LIVE BLOG: Tech vs. USC

Some thoughts and notes. Game starts 2 p.m. ET on CBS.

1. I think Tech will enjoy considerable support from the Sun Bowl crowd, which is largely made up of locals. After the 16,000 tickets allocated to the participating schools, the other 34,000 are sold to the El Paso community. As you may have read, USC stirred up controversy by showing up late for a Sun Bowl dinner and with two tweets sent by players criticizing the city of El Paso, which I’m going to guess has not sat well with residents. Further, Tech’s coaches and players have done nothing but rave about how welcome they feel and are enjoying the experience (which I think is genuine).

2. Weather: It’s sunny and very windy. The forecast calls for winds 20-30 mph, and it certainly feels like it. The wind right now (12:30 ET) is blowing briskly to the south, I think. Left to right on the television, at any rate.

Watching warmups, David Scully and Chris Tanner had trouble hitting from 45 going into the wind. Scully, at least, has range probably 10 yards longer than that. He crushed one from 55 with the wind.

3. If Tech gives up 35 points, the team will have the highest points-per-game allowed average going back at least to 1948. The 1999 team, which went 8-4 in Joe Hamilton’s final season, gave up an average of 30.3 points. Tech’s average through the ACC Championship game is 29.9.

4. There are two current Jackets who share Tech bowl records – Tevin Washington (completion percentage, 11-15 against Utah, tied with Shawn Jones in the 1991 Citrus Bowl) and Quayshawn Nealy (longest interception return, 74 yards, against Utah, tied with W.P. McHugh in the 1947 Oil Bowl)

5. Tech will wear blue jerseys, gold helmets, white pants.

6. The line is down to seven or 7.5 points in favor of USC. It had opened around 10. I’d guess Matt Barkley’s being ruled out played a big part in the drop.

7. Interesting – at 7-5, USC is still No. 20 in Sagarin ratings, presumably because their strength of schedule is ranked 13th. Tech is 63rd. Strength of schedule is 55th.

8. Tech marching band is here. Hopefully the altitude won’t affect the brass section.

Thanks for reading. Enjoy the game.

892 comments Add your comment

Bali

December 31st, 2012
1:19 pm

01HAWK

December 31st, 2012
1:39 pm

Here is hoping that GA. TECH kills USC.

I despise LAME KIFFEN.

Please beat them to a PULP. Kiffen is very arrogant and not having his team show up for the dinner was uncalled for.

What he did to Tenn Vols also makes me despise him and I am not a VOL fan.

Please beat them badly.

Welcome to the truth

December 31st, 2012
1:40 pm

I’ve got to say it – next GT HC – Ken Whisenhunt. ;) . It would be a Glorious Day…

Ken Sugiura

December 31st, 2012
1:48 pm

well done, Bali – Welcome to the truth – as has been pointed out, tech has no AD. hard to fire a coach without one.

Tech is a joke

December 31st, 2012
1:48 pm

USC!! USC!! USC!!

ylojkt

December 31st, 2012
1:50 pm

GO JACKETS! Cheering for you from Myrtle Beach!

Welcome to the truth

December 31st, 2012
1:52 pm

Ken, did I say now? Nope. We will eventually hire an AD who will want to make his mark.

Ads

December 31st, 2012
1:52 pm

Nope the line didn’t move after MB was announced he wouldn’t play. It was known throughout he wouldn’t. It has fallen because of the injury to their top receiver and arguably the best in the game. I still think usc will crush gt. they will be mad they are at this game and take it out on gt. Anyone else notice triple option teams, af navy have done terribly in bowl games. I think this offense is now easy to contain for teams with a decent defense.
USC 38 GT 20

Ads

December 31st, 2012
1:56 pm

Says a lot about the interest in gt football and this game with just 8 comments 5 minutes before kickoff.

5150 UOAD

December 31st, 2012
2:02 pm

Go JACKETS kick USC’s butt and get a Victory kiss from the USC Song Girls when it is over…….

GTJohn

December 31st, 2012
2:08 pm

Gary Danielson’s face looks like it has been polished.

Says more about “Ads” given he/she is a quarter of the comments.

GATA

December 31st, 2012
2:08 pm

From a Dawg fan, under the “Things I Never Thought I’d Say” category – Go Tech! I hope you beat the crap out of USC.

GTJohn

December 31st, 2012
2:10 pm

You’re going to troll the whole game huh “Ads”?

GTJohn

December 31st, 2012
2:11 pm

I wish we could get Whisenhunt.

5150 UOAD

December 31st, 2012
2:11 pm

Windy……..hope that hurts the Condom’s Passing Attack.

WHISKEY CLEAR

December 31st, 2012
2:12 pm

LETS GO JACKETS!!

GTJohn

December 31st, 2012
2:13 pm

Let’s do this Jackets!

5150 UOAD

December 31st, 2012
2:13 pm

Whisenhunt. & Goose Godsey as the OC but who for the DC.

GT fan

December 31st, 2012
2:13 pm

Yea, Ken Whisenhunt got fired today…..

right now lets win this game…Go Jackets beat the he!! out of Kiffen’s USC.

Ads alot of people still working..etc. but dawg fans will show up later.

headley lamar

December 31st, 2012
2:15 pm

” This is the kind of fish fry I was talking about boys….Welcome to El Paso !!! ”

- Paul Johnson

5150 UOAD

December 31st, 2012
2:15 pm

WOW the Flag guy is Worn Out from that run on the field. Like that we took the WIND in our face for the 1 st & 3rd qtrs……

WHISKEY CLEAR

December 31st, 2012
2:16 pm

WHISENHUNT WOULD BE A GREAT CHOICE

Goose Godsey

December 31st, 2012
2:17 pm

Two Time Alum

December 31st, 2012
2:17 pm

Blue & white uniforms again !!
If Johnson wants Ga Southern colors, just quit Tech & return to Statesboro.
His dark blue shirts & coats *really* do not disguise his obese gut either (regardless of what fashion people tell you about colors)..

5150 UOAD

December 31st, 2012
2:19 pm

Tech has use BLUE for years not just Johnson you A..hole

5150 UOAD

December 31st, 2012
2:20 pm

Nice low kick and coverage.

WHISKEY CLEAR

December 31st, 2012
2:20 pm

GREAT OPEN FIELD TACKLE

01HAWK

December 31st, 2012
2:20 pm

I love those colorful cleats that USC is wearing. They look nice.

5150 UOAD

December 31st, 2012
2:21 pm

Pull his helmet off like so many teams tried to do to TECH all year

DawgNole

December 31st, 2012
2:21 pm

Nothing on that first series, but excellent punt coverage. C’mon, Tech, show up for the ACC.

WHISKEY CLEAR

December 31st, 2012
2:22 pm

5150 UOAD

December 31st, 2012
2:22 pm

Catchable ball but the wind has it floating it looks like.

5150 UOAD

December 31st, 2012
2:23 pm

You Have to CATCH the PUNT not a smart play to let it hit.

headley lamar

December 31st, 2012
2:24 pm

“Nobody has ever stopped my offense.. Especially when they have extra time.”

- Paul Johnson

yep

December 31st, 2012
2:25 pm

Poor Vern and Gary, going from SEC weekly games to this game…… has to suck….

Buddy Landel

December 31st, 2012
2:26 pm

headley- Is there a link to that?

5150 UOAD

December 31st, 2012
2:28 pm

TW should have let the A back take that up the middle.

WHISKEY CLEAR

December 31st, 2012
2:28 pm

bring on Vad

Ken Sugiura

December 31st, 2012
2:28 pm

will jackson in for beno

5150 UOAD

December 31st, 2012
2:29 pm

Kicking is bad but in this weather it is even worse.

Ads

December 31st, 2012
2:30 pm

Same boring worthless team. Nice play call. 3rd and 10 and a 4 yard pass. If there was no wind, usc would be up 7-0 already. Soon to be anyway. All they have to do is run it. And of course once they score, gt will give up. Isn’t it a joke how little tevin falls down like a baby when a defender is near him. What a P___Y!!!

JIMBOB

December 31st, 2012
2:31 pm

how about replacing CPJ with Ken Whisenhunt?

GTJohn

December 31st, 2012
2:31 pm

Ken, will you keep us posted about who is in for “headley”.

5150 UOAD

December 31st, 2012
2:31 pm

CROSS with a good stop.

5150 UOAD

December 31st, 2012
2:32 pm

Nice run there.

UGA = Yawn

December 31st, 2012
2:32 pm

Ken Whisenhunt is available. GT needs to hire him as the coach!

JIMBOB

December 31st, 2012
2:32 pm

wizz and hunt! Wizz and hunt! Wizz and hunt!

Tampa Wreck

December 31st, 2012
2:32 pm

So how many times will we have to watch CPJ run out Tevin for nothing?

5150 UOAD

December 31st, 2012
2:33 pm

Still playing pretty good D…… especially with the short field

5150 UOAD

December 31st, 2012
2:34 pm

Watts your daddy nice tackle.