Live from UVA: It’s Georgia Tech against the Great Pumpkins

The Saunders Bridge, just down the road from Monticello. (Photo by M. Bradley, tourist)

Saunders Bridge, just up the road from Monticello. (Photo by M. Bradley, tourist)

Charlottesville, Va.  – OK, here’s a test case: Does having an extra week to prepare for Paul Johnson’s stylized offense offer a competitive advantage? Some folks think it does. Some folks also point to Johnson’s record in bowls — he’s 0-3 at Georgia Tech — as evidence that the spread option stripped of its surprise is nothing special.

And if Virginia were any good, that could be a determinant in today’s titanic tilt. But the Cavs are 3-2, which sounds better than it is. They’ve lost their only ACC game. They beat Idaho by a point in overtime when last they played. But UVA wouldn’t seem an aggregation capable of stopping the Jackets if it had six months to study. That said …

The great offensive wave crested and broke in the second half against Maryland last week. The Jackets the final 27:09 without scoring, and that’s not a sign (if sign it is) to welcome. Tech’s schedule gets harder starting next week: At Miami, then Clemson and Virginia Tech at home, Georgia awaiting on Nov. 26. Right now the Jackets are ranked No. 12, but there remains some question as to whether that ranking is a function of schedule or excellence.

I think it’s possible the Jackets could lose before they smack into Clemson on Oct. 29, but my guess is that the more dangerous game will come next week in Miami. Virginia doesn’t seem much of a team just yet. Mike London, in his second second as head coach, has won a total of one ACC game. (You might recall that London succeeded Al Groh, who has found employment coordinating Tech’s D.

Beyond that, I’ve got nothing. It’s a nice day in Albermarle County, Va., and pumpkins are being sold just down the Thomas Jefferson Parkway from Monticello, where Mr. Jefferson once hunkered down. And, speaking of pumpkins: Wait’ll you get a load of Virginia’s uniforms. Yow.

And with that, the floor is again open for questions, comments and compliments all around. I welcome your presence. I thank you in advance.

By Mark Bradley

1,070 comments Add your comment

George Stein

October 15th, 2011
3:17 pm

I think we scored on the first drive of the 2nd half last week. Those were our last points, though.

2BT

October 15th, 2011
3:18 pm

Gotta survive today to be sure, but looking at Miami @ UNC today, we’re in for a VERY tough task 7 days from now :(

2BT

October 15th, 2011
3:19 pm

and I picked both TAMU and Mich St in Jeff Schulz pickem! I gotta shot! :)

whack hyder

October 15th, 2011
3:19 pm

George Stein

October 15th, 2011
3:20 pm

Better luck next time, whack hyder.

GTFAN

October 15th, 2011
3:20 pm

Go Jackets!!! 7-0.

George Stein

October 15th, 2011
3:22 pm

Senor Spurrier should be a real pleasure this week for the assembled media. Sheesh.

Referee

October 15th, 2011
3:22 pm

There’s always controversy regarding whether there is an advantage to having a bye week. Doesn’t matter which offensive scheme you’re facing. It’s usually beneficial to have a week off to prepare, but sometimes it backfires.

Paul in NH (formerly RDU)

October 15th, 2011
3:25 pm

Miami looks tough in CH. They will be tough to beat in Joe Robbie / ProPlayer / LandShark Stadium (or whatever it is called this year).
Having said that, GT has always had difficulties at UVA and will have to be at their best today to win.

Ol'JacketFan

October 15th, 2011
3:30 pm

Go Jackets!!!!!!!!!!!!

Paul in NH (formerly RDU)

October 15th, 2011
3:30 pm

When did UVA steal their uniforms from VT?

Mark Bradley

October 15th, 2011
3:31 pm

These jerseys appear borrowed from Clemson.

Paul in NH (formerly RDU)

October 15th, 2011
3:33 pm

Nike has a lot to answer for

Mark Bradley

October 15th, 2011
3:34 pm

There’s a nice start. Big hole on first down. Then a dropped touchdown on the second play.

Mark Bradley

October 15th, 2011
3:35 pm

Might’ve been a bad throw. Not a drop

Paul in NH (formerly RDU)

October 15th, 2011
3:36 pm

UVA blowing GT off the line

GTdude

October 15th, 2011
3:37 pm

Mr. Bradley – Having observed nearly every Tech game this year – I must say GT is NOT a #12 Team right now – especially after last week’s struggle against a not-so-good Maryland team. In fact – after that game I was surprised that they stayed in the Top 20. But the Defense really concerns me as well – we can put a bunch of points – but what good does that do if you also give up a bunch of points. I wish I were in Charlottesville today – be a great day for a game up there.

Supersize that order, mutt

October 15th, 2011
3:37 pm

We have GOT to either STOP or PUSH BACK when we tackle

J.J.M.

October 15th, 2011
3:38 pm

defense is horrible some of the players need to hit the weight room

Charlie Brown

October 15th, 2011
3:40 pm

Tech’s defense looks like charlie right now. Nice job Groh.

Paul in NH (formerly RDU)

October 15th, 2011
3:40 pm

Good tackle by Peters

Referee

October 15th, 2011
3:40 pm

MSU vs. SC

SOS takes voluntary safety to run out clock for 14-12 win.

Ol'JacketFan

October 15th, 2011
3:41 pm

No pressure, short passes. Sheesh

murf

October 15th, 2011
3:41 pm

Charlie Brown

October 15th, 2011
3:41 pm

That power wahoo offense that tech can’t stop. What a joke

J.J.M.

October 15th, 2011
3:42 pm

this is just looking too easy

Charlie Brown

October 15th, 2011
3:42 pm

Going to be over when they score and stop tech 3 and out

Mark Bradley

October 15th, 2011
3:42 pm

Great drive. Nearly six minutes

Paul in NH (formerly RDU)

October 15th, 2011
3:42 pm

That was easy

Supersize that order, mutt

October 15th, 2011
3:42 pm

that was pathetic

Charlie Brown

October 15th, 2011
3:42 pm

Now that was pathetic

J.J.M.

October 15th, 2011
3:43 pm

wooo lord and they havent played clemson va tech miami yet…YIKES!

Feeling 7-0

October 15th, 2011
3:43 pm

I hate ESPNU so I can’t watch my jackets I gotta use gamecast.

Ol'JacketFan

October 15th, 2011
3:43 pm

D is way too passive. No push, not attacking the ball carrier.

whatever

October 15th, 2011
3:44 pm

Dog-gone-it – SC just won vs, MSU. Oh well – I think UGA is STILL the favorite of the East. SC still has to play TN, FL, and Arkansas – UGA has FL, AU, and KY. I think that is more favorable for UGA than SC – because Arkansas (much less AL and LSU) can beat anyone in the East.

Charlie Brown

October 15th, 2011
3:44 pm

3 and out or a turnover. Watch. And miami killing unc. Tech will be lucky to win another game. Maybe they will beat Dook

Mark Bradley

October 15th, 2011
3:44 pm

And the North Carolina game was at BDS. Let’s see how GT handles a road deficit.

Biff pocoroba

October 15th, 2011
3:44 pm

Groh must go. We are headed to a 7-5 finish if Groh keeps this team unprepared week after week.

Supersize that order, mutt

October 15th, 2011
3:45 pm

Feeling 7-0, you can listen to the game at http://www.790theZone.com

GTJohn

October 15th, 2011
3:46 pm

Why can’t Groh get the D ready before Halftime?

Charlie Brown

October 15th, 2011
3:46 pm

That looked like uga scoring on us. And it was uva. Sad

Jackets 2011

October 15th, 2011
3:47 pm

No big deal for the home team to score on first drive.
Now if we continue play like that…

Referee

October 15th, 2011
3:47 pm

@whatever

Florida will win the East, and they’ll do that in spite of losing today.

Hide & Watch

Bojack

October 15th, 2011
3:47 pm

holding..1st play..

Mark Bradley

October 15th, 2011
3:48 pm

Tech is very close to giving UVa the ball

Supersize that order, mutt

October 15th, 2011
3:48 pm

Come on, Hill. Hang on to the ball

Biff pocoroba

October 15th, 2011
3:48 pm

It must be ice to have a kicker and not someone who lets the other team start at the 30 every drive. 1st and 20 and we can’t punt since CPJ won’t get a punter either.

Charlie Brown

October 15th, 2011
3:49 pm

memo to paul johnson
in year 4 halfway through the season, crappy teams finally figured out how to stop your rinky dink offense. time to go back to the small schools

J.J.M.

October 15th, 2011
3:49 pm

Supersize that order, mutt

October 15th, 2011
3:49 pm