A lot of ‘ifs’ cloud Dogs’ chances against Jackets

What are the odds that Jeff Owens and the Georgia defense can rise to the occasion against Tech? (Brant Sanderlin / AJC)

What are the odds that Jeff Owens and the Georgia defense can rise to the occasion against Tech? (Brant Sanderlin / AJC)

Saturday night’s debacle had been over only a few seconds when someone posed me the question that I’ve been asked several times since: Is there any chance Georgia can beat Georgia Tech?

My gut response: No way.

But that’s not the full answer. This is college football, after all, and a rivalry game. Unexpected things happen. And I’m a fan. We never completely give up hope. Yes, the Dogs could win the game …

If Tech implodes and plays its worst game of the season on offense.

If Georgia somehow manages to scheme the triple option correctly and play disciplined, mistake-free defense.

If Mike Bobo’s offense can avoid turning the ball over.

If, on both sides of the ball, the Dogs refrain from committing needless penalties.

OK, for those eternal optimists out there, I’ll grant that I don’t think it necessarily would take a combination of all those “ifs” for Georgia to win. A sub-par day for the Tech offense and the Dogs not turning the ball over might be enough. Or a really lousy day for the Tech defense and the Dogs clicking on offense could give Georgia a chance in a shootout.

I fervently hope those things happen. But I know the odds are stacked against the Dogs as they take on the seventh-ranked, 10-1 Jackets.

Maybe my pessimism will lessen as the week goes on, but the more I look back at this season, the more doubtful that seems.

What about you? Looking at how the two teams stack up realistically, what are Georgia’s chances against Tech? What has to happen for the Dogs to win? I’d even like to hear the Tech fans’ thoughts on this. Jacket lovers, what in your worst and most unlikely nightmares leads to a Georgia win?

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Cuz

November 23rd, 2009
10:19 am

Well the first paragraph and response was true, I was there. And no I did not ask the question.

Yeah, IF...

November 23rd, 2009
10:20 am

…a frog had wings he wouldn’t whomp his a$$ every time he jumped, either!

GaCracker

November 23rd, 2009
10:20 am

Tecn hasn’t played nearly as difficult a schedule as Georgia, so it’s possible. But even if Georgia beats Tech 100 to nothing, I’m so disgusted with the season that it won’t really matter much.

Cuz

November 23rd, 2009
10:20 am

I think I like the snowball’s chances better.

Saint Simons

November 23rd, 2009
10:21 am

34-27 !!!!!!! hahahahahahahahahahahahahhahahahahaha

But, IF...

November 23rd, 2009
10:21 am

…UGA has played a tougher schedule than Tech, how come all the strength of schedule seers say that Tech has played the tougher schedule?

NoDogsForMe

November 23rd, 2009
10:21 am

I would like to see a big Tech win but it is a college football game and anything can happen. I do doubt that the dogs can keep it together for 60 minutes.

IF...

November 23rd, 2009
10:23 am

…the “biggest” little word in the dictionary!

Chris

November 23rd, 2009
10:24 am

Do people also claim the first prize on your blog Bill? By the time I finish typing, I’ll be second or third so maybe that’s worth something.
If they put the ball on the ground, if we play mistake free, if it’s a perfect storm….
I wanted to believe before the Kentucky game that maybe we could do all those things and do an LSU on them but they’re going to come out with their hair on fire (which could be a bad thing) and put 50 on this defense. We’ll keep it close for the first half but then Reshad Jones and the rest of the group will either be in the wrong spot or try to take someone down by merely bumping into them.

That was tragic bad Saturday. I could have accepted and understood that type of thing happening during the Goff years but not under Richt’s watch. Incomprehensible really.

Chris

November 23rd, 2009
10:25 am

10th it is then!

AugustaJacket

November 23rd, 2009
10:26 am

I’m a strong Tech fan. However, UGA can beat Tech if: 1) UGA can establish the passing game. Tech’s pass defense it pitiful. Cox will have 7-8 unpressured seconds to throw the ball each throwing down. 2) UGA can regularly force Tech into 3rd and long. 3) UGA can STOP Dweyer up the middle from those 3-4 yard runs. 4) UGA has few penalties and doesn’t turnover the ball. 5) UGA concentrates on just getting first downs and running the clock. 5) CPJ dies of a heart attack on the sideline.

It’s an in state rival. UGA is stacked with talent. Anything can happen. I do think GT wins this one, but I will make no bold predictions against UGA. They’re a very talented team that’s had a tough year.

PhilDawg

November 23rd, 2009
10:26 am

Enter your comments here

Don Gill

November 23rd, 2009
10:27 am

Next year, how about David Pollack for defensive coordinator?

George P

November 23rd, 2009
10:27 am

The only way Georgia can win is if they can post multiple big plays on special teams and offense. Our secondary is our weakness and we haven’t been great on special teams. The GT offense may commit some turnovers, but we’ve definitely built that into our margins. Whatever it is, the Dawgs are going to have to base everything on the first half of play. GT will out-adjust coming out of the half, and the Dawgs only hope is that we commit all of our turnovers in the red zone. Otherwise the Wreck will roll

Gordon

November 23rd, 2009
10:27 am

From a Tech fan:

I cringe when I read the few Tech bloggers who think this game is in the bag. They do not represent the majority of Tech fans. Tech is the better team no matter what happens that day, but UGA could definitely win this game. The last 3 quarters of Auburn and the first 2 quarters of the Kentucky game show they are capable of playing good football. Combine that with some Tech turnovers, and UGA could win something like 24-21. There have been many times that Tech has either beaten or nearly beaten UGA when on paper they shouldn’t have had any chance. UGA is backed in a corner with nothing to lose, and they have talent. I do think they have to get off to a good start.

Stepping back and looking at the bigger picture, I think UGA won’t be down for long and if CPJ stays at Tech this rivalry will not be one-sided in either direction. It will be difficult for either team to win more than 2 or 3 in a row and most of the games will be close and exciting, which is the way it should be.

Cuz

November 23rd, 2009
10:27 am

I agree that Tech has a tougher strength of schedule. Jacksonville State beat Tennessee Tech 55-28.

HumbleDawg

November 23rd, 2009
10:31 am

Bill, have you seen GT play this year? They are the anti-Dawgs. They are disciplined. They are coached by a man that can out-think our coaches. I love the Dawgs, but we have zero chance on Saturday…

Tech Guy

November 23rd, 2009
10:31 am

Yeah, we’re more consistently a better team, but GA certainly has the talent to put together a great game, and win with a few mistakes on our part. My big fear is that the Tech D does the no-show it has done at times until it has been kicked in the butt and woken up.

Jeremy

November 23rd, 2009
10:32 am

To But, IF – I really don’t care about this stat, but according to cbssportsline.com Tech’s strength of schedule is 31 and UGA’s is 12.

1eyedJack

November 23rd, 2009
10:33 am

That ball sure does bounce funny sometimes.

Don Gill

November 23rd, 2009
10:35 am

David Pollack, David Greene, Jon Stinchcomb. All excellent people that have had excellent careers. Think about the recruiting. Think about their attitudes and what could be instilled. The antithesis to the Petrinos, Miles, Sabans, etc.

Blackberry Cobbler

November 23rd, 2009
10:35 am

UGA VII wasn’t the only thing “laid to rest” last Saturday. The loss to UK was finally the last nail in the coffin on a horrible season for this team and coaching staff. A final humiliation at the hands of GT this week will seal the deal. What a pathetic display by a pathetic team and staff. Turnovers and penalties, the D played respectable.

Sautee Dawg

November 23rd, 2009
10:36 am

Bill, arm tackling didn’t work last year what makes anyone think it will this year? Maybe Tech will turn the ball over, we’ve missed our share of turnovers this year maybe we’ll make up for it all in this one game and be + 4 for the game instead of our usual -4. Comes down to kicking we’ve got a chance.

reebok

November 23rd, 2009
10:36 am

Wait a second,..who says Tech has an easier schedule? Evrything I’ve seen in print indicates that my Jackets played a tougher schedule, not a weaker one, than Georgia.

That being said, this is a game played by college kids. Of course Georgia can win…if AJ is back & healthy, he & Cox could play pitch & catch all day against our secondary.

But I do think my Jackets will win by 10 or more. See you Saturday!

Peadawg

November 23rd, 2009
10:36 am

If my aunt had a ****, she’d be my uncle. I’m a UGA fan but this is going to be ugly.

Scrap

November 23rd, 2009
10:39 am

“Clean Old Fashioned Hate”, there’s nothing like it.

Real Tech fans are not taking UGA for granted. This team has a ton of talent, and look for UGA to have some fine kick off returns. Anything can happen, but if both teams turn in a solid effort, Tech is the better team and wins going away……..away down south to Tampa Bay.

For UGA to win, Tech’s offense has to stumble, and lay the ball on the ground. If UGA’s special teams play well, and if UGA wins the turnover margin significantly, and if UGA can consistently run the ball, then this game gets really close.

Won’t happen……..This is a different Tech team, and different Tech coach, and a different day……..Tech wins going away.

Like IF said at 10:23……….the biggest little word in the dictionary.

1eyedJack

November 23rd, 2009
10:42 am

The formula for winning is always the same.
1. You must be able to run the football. (This is possible against the Tech D)
2. You must be able to stop the run. (I don’t see this happening with our D against Tech’s offense. We may be able to stop the dive play but the option is another story and basically what outdid us last year.)
3. You must play sound on special teams. (Directional kickoffs, poor kickoff coverage, fumbles. Don’t see us playing a mistake free game on special teams.)
4. You cannot turn the ball over. (Enough said)

Tech has had an extra week to prepare and I think the Tech staff will do a better job of using that time than Georgia’s did for Fla. Can’t see it, but stranger things have happened.

George P

November 23rd, 2009
10:43 am

AugustaJacket, you are forgetting that they can only double team Derrick Morgan for so long before Ben Anderson or someone else will get the pressure on. We won’t be seeing many 7-8 second long pockets

reck style

November 23rd, 2009
10:45 am

yes UGA could win but taking a look at last years 3rd quarter highlights it encourages me enough to believe they won’t. I mean that game was in Athens and you had Moreno and Stafford.

RAMBLE ON!!!

November 23rd, 2009
10:46 am

Some over/unders for you fleabags.

Points: GT 45 UGAg 17

TD’s: Nesbitt 2, Dwyer 2, Allen 1.5, Jones 1.5, Thomas 1.5. UGAgs offense 2.

Rushing: GT 420 yards, UGAg 130,
Dwyer 160 yards, Nesbitt 85, Allen 90, Jones 90, King 45, Ealey 55

Passing GT 160 yards, UGAg 160 yards,
Thomas 80, Hill 40,

Sacks: GT 5, (Morgan 2.5). UGAg 1
Holding penalties on Morgan 3.

Interceptions: GT 2 (Burnett 1), UGAg .5

Punts: GT .5, UGAg 4.

When UGAg fans exit stadium: 5 minutes into the 3rd quarter.

Final Score GT 49 UGAg 17

BankerDawg

November 23rd, 2009
10:48 am

We lose.

And we lose big.

Not our year. Lots of youngsters earned valuable PT and took their lumps, which will hopefully pay dividends for us down the road.

New QB and D Coordinator will be the big question marks heading into next year. We’ll see how it all shakes out.

It will take an absolute miracle to beat Tech this year.

DDevlin

November 23rd, 2009
10:51 am

Drew

November 23rd, 2009
10:56 am

Tech student here. I think if we have some nerves about us, turn the ball over, and get behind early, then the game could be a fight. Here are some other factors:

We need to get good kickoffs and keep Boykin from returning one or getting great field position.

We need to be able to assert the passing game.

We need to not let Joe Cox get confident.

We need to keep the run game anemic.

Bubba

November 23rd, 2009
10:59 am

Based on recent performance of Georgia’s defense, Tech will jump out to an early lead, like Florida, Auburn and even Kentucky did. Georgia’s defense rarely starts a game well, and this could prove fatal against the Jackets. Hopefully Owens, Atkins and Weston can generaate some push in the interior and disrupt the option. If not it will be a long day for the Dogs.

SEC Fan

November 23rd, 2009
10:59 am

I’m not going to repeat what has been said throughout the year and this post. Yea, anything can happen on Saturday, with a lot of ifs and should have beens. UGA has the overall talent to compete with anyone in the country. The problem is talent is one thing and having heart and fight is another. Ky came out and punched us in the mouth a couple of times and we folded. We even had a chance with two minutes left, but Cox s@@@ in his pants and tryed to force a play. The second in less than 6 plays. Yes, I’ll be pumped leading up and for the first five minutes of the game. I’m worried that Tech will punch us in the mouth a couple of times and we quit as usual. If that happens, it could and will get ugly.

Ralph

November 23rd, 2009
10:59 am

Yea, that UGAy schedule was tough – those powerhouses of UT and UK were too tough to overcome.

Dan

November 23rd, 2009
11:01 am

I’m a Tech fan and the way I view this game is the same way I did in 04, 05, & 06. We played it close with y’all but couldn’t get it done. One bounce one way or the other (or just keeping track of downs…) could have changed the outcome. Basically, UGA has to play with their heads or Tech will beat them. We don’t have the defense for this to be a blowout. If I had to guess, my final score would be something like 42-24. I think UGA will move the ball but turnovers will kill them again.

DFWTX Dawg

November 23rd, 2009
11:02 am

Wil-Mart couldn’t stop GT with napalm. Turd-flies will swarm Wil-Mart’s defense like the big turd it is. GT defense won’t have to pressure Joe Cox to get him to make mistakes. GT offense will light GA defense up and this will pressure Cox into feeling like the game is on his shoulders. Saturday night wasn’t the most embarrassed I’ve been of UGA in my lifetime, but it is definitely up there.

Turd-flies 55 UGA 24

jakesdad

November 23rd, 2009
11:03 am

I’m 2nd generation Tech & season tix holder since 99 & I’ll readily admit this game scares me! Georgia’s got athletes who want redemption for blowing the lead last yr & our pass rush has been non-existent for weeks & AJ Green’s the top receiver in the country IMO so if Cox has time y’all could turn it into a track meet…

George P. Burdell

November 23rd, 2009
11:05 am

I think UGA can keep it close/win if Tech has some turnovers and you get some big plays on KO returns. I know Georgia fans have not been happy with your special teams plays, but Tech has been pretty poor on some of that as well, particularly kickoff returns. I think Georgia’s best chance is to probably get in a shoot out ( like FSU this year or Tech_UGA last year) and hope for Tech turnovers later in the game. If Tech gets up a couple of scores early, I don’t know if Georgia will be able to muster enough to come back and make it competitive. With as bad as Tech’s pass defense has been this year, there is no way I would ever say UGA doesn’t have a chance in this game. I of course hope differently, but I think it will probably end up being closer than most think. I do think both teams will show up to play and I hope it is a well played game.

Brent

November 23rd, 2009
11:05 am

It would be great if you idiots stop with the “Georgia has played a tougher schedule” crap.

Georgia has played Florida, LSU, and Oklahoma St as ranked teams.

Georgia Tech has played Clemson (and fixing to play them again), Miami, UNC, and Virginia Tech.

Stop with the SEC homer tough conference crap. Georgia has not played a more difficult schedule.

Carwie

November 23rd, 2009
11:06 am

Georgia can keep it close if they get an early lead.
If Georgia falls down 14-0 in the first quarter, than game over..and it would be ugly. I mean a 50-60 point Tech game.

DFWTX Dawg

November 23rd, 2009
11:07 am

Wil-Mart couldn’t stop GT with napalm. Turd-flies will swarm Wil-Mart’s defence like the big turd it is. GT defense won’t have to pressure Cox directly. He will feel pressure from GT lighting up our defense early and often. This will make him feel like the game rests on his shoulders.

Turd-flies 55 UGA 24

uuughh...

November 23rd, 2009
11:07 am

I think the dawgs pull this one out…if Tech fumbles anywhere from 6-9 times during the game, if Nesbitt and Dwyer don’t play at all, and if Paul Johnson quits coaching all together during his pregame speech.

I am not sure it is fair to expect our dawgs to play within the rules of the game the whole time, much less play 60 minutes of disciplined assignment football. We would have a good shot if we only played the second quarter.

Then again, “if ‘ifs’ and ‘buts’ were candy and nuts, we’d all have a Merry Christmas!”

DAWG87

November 23rd, 2009
11:08 am

Tech is going to bend us over and have their way with us. The extra painful part is looking at the respective coaching staffs and realizing that this isn’t likely to end with just this year…

collegeballfan

November 23rd, 2009
11:08 am

Today, Monday, Tech is probably the better football team.
Saturday, when they step on the field, UGA will be by far the more talented team.

Who wins? Flip a coin.

jeff

November 23rd, 2009
11:09 am

hopefully CMR and CWM are getting ready for the wishbone again. :)

GeorgiaGrad

November 23rd, 2009
11:12 am

DAWG87

How can you say that? This won’t end this year? We still recruit better talent and once CMR take control of this staff again we’ll be back on top and thumping the nerds. I don’t think Paul Johnson himself is as good of a coach as Mark Richt by any stretch.

Bill King

November 23rd, 2009
11:13 am

It’s good to see there are Tech fans out there willing to honestly assess their team and provide us with some insight into its potential weaknesses and the Dogs’ strengths. That’s refreshing. Thanks.

WilliamG

November 23rd, 2009
11:14 am

I’m a Tech fan but sure the Dawgs can win. And if UGA gets a substantial lead then Tech’s passing game won’t be able to overcome that. Tech’s passing works fine as long as it’s a long pass during a string of successful running. But if we have to pass as a way to catch up, then UGA’s chances are good.

I’m pulling for Tech of course and think, odds are, we’ll win. But I sure don’t see it as anywhere near a sure thing.

Once this game is over I’ll go back to rooting for the Dawgs on all games other than the one against my team. I know it’s been a rough two years but I also know the problems will be fixed.

Pete

November 23rd, 2009
11:15 am

GeorgiaGrad

I agree. While Tech may have a better overall coaching staff, as far as a head to head with CMR against CPJ, CMR is the better coach and more knowledageble.

jacketbacker

November 23rd, 2009
11:15 am

I just find it amazing that Ga fans are now asking if there is any way they can beat TECH!!…..This has swung so quickly thanks to CPJ……If Tech plays well we win, period…..If we turn the ball over and the defense goes into one of its funks, then anything can happen…..Ga certainly has enough talent to beat us if we are not playing well….The off week should be a big bonus for us…..CPJ and his coaches will have had two weeks to get ready for Ga….I like CPJ’s record in rivalry games and I like our chances on Saturday…….

Gooooo Jackets and THWG!!!

Sam

November 23rd, 2009
11:16 am

I am not exactly sure how it is “Bobo’s Offense” that is turning the ball over. Cox is making really bad decisions–the play calls might be good ones and Cox just gets frazzled or thinks he is Stafford.

Dooley's Cardiologist

November 23rd, 2009
11:18 am

Bill,

Dawgs have a chance if they score 58, cause GT’s gonna score at least 57. Not sure where I got the figure, it just sounded right. The problem though, is that UGA may score 58 points.

JacketBob

November 23rd, 2009
11:18 am

Bill King-

I’m a Tech fan.

Tech SHOULD win. That means nothing though. Georgia SHOULD have beat Kentucky. Tech SHOULD have beat Wake Forest without going to overtime. Georgia SHOULD have played better against Tennessee.

Bottomline is you have a bunch of kids on both sides that know each other and played against each other in high school. Throw the records out. Let the kids play and hope your coaches don’t do something stupid to screw up your players chances!

DawgFAN

November 23rd, 2009
11:20 am

The only reason I believe we have a chance is that we are playing against Tech. Tech is having a great season. We are not. But I’ve been watching this rivalry since I was one and a half years old (I’m now eighteen.) In those games, Tech has often found some way to lose. So just because of the way Tech (normally) screws up against us, I believe we have a chance.

JasonTechFan

November 23rd, 2009
11:21 am

I was really worried about this game. However…after watching the Kentucky game I’m a little less worried. Not because Georgia can’t win..they can. But I saw a quarterback for Georgia that looks very fragile right now. One screw up, a interception, fumble..whatever…that kid turns into a basket case. We shall see.

Ozzy

November 23rd, 2009
11:21 am

This is not going to be an easy game for Tech! You guys that think you know what’s going to happen are dreamers. If you knew, you’d all be millionaires with the money you made betting on college football in Vegas.

Tech’s defense has looked every bit as bad as Georgia’s at times this year, and Georgia’s special teams are head and shoulders above Tech’s.

Anything could happen. I like Tech’s chances, but this is a scary game. And if we lose it, I could see us losing the next two also. Clemson’s playing well, and if we lose to Georgia and Clemson, the bowl game will be “who cares”.

It’s gut check time. Go Jackets!

uuughh...

November 23rd, 2009
11:21 am

GeorgiaGrad…That Johnson sure out-coached Richt and his staff last year. He gets more production out of less and Richt gets way less out of way more…except for penalties, Richt gets more out of more if we are talking penalties. Also, Johnson and his coaches make these things called adjustments within the game. The UGA coaches are not capable of this. Johnson also plays to win (see going for it on 4th down in OT) while our coaches play not to lose (see the ineffective, yet safe, draw play we run in every single 3rd and long situation all year long).

I think we go down hard this weekend and our lack of discipline will be the reason. Johnson knows–well everyone on the planet knows–we are undisciplined and will take full advantage, like good coaches do. We on the other hand will try the thing that our coaches think we do well over and over and over again, whether it is successful or not, while ignoring what the other team’s weakness is.

Derrius

November 23rd, 2009
11:23 am

DawgFAN

The way Tech “normally” screws up is out the window. This isn’t 2002. This isn’t 2006. Chan Gailey is gone and I’ve yet to see where a Paul Johnson team just “screws up”.

Can they be beat? Yes. But I don’t think it will be for some Les Miles type play.

War Jacket

November 23rd, 2009
11:23 am

No long time Tech fan ever thinks a win over the Dogs is ever “in the bag”. The times when Tech was consistantly the better team occurred decades ago. Even when Tech most recently had the better team (the last one Gailey took to Athens), Georgia found a way to win. You can’t take anything for granted in this game.

Or maybe those of my ilk need a reality check. CPJ has never seen defeat snatched from the jaws of victory by the Dogs, and the players know they win if they just execute.

Here’s hoping that CPJ exorcises all lingering doubts of Georgia superiority on Saturday!!!!

GeorgiaGrad

November 23rd, 2009
11:26 am

uuugghh-

I’m not talking about the entire staffs. I’m talking about head coach vs head coach. Richt is far superior as one coach compared to another in Johnson. Richt can definately make big gametime adjustments. He did it when he was running the offense. Its a chess match and he can beat CPJ. Period.

Cuz

November 23rd, 2009
11:28 am

Keys to a Georgia win.
1. Tech’s entire starting offense comes down with Swine flu concocted by UGA’s Large Animal Teaching hospital.
2. Coach Richt dusts off an NCAA rule from 1903 that states that a visiting team can end the game at the end of the first half to catch a train. Georgia pulls the plug at the half and wins 17-14 and loads up in a boxcar for the trip back to Athens.
3. Paul Johnson in a tearful farewell on Friday announces he will return to Georgia Southern as it’s head coach. “It is what Erk would want” he chokes out.
4. A meteor impacts at the fifty yard line at Grant Field on Thursday causing the game to be rescheduled as a arena football game in Phillips Arena. AJ Greene scores 26 touchdowns to win a close one 182-175.
5. Waushan Ealey channels his inner-Herschel and runs for 400 yards. Georgia wins 51-48.

hardmanb

November 23rd, 2009
11:29 am

Even if UGA starts strong, by the third and fourth quarter, PJ’s adjustments and the triple option time-consuming offense will have the UGA defense worn out and sucking wind.

UGA has no chance, unless they can sustain some long ground drives and give some rest to their defense.

War Jacket

November 23rd, 2009
11:29 am

GeorgiaGrad, what are you smoking?? Richt and Johnson have gone head-to-head one time, with Johnson clearly getting the best Richt in that game. Them’s the facts. Let’s see what happens in the rematch. Until then you’re just blowin’ smoke.

Mikey

November 23rd, 2009
11:30 am

UGA- Please kick the damn ball deep!
We play scared of what the other team MAY do rather than busting them in the mouth.
If we play scared against tech they will likely score 10 times.

dagnabit

November 23rd, 2009
11:34 am

Why don’t you bulldoggies appreciate what a great coach you have. My lord; look at Richt’s overall record. I just don’t understand you people.

Cuz

November 23rd, 2009
11:34 am

I bet Paul Johnson thinks he has gone head to head with Coach Richt twice. Ask him.

Cuz

November 23rd, 2009
11:36 am

dagnabit, I am a huge fan of Coach Richt. I appreciate every thing he has done for the program and I know that he will do whatever it takes to get the program back on track. Which is why I think Coach Martinez is not the DC next year.

HBTD

November 23rd, 2009
11:40 am

As a true dawg, I’ll always hold out hope, but realistically, this team just simply has not shown the ability to get the job done for an entire game against anyone.
1. No offensive rythem or consistency. Our QB has looked good at times, but the mistakes he’s made have killed us all year. They did again last Saturday.
2. Overall the defense has played much better, but one particular safety simply cannot make plays. He’s often in position to make the play which tells me that CWM scheme is ok, but the player does not execute. DL is playing strong.
3. KO coverage is surely the worst in the country and IMO has been for at least the last 2 years. It is way past time for CMR to take charge of this issue and make it a top priority. Constantly giving the opponent a short field eventually ends up putting the defense in a bad position of having to defend a very short field.

Mark C.

November 23rd, 2009
11:42 am

We need a complete meltdown from the Tech offense. The penalties and defense has been a problem for two years now. I’m done expecting those to turn around all of a sudden.

reebok

November 23rd, 2009
11:45 am

cuz, i am laughing so hard i am crying. that 11:28 post is hilarious. good luck Saturday!

Cuz

November 23rd, 2009
11:46 am

I anticipate our players being wound up so tight that we lose the turnover battle again. If they play loose and we win the turnover battle then yes we could win. Turnovers, more than anything, have been our Achilles heel this year.

j

November 23rd, 2009
11:48 am

Someone give collegaball fan a drug test. He has to be on something! only way UGAy wins is if they switch unifrms with Tech. This is where Paul Johnson reall shines. He loves the rivalrys!

Cuz

November 23rd, 2009
11:49 am

reebok, you don’t have to wish us good luck this one game. It is the in-state rivalry. You are a class act and remind me of my Jacket friends. How about a good luck to the Jackets in Tampa. Shut em down so the Clemson band will stop playing “Catch that Tiger”. That has to be the ACC version of Rocky Top.

dead dog

November 23rd, 2009
11:50 am

UGA VII saw all of this coming.

Georgia is cursed and UGA took the last train to the coast.

IF you can`t beat Kentucky on the day UGA VII is put to rest, then you will fail for at least 7 seasons.

The darkness is here.

Cuz

November 23rd, 2009
11:51 am

reebok out of the five I listed I think the best chance is number three.

Cuz

November 23rd, 2009
11:54 am

dead, is that some kind of Voodoo curse? Somebody bring me a chicken to counter the spell. I will take cole slaw and mashed potatoes as my two sides.

Natureboy809

November 23rd, 2009
11:57 am

It looks bleak for DawgNation, but the line opened at GT -9.5 and has already moved to -7.5. Maybe Vegas knows something we don’t.

uuughh...

November 23rd, 2009
11:58 am

GeorgiaGrad…A head coach decides who his coordinators are going to be. Johnson has hired people around him that implement his scheme. Richt hired the people around him and let’s them implement their scheme. No matter whose scheme it is, the HC is responsible for the performance of his coordinators. Ours suck…it is Richt’s fault for hiring them and not getting rid of them last year and the year before.

…and if we are talking about Richt’s stellar adjustments at FSU, why are many FSU fans still mad at Richt? Maybe because he had just as many no shows during big games down there as he has had up here?

If everyone, including our coaches, were as focused on making corrections rather than excuses, maybe we could get headed in the right direction.

uuughh...

November 23rd, 2009
12:00 pm

…maybe Vegas wants Dawg fans to take the bet. Who would bet on this team to be successful? Start off with a line that is out of the ordinary for a rivalry game and you pull in a few more bets. Good thinking Vegas.

Minnesota Dawg

November 23rd, 2009
12:03 pm

This game will tell us who Georgia Tech is and how good they are. It also will tell us a lot about the ACC. I’ll root for Georgia Tech as long as they are not playing Georgia. Go DAWGS and play your best game, you’ve got nothing to lose and everything to gain.

Cuz

November 23rd, 2009
12:06 pm

I guess that Golden Gopher-Bulldawg matchup is out Minnesota Dawg.

reck style

November 23rd, 2009
12:07 pm

I give thanks for having this week off so that I can look at GT highlights…this is for GT fans..got to take a look at 2nd half highlights of 08 Tech UGA game. If that doesn’t fire you up nothing will!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JJPTYTswPCI

Cuz

November 23rd, 2009
12:08 pm

Any word on whether the Seilers will have a stand-in for Uga at the Tech game. We need all the mojo we can get.

uuughh...

November 23rd, 2009
12:10 pm

I heard they do have a stand in Cuz…aside from the result, did y’all have a good time at the game?

How loud were the boos on Bobo’s 3rd and long play call in the Press Box?

techie on the coast

November 23rd, 2009
12:10 pm

here is up to date strength of http://www.kiva.net/~jsagarin/sports/cfsend.htm link……Ga is way back of tech so scroll down.

techie on the coast

November 23rd, 2009
12:11 pm

http://www.kiva.net/~jsagarin/sports/cfsend.htm link for strength of schedule….scroll down cause UGA is well below tech…lol

U-no

November 23rd, 2009
12:13 pm

Having watched both teams all season I think the game will be competitive, especially in the first half.

Georgia can take a W home if they can get the running game established and with play action work the Tech pass defense. That is our weakest area on defense: pass defense. With Butler punting, the war of field position could also keep Tech working with the long end of the field, but that would mean the Pups would have to take advantage of every possession and score quickly because the Jackets excel in time of possession.

As all the Pup fans know penalties and turnovers have taken close games away from the Puppies and that would have to be limited or completely eliminated to have a chance. CPJ knows how to take advantage of the free gifts, and the Tech defense is not bad that it can’t take a Pick-6 or two if Cox is not on his passing game.

The biggest challenge for the Pups is adjusting to Tech’s adjustments. CPJ doesn’t wait till half-time to make adjustments to what the defense is trying to do to stop the option. He knows the offense so well and has seen all the ways to defend it that he makes adjustments throughout the game. He’ll draw up a play on the sidelines to take advantage of a defensive trend that is stopping certain plays. The biggest edge for the Jackets is the genius on the sidelines in Coach Paul Johnson.

Tech is in thier second year of this offense and has matured in it to produce a high output offense that as the year has progressed become more balanced and effective. The Pups can’t just focus on the run, as the Jackets have shown in the past two to three games the ability to pass the ball effectively, and for large yardage gains. Go to sleep on trying to stop the run, and they will burn you on the pass.

The Pups will have to stay disciplined and play their assignments on defense with no free lancing. They will have to stop the initial attempts to run up the middle, and at the same time keep an eye on the corners when the pitch is attempted. The linebackers will get a workout in this game.

Tech just has to keep doing what it has been doing all year, particularly the second half of the year. Play mistake free ball, run the option and use the pass to keep the defense honest. Limit the penalties and don’t turn the ball over and the game should end up turning in their favor in the second half of the game.

I just don’t see the Pups staying as disciplined for the entire game to pull out a win. The defense will have a lot of pressure on it all game long. One or two mistakes and Tech will be on their way to a big win. Past performance by both teams would seem to dictate that the Jackets will wear the defense down in the second half and get some separation to make the outcome pretty obvious.

However, if the Pups come in and play in a funk it could get out of hand early and CPJ would run it up to make some style points for the BCS. UGA can’t afford to get too hyped or come in too down. It will take sixty minutes of their A game to win it. I just don’t see that happening this year.

GeorgiaBorn

November 23rd, 2009
12:15 pm

Tech with a tougher schedule? Not that any of that matters, but there is NOT ONE SINGLE web site that lists FBS SOS that shows Tech with a tougher schedule that UGA. A few posters here say the complete opposite, but when you Google FBS or NCAA 2009 Strength of Schedule there is not one single poll that shows Tech with a tougher schedule. As a matter of fact, most polls show UGA in the top 10 in the country in SOS and Tech is far far down the list. Again, it doesn’t really matter but I had to make that correction.

third quarter fan

November 23rd, 2009
12:16 pm

I watched your KY game and was thinking that “bugkiller” was wrong about Cox (in the first half).
And then….

Dogs can win…but it seems doubtful to me that they can stop the Tech run. You cannot predict what CPJ will do with the pass….perhaps not even one or ?? just cannot predict that coach. Thank goodness!

I’ll be there so be nice.

Cuz

November 23rd, 2009
12:18 pm

uuughh, we, especially Baylie, had a great time in Athens on Saturday. The only sore spot was the game. Baylie got to be “Queen for a Day”. Probably the most exciting day of her life. Hats off to Bill, he is an excellent host. I will go into more details in the second blog of the day.

techie on the coast

November 23rd, 2009
12:19 pm

Ga born, here ya go….you must be reading last year…lol http://www.kiva.net/~jsagarin/sports/cfsend.htm

Franklin Co.

November 23rd, 2009
12:20 pm

I figure it will be a really close game, if the dawgs are spotted 55 points. THEN, it will be close, but I still wouldn’t bet on them.

Cuz

November 23rd, 2009
12:21 pm

Jacksonville State did whip up on Tennessee Tech, that says something.

St. Bernard

November 23rd, 2009
12:24 pm

It’s notable that only 3 of the four keys have anything to do with the way Tech plays. I would even say that IF Georgia could do those three they could beat tech. Just don’t htink we can do it.

techie on the coast

November 23rd, 2009
12:26 pm

I cant wait for the game to start…..sad it’s too late to teach UGA to lay down, but it is a handy trick…

techie on the coast

November 23rd, 2009
12:27 pm

lay down….roll over….play dead….is it to early for that one?

DAWG87

November 23rd, 2009
12:28 pm

Still laughing that my fellow Dawg fans would actually post that Richt is a better coach than Johnson. Even a monkey as head coach would have a few great seasons with the talent advantage we have at Georgia.

There are actually UGA fans who think Richt is capabale of outcoaching Paul Johnson. Unbelievable. Do you people even watch the games or just buy the decals to put on your cars?

It’s going to be a LONG SEVERAL YEARS.

Minnesota Dawg

November 23rd, 2009
12:29 pm

Hey Cuz, Minnesota is actually bowl eligible. We may still get our match up. We will find out Dec 6, at least that’s what it says on the Gophers website gophersports.com

dead dog

November 23rd, 2009
12:29 pm

Cuz,

This is a lot more serious than a voodoo curse.

UGA VII will wander for seven years in the afterworld looking for A Georgia defense that can stop Paul Johnson.

Willie Martinez will always be a dollar short and Richt will keep giving him one more year to figure it out.

At least UGA VII doesn`t have to go to Atlanta for the beating. He is on a warm beach with others of his kind that stare out to the ocean hoping to see the end. I am afraid this is just the end of the beginning not the beginning of the end.

Montana Jacket

November 23rd, 2009
12:54 pm

I’m a Jacket. Been watching this stuff since ‘62. There is NO WAY any Tech fan can feel over confident about UGA game. Tech has lost more games as a fav than has GA in this little tussle. Can GA win? Oh, hell yes they can win. They shouldn’t, but they well could. We have to play our game on offense, score 3 or 4, and keep the ball. Our D will give up a few big ones, maybe for a score or three. Comes down to the same old adage: Protect the ball, block better, tackle better, don’t make mistakes, don’t turn the ball over, have fewer penalties. On these topics, I think we are better than UGA has performed this year, but….Saturday is Saturday…and THAT is why they play the game. I am cautiously hopeful that the teams we have seen all year both show up Saturday. If so, Tech wins. UGA has the horses. Who says they can’t direct them the right way in this one? Only a wild eyed nutball or some Tech wannabe goober is trash talking this game. I have great respect for this rivalry, and for what UGA can do. I expect us to win this year, but, I did in ‘04, ‘05, and ‘06 as well. I look for an outstanding effort by both teams. Maybe 24-21 Tech. Hope I’m right.

Top Dawg

November 23rd, 2009
12:54 pm

If Aunt Minnie had a mustache, she would be Uncle Fred.

m

November 23rd, 2009
12:59 pm

Even though kinnntucky, tennerseee, floriduh, okie state, and lswho got in on the dawg action early, don’t forget that Saturday is officially the Annual Stomping of the Dawgs.

TECH is going to stomp a mudhole in your sorry dawg arses. And there isn’t a damne thing you can do about it.

And I am never going to stop laughing at you ignorant, inbred dawgs. No wonder uga VII committed suicide.

Ramblin'JB

November 23rd, 2009
1:00 pm

As a Jacket fan I think you’re right on the money. I’ve watched almost as many Bulldog games as Tech games this year and I think I have a fair estimation of what kind of team will show up at Grant Field this weekend. In my mind, even if Tech is playing at it’s worst it’ll be a high scoring shootout like last year because the Georgia Tech offense has been very potent for 2009.

However, after reading several of the comments, I have a response for the Dawg fans that are complaining about “strength of schedule”.

The ACC has 5 top 25 ranked teams of which Tech is one. Tech is 3-1 against them and has two wins over SEC teams (granted they were against Miss State and Vandy.. but still the Yellow Jackets beat them both more soundly than #1 Florida did).

UGA has 3 losses at the hands of currently unranked teams including a loss against an LSU team that fell to unranked Ole Miss. Other than the Florida game… who has UGA faced that is so tough? Auburn? Kentucky? Vanderbilt? Arkansas? South Carolina? Tennessee? These are all the bottom feeders and mediocre teams of the SEC.

Sorry, I just don’t think the “strength of schedule” argument holds up and the ACC cannot be perceived as the weaker of the two conferences when it is better represented in the top 25.

Apart from Alabama and Florida, there’s not another strong team in the bunch.

Cuz

November 23rd, 2009
1:00 pm

dead, I am going to eat chicken today just in case it helps. Now where is my Coach PJ doll and my needles.

Delbert D.

November 23rd, 2009
1:00 pm

Cuz – Great post at 11:28…I laughed out loud.

Some quick observations:
Tech’s kickoff coverage has been a problem, to say the least. Scott Blair, the kicker has 6 solo and 2 assisted tackles. And 6 of them looked like they would have been TDs. Blair is on pace for last year, with his 8 tackles, but some of those were when he was the punter.

The DL has matured as the season progressed. One of the 4 starters out for the year was a DE (Hall). Some kids rotate in. One RS FR, TJ Barnes is a real load at 6′7, 340+. True FR Izaan Cross has been playing well. A pass rush is finally appearing.

The DBs. Where to start. Lost Cooper Taylor, starting rover/saftey in the Miami game. That’s a 6′4 200 lb guy with sub-4.4 speed, now gone for the season. Two starting corners who whiffed their way through the UVA game disappeared at halftime and reappeared with the third string at the end of the Duke game. They are getting their nickels and dimes mixed up, and end up like loose change sometimes. Georgia’s fine receivers may come up big. And hey, Joe Cox has a better passer efficiency rating than McElroy at Alabama.

Yes, Georgia can win. Win the turnovers and keep some drives going. Georgia wins the PK contest hands down.

chris

November 23rd, 2009
1:06 pm

All you people who think this game is close…WAKE UP
Georgia still has Martinez as their D Coordinator. His best game plan was against Tennessee Tech. His game plan against The VOLS made Crompton look like a Heisman Candidate, He watched Miss St, & Arkansas slow down Florida by using a spy on Tebo and then did none of what those teams did and we get blown out. Remember Arkansas is the team that gave up 51 to Georgia.
Do you really expect Martinez to suddenly come up with a way to stop an offense we don’t play all season???
This is the team that is minus 18 in turnover ratio. You think in game #12 we suddenly we learn to hold on to the football??? THis is a team that is one of the most undisciplined in the entire country and all the sudden you think we will stop committing penalties???
I love Georgia but I can’t even watch them play they make me so sick. Georgia will pay next year for letting Cox play out the season and not getting a QB ready for next year. This isn’t a one year problem…Next year isn’t looking alot better.

RAMBLE ON!!!

November 23rd, 2009
1:11 pm

Hey Cuz, your good will is taking all the fun away.

Glad to hear Baylie had a good time at the game, in spite of everything.

Will yall be coming to the game Sat.?

Poor UGA

November 23rd, 2009
1:16 pm

Any other year I would say that this game is close. The UGA team has quit on the coaching staff. This one will be ugly.

Cuz

November 23rd, 2009
1:17 pm

No Ramble. Baylie and I will watch it on TV.

Have fun in Tampa. Beat dem Tiggers.

Hey Dogtards

November 23rd, 2009
1:21 pm

The strength of schedule arguments are crazy. Both teams have played roughly the same schedule, but I think Tech has played more decent teams and more good teams.

Uga has played the only truly great team in Fla.

The rest of the top 25 is telling though. Uga has played three other ranked teams – LSU (#13 in power rankings) and Oklahoma State (#12 in polls but #25 in the power rankings), Arkansas (#23). GT has also played four – VT (9), Miami (15), Clemson (12), and UNC (21).

Vandy is obviously the same.

The rest of Georgia’s schedule (by Sagarin rankings) stacks up pretty evenly with Tech’s:

Auburn (32) v. FSU (34)
Kentucky (36) v. MIss St. (51)
Tennessee (38) v. Wake (61)
USC (47) v. Virginia (67)
Arizona St. (59) v. Duke (69)
Tenn. Tech (178) v. Jacksonville St. (115)

So the big differences are Florida v. VT (favors uga); Miami v. Arkansas (favors GT); UNC v. Oklahoma St. (favors GT); Kentucky/UT/USC v. MSU/Wake/UVA (favors uga); and Tenn. Tech v. Jacksonville St.

The first two, at least IMO, are probably a wash. Any gain from UNC is more than offset by the trio of mid-range SEC teams. The difference comes down to the D-1AA opponent. Unlike Tenn Tech, Jacksonville State has some athletes, including LSU’s former starting QB and some solid D-1 transfers on defense. uga’s margin of victory over Tenn Tech is only 11 points more than Jacksonville’s. Jax St. isn’t great, but unlike Tenn Tech they aren’t a slouch, either. Just ask FSU.

Why the Dogs Beat Ga Tech

November 23rd, 2009
1:21 pm

Last year, LSU beat Ga Tech 38 to 3 in a bowl game. This year, Miami whooped their butts and embarrased them. The dogs will use the SAME plan those guys used to stop the high school offense of the 1 trick ponies. This might be ugly for the triple option Ga Tech whacking. See what Willie did the last time he met an “offensive genius” (ya’ know—Auburn this year? Gus is still cryin’). Tech’s offense probably won’t even score. Remember the LSU game Tech? Expect more of the same. Willie’s gonna open up a can of whoop on your boyz. Nobody’s got 100 yard rusher this year, and it ain’t gonna happen with your high school offense. I predict your offense WON’T EVEN SCORE–JUST LIKE LSU—LSU—LSU….did I mention, LSU Barely beat us at the last second but whooped your butts by 35? This one Georgia’s gonna make sure you boyz remember…for a long, long time. Gerogia wins in a rout…

Cuz

November 23rd, 2009
1:21 pm

chris, I disagree with your assertion that Georgia will pay next year when we go to a freshman QB. Look how well it has worked for USC this year.

Atl Dawg

November 23rd, 2009
1:23 pm

Some polls have Tech’s SOS higher, other have UGA’s higher – http://www.cbssports.com/collegefootball/polls/120/index1.

However, it should be noted that UGA’s might be higher because Tech is on their schedule as the #7 team in the country…the Dawgs aren’t doing Tech any favors with their #55 (or whatever) ranking.

I love Georgia, but I just don’t see them playing 4 quarters against Tech. I could see UGA being up at half like last year, and then crumbling as Tech’s coaches make 2nd half adjustments and UGA’s take their halftime naps.

dh

November 23rd, 2009
1:26 pm

From this Tech fan’s perspective, I don’t think any game is in the bag. It’s not a doubt of CPJ, it is still hangover from 6 years of Gailey Ball. However, everything Tech has going into the game this year is what UGA had last year (bye week, higher ranking, playing at home). Plus with all the ACCCG talk, I hope Tech does not look past UGA, which could happen, especially when you are dealing with 18-21 year olds. I think UGA will play there hearts out. A lot of these guys have played each other since high school so it really means a lot to them. If Tech plays defense like they did against UNC, and offense like they did against FSU, then Tech should win comfortably. Plus if UGA plays undisciplined (silly penalties, turnovers), again Tech should win. Either way, I will be taking my anti-stress meds because it is Clean Old-Fashioned Hate, and anything can happen.

GO JACKETS!!!

Atl Dawg

November 23rd, 2009
1:28 pm

@ Hey Dogtards

Does that mean that Jax St.’s defense is 35 points better than GT’s based upon their common opponent FSU? I don’t think so…

Also, Perriloux (former LSU QB) didn’t play against GT cause he can’t keep from fighting people off the field….so the Jax St. team that GT played was a shell of itself.

I agree with you that both teams have played roughly the same schedule, and let’s leave it at that.

U-no

November 23rd, 2009
1:30 pm

Hey Cuz,

I like the meteor landing at the 50 yard line! That would be awesome! There would be replays of that on cable for years to come! I just hope there is an early warning system to track that sucker as it comes in so everyone can run like H to get out of the way!

As a die hard Tech fan, son of a Tech grad (1941), and having to deal with all the Pup fans in the family at Thanksgiving I have learned to enjoy humble pie. It’s one of my favorite desserts at Thanksgiving. However, I may risk talking a small amount of smack in our visit to the family gathering this year… I think I won’t have to big a risk of eating roasted crow for Sunday brunch!

Hey Dogtards

November 23rd, 2009
1:32 pm

Why the Dogs Beat Ga Tech said “Last year, LSU beat Ga Tech 38 to 3 in a bowl game. This year, Miami whooped their butts and embarrased them. The dogs will use the SAME plan those guys used to stop the high school offense of the 1 trick ponies.”

Really? That’s the best you can come up with. I agree uga may beat Tech. But c’mon, really? You don’t think better defenses, such as Clemson, VT, and UNC all watched that video? You don’t think they all tried to come up with a plan to stop the option? Yet I believe GT rushed for over 300 yards against each one. There’s not a “plan” that can shut down this offense, just like there’s not a “plan” that can shut down any offense – spread, pro-style, whatever you want to label whatever kind of offense.

The only thing that can stop this offense is the same thing that can stop any offense. Well disciplined and executed defense. That’s it. It’s not complicated.

RAMBLE ON!!!

November 23rd, 2009
1:32 pm

Heres the nightmare of all nightmares.

USC beats Clempson and UGA beats GT.

Bowden and Gailey would make that happen.

Okiemon

November 23rd, 2009
1:32 pm

To George P: from one Tech fan to another, please refrain from pointing out that our pass defense is our weakness. Martinez may not have figured that out yet, and we shouldn’t tell him.

gtechsta

November 23rd, 2009
1:33 pm

Cuz, glad to hear your daughter, minus the game, was queen for a day. That was the important thing. Any Tech fan knows that UGa has the talent to take this one from us. We have an advantage on the sidelines with coaching but a turnover here/there and if Tech’s special teams pukes on itself again, then look out. Happy Thanksgiving to all.

Why the Dogs Beat Ga Tech

November 23rd, 2009
1:41 pm

Hey Dogtards–

Seen our 3 NFL bound D-Lineman this year? They ain’t gave up 100 yard rusher to ANYBODY ALL YEAR and it ain’t gonna happen with your 1 trick ponies High School Offense. Just like LSU, who needed a miracle to beat us but kicked your butt by 35, LSU all over again….in a Red Shirt. Have fun boyz….

Gus over at Aubrun is still cryin’ (he had the #1 offense in 2007 AND 2008). He THOUGHT he could run against Willie too. The only WAY Tech has a CHANCE is to beat us passing, but your guys are AWFUL THERE, worst passing completion % in ACC, so we’re good. Georgia in a rout, your boyz ain’t even gonna score.

Delbert D.

November 23rd, 2009
1:50 pm

Why the Dogs – What year is this, anyway? Now you have me confused.

AugustaJacket

November 23rd, 2009
1:53 pm

AugustaJacket – “Tech’s pass defense it pitiful. Cox will have 7-8 unpressured seconds to throw the ball each throwing down.”

George P — “AugustaJacket, you are forgetting that they can only double team Derrick Morgan for so long before Ben Anderson or someone else will get the pressure on. We won’t be seeing many 7-8 second long pockets”

George P – I hope your correct and I look foolish after this Saturday. The problem is that we’ve both witnessed GT’s DLine get poor pass pressure most of this year. Yes – against Wake they came up big when they had to – which was relieving. To be sure – Morgan is a stud. I’m just not convinced that we’ve played many teams that have the O line talent and depth as UGA. I hope I’m wrong, but I think Cox is gonna have plenty of time to throw to AJ Greene and not be pressured. If I’m setting up a strategy to beat my mighty Wreckers – Every set of downs I’m gonna at least once spread the field and mix up the short and long pass. I think that’s our biggest defensive weakness. If UGA can play short and long pitch and catch then it’s gonna be a shoot out – but Tech will prevail!

Poor UGA

November 23rd, 2009
1:55 pm

Hey Why the Dogs….how many yards did Willie’s defense hold Roddy Jones to last year?….and I believe that GT is 2nd or 3rd in the Country in paasing efficiency…Bey Bey Thomas has a comparable (maybe higher) per game average than AJ Green. It will be a good game for the 1st half, but GT pulls away.

m

November 23rd, 2009
2:03 pm

I can’t wait for this weekend! When we go out and beat Uga, there is going to be the biggest tickle pile ever after the game. I cannot wait to be the pivot guy in our circle. I will definitely be lapping up “oysters” on crackers.

m

November 23rd, 2009
2:08 pm

Saint Simon’s, Ramble ON! Ya’ll are invited too!

RAMBLE ON!!!

November 23rd, 2009
2:10 pm

Of course I will be there m, I never miss a good tickle pile. Are you still allergic to lube? Anywho, I can’t wait for our sexy guys to beat those mean ol bulldogs.

RAMBLE ON!!!

November 23rd, 2009
2:11 pm

Are we meeting at Backstreet after the game as usual?

Dean

November 23rd, 2009
2:15 pm

UGA’s chances?
1. When pigs fly and talk at the same time
2. AND Tech doesnt show up to the game.

No more of my money to UGA till things get fixed!

m

November 23rd, 2009
2:17 pm

It’s a date Ramble!!!

Saint Simons

November 23rd, 2009
2:22 pm

Sorry guys, my mom needs the car that night. I wish I could be a part of the tickle pile. Oh by the way 34-27!!!!! HAHAHAHAHA! I love when UGA loses. I just wish I understood football. The guys sure are cute!

Dorsey Hill

November 23rd, 2009
2:26 pm

What we need to do is run the ball for all 4 quarters. have no turnovers and have a real plan to deal with the triple option. Slowing that offense down is not about “assignment defense” as many would have you believe. The reason is simple. Once they figure out which player has which assignment, they block that guy and get a big gain. There are two ways to frustrate this offense: One is to attack and disrupt by hitting Nesbitt early and often and forcing him to make quick and difficult decisions with the ball. In other words, just like you blitz to make a qb make a desicion to throw quicker than he wants, you pressure him to act outside of his comfort zone. One play he needs to DE in his face on another the OLB on another a safety. When he has to wonder who he is reading and all of the guys he is reading hit him hard, that offense will come to a halt. Whether he bellies, keeps it or pitches it he needs someone to take him down on every play.

The other is to make everything go east and west and allow nothing north and south. You do this by simply clogging up the running lanes and pushing everything to the sidelines. You aren’t trying to defeat blocks or to penetrate gaps so much as your are trying to bottle up the north/south and cut back lanes. This way you “corral” them in the flat and then take them down.

If we do one or both of these, I think we’ll be fine. If we do the assignment defense like we did last year where they never ever changed the assignments, it’ll be a long night.

Reggie Ball

November 23rd, 2009
2:35 pm

Any chance I can meet up with you guys for the tickle pile? I think my boss at Blockbuster will let me off Saturday night

Delbert D.

November 23rd, 2009
2:36 pm

Yes, it’s as simple as magic to stop the offense.

Dr M

November 23rd, 2009
2:37 pm

As all Dawg fans know, last years starting QB, Matthew Stafford, turned in a monumental performance yesterday to pull out a victory for the lowly Detroit Lions with no time left on the clock. I went back and read the live blog in the Detroit Free Press and it was interesting to go through all the doomsaying comments by the Lions fans all the way through to the amazing finish where Stafford came back in with a left shoulder injury to throw the winning TD pass. The moral: None of us know how this thing is going to end up. UGA certainly has a shot at winning but I would be the last person to bet money on it….God only knows how this will play out.

Cuz

November 23rd, 2009
2:42 pm

A High School offense versus a Middle School defense. Sigh.

Where is my copy of “Facing the Giants”.

m

November 23rd, 2009
2:43 pm

I sure am jealous of the center for the Detroit Lions, what I wouldn’t give to have that strapping young man behind me!!! I get the vapors just thinking about it

RAMBLE ON!!!

November 23rd, 2009
2:56 pm

m wrote:
Even though kinnntucky, tennerseee, floriduh, okie state, and lswho got in on the dawg action early, don’t forget that Saturday is officially the Annual Stomping of the Dawgs.

TECH is going to stomp a mudhole in your sorry dawg arses. And there isn’t a damne thing you can do about it.

And I am never going to stop laughing at you ignorant, inbred dawgs. No wonder uga VII committed suicide”

I was with you up until the uga comment. You know how much I love dogs and the cool trick with peanut butter that my poodle “buzz” does to me.

HH

November 23rd, 2009
3:02 pm

If UGA were to beat the Institute, it would simply give Richt an excuse to hold on to the incompetents he has surrounded himself with and has inflicted upon the UGA fanbase. As I said before, I do not like to see UGA lose, but, in this instance, I hope Paul Johnson puts the last nail in Willie’s “coffin” and maybe the first one in Richt’s.

Delbert D.

November 23rd, 2009
3:22 pm

Dr M – Good post. That’s similar to what Aaron Murray did in high school, coming back from a broken leg to win the state championship game for Plant.

Next Year

November 23rd, 2009
3:39 pm

See lots of people talking about next year

46 – number of freshmen/RS on the GT team. Some are already playing

If PJ coaches them like he is with this group of 2 and 3 star rated players, watch out!

The only way GT gets worse is if they start losing them early to the NFL – wait, isn’t one of the ways you attract top talent?

Now for something a bit controversial – Could you imagine how good GT would be with UGA’s players? (of course Cox wouldn’t be QB)

SuperB

November 23rd, 2009
3:41 pm

Let’s face it– Mark Richt, Mike Bobo, and Willie Martinez all get F-minuses for their performance this season. Georgia has top ten talent but bottom ten coaches. Richt can’t coach a “licht,” Bobo ain’t got it, and Martinez is ….. (fill in the blank.) Our secondary is pitiful and who coaches that? You know who. Byron Evans couldn’t cover my house. Does Georgia even have a special teams coach?

wes

November 23rd, 2009
3:55 pm

Tech fan here….

Watch Georgia double team Tech’s defensive end, Derrick Morgan (#91) on EVERY PASSING DOWN. No team that has played us hasn’t double teamed in those situations and he STILL has 12.5 sacks on the year.

Luckily for Georgia fans, this will be the last time you have to face him. He’s going to the NFL in a few months (99% sure).

GeorgiaBorn

November 23rd, 2009
4:09 pm

It’s obvious from the Techies posts here that they have not and will not ever learn how to be a winner. Every 10-12 years, they put together a good season. Every 7-9 years, they beat UGA. Yet when we read their posts, they are pounding their collective chests like they are a dominate powerhouse year after year after year. You could say “act like you’ve been there before”, but honestly they haven’t in a long while. And I am not talking Natl Championships. I am just talking about putting together 10 win seasons. So, every 10-12 years Tech crawls out from under their rocks and plays good football and the techies start running their mouths. Then they fall back to mediocrity and the stands are empty and they disappear from the blogs.

mcdaviddawg

November 23rd, 2009
4:51 pm

Your smoking something if you think Georgia wins. We won’t bet any body that’s good without coaching and we don’t have any. Tech on the other hand, is very well coached and will make adjustments if needed. Something we bulldogs don’t do. Maybe after next year we can look forward to having coaching.

Bet on It

November 23rd, 2009
4:57 pm

Where is the faith, bulldawg fans?! There is always hope the entire Tech team will come down with the swine flu on gameday. Word has it, that the wonks in the dawg nation animal husbandry has it all down to isolation of the swine virus. That same virus just might be introduced into the techmites ‘juice’. THEN, the dawgs would have to face various techies that they could recruit at the Varsity, probably from the fries line. THEN, the dawgs would have, maybe a 30-70 chance.

Buzz Belle

November 23rd, 2009
5:02 pm

Huge Tech Fan here. But on any given day, anybody can win and that is why you play the game. My assessment: Ga wants to win very badly to try to turn an ugly season around somewhat. Ga has seniors that do not want to end their last game on a loss, at BDS. Ga. has very talented players and we all know it. Their problems are Tech also has seniors that want this game more than last year. Nesbitt is far better than last year. Tech is much more disciplined and – bragging rights here, Tech has better coaching. Nesbitt’s passing has improved greatly – another threat with the option. I just don’t think WM defense can handle what is about to be thrown at them. Tech was clicking early on, they are fine tuned now. Hoping for a good game, I’ll be there partying all the way!

Tony

November 23rd, 2009
5:45 pm

Everybody on both sides needs to take a deep breath. Number one as a Tech fan, we need to be humble about the last two seasons. We have endured so many seasons of mediocrity that it’s nice to be where we are today. We should not sling mud at the Dogs just because they have done that to Tech fans. What i have learned is that what goes around comes around. Lest Tech fans forget where we have come from, we need to simply enjoy the ride and quit talking so much smack because we have not played the Saturday game yet. I for one truly felt sorry for Cox on Saturday, even as a Tech fan. This guy has waited five years for a season like this. You know that he feels horrible and you know that his family and friends are in the stands. I don’t want the dogs to beat Tech however you gotta feel for the guy. Go Jackets!

dead dog

November 23rd, 2009
6:10 pm

Spoke with UGA VII a few moments ago.

He said Georgia loses even if Georgia wins.

The only way for Georgia to win is to lose by 50.

Smart, smart dog.

dead dog

November 23rd, 2009
6:11 pm

UGA VII really doesn`t like any of the Georgia coaches.

Something about a tree grows in Athens.

dawgs2002

November 23rd, 2009
7:11 pm

The dawgs will not win this game. Anybody who thinks we will is either dreaming or just trying to start an argument. We have no QB, no defense, no DC, no OC, no kick-return coverage. I think we will do good to score 17 points. GT will probably score around 60. And half of those points will be with their 2d team.

We will finish this year at 6-6 and the team should forego the bowl. A bowl is a type of reward for your year. What in the world is to be rewarded? About the only thing I can think of is that it’s rewarding to know that Joe Cox will be gone.

Any of you dawgs that do go to the game, you need to make sure you travel in groups. Remember that area is riddled with dangerous crime. Personally I suggest you just stay home. Why risk your life, or your family’s life, to go see an arse whipping anyway?

Techie_88

November 23rd, 2009
8:49 pm

Tech should be favored by a couple of TDs, Tech has been up and down all season. If the Tech team that played the 2nd half against Vandy plays the UGA team that played the 2nd half against Kentucky, Tech could win by 30 points. But that’s unlikely. UGA always gets up for Tech, while Tech seems to focus on the ACC teams.

But I would love to see Tech win by 30 points!

If Ga Tech Plays like They Did Against LSU...

November 23rd, 2009
10:44 pm

Here’s an “IF” you forogt to mention.

What IF Ga Tech and Johnson plays like they did in the Bowl game against LSU where they got dominated 38 to 3?

What if they play like they did against Miami this year?

I like “IF’s” too.

FreeCollegeDiplomaAtGT

November 23rd, 2009
11:10 pm

Are you kidding me… If GT does beat the DAWGS this year, I guess all 10 Nerd fans that pack themselves into Booby Dud Stadium at Pathetic Grunt Field will get to see it live. That is if their Mommy lets them stay up that late…. Pathetic Joke (that is your coach PJ, right)

bull dykes

November 24th, 2009
12:14 am

We will fold against tech like a cheap card table or a broken bull dyke strap on. A uga red strap on with black stripes. We will fold at the crease. we suck.. strap ons!

BigDawgMike

November 24th, 2009
1:34 am

IF we hold on to the ball and IF we don’t commit crucial penalties and IF joe plays like he did against arkansas and IF our defense does not give up the big play and IF we let our kicker kick off into the endzone and IF we get a few lucky bounces, we will prevail! It ain’t over until it’s over! This can be our finest hour! GO DAWGS!!

If Georgia has Another 26-0 3rd Qrtr?

November 24th, 2009
9:15 am

Ga Tech’s hanging their hopes for beatng Georgia on a repeat of the 26-0 3trd Qrtr. Of course, Tech lost the 1st, 2nd, AND 4th Qrtrs. If Georgia has ANOTHER 26-0 3rd Qrtr, Tech barely wins by 3 again. that’s a pretty big “IF” to hang Ga Tech’s hopes on–good “luck” with that one, you’ll need it.

If Ga Tech Gets a 100 Yard Rusher?

November 24th, 2009
9:26 am

Gerogia’s D-Line is LOADED. Georgia has not given up a SINGLE 100 yard rusher this year in 10 games, not to Florida, nor LSU, nor Tenn, nor Auburn, nor Ok St. Nor even to the REAL #1 Offensive Genius, who can PASS AND RUN (Gus, Auburn, #1 ranked OC 2007 & 2008) Tate got less than 50).

If Ga Tech gets a 100 yard rusher, Tech would be the FIRST TEAM ALL YEAR, and we’ve faced some bruiser RB’s. ANOTHER pretty big IF the article FORGOT to mention.

If Ga Tech Passes for 300 Yards?

November 24th, 2009
9:30 am

If Georgia stops 100 yard rushers, like they have against everybody else this year, then Tech will have to get 300 yards with the PASS. Tech averages an NCAA low 130′ish passing yards a game, AND has the lowest QB pass completion % in the NCAA. Another big Ga Tech “IF”

If Ga Tech Has a Sudden Kicking Game Miracle?

November 24th, 2009
9:41 am

Ga Tech has had ALL kinds of problems with their field goals, and KO’s. To beat Georgia, they’ll SUDDENLY need to kick like Georgia does. Kicking game advantage: Georgia, by a landslide. Georgia will have GREAT field position ALL GAME LONG.

Yet, another if Ga Tech needs….

BamaBuzz

November 24th, 2009
9:42 am

I’m a GT alum and season ticket holder since ‘87. UGa can win IF: they don’t turn the ball over; they play disciplined defense; be patient on offense; and the biggest IF – they can respond to in-game adversity (and for that matter good fortune). GT can score in bunches (remember 26 3rd qtr points?), and unless Tech puts the ball on the ground they will score. I’ve constantly told folks here in Alabama that if GT can hold their opponent to under 28 points we will win. That being said, if Chan was still coach I would be more nervous. With PJ I’m cautiously optimistic. I sat through the Bill Lewis era and watched Reggie Ball so it’s easy to not get over confident.

THWG

If Ga Tech Defense Holds Ga on Both Sides?

November 24th, 2009
9:53 am

Georgia is now balanced in the offensive attack. For Tech to win, Ealey, King, Green, Charles, and Cox will ALL have to have a bad game. They’ll have to hang their hopes on a Georgia complete meltdown in rushing AND passing. Statisitically is Ga Tech’s defense THAT good? Unless the Yech defense has a SUDDEN DEFENSIVE PERFORMANCE OF A LIFETIME, Tech will lose. Georgia has a “REAL” offense, with balance. Not too many teams have the personel to stop the run AND the pass. Tech’s hanging a LOT of hopes on a D that gave up BIG points and yardage to Georgia last year. If Tech’s DEFENSE is WEAK, ANYWHERE, they lose.

If Ga Tech Plays Like They Did Against LSU?

November 24th, 2009
10:00 am

Against LSU, Tech was routed 38 to 3. To beat an SEC team, they’ll SUDDENLY have to figure out how to fix that pathetic outing. LSU beata Georgia on a bad referee call that the SEC admitted they got wrong at the end of the game.

Common Opponent: LSU
Ga, won by 7 at the end on a bad call
Tech, Blowout, 38-3, after Johnson had WEEKS to prepare

If LSU ONLY beat Georgia by 7 on a last second score, and LSU beat Tech 38-3 when Johnson had weeks to prepare, dfoes anyone REALLY think Georgia is THAT different of a team than they were in the LSU game? Another Big “IF” Ga Tech needs.

If Ga Tech Is Caught Looking Ahead of Georgia?

November 24th, 2009
10:11 am

Think Johnson’s coaches or players might be looking ahead to the NEXT opponent? If they do, they lose.

Jay

November 24th, 2009
1:05 pm

UGA can win if they throw it up to AJ and play soild D.Its gonna be a upset!

Every Cloud Has A Silver Britches Lining!

November 24th, 2009
1:18 pm

Geez, this article and some of the passimists and cynics here have a good case of “Black Cloud Syndrome” if I ever saw it. We see what we WANT to see.

Every cloud has a silver britches lining or every silver lining has a black cloud?

If the shoe fits, kick it!

If Tech Can't Stop Corner Blitzes--They Lose!

November 24th, 2009
1:30 pm

Beware of Saban-like corner blitzes–real good for the triple option. Willie’s gonna dial up something special. Hard to take a pitch with a corner in your face all day, huh?

If Tech Can't Excecute the Dive--They Lose!

November 24th, 2009
1:32 pm

Bringing that dive against THIS Georgia frontline ain’t gonna be fun with the 3 future NFL D-Lineman there to greet them. Kind of risky, no one has gotten a 100 yard rusher this year yet on Willie’s D. Can Tech be the 1st all year?

Seen Willie's Resume?

November 24th, 2009
1:54 pm

2000 Central Mich. #1 in Pass Defense in the NCAA
2003 Helped set every kind of defensive record you can imagine
2005 8th in Scoring defense
2006 #5 in the NCAA in Pass Defense
2006 #8 in the NCAA in Total Defense

You get the idea.

2009?
Ga Tech has to hope Willie FORGOT HOW TO COACH. He hasn’t had a SINGLE 100 yard rusher in 2009. His defense is ranked #23 in the NCAA in total yards. He is brutal on 3rd down in 2009. He shut down the #1 offense a couple of weeks ago, Auburn’s Gus.

Willie didn’t forget how to coach defense, as his resume, and his 2009 stats prove.

Willie’s been kiling offenses 2000-2009 in the stats.

Seen Richt's Resume?

November 24th, 2009
2:00 pm

60 wins in 6 years, 70 in 7, 80 in 8 years.

46 NFL Drafts.

#4 winningest active coach in the NCAA.

GT For You And Me

November 24th, 2009
6:43 pm

Dawgs can’t win…. Who you all trying to kid……..Your self!

MauiDAWG

November 24th, 2009
10:45 pm

Call it crazy..I know…..but I’m calling for a beatdown of Tech.

High motivation/pride factor by UGA players, esp. seniors on this one…and learning from old mistakes (hopefully). We are NOT outmatched physically or athletically. That makes these games more unpredicatble…….

DawgVoiceofReason

November 25th, 2009
12:04 am

m,

All those around you must be committing suicide too.

DawgVoiceofReason

November 25th, 2009
12:28 am

DAWG87,

Regarding your comments, below: Who do you think brings in that talent other than the current coaches? How many SEC championships has this staff won? How many did the three previous coaches win in the previous 20 years?

How many D1 NCAA championships has Coach Richt been a part and how many has Coach Johnson been a part of? Do you know ANYTHING about Coach Richt’s successes as a coach?

As far as I’m concerned, it’s only going to be a “long several years” if you continue to post your pathetic comments on any of the blogs that I read.

November 23rd, 2009
12:28 pm
Still laughing that my fellow Dawg fans would actually post that Richt is a better coach than Johnson. Even a monkey as head coach would have a few great seasons with the talent advantage we have at Georgia.

There are actually UGA fans who think Richt is capabale of outcoaching Paul Johnson. Unbelievable. Do you people even watch the games or just buy the decals to put on your cars?

It’s going to be a LONG SEVERAL YEARS.

GTDT

November 25th, 2009
6:47 pm

I am not sure how significant a strength of schedule argument is when you don’t beat anyone good on your tough schedule… If we had the same record or even close, then it may be relevant. UGA is underachieving again and yes coaching has to take the blame. GT has no excuses if it doesn’t take care of UGA this year, we will be the underachievers

BOOGIE MAN FROM HARTWELL GA

November 25th, 2009
9:11 pm

DAWGS CAN DO IT…………I FEEL GOOD ABOUT IT;;;;;