Facing the Hawkeyes

It may not have the glitz of the battle of the unbeatens in the Fiesta, but the Orange Bowl will be a great matchup of offense vs. defense: Tech’s o’s vs. Iowa’s x’s. Or is it the other way around?

Either way, it should be fun to watch.

Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz said that he couldn’t remember the last time he faced a team that uses this much option, and that trying to simulate it in practice will be quite a challenge.

The Hawkeyes’ offense isn’t flashy, but with a defense as stout as Iowa’s is, they don’t have to be. A couple of scores here and there is all they need. It’s kind of like Tech’s defense. It doesn’t have to stop everyone all the time, just a couple a game seem to work fine.

Anyway, it’s beena long day so I’ll open it up to your thoughts about the matchup.

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Jackette

December 6th, 2009
10:45 pm

first to Tampa and first back home baby, go Jackets

Go Jackets

December 6th, 2009
10:45 pm

me

December 6th, 2009
10:48 pm

Josh is a warrior and the Jackets will prevail. Iowa for some reason was televised heavily in this market. I guess the win over an ordinary Penn State was supposed to mean something.

All the Way Turnt Up

December 6th, 2009
10:48 pm

I would have liked to see TCU but it could be alot worse compared to other bowl matchups..wish Iowa didn’t have similar colors

petewrigley

December 6th, 2009
10:49 pm

Iowa’s offense has been lackluster this season, but they are traditionally a power running team, and they have relatively big guys up front. They may give the Tech D yet more trouble. A good match-up on both sides of the ball. Iowa’s D should be physical enough and smart enough to force some stops against Tech.

nebraska jacket

December 6th, 2009
10:59 pm

I’ve watched all of Iowa’s games this year and a lot of my friends are huge Iowa fans. Their conservative style is perfect for us because our offense will get them out of their comfort zone. Also their defenses stats are irrelavent because they will have to use completely new schemes against Tech

Could not have been a better match up for tech

TECH

December 6th, 2009
11:01 pm

Paul Johnson was to coach this bowl game with better motivation than he did last year against LSU.

nebraska jacket

December 6th, 2009
11:01 pm

Remember Iowa relies heavily on interceptions as well (lead the nation in INTs actually). So our running game takes that threat away from them as well.

TECH

December 6th, 2009
11:01 pm

Phil DuPuis

December 6th, 2009
11:04 pm

Ahhhh, the sweet smell of success. Yet again, another team not famaliar Kirk Ferentz’s brand of power football with natural atheletes (with speed) is full of their oats. I hope you team is dipping their stingers in the same flowers. Get ready for the bullies of the big team. Oh, and be sure to tell your running back to call them Mr. Clayborn and Mr. Angerer. Iowa prevails by 10.

George Burdell

December 6th, 2009
11:13 pm

Tech is in trouble. We need to face poor defensive teams so that we can outscore the opponent. Iowa has a good enough defense to either force a turnover or make us punt a couple times. Unfortunately the Tech defense can’t stop anybody unless we get lucky with a turnover. (It has been 10 quarters since Tech forced a punt.) Tech must make some changes on the defensive staff to remain competitive in the future.

Pee pee on a dawg

December 6th, 2009
11:19 pm

Their D line is as small as ours so they’ll be fast but UGA and Clemson have huge, and extremely fast, linemen so they shouldn’t be able to whip us as badly in the A gap. Iowa has not seen a team as fast as Tech all year and we should put up some points. On the other hand, they can throw the ball, and Morgan Burnett is our only DB up to job, this could be a shoot out.

Joe's place Joe speaking

December 6th, 2009
11:32 pm

We are going to be the least watched Bcs game in the history of college football!!!!!!! Why Iowa?????!!!!!! I know they are a good team but damn this is a boring game!!!!!!!! Iowa!?!??????????!!!!!!!!! I’m a HUGE Tech fan and even this game seems boring to me!!!! I’ll still watch every last second of the game but damn, Iowa?????????????!!!!!!!!!

Punting is not an Option

December 6th, 2009
11:35 pm

Well, Clempson was thought of having a good defense as well…. before they played us.

Somehow I think we could run our offense against anyone. Just, please prepare the team for the bowl game this year.

BuLLdawg

December 6th, 2009
11:42 pm

BAD SPORTS. It doesn’t matter who Georgia Tech plays in what sport; Georgia Tech is ALWAYS BAD SPORTS about it.

UGA beat Georgia Tech 65-60 today on TV Channel 45 CSS. MaChelle Joseph and Georgia Tech still have never beaten The Lady Dawgs in Athens, ever. The all-time record stands at 3-29 for Georgia Tech against UGA women in basketball. The Georgia Women also have a higher ACADEMIC PROGRESS RATE than Georgia Tech’s Women’s Basketball Team.

UGA looked like the smarter players today by causing 29 Turnovers by Tech’s women and by UGA going on a 13-2 run to end the game. UGA is in the Top 10 of the RPI and Georgia Tech is not in the Top 25 of any Poll. So far this season The Lady Dawgs have beat RPI # 4 Oklahoma, # 14 Rutgers and then # 21 Georgia Tech. Georgia Tech has beat no team in the Top 107 of the RPI.

On the men’s side, Georgia has a Winning Record against Paul Hewitt, who also not only has the worse APR in men’s basketball than UGA, but more importantly is on NCAA PROBATION for having a men’s ACADEMIC PROGRESS RATE of 914, not only the lowest APR in the country, but also causing the NCAA to LIMIT GEORGIA TECH IN MEN’S BASKETBALL TO ONLY 11 SCHOLARSHIPS THIS SEASON.

Congratulations to MaChelle Joseph, who LAST YEAR WHEN SHE LOST TO ANDY LANDERS, had Andy Landers come up to her after the game and extend a handshake, only to see the battle-axe MaChelle Joseph just purposely walk by Andy Landers who has NEVER LOST to Georgia Tech in Athens EVER.

This year, after the defeat of Georgia Tech, MaChelle Joseph went ahead and shook Andy Landers’ hand.

Georgia Tech just has a hard time competing with The University of Georgia’s Athletic Department in ACADEMICS.

And, sports.

MaChelle Joseph had said before the game today, that beating Georgia at Georgia would be the defining moment of the Georgia Tech Women’s Basketball Program, today.

She isn’t any different than Paul Johnson and the women aren’t any different from the football players who were totally sure they would beat UGA before they played us, too. Defining Moment ? Why not wait until you beat UGA ever in women’s basketball in Athens, and then say it was the defining moment MaChelle instead of bragging pregame that it is before you actually ever have beat UGA in Athens in Women’s Basketball.

Punting is not an Option

December 6th, 2009
11:43 pm

I agree with you Joe. They should have put both TCU and boise state against BCS conference teams to compare how good they are. I have a feeling that TCU would’ve killed us, but…

I heard one Gators’ fan saying he THINKS his team is better than any of the undefeated teams other than Alabama. He might be right, but without a playoff, his one loss team will take a second seat against undefeated teams.

BCS is a whack. I think BCS stands for Beauty Contest Show.

Give us a playoff and a real Champions.

Punting is not an Option

December 6th, 2009
11:49 pm

BuLL(crap)Dawg, good for you that your women’s basketball is stronger than GT’s. Congrats.

One thing though: what’s wrong about saying winning against UGA would be a defining moment for GT’s women’s program? If you are a lesser program, it would mean a lot if you beat more premier program, just like beating GT was your defining moment this year.

Still, we are bowling in Miami. Where are you bowling this season?

some guy

December 6th, 2009
11:50 pm

they still play womens basketball? good for them. look on the bright side pup, womens gymnastics is just around the corner. when does equestrian season start?

Zipper cut Richt

December 6th, 2009
11:51 pm

Really? Girls basketball. This proves UGA football has hit an all time low.

Statue for CPJ

December 6th, 2009
11:56 pm

Great game. I sat on the Clemson side and had a good time with the Clemson fans. We all shook hands at the beginning of the last Tech drive and proclaimed “let the best team win” and then sat back watched Nesbitt and crew tear it up.

Sarcasticus

December 6th, 2009
11:59 pm

@ BuLLdawg Hey mutt. Did you get your tickets for Shreveport yet?

BuLLdawg

December 6th, 2009
11:59 pm

Yes, you played your high school offense real well against us this year, giving up on it totally and throwing instead 4 passes in a row to end the game, trying to throw a TD pass when D.A. Josh Nesbitt (yeah he is Tech’s 1st Heisman Trophy ever) has thrown in 34 games he has played in, a grand total of 12 TD passes to 11 interceptions.

Midnight Rambler

December 7th, 2009
12:02 am

3 teams from the ACC & SEC in the Top 15 as well as the Top 25 in the BCS Poll. So, except for Alabama & Florida, the 2 conferences seem close. Of course, the dawgs are barking over their close upset of the Jackets while neglecting to mention they had to injure Nesbitt on a dirty play to do it.

C from Marietta

December 7th, 2009
12:05 am

FROM A DIEHARD GEORGIA BULLDOG FAN:

CONGRATS to the JACKETS for their BIG WIN yesterday.
ACC Champions. You did the state of GEORGIA proud.
Good Luck in the Orange Bowl.

I am impressed with Paul Johnson. He is an excellent coach.
The GT offense is fun to watch.
Here’s to an undefeated Governor’s Cup in 2010 (both teams unbeaten).

George "Kingfish" Stevens

December 7th, 2009
12:06 am

Bulldog, you needs to gets you a life, boy. You gots all da answers. Trouble is dat nobody’s axtin’ you da questions.

BuLLdawg

December 7th, 2009
12:09 am

I see 2 more Georgia Tech students were robbed and pistol whipped at gunpoint again last night. This is really really really really bad.

Midnight Rambler

December 7th, 2009
12:14 am

BuLLdawg, FYI, Tech’s athlete’s have the highest SAT’s of any public college in the nation per the AJC. Management is the easiest major at Tech & one of the hardest at UGA. Most dawg players take laughable majors and courses suitable for middle school. So for you to say, “Georgia Tech just has a hard time competing with The University of Georgia’s Athletic Department in ACADEMICS” makes me want to laugh & throw up at the same time.

C from Marietta

December 7th, 2009
12:15 am

BuLLdawg -

You need to get a life. It’s only footfall.
Your probably one of those idiots, that say Mark Richt should be fired.

GT busted their butts to make their Championship possible.
Joking about students being robbed is not cool.

THIS IS MY LAST COMMUNICATION TO YOU!

GO TECH from SNOWDAWG!

Zipper cut Richt

December 7th, 2009
12:16 am

UGA fans, put your Gator jerseys back in the closet and orders your Tide jerseys asap. Keep living through the only 2 good teams in the sec. Don’t be the guy at the early shift at Walmart with your Quincy Carter jersey on.

Greg

December 7th, 2009
12:17 am

Go hump a tree BuLL Dawg with UGA VII in Shreveport at the International Toilet Bowl.
THWG

BuLLdawg

December 7th, 2009
12:19 am

Weak Forest, North Carolina State, Duke, Virginia, and Maryland are NONE of them even in a bowl game, and Florida State at 6-6 gets to play in a bowl game.

And, you come running in here to exclaim how great the ACC is football this year.

B.S.

The SEC is 6 games over .500 against the other BCS Conferences and the ACC is not only 2 games under .500 against the other BCS Conferences but for good measure is the only BCS Conference to lose any games against 1-AA teams and the ACC lost 2 games to 1-AA opponents too.

And, you come running in here bragging how great the ACC is in football this year.

The ACC 12 teams are an average BCS Ranking of 51 for the dead last worst average BCS Ranking of all conferences.

The SEC averages Number 35 in the BCS Rankings for our 12 teams.

And, Georgia Tech Official NCAA Strength of Schedule ends this season at Number 51.

Greg

December 7th, 2009
12:22 am

Actually BuLL Dawg GT’s official ncaa sos is 15 according to Sagarinhttp://www.usatoday.com/sports/sagarin/fbt09.htm

Zipper cut Richt

December 7th, 2009
12:24 am

Seemed to have struck a nerve. Goodnight nose picker.

guhin

December 7th, 2009
12:26 am

hawks by 14 could be a shut out
hawks D is crazy good this year

BuLLdawg

December 7th, 2009
12:28 am

I hear that the seafood buffet is great at the Shreveport Holiday Inn. All you can eat? I’ll make them lose money on that deal. Also, anyone know where any good t!tty bars are?

Alabama Jack

December 7th, 2009
12:28 am

BuLLdawg – you are irrelevant
Your team is irrelevant.
Anything out of your mouth is irrelevant.
Your mother called.
She said don’t come home.
You are irrelevant.

ccrider

December 7th, 2009
12:39 am

BuLLdawg; You are full of Bull s**t. You constantly come on the blogs making crap up from your personal sources or with your misguided interpretation of the factsfrom real sources. A question did you go to college, graduate from high school, get a ged, pass middle school? Oh, I know your your a Georgia fan, never mind, it’s all clear now!

ccrider

December 7th, 2009
12:42 am

Oh, BuLLdawg: I really like how you followed my comments about your intelligence with let’s go stuff my face with seafood and go to the titty bars. That’s probably as close as you ever get to a woman.

AtlantaNative62

December 7th, 2009
12:49 am

Anybody that thinks this is not going to be a good game, has not seen either team play. This game should be good, physical, smash-mouth college football. I think it is an excellent pairing. I watched three of IOWA’s games this year and they, like Tech, do NOT quit!

Go Jackets! THWG!

BuLLdawg

December 7th, 2009
12:51 am

Is the reason why Tech doesn’t want to talk about basketball, after you LOST to UGA in football (when you usually talk about basketball) because you are on NCAA PROBATION limited to only 11 scholarships in men’s basketball this year ?

BuLLdawg

December 7th, 2009
12:52 am

Mafia

December 7th, 2009
1:12 am

30-24: BuLLdawg’s IQ is somewhere in this range. My money’s on 24.

Sarge1

December 7th, 2009
5:34 am

Yeah, 2 more Tech students robbed at gunpoint. Obviously ALL the UGA football players haven’t gone back to Athens yet.

Luke

December 7th, 2009
6:00 am

Hah, funny story. You make it sound like we are terrible people being on 11 scholarships. Even if its true, thats only down from 13. Big deal? Go find something else to whine about.

jacketnation

December 7th, 2009
6:01 am

Like I said, Tech Students are getting robbed. UGA students are getting arrested.

Big G

December 7th, 2009
6:14 am

Get a life BuLLDawg!

UGADawg83

December 7th, 2009
7:29 am

Who cares? You lost to a Willie Martinez coached defense. Nuff said.

this game meant everything to tech

December 7th, 2009
7:35 am

WHAT HAS ..UGA..DONE SINCE 1980? a direct quote from Tech coach Paul Johnson after the tech lost to Georgia at Grant stadium…………………30 to 24..356 more days till next year………..keep all of Johnson’s disrespectful quotes all over place in Athens..don’t forget those words………….bulldawgs and bulldawg fans

Ezekiel

December 7th, 2009
7:36 am

This is a perfect matchup for Georgia Tech to end the season on a high note. Iowa doesn’t have enough offense to be able to exploit Tech’s porous defense. Tech should be motivated in this game after laying an egg last year vs LSU. Hopefully Tech gets health between now and January 5. Talk more Tech football at: http://www.bbuzzoff.com

Misprinted headline

December 7th, 2009
7:38 am

Tech wins a she she consolation game…….as Georgia beat South Carolina for the actual A she She championship…funny how Tech plays powerhouse Iowa from the big in the weakest of the bcs bowls..course that fits with tech’s sister schedule that played the whole year..take ya about 1000 fans to the orange bowl bugs and make sure flagboy gets there on time so the game won’t be delayed