Grab bag time: Blackledge likes Bulldogs for an upset

Blackledge thinks Joe Cox might find the wait was worth it. (Brant Sanderlin/bsanderlin@ajc.com)

Todd Blackledge thinks Georgia's Joe Cox might find his wait to start was worth it. (Brant Sanderlin/bsanderlin@ajc.com)Welcome to Grab Bag Monday. Let's see what we have left in here . . .

It’s Grab Bag Monday. Let’s see what we have left in here . . .

♦ Blackledge on Dogs, Jackets

In case you missed it, former Penn State quarterback and ESPN commentator Todd Blackledge had some interesting comments about the whole SEC vs. ACC thing, leading up to Saturday’s game between Alabama and Virginia Tech. Feel free to catch up here. What I did not include in that column were his observations about Georgia and Georgia Tech.

Blackledge believes the Bulldogs have a good chance to defeat Oklahoma State Saturday, which runs contrary to what oddsmakers think. I’m not sure if this is enough for Georgia fans to forgive him for leading Penn State past the Dogs in the Sugar Bowl for the 1982 national championship. But it’s something.

“I’m anxious to see Georgia this year,” he said. “I really think they have a good chance to go into Stillwater and win. I think they’re going to be a lot better than people expect. The way they played defense last year is not the way they’re used to playing there, and I don’t think that’s going to continue. And Joe Cox — I know from day one Mark [Richt] has liked him. I’ve always liked the stories of those guys who had to wait their turn. They had one there in [D.J.] Shockley. Penn State had one with Michael Robinson [who led the Nittany Lions to the Big Ten title and an Orange Bowl in 2005]. It’s fun to see when those guys get their chance and they take advantage of it.”

Blackledge on Tech: “They’re a handful. If you’re going to play Georgia Tech the first game of the year, when you have the whole summer to prepare, or in a bowl game, when you’ve got some time, you have a better chance to stop them. But from week to week during the season, they’re difficult. You can’t simulate what they do offensively with your scout team. And the thing that makes them different from Navy or Air Force is they have some great players as part of that system.”

♦ S.I. calls Dogs-Oklahoma State a ’season-defining game’

SI.com is projecting Jonathan Dwyer and Tech in the Orange Bowl. (Johnny Crawford/jcrawford@ajc.com)

SI.com is projecting Jonathan Dwyer and the Yellow Jackets in the Orange Bowl. (Johnny Crawford/jcrawford@ajc.com)

I’m not sure what that means, and I’m guessing the losing coach will beg to differ. But there are some comments in the piece from Athens’ favorite punching bag, Willie Martinez, who says there’s advantages and disadvantages to playing a highly ranked opponent like Oklahoma State in the opener.

“The problem with the first game is you don’t know what new stuff they may give you. You’ve got to be careful that you don’t spend too much time chasing ghosts [from what you see on tape]. You feel better in that you have more time to ask questions. You’re constantly asking around [the office], ‘What do you think of these guys? What would you do here?’”

For what it’s worth, writer Stewart Mandel also has early BCS bowl projections and puts Georgia Tech in the Orange Bowl against Penn State.

♦ We’re live from Jacksonville! (not that one, the other one)

Look, what I found. It’s Jacksonville (Ala.) State coach Jack Crowe, pontificating on the upcoming Georgia Tech game and not looking or sounding terribly confident after a scrimmage Saturday. By the way, the Jacksonville State Athletics website has a series of videos with Crowe, if you really have nothing else to do — and I mean, if you REALLY have nothing else to do.

Here’s Jack Crowe, talking “glimpses”

118 comments Add your comment

Cuz

August 31st, 2009
3:39 pm

Well Blackledge owes us one for that 83 Sugar Bowl.

Spike

August 31st, 2009
3:47 pm

Roger that, Cuz. But give him credit, it was a great game winner and broke our hearts.

kendrick

August 31st, 2009
3:49 pm

I think Blackledge is right i see a bulldog upset. This game sets the tone for the season!

shankit

August 31st, 2009
3:50 pm

Todd Blackledge is a class act,
even though he beat my ol’ buddy “Black Cloud” Lastinger
in the Sugar Bowl for the national championship.
We need more announcers and analysts like Todd and
Nance.

D

August 31st, 2009
3:50 pm

Hey it’s cuz. The moron who mocks tech for advertising on the ajc. And then look what Ga did. Announced they have tickets for sale on the sports page. LOL. I thought they already sold their tickets. Haha.

BigMike

August 31st, 2009
3:53 pm

What is this guy screaming about? Oh, I forgot he has Ryan(I can’y stay out of trouble Perriloux) as his QB what a waste!!!! Still if they upset North Ave Trade school, he has my respect.

BigMike

August 31st, 2009
3:57 pm

D, It’s obvious you don’t know the difference. Getting UGA tickets is a priviledge, Begging someone to buy Tech tickets is a job!!!!!!!

Nerlman

August 31st, 2009
3:59 pm

Hit ain’t a-gonna be no upsayit. Tha Dawgs is a-gonna wee-un, like Gawd a-meant fer ‘em to.

shankit

August 31st, 2009
3:59 pm

Todd, if you read this blog, we would like to apologize
for the idiots, D, BigMike and stoopid for crashing yet
another web site to display their ignorance.
Please do not relate them to real Dawg fans.

ugadawgs89

August 31st, 2009
4:00 pm

The tickets that will go on sale are those that have been returned by Arizona St. and Tenn. Tech because they did not sell all of their allotment. All home tickets through the UGA athletic dept. have been sold.

Nerlman

August 31st, 2009
4:01 pm

Thet thar Jack Crowe feller looks real old.

Paul H

August 31st, 2009
4:01 pm

Once again:
2003: UGA 30, Clemson 0 (AT Clemson)
2005: UGA 45, Boise 21
2007: UGA 35, OSU 14
Richt’s opening day record: UNBLEMISHED
Richt’s road record: Best in SEC

See a patter this time, people?

Paul H

August 31st, 2009
4:01 pm

Lou

August 31st, 2009
4:03 pm

Those UGA tickets are the ones returned by South Carolina since they did not use their allotment. They will be gobbled up by Dog fans in no time. UGA didn’t advertise it on the sports page. The AJC is running it as a story, because it is newsworthy when the highly sought after tickets for UGA football games become available. It is not a story when Tech tickets are available. Therefore, Tech has to advertise. Dipstick!

Wildgator

August 31st, 2009
4:04 pm

I am a Gator fan, but ummm, this isn’t going to be a upset. Uga is going to win easily!! OK state had the 94th rated defense last year. Even if the improve to 54th, thats still isn’t enough to beat a sec team!! I am picking uga to destroy them!!!

C. Tampa Ironworse

August 31st, 2009
4:07 pm

Both Blackledge and Herbstreet are picking UGA…I guess ESPN/CBS/ABC changed the policy allowing these guys to talk positive about the Dawgs. I know Blackledge is male, but can he say:

I’M A MAN…I’M 40!!!

GO DAWGS and GO BOWTIE!!!

Tech75

August 31st, 2009
4:07 pm

Dang, that Jax State coach really sounded like he was optimistic, didn’t he?

Wow. Sounded like a lawyer whose client is going to the chair in less than 24 hours, with no reprieve in sight…

Ted Striker

August 31st, 2009
4:08 pm

I’m sure coach Crowe’s players responded well to his story about “Larry Ginn, Jr.” of Ohio State.

He looks like a nice guy but he reminds me of the dude who gets in front of me at the grocery checkout line and decides to write a check after taking 10 minutes to put things on the conveyor belt.

C. Tampa Ironworse

August 31st, 2009
4:14 pm

Gundy is just weighing in on Blackledge’s comments…

THAT AIN’T TRUE!!!

bad brad

August 31st, 2009
4:17 pm

Dawgs will win, but I won’t consider it an upset; Okla St is still just a big college wannabe; maybe one day but not this year to play with the big boys.

Enjoy Todd Blackledge’s restaurant tour during the season. Ate a few weeks ago at Weaver D’s in Athens (where he went last year before ALA game).

1-888-TECH-TIX

August 31st, 2009
4:19 pm

Why, that there was GT’s Div II Rival Jax State’s old ball coah heh??

only 30,000 tickets left!!! call NOW!!! 4 tix, 4 hotdogs, 4 cokes!!!

worst “fans” in college football!!!!!!!

Saint Simons

August 31st, 2009
4:27 pm

Mikey

August 31st, 2009
4:29 pm

….stay thirsty my friends….5 more days……

Nativebird

August 31st, 2009
4:36 pm

This ol’Gator sure would like to see those SEC Bulldogs go in there and make ESPN eat a little bit of Big12 Cowboy Crow. Gee these TV guys just can’t get their heads out of their Big12 / Pac10 Bu++’s.

Greek Dawg

August 31st, 2009
4:41 pm

Blackledge should be careful. He is very good on the ESPN games, but if he keeps saying nice things about UGA, which he’s done before this, he will never get the bump up to Corso’s spot on Gameday.

T.O

August 31st, 2009
4:43 pm

UGA 31-OSU-17 SEC=BEST CONFERENCE IN THE COUNRTY!!

Joe Cox

August 31st, 2009
4:48 pm

does anyone notice the guy rolling on the field in the video

Ryan

August 31st, 2009
4:49 pm

OSU isn’t ready to compete on the same level as the top teams in the SEC. The Dawgs should run and pass on this defense all day long. Dawgs win this game with ease!

Bob Horner had a sweet compact swing

August 31st, 2009
4:52 pm

I’m not sure if this is enough for Georgia fans to forgive him for leading Penn State past the Dogs in the Sugar Bowl for the 1982 national championship. But it’s something.

Jeff…must you always “throw stones”…
you had behavioral problems in middle school…fess up
that was probably Blackledge’s best pass in his career..

reality check

August 31st, 2009
4:56 pm

My prediction is something like 28 – 21 Georgia.

Everybody loves the OSU offense, but the team with the better defense usually wins. Their defense is questionable. As much as some malign Martinez, Oklahoma State has been giving up almost 100 yards per game more.

Robinson, Okung, and Hunter would all start if they played at Georgia, and Dez Bryant is truly special. But they will miss Pettigrew and overall I believe our talent level is higher, especially on the defensive side. The key will be stopping their running game.

We have stronger lines on both sides of the ball. Their run defense may be decent, but it is hard to tell because they have had problems in their secondary and everybody exploits that when they play them. Unless their new DC has done wonders and/or we do not establish and stick with the running game we should have some very favorable matchups offensively.

Tbone

August 31st, 2009
4:58 pm

Cuz and Spike,
Blackledge had a great game and belated congrats for the NC (26 years ago), but the bottom line is this…..our Herman Archie dropped a WIDE OPEN pass in the end zone that would have// should have given the DAWGS their second NC in 3 years.

Bob Horner had a sweet compact swing

August 31st, 2009
5:06 pm

Greek Dawg…I don’t know that Todd would want to replace Lee Corso….Todd is not ra-ra gamegay guy…he likes analyzing the games…I don’t know the man…just stating my opinion…which btw means nothing

2Cents

August 31st, 2009
5:13 pm

It’s sad that Ga has so few real #1 rankings (one is the loneliness number….) that the fans are still upset about a 1983 game.

Good luck on turning this program into a real contender…

redeployed dawg

August 31st, 2009
5:15 pm

I don’t understand why everyone is bashing OSU. It makes no sense bashing a team we will be playing. If we win, it isn’t an accomplishment. If we lose, we are that much weaker. OSU looked good last year and will provide a real challenge for our defense. It is time to see if last year’s defense was a fluke or if we need to have a major overhaul. I think Owens’ return will help a ton, but time will tell.

Spike

August 31st, 2009
5:18 pm

Tbone.. Good point. You have a good memory. I stand corrected.

Evil Richt 2009 S.E.C. World Tour: "Banned in Columbus"

August 31st, 2009
5:19 pm

Jack Crowe on ice with a splach of spring water is great for pre-game.

Sanford Drive

August 31st, 2009
5:36 pm

Reality Check,

I agree that defense wins games. However, I think our D is equally as questionable as theirs even with Owens and Co coming back.

Camden Mark

August 31st, 2009
5:36 pm

OSU is a real “powerhouse”,what with those 5-7, 5-7, 8-5 records over the last three years.I’m not saying this game will be a joke but going by history of the teams and overall rosters I think UGA should dominate in the trenchs and win a good game.

Sanford Drive

August 31st, 2009
5:37 pm

Redeployed Dog,

I agree with you here. It’s funny because their fans are bashing us the same way some of ours are bashing them. I even read one post on another site that said “UGA is about as good as Baylor.”

Camden Mark

August 31st, 2009
5:43 pm

Shame to,they seem like such nice folks.They (OSU fans)need to come here and pick up some trashy blog talk lessons.
Been on their blogs,their far to nice

Champ E

August 31st, 2009
5:48 pm

Tbone….Can you give us any more info on that dropped Herman Archie pass that would would have given us the game and another NC? I’ve got the game on tape, and I don’t remember seeing it or hearing any other complaints about a potential game winning dropped pass.

reality check

August 31st, 2009
5:50 pm

Sanford Drive, OSU gave up 406 yards per game last year. That is almost 100 yards per game and 30 percent more than Georgia. That is not close.

More important, the problem with Georgia last year was less defensive yards than it was turnover ratio, penalties, and poor field position after kickoff. I believe Richt has been addressing those things and we will see significant improvement. I also believe injuries last year were a huge problem. Georgia had more starters lost to injury than all but 5 teams in football. OSU was one of the mnost fortunate in that regard, and also had one of the better turnover ratios in the country. What I am saying is that Georgia has a very good chance to be much better this year just by returning to normal in key aspects of the game.

UGASlobberknocker

August 31st, 2009
6:06 pm

Who do you SEC fans like better as SEC color commentator, old or new….Blackledge or Danielson?

Kendawg

August 31st, 2009
6:09 pm

If UGA wins Saturday, will we once again hear that the opponent was “overrated”?

reality check

August 31st, 2009
6:19 pm

Incidentally, Sanford Drive I agree with you that it makes no sense to bash an opponent. At best it diminishes the accomplishment, and at the worst the team that is being bashed might win, making the basher look really dumb. OSU is a good team. I still like our chances.

JLK

August 31st, 2009
6:22 pm

Yaawwwwwwnn! Georgia fans. If only y’all were as sexy as you think you are. Shame, though.

Gen Neyland

August 31st, 2009
6:29 pm

Opening Day games show coaching staffs what they have to work with and work on moreso than summer/fall camps. If UGA loses to OK ST, I want to see Bubba Joe Cox out in front of the cameras, tears streaming and telling the Bulldawg Nation,” Noone will practice harder, play harder, push harder, etc etc etc”…Go Vols

Champ E

August 31st, 2009
6:29 pm

UGASlobberknocker….I kinda like ‘em both really. Both seem fair, and knowledgeable. Maybe Blackledge by just an inch cause he gives us tips on good eatin places! Speaking of eatin…TBone…I still need to know more about the Herman Archie dropped pass. Maybe it will help my case against the Penn State fan that keeps doggin me.

Champ E

August 31st, 2009
6:33 pm

JLK…don’t ya know…thinking your sexy is 90% of the game! Naw….guess you wouldn’t know bout that!!

KeithBrooking

August 31st, 2009
7:13 pm

If your coach is a pansy then your team is a pansy. Excuse me for piling on.