Looking ahead to Tech-UGA: Here’s what will happen

This was last year. This time won't be much different. (AJC photo by Pouya Dianat)

This was last year. It won't be much different in 2009. (AJC photo by Pouya Dianat)

Georgia Tech has played 11 games, Georgia 10. And I’ve seen nothing to make me change my mind. When they meet two days after Thanksgiving, Tech will win again.

Tech has been good all season. It had a bad Thursday night in Miami, but that’s the only time the Jackets haven’t played well on offense. (Defense is another matter.) The Jackets are going to score points on Georgia, a lot of points. Maybe not 45 again, but close to it.

I don’t see Georgia’s defense being able to get off the field. Key numbers: Tech is 19th nationally in time of possession; Georgia is 90th. Tech will move and keep moving, and Georgia doesn’t have Matthew Stafford and Knowshon Moreno to counter this time. And it might not have A.J. Green.

Neither side can stop the pass. Georgia is 84th in pass efficiency defense, Tech 95th. But the Jackets will have the best pass rusher on the field in Derrick Morgan, and Georgia will, as we know, turn the ball over under duress. I don’t see Georgia stopping Tech’s offense, and I don’t see Joe Cox and Co. being able to respond over four quarters.

Georgia has had some inspired moments this season, but Tech has had an inspired season. I was impressed by Georgia against Auburn, but I’ve been impressed by the Jackets for nearly three months. It will be close for a half, and then it won’t be so close. Tech 42, Georgia 27.

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bkbroila

November 16th, 2009
12:33 am

gold and white

November 16th, 2009
12:34 am

bkbroila

November 16th, 2009
12:34 am

So Wake Forest can go toe to toe with GT, but UGA can’t!!!

Mark Bradley

November 16th, 2009
12:35 am

Impressive! Kudos to both of you.

Scott

November 16th, 2009
12:35 am

Josh

November 16th, 2009
12:37 am

When Georgia wins, I hope the players destroy the field the same way the nerds did Sanford last year. Rip up anything that suits you, Dawgs.

67King

November 16th, 2009
12:37 am

Riley Skinner>>Joe Cox. And we outgained Wake by about 200 yards.

Kelly Johnson Fan Club

November 16th, 2009
12:37 am

Tech 42, Georgia 27

I like the prediction.

jeffrey d

November 16th, 2009
12:40 am

So if Georgia does win, do we get to chew on their computers?

Mark Bradley

November 16th, 2009
12:43 am

They don’t call them “bytes” for nothing, Jeffrey.

Steve

November 16th, 2009
12:45 am

After the two week layoff, Tech may be a little sloppy in the first half against UGA, but their fresh legs will carry them through the third and fourth quarters. UGA will be worn down by then, and the final score will not be close.

wiley

November 16th, 2009
12:46 am

wake forest has a good QB…UGA doesnt. Tech didn’t get up for wake like they will for UGA….our team really wants to blow UGA out. Lets see if they can….my guess is 42-24 but lets not forget what a “rival game” can be….the overall records dont matter.

Jackets21

November 16th, 2009
12:48 am

Even Bradley can see the writing on the wall.
Prince Miller and Bryan Evans are in for a long day. Paul Johnson is a about to show Richt how you come out of a bye week.
But on the plus side dogs, Willie will be fired for getting torched yet again. You’re welcome

Greg

November 16th, 2009
12:48 am

Tech hangs 50+ on UGA and carries Willie Martinez off the field on their shoulders, a la UGA and Reggie “it’s just a game, dawg” Ball in 2007.

wes

November 16th, 2009
12:55 am

I’m thinking the same thing … close for the first half, but we all know GT is a 2nd half team. I expect it to be a touch closer though.

Tech by 8.

Loran, Whatayagot?

November 16th, 2009
1:00 am

Does “flash in the pan” seem appropriate? Tech has done a good job of taking a gimmick offense and winning for a couple of years. Just like the wishbone, spread, and other initially puzzling offenses, the college football world will figure out a way to neutralize that offense and Johnson will be sucking bilge water trying to overcome fast defensive players who will meet his backs in their own backyard. Have the dawgs figured this out yet like LSU did? I’m afraid Willie will let it happen again. But Willie isn’t the only problem.

welcmetopauljohnsonera

November 16th, 2009
1:01 am

tom-tom

November 16th, 2009
1:03 am

The only thing going for the Dawgs is Bradley’s prediction of their loss. Go Dawgs!

tom-tom

November 16th, 2009
1:04 am

Seriously, if Tech thinks? like AU, they lose. My Warchicken friends said they did it on purpose to keep CWM here for another year…

calvin

November 16th, 2009
1:05 am

Please show the 1984 photo with Bill Curry and John Dewberry
arm-in-arm holding a piece of the hedge between them.

Jackets21

November 16th, 2009
1:07 am

So which one is it dogs? Is the offense a gimmick or is it so awesome that Johnson gets hired by Notre Dame or Nebraska? It can’t be both. Pick an excuse and run with it.

jacketit

November 16th, 2009
1:11 am

Couple problems with your theory there Loran, Whatayagot?, #1 nobody has figured out the spread, just ask Florida, and the wishbone isn’t an offense, its a formation. You can’t really figure out a formation. #2 LSU figured out that if you have NFL quality DTs that you can push back the middle and mess up the mesh point, however, they still didn’t quite shut down Tech. #3 The “gimmick” offense that Tech is using has been around for a long time. It was used by Hawaii, Georgia Southern, and Navy, all through schools did very well with it. Before you call something a “flash in the pan”, make sure you know what you’re talking about

Kelly Johnson Fan Club

November 16th, 2009
1:13 am

So Wake Forest can go toe to toe with GT, but UGA can’t!!!

Thirty-five of poor defensive play on the road doesn’t mean they were going toe to toe with anyone.

TMAC

November 16th, 2009
1:16 am

Loran, are you really that big of an idiot? Flash in the pan for two years? Don’t think so buddy, but keep hoping…. enjoy the show a couple weeks from now; then enjoy watching us in a BCS game. It just hurts so bad that Tech is now the big brother in state doesn’t it? So sorry puppies.

golfman42

November 16th, 2009
1:23 am

I don’t think UGA will pull it off, as much as I’d like them to. However, if it were to happen, they should definitely take some bricks out of the wall back to Athens. Tech already had to replace a goal post this season, so it’s not a big deal

calvin

November 16th, 2009
1:25 am

One improvement at Georgia this year is the radio
broadcast. It actually sounds like a football game
being described now, and not some hillbilly family
feud.

Hawksfan30

November 16th, 2009
1:34 am

Yes, Tech has been impressive all season against a weak schedule when UGA has 3 of 4 losses to teams that were in the Top 10 when they played them. Also, this UGA team is a completely different team now than what they were during the first half against Auburn. That was a season changing halftime speech by Mark Richt. I wish I was in there but I bet he basically told everyone there scholarship was on the line since there jobs were on the line. Richt will out coach Paul Johnson and pull off the victory.

ramblinwreck0921

November 16th, 2009
1:36 am

I don’t think I could say that UGA is even as motivated to beat Tech as they were to beat Auburn. Tech wins by at least 10.

Gailey Can't Coach

November 16th, 2009
1:38 am

Seeking to counter the “they’re a second-half team” argument, Tech scores 3 TDs in the 1st QTR and Cox gets pulled by halftime for throwing 3 picks…Sorry guys, but this one ain’t gonna be close.

The TRUE GT and TRUE UGAG teams both show up for all 4 QTRs…CPJ has third stringers in before the 4th QTR starts. This will be a HIGH point for GT Football just as much as a FALL OFF THE CLIFF for the butt-sniffers. 52-10 GT as UGAG fans call for Willie M. to be fired immediately, blame the Refs for bad calls that “cost them the game” and simply disappear from AJC Sports Blogs for some strange reason. What a beautiful day to be A YELLOW JACKET!!!! Can’t come soon enough…

Gravy Train

November 16th, 2009
1:42 am

Tech, you really could’ve capitalized on a golden opportunity. Instead, you squeek by teams like Clemson and Wake Forest while your coach makes inflamitory statements on air while getting dusted by a mediocre Miami team. You continuosly go with uniform colors and schemes that nobody wants to wear, much less buy. It’s just a shame you’ve wasted the best season your program will see in a long time.

You might win the ACC by default, much like Va. Tech has done for most of this decade.
Sadly, you overlook these things so as to beat your chests and gloat. The national media couldn’t care less about your team. Do you notice the difference when you think about all of the love and prestige FSU got for running roughshod through the ACC of the 90’s?

The differences are that FSU has a large and coherent following all over America, while hardly anone outside of Atlanta notices you. Why do you think that is? Big brother of the state indeed.

Even when UGA is struggling, the get the lion’s share of prime time media coverage.
I think you all are under-estimating the power of vengeance…

jacketit

November 16th, 2009
1:47 am

Hawksfan30, you lost all credibility when you said Richt was going to outcoach Paul Johnson. Richt is a motivator. He sets up the gameplan in the week before the game, and motivates his team during gameday. Paul Johnson is one of the best gameday coaches there is, he sees what a defense is doing to stop him, and he calls his plays around that. Why do you think Tech doesn’t pass much, not because they can’t, but bc they don’t need to.

AMG

November 16th, 2009
1:48 am

Hey UGA, Navy has beaten Army 8 straight years, Guess who was the coach to NEVER lose to Army….. Now he has a new rival, UGA. 2-0 after this one and could end up way past 7-0.

sean

November 16th, 2009
1:49 am

Hawksfan:

Tech’s schedule is rated stronger than UGAs is so please shut up about the “weak schedule” nonsense.

AMG

November 16th, 2009
1:51 am

Hawksfan, better stick with basketball, make that pro basketball because UGA is going to get beaten so bad people will ask if that was a basketball score.

what a fool

November 16th, 2009
2:07 am

Gravy Train, it’s amazing to me that you can work so hard to still find fault in the great season we’re having…not ONE thing you just mentioned was relevant to football…football is played on the field…and on the field we are better than you…by a lot…comparing the attention we get in our first break out year with the attention fsu got for a decade of dominance is flat out retarded…if we “run roughshod” through the acc for the next 5-10 years we will certainly get the press they got…just like any team would…does this mean UGA doesn’t have a coherent following either since all ya’ll can talk aout is the past and off-field issues?…i have yet to hear ONE thing from any UGA fan that relates to how uga might possible succeed in this game…(you know, like matchups and talent levels and speed and play-making, the things we “incoherent” fans pay attention to)…sorry if i’m not “coherent” as a fan, but i think YOU are an idiot…

YellowSage

November 16th, 2009
2:19 am

So why do sports fans (and sportswriters) feel the urge to impress the world with there soothsaying skills by predicting a score or a winner for an athletic contest and do so with such phony certainty and assinine reasons for this phony certainty. For a person who relies upon reason and rational thought, such a contrived act, seems lame. It is not removed at all from the insensibility of superstitious beliefs, just as ridiculous. It would be safe only to believe that there will be a winner.(and even at that not safe enough should a hurricane strike just before gametime. It might be safe to say that the team with the fewest penalties and dropped passes, the most favorable calls by the officials will likely win the game. Actually, even habits and history cannot overcome the real events that will transpire and nobody knows what that will be and therefore nobody knows who will win. If statistics were a reliable indicator, and they are not, then Ga Tech could be predicted to win. If the numerical advantage of fan opinion were a reliable factor, UGA would win; it is not. The team that wins will be the team that plays best for the majority of the game and whom luck visits most favorably. The guessing is wild fun only. Knowing this and not being fooled by the grandeur delusions that I couldn’t possibly be wrong, I am going to wildly predict just for fun that the Georgia Bulldogs will win on November 28th. I could be wrong. I fear that I am not. But to be sure, it’s just a fun guess!! Statistics and recent history favor Mark’s prediction, reality doesn’t give a damned and is completely unpredictable.

Shieldy

November 16th, 2009
2:20 am

CPJ is tough coach & can be an arse in person, but he’s really good & trust me…we GA fans are afraid of what may happen. That said, sweet & nice Richt needs this one to settle down the fans & turn the tables on the media lovefest with PJ. I don’t know how but I think we win, maybe GT turnovers?! I’m worried about looking past KY too.

Really??

November 16th, 2009
2:24 am

Did you REALLY just call us out on our uniform colors, Gravy Train? Are you kidding me? That represents a fantastic new low in trash talk.

macrotech

November 16th, 2009
2:24 am

Gravy Train, you read like a bitter old fool in denial…. I am sad for you…. if you were on the street, I’d give you a quarter….then, you could call someone that might care! TECH is going to push you over the edge when they march the ball up and down the field AGAIN this season! GO TECH!!!

Shieldy

November 16th, 2009
2:29 am

You don’t hear Ga fans saying how & why because we don’t know either. We aren’t as talented or well coached as you now. We can win if you put ball on the ground, our DB’s had to get hit in #’s Sat for a pick!! I smell arrogance on North Ave & hopefully humility/hunger in Athens, it was desperation a few weeks ago & still may end up there. We’ve got a better program now but will only stay there if we make changes to do so. We’ll see.

Free Willie / Hire Smart

November 16th, 2009
2:32 am

I believe that the offense will play well against Tech. In our last 4 games UGA’s running game has finally shown up, now if only Richt would give most of the snaps to Ealey then we’ll be set. Even if Green isn’t back for the Tech game, i believe that our other receivers can step up like they did in the AU game, and i believe that AU has a much better defense than Tech does.

Just remember this Dawg and Tech fans alike, last year UGA’s game plan actually worked against Tech in the 1st half, score would have been 28-6 UGA. However in that 2nd half we suddenly forgot how to tackle, leading to the 26 point 3rd qtr.

So it is possible for Willie Martinez of all people to slow Tech down, so long as we tackle like we did in the AU game.

GO DAWGS!!!

Jack Lambert dawg

November 16th, 2009
2:33 am

Mark are you trying to take our minds off your Kentucky team? It’s not going to work. One game at a time.. I do have to admit this guy does have nice teeth, no class, but nice teeth. I guess however to Jack Lambert any front teeth are nice. Hopefully after the Georgia game he will be guming that hedge and his dentist will make lots of money.

FRAT!

November 16th, 2009
2:36 am

snellville jacket

November 16th, 2009
3:03 am

When will the three amigos on ESPN College Game Day Final have some love for Georgia Tech and the ACC? No helment stickers.

Just when UGA believed all they would have to do is stop the run then “air nesbit” comes out. I believe even though UGA believes AJ Green is the second coming Thomas is having a better year.

Hopefully this will be an afternoon game.

Jim007

November 16th, 2009
4:30 am

Worst thing about UGA beating Auburn that it gives WM more time.

Tech should again Totally Destroy the Georgia Defense and expose again what a Joke WM is .

m

November 16th, 2009
4:37 am

The stupid dawgs don’t seem to realize that thanks to God and Greyhound chan gomer gailey is gone forever. He was the dawgs favorite coach of all time but he is gone. Hallleeeedamloooyah.

Tech is going to stomp a mudhole in ugag’arse that will make the Grand Canyon look like a ditch.

And the ugag fans will do what they do best….cry, cry , cry.

Waiting for the Day Willie is Gone

November 16th, 2009
4:58 am

Take Georgia and 50 points. Remember who’s coaching Georgia’s D. Ain’t no way Willie is smart enough to come up with an answer to Tech’s option. This will be Willie’s swan song and it won’t be pretty. Georgia Tech 42 – Georgia 14 and CMR will say Georgia played a pretty good game…. the penalities, lack of turnover and failure to execute continued to be a problem. His response, “we shot ourselves in the foot again”. It ain’t going to be pretty. I’ll be glad when the season is over. It has turned my stomach to see Willie and Bobo take the Georgia program down the drain. If CMR don’t clean house he should be put on notice that he only has one more year to straighten things out. Damon Evans and Michael Adams will soon tire of CMR’s spin, excuses and protecting his friends. Loss of revenue will be the greatest motivation for Georgia Athletics. They didn’t get my $5,000 donation this year to pay for me sitting and enduring a half hearted effort in most games. I’m sorry but I’ll put it bluntly …. Georgia stinks and most of the problem falls on the shoulders of inadequate coaches including CMR.

Drexel Gal

November 16th, 2009
5:18 am

This Tech grad sees it differently. Tech, despite blubber-gutted CPJ’s exhortations to the contrary, will be lazy, looking forward to its eventual heartbreaking loss in the ACC championship game. Georgia is fired up after a disappointing season, and a breather against Kentucky — which is actually better than a bye week. Tech will falter late, and the Bulldogs will pull off the frsutrating upset, 21-17.

Remember … you heard it here first.

hatin' on the stupid

November 16th, 2009
5:50 am

Good gawd do we got to listen to this tripe for two weeks? Let them play the game for crying out loud, and, Bradley, do you have any idea what your lifetime record is for predictions. Please, just stop!

joe bob

November 16th, 2009
6:01 am

I love how Tech fans talk like they have the best team in the country. I don’t know if UGA will win, but, good grief, who has Tech played that would inspire such arrogance??? If UGA doesn’t take Tech to the woodshed, I hope somebody does this season.