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

GT_Student

November 13th, 2009
8:39 am

MaJo

November 13th, 2009
8:40 am

Tony, haven’t you picked Georgia to win every week this season except against Florida?

GTdays

November 13th, 2009
8:44 am

Tech and Duke, it doesn’t get any bigger than this!

I sure both of our fans show up. Unfortunately I’ll be chatting online with babes all day and can’t make it.

m, will you pick me up a pom-pom? Go Jackets!

jabster

November 13th, 2009
8:44 am

Wake beats the snot out of Half @$$ U.

David

November 13th, 2009
8:48 am

This feels like it’s going to be a shakeup Saturday for some reason. Out of TCU, Florida, and Alabama, I think one or two these guys lose Saturday.

Mutt Nonsense

November 13th, 2009
8:48 am

Hmm…eye gouging incident where Ealey admitted he was never touched and that the whole thing was overblown, and we get round the clock multiple posts coverage.

3 alleged armed robberies, not a sniff.

Then the classic “If Georgia can’t run the ball against the SEC’s No. 10 rushing defense, then the Bulldogs are in big trouble”
- Hey Big Tone, what games have you been watching this season. UGA is already in big trouble regardless of how the run against Auburn. They’re not a good team and you’re the only one who doesn’t see/admit it.

Typical Gator-biased mutt nonsense from the ring leader.

dogfan

November 13th, 2009
8:49 am

oooh, oooh….any word on what color helmets, jerseys, or pants we’ll wear? i need to make sure i color coordinate and my only chance to get by walmart is tonight.

HAIRY

November 13th, 2009
8:50 am

Does anyone else think that at least 1 of the Tennessee bandits will be back on the squad next year. Ole Miss will come through tommorrow. Dont see Iowa hanging with Ohio State tommorrow. The spread is 17 and I think the Buckeyes cover. Dawgs game is a coin flip. Duke is not a big time team that is thriving in a weak conference. FSU is in big trouble without Ponder. Texas Tech over Ok. State is my upset pick this week. Anybody else got a good one?

Alpharetta

November 13th, 2009
8:51 am

Ha, catch a typo of yours: “Georgia 24, Auburn 17″ should be “Auburn 24, Georgia 17″.

rocky top

November 13th, 2009
8:51 am

you can’t spell “stick up” without UT!

Jackette

November 13th, 2009
8:51 am

Just wondering if any GT fans on the blog today will be making the trip to Durham as I will be. It is a much bigger accomplishment than most realize, only affording one loss to win out the Coastal as well as hats off to CPJ in his 2nd year to come this far this quickly. If Tech is quilty of anything, CPJ and the team made it look alot easier than it could possibly be with wins at FSU and VA on the road as well as UNC, Clemson and VT at home. We could win the national championship and you will have finger pointers saying GT didn’t accomplish a thing out of jealousy and not truth. This team and coach deserve fans to be on hand and I congratulate them on a job well done regardless of what happens the rest of the way.

When we won the Coastal back in 2006, the deciding factor came at UNC but with your usual fan base on hand for a road game. I realize Durham is a long drive from Atlanta but just want to show this team they are worth it. Thank you Jackets, go get ‘em in Durham!

Brian

November 13th, 2009
8:52 am

No cincy wv? I think cincy using dual qb’s could come back and bite them.

SadDawg

November 13th, 2009
8:53 am

MaJo, what does it matter? It’s his column. When you get your column, you make the picks you want. I guess you’re insinuating he favors UGA somehow. Surely he doesn’t pick them just cause he likes them. If so, he’s surely let his heart lower his winning pct this year….Why don’t you go to ESPN and pick Lou Holtz. He actually picks Notre Dame and SC every week!

merculf

November 13th, 2009
8:55 am

MY favorite game of the year! War Damn Eagle! I’m so glad Tony picked the Dawgs!

JP owns DJ

November 13th, 2009
8:55 am

Paul

November 13th, 2009
8:57 am

Gt 40 Duke 21
Auburn 24 Ga 21
Alab 19 Miss St 17-refs give them another one
Fla 24 Sc 21 ditto again with the fefs
Wake 27 Fsu 14
Utah 33 Tcu 31
Oh st 37 Iowa 20
ND 20 Pitt 16
USc 34 Stanf 27

Yellow Fuzz

November 13th, 2009
8:57 am

“Where would georgia rank in the ACC”?
lol. georgia would rank number one in recruiting and pre-season accolades, but in the second tier in actual season record in football and dead last in academics. ACC (Academic Class Colleges)
The dog nation can’t run with the big dogs when it comes to intelligence. And deep down inside, the majority of them knows it but would never admit it here.

dawghater

November 13th, 2009
8:58 am

dogfan, just look on the clearance rack… next to the bandwagons… plenty of stuff to choose from…

cuttysark

November 13th, 2009
8:58 am

Let’s get some fans up to Duke to support the Yellow Jackets on Saturday as they clinch the Coastal Division Title.

Go to http://isportsweb.com for a preview of the Georgia Tech game against Duke and other Georgia Tech Football articles.

Yellow Fuzz

November 13th, 2009
8:58 am

We are not afraid to lose like you are dogs! Bring all your recruiting classes and bogus preseason rankings with you and go for it! It’s YOU that better hope YOU don’t lose because YOU can’t stand the thought of being Tech’s bitch for another year.

Yellow Fuzz

November 13th, 2009
8:58 am

Dog nation,
We’ve got your number. And that number is 2. In the state. On and off the field (everything but gymnastics and equestrian which you can have).

GT Fan

November 13th, 2009
9:01 am

GTdays :
Potential for a 10 & 1 record & Coastal champs. Yeah, it’s an exciting game for real fans!

Ima Goober

November 13th, 2009
9:01 am

UT96

November 13th, 2009
9:02 am

Ok, here’s the story regarding Janzen Jackson: He was released from jail
yesterday and it appears all charges against him will be dropped (apparently, he was inside the Pilot dropping a deuce when the attempted robbery occurred and knew nothing of the incident. He will more than likely be suspended for the remainder of the season. The other two clowns will spend a few years in a “federal pound me in the a** prison-office space”. 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. Plus, their get away car was a Prius. At least they were environmentally conscious criminals:)

SimpleDawg

November 13th, 2009
9:03 am

Dawgs really need to beat Awbarn…..and should.

GIT should out-score Duke….and will.

Bama beats Miss State in Stark Vegas….MSU makes too many mistakes on offense.

Gators eat Chickens…..bones and all.

Tennysee steals the game from Ole Miss…..and also cleans out the Rebs personal possessions from their locker room.

TCU scalps the Utes.

Pitt beats Notre Dame to begin the speculation on whether it’ll be white smoke or black smoke coming from the Vatican of American football.

Even Ohio State can beat the headless Hawkeyes.

I remember when USC vs. Stanford was considered a mismatch of epic proportions….Trojans still hold up under pressure.

The Falcons had better stuff the run, or they’ll be cat food.

GatorG

November 13th, 2009
9:04 am

Tony, nice try at a dig, but I’d rather win ugly than lose ugly like your Dawgs! Go Gators!

reebok

November 13th, 2009
9:04 am

Tech fan here. Duke may throw for 400 yards against our porous pass defense…but we probably only need 2 stops all day to win the game, because the Jackets may well score every time we get the ball.

Good luck against Auburn, Doggies. I hope you are 7-4 when you come to Bobby Dodd in 3 weeks.

Monticello Dawg

November 13th, 2009
9:06 am

Congrats to the Jacket fans for their great season thus far. Relax and enjoy the Duke game. Then, HUNKER DOWN, Jackets, the DOGS are COMING for YOU. 10-2 is still a great record for the Institute.

Al

November 13th, 2009
9:06 am

Why does this state only have 2 Div 1 football teams? You’d think with all the talent here, having more people than any state in the SE except for Fla, we could have more than one school in Div 1. Look how many our neighbors have…and I am missing some
Fla has around 6 programs.
Sc has 2
Nc around 6
Tenn 4-5
Alab 2 or 3?
La 3
Miss 3
the fact la and miss have 3 and we only have 2 is just weird. Ga southern should have moved to Div 1 years ago.

UT96

November 13th, 2009
9:07 am

Simple Dawg, let’s compare arrest records among say UGA, Florida, and Bama, and us. Unfortunately, every SEC team has its share of hood rats.
Just Saying.

RoyAU

November 13th, 2009
9:10 am

Barnhardt you’re such the homer. Georgia is going to hold Auburn’s rushing attack to 17 points? Seriously? Come on now.

Auburn 35 Georgia 24
Georgia Tech 42 Duke 28
Alabama 20 Miss ST 14
UF 38 SC 16
Ole Miss 24 UT 17
Wake 28 FSU 23
TCU 41 Utah 26
Ohio St 27 Iowa 17
Pittsburgh 24 N.D. 14
USC 34 Stanford 30

RAMBLE ON!!!

November 13th, 2009
9:10 am

haha, Homer Tony ” If Georgia can’t run the ball against the SEC’s No. 10 rushing defense, then the Bulldogs are in big trouble”

Have you forgotten UT, UF?

Guess what, the fleabags STILL can’t run the ball and Awbarn wins 31-21.

You are just sad Mr. UGAg football.

RAMBLE ON!!!

November 13th, 2009
9:11 am

GT 49 Duke 28

Steve

November 13th, 2009
9:14 am

Hey Mr. Drama Queen UGA

I guess if it doesn’t bleed orange and blue, it doesn’t lead.

They need to move your blog to the comics section.

FLNavigator

November 13th, 2009
9:15 am

Tony, when Urban turns down the Notre Dame job (again), short of saying ‘Never say never,’ can we move on?

jumbeauxtiger

November 13th, 2009
9:16 am

Tech 38 Duke 17 Jackets are on a roll

Yellow Fuzz

November 13th, 2009
9:17 am

Monticello Dawg

Congrats on your fine season as well. We’ll be here waiting for you azzholes. Bring it on. 5-7 is still a decent record for the queen of GA-316. Get used to it.

Nachos

November 13th, 2009
9:18 am

Way to jinx the dawwwwwwwwwwgs again Barnfart!

The barners will beat the pups tomorrow night. Tony will drown his sorrows in 12 chili cheese dawgs from the Varsity.

jumbeauxtiger

November 13th, 2009
9:18 am

Auburn 28 UGA 24 War Eagles are on the upswing; Dawgs are in a funk

Trade School Junkie

November 13th, 2009
9:19 am

T-Barn picks GA to win. Yawn.

WV at #5 Cincy…TONIGHT…and T-Barn doesnt even mention it. Pathetic.

FSU will beat Wake. This will be back-up FSU QB Manuel break-out intro.

And, on Nov 28th, FSU will upset Florida at The Swamp.

Denver Dog

November 13th, 2009
9:19 am

Traditional powers Wake, Duke! Wow, Ga Tech and FSU facing such tough road trips as going to Durham for Duke, and to Winston Salem for Wake Forrest. I guess it depends on your perspective, kind of like public schools. Rathers than pulling the less achievers up, you pull the over acheivers down to make things balance. Tech Rolls, FSU Rolls, Ga Rolls, in fact they all look right except this the old ball coach wins and the big ball coach, Wies, wins. Has anynone thought what Spurrier might do with the talent at ND. Just a thought.

U-no

November 13th, 2009
9:21 am

The Jackets will roll in Durham and clinch. The Pups will need to do more than make a fashion statement to beat the War Eagles, I pick the Pups to win… but if they meet their typical quota of penalties and turnovers all bets are off. Tennessee will make a lousey week perfect by getting beat. South Carolina may make Florida work a whole lot harder than they would like to to win this one. Potential upset here.

Bama better not come in flat or lazy this weekend or they could go home greatly humbled. I pick Bama, but another one that has upset all over it. Kentucky will beat Vandy. Clemson will take a W from NC State. Wake will win one against Bobby Bowden. Boise State will have its hands full with Idaho, Cincy will be upset by WVA, TCU will take a win away from Utah. Texas doesn’t get winded in their beat down of Baylor.

Alexanders Gym

November 13th, 2009
9:21 am

m, ramble on, yellow fizz, you still embrass us all. Get a life

buckblue

November 13th, 2009
9:25 am

Hey Tony…which team UF or Bama will have the most paid referees in their pockets at the Ga Dome in a couple of weeks??

BigCheddar Said...

November 13th, 2009
9:26 am

Barnhardt, 2 upsets this weekend brewing, Duke puts itself as a new player in the game Saturday, and Carolina(can’t bring myself to say SC) upsets Gators. Mark it and remember BigCheddar!!!!

Tide rising

November 13th, 2009
9:27 am

I agree with all Tony’s picks except I would have to take Auburn over UGA. Auburn hit a midseason slump but picked it back up again and have some momentum going. Georgia I think looks a little in disarray and its hard to coach a team knowing that at least a couple of coaches like WM are going to be fired at the end of the season. That is not a good atmosphere as far as players paying attention to a lame duck coach like WM. I think that will hurt the dogs more through the rest of the season than anybody they will play.

Got 12?

November 13th, 2009
9:28 am

Al,

That is a very good question. Why doesn’t Georgia have more FBS teams?

BTW, Alabama has four FBS teams–Bama, Troy, Auburn, and UAB (ranked in order of importance). South Alabama just started their program and will be in the FBS in a few years.

U-no

November 13th, 2009
9:29 am

As I predicted the 49ners beat the Bears. The Falcons had better take their A game with them on the bus to Carolina. If they don’t they will be coming back to the Falcon nest with an L stamped on their butt. Falcons win, but it could be a close one. The Saints ain’t about to get beat this weekend. Farve will light up Detroit and have Stafford taking notes, and CJ second guessing his fate. Dallas will cut the Cheeze, but this one could end up being a war, and close. The Eagles did win on the West Coast earlier this year, and they won’t win on this trip west either. The best game of the weekend for the NFL will be the Pats against the Colts. Colts win, but this is going to be a fun one to watch.

m

November 13th, 2009
9:29 am

Duke is the last tough team that Tech has to play before finishing with sec patsy ugag.

Duke cannot and will not stop Tech….49-10.

ugag and awburn should be called the inbred bowl…who cares who wins.

Tony it is funny that you point out how tough miss st played lswho and floriduh and you fail to mention that TECH stomped miss st.

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

Tech is going to stomp a mudhole in the dawgs in a couple of weeks…mark it down.

jumbeauxtiger

November 13th, 2009
9:30 am

Bama 23 State 10 Tough to come back after a physical game but Tide has enough to move one sep closer to a perfect season