Don’t think this will be easy

Yes, Georgia Tech defeated Mississippi State 38-7 last season in a game that wasn’t even that close, if that’s possible.
But this year’s version of MSU isn’t the same as last year’s.
This team has the ability to both run, and stop the run.
That’s what people said about North Carolina before last week’s game, as well.
But the difference is Mississippi State’s proved that against teams that are actually decent, unlike the Tar Heels (with the exception of ECU).
The Bulldogs have held three of their past four opponents to 194, 157 and 263 yards. That includes LSU, now considered to be a top 5 team.
It doesn’t include Auburn, which rolled up &^%$&^%^% yards.
What was that? What did you say?
Auburn rolled up….589 yards on 83 plays.
Does that mean anything for Tech’s chances of leaving Starkville with a win?
Well, potentially, it could mean a lot.
The Tigers rushed for 390 yards with their version of the option.
But the Bulldogs seem to have gotten things fixed in time for last week’s game against LSU. The Tigers could only muster 30 yards on 31 carries. That’s the mostly same team that rushed for 161 yards against the Jackets in the Chick-fil-A Bowl last season.
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Because of technical errors, which I think are mine (new computer, new programs we are using) there was supposed to be a quote from Dan Voss in the notebook in Wednesday’s paper.
I asked him to talk about the routine of playing Saturday games, as compared to what Tech has been doing through the season’s first four games.
To paraphrase, he doesn’t mind a Thursday game or two, but enjoys Saturdays more for social and academic reasons. He said he likes to relax with friends and family on Sundays, something he couldn’t do the weeks of Thursday games because the team was practicing then.
He also said it makes a big difference in the classroom. Saturday games mean he doesn’t have to miss a lot of classes, nor does he have to miss review sessions, etc.

154 comments Add your comment

Ga Tech Old Timer

September 29th, 2009
10:59 pm

Tech will be fine against MSU. With the way they played this past Saturday and the fact that they had a fire burning in the gut to get that last touchdown and then hold UNC in the final minutes speaks volumes about the team’s turn around in attitude. They are ready to take care of business now. Go Jackets!!

Techfan78

September 29th, 2009
11:00 pm

I think we will be ok. We excuted 50 times better against UNC than we had in any other game this season. Nesbit is still missing some reads on the option but for the most part looked vastly improved. He also looked better passing the football. Nesbit should have had even better numbers through the air as Anthony Allen missed what would have been a long strike for a touchdown, the throw was not perfect but it was a play that should have been made. Dwyer looked very good, still waiting on him to break a 50 or 60 yarder though. Those two 30 yarders were really nice though. The draw play that we added and the quick option to Dwyer was really nice. The defense was exceptional. MSU scares me a little, but I think if we execute and play like we are truly capable of playing it should be a good night hopefully setting the tone for the rest of the season.

Toe Meets Leather

September 29th, 2009
11:09 pm

Mississippi State is not as “good” as advertised. LSU just isn’t as good as folks think they are. Mullen doesn’t have what needs for the spread yet. And for some reason, I think Tech is now starting to cruise downhill. Tech 35, Miss. St. 14.

Sisson…his right foot…Virginia…1990…national title…”Toe Meets Leather”…now available at http://www.stinGTees.com !

Gee Tee

September 29th, 2009
11:30 pm

This is a trap game. Miss State coming off a high of almost beating the Tigers. MSU looking for revenge. MSU having a new coach who has them believing…and GT coming off a high against UNC then going on the road to a decent MSU team. I predict that GT gets beat. I’m only saying this out of pure educated notions and facts. This screams “trap” if I’ve never heard it before. I’m a GT fan thru and thru but also know my team’s limitations and I’m starting to pick up on a pattern. Remember the UVA game last year? Same set up, but compounding the problem is going on the road. Go JACKETS…but don’t be surprised if they lose this game. If it were scheduled differently, maybe I’d have a different opinion.

Aha

September 29th, 2009
11:57 pm

I’ve been trying to tell anyone who will listen the reason Tech lost to Miami so badly is because we were tired. Not only did they play 3 games in 13 days, but they also had class at Georgia Tech! I am a Tech alum (MGT ‘07), and I was also a member of the Tech Crew team. I know exactly what it’s like; you practice for two plus hours a day, five days a week, with “voluntary” workouts in the mornings, three hour labs, and at least 12 hours of classes with mandatory reading and other work that takes at least the equivalent of class time. And that was for the easiest major Tech offers!

Getting on a regular schedule can only help keep the legs fresh, particularly for the defensive secondary. The less class time they miss, they more rested they are, the better they will play on Saturday. This Tech team has as much talent as any I’ve seen in the last 10 years. You can credit some of that to Gailey and Giff Smith’s recruiting, but also to Johnson for teaching them how to perform at their best.

Each opponent, MSU included, should be taken seriously, and will be, with Johnson at the helm. There’s no overlooking MSU. Last week’s game was the first game we’d played on any decent amount of rest. Look for more of the same this Saturday.

What’s the Good Word?

Techfan78

September 30th, 2009
12:01 am

Gee Tee, you make a great point there. However, I truly believe this is a totally different Tech team than what we have had in the past. If Chan Gailey was still coach I would say “yeah this is a loss” but I think Paul Johnson is much better at getting teams mentally prepared to play teams. At this point, I think that Miami taught us a very valuable lesson and I think that we are starting to realize the potential that we have. This could become a very special season as long as we approach every game as a do or die situation. We have a very small, if any margin for error and I think that Tech always plays better when backed into a corner. Again, very good points and Im not saying that this is a definite win for Tech but I really think we will be mentally and physically up to the challenge. GO JACKETS!!!

Techfan78

September 30th, 2009
12:11 am

Aha, good point. Not taking anything away from Miami, they kicked our a$$, but if we had of played a normal schedule to start the season rather than 3 games in 13 days it would have been a different game. Im not saying we would have won but it would not have been a beat down like it was. Miami is very fast and athletic but we proved last year that didnt matter. One game at a time. The jackets will be fine. It doesnt matter how many people claim they have figured out our “high school” offense, the defense still has to execute to stop it. We “figured out” UNC’s “pro style” offense this past week, but do you hear anybody saying Butch Davis should switch to a spread offense or some type of gimmick offense? Dont think so, let all the haters say what they want to, we have an excellent coach, excellent system, and very good group of players. With those things in place the future is looking very bright in Atlanta. Go Jackets!!

Midnight Rambler

September 30th, 2009
1:19 am

I concur, Techfan78. Now all we need is to replace all the ACC refs with ….anybody else.

Cuttysark

September 30th, 2009
1:55 am

The Yellow Jackets going on the road is not as concerning as it was under the prior coaching staff. Coach Paul Johnson is a great game coach, and the team is now back on a regular schedule after surviving the football triathlon in their first 3 games. Georgia Tech wins in a good contest against the SEC Western Division Bulldogs.

Go to http://isportsweb.com for more Georgia Tech articles and previews and reports of the games and team. Go Jackets!

Techfan78

September 30th, 2009
2:18 am

Midnight rambler, I agree the officials could use a major overhaul. It is so disappointing to watch your team play so hard just to keep continuously getting jerked around by officials. That situation at the end of the half most certainly cost us points. We could have easily won that game by 30 points. There is no excuse for the poor officiating. That call of a completion by UNC down the sideline in the first half where the ball obviously hit the ground was obsurd as well, thanks to replay we got that one back though. If memory serves me corectly we also got hurt by a bogus pass interference call late in the game, I believe on the drive that UNC scored on. Something needs to be done, I have seen better officiating in the recreation leagues.

TechDan

September 30th, 2009
7:16 am

Gee Tee, Miss State is NOT coming off a high from beating LSU. If anything, getting to the one yard line and being unable to punch it in for the win is more debilitating than it it is encouraging. That said, this is still an extremely dangerous game, and we could easily lose it if we revert back to the team that played Miami, or even Clemson.

TechDan

September 30th, 2009
7:35 am

Heh
*almost beating LSU

Jim

September 30th, 2009
7:59 am

Ok,, So you beat Carolina? An ACC brother, Dudes you are playing an SEC team, Not the same SEC Team coached by Sylvester Croom, This team is a more motivated team and is hungry now. Trap game maybe, Because MSU wants to trap some of the OOC teams before they face the giants in Florida, Alabama and the likes, Look for an inspired team ready for the kill.. Dawgs by 10

Paddy

September 30th, 2009
8:10 am

GeeTee…it is anything but a high for Miss St. If you read the coaches comments, he took nothing from that game vs LSU. No moral victory, disgusting defeat. Players were in the dumper. Don’t see alot of positives out of that lose.

tommy

September 30th, 2009
8:11 am

Good points, but them stopping LSU and being able to stop the run has nothing to do with us. Miami could was good against the run last year. Techs run is totally different from other teams. LSU last year and Miami this year dominated a sleeping team. If we come out and execute and with some intensity on offense and defense we will take care of business. The problem will be us not them. If there is a problem. The viewing of this game is what sucks. I don’t have comcast and I shouldn’t have to pay extra or watch on my computer to see two local teams.

Sunshine

September 30th, 2009
8:15 am

Hmmm, Jim one day MSU is a floormat SEC team, the next they are a Powerhouse? You SEC folks are funny. I know exactly what you are going to say if we beat them, which is “You only beat one of our floormat SEC teams….ect, ect.”

Ezekiel

September 30th, 2009
8:25 am

The Mississippi State game is very similar to Miami in that Tech will be playing a team on the road that it whipped last year coming off an emotional ACC home game. Has Tech learned from the Miami game and will there be the intensity and desire needed to win? If this team played with intensity and desire they will win this game. Discuss Georgia Tech football at: http://www.bbuzzoff.com

Ed-Covington

September 30th, 2009
8:50 am

Wasn’t Miss St. supposed to have a strong rush defense last year? Didn’t they hold Auburn to like 50 yards rushing in a 3-2 game? Then this year the WarEagles run up nearly 600? I look for Tech to win big.
Of course, this is CFB. Who saw FSU losing to SF? So by doing some extrapolation, South Florida beats Okla. by 30?

BUZZ SAW

September 30th, 2009
8:55 am

GT runs into a buzzsaw at night in Starkville. This is a no win situation for Tech. If you win, so what. They are the second worst team in the SEC. If you lose you lose to the second worst team in the SEC and the SEC vs ACC divide justs gets bigger and bigger and this blog will light up with delighted DAWG fans.

Tech82

September 30th, 2009
8:57 am

The MSU game is NOT similar to the Miami game for one major reason – TALENT. Miami has it and MSU does not. Yes, there are a handful of good athletes on the MSU team but they lack depth across the board. Tech wins.

GO JACKETS! THWG!

collegeballfan

September 30th, 2009
9:02 am

You might want to keep your money in your pockets this week.

DawginLex

September 30th, 2009
9:13 am

GT 49
MSU 18

UGA 38
LSU 35

Trade School Junkie

September 30th, 2009
9:18 am

A little perspective here.

Ole Miss was ranked #4 in AP, before an UNRANKED USC team beat them. Ole Miss dropped AAAAALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL the way down to #21 in AP.
The “generic” conclusion that can be drawn is Ole Miss was WAAAAAAAYYYYYYYY over-rated. Only Houstin Nutt himself is even MORE over-rated.

The ONE TEAM in the “CURRENT” AP Top 10 looking the DECIDEDLY MOST over-rated has to be #4 ranked LSU. By NO MEANS is this the LSU of 2003-2008. All of Saban’s recruits are gone from LSU now, and it is showing. At this point, I actually expect u-gag to beat LSU on Saturday. Then, you’re REALLY gonna see the heat turned up on Les Miles.

As ESPN noted in the LSU-MissSt game recap, LSU had 30 yds rushing on 31 carries, against the “88th-best” rush defense. Seriously, how can this LSU team be a “Top 4″ team? Not trying to slight MissSt, but we’re not talking 30 yds rushing agaisnt Bama here. Auburn put 390 yds rushing on MissSt. So, the LSU-MissSt game looks more like an indictment of ust how bad LSU is, rather than how great MissSt is.

So, be forewarned, when u-gag beats LSU, all the mutt fans will be in here crowing…”we beat the #4 team. We’re awesome. woo-hoo”…it will all be BS. How far down do you think LSU will fall? down to #15, #20 ?? Like I said, LSU is WAAAAYYYYY over-rated. If LSU actually beats u-gag, its gonna mean the mutts are WAAAAAAAAAAAYYYYYYYYYYYY over-rated.

CPJ and Urban Meyer and Mullen are all actually good friends. It is well-known that CPJ, Meyers, and Mullen have had many discussions about CPJ’s offense in the recent past. So, while I think Mullen will have a good game plan for GT, I dont think his defense will be able to execute well. Looking the other way, Mullen was the OC at Florida and knows how to run a good spread-offense and has proven he can score points.

Overalll, I think Mullen would want to use the passing game in the first half, and the run game in the second half. GT still has question marks in the pass D. While MissSt may score more points than UNC, UNC has a MUCH BETTER Defense, as does Clemson and Miami.

Overall, I still see GT with a comfortable win here, maybe 36-23.

JM

September 30th, 2009
9:26 am

I am not convinced GT’s youth and depth issues on the d-line have been solved. If the offense keeps the defense off the field like last week it will certainly help. But if Nesbitt and the gang have a few 3 & outs strung together the depth will hurt the defense.

GTRich

September 30th, 2009
9:26 am

The loss to Miami was a blessing in disguise If I may say so. Tech was settling into
a mindset that a less than 100% effort was enough to win. Well that game certainly woke everyone up including us the fans. Tech needs to bring its “A” each and every week.If they do so It will win and win handily like they will this Saturday in Starksville. And we have to stop complaining about the referees, these calls will even out over the course of the year. Remember the call against Clemson which gave us the win, for example. I believe that from here in, Tech will be ready for each and every game, I’d like to see us ending up at 11-1 make that 12-1 including a BCS bowl win.

GTinJC

September 30th, 2009
9:47 am

Doug, I know that you can count. Go back to your calendar – 3 games in 12 days, not 13.

CapTB

September 30th, 2009
10:04 am

Enter your comments here
When you look at replays of Tech games notice how poorly our gaurds block, and how often their man is involved in the tackle. If we could get better blocking inside our option game would be unstoppable. If our blocking doesn’t inprove not only will we struggle to win, but Nesbitt will eventually go down with an injury and we will be in a world of hurt.

johnny weissmuller

September 30th, 2009
10:13 am

GT will win – LSU is extremely overrated

1 loss #18 UGA being favored at home against a undefeated #4 LSU (who has played 2 SEC games) is proof of this fact

Obama

September 30th, 2009
10:30 am

Another cupcake team for GT to beat and feel better about themselves. Wait to the big boys show up, Remember Miami ???

LOL THWGT

m

September 30th, 2009
10:31 am

The sec sucks this year. Yes they sucked last year too but this year they really suck.

You will see how weak lswho really is when you compare their almost loss last week at miss st with the stomping that tech is going to do to miss st this week.

Always fun to stomp the dawgs…any dawgs.

johnny weissmuller

September 30th, 2009
10:33 am

Obama – Kind of like Ari State?

Remember Okie State?

You’ll have 3 losses by the time God’s second son (UGA knows him as Mr. Tebow) annihilates and humiliates you again

reebok

September 30th, 2009
10:36 am

If Tech wins, the SEC loyalists will say it’s because Missy State sucks. If Tech loses, the SEC loyalists will say that this is proof that the ACC sucks. And if Tech won every game left on their schedule and went 3-0 against the SEC, the SEC loyalists would blame the officiating.

There’s remarkably little intelligent discourse here.

By the way, IMHO there is no such thing as a ‘Trap Game’ against an SEC team on the road. Everybody in the SEC can play.

macrotech

September 30th, 2009
10:39 am

Tech is not in a position to take ANY team lightly. We’re going into a hostile environment and I hope that we have our act together. Should be a good game! If this season has taught us anything; ANYTHING is possible! Tech holds onto the ball…we SHOULD be okay…if not, UH OH! GO TECH!!!

superDawg, we KNOW….you think the OTHER team will win. Of course, you’ll be spelling TEK incorrectly. Truly, hurts our hearts.

DawgGoneTruth

September 30th, 2009
10:47 am

“m”….unless your 70 years old or so, how would you know how it feels to stomp the Dawgs? The real Dawgs that is. You call last season’s come from behind win against an injury riddled team to win by 3 a “stomping”? Now on the other hand, I can tell you how it feels to squash Wreck. 51-7…now that’s a stomping. Anyway, as far as this week….the Jackets should do well I think against Miss St. but I doubt they win. They will be looking ahead to the squashing they are going to get at Va Tech, who by my calculations is a good 70 or 80 points better than Yech. If you consider that Miami routed GT and VT made Miami look like the Mary Mother of Grace all Girl’s Catholic School.

Miss St. 34 GT 27

VT 55 GT 3, Saint Simons hangs himself and the seat starts glowing a bright hot red for PJ.

Baba O'Riley

September 30th, 2009
10:54 am

I look for both in-state schools to win this week. Much like Ole Miss and Cal, I think LSU is greatly overrated. Yet ANOTHER example of why rankings are USELESS this early in the season.

Baba O'Riley

September 30th, 2009
10:55 am

DawgGoneTruth- By your “calculations”…how much better is Houston than UGA?

JacketFan

September 30th, 2009
10:56 am

Here’s a scoop that might just change the face of this game and the season … ESPN’s Heather Dinch just reported on her ACC Blog that Jaybo Shaw has been cleared for Saturday’s game against Miss. State. This could be the missing piece we have been looking for to complete the Jacket’s puzzling offense. Welcome back, Jaybo!

Go Jackets!

To Hell With Georgia!

superDawg

September 30th, 2009
11:09 am

TEK,TEK,TEK,HCET.

DawgGoneTruth

September 30th, 2009
11:23 am

To tell you the dog gone truth – I am a moron and Uga sucks and Tech is much better and will stomp us this year.

GT Parent

September 30th, 2009
11:25 am

I hope the coaches are doing the same “back to basics” review this week that they did last week, it worked well.

Okeefe/Bob

September 30th, 2009
11:32 am

Careful with all those wonderful predictions.I beleive everyone thought we would run all over Miami and look what happened.MSU should have beaten LSU.The coaches made a major error at the end of that game(the QB also screwed up).MSU is a solid team,plus they are not saddled with Sylvestor Croome this year.I think Tech wins but real close.

Loyal GT Fan

September 30th, 2009
11:35 am

I think Tech wins for sure. Close or a blow out and I’m happy. We just need Ws

Hedgepruner

September 30th, 2009
11:35 am

what could be SWEETER than a win against another mutt (bulldawg) SEC homer, lets see “if” we beat Miss St then that would be our fourth win in a row against SEC teams in the last 2 years under CPJ, the take care of the other flea bag team and go 5-0 ….THWG

Loyal GT Fan

September 30th, 2009
11:39 am

Hedge – did you forget about LSU?

Wow...

September 30th, 2009
12:24 pm

…some of you bloggers need to get a life – “when you go back and look at the game film and see how poorly our guards blocked…” what a pathetic loser! Why would anyone who is not a coach even care about looking at a replay of any game! And I read this type of comment not just on this blog but on other teams as well.

C’mon, being a fan does not require that your life revolve around what a bunch of 18-22 year olds do 12-14 Saturdays in a year and YOU have to go back and dissect it like it really matters in the scheme of your life!

blazer

September 30th, 2009
12:28 pm

Enter

your comments here

TAKE ALL THE GAME SERIOUS-GOT TO SCORE IN THE HIGH 2O’S OR THIRTIES!!

RANKINGS SHOULD NOT COME OUT UNTIL MID-OCT.

Hey, GTinJC...

September 30th, 2009
12:28 pm

YOU are the one who cannot count, or read and comprehend – Saturday, Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday = 13!

Darindawg

September 30th, 2009
12:43 pm

Not a flame….honest opinion from a Dawg fan.

I think Tech beats Miss St. I just don’t think Miss St. has the defense to defend against the TOA. I think they have improved, so I don’t think it will be the blowout it was last season…GT 34 MSU 21
Now against VT in a couple weeks…..different story. They looked SCARY good against Miami.

UGA will beat LSU….Not convinced they are any better than when we hung 50 on them last season. Of course we don’t have Moreno to run over them like last year so….UGA 27 LSU 20

Miami stuns OK…..45-24

Boston College ends the Bowden era….17-10

Auburn takes down UT….38-20

Baba O'Riley

September 30th, 2009
12:46 pm

Wow… I somewhat agree with that “film” statement. Fans don’t watch “game films”, coaches do.

Born2Buzz

September 30th, 2009
12:54 pm

The gamblers know best. GT picked to win by 4-1/2 to 6 points. Take the points. Jackets cover easy.