Bye week, bye-bye. It’s game week, baby

Alright folks, it’s game week.

Questions abound:

Can Tech’s offense pick up were it left off against Duke?

Can Tech’s defense pick up were it left off against Duke?

Should Duke be the measuring stick? Don’t answer that.

The point is Tech’s offense, and its defense, was rolling (other than the Wake clunker) before the bye.

Here’s the good news.

Last year’s bye came on Sept. 27. Tech came back and smoked Duke 27-0. It had another Saturday off Nov. 15 and came back and smoked Miami 41-23 in a Thursday nighter.

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Coach Paul Johnson said he thinks everyone who got dinged up against Duke will be back for Georgia, including starting center Sean Bedford. Robert Hall, who had once said he hoped to be back in time for Georgia, likely won’t be back until the spring.

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As colleague Tim Tucker reported earlier, Georgia coach Mark Richt said he hopes that wide receiver A.J. Green and safety Baccari Rambo will be able to play on Saturday. Both were injured against Auburn.

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A few hoops thoughts…

Gani Lawal has picked up where he left off last season. Through four games, he’s averaging 15 points and 11.8 rebounds a game.

And, the rest of the big men flanking him are doing fairly well, as well. Favors has a 13/7.8 going. Peacock 9.5/5.3.

Field goal defense is 36.9 percent, rebound margin is 14, a stat I’m making up but seems interesting…..personal foul margin is 14 in Tech’s favor, opponents are hitting just 27.5 percent of their 3-pointers…

Biggest concern:  73 turnovers.

58 comments Add your comment

Tampabound

November 22nd, 2009
9:44 pm

first baby first just like GT!

Biff Pocoroba

November 22nd, 2009
9:47 pm

Georgia quit on Saturday. They are ready to get this season over and start serving their probations. Richt will have a tough time keeping his players from getting arrested for more driving infractions over the Thanksgiving break.

NC campaign 2010

November 22nd, 2009
9:49 pm

got to say good comments tonight from CPJ but not happy to hear he is going to sit down and talk to Dwyer, Burnett and Morgan and possibly Thomas about their NFL careers..I mean I would think CPJ would rally the troops into coming back for a possible chance to play for a national championship. If they happen to win 3 out they have to be preranked coming into next season no worse than #3. Do they not have Lloyds of London insurance policies these players can take out their senior year? I also do not see where Calvin Johnson lit up his first year nor Stafford/.Moreno either by leavin early.

Pi$$onaDawg

November 22nd, 2009
10:08 pm

NC 2010 They all leave for the MONEY If they are first rounders. I hope they stay but doubt they will. Would be great to see this whole TEAM Together in 2010.

GT is a football school

November 22nd, 2009
10:20 pm

I think UGA is a much better team than the way they played last night, a fumble and interception cost them the game..having said that…I think GT will pick up where they left off and roll up yardage and td’s….Surprised to see tickets going on sale on Stubhub that UGA fans apear to be unloading..already given up

jabster

November 22nd, 2009
10:37 pm

@NC: The NCAA has some kind of insurance program for pro-prospect players, to get them to stay through their eligibility.

@GT: Also noted the prices for tix dropping from ~$200 to just over $100 on StubHub.

Tech is hitting on all cylinders now.

I’d like to see us hang 50+ on UGA, but we also need to avoid pulling a UF and getting greedy if the oppty presents itself.

CW

November 22nd, 2009
10:59 pm

Sam Bradford will be a cautionary tale to talented juniors for years to come. The risks of delaying a pay day are too high for first rounders.

Yes, it would be great if ALL our juniors came back to play on the Flats, but that simply isn’t realistic to think it will happen. Both Dwyer and Morgan are almost certainly going to leave early. I think Bay Bay will be back and Burnett could go either way.

Let’s enjoy all these guys for the three games ahead. This has been a great season already, but it will got a lot better with a big win on Saturday.

"Toe Meets Leather"

November 22nd, 2009
11:06 pm

@jabster: CP”Goferit”J probably wouldn’t run the score up against u[sic]ga, if for no other reason than to keep folks in good shape for Clemons. Remember, his goal is the ACC title and hanging an extra 15 on the Muttlanders – regardless of how much *we* would want them to – won’t go one inch towards getting to THE goal.

@Biff: It’s not so much that u[sic]ga quit last night as did their fans. Shots of spots of empty seats was one thing. But to see them walking 75 yards 6-7 abreast with 2 minutes to go and down only a score at home was amazing. The Muttlanders have definitely given up on 2009 and the Jackets may have a bigger 12th man Saturday night than we think.

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Doug Roberson

November 22nd, 2009
11:36 pm

CPJ didn’t say which juniors he is going to talk to. The wide-help assumption is those guys would be the best bets to go.
Could be a few more. Could be only one or two.
It’s just an exploratory thing that juniors all around the country do.

Cuttysark

November 23rd, 2009
4:36 am

Every coach has a sit down discussion with their juniors in order to help them in accessing the right information about entering the draft, or remaining at Tech to obtain a degree. These kids are well aware of what their options are if they stay at Tech. Also, Paul Johnson can get real information from Coach Smith of the Falcons to steer the players to a proper decision.

A story on Paul Johnson’s record in rivalry games is now available for viewing on http://isportsweb.com. Getting ready for the big game against Georgia on Saturday. THWG!

DardyJacket

November 23rd, 2009
6:43 am

If Georgia Tech jumps up 14-0 it will get ugly from there for the Dawgs. Georgia will flat lay down and you’ll have a 56-14 type score.

Go Jackets!

reebok

November 23rd, 2009
8:05 am

Georgia is a talented team and they will dissect the LSU film from last year to try to see how to stop the option. If we don’t get a pass rush, Cox and Green will play pitch & catch all night. I wish I thought this would be a blowout, but I don’t, it will more likely be a shootout. The good news is, Tech is better-coached and mentally tougher than UGA (never said THAT during the Chan Gailey Era, did we?)

GO JACKETS!

Hey Dogtards

November 23rd, 2009
8:32 am

I’d be more upset if CPJ DIDN’T have a talk with the Juniors about the NFL.

Hey Dogtards

November 23rd, 2009
8:42 am

“Georgia is a talented team and they will dissect the LSU film from last year to try to see how to stop the option.”

First, the LSU game wasn’t nearly as bad as everyone makes it out to be. There are no big secrets to stopping the option there, unless you can somehow manufacture a dropped pass by Bey Bey in the end zone, a muffed punt return, and onside kick recovery, and a Paul Johnson going for it on his own 20.

Second, you act like its some well kept secret that no other team knows about. If you think uga is smart enough to go dig up some footage that is almost a year old, wouldn’t the other teams do the same? Those same other teams we have racked up some pretty good yardage against.

Third, that footage isn’t even the best or the most recent on how to stop the option. I’d look to quarters 2 and 3 of Clemson first, then maybe a few series from the LSU game. Really there isn’t much film study can do to help you. Best bet is to put Logan Gray on scout team and have the defense practice against it 24/7 from now till Saturday.

m

November 23rd, 2009
8:45 am

Thank God and Greyhound that chan gomer gailey is gone forever. That is the main reason that TECH football is back.

Any TECH fans (especially those on the HIVE) that defended or supported gomer and allowed him to destroy TECH football for 6 long sorry years….you all SUCK as bad as gomer and should apologize.

Paul Johnson is the real deal…we could have had him in 2002…think about it.

TECH is going to stomp a mudhole in them dawgs.

RAMBLE ON!!!

November 23rd, 2009
8:54 am

Some over/unders for you.

Points: GT 45 UGAg 17

TD’s: Nesbitt 2, Dwyer 2, Allen 1.5, Jones 1.5, Thomas 1.5. UGAgs offense 2.

Rushing: GT 420 yards, UGAg 130,
Dwyer 160 yards, Nesbitt 85, Allen 90, Jones 90, King 45, Ealey 55

Passing GT 160 yards, UGAg 160 yards,
Thomas 80, Hill 40,

Sacks: GT 5, (Morgan 2.5). UGAg 1
Holding penalties on Morgan 3.

Interceptions: GT 2 (Burnett 1), UGAg .5

Punts: GT .5, UGAg 4.

When UGAg fans exit stadium: 5 minutes into the 3rd quarter.

Final Score GT 49 UGAg 17

Not Disappointed

November 23rd, 2009
9:14 am

Lets concentrate on beating UGA. I want to win. I don’t care if it’s 1 or 30 points. Just win. Ramblin Wreck!

wyldbill

November 23rd, 2009
9:23 am

m

I wish you’d drop it, everyone is fed up. I skip your posts entirely now as do many others. Wouldn’t you like to contribute something positive to our discussions and be welcomed back to the huddle?

Chike

November 23rd, 2009
9:46 am

I paid $40 each for my Duke tickets.
Got to the game & Duke students were scalping for $7 each!

BHam jacket

November 23rd, 2009
9:57 am

Come on, m. Leave Chan alone. All Tech fans are glad he’s gone!
He’s gone, we’ve got a great Coach and we are winning.
Don’t beat a dead horse.
This kind of talk doesn’t help Tech at all.
You’ve got such good comments otherwise.

JACKETS445

November 23rd, 2009
10:18 am

M you are an idiot and a poor exuse for a ga tech fan! simple as that!

collegeballfan

November 23rd, 2009
10:25 am

NC campaign 2010

You can’t be serious in your comment that Johnson should try to talk any players out of going to the NFL?

Would you turn down a 5 million dollar raise to stay at your job next year?

Johnson will help any junior player get a solid decision on where that player fits into the NFL. Plus, he can call on help from his good buddy at the Falcons.

JawjunY'all

November 23rd, 2009
10:31 am

Best game I’ve seen TECH beat UGA’s Butts like 48-6 and would love to see it again, but I’ll gladly settle right now for a 7-6 win.

Hayseed Dixie

November 23rd, 2009
10:40 am

Hey m, I supported Chan Gailey, as I am not a fair weather fan.

I witnessed many of the Reggie Ball losses, firsthand, and they all hurt.

But that’s what you do- you support your team, no matter what. I don’t care what the mutts spew, there aren’t many bandwagon Tech fans. I

Like many folks, I was hoping for another Friedgen/Hamilton, but this is turning out waaaaay better.

DVJ

November 23rd, 2009
10:58 am

Tech needs to avoid the big play from UGA. Thats how they score, because Cox can’t put together a solid drive.

http://dawgsvsjackets.blogspot.com/

RAMBLE ON!!!

November 23rd, 2009
11:14 am

Yards per carry GT 8.5 UGAg 3.5

Tech75

November 23rd, 2009
11:15 am

I want to see this team put it all together for once, just to prove they can. I want to see them play defense *before* getting “punched in the mouth” first. I want to see the D-backs cover somebody…. and I want to see a D-line pass rush. I want to see us control the clock to the tune of 65/35 possession advantage.

I want to see NO TURNOVERS, no “cut block” calls, no blocks-in-the-back on returns.

NO KICKOFFS OUT OF BOUNDS. No kick-returners running into each other, keystone cops-style.

We will have to play our best game Dec. 5. This game is a dress-rehearsal.

Other than that, I don’t ask much…. LOL

Tech75

November 23rd, 2009
11:18 am

The Sports Illustrated site now projects Tech over Clemson, and Tech v. TCU in Miami.

It is now or never for this team to start clicking on all cylinders.

They need to play relaxed, but focused. Offense, defense, special teams need to play their best games over the next 3 games.

It starts Saturday….

GO JACKETS !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Hey Dogtards

November 23rd, 2009
11:47 am

Agreed. m please stop posting on here. Us Tech fans don’t claim you as one of our own. It’s been two years. Time to let Chan go.

dagnabit

November 23rd, 2009
11:58 am

I would love to see Tech play T C U in the orange bowl. But first……

GTechsta

November 23rd, 2009
12:29 pm

Wake Forest clunker? Nice to know 463 yards of offense is a clunker. Seriously Doug? Clunker?

GT is a football school

November 23rd, 2009
12:30 pm

I give thanks for having this week off so that I can look at GT highlights…this is for GT fans..got to take a look at 2nd half highlights of 08 Tech UGA game. If that doesn’t fire you up nothing will!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JJPTYTswPCI

wow

November 23rd, 2009
1:03 pm

WOW…u nerds sure are about to get a slice of HUMBLE PIE!!!!!Watch what i tell you…UGA 41 GT 24 FINAL

one more time

November 23rd, 2009
1:23 pm

so if Dwyer is rated 8th in the first round of hte NFL draft, then shame on the ACC and local media for puttingC J Spiller on a higher pedastal all season. Never saw any ACC campaign to promote Dwyer for Heisman

blazer

November 23rd, 2009
2:27 pm

BILL LEWIS WAS THE WORST COACH-LIKE TO HAVE DESTROY THE PROGRAM!

wow

November 23rd, 2009
2:44 pm

Backpack, backpack!!!

Coach Donnan

November 23rd, 2009
3:28 pm

m, I love your comments. There’s a lot of wisdom in there. If only Tech had left Chan alone, I might still be coaching Georgia. Don’t let anybody discourage you, m.

Classy UGA & Tech fan's..where have you gone

November 23rd, 2009
3:32 pm

Amazing, simply amazing. The hypocrisy of Tech fan’s crashing in on the UGA blogs, trying to find something to criticize.

You can’t minimize the success UGA has had since Mark Richt tenure. You can’t minimize the success GT is having. You CAN minimize the lack of class and respect you have for each team. We each represent the state of Georgia. It is THE UNIVERSITY OF GEORGIA you are GEORGIA INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOBY. Either side that does not want success for the other does not understand the history and brotherhood of the rivalry.

Tech fan’s, don’t misinterpret the UGA faithful, they are faithful. Just because they walk away at the end of the game, has no reflection on their support. When you are bitter over another teams past success to resort to criticizing over current shortcoming’s, it belittles your teams accomplishments.

A good friend of Bobby Ross here. Georgia will be fine, they need a year or so. Tech will have a set back when new leadership runs the option. It comes and goes in cycles. UGA has been masking it’s problems on the line for a few years, with great finesse players.

Again, it all comes and goes in cycles. Hopefully Tech gets a BCS game and wins. Great for the state of Georgia. UGA gets a bowl bid and gets some playing time for the young players.

Not sure if we can fix what is between the ear’s of classless UGA and Tech fan’s, but I hope some of you can start. But the reality is most classless people can’t be changed, they were not raised properly.

Go UGA, Go Tech.

If UGA plays flawless, UGA 34, Tech 41

If UGA plays as they have all year, UGA 28, Tech 45

Key’s to the game.

UGA: The perimeter option ate UGA up last year. More of a 3-4 defense. Force Tech to run-up the middle. Push out blockers and get into the backfield on the perimeter. If linebackers can penetrate on the perimeter, it will go along way. By the way pup’s, you have to tackle. on offense, UGA needs to give Tech some of it’s own medicine as a shocker, run the ball. If UGA can run at least 4 yards a carry, and have over 200 yards on the ground and take back some of techs TOP it will go along way to help them stay in the game. If UGA limit’s if penalties, turnovers and establish the run. It will be closer than Tech wants it to be.

Georgia Tech: Keep doing what you do. Option left, right and middle. Mix in play action to keep the secondary from cheating-up. Georgia tech will need to stop UGA’s running game, but I believe UGA will stop themselves as they have all season with costly mistakes. Tech must be careful as they are now the top team as Georgia was last year. Nobody is giving UGA a chance, not even their crazy fan’s. It is Tech’s to lose, not UGA’s to win.

Go UGA, Go Tech

LSU, Miami & UGA..what is in common??

November 23rd, 2009
3:42 pm

LSU, Miami & UGA..what is in common?? They all have super athletes that can purse and breakdown the option. Only problem is that most athletes are not necessarily football players.

UGA may surprise the Tech fan’s more than they wish. UGA will self destruct as they have all year. They are pathetic, if you wipe out their abnormal penalties and turnovers they would be a 8-3 team. Don’t buy into the GT fan’s, we are going to crush them. They have as good or better athletes than teams that have beat us.

Game will be one before half time if Tech is going to blow it out. If not then it may be close.

Solid Gold Dancer

November 23rd, 2009
4:06 pm

Repect uga?……yes. Will I ever pull for uga? Never!!! That’s just the way I was brought up. I don’t know too many “Georgia born and bred” folks that do pull for both teams.

Just Saying...

November 23rd, 2009
4:13 pm

M –

Dude…let it go. It’s been 2 years now. We’re all glad that he’s gone but there is no freakin reason to post the same crap on every single blog. At least come up with something original.

Bandwagon

November 23rd, 2009
4:30 pm

M I’m begining to think you are on the same mental level as most Dawg fans.

Phil

November 23rd, 2009
5:08 pm

“I mean I would think CPJ would rally the troops into coming back for a possible chance to play for a national championship.”

Actually, I think that CPJ cares about his players’ (futures) first; he will advise any of his players who are likely to be drafted in the first round, particularly near the top, that they should declare for the draft after this season, particularly with the potential that the NFL will put rookie contracts in their next CBA much like the NBA did. There is a good chance the 2010 NFL draft will be the last where top draft picks can sign these massive $40 million contracts and any of his players that have a shot at being drafted that early.

Players who are projected to be drafted late first round, second round, or later may see no benefit by leaving early and may be able to secure better contracts by staying and having a higher draft ranking in 2011.

My prediction is that Dwyer and Morgan will enter the NFL draft in 2011; next year’s skill players will be:

QB – Josh Nesbitt
B-Back – Anthony Allen
A-Back – Embry Peeples
A-Back – Roddy Jones
WR – Demaryius Thomas
WR – Stephen Hill

Peeples has a breakout year as a junior, rushing attack takes a hit because Allen doesn’t have the same breakaway ability as Dwyer, Nesbitt’s passing game is much improved with a stretch goal of 2500 yards although 2000 yards is the more likely outcome.

Johnson’s passing game requires great wingbacks and Roddy Jones and Marcus Wright aren’t, they are tailbacks. I predict Peeples will be scary good in this offense when he is a starter. If Johnson has another true wingback on the bench who is not currently in the rotation, but sees action next year then we might see more 4 WR routes.

Phil

November 23rd, 2009
5:11 pm

I mean Dwyer and Morgan enter the this years’ draft, 2010.

monday game callers

November 23rd, 2009
5:13 pm

honestly none of you know what Dwyer will do so write all the sermons on here you want…Bet you didn’t think that Tebow, McCoy and Bradford would all come back either…

Phil

November 23rd, 2009
5:17 pm

“Bet you didn’t think that Tebow, McCoy and Bradford would all come back either…”

That is pre-Sam Bradford thinking! Also, the potential CBA renegotiation is a key factor in this year’s draft that did not affect last years.

Pat

November 23rd, 2009
5:28 pm

Doug it’s Georgia TECH, not Georgia. Sheesh.

Coach Paul Johnson said he thinks everyone who got dinged up against Duke will be back for Georgia

Pat

November 23rd, 2009
5:29 pm

Nevermind. I misinterpreted it. Doh. My mal.

Brandon

November 23rd, 2009
5:39 pm

You can’t blame a player for leaving early if they will be an early draft pick. I would love to see Dwyer, Thomas, and the Morgans come back but I can’t say that I would pass up 1st round NFL Draft money to come back and try and improve on the best season my school has had in 30 years. Just ask Gresham and Bradford out in Oklahoma what they would do if they could go back.

Brandon

November 23rd, 2009
5:43 pm

Sorry, meant to say best in 20 years, not 30. It’s UGA that hasn’t won a championship in 30 years, not Tech.