The remaining games

First, I think Georgia Tech is still on that never-ending drive that started against Virginia on Saturday. Last I heard they were at the Eastern Shore. A little tired, but still moving the ball.

I wrote yesterday, and have thought (as I’m sure y’all have, as well) that Tech is pretty close to being guaranteed a spot in the ACC championship game now that Miami lost again.
Switching to my Al Groh manner of speaking: to quote someone who works at a multi-faceted, multi-platformed sports and entertainment network, that circumstance may not be necessarily true.
Yes, the Jackets need to beat Wake Forest and Duke, which wouldn’t seem to be that difficult a thing to do considering past history and recent results.
But, the Deacons and the Devils have something in common that has given the Jackets some issues this season.
You know what I’m talking about.
Good quarterbacks.
Duke’s Thaddeus Lewis and Wake’s Riley Skinner are arguably two of the top four passing QBs in the ACC, behind Ponder and Harris. (Kyle Parker must be thrown in there too, at least on plays where he gets to throw right down the middle of the field as he got to do in the win against the ‘Canes.)
And, as Tech’s players and fans know: Harris, Ponder and Parker gave Tech’s defense fits to the tune of 890 yards passing.
Lewis has already passed for 1,972 yards this season. It’s like Spurrier’s back in Durham.
Skinner has 1,949.
So, while Tech’s offense has been doing its thing, keep in mind that there are still two really good quarterbacks left to deal with.
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Tech is at No. 11 in the BCS poll, but be prepared to watch them slide in the next few weeks. The ACC’s back-end schedule isn’t the best, and even though the Jackets may keep winning, the computers will penalize them for the strength of the competition. Cincinnati and Boise State saw it happen this week.

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You may not have been in your chair yet, but Tyler Melton caught a pass on Tech’s first snap. It was his first catch this season. Johnson said he wanted to get him the ball because he’s been blocking a lot. I guess it was a reward, so to speak.

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132 comments Add your comment

MagnaCarterGT

October 25th, 2009
8:29 pm

We just have to keep winning, and keep winning convincingly. You can only do so much to impress the coaches (and even less to impress the BCS computers).

Getting to the ACC CG shouldn’t be hard, but we can’t fall into a trap against Wake or Duke. Gotta take care of business.

(First?)

NYJacket

October 25th, 2009
8:32 pm

If we keep winning we will move up. Some of the guys ahead of us have not played the toughest opponents on their schedules.

Of course, Bose and TCU should win out. So, how is the strength of schedule for those two teams?

FSU absolutely killed BYU so why is a win over them a big deal?

Polls suck. The only way to prove who is best is on the field.

Not Disappointed

October 25th, 2009
8:33 pm

Third isn’t bad after watching the Falcons! Oy!

Ramblin Wreck!

JACKETfan12

October 25th, 2009
8:35 pm

Our remaining games are definately not cream puffs… I honestly think we will handle vanderbilt, but we absolutely cannot come out flat against wake or duke. UGA im not really worried about us coming out flat, but I would sure hate for us to be watching another team play in the ACCCG because we lost to duke or wake.

Stumpknocker

October 25th, 2009
8:36 pm

Like I’ve said before, full steam ahead with the “O” and don’t look back. Encourage the”D” to go out there and have fun. After all it’s just a game . Lets take em one at a time.

Dean George Griffin

October 25th, 2009
8:40 pm

So which one is our obligatory “trap game”? VANDY spooks us on Hallowe’en night? (Paul Johnson says nighttime “away” games are “brutal,” and this one is in hostile Nashville)

Or will Wake Forest’s Riley Skinner pass us dizzy, even on Grant Field?

Maybe Thaddeus Lewis of Duke will do it to us in Durham.

Georgia will fight like crazy against us, as usual, and that little rascal Cox may have a big day.

What do you think, Doug? Which of the four remaining are we going to lose to?

macrotech

October 25th, 2009
8:41 pm

Can’t get too worried about the polls…they’re going to do what they’re going to do and all we can do is win BIG for the rest of the season. Tech seems to be on track to do something great this year! Our chances of playing in the ‘BIG’ game, barring any crazy breakdown of too many teams to mention, were slim and none from the beginning of the season. Maybe, next season will see some respect from the polsters, but this is the year we get them to look our way! Let’s win out the season , add an ACCC trophy to our resume and blow out whomever we play in whatever bowl. THAT would make for a special season!

P.S. I’d bet anything that none of the top teams would want to play GT in a playoff system (Of course, this is MOST speculative)

Al

October 25th, 2009
8:45 pm

I wonder who we would play if we win out and win the acc champ game. Looks like penn st. But if they lose then who? Another acc team could qualify for the at large. Then maybe cincy or the big east winner.

Al

October 25th, 2009
8:46 pm

We are favored by 14 over vandy. Interesting since they nearly beat SC at SC. Fla is favored by 16 over uga.

gt_blume

October 25th, 2009
8:52 pm

I am much less worried then in past seasons about us letting up against weaker teams. CPJ will keep us focused for the remainder of the schedule. No losing our way into the ACCCG like we did with Chan and Reggie.

You are going to hear this a lot in the coming weeks, so I’ll say it now first…Clemson will have a huge advantage because they have played our offense already this season. They may have even figured the option out. Smart money will take the Tigers and the 5 points.

juvenal

October 25th, 2009
8:53 pm

vandy is the only game that matters-they called Bobby Ross’ book “focused on the top”‘ CPJ is focused on right now…

Al

October 25th, 2009
8:53 pm

Iowa is going to lose somewhere. Oregon and usc play each other this week. We will pass boise and tcu if we win out including the acc champ game. We need bama and fla to lose also. texas doesn’t look like they will lose. Even with all that the idiot pollsters will still vote a one loss fla bama usc over gt. This is why a playoff is needed. The way this sport crowns it’s champion is a joke. GT is playing better than anyone right now. Maybe texas is playing slightly better. Yet we aren’t even top 10. It’s a joke. Get a 16 or even 8 team playoff and the joke that is the bcs would be gone. Even a plus one would be okay but there would still be teams that are not historically powers that would get screwed.

Cuttysark

October 25th, 2009
8:54 pm

Now that the ACC has turned in our favor given that we control our own destiny, all of the media will be saying that every game we play from here on out is another “trap” game, since their prior predictions all fell way short of the mark.

Go to http://isportsweb.com for more Georgia Tech football articles and a review of the big win at Charlottesville. Go Jackets!

Dean Dull

October 25th, 2009
8:56 pm

I can answer that one, George. His doggies!

Al

October 25th, 2009
9:02 pm

college football live is a joke. it’s all about texas fla bama and usc. oh and sam bradford.

Al

October 25th, 2009
9:03 pm

and how about another pathetic call for fla. the officiating is a joke in that league. it’s all bama and fla. screw everyone else

Not Disappointed

October 25th, 2009
9:09 pm

Jacketfan12, haven’t had my hot cider for the nite, but you do give good food for thought. I was thinking something similiar last nite.

Has anyone noticed the Yellow Jackets has won every game they lost too last year? That being said, I do think Paul Johnson can keep them focused with one game at a time.

Going to Vandy this week.

Ramblin Wreck! :-)

OMG

October 25th, 2009
9:09 pm

OMG
I don’t get it, who have Boise State and TCU played? Why are they considered top ten teams? I looked at both of their schedules and absolutely laughed. It would be funny if it were not for the teams that are being denied a chance to play in the BCS cause of these clowns. I thought surely TCU would have a Texas on their schedule but of course not..and Boise State has noone either. What a blanking joke. The conferences they are in couldn’t beat Div IAA teams. I would have more respect for these two teams if they played an App St or SC State for that matter. It is cow manure to be polite….it is what it is and Cincinatti is not much better

Andrew Sherwin (The Dude)

October 25th, 2009
9:10 pm

Winning is the only thing that matters. Win ‘em all and let the BCS sort ‘em out. It doesn’t matter who shows who love in the media.

Pollack is a hack

October 25th, 2009
9:11 pm

It is a shame that your football team is having a great year and you want naturally to turn on 790thezone to hear the latest on the Jackets but then there is David Pollack the idiot running his mouth about a team he detest and knows nothing about. My God Steak Shapiro, why in the name of God would you hire him? Ought to be picking up trash on the side of the road M-F, guess they hire Clemson for those jobs.

Andrew Sherwin (The Dude)

October 25th, 2009
9:14 pm

OMG, not to start an argument with a fellow Yellow Jacket fan, but in case you haven’t been following the BCS the last ten years, it strongly rewards teams who don’t/haven’t lost. That’s just the way the formula works. You can’t always predict how some of the human polls will work out, but we’re probably right behind Florida, Alabama, and Texas if we don’t lose to Miami. I’m just saying.

Dean George Griffin

October 25th, 2009
9:15 pm

You are right, juvenal. Vandy is the game that matters. Focus on it. By the way, have the Commodores improved? How did they hold South Carolina to such a close score?

Sam

October 25th, 2009
9:17 pm

uh tcu beat 2 acc teams. I will give you boise but don’t knock a team when they beat the team that just beat miami at miami where you lost.

Delbert D.

October 25th, 2009
9:19 pm

AI – Iowa seems to be living on borrowed time. 2 last second blocked FGs against Northern Iowa, and now a last second TD pass to beat the Big Ten team who lost to Central Michigan of the MAC (a pretty edarned good team, though).

Focus had better be on the next game. I’m sure CPJ is. Should a win-out actually occur though, more prestige would be with a Big Ten opponent, since the media thinks that conference is as good as in the ’60s, ’70s, ’80s. They do travel well, though. I think the Big East is better right now.

Their should be some weighting factor to favor the recent games as the season progresses. Virginia’s D is a lot better than the first couple of games this season, for example. BC seems to be better recently, as well.

Al

October 25th, 2009
9:26 pm

Va beat Indiana 47-7. That’s who Iowa plays this week. What gives us no chance at getting to the NC game is the sec officials giving help to bama and fla each week. Iowa has no one left except at ohio st. Right now if we make it to the orange bowl, our liekly opponent is penn st. But psu has to play ohio st and at mich st. Once again no mention of tech or the acc on this espn college football live crap. Now they are talking about notre dame. Gaaaawd. They barely beat BC who’s the 6th best team in the acc.

Buzz29

October 25th, 2009
9:27 pm

Twenty fifth!

jabster

October 25th, 2009
9:29 pm

The game of the four that worries me the most? Duke @ Durham.

Delbert D.

October 25th, 2009
9:35 pm

TCU looked pretty darned good against BYU last night. Isn’t the BCS deal that only one non-BCS conference gets a bid? Boise State had good wins over Oregon and Tulsa, and has whacked everybody else. Nobody else left to play that is any good, and 4 of the 6 games are in Boise. TCU has Utah left on the schedule.

Al

October 25th, 2009
9:38 pm

Here’s what GT needs to get to the NC game. Yes it’s a long shot but still possible the way top teams are playing.
We obviously need to win out.
We need Ga to win out except obviously against us. That would give UF a loss. If ga doesn’t beat UF, a FSU win would do the trick. We need bama to lose also. They still have lsu @ miss st and @ auburn.
If one of those teams does win out, we have to have texas to lose to some crap big 12 team. A texas loss to ok st wouldn’t do it cause they are a good team. They would get the nod over us.
We need Iowa to lose. But if Iowa doesn’t lose, we could still pass them if psu loses again which would hurt their sos.
We need cincy to lose somewhere which is likely with WV and @ pitt left.
We need usc to lose again cause they will rank them ahead of us even though their loss was to a pathetic wash team who went 0-12 last year. We need oregon to lose. Oregon plays USC this week so one will lose. But we need both to lose imo.
We will leap over TCU and Boise by winning out. Their win over byu knocked buy out of the top 25 so their sos is eroding. Fsu beat byu so big deal.
If all this happens, and we win out, we can make it to Pasadena. Odds are not in our favor but it’s not out of the question.

TechMD

October 25th, 2009
9:39 pm

We just need to win our games and not worry about anybody but who we’re playing. The higher ranked, undefeated teams are walking around with targets on their chest. Some of them WILL get upset and help us out. We just need to make sure we don’t get upset and take care of business.

Gatech87

October 25th, 2009
9:39 pm

If we go 11-1, we wont be sliding anywhere but up…

Delbert D.

October 25th, 2009
9:40 pm

I might guess on Indiana against Iowa. The other losses were to Ohio State by 19, Michigan by 3, and Northwestern by 1. The blowout by Virginia helps my case against the “Big” Ten.

TechMD

October 25th, 2009
9:43 pm

Al, Clemson lost to Maryland which is their only conference win. Then they beat Miami. You never know where we may get help from.

Al

October 25th, 2009
9:43 pm

LSU is another team to look out for. If they do beat bama, then they go to the sec champ assuming they don’t lose another game. We might need them to lose to Ark after beating bama. What could bring an end to the bcs is having 5-6 1 loss teams like gt, fla, bama, usc texas.

Miami and VT winning out is a must too to help with our bcs points.

Al

October 25th, 2009
9:46 pm

techmd
Their last 2 games have shown they’ve turned a corner imo. It will be tough to beat them if we play them in the champ game.

Delbert D.

October 25th, 2009
9:47 pm

I think that UGA *could* beat UF if every little thing goes right, and AJ Green catches a bunch of passes. UF could beat Bama; UT missed twice due to Mount Cody. And that was with only a bit of offense. UT made McElroy look like Joe Cox on a bad day.

TechMD

October 25th, 2009
9:51 pm

I agree with that Al, Clemson will be very motivated if we play them again. I think we’ve improved too but it will be a tough game.

Delbert D.

October 25th, 2009
9:55 pm

6 one-loss teams, along with undefeated TCU and Boise State? What a riot! Prez Obama might have to compromise on health care issues, plus broker the Colorado River water rights issue, and promise full employment to the midwestern states to get the attention of all the big players in the FBS mess we are in now.

Delbert D.

October 25th, 2009
10:01 pm

Early in the season Tech had problems with big defensive lines, Clemson included. The OL is getting better angles or something, I guess, but as in the UVA and VT games, adjustments were required during the game.

Wake got a good look at the offense in the Navy game…

TechMD

October 25th, 2009
10:06 pm

Actually Delbert, Obama may do something about the BCS. He’s said many times that he beleives in a playoff system and now Hatch wants a justice department investigation.

http://sports.espn.go.com/ncf/news/story?id=4582814

Delbert D.

October 25th, 2009
10:13 pm

TechMD – I knew about Obama’s desire for a playoff, and here’s a good chance to work with the Republicans with Hatch’s letter. Mike Slive was dead set against a playoff, but he is no longer with us. Who knows what the politics will be with the new SEC commissioner.

I think the Big 10 would simply want their Rose Bowl and Southern Cal, even if they dropped down to Div. 1aa to do it. Well, almost serious on that…

Booger

October 25th, 2009
10:17 pm

more reason to play well and win the ACC championship outright for a BCS berth.

Four and Three

October 25th, 2009
10:17 pm

I am so depressed. Here we are at four-and-three, and looking Florida right in the face. I hardly ever wear my black UGA sweatshirt with the red letters on it, anymore. It’s kinda faded anyway. Can someone help me?

Glenn

October 25th, 2009
10:18 pm

If you like “dreaming,” then Texas has Oklahoma State, and they’re playing fairly well right now. Iowa still has to play at Ohio State. Alabama has LSU. Florida could have Alabama. Southern Cal and Oregon are playing. Southern Cal also has to play Arizona. Cincinnati plays at Pittsburgh. TCU has Utah (they barely lost to Oregon). Boise State has Nevada, whose just started playing better.

I guess what I’m saying is that GA Tech needs to worry about themselves. If they win out, then, who knows, anything is still possible. If they slip up just once, then stick a fork in any chances.

That’s why I think the team will be focusing on one game at a time.

45ACP

October 25th, 2009
10:22 pm

Great win Jackets. Now go get that ACC Crown!

Delbert D.

October 25th, 2009
10:24 pm

How about Duke as the ACC “trap” game: They pretty much stopped Maryland and NC State’s running game, and held VT to 150 yards, but in the past 3 games (MD, NCS and VT), they allowed 7.9, 9.2 and 14.9 yards per pass *attempt*. CPJ will figure out how to attack that pass defense, I’m sure.

Delbert D.

October 25th, 2009
10:26 pm

Hey, 45ACP – It’s nice to be in the driver’s seat…

GT Fan...

October 25th, 2009
10:29 pm

The BCS a.k.a., Bowl CONSPIRACY Series is going to make damn sure an SEC team is playing for the title. They have too – they have put ALL of their eggs into the “SEC basket” with that gi-normous contract signed this years. The BCS can’t have one of its coddlings on the outside looking in, and we fans are just going to have to choke on that bogus fact.

Alabama basically loses on Sat., and FL didn’t really play that well. They stay at the top of the BCS rankings while, Cincy & Boise absolutely DEMOLISH their competition and DROP 2 spots each in the BCS standings.

If AL & FL are soooo damn good, then there’s NO WAY in he** that their games should have been so sloppy. Oh wait, I forgot I was being force-fed the “that’s SEC football” excuse. Amazing how 2-faced this system is. And Iowa wins against a poor MichSt team on the last play and moves UP 2 spots! So what argument does the BCS have for one its mighty SEC teams (UT) being beaten AT HOME by a crappy, 4 loss (3-4) Pac 10 team (UCLA)?????

That’s right, UCLA is 3-4 … losers of 4 straight Pac 10 games after starting out 3-0 vs. teams OUTSIDE the Pac 10! USC has lost how many games OUTSIDE the Pac 10 in the past 5+ years? Is the answer 1? Yes, ONE! Texas in the NC game! Otherwise the only teams that can beat them are teams in their “weak” conf. And don’t forget what SC did in last 4 vs the SEC.

45ACP

October 25th, 2009
10:31 pm

I hear you Delbert. The Jackets are in control.
I hope you win the ACC.

Delbert D.

October 25th, 2009
10:37 pm

Glenn – Arizona is one of the 1-loss teams in the PAC-10 (36-33 to Washington). USC doesn’t play them until Dec. 5th, same date as the ACC Championship game. Who knows…does USC flub twice this year?