Ole Miss loses to Tennessee
South Carolina loses to Florida
Vandy loses to Kentucky

Closest Calls: Auburn vs. Georgia & Ole Miss vs. Tennessee

Gt4ever

November 14th, 2009
10:04 am

It’s funny how these UGA fans start reaching for the past. 5 year football programs, who really CARES! Jeez, how pathetic can you get….

1 year football programs

November 14th, 2009
10:06 am

How about 1 year:

UGA 13
Tech 4

Gt4ever

November 14th, 2009
10:07 am

Gt4ever

November 14th, 2009
10:08 am

Whatever makes you feel better…

1 year football programs

November 14th, 2009
10:13 am

Actually, since I’ve got swine flu and no one will get near me, this does make me feel better. I’ve got time to do pointless research. It would make me feel better is UGA beat Tech this year but I’m not feeling too confident… Maybe it’s just the flu though.

Gt4ever

November 14th, 2009
10:14 am

Hey, anything can and usually does happen.. Our combined defensive output of the season will make this game very special. Good Luck…

Cory

November 14th, 2009
10:40 am

I think Duke will put up a good fight but GT just has too many offensive horses. Now Clemson is a different story!

Solid Gold Dancer

November 14th, 2009
11:20 am

Well Frank, as I see it, both schools had “real men” in the war. However, the teams did come up with the players…….and both schools agreed to play. Clint Castleberry for Tech made a huge debut his freshman year, chose to join the war effort and gave his life…….as did thousands of others around our country, “God Bless Them All !”. Very lame arguement. By the way NCAA recognizes the games played in both ww’s.

Dawg '85

November 14th, 2009
12:48 pm

After turning on the GT/Duke game, it took me about 10 seconds to realize how completely ignorant are the ACC fans who run down the SEC. GT is ajoke being ranked #7, and ESPN agrees: a female play-by-play announcer for the 2nd straight week! Too damn funny!

And Duke’s crowd makes Vandy look like Oh. St. in comparison. And GT’s D is pathetic. After being down 10-0 GT will still probably win because Duke can’t tackle.

Techies… sustain a top 10 program for five years before you run your mouth and get your propeller hats spinning out of control.

ALeebs

November 14th, 2009
12:49 pm

Tony, I hate to correct you, but if Ohio State beats Iowa they go to the Rose Bowl. They would NOT need a win vs. Michigan as they would win the tiebreakers against the other teams at the top of the standings.

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Speak Easy

November 14th, 2009
5:43 pm

LOL-nice call on the GT vs.Duke game. Hope you didn’t put money on it. At least it was close though. LMFAO

SC Rules!!!

November 14th, 2009
7:05 pm

CONGRATS to the JACKETS!!! Great job!! I wished I could be saying the same about the Trojans today. Alas, this season is one of many “endings” for the Trojans, No loses in Nov. (Over) 7 Consecutive PAC 10 Championships (Over) 7 Consective 11+ win seasons (Over) 3 Conseuctive Rose Bowl victories (Over-Won’t get to play for the Fourth) 7 Consecutive BCS Bowl appearances (Over)… Sorry, I had to wipe away the tears as my keyboard was getting all wet.
Today is an ending for one team and a beginning for another; Congrats once again to the coaches & players at Tech! Go Jackets!!! ACC Champs ‘09!! Not to fret none, Coach Carroll will regroup this off season and will (hopefully) re-hire Norm Chow to re-ignite the once high octane SC offense! Fight On!!!

SC Rules!!!

November 14th, 2009
7:13 pm

shane#1;

Bud if you’re out there, I’m, I’m scared; I don’t like this feeling (losing) I had finally gotten over the horror that was the mid to late 90’s & 2000 seasons when all there was was loosing and darkness and SHAME. I can’t go back to that! Not again! AAAAAGGGGHHHHHHH!!!!!!! Pete; make it stop!! Stop the pain, stop the suffering, stop loosing!!!!! I don’t want us to go back to being like MSU & Vandy; I just can’t take the thought of THAT… EVER AGAIN!!!!!!

SC Rules!!!

November 14th, 2009
7:20 pm

Shane#1;

Is this feeling I have right now what you meant when you said “This is what it is like to be an Auburn fan”???? The HORROR!!! The SHAME!!!!

(Thinking to myself): “Must resist the temptation to find a bridge and jump; I’m NOT in Auburn, the Trojans AREN’T the barners, Pete WILL fix this, I must hold on”

I will not give into the dark side, I WILL, WE WILL, OVERCOME; WE are SC!!! Fight On!!

Booger

November 14th, 2009
8:29 pm

Louis, how many stupid doggs think Duke can beat us now?

Louis Skolnick

November 14th, 2009
8:30 pm

the same as before. They’re watching their pathetic team lose to Auburn right now.

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thunderbull56

November 14th, 2009
10:01 pm

Tony, could you try to look more like a serious badass UGA reporter.Jeez what a year of UGA apoligies from all you Homers!

TrueCrimson

November 14th, 2009
10:06 pm

Louis Skolnick

November 14th, 2009
10:37 pm

Guess I counted my chickens before they hatched…

Gt4ever

November 15th, 2009
8:05 am

Nice defense for 3 quarters! Wow what a difference, when we play D! Ok, now its time to take care of the Dogs….. Go Jackets!

The Other St. Simons

November 15th, 2009
9:14 am

If Tech clinches on the same day that UGA beats Albarn, does anyone other than the nerds notice?

Coach O

November 15th, 2009
9:23 am

I enjoyed the games yesterday. There was some good football played. I just have this one complaint to get off my chest…

Why, oh why can’t the networks hire some announcers that just announce the damn game and leave the editorializing to the goofy bobble-heads on the cable news networks? These doofuses actually think that we sports fans are tuning in to hear them wax eloquent upon the esoteric trivia of the collegiate football ‘lifestyle’. Uhhh, NO… I don’t care how much ESPN and CBS can afford to over-pay you windbags — you ARE NOT the “stars of the show”.

The kids down on the field playing the game are the reason that we tune in — so how about restraining yourself to commenting on what’s happening down there on the field of play and keep your opinions about the coaches, the officials, the fans and the local restaurants to yourselves? I don’t really give a flying flock what you think. I just want to watch the dadgum game, and with every passing year you Bozos up there in the booth make it harder and harder to enjoy doing that.

If you guys want to be TV Stars, then get yourselves a gig on a “Reality TV” show. I’d like to hear the crowd noise and the sounds of the stadium in sync with the video while I watch a game, and I don’t mind some insightful commentary along with that. But lately, I find myself having to turn the sound off just to get some relief.

Just stick to the facts and leave your opinions out of it. Please? Is that too much to ask? If there is a questionable play called or a close call on a flag, just say that you find that particular call questionable and let it go at that. I don’t care to hear which play you would have called if YOU were coaching. I don’t need to hear you challenge the referees. They’re down on the field with the REAL stars of the show and you’re way up in the booth looking at the same video that WE’RE looking at. Opinions are like a$$holes — everybody’s got one.

And college football announcers these days are like opinions…

happy days are here again

November 15th, 2009
10:55 am

ttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E8GuH9oDHrU

Coach O

November 15th, 2009
11:07 am

Wow happy days!

You beat Duke. Who would’ve guessed it? Congratulations on your stellar victory over a perennial powerhouse of NCAA football…

Bill

November 15th, 2009
1:25 pm

Stir the pot a bit…the latest AP 25…3 SEC Teams….5 ACC teams…I am just sayin’….

Bill

November 15th, 2009
1:36 pm

A correction…Sorry USA Today…AP has 4 ACC teams

LAKE OCONEE DAWG

November 15th, 2009
2:39 pm

IT IS THE MOST AMAZING ACCOMPLISHMENT THIS FOOTBALL SEASON….HOW IN THE WORLD COULD COACH PAUL JOHNSON SCORE 49 POINTS ON THOSE DEFENSIVE ANIMALS THAT DUKE PUT ON THE FIELD…THEY WERE JUST BEASTS…DUKE DEFENSIVE PERSONNEL FLYING ALL OVER THE FIELD…DUKE COULD BE THE MOST TALENTED DEFENSE IN THE ACC…WHAT A BUNCH OF ANIMALS, AND THEIR DEFENSIVE BACKS WERE GREAT TACKLERS ALSO…WHAT AN ACCOMPLISHMENT….HATS OFF TO THE JACKETS…