If he gets the chance, Johnson will bring the hammer down on the Dawgs

 

 

Nobody asked me but:

 

1. If Paul Johnson gets the chance, he’ll bring the hammer down on Georgia. State rivalries like Georgia and Georgia Tech are always big recruiting games. Saturday night’s game at Bobby Dodd Stadium will be no different. But in his second year at Georgia Tech, Johnson has infused the football program with confidence at a time where Georgia’s confidence is at a pretty low ebb. There is all kind of positive energy at Georgia Tech. I haven’t seen this much negative energy at Georgia since Jim Donnan’s last year (2000) as head coach. College Football 101 says that when you have your rival in a weakened position, you put your foot on the gas. If Johnson can lay a pretty good number on Georgia, he will. Georgia has enough athletic ability to make this game competitive. But I wonder if they have the heart to fight back. I really do.

 

 

2. I think Bobby Bowden will be back at Florida State next season. There is no doubt in my mind that if Florida State had lost to Maryland last week (and the Seminoles scored with 32 seconds left to win 29-26) it would have been very difficult for Bowden to make the case to return for his 35th season as the Seminoles head coach. If he loses at No. 1 Florida on Saturday, and we assume he will, Florida State will be 6-6 and heading to a bowl game. I think there will be considerable pressure for Bowden to step down but he has made it clear to those who know him well that he wants to come back and pursue a final ACC championship. Florida State has promised Bowden that it will be his decision. But this much is also clear. If Bowden comes back, the 2010 season will be his last at Florida State. Everybody understands that.

 

3. I think Bob Stoops will at least listen to Notre Dame. On the surface, it appears silly to think that Stoops would entertain the thought of another college job. He has one of the best franchises in the sport as the head coach at Oklahoma But the profession has changed. After a coach has been in one place for 11 years (he is 114-29 with seven New Year’s Day or BCS bowls) his support starts to sag unless he’s winning the conference championship every year. It’s been a tough year at Oklahoma, which lost QB Sam Bradford  and TE Jermaine Gresham early in the season and has not been the same ever since. Fans become unrealistic and don’t believe the program should ever have a down year.  Stoops is a native of Ohio and so he knows the territory. Notre Dame needs a strong personality and a proven winner on the college level. Maybe Stoops, 49, has one more move left in him.

 

 

4. Look for Colt McCoy to put up some pretty big numbers against Texas A&M. The Texas quarterback has put himself in position to win the Heisman Trophy with some good games against some pretty weak teams (Baylor, Kansas). The Longhorns get another struggling team when they go to Texas A&M (6-5) on Thanksgiving night. Next week Texas plays Nebraska in the Big 12 championship game. Nebraska coach Bo Pelini has a very good defensive scheme against spread attacks so McCoy probably won’t put up huge numbers against the Cornhuskers. McCoy and Texas will be the only college football game on Thursday night and a lot of Heisman Trophy voters will be watching. Texas will turn McCoy loose and give him a chance to make his move.

 

5. Rich Brooks should get some votes for SEC Coach of the Year. With a win over Tennessee on Saturday in Lexington, Kentucky will finish 8-4 and in second place in the SEC East. That should be good enough to get the Wildcats into the Outback Bowl on New Year’s Day. When Kentucky quarterback Mike Hartline went down with an injury on Oct. 10,  Kentucky was 2-3 and it appeared the Wildcats would stumble towards the finish line. But Brooks elected to take the redshirt off quarterback Morgan Newton and, after a few games, the offense actually got better. Now Kentucky has won five of its last six.  Kentucky began playing football in 1888. In all that time no coach—not even Bear Bryant—has taken the Wildcats to four straight bowl games. This will be Kentucky’s fourth consecutive bowl (they have won the previous three) under Brooks.

 

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RAMBLE ON!!!

November 25th, 2009
9:07 am

RAMBLE ON!!!

November 25th, 2009
9:07 am

FactuAll

November 25th, 2009
9:08 am

Too worried about AU to worry about UGA, but think it will get ugly against GaTech.

Johnson just may be the best coach in CFB.

RAMBLE ON!!!

November 25th, 2009
9:08 am

I’m a Golden God!!!

say what

November 25th, 2009
9:08 am

GW

November 25th, 2009
9:10 am

Just like Richt put the hammer to Tech in his 2nd year, 2002. It took Tech until 08 to counter. How long will it take Georgia to get things straight?

RAMBLE ON!!!

November 25th, 2009
9:10 am

say what

You got nothing!!!

Tim Tebow

November 25th, 2009
9:11 am

4 ticktes, 4 hotdogs, 4 cokes..400 yards johnson’s boys will run for against uga.

Ohio State fan

November 25th, 2009
9:13 am

Tony, caught your show last night – as always, a fast moving and entertaining hour. Kudos on a job well done – a must watch for college football fans!

Quick question though, could it be any more obvious that Paul Finebaum is an Alabama homer? I’ve never seen or read a guy who is more in the tank that guy. What’s your take?

Kid Ray

November 25th, 2009
9:14 am

Agree TB – UGa doesn’t have the defensive discipline to stay with GT. Also like UF big over FSU…and I don’t think Bowden returning is a done deal. A big loss to the Gators and then an embarassing shwoing at a third tier bowel…could get tricky. If Im the AD, I buy both BB and JF out and begin anew. I would NEVER hire someone with no HC experience at FSU.

RAMBLE ON!!!

November 25th, 2009
9:16 am

Ky won’t beat UT.

What, no word on Clempson and USC?

It’s Wed. and you haven’t brought up the what if USC beats Clempson, and UGAg beats GT scenario?!?

I know you’ve been dreaming a praying for it all week Tony.

RAMBLE ON!!!

November 25th, 2009
9:17 am

whoops, and praying for it

Roll Tider

November 25th, 2009
9:17 am

Tony, what a shameless attempt to provide extra motivation for your bulldogs. Questioning their heart, huh? SO transparent…

Ryan

November 25th, 2009
9:18 am

Yeah, Tony…Tech will probably hammer the Dawgs… I actually am relieved UGA VII isn’t around to see this travesty of a team (and I’m a Gator)…

RAMBLE ON!!!

November 25th, 2009
9:19 am

I noticed that too Roll Tider…he’s such a shameless homer.

Old Dawg

November 25th, 2009
9:21 am

Where did the football season go? Now that all the conference championship games are lined up, coaches have either kept or lost their jobs, it’s time for the rivalry game between Georgia Tech and the University of Georgia.

After the pads have stopped thumping and coaches have rewritten resumes, seniors will begin the interview process. Here are the upsides of degrees from the two schools.

The upside of a Tech degree:

• You get to design the next Star Ship Enterprise (but don’t receive intellectual property or monetary rights. Bummer!)
• Gigs is computer lingo and not a series of jobs
• You know all dialects of Klingon
• Hash mark is for baggy content

• Diploma is wrapped in used space shuttle pajamas

• Varsity letter is a greasy spoon receipt and not an athletic accomplishment

• Silver Surfer? His class on Nano Technologies and Applications was the best ever – his board totally rocks!
• Streetwise is core curriculum and not native intelligence

• Chekov is roommate’s name, not a quarterback audible
• Never know more than 10 girls until admitted to nursing home

• Spoilers are car ornaments and not up-and-coming opponents
• Will Roper, GT’s first undergraduate Rhodes Scholar, reads Kafka and comprehends what the hell is going on
• Emptying Trash is a sanitary click
• Constant nightmares from watching Klingon version of Girls gone wild

• “Touchdown” a term for landing spacecraft
• “Next Generation’s” Data is a hottie
• The scripts for “Stargate Atlantis,” “Stargate SG-1,” and “MacGyver” are required reading for graduation

The Upside of a UGA Degree
• Beer Bonging Diploma is presented by Savannah’s Paula Deen
• “Damn you Martinez!” isn’t considered a slur by the Baptist Student Union or the Spanish American Protection League
• Road test is trip back from Jacksonville (is Florida really a Southern state?).
• For acceptance into the UGA Master’s in Fine Arts program, what is Kim Basinger’s, and UGA Grad’s famous line from 1989’s “Batman” (hint, it includes the color mentioned in Prince’s hit, “Purple Rain.”)?
• UGA Memorial Gardens at Sanford Stadium is the closest you’ll ever come to royalty
• Bar exam is an everyday event (unless your major is Beer Bonging, where moderation is a criteria for graduation)
• Solar energy refers to sundresses, not re-powering America
• The Philosophy Department is where?
• Independents become BFFs during finals and in the real world (they sign paychecks)
• Stacks are shoes, not library reference materials (unless you consider reading Cold Water catalogs and Cosmopolitan research)
• The late, great Lewis Grizzard, a UGA Journalism Grad and a Great American, had no idea who Kafka was
• Michael Stipe and REM? I still flunked Rock Appreciation of the 80s and 90s after their private tutorials – Man, they’re so lame!
• After burn is a result of eating chili dogs at the Athens Varsity
• Jeff Foxworthy’s “You Might Be A Redneck,” Janise Ray’s “Ecology of a Cracker Childhood” and Grizzard’s “They Took My Heart Out and Stomped That Sucker Flat” are required reading for graduation

SWFLJacket

November 25th, 2009
9:22 am

Would like to see Jackets so far ahead in the first quarter that Johnson starts putting in 3rd and 4th string, saves the starters for the championship, GT 75-UGA17

cuttysark

November 25th, 2009
9:23 am

The Yellow Jackets are going into this game focused and well rested. That is a dangerous combination for UGA, who have not been playing like the UGA of old. Paul Johnson is out to win a football game, and don’t think for a moment that he intends to treat this rivalry game lightly. Neither will his team.

Go to http://isportsweb.com for an article on Paul Johnson and the Yellow Jackets “High School Offense” as they get ready to take on UGA. THWG!

Jeff

November 25th, 2009
9:24 am

I wonder if the AJC will ever get competent sportswriters….I really do!

Rduck

November 25th, 2009
9:24 am

If GT starts out slowly and lets UGA hang in there, it could make for an interesting game. If the Dawgs come out with the type of heart their fans showed late in the Kentucky game, it could be a romp. I expect UGA to come out fighting for what is left of their season. A win over GT would make their season a lot better for them. I just don’t see CPJ allowing that to happen. GT has had a week to rest up and enough time to focus on a gameplan for the Dawgs. Look for Tech to put up a great showing on the flats Sat.

Nachos

November 25th, 2009
9:24 am

Hey Tony Jabroni

Next time try the “man enough” phrase… it motivated them back in 2002.

36-0 barners… it’s coming! take shelter

Joe

November 25th, 2009
9:26 am

Funny things happen when you start talking about one team hammering the other….we shall see

ckgator

November 25th, 2009
9:27 am

Good call on Rich Brooks, though Urban has had to deal with a ton of non-football related non-sense this year, and has remained undefeated.

I’m biased, but COTY should go to Meyer. Though I might change my mind if Brooks beats Kiffie this weekend.

“Words speak louder than actions.” -Lane Kiffin

Soulja Girl on Marta

November 25th, 2009
9:28 am

Where is AUGirl?

JoD

November 25th, 2009
9:29 am

Most likely UGA will be hanging in their against tech untill half way through the second, and GT will unleash. The third quarter might be ugly for UGA.

RonnieGarDner

November 25th, 2009
9:31 am

Why would it be such a stretch for Fulmer to at least be considered as the Notre Dame coach? I mean he presided over one of the most successfull programs in college football, had lots of success on the filed, the program made money (one of only a handful that do)He is known nationally as a recruiter. He is mature enough and experienced enough to handle that job moreso that Weiss has been. Just a thought. I find it funny when these radio idiots say stuff like ” yea Memphis would be a good fit for Fulmer” Heck he really has very few if any equals in the college ranks if you look at longevity and success at the absolute highest level. just a thought. I welcome your reply.

Gen Neyland

November 25th, 2009
9:33 am

TB wrote, ” This will be Kentucky’s fourth consecutive bowl (they have won the previous three) under Brooks.”

Gen Neyland writes, “Kentucky lost the previous four consecutive (three under Brooks) to Tennessee. 24 losses to Tennessee in a row to be exact.”

I know all good things come to an end. Eventually.

JB

November 25th, 2009
9:36 am

Lot on the line this week for my Dawgs……..I really don’t mean…….or think about winning, I ‘m thinking about our “showing” Tech has a good team. They have some weakness. A number 7 BCS team should not go down to the wire with Wake Forest…….If we would just run the Ball in a POWER set, we could keep it close. I don’t think their D could stop us……………….BUT, we have to remember who our coaching staff is. They will be hell bent on trying to let the arm of Joe Cox beat them……and it won’t happen……3 and outs will be our death nail. Tech will light it up…….
Power set and run the ball all night would spoil their plans some..

Got 12?

November 25th, 2009
9:38 am

Ohio State Fan,

You must have just recently discovered Finebaum. He is a rebel rouser. He goes with which ever team (Alabama or Auburn) is on top at that moment in an attempt to incite the other’s fanbase. That’s the format of his show. If you had tuned in three years ago during the end of Shula’s tenure, you would have made the same statement about his support of Auburn. He’s very similar to Jerry Springer.

Dooley's Cardiologist

November 25th, 2009
9:38 am

Old Dawg,

Nice use of bullet points. I bet you do a lot of PPT Presentations. Kudos!!

Georgia Headlines – 11/25/09 | MrSEC.com

November 25th, 2009
9:39 am

[...] coaches to go.  “This program is a near mess.”3.  Tony Barnhart of The AJC says he hasn’t seen “this much negative energy at Georgia since Jim Donnan’s last year as head coach.”5.  Former Dawg QB Eric Zeier says [...]

Mark Richt Is The Man!

November 25th, 2009
9:39 am

Hammer? Johnson doesn’t own a hammer. He only beat Georgia by 3 points last year, and he needed a 26-0 3rd qrtrt to do it.

If Johnson does any ONE of the follwing, he loses the game:
http://blogs.ajc.com/junkyard-blawg/2009/11/23/a-lot-of-%e2%80%98ifs%e2%80%99-cloud-dogs%e2%80%99-chances-against-jackets/comment-page-2/

TDone

November 25th, 2009
9:40 am

The #1 thing one has to know about rivlary games is that usually the best team wins. Emotion is great, but it won’t last past 7:30 seconds of the first quarter.

Go Jackets!!!

U-no

November 25th, 2009
9:40 am

Tech 49, Pups 24. Pretty good game in the first half, then Tech pulls away in the second half.

Dooley's Cardiologist

November 25th, 2009
9:41 am

This game will all come down to how well Cox plays. GT WILL score early and often. The UGA offense must reciprocate. Cox’s play will determine if it is a blowout or a close loss for the Dawgs.

Got 12?

November 25th, 2009
9:41 am

Yes, if the opportunity presents itself, Johnson will run up the score on Richt. He lacks the compassion Saban showed Auburn last year. lol

Saban will probably win SEC Coach of the Year but Rich Brooks is certainly deserving.

JoD

November 25th, 2009
9:42 am

Mark Richt Is The Man!, that is a lot of “IF.” Wouldn’t count on it. Cya on the flats.

zzz top

November 25th, 2009
9:43 am

Paul Finebaum is 100% an Alabama homer or is he? I don’t think he’s a homer, I think he stumbled into a gold mine. He was a beat writer or something for Bama in the 80’s and someone ask him to host a radio show, when he realized all he had to do was show up sit back an let all the rednecks (both Auburn and Alabama) call end he said to himself hell i don’t even have to prepare for this job. Watch his show on the net all he does is takes calls hell he doesn’t even listen to half of them he sits back and plays on his blackberry the entire show, he’s the only radio person I’ve every seen that has zero notes. Without question he’s proof that you can make alot of money by do absolutely nothing.

JohnnyDawgFan

November 25th, 2009
9:44 am

It sucks we have to rely on Joe Cox to be the one to keep up with GT’s O scoring. This might get ugly for us dawgs.

Monticello Dawg

November 25th, 2009
9:46 am

Fulmer at Notre Dame? If he was not good enough for the Vols, why would he be good enough for ND? Not to say Phil did not have a ten year run about as good as anyone.

ratherBgambling

November 25th, 2009
9:46 am

GT: 61
UGA: 21

UGA

November 25th, 2009
9:46 am

UGA’s only chance comes down to turnovers….0 = Win and anything else will result in a loss. When you’re leading the country with a -20 turnover margin, you’re very lucky to even have a 6-5 record. Looks like some heads will roll in Athens this offseason, probably overdue but the Kentucky game probably sealed the deal. Maybe….just maybe the defense sends Martinez out on top, however VERY doubtful. Good Luck DAWGS at ruining Tech’s season!

Greg

November 25th, 2009
9:47 am

For one Tony you’re right. CPJ WILL stomp on the gas pedal Saturday. Unlike the moron we had here prior, CPJ knows what beating UGA means. 51-21. (It could be worse, but he’ll pull the starters early in the 4th).

We will still see the occasional idiot UGA fan flying his flags on Sunday morning however.

Mark Richt Is The Man!

November 25th, 2009
9:47 am

Hammer? Johnson doesn’t own a hammer. He only beat Georgia by 3 points last year, and he needed a 26-0 3rd qrtrt to do it.

If Johnson does any ONE of the follwing, he loses the game:
http://blogs.ajc.com/junkyard-blawg/2009/11/23/a-lot-of-%e2%80%98ifs%e2%80%99-cloud-dogs%e2%80%99-chances-against-jackets/comment-page-2/

bamafan

November 25th, 2009
9:47 am

Finebaum is a TN graduate! I do not think he has any allegiance to them. He hates Lane Kiffin!

Alabama 28 Auburn 3- Bama’s defense is too good!

Got 12?

November 25th, 2009
9:51 am

McCoy will win the Heisman because the voters still feel sorry for him for not making the BCSCG last year. It’s not about being the best player, as it should be.

Fleischman loves BBC in the NYC

November 25th, 2009
9:53 am

Finebaum is a dirty jew!

sccatfan1

November 25th, 2009
10:00 am

I don’t understand the conventional wisdom that says GT will run it up on UGA. Statistically, GT has a very mediocre defense….two of the weakest teams in the SEC (VU and MSU) each scored 31 against them. Tech is 94th in pass efficiency defense. Obviously their rushing attack is outstanding, however UGA is 34th nationally against the run.

IF UGA limits their turnovers (reversion to the mean anyone?), they should be able to mix the run and pass quite successfully. I give them a 40% chance of winning outright. I expect the wounded Dogs to come out and fire their best shot. The 7 point line (with 3pts for home field) says that Vegas believes Tech deserves a 4pt favoritism.

Alabama jack

November 25th, 2009
10:02 am

Respect all, fear none.

Pound the puppies.

Vol Alum

November 25th, 2009
10:03 am

“I lead by example” – Urban Meyer