Live from Tech: The best team in Ga. makes its debut!

The state's best team makes it extremely noisy arrival Saturday morning. (Photo by M. Bradley)

The state's finest football squad makes its extremely noisy entrance. (Photo by M. Bradley)

Yeah, I know. I meant the headline to be, as we say in the trade, a grabber. But I believe Georgia Tech will again be the finest college football team in our fair state this season, and if I didn’t say something semi-provocative up top you wouldn’t have much cause to participate in a live chat off Tech-Jacksonville State, would you?

I’ve hung around Tech long enough to know that the first thing the Institute’s Old Guard checks on entering the stadium is this: Are the Jackets wearing gold? (Taz Anderson is a stickler on this point.) And my early answer is: I think so, but I’m not certain. Because all I can spot at this moment are Jackets warming below clad in white football pants and gray T-shirts.

I assume they’ll be wearing shoulder pads eventually, but you never know. Paul Johnson likes his teams to be tough, and maybe he has decided to measure that commodity by having his men go pad-less.

Pretty good crowd outside on Bobby Dodd Way (see above extremely professionally shot photograph), although traffic wasn’t an issue, at least for the Prince of Evasive Action. (That’d be me.)

Today’s route: Northside to Howell Mill to 14th to Hemphill — stop at McDonald’s for sausage biscuit — to Ferst to my new assigned parking lot, which is, I believe, located in Fulton County. Though I’m not entirely certain, and neither was the GPS on my iPhone. (That’s my way of saying: The longer I stay in this business, the farther away I have to park.)

Things to watch for? Well, I’m not Mr. College Football, so I’m not very good at this keys-to-the-game stuff. I’m guessing Tech will win by about four touchdowns, but I also note that one betting site has the Jackets favored by 41 points. (The same site also has Tech favored by 24 1/2 points — in the first two quarters. Bet with both hands.)

I’m shooting low because I figure Tech will start fast and then ease up, and when you run the ball — you probably know this already — the clock tends to move. And I can’t imagine PJ the HC will be worried about running up the score when there’s a bigger game in five days.

But that’s just me. For all I know, this thing could wind up 222-0. (The line on that game had Cumberland a 197-point ‘dog.) Or Tech could fumble 17 times and keep the Gamecocks in it. (Ryan Perrilloux, of whom you’ve heard, isn’t playing, as you’ve also heard.)

And I believe I’ve just set an NCAA record: Seven parentheticals in nine paragraphs. (For the heck of it, let’s make it eight in nine.) I’ll be here all day to see if I can do a sans-steroid Barry Bonds on that new benchmark — put it way out of reach — and I’d be obliged if you’d join me in the attempt.

Update: Tech has appeared and is wearing gold. Gold pants. White jerseys. Taz can relax.

213 comments Add your comment

Thomas

September 5th, 2009
11:58 am

You are a complete joke. You flip flop all your predictions.

You say that OK State will beat Georgia twice within 6 months now you try back out of it. Georgia will destroy GT this year.

Sting 'em Buzz

September 5th, 2009
12:25 pm

Things can change…like TE’s leaving the team, QBs catching swine flu, injuries to LB.

That said, let’s get the game going…gooooooooooooooo Jackets!!!!!

Todd - Dacula

September 5th, 2009
12:25 pm

GaTECH and UGA win… a great day in the state of Georgia…

Ron Martin

September 5th, 2009
12:28 pm

Did you just take a dig at Mr. College Football?

LOL pandering

September 5th, 2009
12:28 pm

I’m guessing there won’t be any “Bark Madly” references in today’s blog. Well played.

MatthewH

September 5th, 2009
12:29 pm

And remember, that spread is for entertainment purposes only.

Saint Simons

September 5th, 2009
12:34 pm

{{{{{{{{38 – 3}}}}}}}} HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Alabama Jack

September 5th, 2009
12:37 pm

Good thing we don’t pay attention to the AJC.com countdown to kickoff. Its running an hour behind.

Ron Martin

September 5th, 2009
12:42 pm

I predict Schultz outpredicts Bradley this season by at least 10 percentage points

Joe Hamilton

September 5th, 2009
12:43 pm

I sure hope that GT has carefully prepared to face such a juggernaut team!!! This will go down to the wire, folks!!

Jim Donnan

September 5th, 2009
12:45 pm

Those other Gamecocks in our adjacent state whipped NC State. Following Alabama’s thrashing of VT it shall be SEC 2, ACC 0. SEC!!!!! SEC!!!!!

Jim Donnan

September 5th, 2009
12:48 pm

SEC 1, ACC 0. It will be SEC 2, ACC 0 after Alabama demolishes Virginia Yech. Go SEC!!!!!

Not Disappointed!

September 5th, 2009
12:53 pm

You got that right Mark! I’m here on the 45 with my “Not Disappointed Sign!” Too funny! GO Jackets!

Not Disappointed!

September 5th, 2009
12:54 pm

Great Day for Georgia Football!

Not Disappointed!

September 5th, 2009
12:55 pm

State of Georgia .

Ramblin Wreck!

Mark Bradley

September 5th, 2009
12:59 pm

Bark Madly here. Just sat with Mike Lopresti, esteemed columnist for Gannett and USA Today. He’s doing the double today in ATL — Tech now, Ala-VPI tonight.

Mark Bradley

September 5th, 2009
1:00 pm

Let the record reflect that Georgia Tech and Jax State players just shook hands at midfield and only four fistfights broke out.

Kidding. Nothing happened. They just shook hands. Now captains are meeting.

I’d guess there are maybe 35,000-40,000 in the house.

Sting 'em Buzz

September 5th, 2009
1:03 pm

underway woooooohooooooo

Sting 'em Buzz

September 5th, 2009
1:03 pm

that was quick….wooooohoooooooo go Diesel!!!!!

Mark Bradley

September 5th, 2009
1:04 pm

Well, that started badly for Tech. Dwyer takes a pitch and goes 74 yards untouched to score.

Mark Bradley

September 5th, 2009
1:05 pm

I’d say Jonny Dwyer — PJ calls him “Johnny” — has a pretty fair chance of being the nation’s No. 1 rusher after the first weekend. He’s averaging 74 yards per carry.

Sting 'em Buzz

September 5th, 2009
1:06 pm

12 seconds, 1 play 74 yards….nice

great way to start season

September 5th, 2009
1:06 pm

wow what an amazing way to start the season!! go jackets!!

Sting 'em Buzz

September 5th, 2009
1:07 pm

Tech recovers a fumble!!!!!

Mark Bradley

September 5th, 2009
1:07 pm

And now Tech recovers a fumble on the kickoff. Bad news for Dwyer. The ball’s on the Jax 23. His average goes down this series.

Sting 'em Buzz

September 5th, 2009
1:08 pm

13 yard pass to Bay Bay

Mark Bradley

September 5th, 2009
1:08 pm

And now Nesbitt-to Bay-Bay Thomas. Tech has matched the number of completions (one) in its victory over Georgia.

First and goal. Marcus Wright gains one.

Mark Bradley

September 5th, 2009
1:09 pm

Third and goal from the 10? Gotta pass, right?

Mark Bradley

September 5th, 2009
1:10 pm

Nope. Nesbitt draw to the three. FG time. And Scott Blair’s kick is …

Good.

Sting 'em Buzz

September 5th, 2009
1:10 pm

settling for 3

mmgtfan

September 5th, 2009
1:11 pm

Great Start! Kinda reminds me of UGA game. TD then fumble

Mark Bradley

September 5th, 2009
1:12 pm

That Cumberland score is in jeopardy. Tech is on pace to win 200-0.

Mark Bradley

September 5th, 2009
1:13 pm

Victory for Jax State! No fumble on kickoff!

Mark Bradley

September 5th, 2009
1:14 pm

PJ’s already griping to the refs. I assume about Jax breaking the huddle funny.

downsouthdirtybird

September 5th, 2009
1:14 pm

hahaha funny title to your article. 35000 wow really selling some tickets over there.

Mark Bradley

September 5th, 2009
1:14 pm

Derrick Morgan bats down a pass and comes close to intercepting. Good player.

downsouthdirtybird

September 5th, 2009
1:15 pm

p.s. your right too title only reason came in

Sting 'em Buzz

September 5th, 2009
1:15 pm

3 and out -2 yards

Mark Bradley

September 5th, 2009
1:15 pm

Brad Jefferson drops an interception on third down. Jax punting.

Mark Bradley

September 5th, 2009
1:17 pm

Dwyer’s average takes a hit. Gains one and fumbles on a late pitch. Falls on the fumble, though. Averaging 37.5 yards per carry now.

Mark Bradley

September 5th, 2009
1:18 pm

Nesbitt overthrows a WIDE OPEN Embry Peeples on third down.

Sting 'em Buzz

September 5th, 2009
1:20 pm

J State got a first down….way earlier than Oregon did.

IndyGT

September 5th, 2009
1:21 pm

We’re missing R. Jones..

David Granger

September 5th, 2009
1:22 pm

Best team in Georgia, huh?
Well…that’s what everybody puts on the pads to find out. Let the season BEGIN!

Mark Bradley

September 5th, 2009
1:22 pm

Jack Crowe doesn’t go for it on fourth-and-a-foot at the Jax 44. Come on.

Sting 'em Buzz

September 5th, 2009
1:22 pm

watch for the fake

Sting 'em Buzz

September 5th, 2009
1:23 pm

Hopefully R. Jones will be ready for Clemson.

Mark Bradley

September 5th, 2009
1:23 pm

Maybe 45,000 here. Filled in some since kickoff.

MiltonDawg

September 5th, 2009
1:24 pm

wow, looks like about 25K in attendance!! talk about fan support. dwyer looks pretty nasty though.

Mark Bradley

September 5th, 2009
1:24 pm

Dwyer just gained three. Eddie Lee Ivery breathes a sigh of relief.