What to wear, what to wear

 If you wear white to Thursday’s nationally televised game against Clemson, and you see someone else wearing a similar outfit, don’t panic and rush back to the car to change. 

It’s a whiteout by design, meaning fans of the Institute are supposed to dress up like they are headed to Wimbledon.

During last year’s whiteout I thought it would have been cool to see Tech come out in the white helmets. I don’t know if it’ll happen this time.


Wide receiver Demaryius Thomas said there was no big key to the 24-yard catch he made to beat Clemson, 21-17, last year in Death Valley:

“Get open. Get the corner to bite and get open. Catch the ball.”

He did, catching a pretty pass from Josh Nesbitt with 5 minutes, 22 seconds remaining. This after dropping one a bit earlier.

“I had dropped the ball earler in the game. I just wanted to come back and make the play,” said Thomas, who caught four passes for 101 yards in Saturday’s win against Jacksonville State.

Clemson running back C.J. Spiller, who missed last year’s game with a groin injury, said he and his teammates have talked about that game a little bit during the offseason, and that he’s used it to motivate the team’s defensive backs.

“Those guys know what they have to do on Thursday,” he said.


Is it just me, or does it feel odd that Tech’s baseball team will start fall practice today? 


That was quite the thriller that Miami and FSU played against each other last night. But, does it show the potency of the offenses or the ineffectiveness of the defenses that they ran up 72 points? And what does this mean for Georgia Tech’s chances of winning the ACC?

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September 8th, 2009
9:09 am

The last time Clemson won in Atlanta (2003) , the Tigers defeated Middle Tennessee by a 37-14 score the week before. Clemson enters this year’s game in Atlanta coming off a 37-14 win over Middle Tennessee.

And, the Clemson vs. Georgia Tech series has been the most competitive series in the ACC over the last 13 years. Ten of the last 13 games have been decided by five points or less, including a six-game streak between 1996-01 in which every game was decided by exactly three points. That might be a first in college football history. We aren’t talking by three points or less, but exactly three points.

Finally, Clemson has struggled to score in Atlanta, in fact Clemson has not scored a touchdown in Atlanta since 2003 when it won 39-3.

go tech

September 8th, 2009
9:21 am

It will make it harder to beat UM now, but it is still possible. The team has to focus on Clemson 1st. Sure, UM has 3 more days to prepare, and some high emotions, but remember even Gailey was able to beat the ‘Caines 3 times in a row! UM tends to be on the arrogant side, and their D aggressive and undisciplined, so we should do ok on offense. It’s their offense that was hot last night, and hopefully our secondary can play better than FSU’s. Need some pressure on Harris, and an INT would help.


September 8th, 2009
9:32 am

Nobody bounces back from a tweaked hamstring in 5 days. I’m just saying… I like our chances at home this tursday. Go Jackets.


September 8th, 2009
9:35 am

How do we get the “whiteout” out there???????????????? People have to know what to wear. This is the first I have heard of it.


September 8th, 2009
9:42 am

Long as Tech doesn’t come out with white flags everything will be fine. These 5 day turnarounds between games are too quick especially with a holiday being one of the 5. Can you see Paul Johnson ever losing to a head coach named DABO? Never, pigs will fly before Paul Johnson ever loses to a DABO! For more info on Tech football visit: http://www.bbuzzoff.com


September 8th, 2009
9:48 am

GT in a blowout. Paul’s mad and will demand triple option perfection on Thursday.

Doug Roberson

September 8th, 2009
9:54 am

almost forgot, Clemson safety DeAndre McDaniel had a few things to say about Georgia Tech’s offense, courtesy of a compadre on a Clemson site:

“Just do your job. You do your job and keep them from cutting you and stay in your gap, you can shut them down.”

“It’s pretty simple: If everybody does their job, the offense is not going nowhere.”

Double negative aside, what do you think about McDaniel’s comments?


September 8th, 2009
10:04 am

If Spiller is anything less than 100%, Tech will roll. I don’t see them stopping our offense.


September 8th, 2009
10:35 am

Spillman is 100%…That is simply rumor to help Dabo out with his fan base in case he loses. He did not play in the second half Saturday to ensure he is healthy against the bumblepees. He’ll get over 300 yards of all purpose effort this Thursday (130+ on kick returns, 150+ rushing, and another 40-60 on receptions). Count on it. Tigers dominate this game…LSU showed how easy it is to shut down this team! And the Tigers go on to win the Atlantic and play Miami in the ACC CG.


September 8th, 2009
10:55 am

I like guys, but I lie about the tigers! I dont know what I am talking about!


September 8th, 2009
10:59 am

I’m actually a sad dawg fan wishing I rooted for Clemson.

GA Tech Insider

September 8th, 2009
11:05 am

GA Tech’s punter better get his act together or the Jackets better hope they keep him off of the field. I could have poured a cup of coffee and read the paper before he got his punts off on Saturday. Don’t think that Clemson didn’t see that as well.

Also, GA Tech better get some pressure up the middle on defense to fluster the untested QB, also, they to need to run some zone blitzes to watch for the bubble screens and quick slants; things Clemson will try to run to help the young QB get passes out quickly without too many reads.

GA Tech’s defensive strength will be in their back seven so if they can clog the middle from runs up front, forcing everything to the outside so they can pursue, also getting pressure without blitzing, defensively, they will be stronger than many people expect. I expect that Cooper Taylor may end up being a key player this coming Thursday evening.

Offensively, ball security will be key, as will players maintaining their blocks; all players maintaining their blocks – Linemen, A-Backs, and Wide Receivers; when called upon. The guys have to attack the defenders rather than be attacked, unless, of course, the play is designed to allow the defenders to take themselves out of the play.

I would also expect Clemson to try to take Jonathan Dwyer out of the game early, like UGA did, so I would expect Roddy Jones and Anthony Allen top get some early touches, as well as Josh to carry more early.

If Clemson is putting nine men in the box, look for GA tech to put the ball in the air to soften the defense, and look for D. Thomas to have another big night. You might also see Stephen Hill lining up in the same lineup with Thomas on Thursday, causing some Wide Receiver/Defensive Back match up problems for the first time. Receivers have to make catches when they’re open, even difficult catches.

Kickers have to produce when called upon; GA Tech can’t leave points on the table; bottom line. Special Teams will be critical, including kick off and put coverage.

Watch Julian Burnett, Number 40, on Thursday night. This kid is special.

Paul Johnson didn’t want to open his kimono too much during the Jacksonville State game, holding back much of what he has available in his arsenal for the coming year, not wanting to tip his hand so that Teams, like Clemson, will know what to prepare for. However, playing lackluster has nothing to do play selection but execution, and there better be a whole lot more hunger on Thursday against Clemson (than there was against Jacksonville State) or it will be a long night for the Jackets.

Try selling out a 55,000 seat stadium......

September 8th, 2009
11:12 am

a bullet proof vest!!!!


46,000 at the home opener… WEAK!!! hahahahahaha


September 8th, 2009
11:17 am

Keep yuckin’ it up 55K! I thought you would have learned this past weekend that stadium size doesn’t matter.

“Bulldogs’ Cox Manhandled by Cowboys” in their 53K stadium.

GT Koolaid Buzz

September 8th, 2009
11:26 am

The uniforms might be white but the panties underneath will still be pink.

Make up your mind, Ga Tech Insider...

September 8th, 2009
11:28 am

…and I quote “they to need to run some zone blitzes to watch for the bubble screens and quick slants; things Clemson will try to run to help the young QB get passes out quickly without too many reads.”…”also getting pressure without blitzing, defensively, they will be stronger than many people expect.”…

Also, these gems – “If Clemson is putting nine men in the box, look for GA tech to put the ball in the air to soften the defense.”…”Receivers have to make catches when they’re open”…

Brilliant analysis, exactly what one expects from a nerd herder! Did you also know that Chan Gailey is no longer the coach at the Trade School?


September 8th, 2009
11:38 am

“Bulldogs’ Cox Unable to Penetrate Cowboys”


September 8th, 2009
11:40 am

When will the new rankings be out?

Louisiana Jacket

September 8th, 2009
11:41 am

I must be going insane because it seems that there are still Georgia fans on this blog, even after they were embarrassed…..man crazy what is going on these days.
GT insider I see what your saying just your personal opinions about how you think the strategy to be zone blitzes when need is there AND pressure from our new d-line when we can get it. ( I really do hope T.J starts this coming game to clog up the A-B gap and make Clemson HAVE to run it outside where our secondary can come up and make some plays)
Doug good articles so far this week keep that up, also does anyone know where we can find the defensive stats for the first game (# of tackles per player and such?)


September 8th, 2009
11:42 am

Some people should worry about finishing second in the sec east not our capacity.

Tuck Fech

September 8th, 2009
11:43 am


Please please be sure to wear protective gear when walking anywhere near Terrorist Tech’s campus this Thursday night. You will likely have a gun held to your head while a big scary man takes your wallet. The Tech students are used to this, and may neglect to even mention in in your travel itinerary.

Try not to be intimidated by the smelly bums begging for your change or trying to sell you crack on North Ave.

If you are unsatisfied with your seats, please fell free to move to one of the MANY open seats located just about anywhere you would like to move to get a better view.

If you show up without a ticket, please knock on the ticket booth window VERY VERY hard in order to wake up the ticket booth salesman. He is not used to making transactions, and he views his job as nap-time opportunity.

The time of the game is subject to change, as is the case more times than not. One of the 7 Season Ticket holders may be stuck in traffic and will be running late. So no need to be there at the start of announced kickoff time.

Expect to see most of the “fans” in the half filled stadium wearing anti-UGA gear, and continually yelling anti-UGA chants throughout the duration of the game. The abundance of open seats is a direct reflection of this hatred they posess.

When the game is over, please feel free to rush the field, act like fools, stomp on the Tech logo at mid-field, or pick a fight with any of the terrorists in the stands. There has been no celebrating in that stadium for years, and the Athletics Director has approved celebrations of any kind, even for opposing opponents.

If you make it out of the ghetto alive, please drive safely back to Clemson, and be sure and stop by the Varsity to use your free Naked Dog or Chili Dog coupon located on the back of your Terrorist Tech ticket.

Asian jokes or Turban jokes will not be tolerated in the North End Zone seats. 90% of the 150 seats filled will likely take offense to these jokes.

Finally, thank you for risking your life for a night in the hood!!!

-Annonomous Georgia Tech “fan”.


September 8th, 2009
11:46 am

I expect this to be a typical CU/GT game….I don’t see one team beating down the other…..should be close…..Spiller is ok, Ford is ok…..and no to the poster that stated “he will use it as an excuse if they lose”. Wow…that is stupid…that guy has never listen, heard, or read anything about Dabo…..but all schools have “those” types of fans.
Here’s to a great ACC matchup and a even better game than miami/fsu….
Go Tigers!!

Paul's Johnson

September 8th, 2009
11:54 am

Tuck Fech:

Too funny!!

Paul's Johnson

September 8th, 2009
11:56 am

GT, are you going to paint all of the empty seats white so that it will give the impression of a “White Out” in a half empty stadium?


September 8th, 2009
11:59 am

My WHITE will be a 1975 #25 Don Bessillieu Jersey. Bey Bey needs help and A. Allen & T. Melton can’t drop open TD passes. Beware #40 Burnett. BOBBIEBROWN goto http://www.ramblinwreck.com and get all the Tech info. I am sending a 210 lb. box of raw Tiger meat to the TECH D. It will be wrapped in Orange & Purple with SPILL-HER on the box to be delivered Thursday night.


September 8th, 2009
12:00 pm

Tuck Fech is pretty hilarious. Very kitschy, but in a good way.

You misspelled “anonymous”, by the way. It really ruins the show you just put on.

GA Tech Insider

September 8th, 2009
12:09 pm

Make up your mind, Ga Tech Insider…

Sticks and stones, little boy, sticks and stones. Now it’s time for your nap, isn’t it?


September 8th, 2009
12:15 pm

I guess Clemson was so distracted the past two trips here and could not even muster a TD with all this high potent offense because of the empty seats. Your 80,000+ did not help last year much. Love the preoccupation with the size of the stadium – that always wins games for you. Keep your talking and enjoy your visit – leave the cows at home.


September 8th, 2009
12:23 pm

UGA fans get ugly when they lose.

Tech just needs to get their head in the game and they will be ok.

Go Jackets!

September 8th, 2009
12:26 pm

Tuck Fech,

What an unclassy and not even funny commentary. Go back to your dog blog and whimper.

Anyways the depth in GT’s offense will be the difference in the game. Clemson will not be able to slow it down for long enough. I really don’t expect this to even be close. Go Jackets!

Ramblin Wrecker

September 8th, 2009
12:36 pm

Doug Roberson,

I’m wondering what you think about GT’s performance in those three areas you highlighted a few weeks ago, that GT needed to improve on this season? One was special teams, one was passing efficiency and I can’t remember the other one (probably something to do with the defensive line0.

The kickoff coverage was pretty good. And the punt return team was awesome (thank you Jerrard Terrant). So it looks like they’ve got something to work with on special teams this year.

I was browsing the stats from the first week of games and who do I see on the team leaderboard for passing efficiency? GT was in the top ten after one game. Nesbitt looked better passing the ball (although he still needs work hitting wide open A-Backs down the seam). In fact, it was the most complete game I’ve seen so far from Nesbitt, even though he didn’t play the whole game.

Defensive line still needs work. I didn’t get the feeling that the DT’s were dominating. But I don’t know how much TJ Barnes played (and I personally think, just having that size in the middle makes a difference). Any analysis on the d-line?


September 8th, 2009
12:37 pm

GT will be just fine if they stop Spiller. He’ll get some yards but I don’t see GT letting him run wild. Parker’s inexperience will show through. I expect GT to pressure him early and often. True GT was lack luster in their opener but I think they were looking past JSU. They’ll be up for Clemson. Heck, they’re our second biggest rival. How can you not be ready to play. Their goal is to win the ACC cahmpionship and they’ll be fired up from here on out. GO JACKETS!!!


September 8th, 2009
12:45 pm

The Miami-FSU game makes me worry a bit more than I was about those games. The defensive strategy for those games will be our offense. Just grind it out and keep their offenses off of the field. I also think that our defense is equal to either of those teams, if not worse. We’ll find out about the defense Thursday night.

As for the Clemson game; that should be another close one with Tech on top at the end. Once again it will be the World’s Largest Traffic Jam after the game. Clemson is talented, but I just don’t believe in Dabo. He’s just a money saver until they completely payoff Bowden and the economy kicks back up again so they can afford the next hot coach.

And for those dawg fans who can only make fun of our stadium. Really! If that is all you have? Just making fun of the stadium or the amount of tickets sold? In other words ya’ll can’t find anything with our coach or team and you just know that your team is going to get one helluva a mutt whooping after Thanksgiving. Hahahaha!


September 8th, 2009
12:47 pm

Clemson only out gained Middle T by 62 yards giving up 299 total yards to their 361. Didn’t look like they were ready to play either. I just don’t see them winning a lot of games with their Frosh QB. Spiller will have to carry the load. Stop him and we’ll be just fine. Our offense will be just too good for Clemson to stop. We’ll wear them down and when they stack the box JN will make them pay. Bay Bay and the other guys will light them up. I see about 300 rushing yards and 175 passing yards. GT will win 31-7. GO JACKETS!!!!


September 8th, 2009
12:50 pm

Tuck Fech:

Good thing you wrote that when you did 11:43AM. We all know lunch rush at Wendy’s doesn’t start till 12:00. Hurry up with my burger boy. 24-10, no talking till you win a game. Which could be a few weeks.

Paul's Johnson

September 8th, 2009
12:51 pm

Tech fans, your team’s impressive performance against Jax State did absolutely nothing to move you out of the 15th spot in the AP poll.
Next week should have you in a different spot after Thursday night’s loss.Probably one spot under UGA at #20.

BAMA TIDE with SEC pride!!!!

September 8th, 2009
12:52 pm

Alabama, California…. South Carolina, Baylor…. unranked Miami (and yes I understand they are also ACC)….. now the kickers: William and Mary, Richmond!!!!!!

ALL BEAT ACC TEAMS THIS WEEK!!!! hahahahahahaha

Ga Tech beats a High School team by only 20 while fumbling the ball 5 times!!!

ACC= All Cupcake Conference WHAT A JOKE!!!!


September 8th, 2009
12:53 pm

Everyone knows that clothing is optional, especially in our big manly huddle!


September 8th, 2009
12:59 pm

The UGA fan base shows its true colors again and again. Backwoods, illiterate, closed-minded, and just bigoted. The plantation mentality still rules in Athens. An intolerant backwoods city.

All you potential recruits out there, just look at the ‘dawg’ posters on these boards. Do you think you will get a fair shake in that environment? The lunatic fringe is on the loose in Athens. And they are taking Richt’s program down with them.

I wish SEC fans would just go back to their trailer parks and eat some more spam and get the hell out of our city. Dawg fans, lets try to wear some shoes to the game next time, okay?

traler trash

September 8th, 2009
12:59 pm

isit ok 4 me to post on the tek site cinc the dawg cites makes fun of me, i can lik my nuts with the best of em

Paul's Johnson

September 8th, 2009
1:02 pm

Bama Tide:

And GT’s crappy defense gave up 17 to Jax State’s crappy offense.
ACC..All Crappy Conference.

You must be pathetic if...

September 8th, 2009
1:14 pm

No one respects your team when there are two teams who lost in the first week and they are still ranked ahead of you. Everyone is just waiting for you to get exposed, then you will be irrelevant again.


September 8th, 2009
1:19 pm

Paul’s Johnson YOU are good! UGA is #21 in the ap and #17 in ESPN. Get your facts stright. Where do you think you will be after the loss to So. Carolina? I heard UGA VII is looking to transfer to Miss State and fight the starting Bulldog for his job.


September 8th, 2009
1:22 pm

Bama chest beater wrote: “ACC= All Cupcake Conference WHAT A JOKE!!!!”
The joke will be on you again this year….why talk conference? Talk team…..again, you will play second (maybe third) fiddle to UF and will not win a sec title b/c of the gators……so beat your chest all you want….you guys are the ones paying all your gold to a coach that can’t win a title!!


September 8th, 2009
1:23 pm

Enter your comments herePaul’s we did give up 17 points to a bad O, but you couldn’t score more than 17 against a pathetic D. So, what was your point? USC had to be given the ball inside the 10 yrdline to even score against NCST. Just play your game and try to collect the TAXES owed by the state of South Carolina. I am sure will TECH will get our share of South Carolina’s taxes on Thursday Night.


September 8th, 2009
1:27 pm

YOU MUST BE: you just proved why no polls should exist until week 4. Ohio State was the EXPOSED team this week. Top 10 team has to return a 2 point conversion to secure a win. HAHAHA. VT played a good team as did Oklahoma. Oklahoma will fall again after this week as will the DAWGS.

Paul's Johnson

September 8th, 2009
1:28 pm


If you had read my earlier post I acknowledged UGA at #21 and also said after GT’s upcoming loss this week they will be about #20 in next week’s poll.
I expect after an offensive battle w/ USC and the Dawgs pulling it out w/ a 7-6 victory, UGA will hold it’s spot in the poll.

The line about UGA was funny, I’ll give you credit for that one. It’s about time you came up w/ something witty.


September 8th, 2009
1:30 pm

UGA fans are sad.

Paul's Johnson

September 8th, 2009
1:31 pm


“but you could’nt score more than 17 against a pathetic D”

If OSU’s defense is “pathetic”, then we should roll up about 42 on GT’s “solid” defense.

Paul's Johnson

September 8th, 2009
1:31 pm

I myself, am an idiot and can barely put together rational sentences. Must be my hor$e$hit UGA education.