Bradley’s Buzz: ESPN’s Dinich now likes Clemson over Tech

According to ESPN's ACC expert, Tech won't win this time. (AJC photo by Brant Sanderlin)

According to ESPN's ACC expert, Tech won't win this time. (AJC photo by Brant Sanderlin)

Say this for Heather Dinich of ESPN.com: She’s consistent. She didn’t pick Georgia Tech to win the Coastal Division, and she’s not picking the Coastal champ to win the ACC title.

Ms. Dinich call her choice of Clemson over Tech in Tampa on Dec. 5 a “wacky prediction.” I wouldn’t call it wacky. I’d just call it misguided. You can make a case for Clemson. You can make a much better one for Tech.

Winning the ACC would put Clemson in the Orange Bowl. So where, according to Ms. Dinich, would Tech land? The Chick-fil-A? Nope. She has Georgia Tech falling behind Virginia Tech in the pecking order and landing in the Gator Bowl against a Big East opponent or Notre Dame. (I understand the Chick-fil-A might not want to have Georgia Tech for a second consecutive year, but I also understand that there would be local pressure from Jacket fans to keep Tech out of Jacksonvile.)

But … Notre Dame? Is it even bowl-eligible? And if so, is it bowl-worthy?

339 comments Add your comment

Bobby Boo

November 22nd, 2009
12:35 pm

Mark Bradley

November 22nd, 2009
12:37 pm

Kudos, Bobby Boo. You’re too quick.

falcon 71

November 22nd, 2009
12:38 pm

thats why there are few women in the football media

Herschel

November 22nd, 2009
12:38 pm

Good for her. Anybody catch the Kentucky game last night?

MattyB

November 22nd, 2009
12:41 pm

This should be one for the ages. And I do think you can make a serious case for Clemson. They’ve got some real talent and have been improving every week; definitely a team on the rise. However, if Tech plays keep-away succesfully, i.e no turnovers, they should win this game pretty decisively.

Kelly Johnson Fan Club

November 22nd, 2009
12:41 pm

Nah, Paul Johnson will have them ready to play. Tech will win the ACC Championship game.

Mark Bradley

November 22nd, 2009
12:44 pm

Let’s see: Paul Johnson coaches Georgia Tech. Dabo Swinney coaches Clemson.

Tough call, eh? (Not.)

Acworth Dawg

November 22nd, 2009
12:46 pm

Personally, I can’t believe the AJC allows people and crap like this to get posted.

Yellow Fuzz

November 22nd, 2009
7:47 am
Good morning dog nation,

Wow. Talk about “fair weather” and “bandwagon” fans! With 2:10 to go in the game, down by ONE score with THREE time outs left and the stadium exits were packed with the dog nation fans?

The same dog nation fans that lecture me here on having CLASS? hahaha.

You azzholes are spoiled rotten and deserve everything negative that comes your way.

In the final 2 minutes:
Bobby Dodd = 50,000 fans in their seats supporting their team
Sanford = 50,000 fans in their exits supporting themselves

No wonder all your better players ALSO bolt for the exit (NFL) after 3 seasons.

You guys are impossible to play for!

LinkReport this comment.Yellow Fuzz

November 22nd, 2009
7:59 am
A few facts about Sanford Stadium (and the dog nation)
1. Seating capacity 92,678
2. Exit row capacity (in the final 2 minutes of a close game) 49,821
3. Talk about a “lack of discipline”
4. 4 tickets, 4 hot dogs, 4 Cokes, and 40,000 fans turning their backs on their team!

LinkReport this comment.Yellow Fuzz

November 22nd, 2009
10:02 am
Preseason Number 1
Alabama
Florida
Georgia Tech
Oklahoma State
Louisiana State
Tennessee (not Tech)
Florida
Kentucky
Georgia Tech
Papa John

LinkReport this comment.Yellow Fuzz

November 22nd, 2009
10:11 am
Nah, nah, nah, nah, hey, hey, hey, goodbye
Forty Five Forty Two, In Athens, goodbye
Papa John Bowl, versus Rutgers, goodbye
Nah, nah, nah, nah, hey, hey, hey, goodbye

LinkReport this comment.Yellow Fuzz

November 22nd, 2009
10:20 am
Nah, nah, nah, nah, Irrelevant, goodbye
Nah, nah, nah, nah, Gimmick option, goodbye
Nah, nah, nah, nah, High school offense, goodbye
Nah, nah, nah, nah, Papa John Bowl, goodbye

LinkReport this comment.Yellow Fuzz

November 22nd, 2009
11:02 am
Look at the Thin crust falling from the sky

LinkReport this comment.Yellow Fuzz

November 22nd, 2009
11:06 am
Look at the Extra Cheese falling from the sky

LinkReport this comment.Yellow Fuzz

November 22nd, 2009
11:10 am
Look at the Bread sticks falling from the sky

LinkReport this comment.Yellow Fuzz

November 22nd, 2009
11:15 am
Look at the Spinach Alfredo falling from the sky

chuck

November 22nd, 2009
12:46 pm

Please never refer to that bimbo as an expert ever again.

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November 22nd, 2009
12:48 pm

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BOOGIE MAN FROM HARTWELL GA

November 22nd, 2009
12:49 pm

Enter your comments here

Tech82

November 22nd, 2009
12:50 pm

I think she must have been denied admission to Tech because she sure acts like she has an axe to grind. She’s been consistently anti-Tech all season. Posting on her blog (espn.com) will be fun after we beat Clemson.

GT LEE

November 22nd, 2009
12:51 pm

Dawgs are morons

November 22nd, 2009
12:55 pm

methinks poor Acworth Dawg is upset about the fact that his team sucks this year. It’s sad when your dead mascot shows more heart than your team.

Joe

November 22nd, 2009
12:55 pm

Well, make the case for Tech Mr. Bradley.

Here’s what I think most tech fans will argue:

1) we (Tech) are MUCH BETTER on Offense than we were when we first played Clemson.
Rebuttal ~ TRUE, however so is Clemson.

2) we (Tech) just have to contain Spiller.
Rebuttal ~ FALSE, several players not named Spiller have stepped up.

3) we (Tech) can throw the ball now.
Rebuttal ~ TRUE, of course we would LOVE for you to throw the ball (Clemson is one of the top pass defenses in the country)

4) we (Tech) have a BETTER Coach.
Rebuttal ~ MAYBE, in overall history, Johnson wins that argument, but in recent history one could make the case for Dabo Swinney… in his 1st full year with HIS Staff he’s made the ACCCG.

5) we (Tech) “own” Clemson.
Rebuttal ~ MAYBE, in the last 10 years Clemson is 4-6 vs the jackets. We’ve had the infamous punt snap mishap, the TD called back because we only had 10 guys on the field, the Clavin Johnson miracle catch, and this years… spot you 21 game. GT Has beaten us more than we’ve beaten them… but they’ve all been close games with the exception of Clemson wins… which some have been blowouts.

It’s a valid prediction to think Clemson might pull this one out. I DO think it will be the best ACCCG the conference has put together since the inception of the game.

BOOGIE MAN FROM HARTWELL GA

November 22nd, 2009
12:56 pm

I TRIED TO WARN YOU LAST TWO WEEKS ABOUT CLEMSON….YALL MADE FUN ABOUT DABO ……..AT LEAST HE HAS MOTIVATED BEYOND T. BOWDEN……….IT WILL BE INTERESTING……..GA GAME COULD BE TRAP GAME

ramblinwreckce

November 22nd, 2009
12:57 pm

The fact is, ESPN needs CJ Spiller for their talking points more than Nesbitt, Dwyer, Bebe, Wright, Peebles, and a crazy coach that’d rather go for it on fourth down than be complicit enough to punt.

They have their agenda. They need to just go back to planning on selecting their Gameday venue to hype their ABC game of the evening out on the West coast.

BOOGIE MAN FROM HARTWELL GA

November 22nd, 2009
12:58 pm

TRIED TO TELL YOU ABOUT CLEMSON

Hey Dogtards

November 22nd, 2009
12:59 pm

“Kudos, Bobby Boo. You’re too quick.”

No MB, you are too slow. Heather’s been predicting it for at least the last two weeks. In fact, I don’t think she has ever liked Tech over GT. At the very least, the headline that she “now” likes Clemson over Tech is incorrect.

http://espn.go.com/blog/acc/post/_/id/6338/updated-acc-bowl-projections-new-acc-champ

Also, Acworth Dawg, get a life. Other people are gonna voice their opinion. Instead of wasting your time collecting posts from someone you disagree with, maybe you should either calm down and not take it so seriously or, if you can’t, stop reading these posts.

Fact remains, the stadium emptied last night when uga still had a chance to win. For a supposedly great fanbase, that was a terrible way to support the institution and the players. For all those claiming that you only do it to show that you don’t support Willie, or the strength and conditioning coach, etc., you still deserted your players when they needed you. Way to jump off the bandwagon just as soon as you jumped on it in 2002.

The fact also remains that there are decent odds you go to the Papajohns bowl, as yellow fuzz creatively expressed. Not even the Independence bowl will want uga with the way their fans are throwing their own team under the bus. God forbid Rutgers gets up early and all the uga fans leave. Where would all the concessions revenue come from?

Yellow Fuzz is taking facts that you don’t like and putting a creative spin on them. I don’t think its his posts that are making you angry, its the fact that uga looked terrible last night in the fourth quarter. Hoping you guys show up on Saturday…

BOOGIE MAN FROM HARTWELL GA

November 22nd, 2009
1:01 pm

MIGHT AS WELL GO FOR IT ON 4THDOWN .IT WAS VS. VIRGINIA………ACC ALREADY DECIDED…………ANY OTHER TIME HE KICKS FG

b.davis

November 22nd, 2009
1:03 pm

Should be a good game. Clemson has been the only team to really slow the Jackets down.

Having said that hope we beat the dawgs saturday and maybe Clemson`s biggest fall will being too aggressive and believe they are the better team.

Johnson should work this to tech`s advantage.

Tech82

November 22nd, 2009
1:03 pm

Boogie Man – UGA is a trap game? Are you serious? If there’s only one game on the schedule every year that CAN’T be described as a possible trap game, UGA is it.

BOOGIE MAN FROM HARTWELL GA

November 22nd, 2009
1:04 pm

LOOKS LIKE JOE TOOK OFF HIS YELLOW COLORED GLASSES….ONE OF FEW TECHIES THAT GETS IT…

Alan

November 22nd, 2009
1:08 pm

This dumb chick has been going against gt all year. Who really cares? She’s a chick.

bt

November 22nd, 2009
1:08 pm

Bradley, you are such a homer. I believe it was you who picked GT to beat Clemson by 25 or so at the beginning of the season. Dinich has a conference-wide perspective and she has been 70% accurate in her predictions each week. It would be nice to see you back up your arguments with some facts…but I guess you do work for the AJC.

You would not be the first to bet against Dabo…and lose.

BOOGIE MAN FROM HARTWELL GA

November 22nd, 2009
1:08 pm

DONT UNDERESTIMATE CLEMSON……..THEY WILL BEAT S.C.( LIKE ALWAYS) AND PLAY BETTER IN ACC CHAMP GAME….

67King

November 22nd, 2009
1:10 pm

Hey Boogie man, your cap locks key is stuck.

BOOGIE MAN FROM HARTWELL GA

November 22nd, 2009
1:11 pm

I AGREE WITH bt

BOOGIE MAN FROM HARTWELL GA

November 22nd, 2009
1:14 pm

67King………..no….ITS MY TRADEMARK………….CHECK ME OUT ON OTHER POSTS…………SO HATS LIKE YOU CAN READ THROUGH YOUR COCA-COLA THICK GLASSES.FYA

Jackets Keep Rollin'

November 22nd, 2009
1:14 pm

Dinich has picked against us so many times I’ve lost count. Even a broken clock is right twice a day… I’m sure she will be correct at some point, and claim vindication.

All that matters right now is Georgia. It is the most important game of the year IMO. We’ll be scewered by the pro-SEC talking heads if we lose. Go Jackets!!

B'Ham Jacket

November 22nd, 2009
1:17 pm

Who gives a rip what Heather what’s her name prdicts.
Yellow Jackets just need to focus on the game at hand, Georgia.
And with our Coach, the Jackets will.
Gooooo Yellow Jackets!!!!!!

Jag

November 22nd, 2009
1:17 pm

Of course she picks clemson. She’s picked against gt almost every game this year. And she’s look very stupid doing so. Why would she change how? And pj has made her look like a silly fool in the post game conference. Who is this idiot anyway? Never even heard of her before this season. She obviously has no clue about football. Anyone picking a team with a freshman qb in a title game against a team with so much talent as gt and pj as the coach is not thinking clearly. I see this game like most of gt’s where it’s close early and we pull away at the end. But…

I think the games next week will tell us a lot. If clemson struggles against sc, then I think we crush them. We obviously have the better coach. Did ya see Dabo’s 4th down call against va. If clemson hangs with sc and beats them, then it might be closer than expected. I think we will win by 8-12 points.

Eric

November 22nd, 2009
1:19 pm

bt
oh really? 70%. lol. nice number you just made up. with gt she’s been wrong 90% of the time. such a stupid girl.

m

November 22nd, 2009
1:19 pm

What everyone need to realize is that the worst coach in the history of the world, chan gomer gailey, is gone forever.

We are going to stomp a mudhole in klimpsum….right after we stomp a mudhole in ugag.

Any Tech fan that ever supported or defended gomer in any way SUCKS as bad as he did.

Eric

November 22nd, 2009
1:20 pm

This song with written for people like Heather.

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

Joe

November 22nd, 2009
1:21 pm

Why would you think Tech would win by 8-12 points?

Johnson’s teams have beaten Clemson by a combined 6 points in two years.

NativeAtlantan

November 22nd, 2009
1:21 pm

1. Who are those co-eds in the picture at the top of the post? My, now GT has changed in recent years…

2. HD, not ESPN, has been picking Clemson over GT for weeks – not new news.

3. UGA is in for serious trouble Saturday night at BDS@HGF. Only the SEC officials misunderstanding of a “chop block” could allow UGA to stick around for the 2nd half…GT will “cut block” you to kingdom come, but “chop blocks” only occur when the D gets sloppy or tired out.
UGA cannot run the ball, so GT D will sit back and defend the pass…exactly like it did at Duke. And Thad Young at Duke is head and shoulders above Cox at UGA as far as QB skills go.

Will be a long night for UGA…can’t even beat a gimmicky high school offense in a high school stadium…6-6 on the year…wow how the “mighty” have fallen.

ashman

November 22nd, 2009
1:23 pm

What does clemson’s game against south carolina have anything to do with the ACC title game other than possible injuries from the game?

Gene

November 22nd, 2009
1:24 pm

acworth
I found the posts hysterical. I guess the truth hurts, eh?

BOOGIE MAN FROM HARTWELL GA

November 22nd, 2009
1:26 pm

m ………….WIL BE ONE OF 2000 IN ATTENDANCE SATURDAY,……………ONE OF 700 IN ATTENDANCE IN TAMPA..( REMEMBER, AARP ALLOWS NO DRIVING BEYOND I-75 SOUTH OF FOREST PARK )

Hey Dogtards

November 22nd, 2009
1:28 pm

Joe, I don’t think anyone is saying Clempson can’t win. I think most expect Tech to win because they are simply a better team.

1) re better coach – I hope you are joking. Clemson would be lucky to be fourth in the Atlantic. You base your entire argument on Dabo’s ability to skirt through a relatively weak schedule. Don’t get me wrong, Clemson is a solid team, but their big wins over decent teams starts and ends with Miami. GT has beaten UNC, you guys, AND VT. In the Sagarin SOS, y’all are 33 while GT is 12. Moreover, you lost to the two best teams you faced all year. We beat the best two (you and VT). Do you also not remember everyone expressing doubts in Dabo’s ability at the start of the season after the 2-3 start? The Miami win was great and helped us a bunch, but the wins over Wake (at home), Coastal Carolina, FSU (at home), NC State, and Virginia (at home) just aren’t that impressive. Dabo might have “his staff,” but Spiller and Ford are certainly not “his” players.

We’ll see how you do against USC next week.

2) Re Spiller, you “may” have other players, but your rush offense is incredibly dependent on Spiller. He’s got 48.7 % of your rushing yards. By comparison, Dwyer only has 34.8% of GT’s rushing yards. That’s not including total yards, where he dominates even more (65-70% of kickoff/punt return yards). Taking Spiller out of the equation, your best WR has 300 yards less than Bey Bey Thomas and your second best rusher (Ellington) has less rushing yards than our #2 (Nesbitt) AND our #3 (Allen). That means, taking Dwyer and Spiller out of the equation, we’ve got a better playmaker at WR and two better playmakers at RB. That’s not counting Roddy Jones who started the season out with a wrist injury but is coming on as of late.

Nobody is saying that other people on Clemson can’t score, but you can’t deny that he is your primary playmaker and the other guys, for the most part, haven’t put up huge stats.

3) Just shows your football ignorance. You may have one of the “best” pass defenses in the country, but whatever pass defense you throw at us is not going to be the same one you’ve used in every other game or you will get burned on the ground big time. Bey Bey is gonna be in man coverage for most, if not all, of the game. There aren’t any schemes you can use that successfully defend the rush and allow for double coverage on him. Moreover, we only throw the ball when the defense allows us to. If y’all are gonna play to the pass, we will definitely be running it down your throat all day. Going back to the first game, you were overselling the run and left WRs open all game long – Nesbitt just happened not to hit them. You simply can’t compare your pass defense running different schemes to whatever scheme you decide to trot out against Tech this time, it’s apples to oranges.

Jag

November 22nd, 2009
1:28 pm

Well ash, I am not so sure clemson is as good as their record indicates. They struggled to put away nc state and if not for a blantant bad call, that game would have been much different. They struggled against Va yesterday.

Jow–So tech will win by 6 or less since it’s happened the past 3-4 times? Gt has at least doubled the point spread 9 of the last 10 games. I expect the line to be gt by 4-6. Hence 8-12.

BOOGIE MAN FROM HARTWELL GA

November 22nd, 2009
1:28 pm

justdhoo

November 22nd, 2009
1:31 pm

Dinich is a bandwagon fan, for every bandwagon except GT. She hopped on the Miami wagon early, then rode VT for a while, now she’s on Clemson who has been playing the terrible ACC Atlantic since their win over Miami. The only team that’s been consistent over the course of the year is GT. You’d think she’d figure that out and get on a bandwagon that’s not going to lose it’s wheels. Every time she picks tech to lose, we win. I’m not too concerned.

Joe

November 22nd, 2009
1:32 pm

Like I said, I knew what the arguments would be.
See you on December 5th.

BOOGIE MAN FROM HARTWELL GA

November 22nd, 2009
1:35 pm

WHAT THE HE## LAST TWO GAMES HAS Jag BEEN WATCHING WHEN CLEMSON PLAYED? THEY PUT AWAY N. C. STATE EARLY, YES DIDNT HAVE AS MUCH REASON SEEING HOW B.C. LOST BEFORE THEY PLAYED YESTERDAY…………. COMPARE WAKE FOREST RESULTS VS CU AND GT,THEN GET BACK TO ME……………….

Up with the white and gold

November 22nd, 2009
1:37 pm

Mark – Heather picked Clempson weeks ago and she looooves Spiller. Nothing new. We focus on UGA and UGA only right now.

BOOGIE MAN FROM HARTWELL GA

November 22nd, 2009
1:39 pm

UP WITH THIS …….DAWG GAME —TRAP GAME

Spencer

November 22nd, 2009
1:40 pm

Clemson has the kind of defense that can slow GT down. This is going to be a serious challenge for GT. Nesbitt is likely going to have to do at least some work with this arm. I would have much preferred if Clemson could have just lost and BC won yesterday.

BOOGIE MAN FROM HARTWELL GA

November 22nd, 2009
1:40 pm

RIGHT ON JOE