2011 college Heat Check: Georgia got hot; Tech got warm

Tech's Stephen Hill feels the hot breath of the Bulldog D. (AJC photo by Johnny Crawford)

Tech's Stephen Hill feels the hot breath of the Bulldog D. (AJC photo by Johnny Crawford)

We’re nearing the end — news flash! — of the calendar year, and our weekly Heat Check takes on broader scope. We review the year just past, and we look toward 2012 and we tick off folks in the process. Got that? Here we go.

Georgia Bulldogs: They rose from 6-7 to the top of the SEC East, winning 10 consecutive games in the process. Then they lost by 32 points to LSU. The debate will rage until next September whether Georgia got really good again or just benefited from a bunny schedule. The view here is that it did both. (The two aren’t mutually exclusive.) But it’s true that the Bulldogs lost to the three best teams they played, and it wouldn’t hurt to beat Michigan State in the Outback Bowl. 2011 Heat Index: A hot season removed Mark Richt from the ol’ hot seat. 2012 Hotness Outlook: Should be a preseason Top 10 pick and the favorite to win the East.

Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets: They rose from 6-7 to 8-4, but losing four of the final six games took the edge off the turnaround. That said, Tech did beat a team that is gracing a BCS bowl, and it is scheduled to return just about everyone of consequence. But the schedule will be tougher next season: Virginia Tech, Clemson and Georgia must all be faced on the road. 2011 Heat Index: The one-season slide was arrested, which was the main objective. 2012 Hotness Outlook: A better team facing a worse schedule should produce a similar record, give or take a game.

Georgia State Panthers: The brightness of a 6-5 inaugural season faded to the reality of a 3-8 followup. And next year GSU opens conference play in the Colonial Athletic Association, which could deliver another slice of reality. 2011 Heat Index: What have you done for us lately, Bill Curry? 2012 Hotness Outlook: More chills could be forthcoming.

Georgia basketball: The Bulldogs qualified for the NCAA tournament as an at-large team for the first time since 2002 but lost to Washington once there. The whole season had a similar mixed feel — Georgia was good enough again to take seriously but managed to lose most every serious game. And then Trey Thompkins and Travis Leslie left early for the NBA. The 2011-2012 Bulldogs are 6-5, having won two in a row after losing four straight, and one of those four losses came against Georgia Tech at Stegeman Coliseum. 2011 Heat Index: Making the Big Dance was nice, but the season could have been nicer. 2012 Hotness Outlook: A chilly winter awaits.

Georgia Tech basketball: The Jackets had another losing season, prompting the buyout of Paul Hewitt and the advent of Brian Gregory. With limited talent, the new man has done OK. As noted above, Gregory beat Georgia in Athens, something Hewitt never managed. Tech should be 9-4 headed into the New Year, which figures to start with a thud — first Alabama, then Duke. 2011 Heat Index: An upgrade at coach constitutes a warming trend. 2012 Hotness Outlook: ACC play will prove no day at the beach.

Georgia State basketball: Fired Rod Barnes and hired Ron Hunter, who has led the Panthers to a school-record-equaling eight consecutive victories against nobody you’ve heard of. Which, in the grand rebuilding scheme, beats losing eight in a row to Name Brands. 2011 Heat Index: It’s getting a bit warm in the walk-up gym, if you get my drift. 2012 Heat Index: If Hunter can get close to .500 in CAA play, he should be the league’s coach of the year.

Kennesaw State basketball: Fired Tony Ingle and hired Lewis Preston, who comes with nice credentials. But this is a tough job, and Preston’s first season began with a 44-point loss at Wisconsin and has continued apace. The Owls are 2-8, having lost six in a row. But they are ranked 63 spots ahead of Georgia State in ESPN Insider’s RPI, for what that’s worth. 2011 Heat Index: Think Antarctica. 2012 Hotness Outlook: Think Saskatchewan. Which is warmer than Antarctica, is it not?

By Mark Bradley

495 comments Add your comment

1eyedJack

December 21st, 2011
11:13 am

1eyedJacks or better to open.

Mark Bradley

December 21st, 2011
11:13 am

See you and … fold.

Kudos, 1eyedJack.

1eyedJack

December 21st, 2011
11:17 am

2012

Georgia 13-1
Tech 8-5

Big Albany Dawg

December 21st, 2011
11:20 am

Tech hires AL Groh in less than a year, bank on it.

Big Albany Dawg

December 21st, 2011
11:21 am

…As interim head coach…

Spike

December 21st, 2011
11:21 am

Almost first. Darn it.

UGA Insider

December 21st, 2011
11:25 am

Why is there so many folks on here and other blogs predicting the end of the CPJ era if they suffer another bowl loss? I don’t know who else is out there to replace him at this point.

SimpleDawg

December 21st, 2011
11:26 am

Dawgs are still a true center, a really good point guard, a top-notch power forward and quality depth away from being a very good team.

Maybe next year.

Slug27Marathons

December 21st, 2011
11:28 am

Yes, almost end of 2011 and you haven’t done a marathon yet Mark. What is it gonna take for you to get marathon fever in 2012???

Bama in Atlanta

December 21st, 2011
11:29 am

Spank the Spartans and UGA can tip the debate in their favor that they should be a top 10 pre-season pick.

Gotta represent the SEC…..Go Dawgs!

BigTimeTechFan

December 21st, 2011
11:29 am

I rank them by season
Summer = Hot future very brite, Nat’l power –
Winter = Cold futre very dim, falling off map –
Spring = Winter team Getting better
Fall = Summer team getting worse

Georgia Tech Football – Summer
Georgia Football – Summer
Georgia Tech B-Ball – Spring
Georgia B-Ball – Spring (not this year but future)
Falcons – Summer (2013 will be the year)
Hawks – Summer – will have big year
Braves – ????? hard to read for me

NoShamSam

December 21st, 2011
11:30 am

Tech will have most of their “talent” coming back next year plus at least 1 really good newcomer…they will be much better for 2012-2013.

Slug27Marathons

December 21st, 2011
11:30 am

Are you gonna live behind that PC forever?

Destin Dawg

December 21st, 2011
11:30 am

Go Dawgs .. Beat Michigan State !!

NoShamSam

December 21st, 2011
11:31 am

Sorry…..basketball

Destin Dawg

December 21st, 2011
11:32 am

UGA will be the Team in 2012-13 and beyond

SSIgator

December 21st, 2011
11:33 am

“Then they lost by 32 points to LSU”

That pretty well sums up the reality of the UGA program. Chalk it up to Mark “I can win games – just not the big games” Richt and his sidekick Booboo. Well, they did get a lot of help from Murray the Midget to once more under-achieve. UGA – home of the occasional ten win season, but no titles. A proud tradition since 1980.

DC

December 21st, 2011
11:37 am

Mark where is the University of West Ga stats????……

GeoffDawg

December 21st, 2011
11:37 am

Year 3 under Grantham, Year 2 under Tereshinski, it’s looking positive. If Bobo can just break the habit of going ultra conservative when he has you on the ropes, Georgia could do some special things.

Gorilla Biscuit

December 21st, 2011
11:37 am

GT = Dancing bears in tutus and smoking chimps. And an order of fried fish on the side.

SSIgator

December 21st, 2011
11:40 am

“the Bulldogs lost to the three best teams they played”

Don’t tell the UGA fans that Mark, it sours the taste of the KoolAid.

True Dawg Fan

December 21st, 2011
11:41 am

Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets: They rose from 6-7 to 8-4, but losing four of the final six games took the edge off the turnaround. That said, Tech did beat a team that is gracing a BCS bowl, and it is scheduled to return just about everyone of consequence. But the schedule will be tougher next season: Virginia Tech, Clemson and Georgia must all be faced on the road. 2011 Heat Index: The one-season slide was arrested, which was the main objective. 2012 Hotness Outlook: A better team facing a worse schedule should produce a similar record, give or take a game.

First you say a tougher schedule then you say they face a worse schedule. Typical writing by bradely.

Take it with a grain of salt people this guy is completely clueless

True Dawg Fan

December 21st, 2011
11:43 am

BigTimeTechFan

December 21st, 2011
11:29 am
I rank them by season
Summer = Hot future very brite, Nat’l power –
Winter = Cold futre very dim, falling off map –
Spring = Winter team Getting better
Fall = Summer team getting worse

Georgia Tech Football – Summer
Georgia Football – Summer
Georgia Tech B-Ball – Spring
Georgia B-Ball – Spring (not this year but future)
Falcons – Summer (2013 will be the year)
Hawks – Summer – will have big year
Braves – ????? hard to read for me

By your ranking GT football should be in free fall. Your program is a jooke. No one considers you as a national power. Not even close. Your a cupcake game on our schedule as well as most others. 10-1 nerds!

True Dawg Fan

December 21st, 2011
11:44 am

SSIgator

December 21st, 2011
11:33 am
“Then they lost by 32 points to LSU”

That pretty well sums up the reality of the UGA program. Chalk it up to Mark “I can win games – just not the big games” Richt and his sidekick Booboo. Well, they did get a lot of help from Murray the Midget to once more under-achieve. UGA – home of the occasional ten win season, but no titles. A proud tradition since 1980.

Stop crying about us beating u. I know its tearing you up inside and you dont know what to do, so you come on here and look like an idiot. Its getting sad really. We almost feel bad for you, you are clearly in a lot of pain from the loss. Dont worry youll get used to it eventually when we beat you like a drum for the next 5 years. Enjoy your downslide you still got a ways to go hahahahahhahaha

dawgfan

December 21st, 2011
11:45 am

Tech opened the season with 3 midget creampuffs and then went 5-4 the rest of the way. The ACC Chump Clemson, Tech’s “big” win of the year, got thumped by SEC East #2 in the final game of the season. Yet Georgia catches all the flak for supposedly benefitting from an easy schedule.

What an unbelievable double standard. Hope you enjoy the view from the cheap seats Techies.

Georgia Tech=JOKE.

GTT

December 21st, 2011
11:45 am

Georgia Southern football. Somewhat disappointing season, having made the semifinals of the NCAA playoffs where they lost big to North Dakota State. Cold end to a hot season. Outlook for 2012, fairly sizzling again, as Jeff Monken’s Eagles look to wash the final game of 2011 out of their mouths.

This report brought to you as a public service, since the AJC only put the box scores on their site (Gee, thanks for small favors). FYI, AJC, Ga. Southern has a large number of current students and tens of thousands of alums from, or living in your market. Thanks for your attention.

Hankie Aron

December 21st, 2011
11:49 am

True Dawg Fan- not true, Mark is a good writer capabe of good to great opinings

SSIgator

December 21st, 2011
11:50 am

True Dawg Fan -

Crying? Hardly. UGA won and UF lost. If they can manage to do it two years in a row instead of every four or five maybe people that live outside of Athens may notice. Also, shouldn’t you be working on your UGA – 2012 Pre-Season NC posters or have you already finished yours?

True Dawg Fan

December 21st, 2011
11:51 am

Hankie Aron

December 21st, 2011
11:49 am
True Dawg Fan- not true, Mark is a good writer capabe of good to great opinings

hahahahahahaha keep believeing that hahahahahahaha. You must be his kid

GTBob

December 21st, 2011
11:51 am

The debate will rage until next September whether Georgia got really good again or just benefited from a bunny schedule.

0-3 this year against teams that ended the season ranked. If they were good then they would have won at least one of those games and would not have been blown out in two of them.

Hankie Aron

December 21st, 2011
11:51 am

Thanks for the update GTT

Hankie Aron

December 21st, 2011
11:52 am

True- See his writing on Larry Munson right before the LSU game. It’s a classic, I promise you if your’e a UGA fan.

to SSI gator

December 21st, 2011
11:53 am

Go back to your swamp…24-20 hurts doesn’t it? And with the rats jumping off the Muschamp ship, next year will be another year of ineptitude for you sorry lizards.

1eyedJack

December 21st, 2011
11:53 am

Mark Bradley, for some reason, is one of the only blogs that will allow me to post. Thanks Mark.

Hankie Aron

December 21st, 2011
11:55 am

And I like your posts 1eyedjack. I also like LowCountry Bulldawg, DawginLex, and even Altamaha Bulldog

True Dawg Fan

December 21st, 2011
11:55 am

SSIgator

December 21st, 2011
11:50 am
True Dawg Fan -

Crying? Hardly. UGA won and UF lost. If they can manage to do it two years in a row instead of every four or five maybe people that live outside of Athens may notice. Also, shouldn’t you be working on your UGA – 2012 Pre-Season NC posters or have you already finished yours?

Maybe try counseling to work out your issues instead of spewing your filth on here.

No one is on here saying that except you. And I do believe you crowned yourselves SEC champs before the season started. So inreality your just taking what you did and changing it slightly to turn it into a negative commetn about UGA. Way to go, hope you didnt get a migraine thinking that one up.

Hankie Aron

December 21st, 2011
11:56 am

And the ones I don’t care for are SSI gater, tide roll, and 5150 UOUD or whatever his handle is.

Russ, the Temporary Mascot

December 21st, 2011
11:56 am

Mascot’s Review: The campus is cleaner now with many tons less trash left by the fans on game day. The coeds seem to be adjusting well to the etiquette curriculum with much less slobbering and drooling on game day. The running backs remain a mess. The coaches beat some sorry teams (can you say, Coastal Carolina?) and look to make millions. I have no shot at a permanent position. Crowell has a better shot than me at staying on the job.

True Dawg Fan

December 21st, 2011
11:57 am

GTBob

December 21st, 2011
11:51 am
The debate will rage until next September whether Georgia got really good again or just benefited from a bunny schedule.

0-3 this year against teams that ended the season ranked. If they were good then they would have won at least one of those games and would not have been blown out in two of them.

Why do you even post. You are a complete idiot. You wanna talk easy schedule just look at GTs and how awful they did with such an easy schedule.

FYI getting beat by 14 isnt being blown out retard.

You and your program are jokes!

Hankie Aron

December 21st, 2011
11:58 am

oh yeah and 2010 BCS National Champs is a tool as well but it’s been cricket from him (or her) since UGA dumptrucked the Tigers in Athens.

1eyedJack

December 21st, 2011
11:58 am

Thanks Hank, you just hit a homer.

Hankie Aron

December 21st, 2011
11:59 am

True- don’t let them get to you. GTBob comes on here everyday with his adolescent meandering.

Hankie Aron

December 21st, 2011
12:01 pm

Wrecker

December 21st, 2011
12:01 pm

@True Dog Fan: He means a “worse” schedule, as in more difficult. Reading comprehension is not your strong point.

SSIgator

December 21st, 2011
12:01 pm

Hankie Aron -

“not true, Mark is a good writer capabe of good to great opinings”

Have to agree with that statement. He is far better than Chump “Captain of the Blog Police” Towers and not nearly as sensitive. Wait, that may not be totally fair. Towers may simply be going through male menopause which will make one cranky as DawginLex can attest to.

True Dawg Fan

December 21st, 2011
12:01 pm

Hankie Aron

December 21st, 2011
11:59 am
True- don’t let them get to you. GTBob comes on here everyday with his adolescent meandering.

hahaha i know. Its fun to police the retards though. Nothing to do at work today. All the other advisors are off, but I gotta stay since I just transferred to this company.

1eyedJack

December 21st, 2011
12:02 pm

There used to be a Putz on here named Yellow Fuzz. I guess he graduated and moved back to Pakistan. And there was a doofey named Thank God and Greyhound. He’s servicing the bus and getting it ready for Fishfry.

george

December 21st, 2011
12:04 pm

the pups schedule is even more of a joke next year than this years. Buffalo, ga southernn, fl atlantic, and tech. what a joke. Assuming they flip mizz with bama the pups will once again lose to the best two teams they play (USC, and AU) and will lose to the mighty gators for a 9-3 record. They will continue the 5 plus year search for a meaningful victory.

TheEagleWay

December 21st, 2011
12:04 pm

Thanks GTT! Go Eagles!

1eyedJack

December 21st, 2011
12:06 pm

george, that schedule is pure chocolate and it’ll make you cry when Georgia runs it.