Bradley’s Buzz: ESPN assesses Tech-Miami and picks …

As we know, there’s never any cross-promotion between ESPN the TV network and ESPN.com. (Cough, cough. Roll eyes. Cough again.) But sometimes that’s OK. Because otherwise we wouldn’t get this extemely detailed breakdown of Thursday night’s Georgia Tech-Miami game, courtesy of ESPN’s Scouts Inc.

Because this is one of those requires-registration deals, I’ll quote liberally:

“Allen Bailey, Josh Holmes and Marcus Forston give Miami a formidable rotation of defensive tackles that will hold their ground working against the Yellow Jackets’ interior offensive linemen. Behind them, MLB Darryl Sharpton is a downhill thumper who has the strength to help neutralize powerful B-back Jonathan Dwyer and slow down QB Josh Nesbitt between the tackles …

“Georgia Tech will have problems converting in third-and-long situations. CBs Brandon Harris, Sam Shields and Ryan Hill possess the speed and quickness to shadow Thomas and Cone. In addition, Nesbitt has had issues with his timing and accuracy, while the Hurricanes have the athletes up front to force him to get rid of the ball quickly …

“OLB Sedric Griffin and MLB Brad Jefferson [of Tech] are going to have a difficult time slowing explosive RBs Javarris James and Graig Cooper both in the passing game and the running game …

“Miami has the weapons to exploit a Georgia Tech secondary that’s been vulnerable to the big play starting with slot WR Travis Benjamin (5-10, 175 pounds) who has world class speed and is capable of running by FS Cooper Taylor …

“DE Derrick Morgan is capable of disrupting the timing of [Miami quarterback Jacory] Harris and his receivers early and often. Morgan’s blend of speed and power will be too much for heavy-footed RT Matt Pipho to handle. However, Morgan must close under control because Harris does a tremendous job of avoiding the rush and buying his receivers time to get open downfield.”

From reading the above, you’ve probably gotten the notion Scouts Inc. is picking Miami. Well, you’re right. It projects the Hurricanes winning 31-28. Its rationale:

“While the Hurricanes won’t shut the run down, they are more familiar with Georgia Tech’s triple-option attack after playing against it last season so look for them to come up with a few timely stops. With Harris and his cast of weapons moving the ball against the Yellow Jackets’ secondary, these stops will open the door for Miami to eke out the win at home.”

I, on the other hand, disagree. And here are five reasons why. And I actually feel fairly confident about this one. Famous last words, huh?

117 comments Add your comment

hiveredtech

September 16th, 2009
10:31 am

Check out the twitter message from Miami’s Damien Berry…classy!

http://twitter.com/Berry20/status/4017325206

m

September 16th, 2009
10:38 am

None of Miami’s players have ever beaten Tech. After Thursday night, they still won’t.

Paul Johnson is the real deal.

Ryno

September 16th, 2009
10:39 am

Mr. Bradley,

Looking forward to this game. I’m not a tech alum or fan, but they sure are fun to watch. I’m surprised you haven’t gotten a “strongly worded letter” from the folks at Scouts Inc. for your use of their “pay for” material.
Regardless – until you get said letter, please keep it up! I enjoy reading that stuff.

Sam Mercer

September 16th, 2009
10:40 am

Sam Mercer

September 16th, 2009
10:41 am

or not actually. dang it. Tech wins though

m

September 16th, 2009
10:41 am

Fear the I….screw the U.

Paul Johnson takes them to option school for the second year in a row.

Wiley

September 16th, 2009
10:42 am

wow thanks for that hiveredtech. lmao

Jackets2009

September 16th, 2009
10:42 am

Great bulletin board stuff.
Did I mention Warren Sapp’s comments after we beat them the first time where he likened Georgia Tech to “sisters of the blind”.

gt110215

September 16th, 2009
10:42 am

Go Jackets!! Man that Berry kid is one class act! What a thug!!

Jackets2009

September 16th, 2009
10:45 am

Don’t say thug.
Say verbally challenged.
Mark’s rules that I comply with.

Joseph

September 16th, 2009
10:50 am

Why does ESPN normally pick against TECH in any close match? They even had Tech lower on their own polls than other polls earlier as well. Sound to me that they are hopeful of a Tech swoon.

Ga Tech Old Timer

September 16th, 2009
10:52 am

Seems like a lot of folks still haven’t bought into Coach Johnson, his program and the future of Ga. Tech Football. It’ll take several wins like this coming Thursday evening to overcome the naysayers. It’s not a knock on ESPN or any particular prognosticating group – it’s just that the world of college football has yet to acknowledge the next great coach and what his ideas, efforts and coaching methods will bring to the table. We can only sit back and watch him work his system, revel in a rejuvenated program and wait for the “foot in mouth” retractions to follow.

Jackets2009

September 16th, 2009
10:53 am

Shannon is claiming on their blog that he and the coaches did not study the option last year and that is why they defensed it so poorly. And he said after the game “the coaches are to blame. It’s on us”? I doubt it.

Nativebird

September 16th, 2009
10:53 am

Not buying much on ESPN’s evaluation…execpt for Josh Nesbit. That much they got correct.

Jackets2009

September 16th, 2009
10:54 am

ESPN picking Miami is a blessing.

Jackets2009

September 16th, 2009
10:57 am

Since Paul’s the best coach we have had in ages, it is difficult to knock him but lots of fans don’t see why he didn’t start with easier passes, especially on national tv. On the short to medium, Josh did fine.

reebok

September 16th, 2009
10:59 am

MSNBC’s college footbal prediction guy, who nails about 80% of his predictions, has Tech winning and UGA losing this weekend. Tech has beaten Miami 4 straight times…Tech is ranked higher…Miami has played only 1 game this year, a squeaker over a team that had to come from behind with a minute left to beat Jax State…Tech should run right through Miami.

Jackets2009

September 16th, 2009
10:59 am

Crunch time, Josh had the right stuff. That’s the main thing.

Habersham Dawg

September 16th, 2009
11:00 am

If Tech beats Miami, they’ll beat UNC. Confidence built from a running attack builds from game to game, especially with the linemen. Looks like I’ll be watching the game tomorrow night.

Dixie Normus

September 16th, 2009
11:02 am

As we know, there’s never any cross-promotion between AJC the newspaper and AJC.com. (Cough, cough. Roll eyes. Cough again.)

Jackets2009

September 16th, 2009
11:10 am

Mark, can we pay you to pick the Canes? Just kiding. Then another group would complain that you are always against us. You pretty much can’t win no matter who you pick. Thanks for the info from Scout.

Get Real

September 16th, 2009
11:12 am

Mark,

Well, Did you read the latest in your paper about Tech winning by cheating? Did you notice that Tech did not score a single power touchdown? Johnson is way over rated. Take away his cheating, cut blocks, pansy schedule and he is just an average coach. We now know Tech’s new name under Paul Johnson, “THE GEORGIA INSTITUTE OF CHEATERS.” The new slogan will be “The End Justifies The Means.” I heard several Tech players are also not feeling well, Its just not known if its from the flu or trying to learn how to tie their shoes during a football game.

Jackets2009

September 16th, 2009
11:15 am

Well we could figure an opposing view would show.
Rather than waste energy, why don’t we just wait until thrusday night?

misterwax

September 16th, 2009
11:15 am

thanks, Dixie….haven’t heard from you since the last Austin Powers movie….Oh, BeHAVE!!!!

Dooley's Cardiologist

September 16th, 2009
11:20 am

Get Real,

I hate to tell you, but the same has also been said of Mark Richt in years past..

rduck

September 16th, 2009
11:22 am

Get Real..
You must really be scared to death of what CPJ has brought to Tech to be saying such idiotic crap. Anyone who has followed CPJ throughout the years knows what a class act and helluva coach he is. Get your head out of your arse before you get comfortable with the position.

Get Real

September 16th, 2009
11:24 am

rduck, I guess I hit a nerve…Huh

Jackets2009

September 16th, 2009
11:25 am

Shanahan’s Broncos also used a chop block system. I don’t recall SI or anyone else calling his system cheating. Nor are they about to give two Lombardi trophies back.

Get Real

September 16th, 2009
11:26 am

rduck- you may want to read what ACC Coordinator of officals DOUG RHOADS said about your goofy team.

Jackets2009

September 16th, 2009
11:29 am

You know I might be really worried. A Miami player cold-cocked a starting DE and broke his jaw. There just might be a team rule against that. But if that guy was playing, now we might have problems.
Instead he’s out and a starter is out too.
Might ought to be careful who you let on the team.
Ya think.

Funny!

September 16th, 2009
11:30 am

Any one else find it funny and ironic that UGA fans always say Tech cheats with chop blocks and they were flagged 15 yards for a chop block against USC?

WorryForGT

September 16th, 2009
11:31 am

The problem for GT is that the offense has looked sluggish in both games so far. Nesbitt has played like a freshman, Dwyer has been heard of once, R Jones hasn’t been seen, Thomas hasn’t came through except on special teams. Without the Special teams TD’s – Tech would be 1-1. They just haven’t been impressive. Miami was very impressive in the FSU game. I am a nuetral fan (Go Hokies!!!) but see Miami putting a beating on GT this year. Miami 34 – GT 10 (and another punt return TD will be the Tech’s only TD).

Dooley's Cardiologist

September 16th, 2009
11:34 am

Get Real,

You sound a little bitter.. Could it be because the Dawgs:
A) lost by 14 to a team that lost to HOUSTON by 10!!! AHAHAHA
or..
B) Barely beat a SC team who beat NC St. by 4 points. By the way, NC St. is one of the worst teams in the ACC. Yes the ACC!!!

Is it A, B, or ALL OF THE ABOVE.

Get Real

September 16th, 2009
11:36 am

Funny! Does anyone else find it funny and ironic that when some one states something negative about Tech, their fans think it must be UGA fans? What a goofy group.

Jackets2009

September 16th, 2009
11:40 am

Miami starting DE just had the wire removed from his jaw so he’s obviously won’t play. Another player suckerpunched him and got booted from the team. Word is out that character will play a bigger part in finding players if it isn’t too late. Breaking a starter’s jaw with a suckerpunch. C’mon man.

Get Real

September 16th, 2009
11:41 am

Its sad that Johnson has to use cheating to enable a kicker to score points. A good front four would be much better.Or maybe a kicker who can kick.

Chuck Uga

September 16th, 2009
11:43 am

Miami will destroy Tech something like 45 to 20. They are much better than Tech at the LOS, and yet still won’t win their ACC division (neither will Tech). Tech’s defense is nothing like it was last season other than a couple of players.

Wrecker1

September 16th, 2009
11:45 am

How did these ESPN scouts even pick TECH to score 28 or hold Miami to 31 after that review. TECH will win, oh say 30-23.

Jackets2009

September 16th, 2009
11:46 am

I was trying to draw a witty comeback from Mark with my bribe for him to pick the Canes but I guess he’s working on the next blog.

Tom

September 16th, 2009
11:46 am

Maybe PJ wouldn’t have run that play had he not informed the officiating crew before the game exactly what was going to happen on it.

Dooley's Cardiologist

September 16th, 2009
11:46 am

Get Real,

We assume that because it is usually true. If your not, I apologize for assuming that. Being called a UGA fan when you are not is about as big of an insult someone could get. Nevertheless, Your an idiot.

Dooley's Cardiologist

September 16th, 2009
11:48 am

Dangit, I di it again…***YOUR** should have been ***YOU’RE**

Dooley's Cardiologist

September 16th, 2009
11:48 am

Jackets2009

September 16th, 2009
11:50 am

I’m surprised the Uga fans have time for our blog since they’ve been so busy trying to run their coach, his assistants and QB out of town with their superior football knowledge. A USC fan last week couldn’t believe many wanted to fire CMR but that’s Uga fans for you.

Jackets2009

September 16th, 2009
11:56 am

Georgia has a few good fans, present company not excepted, and I really felt sorry for them trying to talk some sense into the lynch mob that wanted CMR, the assistants or Joe Cox gone or benched. Poor Joe Cox. Had they lost they would have screamed all week about the pick. Geez what fans.

@ Mr Worry

September 16th, 2009
11:59 am

…but WITH the special team TD’s, Tech is 2/0. Think positive-don’t worry-be happy!

AlabamaRamblinwreck

September 16th, 2009
11:59 am

I may be wrong, and I have been many times before, but I just cannot see Randy Shannon outcoaching Paul Johnson. (for that matter, I cannot see hardly any coaches outcoaching CPJ) For that reason, I really don’t see how Miami wins this game, UNLESS GT turns the ball over several times giving the thUgs a short field. If that happens early and often, then Miami will probably win the game easily. But barring that occurring, I think GT wins with some cushion.

GT 35 UM 21

Go Jackets!!

gte268p

September 16th, 2009
11:59 am

I’d like people to stop hating on Nesbitt so much. Yes, he had one bad game last week. Last year he carried the team for the first half of the season and I know he is a much better passer than what he showed last week. We are fortunate that he was on the team when Johnson was hired, otherwise we’d have no one to run his offense that fits his scheme, and we would have looked horrible last year! Give the guy a break!

Jackets2009

September 16th, 2009
12:03 pm

Miami has been preparing by having the scout team run the option.
Or was that FSU?
I can’t believe they ran an option with less than 30 seconds on the clock.
Camera caught Bowden after the play so I don’t think he called it.

Jackets2009

September 16th, 2009
12:04 pm

GTE. We are in complete agreement.