We’re live from Vandy (which I think is in the SEC)

Long snapper Tyler Morgan (63) and cornerback Mario Butler (2) lead the Jackets off the busses at Vanderbilt Stadium

Tyler Morgan (63) and cornerback Mario Butler (2) lead Tech off the buses at Vanderbilt.

NASHVILLE — Welcome to Vanderbilt, where the major college football team from Georgia that isn’t so preoccupied with the color of their helmets and uniforms will play a game tonight.

Georgia Tech has won five straight since its only loss of the season in Miami and has a good chance to win out in the final four regular season games (although I say that without yet knowing what scary color pants and helmets – ooooh – Georgia will wear Nov. 28).  The rest of the schedule: Vanderbilt, Wake Forest, Duke, Georgia. If the Jackets win out, they’ll be 11-1 overall (8-1 in conference) going into the ACC championship game.

This is what Vandy's Stadium looks like before the game, and it's not that much different during it.

This is what Vandy's Stadium looks like before the game, and it's not that much different during it.

And seriously, how can Tech lose tonight? Granted, weird things happen sometimes at Vanderbilt. Opponents seemingly get lulled to sleep. It has happened to Georgia. But this is a bad Vandy team. The Commodores are 2-6 and the wins have come over Western Carolina and Rice. In the last four games (all losses), they have scored only 7, 13, 10 and 10 points. Their offense is last in the SEC in average time of possession (26.41). They’re going against a Georgia Tech team that’s first in the ACC in TOP (35.31).

Ever hear of that game called, “Keep-away?”

Really, the only way I see Tech losing this game is if their heads are somewhere else. But focus hasn’t been an issue since the Miami game. When coach Paul Johnson was asked about the potential of a letdown earlier this week, he said: “I’m not worried about that. I hope our guys are mature enough to realize that Vanderbilt is a good football team. We’re playing against the SEC, we’re not supposed to be able to compete. It’s a chance for our guys to match up with [an SEC team] again.”

Funny Johnson should harp on the SEC thing. Anybody who has been here knows it’s the most un-SEC-like atmosphere you’re going to find. The football team almost seems like an afterthought on campus — not quite Duke-like but pretty close.

One more thing, and I’ll expand on this when I rewrite this blog before halftime. This is a close Georgia Tech team. The players like each other, they’re confident and they’re following their coach, which is why I have a hard time seeing them cracking.

The team bussed up to Nashville Friday. Part of it is economics: The one-way trip with four buses saved the athletic department about $25,000, compared to if the team had chartered a flight. But because it’s a relatively short drive from Atlanta, the drive to the airport, and time involved in loading an unloading the plane, travel time is not that big of a difference. Tech did the same thing in the Florida State game: bussed there and flew back.

The Jackets stopped in Chattanooga on the way to Nashville and ate a barbecue place called, “Sugar’s.” Is that bonding, or what?

According to associate athletic director Wayne Hogan, “There were goats grazing outside the restaurant. Some of the payers had their pictures taken with goats.”

It’s the only goats we should expect on this trip.

That’s it for now. I’ll check back in here shortly. But let me ask you: Do you have any concern about a letdown tonight?

786 comments Add your comment

TechDan

October 31st, 2009
6:02 pm

TechDan

October 31st, 2009
6:02 pm

Jackette

October 31st, 2009
6:12 pm

alright! we gave Jeff in Nashville, somebody died on the Bradley blog, I had to click off it

Jackette

October 31st, 2009
6:15 pm

looks like Wake has come alive the week before GT game leading 27-14 vs. Miami top of 4th, going to be another tough one at home

oldtimer

October 31st, 2009
6:24 pm

The ACCis just a weak overall league. Va Tech and Miani lose again

Jackette

October 31st, 2009
6:50 pm

duke now in 2nd place with win over VA, every game is going to be tough

Jeff Schultz

October 31st, 2009
6:57 pm

It’ll be Tech and Duke for all the marbles!
How did that happen?

Biff Pocoroba

October 31st, 2009
7:04 pm

Wake decided to choke and give Miami new life.

No game on DTV

October 31st, 2009
7:05 pm

this sucks. I gotta pay $24 for it?

Buzz Aldrin

October 31st, 2009
7:05 pm

I think the more interesting question would be who would be favored in a Duke-UGA matchup at a neutral venue.

I hope we control the game tonight. I don’t much fear the Vandy Offense so I think covering the -13 shouldn’t be a problem.

Buzz Aldrin

October 31st, 2009
7:06 pm

No game on DTV…watch it on espn360.com if you can

Al

October 31st, 2009
7:06 pm

VT losing could hurt us in the bcs polls. And Miami is close to losing. Could be just gt ranked. Unreal.

Robby

October 31st, 2009
7:07 pm

Hate to say this, but lets go Miami! Only for SoS.

No game on DTV

October 31st, 2009
7:07 pm

Thanks. I will try that but I really hate sitting at my PC.

Not Disappointed

October 31st, 2009
7:07 pm

Jeff, you enjoy the UGA/Floriduh game. That was sad. Wow.

Bring on Duke we aren’t scared!

Jackette

October 31st, 2009
7:07 pm

Two years ago I walked up to the stadium at Duke and bought a ticket for $5 ..this year, it will be packed ….who knew…GT fans will need to make the drive to Durham to lend support

W&Ws

October 31st, 2009
7:09 pm

Here come the Dawg bloggers. This is the first time in 30 years of booing the Dawgs that I feel bad for them. They won’t want our condolences – but that was a demoralizing performance.

TML

October 31st, 2009
7:10 pm

The University of Gimmicks Again is now 4-4 and looking at 6-6 (or worse). We’re gonna run over another SEC team tonight – on the road again – and would be above U[sic]GA in the SEC East standings. How much better for a Tech fan can this be? :)

I’ll tell you how…wearing “Toe Meets Leather” at the Wake game next week! “Toe Meets Leather” @ http://www.stinGTees.com!

Jeff Schultz

October 31st, 2009
7:11 pm

Not Disappointed — Wasn’t shocked by Georgia-Florida game at all. The only thing that shocked me were the people who thought Georgia had a chance, based on beating Vanderbilt and the fact that Florida hadn’t been dominating opponents. There’s just no comparison between the two teams on either side of the ball.

Biff Pocoroba

October 31st, 2009
7:13 pm

The Duke game won’t be packed. Basketball will have begun by then and Duke “fans” won’t even know there is a game that day. They are giving away free tickets to military members to try and get a few people to show up.

Casey

October 31st, 2009
7:13 pm

This is ridiculous. GA Tech is the only major school that cannot get their games on TV. What is the DEAL? Somebody televise Tech PLEASE!!!

SamInAtlanta

October 31st, 2009
7:14 pm

I think Tech would give Florida a good game.

J.J.M.

October 31st, 2009
7:14 pm

uga needs a new coaching staff. you had a bye week to prepare and all you did was find black helmets

UGAFan

October 31st, 2009
7:14 pm

Good luck Tech.

SamInAtlanta

October 31st, 2009
7:15 pm

You can see most of Tech’s games on ESPN360.com at no charge

Buzz Aldrin

October 31st, 2009
7:15 pm

Tech game tonight is on CSS (check your cable listings) and espn360.com…take your pick.

hamptonDAWG

October 31st, 2009
7:21 pm

Okay Jackets, please do your duty and kick some butt tonight so the whole state doesn’t have to hang it’s head in shame. Yes, that was UGA in black today and yes, we suck! Good luck to you, and thanks for representing our state with pride, unlike my alma mater.

W&Ws

October 31st, 2009
7:22 pm

CMR just said he hoped the new unis would give the team a “jolt.”

collegeballfan

October 31st, 2009
7:23 pm

I am always concerned about a letdown taking place in the players between the ears. I am an old guy & have seen it happen many dozen times.

GT & Duke? Damn.

Somebody tell me again why those people in Mississippi fired Cutcliffe.

UGAFan

October 31st, 2009
7:23 pm

Well Jeff any reasonable UGA fan knew that UGA had a monumental task. And you have to admit there was a glimmer until we self-destructed. Give a little credit. What’s the point of being a fan if you can’t hope and believe in your team?

Barry from Eastenders

October 31st, 2009
7:23 pm

Jeff — Your smug commentary, which you confuse for wit, is really quite hack….you are just as simple as the rest of the media herd in that you inevitably go all in on the standard and cheap narratives, but convince yourself that you have stumbled upon unique and groundbreaking insights….however, pretty soon you will be hitting the bricks with the rest of your old media breathern….enjoy the game tonight as you amuse yourself by playing to the mindless Jacket sycophants…but, during commercial timeouts, I would suggest you polish up the resume, unless your broker has been able to put on the right stocks over the years

bp

October 31st, 2009
7:26 pm

calm down barry

Morris

October 31st, 2009
7:27 pm

Second time this year i’ve been able to see some crap game like tonight. Ark vs easter michigan but not gt who’s RANKED against an SEC team. Last time vs miss st it was two mtn west crap teams that were on the tele. This is a joke. DTV sucks.

Sycophant

October 31st, 2009
7:28 pm

Wow, great post Barry.

GTGirl

October 31st, 2009
7:28 pm

It’s ok…Barry is probably another “Dawg” fan trying to lick his wounds on our blog. It’s ok Barry…you have 4 wins! But then again you also have 4 losses…ouch.

J.J.M.

October 31st, 2009
7:28 pm

lol@barry dont cry about it, go have some candy

Not Disappointed

October 31st, 2009
7:29 pm

Thanks UGAFan! Lets be decent and cheer our Yellow Jackets on to Victory! Lets make the State of Georgia proud.

Ramblin Wreck!

Morris

October 31st, 2009
7:29 pm

Jeff if you can tell us when toe meets leather so I can compare how far behind I am watching on 360 than real time. Thanks

Pete

October 31st, 2009
7:30 pm

Barry is def a disgruntled uga fan. Sorry for your LOSS barry.

dh

October 31st, 2009
7:30 pm

For the record I liked the uga helmets today. I think maybe they should have waited until TN Tech to wear them.

This stupid WKU vs NT game needs to end. Wow, while I am typing, CSS switched over. Now that’s the power of suggestion for you right there.

Pete

October 31st, 2009
7:31 pm

BC clobbered C mich who beat Mich St. The big 10 is a joke this year.
VA killed Ind 47-7 who almost upset #4 Iowa today.

hamptonDAWG

October 31st, 2009
7:31 pm

As a Georgia fan it pains me to hear your commentary Jeff but you are right. UF is better in every phase except maybe kick returns, but when the other team doesn’t score much I guess you don’t get much practice. It’s a shame UGA has fallen off so much but it’s good to see the Techies doing so well. Hopefully we won’t be down long and the two schools can play a game at the end of the season with national implications some day. Good luck Jacktes.

Alex from Eastenders

October 31st, 2009
7:32 pm

Hey, that’s just what we do in Eastenders! Wake up from a long nap on Halloween and think to ourselves “hmmmm, what to do today?….. I know, I’ll log on to ajc.com and proceed to attempt to inflame bloggers and and their followers by using big words.”

Claydude

October 31st, 2009
7:33 pm

At this point we have nothing to lose by putting in Logan Gray. Joe Cox has made some bad decisions all year and that continued today. We are an average team so let’s experiment by letting some new guys out on the field for the next four games. Washaun has looked pretty good. Let’s see what Gray’s got and whoever else.

Schultz, I think you’re funny! Hey, I see a dead defensive coordinator and a white haired college president standing over him.

bp

October 31st, 2009
7:33 pm

css has a hi def channel also i get it on 182 in nashville go jackets

TechFan

October 31st, 2009
7:34 pm

Offense first for Jackets!

GTGirl

October 31st, 2009
7:34 pm

Claydude…in case you didn’t notice…this is the Tech blog. If you want to cry about your loss and call for the firing of everyone involved with your football team…go to your own blog.

TechFan

October 31st, 2009
7:36 pm

Last time we played on Halloween was the last time we returned a kick for a TD.

dh

October 31st, 2009
7:36 pm

Thanks hamptonDAWG. I would love to see GT v UGA have NC implications. When UF & FSU played in the 90s almost every game has some kind of implications. That would be great if in the near future Tech & UGA will be 11-0 or 10-1 heading into that game.

Buzz Aldrin

October 31st, 2009
7:36 pm

Toe just hit leather….