Georgia Tech-Clemson rematch could be a classic

 

So what did we learn over the weekend?

 

1.  Georgia Tech should be concerned if it gets a rematch with Clemson: Clemson’s 14-10 loss to TCU at home (a game where Clemson had the ball inside the TCU 20-yard line with 1:55 left left) looks better and better. Clemson (7-3) can clinch the ACC Atlantic Division title with a win at home on Saturday against Virginia (3-7). Georgia Tech, which had to rally to beat Clemson 30-27 on Sept. 10, will really have to control the ball and keep it out of the hands of C.J. Spiller. Spiller is the hottest college football player in the country right now. Saturday against N.C. State Spiller ran 16 yards for a touchdown, caught a 34-yard touchdown pass, and threw a 17-yard touchdown pass to Xavier Dye. It would be Clemson’s first-ever trip to the ACC championship game. With the excitement level at Clemson and Georgia Tech, the ACC championship game in Tampa will get its much-needed sellout.

 

2. TCU is for real: I had a chance to work Saturday’s Utah-TCU game for the CBS College Sports Network and trust me when I tell you that this team is for real. They are fast and athletic on defense. Defensive end Jerry Hughes reminds me to Dwight Freeney, the great defensive end at Syracuse who nobody could block.  They played a good Utah team and made it look easy, beating them 55-28. It could have easily been 42-7 at halftime. This is a team that went on the road and won at Clemson. They will easily finish 12-0 with remaining games against Wyoming (5-5) and New Mexico (0-10). Can the Horned Frogs get into the BCS championship game? Not without some help. It’s a pretty sure bet that the winner of the SEC championship game will get one spot in the BCS championship.  TCU’s best shot is for No. 3 Texas to lose in the Big 12 championship game to Nebraska or Kansas State.

 

3. Charlie Weis is done at Notre Dame: When Charlie Weis took Notre Dame to the Fiesta Bowl in 2005 it appeared he might have a good run. But now the Irish are 6-4 and will have to win one of its two remaining games against UConn or Stanford to become bowl eligible. Weis has not made a lot of friends in his time at South Bend and so he is not going to get the benefit of the doubt from the old line Golden Domers. His buyout is substantial but that won’t matter. Who will be the next coach? You know Urban Myer’s people will get a call and Notre Dame will make him say no. The next obvious choice is Brian Kelly, who has pretty much maxed out what he can do at Cincinnati. Kelly has told me he is prepared to stay at Cincinnati if the school wants to play ball at the highest level. They can’t afford to do that. The courageous call by Notre Dame would be to call Georgia Tech’s Paul Johnson. Notre Dame needs to be running the option, given the realities of its situation (weather, recruiting). But I don’t think the folks who run things at Notre Dame are willing to think outside the box that much.

 

4.  It’s soon going to be payday for Paul Johnson–again: Georgia Tech coach Paul Johnson got a contract extension and a nice bump in pay (to over $2 million per season) after his first season. But is AD Dan Radakovich going to have to sweeten the deal again? Johnson took less money to come to Georgia Tech (SMU would have given him more) because, he told me at the time, “If we’re successful then that will take care of itself.” Georgia Tech is now 10-1, has punched its ticket to the ACC championship game, and has a good shot of beating Georgia for the second straight year. Georgia Tech is being talked about on a national level again with a combination of admiration and fear. In other words, nobody wants to play these guys. Johnson knows he’s got a pretty good gig at Georgia Tech but he also knows the phone is going to ring because he’s proven that his offense will work at the BCS level. It’s going to hurt a little bit, but Georgia Tech needs to lock this guy up with a nice raise and a contract extension.

 

5.  The Southern Cal dynasty is over. The Trojans have gotten embarrassed in two of the past three weeks to Oregon (47-20) and Stanford (55-21). The Trojans are 7-3 and will soon see their string of Pac-10 championships end at seven. They will miss out on a BCS bowl for the first time since 2001. We know that the decision of Mark Sanchez to turn pro early put Pete Carroll behind the eight ball and forced him to play a freshman quarterback (Matt Barkley). But that doesn’t explain the total collapse of the defense, which gave up 394 yards rushing to Oregon and just got manhandled by Stanford. The longest NCAA investigation in history (or least it seems that way) continues to hang over the program. Could the stars be aligning for this dynasty to come to an end? Stay tuned.

 

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Slick Willie

November 16th, 2009
8:44 am

Troy fallen

November 16th, 2009
8:44 am

Tony,

What did you think about Harbaugh going for two late in the game when Stanford went up 48-21?

Dayum.

Slick Willie

November 16th, 2009
8:44 am

Auburn John

November 16th, 2009
8:49 am

Help me out here; why does ND have to get to seven wins to be bowl eligible? They never played a D-1AA school, so that can’t be it. And even without a bowl tie-in, somebody would take ND at 6 wins.

TN fan

November 16th, 2009
8:50 am

I think Dexter is still running. Makes you wonder why Nutt didn’t play him more earlier in the season. Go Vols!

m

November 16th, 2009
8:52 am

Tony, your complete idiocy seems to know no bounds.

Tech has beaten Clemson 3 straight (with Spiller) and has won 5 out of the last 6 with Clemson. Tech has also owned Clemson for a 48-24-2 lifetime record.

Clemson is the one that ought to be scared of playing Tech. They were lucky to have caught Tech early…now Tech is hitting on all cylinders and will probably stomp Clemson.

And Spiller is good…but he is NOWHERE near the player that Jonathan Dwyer is…I know Tony that your idiotic sec and ugag bias prevents you from giving Dwyer his due…but come on!?!?

And don’t forget that TECH gets this week off before next weeks annual stomping of the dawgs!!! Mark it down.

Dannyboy

November 16th, 2009
8:53 am

Tony,

Paul Johnson already makes over $2 million. $2.3 million I believe, second highest in the ACC behind Bobby Bowdon. But, yes, I get your point and I absolutely agree. GT is going to have to pay if they want to keep CPJ from the “big boys”.

Hunker Down

November 16th, 2009
8:54 am

I wouldn’t say that the USC dynasty is over although it is looking very average right now. There are too many big time players there in waiting to assume the dominance is over. Charlie Weis is finished at ND and Tech fans should be nervous about Paul Johnson. Tech is a stepping stone for coaches not a final destination. Wouldn’t be surprised if Meyer left now that Timmy is on his way out. I would not want to play TCU right now. That team is loaded and hungry. The 2 best teams in America might be in Texas. Clemson is also flying high and I am going to predict them to win in Tampa- 31-27. Tech will end up in the Gator Bowl. Tech fans should worry about the game in 2 weeks. You can throw out the records in that one. Dawgs will be ready. GO DAWGS!

Mojacket

November 16th, 2009
8:57 am

I agree Tony, I am holding out hope that somehow BC wins the Atlantic. As for Weis, is at any surprise that this was going to happen? Everytime someone writes a book about the next great ND coach after one great season, he bombs!

Paul H

November 16th, 2009
8:57 am

I can’t decide which I love more – ND losing or USC getting hammered again. Probably USC.

SEC Fact Check .com

November 16th, 2009
9:00 am

UGA backers trying to promote a successful Tech coach again . . .

SC Dawg

November 16th, 2009
9:00 am

What about Georgia’s win over Auburn? Did Willie Martinez save his job? Or is it too little too late?

JP owns DJ

November 16th, 2009
9:01 am

Wawwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww Eagggggggggggggle!

Mojacket

November 16th, 2009
9:01 am

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Miles

November 16th, 2009
9:04 am

Is Charlie Weis an idiot because he can not win at Notre Dame or can he not win because he’s an idiot? That is the question!

Things are getting really interesting at USC. Not playing Mustain reveals a lot about Pete Carroll’s character and arrogant pride.

Miles

November 16th, 2009
9:05 am

ESPN’s Gameday in Tucson…horrible!

collegeballfan

November 16th, 2009
9:07 am

If Notre Dame calls Urban Meyer he will go. He is losing the QB that has carried him for 3 years. His run at Florida is coming to an end after this season.

Not afraid

November 16th, 2009
9:08 am

yes GT should be concerned to play Clempson but not afraid. If GT can win with 16 freshman and sophomore starters that were able to go into Sanford Stadium and beat GA in 2008, they can handle Clemson again. CPJ already beat Clemson at Memorial Stadium in 08 as well. If you can beat Clemson 4 times, you can beat them again. And do not underestimate CPJ. He has more tricks in his bag than you think., He will just outfox you again. As Cuttysark says, GT will just back the train up and run over them again. Bring it on..already have the tix.

Ezekiel

November 16th, 2009
9:10 am

The ACC media always talks about FSU, Miami and VA Tech yet it is Georgia Tech that is bringing the conference national attention. Clemson vs Georgia Tech will be an excellent match-up particularly when compared to the snoozers with Boston College and Virginia Tech that embarassed the ACC. Talk more Tech football at: http://www.bbuzzoff.com

Stoops to Notre Dame? - Page 2 - VolNation

November 16th, 2009
9:12 am

[...] Charlie Weis is done at Notre Dame: When Charlie Weis took Notre Dame to the Fiesta Bowl in 2005 it appeared he might have a good run. But now the Irish are 6-4 and will have to win one of its two remaining games against UConn or Stanford to become bowl eligible. Weis has not made a lot of friends in his time at South Bend and so he is not going to get the benefit of the doubt from the old line Golden Domers. His buyout is substantial but that won’t matter. Who will be the next coach? You know Urban Myer’s people will get a call and Notre Dame will make him say no. The next obvious choice is Brian Kelly, who has pretty much maxed out what he can do at Cincinnati. Kelly has told me he is prepared to stay at Cincinnati if the school wants to play ball at the highest level. They can’t afford to do that. The courageous call by Notre Dame would be to call Georgia Tech’s Paul Johnson. Notre Dame needs to be running the option, given the realities of its situation (weather, recruiting). But I don’t think the folks who run things at Notre Dame are willing to think outside the box that much. Georgia Tech-Clemson rematch could be a classic | Mr. College Football [...]

Can't outfox a fox

November 16th, 2009
9:13 am

Every week the GT fans have to read, oooooooooooooooooooooooooh your playing so and so, you have no chance and need to be afraid. Afraid of what? Take a look at the 08 GT-UGA highlights, do you see any fear on these freshman and soph. faces when they faced Ga in Athens? Now they are bigger and better. Freshman Roddy Jones outrushed you superstar Moreno and Nesbitt outplayed Stafford for cryiing outloud. Clemson needs to be afraid. Love it that everyone is prediciting CLempson to win. Our team needs to hear that. It will just fire them up that much more.

Sleeze

November 16th, 2009
9:17 am

I just read the comments by “M”. Most people just go ahead and use their full name but maybe he didn’t know how to spell “Moron”. Not a Tech or Clemson fan but saying “Spiller is nowhere near the player that Dwyer is???” Omigod.. M.. stay away from the mushrooms, buddy.. those things will eventually kill you..

Nu'Keese the bee bee gun gangsta

November 16th, 2009
9:17 am

WDE

Pretty sad when your offense makes the mutts look good on defense

Ralph

November 16th, 2009
9:18 am

Tony, don’t forget that GT had to use an illegal fake field goal play in their first matchup with the Tigers. They get flagged for cheating, and Clemson wins that one. Can’t wait for the Jackets to get their come-uppance.

BTR

November 16th, 2009
9:18 am

Tony – Huge fan of yours, but ND is not in a position where they need to run the option to be successful. They have several offensive players from a pro style system who will be drafted in the top few rounds (Clausen, Floyd, Tate, Rudolph). Recruiting isn’t the problem. Coaching fundamental college football on D and not thinking themselves into a box on O is the problem. Plenty of coaches could solve that problem, and ND could win with existing personnel now (or next year). 18 starters could return in 2010.

EW

November 16th, 2009
9:18 am

CPJ will stay at Tech. The alumni and fan base will demand he be compensated. There has been too much losing on the Flats in recent years and they aren’t going to let him go. Congrats to CPJ, team, and staff. Great season so far, the UGA GT showdown will be a classic. Yes Tech is going to be favored, but this game is always close.

As a fan, I would LOVE to see TCU play for the BCS title. A matchup between their D and Alabama’s D or Florida’s would be a great battle. I know nobody gives them credit, but TCU can run the ball and defend…and that recipe always keeps you in a game. However I will just be hoping bc I don’t see Texas losing. Maybe FSU will pull the miracle and beat Florida.

I was really bummed that the refs took the game over and reversed the call in the ND game. After all the blown calls this season that were held up after review bc they “lacked conclusive video evidence” to overturn, I thought for sure Clausen would have a chance to lead his team to victory. Guess not, too bad for Weis that it all came down to that.

AT LAST, the USC “dynasty” is over. Maybe they won’t benefit from being a media darling and preseason top 10 for the next decade. GT will see the benefit that USC has had with a high early ranking if they can finish this year strong. In the flawed system we have, your preseason rank carries a lot of weight.

Old Dawg

November 16th, 2009
9:20 am

I’ve always admired Paul Johnson and his offense. He won 2 national championships at Georgia Southern and had the Eagles in another title game. His work at Navy speaks for itself.

I’ve read that he enjoys the quality of life in Atlanta. And he’s done a fantastic job turning Tech’s program around. But if I was a coach who enjoys the college atmosphere as much as Johnson apparently does, I’d be more than upset with the lack of attendance at games … it’s beyond embarrassing!

This is a wild stretch, I know, but given the sellouts at Notre Dame, even when it struggles, that might be an incentive to go to South Bend. Even when Tech had championship teams under Bobby Ross and George O’Leary there wasn’t the fan support. And there have been a lot of empty seats at Tech games this year.

In a city of 2 million, that should never happen.

Ralph

November 16th, 2009
9:21 am

Hey Ezekiel,
I seem to recall a snoozer of an ACC title game a few years back involving the Jackets and WFU. Talk about poor attendance…the enginerds aren’t gonna do much better this time around. Chop, chop, chop. No ACC title for GT this year.

The only sellout of an ACC title game has involved the Hokies. Write back when you can say the same about the Jackets. Empty seats in Tampa once more…

Hunker Down

November 16th, 2009
9:22 am

Nesbitt did not outplay Stafford last year. He was pretty average. All he did was hand it off or pitch it. TCU will handle Tech even if they make it to Miami again.

Tech Fan Since 1950

November 16th, 2009
9:22 am

Dear Mr. “SEC” College Football:

Clemson had to rally to even get close to Tech on September 10.

Monticello Dawg

November 16th, 2009
9:22 am

I hardly think Nesbitt outplayed Stafford, considering Matt threw for about 400 yards. Stafford and Moreno did not cost Georgia that game. That ones on the D.

KR

November 16th, 2009
9:22 am

Congratulations to Georgia on their victory over Auburn. It was the best game I’ve seen UGA play this year. Not so much for AU. Our athletic director might want to rethink playing 11 games before scheduling an off week…

I have to say, as I was leaving Sanford Stadium, I was somewhat surprised at how unenthusiastic the UGA fans were after winning. I heard more griping about the team and the coaching staff than I heard happiness for a victory. It was pretty odd.

GT and Clemson both look worlds better than they did when the met earlier this year. Ought to be a good game.

kenny d

November 16th, 2009
9:24 am

Tony,
Clemson is do some respect for their improvement over the course of the year; however, the TECH offensive machine has also improved over the season. With CPJ on the TECH side lines you have to give the advantage to the JACKETS with a 38 – 21 win and on to the Orange Bowl.
Kenny D

m

November 16th, 2009
9:24 am

Ralph,

I thought the ACCC is in Pensacola?

RedKneckerson

November 16th, 2009
9:25 am

Do not forget about Phil Fulmer at Notre Dame. I’m serious, I think he is catholic, runs a clean program, can pu together a great staff,can recruit nationally,somewhat a conservative style that would go well in the Big Ten type approach that ND seems to like. Plus Phil has said all along that he wants to coach at a school committed to winning and a school that CAN win. ND fits that and Phil has been a winner for alot of years. Would not be surprised if he at least got a call.

Ralph

November 16th, 2009
9:25 am

What makes anyone think GT fans will travel to Tampa? They don’t even travel to their own stadium in the middle of Atlanta.

Go Jackets

November 16th, 2009
9:29 am

Ralph,

Don’t forget that Clemson had to use the same illegal substitution to get a touchdown with Spiller later in the game. Can’t wait for Clemson to choke again.

RoyAU

November 16th, 2009
9:30 am

Georgia isn’t that good. Auburn beat itself. At least the Tiger nation can take comfort in the fact we get to watch Georgia Tech lay a beat down on the “Dawgs”.

m

November 16th, 2009
9:33 am

The m at 9:24 is a crybaby dawg imposter

But Ralph…don’t worry…the stands will be full next week in Atlanta at the annual stomping of the dawgs.

GT76

November 16th, 2009
9:36 am

Tech will keep Johnson at least 6-8 years. The guy doesn’t want to move again. He has said he wants to finish his career with GT. That would be 10-15 years. We will be able to pay him enough.

He may get bored with the winning here though and want to start from scratch again somewhere else but that’s at least 5 years out.

Coach O

November 16th, 2009
9:37 am

Auburn John

November 16th, 2009
8:49 am
Help me out here; why does ND have to get to seven wins to be bowl eligible? They never played a D-1AA school, so that can’t be it. And even without a bowl tie-in, somebody would take ND at 6 wins.

Help is on the way. ND WILL play in a bowl game — the question is whether they will play in a BCS bowl. The answer is that they probably will not.

Tony Barnhart

November 16th, 2009
9:37 am

Concerning Jim Harbaugh going for two late against USC. I was reminded what Woody Hayes said when asked the same question: “Why did I go for two? Because I couldn’t go for THREE!”

Harbaugh, you may have noticed, is not a big fan of Pete Carroll.

GTman

November 16th, 2009
9:38 am

I hope we do play Clemson. It will be the only matchup that will give us a boost should we win. I hope Clemson wins out with a huge win against South Carolina. If Clemson can beat SC in Columbia and look more impressive than UF, it will give the ACC championship game some credibility (assuming we pound UGA that way we should).

I think too many unlikely losses have to happen for GT to get a chance at the NC game, but I can easily see a scenario where we end up in the top 3. IF Dwyer stays for his senior year (Morgan is gone and I don’t blame him – he is awesome), GT begins the 2010 year in the top 2 or 3 and will play for the NC game.

THWG! November 28th – the domination continues!

Coach Cool

November 16th, 2009
9:38 am

Clemson vs. GT in Tampa: the greatest rematch no one will witness… in person.

Tech Fan Since 1950

November 16th, 2009
9:41 am

Ralph:

You obviously have not been to a Tech game this year and do not know a thing about true Tech fans. Averaging 50,000 fans at Grant Field is not too bad this year, especially when Wake and Jacksonville State only brought a limited number of visitors. If you had been on the road at Mississippi State and in the pouring rain in Virginia, like I was, you would know that Tech fans in large numbers contributed to those local economies like never before. The reservations are already booked for Tampa, Miami and any points in between. If I were you I would work to have a concession stand along I-75 on the fives of December and January. Of course Delta may be ready when you are too. There is a new Tech in town and you are really living in a different world now my friend.

not so fast

November 16th, 2009
9:42 am

May want to take a look at who Clemson has lost to at home besides TCU in the last 4 years. They are known to screw up ast home. If TCU is that good, it is not because they beat Clemson on the road. Funny, GT did too in 06 and 08 but do not see you singing GT’s praises about that. Yes GT alum have money and can do what it takes to keep Johnson, he already signed an extension last year. You know you SEC writers and lovers need to make up your minds, up until a few weeks ago, you all run your mouths how the triple option cannot work and DIV1 footbaqll and now you have everyone picking up the phone calling CPJ to hire him. What a bunch of hypocrites honestly.

Buzz29

November 16th, 2009
9:43 am

Spiller is the Clemson offense. If he goes down they are in serious trouble. We’re balanced with O. Smith handling the kickoffs, J. Tarrant taking the punts and 4 studs (including Lyons) in the backfield. Plus, we have Thomas and Hill with single coverage. Spiller is one beast compared to our eight.

I’ll be there screaming for our boys and hopefully then it’s off to Miami after New Year’s! Go Jackets!

ReptilesRule

November 16th, 2009
9:47 am

Things that I learned this weekend…1) Auburn is an up and down team this season. Thought they would lose to Ole Miss, thought they would beat the Dawgs. 2) The Lane train has gone off the tracks. Both their O Line and Defense got exposed by the Rebs (and McCluster). Next years team will be extremely young and extremely challenged with a new O Line and QB. I think they will beat Vandy and Kentucky to finish 7-5 this year but look for another 5-7 or 6-6 year in 2010. The third year will determine Kiffins future. 3) Bama is playing the best ball in the conference while Florida’s offense continues to struggle. If the SECCG game is played today, Bama wins handily. 4) While it’s not exactly news, GT is the real deal and it will be fun watching them down here in Tampa. 5) And yes, Charlie Weis is in trouble but NO, Urban Meyer will not be going anywhere. Expect “someone else” to make the much shorter trip from Cincinnati to South Bend. And Kelly is such a nice Irish name!

McDawg

November 16th, 2009
9:48 am

1) Spiller can’t do much if he doesn’t have the ball

2) TCU is the best team in Texas from what i have seen

3) does not matter who coaches at ND-they punted a long time ago (too bad b/c Clausen, Tate, Floyd and Rudolph are very very good)

4) the C in CPJ stands for chop block

5) i shed no tears

SadDawg

November 16th, 2009
9:49 am

Tony is a Tech homer. Tony is a Tech homer. Tony is a Tech homer.