Trap game?

OK, Georgia Tech has a non-conference road game this week against a team it destroyed last year. And it’s at night, which few like.
Next week, a huge ACC road game, again at night.
The week after that, an even bigger ACC home game, which I would guess will also be at night.
It would be easy to say that this week’s venture to Starkville to take on Mississippi State is what is often called a “trap” game.
[that was sarcasm]
Tech coach Paul Johnson said this game isn’t dangerous because of what’s coming with FSU, followed by Virginia Tech.
It’s dangerous because the Bulldogs are a good team, so sayeth the coach.
LSU defeated MSU, but the Bulldogs held them to 30 yards rushing, and 263 yards overall.
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Scott Blair said last week was a just a bad week, and he’s going to be better. Johnson said he wants him to stop thinking, and start kicking. More on that in the story in the print ajc.
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Sean Bedford, honored by the ACC this week as co-offensive lineman, said that even though they rushed for more than 300 yards against North Carolina, they still have lots of room to improve. He said stopping penetration by the defensive line is a place to start.

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Tech82

September 28th, 2009
9:12 pm

This team and the coaching staff are experienced enough that we shouldn’t fall victim to a trap game. We need to look no further ahead than the next game on the schedule – ever. During a game, we need to look no further ahead than the next play – ever. That is was the truly great teams do and it is one of the qualities that make them great teams to begin with.

GT Rich

September 28th, 2009
9:15 pm

MSU’s D was tough against LSU, but their offense doesn’t scare me too much…

AlabamaRamblinwreck

September 28th, 2009
9:16 pm

I agree with CPJ. Almost anytime you play an SEC school at their place, it isn’t going to be easy. Our players better be ready for some physical football. If we play aggressive and execute the blocking and tackling, I think we will be o.k. BUT, and I mean BUT, I believe Mullins offense is going to be a tougher test than UNC’s was.

Go Jackets!!

Tampa Wreck

September 28th, 2009
9:23 pm

With our D, any offense scares me. And Bedford is right on.. We have to do something to stop the penetration of the Defensive line on the offensive side. For the last three weeks, it’s looked like the Defensive tackles were living in our backfield.

No way any game should be a trap game for this team.. Look at what Miami did to us after we handled them easily lst year. We need to stay focused and keep improving on both sides of the ball.

The team showed a lot of heart bouncing back last week after a major beatdown in Miami. Josh was a true warrior.. Say what you want about his pass accuracy and his reads on the option (I have been very critical of both), the kids is a fighter, and never gives up. You gotta love that.

Good luck jackets!!

joetgt

September 28th, 2009
9:23 pm

miss state is much improved from last year but if gt executes the offense properly i see tech dominating this game keeping their defense off the field. tech win not overlook anyone this season. tech wins 35-17

joetgt

September 28th, 2009
9:28 pm

joetgt

September 28th, 2009
9:32 pm

jackson

September 28th, 2009
9:35 pm

Not to worry. m has assured us that the ACC will go 4-3 against the SEC so this is a must win.

D1-AA

September 28th, 2009
9:37 pm

Keep Blaire benched.

Sunshine

September 28th, 2009
9:45 pm

Keys to the game is stopping the run, and making them into a passing team. Offense always needs to excecute as well.

misterwax

September 28th, 2009
10:02 pm

very unfortunate for a guy like Blair….this seems to affect kickers more than other players as it means points “off the board” instantly…..I hope his replacement is a winner. We will need points from the kicker all season.

Bulldog Trap

September 28th, 2009
10:17 pm

Miss. State ain’t North Carolina….. It is in Starkville, at night and it is payback time. Tech’s best motivation is not to embarrass the already pitiful ACC by losing to a 2 and 2 unranked SEC cellar dweller. Of course LSU had 5 losses and was unranked last year and both Ga and FLA had put up 50 on them. Tech managed 3. This looks like upset central to me.

Mister T

September 28th, 2009
10:44 pm

Bulldog Trap, Really? You are going to start talking smack? It must be something in the sec DNA to just think you have the right to talk smack when there is absolutely nothing your team has done on the field. Even when they loose they still talk smack. The pups talked smack the day after Tech hung 45 on them? Trap must be one of the uga butt sniffers. At least they have had winning records. Surely this can’t be an msu dawg talking smack.

That’s just stinking hilarious.

THWg!

Will

September 28th, 2009
11:01 pm

It’s a TRAP!

Porty

September 28th, 2009
11:22 pm

That’s right Bulldog Trap, Miss St. isn’t UNC. UNC was rated til Saturday. Miss St. has been football irrelevant for quite some time. Get over you yourself.

Tech Forever

September 28th, 2009
11:36 pm

1) This will be a VERY tough game for Tech and coming out of Starkville with a win will not be an easy task.
2) MSU just took LSU to the wire and with some decent play calling at the end of the game WOULD HAVE BEATEN THEM.
3) The MSU offense doesn’t “scare” some of you??? Well it’s essentially Florida’s offense….yes, THAT Florida….they racked up 374 yards againts an LSU defense, and they average 356 per game. It better scare you.

This is a night game in an SEC venue. It’s one week before a HUGE game for Tech in Tallahassee and two weeks before and even BIGGER game vs. Virginia Tech. MSU has a new coach, a new attitude, and some talent. The best intangible going for Tech this week is if MSU has some “losers limp” after the LSU loss, but you can’t count on that.

Personally, I give Tech a 1 in 4 chance to win in Starkville.

Dawg (west)

September 28th, 2009
11:52 pm

No reason for any smack from Starkville. State is a young team learning new systems on both sides of the ball. I will say that if you expect to play a team anything like the one you saw last year, you are mistaken.

Donnie

September 29th, 2009
12:21 am

This is a different group of Bulldogs. Anthony Dixon and company are going to show you a power running game. Bring you ear plugs because the COWBELLS will be ringing at games end. SEC Rules!!!!!!!!!
Maroooooooooooooon
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Maroooooooooooooon!!!!

smitty

September 29th, 2009
12:27 am

LSU is probably not that good ( ie they’re not top 5, probably top 25) so its hard to judge whether MSU is all that good based on its close game with LSU…msu has a win at vandy and a loss to auburn…..i’d say they’re very average…..just the kind of team that can beat GT……hope the blocking schemes and techniques continue to improve with GT’s Oline……not sure if we can’t count on nesbitt’s arm…….watching nesbitt pass occasionally gives me the feeling i’m watching a larger version of reggie and when i see d. thomas make catches of passes thrown in his general direction i think of a smaller (not much) version of CJ…….mixed emotions to say the least……..here’s hoping the O-line and WRs block well, that nesbitt calls his own number a little less often in the running game, and PJ adds a new wrinkle to the passing game…..here’s my suggestion…..how about a fake dive to draw the LB’s in and a quick drop and pass to a TE who slips into the middle behind the LBs……maybe even a tebow type jump pass after faking the run up the middle…..go jackets

Dawg (west)

September 29th, 2009
12:40 am

Porty, that would be ranked, not rated, and if you think that means something at this point in the season, you haven’t been paying attention this year. I’d agree that State has been pretty irrelevant lately, something you are familiar with being in the ACC. One thing you may want to consider is that your team will not be playing the team from last year. If last year is still relevant to you, then examine the most recent common opponent for Tech and MSU. You’re probably right, there is no way Tech can lose this game.

Dawg (west)

September 29th, 2009
12:51 am

Donnie, you may not have heard, but Tech sent 4000 tickets back. I don’t think they have anybody coming. That’s some great fan support from a top program in a real big-time football conference.

Alabama Jack

September 29th, 2009
6:56 am

Dawg (west) – I heard about the tickets yesterday and was shocked. Don’t know what happened. I will say this about your Bulldogs – glad we get you this year and not next year, when I suspect you will be making the SEC West even more interesting, with a year of Mullen’s offense and some of his recruits. As I told the Maroon faithful in our office – RESPECT ALL, FEAR NONE. This one should be quite a game, but I believe we can pull it off.

Joe Cox

September 29th, 2009
7:13 am

the defense plays a similar offense every day in practice, because MSU runs midline, veer, triple, and belly just like we do. They do it out of the shotgun and throw more often though.

Tech Alum 08

September 29th, 2009
8:00 am

Cox – not sure who you mean by ‘we’ since your handle is the name of UGA’s QB, but I don’t think you mean Tech. MSU may run versions of the option, but running out of the shotgun and throwing more are a far cry from what Tech does. It’s the four-headed monster of QBs, BBs, and ABs hitting the line of scrimmage fast from under center that makes OUR offense so unique.

To Dawg (west) – I agree, we’re not playing the same team as last year, but this very article says that while MSU is usually known for solid defense (last year’s team wasn’t), this year’s edition struggles a little bit more in that area…sounds like a new team with the same problems.
That said, you might remind some of your Bulldog friends that this isn’t the same team as last year either.

I know plenty of people going to the game, and I hope they act with the same class and respect as the MSU fans who came to campus last year. Your fan base was truly a class act and I appreciated that they weren’t what we’ve come to know as typical SEC fans.

Go Jackets!

m

September 29th, 2009
8:04 am

Tech will stomp a mudhole in Missississississippippi St. They are good as any sec…they are as bad as any sec team.

The sec is albammer and floriduah and the 10 dwarfs. The sec is the weakest it has ever been.

Miss St beat lswho all over the field…they lost a game they should have won by getting stopped inches short of the goal line.

Tech will stomp a mudhole in them…and then all the sec will cry and moan try to have it both ways.

The ACC will beat the sorry sec 4 out of 7…and they start right here.

yellowjacket82

September 29th, 2009
8:30 am

Tech will dominate MSU in Starkville. MSU isn’t nearly as good as UNC. Now you Doggies have enough problems to deal with this weekend…so get on back to your blog.

GT BACKER

September 29th, 2009
8:30 am

First of all GREAT WIN Saturday.

Secondly, yes the kicking game was subpar, but come on guys, let’s give the guy a break. I have been reading a lot about this situation since Saturday, so I decided to do a little FACT FINDING.

1. Blair was a prefered walk-on from Calhoun, Ga. As a true freshman he won the kickoff job, and helped the team turn the kickoff defense team from 119th in the nation for 2 consectutive years to # 1 at the end of the regular season (#2 after bowl games)
2. As a Soph he earned both the kicking and punting job. Struggled early with FG’s (1-5), but CPJ thought there were other issues with snap/hold. Made change with holder and kicker finished 11-14. Although he did not hit over 40, he was the second most accurate kicker in the NCAA inside the 40, missing only his first attempt of the season.
– Did not miss a FG in a game decided by 3 points or less,including UGA
– As a punter he was actually 10th in the NCAA after the 6th game of the season in gross punting, struggled after that….maybe tired, maybe to much attn on FG’s????
3. As a JR starts off strong in first 3 games handling only FG’s and kickoffs, going 5-7, including 3-3 in tight game with Clemson. Then he had a bad game against UNC. Had he ONLY been as accurate as he had been in the last 14 consectutive games, he would be 8-10 instead of 6-10.
4. Even with his bad week, take a look at the acc stats after last week, Blair is:
– 6th in FG %. Not great, but last year’s 2nd team acc and pre-season 1st team all-acc is 9th, AND only 4 acc kickers have made kick over 40 yards…2 of those are not in the top 6 in FG %
– 4th in kickoff defense
– Tied for 4th in scoring- ALL positions. Only GT player in top 10
– Tied for 2nd in scoring- Kickers only
– Tied for 2nd in FG’s made per game
5. He had a bad week. Come on guys, who hasn’t. Even Tiger has a bad day, and he is the best in THE WORLD at what he does….didn’t he miss the cut in the british open?
6. He seems to take FULL responsibility for his performance. No excuses and realizes he let everyone down and knows he needs to get it going again. I like that
7. CPJ has stated several times last year and during spring that special teams would improve. Same acc stats show we have improved in all areas of special teams, including FG kicking. By the way # 1 in punt returns and # 2 in punting gross average. I think CPJ knows what is going on and will work to fix this as well.
Bottomline is he had a bad day. We all have had one. From what I have seen from the stands and what I have read, he seems to have a lot of determination and desire to compete. He seems to take poor performance personally. I for one like that. I think just like Josh, he will take the negatives and use them as motivation. I am pulling for him and all the other guys. They will all struggle some from time to time, but I have confidence in this team.

TechGrad08

September 29th, 2009
8:31 am

Also, I appologize for m. He doesn’t speak for all of the Tech fans.

And the ‘in this article’ line from my last post referenced another article in the AJC and not this blog.

Baba O'Riley

September 29th, 2009
8:34 am

smitty- CPJ doesn’t use a TE. Collin Peak transferred to Bama

Dawg (west)

September 29th, 2009
8:39 am

We’re anything but typical SEC fans. Anybody who makes the trip will have a great time, and you’ll see a place where you still see good old southern hospitality.

Hungry Dawg

September 29th, 2009
8:41 am

“m” it is obvious that you checked your brain at the door. The SEC is the weakest it’s ever been, you must be struggling to get your IQ up into double digits if you believe that. Last time I checked the SEC had 3 teams in the top 5 and the ACC had 0 teams in the top 5. The SEC has 5 teams in the top 25 and the ACC has 2 teams in the top 25. In the Coaches poll (used for the BCS standings)UGA is ranked 14 and GT isn’t even in the top 25. Finally the ACC is 0-2 against the SEC so far this year and after Saturday will be 0-3.

Have a nice day and enjoy your delirium.

Go Dawg’s Sic em, Woof Woof Woof!!!

Dawg (west)

September 29th, 2009
8:46 am

Tech Alum, There was that auburn game where there was a problem with the run(horrible gameplan), but Vandy and LSU had less than 100 yards rushing combined. Tech will have more success than that for sure, but they won’t win this game without throwing the football.

ARE YOU THAT STUPID

September 29th, 2009
8:52 am

M… go ahead and make Miss St. sound as good as you can so it won’t hurt so bad when you lose to them. They are a 2 and 2 team that Auburn beat like a yard dog and they are the worst of the SEC. So when teck loses to the worst of the SEC that will be SEC 3 ACC 0. Then we probably won’t hear from your ugly face again.

Can’t wait to hear your excuses.

CarRamRod

September 29th, 2009
9:08 am

I don’t see this being a trap game. If we were undefeated, then it would be a trap game. With our 1 loss, we shouldn’t be taking anyone lightly for a while. msu suffered a major letdown in their game last week. They def should have pulled that one out and they will most likely have some lingering effects from that game. They played about as well as they could and just could not finish. I do believe that will affect msu’s team’s morale and their play next week. I don’t believe the game will be a cake walk like last year, but if auburn can put up 300+ rushing on them we should be able to do better. No doubt about it, it will be tough playing on the road against a sec team, so we must come out and play like we did against unc if we want to guarantee ourselves a win. Don’t think about fsu, only msu should be on our players and coaches minds.

The way those rankings came out sunday, only moving up 2 spots in the AP and not moving anywhere in the coaches poll has to be used as motivation. It doesn’t make sense how we can get dominated in an away game and drop 14 spots and out of the top 25 while thug u moves up 11 spots, then dominate a ranked team at home and only move up 2 spots. Maybe the poll smokers just don’t want to see us ranked high. I know I would be pissed if I played for Tech and I would def use this as motivation.

Scott Blair didn’t have a bad game. He had a horrendous game. It’s one thing to miss 2 chip shot field goals in a game. That would be a bad game. But to miss 2 chip shot field goals and kick 2 kickoffs out of bounds is horrendous. Both of those kickoffs completely took the crowd out of the game. Complete momentum killers. Make the opposing team earn their field position, don’t just hand it to them. Plays like that will cost us in close games. Blair needs to pull a Travis Bell and start chewing some gum or something.

Go Jackets

Dawg (west)

September 29th, 2009
9:14 am

Stupid, I’m guessing you forgot, Vandy is in the SEC, and they’ve regained their status as worst.

Stinger

September 29th, 2009
9:21 am

Come on get real. This game is against a SEC or is it SUC team. Wish we played SEC teams every week, we would never lose.

superDawg

September 29th, 2009
9:32 am

Ok if you don’t say anything and win be nice.If you say something and lose go away.Did you hear that nerd herd.Miss.State wins this one.

superDawg

September 29th, 2009
9:43 am

stinger get real you know what conference your in.Go see yor therapist.

Not Disappointed

September 29th, 2009
9:46 am

MSU is coming to play, but so are Our Jackets! We are not a “One Hit Wonder” as others suggest! We will be ready.

MSU is the task at hand! Embrace it and play your game Jackets.

I remain, Not Disappointed & “Ramblin Wreck for Life!”

Dawg (west)

September 29th, 2009
9:48 am

Stinger, The last time you played an SEC team, what happened? Oh yeah, you got beat like Ike beat Tina.

Nate

September 29th, 2009
9:57 am

Ga Dawg fans posting under Miss St. (dawg) names is just pathetic. Tech wins but only if we bring the A game. Should be a good game and I expect Miss St. to play well also. Good luck to both teams.
Go Jackets!

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September 29th, 2009
9:59 am

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ARE YOU THAT STUPID

September 29th, 2009
10:09 am

Stinger, you vacuous, toffey nosed, maloderous, pervert I bet we don’t hear from you under that name after MISS. ST kicks your insect azz. I guess you fogot the LSU game. LMAO!!! The ACC best stick to playing William and Mary and Richmond and Jax State and James Madison. What a bunch of pu$$ies.

superDawg

September 29th, 2009
10:21 am

Hey nate I am a GA.DAWG.yes I post here because your here and the rest of your nerd idiots that think tek is the bomb.Well the bomb goes off saturday,and you and yours will go with it.BOOM!

old gold engineer

September 29th, 2009
10:21 am

I would hope that GT learned from the Miami game not to take anyone for granted. I expect MSU to be ready just as Miami was. If Tech will continue to show the improvement seen against UNC, GT should have a good chance at winning. I will be very surprised if the game is as lopsided as last year in Tech’s favor.

GT Que

September 29th, 2009
10:28 am

ARE YOU THAT STUPID

Back at it again today?? What’s up man?!

ARE YOU THAT STUPID

September 29th, 2009
10:29 am

Que, bored I guess….

superDawg

September 29th, 2009
10:49 am

Hey macro you have read my post but you still don’t get it.I sound just like the nerd herd see what I mean.We are better no we are better.see what I mean.I really don’t give a rats behind about tek,but some people need to understand that what ever happens will happen.Just watch everyone go away after a lose.NOV.28,2009 WILL MATTER TO US ALL,UNTIL THEN IT IS ALL IN FUN.See what I mean.Miss. State will win.

GT Parent

September 29th, 2009
11:02 am

Blair looked off balance as he kicked and just after, I suggest he spend some time on the wobble board, it will improve his balance greatly. I am sure the trainers have wobble boards, he can take one home and work on his balance at home as well. Three minutes a day would do it, nine would be better.

GT Que

September 29th, 2009
11:07 am

ARE YOU THAT STUPID

What do you think about Jeff’s article?