We’re finally here.
A few thoughts and notes, links and a belatedly posted video.
1. It’s a small sample size, but Georgia Tech is 8-1 when it has broken four or more plays of 20 yards or more, 0-2 when it hasn’t. It speaks to the benefit of the plays themselves, but perhaps more to the execution level of the offense on that given day that enabled that many plays to break, as well as the opponent’s general inability to stop Tech. (The one loss was Virginia Tech, when the Jackets had six plays of 20 yards or more.) Tech had three against Virginia and none against Miami.
2. In the past two Tech-Georgia games, the Bulldogs have converted six Tech turnovers into 31 points. Tech has turned three Georgia turnovers into no points. In 2008, Tech cashed in Georgia’s two turnovers for 13 points, while Georgia did nothing with Tech’s only turnover.
3. A Larry Munson-Al Ciraldo story, as told by Ciraldo’s son Al Jr.: The day of the 1985 Tech-Georgia game, the legendary Tech play-by-play man was planning a pretty adventurous doubleheader. He was going to call a much-hyped Tech basketball game – against Michigan in the Tip-Off Classic in Springfield, Mass. – in the afternoon and then fly back to Atlanta for the Tech-Georgia football game at night.
Munson’s pessimism was evidently not limited to Georgia football.
When Ciraldo told his good friend and colleague of his plan, Ciraldo Jr. said this week, Munson replied, “Both! You gotta be nuts. What if the flight’s delayed? What if there’s rain? You’ll never make it!”
Ciraldo assured him he had things covered. Delta CEO Ron Allen, a Tech grad, would ensure Ciraldo would make his flight. Munson fretted that traffic from the airport might trap Ciraldo. Ciraldo assured him again that Georgia State Patrol Col. Hugh Hardison was also a Tech grad and would give him a police escort to the game.
Munson’s reply: “You better hope the weatherman’s a Tech grad!”
Ciraldo’s double went off without a hitch.
“They had a really good relationship,” said Ciraldo Jr., a commercial real-estate broker who graduated from Tech, lives in East Cobb and helps spot for Wes Durham on game days. “They shared a lot of stories.”
4. Watch for counter plays. The speed of Georgia’s defense may make the Bulldogs vulnerable to over-pursuit.
5. Video interview with CineSport’s Noah Coslov, alongside my colleague Chip Towers.
The rundown of the game from the Athens Banner-Herald, including a story on Tech defensive end Jason Peters.
Charles Odum of the Associated Press compares the Tech and Georgia defenses.
Paul Newberry of the A.P. writes about both teams’ quarterbacks.
Thanks for reading. Enjoy the game.
Ken Sugiura, Georgia Tech blog