A few odd stats about the foe

FSU is averaging more than 100 rushing yards a game this season.
However, more than 300 of their season’s total came in one game against BYU.
To show how inept the running game has been in the other four games, the Seminoles are averaging a little less than 70 yards a game on the ground.
More than half their sacks came in one game, Jacksonville State.
It is a team that can neither run, nor can it defend the pass.
Do either of those play to Tech’s strengths?
That’s a tough question. Tech doesn’t pass just to pass. It pass for big plays. Therefore, the other team’s pass defense, no matter how good or bad, sometimes doesn’t matter.
And the Seminoles’ inability to run may not matter because FSU loves to pass. As you know, Tech has had issues getting to the quarterback the past few games. When quarterbacks have had time they have done well against the Jackets. It’s only fair to say that would be true for most teams.
Some are saying this is a trap game for Tech, as odd as that sounds.
It seems like it will be a high-scoring affair.
I can’t decide yet how I think the game is going to go.
Every time I think I’ve got a peg on the team, something changes my mind.
I thought the defense had things figured out after the UNC game. And then UNC laid another egg the next week and MSU put up more than 400 yards.
Tech’s special teams start out the season like gangbusters, and now they suddenly don’t look so strong.
The offense seems to have put it together. We’ll see if that trend stays true.
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Steven Sylvester is working out with the first team linebackers.

64 comments Add your comment

macrotech

October 6th, 2009
10:19 pm

Our history with them ALWAYS makes me a little leary of them….if we don’t give up the ball too often, we SHOULD beat them down! If we don’t, history MAY repeat itself! GO TECH!!!

Gee Tee

October 6th, 2009
10:50 pm

This is a trap game.
1.With Bowden catching major heat, FSU will rally around their coach
2. FSU hasn’t lost 3 in a row in many many many years
3. FSU at FSU is always tough unless you sneak up on them and we won’t
4. Our pass defense is that bad and FSU is very quick on the corners

But I’ll be rooting for White and Gold and hope our offense can overcome and we’ll outscore them in a high scoring affair.

Ga Tech Old Timer

October 6th, 2009
10:55 pm

Well, here we are again looking at a team in turmoil like the Clemson team of last year with the “other” Bowden. Holy cow, can’t we have one game against that duo that doesn’t involve their team getting all hyped up to stand behind their coach and prove all the nay-sayers wrong. We have enough trouble as it is under “normal” circumstances from week to week facing teams who get psych’d each week and are out to prove that our “high school” offense is bogus – not to mention the boys east of Atlanta who love to cash in when our youngsters don’t play up to par from time to time. Well, we’ll have to suck it up and put on a great performance on both sides of the ball Saturday night to finally put one in the won column in Tallahassee. It might serve our guys well to remember that last years game was on the line at the one yard line and they wanted it more than them. Here we are again – and we need to do two things: 1) want it more than them and 2) remember a few short weeks back to the Miami game and try to show the nation we really are better than what we showed that night – that we’re building on something good and will represent the institution accordingly.

45ACP

October 6th, 2009
10:56 pm

With all the crap going on at FSU with Bobby Bowden it would not surprise me if Tech wins by 21.

misterwax

October 6th, 2009
11:36 pm

as in most of these games…..we need a real advantage on turnovers that develop into touchdowns….and the sooner the better…..both teams can score when pressed…need to keep there offense off the field….simple as that.

misterwax

October 6th, 2009
11:37 pm

sorry…should be “Their offense” not there…..

bugsquacher

October 6th, 2009
11:38 pm

Oh yeah! The big dawg’s going to eat this year! The day and time draws near……

toh3llwithweorgia

October 6th, 2009
11:45 pm

I can’t decide if this whole Bobby Bowden thing is a distraction or motivation. I know we have the better team, I think we have the better coaching staff, but one of two things will happen…

1. The FSU players/fans will be really fired up about this whole Bobby Bowden thing and want to go win one for him and Tech will struggle.

2. The FSU players will be all distracted and not focus all week in practice, and Tech will just take care of business

Let’s hope it’s #2

Toe Meets Leather

October 7th, 2009
12:03 am

True, the ‘Noles will be fired up for this game…just like Clemons was last year with a fire-breathing, rally-’round-the-flag new coach last year when we took them out (on the road, mind you). Now, Florida State is better than Clemons at that time last year (are they?). But emotion on their part would favor us, as an emotionally-juiced defense will attempt to fly all over the place, trying to make a big play – and thus leaving their assignments/keys. A suddenly more confident Josh Nesbitt will be eager to tear them apart with his arm (Florida State can’t defend the pass) when need be. And don’t forget that Dwyer probably still has a big chip on his shoulder over his perception so far this year.

Tech fans – stop fretting. We can go down there and win and I think we will. Just like we did against then-#1 Virginia in 1990. That game makes its first ever appearance in sports art on the StinGTees t-shirt “Toe Meets Leather”, NOW AVAILABLE at http://www.stinGTees.com! ‘Get Your GT’ there today/tonight!

Midnight Rambler

October 7th, 2009
1:22 am

Last year’s win finally got the monkey off our back. I hereby proclaim that the FSU jinx has been officially broken. FSU looked good against BYU and at time against Miami, but so has Tech – except for the Canes. Prediction: The jackets will be up for this big game and will win by 10.

stinger

October 7th, 2009
1:59 am

i love macrotech he’s got a preety mouth and can recite poetry with his you no what.and a hellava gueer.

Falcon60

October 7th, 2009
5:41 am

Hey bugsquacher, learn to spell or stay on your stupid DAWG BLAWG…..moron.

CW

October 7th, 2009
6:35 am

The whole rally round the coach thing is being over-hyped. I’m much more concerned about our defense than I am with what is going on with Bowden. Our pass rush has consisted almost entirely of D. Morgan and if he gets gassed, then we have no pass rush. Our secondary has really looked bad at times this year also. If they play well this week, Tech will win. If they play like last week, the Jackets could lose badly.

I have faith that Coach Johnson is going to have our defense playing better than last week, but it will continue to be important for the offense to hold the ball, chew up the clock and keep Ponder and their receivers off the field. Our defense has got to step up and either force turnovers or punts.

GTMan

October 7th, 2009
6:39 am

This game have me worried… FSU can use this distraction as a rally against us. I hope CPJ have his boys Focus…. defense need to come up big on this game.

GT4Ever

October 7th, 2009
6:43 am

Rallying around Bowden will only take them so far in the game. At some point the emmotions will subside and excution takes over. Right now, I don’t think FSU knows what kind of team they are. Gt finally looks like the offense is rolling again and I don’t think FSU can stop us. The only thing that worries me is our pass defense. Ponder is good and if his WR’s show up it might be interesting. Otherwise, GT should take care of business and win by two TDs. GO JACKETS!!!!!

GT4Ever

October 7th, 2009
6:48 am

CW…Our secondary looks bad because we can’t rush the passer. Any QB could look like a Heisman winner if he has all day to throw. In most cases this year the QB has. The one time we pressured the QB (UNC game) we shut down the passing game. Let’s hope we do show up against Ponder and the FSU passing game.

tech on the Ga Coast

October 7th, 2009
7:53 am

stay the course….be determined !

reebok

October 7th, 2009
8:32 am

Unless Tech takes FSU too lightly and isn’t mentally prepared, they will cruise. Defending the option is a matter of playing perfect assignment football, and FSU isn’t focused enough to do so. GO JACKETS!

Stinger

October 7th, 2009
8:50 am

Sorry, the real Stinger post with a Capital S you numnut dawg moran.

Tech82

October 7th, 2009
9:04 am

I agree that we may have the better team. What worries me is our total lack of a pass rush. If Ponder has all night to throw, this game is going to look a LOT like the Miami game.

Cuttysark

October 7th, 2009
9:04 am

FSU is in turmoil both on and off the field. The rally around the coach idea is always a theme, but from their performance thus far this season, they have not gotten the job done. This is a group of great athletes who have not lived up to their expectations, and have not performed as a team on the football field. Now they will be playing against a TEAM. FSU is tough at home, but Tech wins.

Go to http://isportsweb.com for more football related articles on Georgia Tech.

macrotech

October 7th, 2009
9:06 am

thats MORON stinger you did not attend tech or you would have known that.

Nate

October 7th, 2009
9:31 am

First of all, this is not and I repeat is not a trap game. Paul Johnson will have the troops fired up to play. Tech knows of all the turmoil going on over the FSU program, crap you can’t even turn on ESPN without noticing. So yes, the players could rally behind him, but I somehow doubt that will be the case. Will FSU play well, yes, but I think Tech gets the job done and moves on to a HUGE match up with Virginia Tech the next week. We will need the fans to be at Grant Field. I looked up who else is playing next weekend, and aside from the Red River Rivalry at 12 their isn’t any huge late games that evening which means that we might stand a chance to get College Gameday here at GT!! We’ll see.

Go Jackets!

johnny weissmuller

October 7th, 2009
9:40 am

All of the cowardly GT fans calling this a ‘Trap Game’, I’ve got a question for you? Where the heck have you been? Have you not watched ESPN? Have you not listened to 790thezone or 680thefan and actually heard what MOST FSU alums and boosters are saying??

I wouldn’t be surprised if FSU fans actually CHEER when GT scores!
They want Bobby gone and Bobby won’t leave if he can somehow turn this season into a 9-4 (that includes a bowl win)

Tampa Wreck

October 7th, 2009
9:42 am

We need to stop worrying about the turmoil in Tallahassee and how FSU’s players will rally around the old coach, and focus on our own issues. Plain and simple, our Defense stinks. We can’t stop the pass or the run (although few teams even bother trying to run as the passing is just too easy). We had one reasonably good game on D against what has now been shown to be a putrid NC offense. That proved nothing, as was evidenced last week when MSU went the whole game without the need of a punt.

FSU will score a lot of points. We better go out with the mentality of controlling the clock and scoring a lot of points ourselves if we want to win. We need to hold on to the ball and take advantage when the noles make mistakes on offense, which they likely will. Good news is I think our offense is improving, and we seem to be much better on the turnover side this year.

Go Jackets and THWG!

johnny weissmuller

October 7th, 2009
9:51 am

Good point Tampa, but I ASSURE you, CPJ is not allowing our boys to worry about that. I heard him yesterday say that they are prepping for FSU’s best shot (i.e., the FSU v BYU version of FSU). Our issues on defense will not be as bad as against MSU, but there is no way that GT comes out looking for an easy win or gets caught looking forward to VT

I just had to address the COWARDLY GT fans that would rather doubt and question our team by labeling this a ‘trap game’ versus looking at the stats and our coach and having faith in his ability to have our boys ready to play

Kay

October 7th, 2009
10:07 am

Do they teach English and/or spelling at Tech????

GT fan in MS

October 7th, 2009
10:09 am

A good number of the commentors on this thread are, in my opinion, taking FSU way too lightly. FSU has the #1 passing attack in the ACC. Jacory Harris and Miami carved up our secondary all night last month. What makes our fans think that FSU and their #1 passing attack won’t do the same? Last year in Atlanta, GT got good pressure on Ponder when we had a great D-line. This year those guys are gone and we aren’t getting much pressure on the opposing QBs. I hope our team is taking the Seminoles seriously or we’re going to get beat bad on Sat night.

Kay = Idiot

October 7th, 2009
10:28 am

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GAY DAWG formerly known as Go Dawg

October 7th, 2009
10:45 am

I’m gay, I love men.

Denver Dawg

October 7th, 2009
10:54 am

I need a check up from the neck up. My throat is sore.

Denver Dawg

October 7th, 2009
10:55 am

I love Tech Men

Denver Dawg

October 7th, 2009
10:55 am

It’s worth the sore throat

Go Dawgs

October 7th, 2009
10:56 am

Denver Dawg, leave my men alone. I love the hunks from Tech.

macrotech

October 7th, 2009
10:57 am

Tis flattering, indeed, to have someone so envious as to mimic one’s ways. At least with my name, you got it right! Perhaps, the saddest thing in life is not the loss of it, but the lack of ever having had one in the first place…. At least enjoy a moment of originality. You MIGHT like it! ;o)

Stinger

October 7th, 2009
10:57 am

You two are repulsive !!

GT45

October 7th, 2009
10:59 am

I think they run a predominately pro style O, which I think we can handle. We need to put a hand on the throat early, and don’t let go! Go Jackets-

Stinger

October 7th, 2009
11:00 am

If you two idiots from UGAY can’t talk football, get off this blog. I know it’s hard to talk football when your team is horrible.

VegasGT

October 7th, 2009
11:24 am

I wouldn’t call this a “trap” game. Any time we play FSU, it is a big game. This game has me worried and perplexed. I truly believe it could be a lopsided game, one way or the other, or it could be a very high-scoring close game. I will say that the one thing I do not see is a low scoring close game.

The defense must play better in all aspects. The offense needs to play possession. The longer we keep their defense on the field, the better. I would love to see a 15-20 minute time of possession advantage.

This game is really no different than any other games. It’s the only game in this one-week season. FOCUS and EXECUTION.

Let’s just hope that all this stuff going on at FSU will allow their focus to be a little off.

moron

October 7th, 2009
11:28 am

moran is what you do when confronted by a genious.

Hedgepruner

October 7th, 2009
11:43 am

CPJ addressed our defensive meltdown shortly after the Miss St win , we have a coach (FINALLY) that can actually analyze a game and make the proper adjustment’s as seen in the Tar heel win, Nesbitt will have to make great reads and continue to hook up with Bay Bay to keep the noles offense off the field, the other factor that is my greatest concern is special teams play. In a close game we lose simply because we cant take advantage of field position and gimmie FG’s…our coach needs to address this issue next year so we can make a run for the BCS title…THWG

ATL BUZZ

October 7th, 2009
12:07 pm

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RAMBLE ON!!!

October 7th, 2009
12:12 pm

I just want a win, don’t care if it’s 45-42, 20-13, or 49-10, just a win.

johnny weissmuller

October 7th, 2009
12:17 pm

If you don’t think there are some serious distractions going on in Tallahassee which are keeping the Noles from prepping for our offense then you’re not paying attention…..

I am a GT fan, but it is sad to see how dejected Bobby looks in this clip

http://espn.go.com/video/clip?id=4535159

GA Tech Insider

October 7th, 2009
12:19 pm

I think it’s high time the Jackets start to play an aggressive defense rather sitting back and playing prevent. It doesn’t matter that we have young guys back there; in fact, that’s probably a better reason why we need to get more aggressive defensively up front, especially with FSU’s short passing game.

Crowd the receivers at the line of scrimmage to knock them off of their timing routes and roll the safeties to protect against the long passes. It’s high time to stop mollycoddling get after them. Blitz both for runs and passes, but make sure you keep Ponder hemmed in so that he can’t break containment to extend the play or scramble for a first down. In other words; maintain your lanes.

Especially early in the game, watch for screen passes and reverses as FSU will know Tech will be anxious to get after Ponder. This will probably continue, but watch for it early…Our LB’s and DE’s need to stay alert.

Because MSU was able to successfully run the ball against the Jackets, I wouldn’t be surprised to see FSU try to test us as well; at least to set up their passing game. The middle of our d-line better be stout, especially since FSU’s o-line doesn’t have us outweighed by much.

Personally, I’m hoping that T.J. Barnes can get into the lineup and and stay there as I think he could be the difference maker Saturday. His wide body could not only help clog the middle against some runs up the middle, but his height would make things very difficult for Ponder to throw over when he goes back to pass even if T.J. doesn’t make a tackle. As long as T.J. makes a push up the middle (doesn’t get knocked down), he could seriously disrupt FSU’s passing game. All T.J. will have to do is hold his own on running plays and stand up linemen and get some push on passing plays. If he can do these two things, the Jackets will be golden.

collegeballfan

October 7th, 2009
12:19 pm

If Tech does not score at least 35 points they lose.

Doug Roberson

October 7th, 2009
12:21 pm

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There’s not much there now, but I hope, with your help, to make it better.

blazer

October 7th, 2009
12:27 pm

Enter your comments here did they tackle charles scott yet?

GOT TO GET THE PASS RUSH ON PONDER!!! MISS REESE AND COOPER TAYLOR.

Stinger

October 7th, 2009
12:49 pm

Blazer, Did they tackle Charles Scott yet? Hell they haven’t tackled Roddy Jones yet, much less Scott. The only running back that defense can tackle is Caleb King, Richard Samuel, and Washun Ealey; and a poor high school defense could tackle them. I saw somone post last week that they thought Caleb King would have a breakout game against LSU. I believe he had 7 carries for 8 yds.

superDawg

October 7th, 2009
12:55 pm

Stinger is a moron.how is that for spelling macro.and ramble 31-3 is more like it.How about 51-7.FSU of course,thats for you macro.