Georgia Tech’s big loss could result in big slide down poll (UPDATED with video)

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Paul Johnson is quite relaxed about Thursday's loss in Miami. OK. Not really. This is an old photo. (Brant Sanderlin/bsanderlin@ajc.com)

I realize Georgia Tech coach Paul Johnson has greater concerns than a set of football rankings in the third week of September. His secondary. His offensive and defensive lines. The jackhammer inside of his head.

But the Jackets may take a significant tumble in the Associated Press poll, based on their dreadful performance at Miami Thursday night and likely results from other games this weekend involving top 25 teams.

Tech entered the week ranked 14th, the highest the school has been in the poll this early in the season since being  No. 10 in the third week of September in 2001. (Those Jackets lost their next game to Clemson, 47-44, and wound up sliding to 24th by the end of the season, which turned out to be coach George O’Leary’s last before he went to Notre Dame.  Briefly.) Now they have to worry about just staying in the top 20.

Here’s why. Below, I’ve listed the top 25 rankings and each team’s scheduled game. At least 11 of the 13 teams ranked ahead of Tech entering the week are almost certain to win. Only two teams ahead of the Jackets — No. 7 BYU, which hosts Florida State, and No. 13 Virginia Tech, which faces visiting Nebraska — have a chance to lose. But odds are, neither one will.

That leaves the 11 teams behind Tech. No. 20 Miami already has won. No. 21 Houston is off. At least five others are heavy favorites to win. That least four teams:  No. 17 Cincinnati, which is a slight favorite at Oregon State; No. 18 Utah, which is a slight underdog but certainly capable of winning at Oregon; No. 19 Nebraska, which is an underdog in Blackburg; and No. 23 Georgia, which is a 1 1/2-point underdog at Arkansas.

One wouldn’t think the Bulldogs could make up the nine spots between themselves and the Jackets in one week. But it’s clear there’s a lot of uncertainty at the bottom of the rankings. Either way, Tech is likely to drop at least four or five spots.

Here’s a look at the AP top 25 entering the week:

1. Florida   (2-0) Tennessee
2. Texas     (2-0) Texas Tech
3. USC       (2-0) at Washington
4. Alabama   (2-0) North Texas
5t.Miss.     (1-0) SE Louisiana
5t.Penn St.  (2-0) Temple
7. BYU       (2-0) Florida State
8. Cal       (2-0) at Minnesota
9. LSU       (2-0) La.-Lafayette
10. Boise St.(2-0) at Fresno State
11. Ohio St. (1-1) Toledo
12. Oklahoma (1-1) Tulsa
13. Va. Tech (1-1) No. 19 Nebraska
14. Ga. Tech (2-1) lost to Miami 33-17
15. TCU      (1-0) Texas State
16. Okla. St.(1-1) Rice
17. Cincinn. (2-0) at Oregon State
18. Utah     (2-0) at Oregon
19. Nebraska (2-0) at No. 14 Va. Tech
20. Miami    (2-0) beat No. 15 Ga. Tech 33-17
21. Houston  (2-0) Off
22. Kansas   (2-0) Duke
23. Georgia  (1-1) at Arkansas
24. N.Carol. (2-0) vs. East Carolina
25. Michigan (2-0) Eastern Michigan

Since so many people have been emailing me or commenting about this video, I figured I would just go ahead and post it so everybody else isn’t left in the dark. It shows Johnson yelling at one of his players, offensive lineman Phil Smith, “Are you that stupid?” after the player was penalized for a false start on a PAT in the fourth quarter.

302 comments Add your comment

Stinger tucked between my legs......

September 18th, 2009
2:30 pm

GREAT poem about the game last night:

The Ramblin’ Wreck from Georgia Tech may be a hell of an Engineer,
but when it comes to football games, you see the choice is clear.
The Wreck could build a town, that the entire world may cheer,
but along can come a Hurricane and make it disappear

WELCOME BACK TO EARTH HONEY BEES!!!!

I guess Parkview High School called and asked for it’s playbook back huh??

joke of a coach, joke of a team, joke of a program, joke of a fan base.

EXPOSED!!!!!!!

(((33-17))) (((95 yards rushing))) hahahahahahaha!!!!!!!

Tuck Fech

September 18th, 2009
2:31 pm

What a GREAT pic of “CPJ”

“are you stupid!!!!!” Classiest High School Coach in the nation right there!!!!

(((33-17))) hahahahahahahahahahaha

Wiley

September 18th, 2009
2:44 pm

I wish we were unranked. We play better from the bottom looking up.

Whopper Dawg

September 18th, 2009
2:45 pm

How quickly does Mr. Saint Simons disappears.

Ryno

September 18th, 2009
2:49 pm

Whopper Dawg – his house was foreclosed on. Saint Simons lost his welfare check and free house when ACORN was banned from Georgia by the State House.

Pi$$onaDawg

September 18th, 2009
2:50 pm

I got my period today, but these cramps have me feeling blue.

Habersham Dawg

September 18th, 2009
2:51 pm

Let the excuses roll…

Paul H

September 18th, 2009
2:51 pm

Stay classy, Paul Johnson.

DawgNation

September 18th, 2009
2:51 pm

You reap what you sow m, Saint Simmons, Yellow Fuzz, Pi$$onaDawg and other vocal Tech fans posting on Bulldog blogs. Take it like the man you claim to be. If you can’t then please do yourself and the rest of the world a favor and stick with the Bee blogs.

Jeff,

If history is any indication Tech will fall to around 20 and for what ever reason if Georgia wins they will will not rise anymore than to 18th or 17th. I think Tech has been exposed to the polls now Georgia is still a mystery to them.

Tech alum

September 18th, 2009
2:53 pm

yes, we got it handed to us last night. And I am eating crow, taking my medicine and swallowing my pride today. But its good to see the first 2 comments from those classy Bulldog fans. Typical.

Tech alum

September 18th, 2009
2:56 pm

Saying “are you really that stupid?” in the heat of the moment when you’re team is getting dismantled is really not out of the ordinary. It may not of sounded good to you guys who’ve never worn a jock strap, but football is a big boy’s game. Give it a rest. I think he could have been a lot more harsh given the disastrous play on our O line and D line.

GoodWord

September 18th, 2009
2:56 pm

Will Whopper Dawg still be posting on TECH subjects after they lose to ARK this weekend? Miami would have done the same to the DAWGs. How quickly you forget about the Okie State game, HUH? What did y’all lose by 14 points? What did we lose by 16? Big difference huh? Go ahead and kick us while we are down, cause we will be back up.

DawgNation

September 18th, 2009
2:56 pm

Tech alum,

Go back to any blog the past few weeks and you will see they are paraphrasing what Tech fans have been posting here. As I said above if they can’t take what they have given then just stay away.

Fletch

September 18th, 2009
2:56 pm

Tech Alum, we had to see comments like that first on our blogs for the past 6 months…you can thank your immature fans for it

DawgNation

September 18th, 2009
3:00 pm

GoodWord,

Nobody has forgotten the OKS game. It stares at us just like this Miami score will to your fans. If you were one of those obnoxious fans her everyday spewing their hatred then again take it like the man they claim to be and go on.

Fletch

September 18th, 2009
3:01 pm

Good word, you lost by 16 only bc UM put in their 3rd string D to get some experience. Ya’ll never had a chance in that game, however we were in it until well into the 4th quarter. Take off your Tech blinders.

Tech alum

September 18th, 2009
3:01 pm

Dawg fans, trust me when I say that I understand how you can feel that way. There are tons of folks on both sides that are an embarrassment to their respective schools. That doesn’t mean you have to stoop to their level, but whatever..

Good luck to the Dawgs this weekend. I’m actually gonna be pulling for you to embarrass that sack of — Petrino. I will go back to hating ya’ll next week.

We're number...oh wow...we suck!

September 18th, 2009
3:01 pm

How do you like dem apples. (((((33-17)))))hahahahahahah. NERDS!

Pi$$onaDawg

September 18th, 2009
3:03 pm

ULTIMATE BULLDOG FAN #1

September 18th, 2009
3:06 pm

Sorry ALL YOU TECH FANS… This ones mainly for Saint Simmons.
1 2 3 4 T
#14 GT (2-1) 3 0 7 7 17
#20 MIA (2-0) 7 10 16 0 33
HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!!

ULTIMATE BULLDOG FAN #1

September 18th, 2009
3:07 pm

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH…… man i hate that guy. LMP

Joey

September 18th, 2009
3:07 pm

No Tech alum, it’s no more typical of UGA fans than m and Saint Simons are typical of Tech fans. Thank goodness there are many ‘regular” football fans who love our schools and don’t have to act like those few…

Hey, Tech alum...

September 18th, 2009
3:08 pm

…your post started off so well by being humble, but then YOU reverted to the sterotypical Tech fan by writing the last two sentences of the 2:53pm post . It would have been better to just not comment, as RAMBLE ON, m, and yellow fuzz have chosen to do, rather than try to sound humble, only to stumble! But, thanks for trying to be classy.

Topp Dogg

September 18th, 2009
3:10 pm

We have heard ACC champs, 12-0 National Champs, but what the truth is ATL Ghetto CHAMPS.what a joke of a program GT is.

buzz

September 18th, 2009
3:10 pm

Saint simmons deserves all of the grief the puppies want to give him.

P.S. If everyone has figured it out, then how in the world did our little ole team hand 45 on your redneck a#$?

Sautee Dawg

September 18th, 2009
3:10 pm

Jeff, when a coach says to one of his players “are you that stupid?” He’s the one with the problem, not the player. Furman Bisher’s article says Coach Paul Johnson ranks up there with the greatest. Bisher may be right but how do you respect a man who don’t show any?

RAMBLE ON!!!

September 18th, 2009
3:11 pm

Ed-Covington

September 18th, 2009
3:12 pm

I am a TECH fan, and if the TECH team I saw play at Land Shark last night is one of the top 25 teams in CFB, then CFB is in trouble. Hope we’re ready for NC!

Mikey

September 18th, 2009
3:12 pm

Overheard on the Charter back from Miami last night:

“The captain has turned on the fasten your seat belts sign indicating our final approach into Atlanta- please bring your seatbacks and tray tables to their upright and locked position and welcome back to earth techies”

Ed-Covington

September 18th, 2009
3:14 pm

Too many mistakes to even categorize. Poor play overall.

greg

September 18th, 2009
3:15 pm

Should drop out of the top 25. Hadn’t shown anything yet.

GSU Eagle 91

September 18th, 2009
3:15 pm

It’s good to see that GT and UGA still despise each other…I look forward to November’s blogs before and after the two teams meet.
UGA should prevail in Arkansas but it will be close. UT, on the other hand, may get drubbed by 50 in the Swamp…

RAMBLE ON!!!

September 18th, 2009
3:17 pm

We are the Dawgs’ biatches.

SaltyDawg

September 18th, 2009
3:23 pm

Look, it was a hard pill to swallow for the Canes last year getting whipped by GT, and this game will leave a bitter taste in Techs mouth for a year. I am a HUGE Canes fan and was glad to see the streak end and to be honest it felt really good to see them stop the option the way they did. GT will have the Canes at home next year and it will be a different game. Good luck to your team for the rest of the year. Last year was GT’s time to shine, last night was the Canes. That’s football.

GT76

September 18th, 2009
3:26 pm

If the Miami loss gets m and Saint Simons to go away forever it will make the loss a little easier to swallow! They do not speak for the vast majority of Tech people and have embarrassed us all.

As for Paul Johnson and the current team….I think this will only make them better. I think Miami is the real deal! I expect them to go to the ACC championship game. But should they slip up and lose to Virginia Tech then we are right back in it! I’ll be in my seat next Saturday to help take it all out on UNC! I expect Tech to win big!

Spike

September 18th, 2009
3:29 pm

M, Ramble On, St. Simons, Yellow Fuzz, Stinger.. Well, we are waiting.

An Observation

September 18th, 2009
3:31 pm

GA Tech needs a QB that can not only handle the option but also needs to be able to accurately throw the ball down field to receivers. Nesbitt IS NOT IT!!!! When teams stack the box Tech needs to be able to not be so one dimensional. Maybe when and if Shaw returns the offense will be able to do both. Also the defense looked overwhelmed last night.

Ted Striker

September 18th, 2009
3:35 pm

Jeff, I was going to read your column but I’ve been imbibiing since 10:20 am. Can’t seem to focus good on cyberprint. Intended to start drinking around 9 am when liquor store opened but was unable to locate car keys.

Since I don’t know what your article is about — don’t take it personally — I will simply share this. My left nugget felt a slight “ache” earlier today. I may go to the doctor. I don’t worry about hangovers, brain C or liver disease but I do want to take care of the boys.

tchance

September 18th, 2009
3:36 pm

I’m a serious Dawg fan and usually pull for Tech unless they’re playing UGA or an SEC team simply because they still represent Georgia, but Techies, you guys have been so obnoxious since last November, I was pulling for Miami last night. You are very lucky the score wasn’t worse and for those who watched, it was obvious the final score made the game seem much closer than it actually was. PJ’s offense worked at Navy against sub par teams but I can promise you, when the Dawgs come to town, it’s going to be worse than last night. As weak as Martinez is, with the speed of the athletes at UGA and time to digest that offense….not going to be pretty. Next time you beat Georgia, and it will probably be awhile again given all the freshman and soph’s on the roster, try to keep it in context and you won’t see so much animosity……….and where in the hell did that windbag sissy simons go? Guarantee you he hasn’t been man enough to even read these blogs!!

Starring Kam Fong as Chin Ho

September 18th, 2009
3:40 pm

Spike, I’m not waiting, I’m enjoying the void

Spike

September 18th, 2009
3:48 pm

Kam Fong.. I hear ya. Silence is golden, is it not?

gdawginkalamazoo

September 18th, 2009
3:49 pm

“are you really that stupid?” CPJ during the game last night.

“drunk, fat and stupid is no way to go through life..” CPJ after the game.

gdawginkalamazoo

September 18th, 2009
3:53 pm

Tech drops at least past #18. If dawgs show up in Arkansas and play strong we may move ahead.

GTFan

September 18th, 2009
3:53 pm

We are obnoxious because we are rooting and pulling for our team? Yet, UGA can just spit whatever out of their mouth and Tech fans are suppose to sit quietly….don’t think so!

GTFan

September 18th, 2009
3:55 pm

Miami had the better game, and they deserved the win. NO EXCUSES PERIOD!!! But, I don’t understand why UGA is, so obsessed with our blogs and scores. Especially since UGA is not playing any better then we are.

NXS

September 18th, 2009
3:56 pm

Good luck with NC Tech fans. I’ve got many family members who are Tech grads/fans, but I saw the light and attended Georgia. Anyway, in spite of how obnoxious fans from both our schools can be, I almost always pull for Tech until the last game of the year. I want you guys to be as highly ranked as possible so that when we beat you it will mean something, and it’ll hurt more! But last night, I found myself pulling for Miami (whom I despise) mostly because of the constant trolling and hyperbole spewed by many of your fans on the UGA blogs for the last six months, most particularly after our loss to OSU. There’s a lot of payback going on now, so I guess y’all will just have to deal with it. As ye sow, etc etc….. Hey, has anyone seen Saint Simons…………………………crickets?

GTFan

September 18th, 2009
4:01 pm

Both GT Tech and UGA to need to step up and prove themselves. This is why I am not making any predictions for the November game, or any games because things change. Not to mention, the only thing the fans can do is root for their teams. It’s up to the players to get the points on the board.

Terrible Truth

September 18th, 2009
4:02 pm

Looks like Miami studied the LSU tapes and had the corner speed and beef up front to execute what they learned from them. It’s a shame I forgot the game was last night, I do enjoy a good Nerd whupin’!

Sterling Smith

September 18th, 2009
4:02 pm

Interesting that you predict they will drop only 4 or 5 spots when they got beat by a team they were picked to beat. UGA dropped 2 spots after beating a team they were favored over. Based on the UGA drop, Tech should drop about 10 spots.

To GTFan

September 18th, 2009
4:06 pm

I guess you have not been on the UGA blogs for the last nine months. Every stinking day there have been Tech turds on our blog reminding us of the fluke 3 point victory in November. Turn about is fair play, my friend. Get used to it. Saint Simons, m, Yellow Fuzz, etc…. have sealed the fate of the Tech blog. 33-17 hahahahahahahahahahahahahaha!