For UGA and Tech, a significant second half is at hand




Georgia and Georgia Tech entered their bye weeks on major downers. The Bulldogs had lost to South Carolina by 28 points; the Jackets had lost three games in a row having yielded at least 40 points in each. Picked to win the SEC East, Georgia had fallen behind the Gamecocks and the rejuvenated Florida Gators. Picked to finish second in the ACC Coastal, Tech had fallen to fifth place in a six-team division.

But half the regular season remains for both teams, and already there has been some recalibration. Tech fired defensive coordinator Al Groh. Georgia, for its part, has fired nobody. At least not yet.

The good news: There figure to be a lot of wins left on both schedules. Georgia should finish no worse than 10-2, and if South Carolina loses to Florida on Saturday and the Bulldogs run the table, they’ll be back in the Dome for the SEC title game. It would take a heapin’ helpin’ of harmonic convergence for Tech to win the Coastal now — it has already lost to division brethren Virginia Tech and Miami — but the Jackets’ remaining ACC games are all winnable. Provided Tech can find a way to hold somebody under 40.

The Jackets need four wins to get bowl-eligible, which is a big deal for a program that has gone to bowls the past 15 seasons. You’d have to think the Jackets should be able to handle Boston College, Maryland and Duke and then pick off either BYU or North Carolina. But you’d also have thought Tech would have beaten Middle Tennessee.

In sum, both Tech and Georgia have much work to do but time enough to do it. We’ll see if they’re good enough to do it.

Oh, and one bit of self-editing: On our little video chat above, I say Georgia Tech needs to win two games to finish with a winning season. To finish 7-5, Tech has to win five games. To finish 6-6 and thereby be bowl-eligible, it needs to win four games. Sometimes I mistype. Other times I misspeak. The constant is that I’m pretty much an idiot no matter the medium.

By Mark Bradley

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Doggg from Thomson

October 16th, 2012
4:54 pm

first – and Goooo Dawgggs

Doggg from Thomson

October 16th, 2012
4:57 pm

and as an aside – I hate “ifs” – when we should have done things right and fiercely the first time… keep on writin’ Mark!… =)

Mark Bradley

October 16th, 2012
4:57 pm

Flat Tire on I-95 in Jacksonville

October 16th, 2012
5:08 pm

Mark Bradley

Do you mind asking Richt when will this Top 10 Salary coaching staff beat a top 10 team again?

I just want to know when will they start earning their paycheck

muleshoe

October 16th, 2012
5:08 pm

there is absolutely no way Georgia beats Florida. Florida is ranked.

Bad Dawg

October 16th, 2012
5:13 pm

Transcript from this week’s coaches meeting with CMR, CMB and CTG::

CMR: Wow, I’m super excited to be back. Had an awesome week off; caught up on my sleep and got my Xanax prescription renewed! Had a very nice vigil over at the house of local townsfolk showing their support with torches and pitchforks. Stayed all night chanting stuff. Just an incredible show of support.
CMB: Support? Did you feel threatened?
CMR: Gosh no. Apparently they thought we’d lost 4-5 games. I reminded them it was just one eencey-teensey loss and that we planned to compete during the off week. They all just eventually left…well actually, a couple of folks yelled so much they spontaneously combusted-but that was kinda cool.
CMB: This week we are playing KY and since it isn’t a big game, we should roll-up 500 yards and 50 points. No real gameplan-just let talent do its thing.
CMR: I love it! Truly cutting edge football. No coaching, just let the Big Dawg Eat! Well, enough about the offense, what about you big fella? What’s with the nametag?
CTG: It says, “Hi, My name is Todd”. All the players are wearing them this week. I thought heck, with all the suspensions we should re-introduce ourselves.
CMR: But the suspensions were over a few games ago.
CTG: Well, I need to keep the theme alive. No other explanation for having one of the worst Ds in the SEC.
CMR: Agreed, but gosh darn it, we were so close against USC! If BR picks that first pass, we probably win by 4 TDs.
CTG: Huh? Ah, er, yeah, OK.
CMR: Great stuff guys! You are the best! I’ll see you in Lexington. I’m going up early as I’ve heard that one of the horse farms has actual Unicorns! Been chasing those my whole life! See you on the sidelines!

Gman 84

October 16th, 2012
5:23 pm

The Dawgs can absolutely beat UF but as history repeatedly shows, there is a much greater chance that we lose by 3-4 touchdowns.

Flat Tire on I-95 in Jacksonville

October 16th, 2012
5:29 pm

I think if our coaches stay home and watch the game and let the players go down to Jax by themselves and play we will beat FL by 2 TD’s

Gman 84

October 16th, 2012
5:38 pm

After the USC game, the second half is all about answering that age old question: Capitol 1 or Chick-Fil-A??

Steve

October 16th, 2012
5:39 pm

You think Tech will be able to handle Maryland? 4-2 and 2-0 in the ACC as well as having the #9 defense in the country. Mark that down as a loss. Hey the good news is that if Tech does not go to a bowl game, they know they can’t lose another bowl game!

Mike S.

October 16th, 2012
5:48 pm

I’m having trouble seeing Tech getting bowl eligibility. Boston College and Duke being at home should give the edge to Tech there. BYU is a better team than Tech right now. Defensively they are very tough, but Tech might be catching them at a good time. BYU just played Oregon St. and plays ND this week.

@Maryland, @UNC, @UGA all look like losses to me. I cant put together a single reason to believe Tech will win either of these games…not on the road for sure.

Boz

October 16th, 2012
5:48 pm

Mark, there are not going to be any more significant games at Georgia until the current regime–from McGarity on down–are replaced by people who will not accept mediocrity and complacency.

ormewood

October 16th, 2012
5:49 pm

Mark, all of Tech’s remaining games are losable at this rate too, with the possible exception of BC. Maryland is seemingly improved. Duke is no slouch. UNC is probably the best team in the Coastal at this moment so that one won’t be easy either.

Mike S.

October 16th, 2012
5:51 pm

As for UGA, 10-2 is a good call. We will see where they are coming off this bye week. UF plays South Carolina which is not a good draw before playing UGA in Jacksonville. If UGA comes out hungry, they could beat the Gators especially if they are coming off a win. Playing Ga Southern the week before Tech is a nice option tuneup. I dont see anyone but UF possibly beating UGA.

Flat Tire on I-95 in Jacksonville

October 16th, 2012
5:52 pm

Anyone on hear know what happened to “”THE DREAM TEAM ””

:(

Dog Island Gator

October 16th, 2012
5:53 pm

Knock, knock. Who’s there? The Florida Gators! Now that didn’t take to long, did it?

Boz

October 16th, 2012
5:55 pm

@ Mike S.
Never underestimate the power of uninspired coaching. Richt & Company can anti-game plan with anyone. Joker Phillips will look like a coaching genius come Saturday.

Flat Tire on I-95 in Jacksonville

October 16th, 2012
5:56 pm

Anyone on hear know what happened to “”THE DREAM TEAM II ””

:(

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Flat Tire on I-95 in Jacksonville

October 16th, 2012
5:57 pm

Anyone on hear know if “”THE DREAM TEAM I or II ”” has finished studying the book called

“””ENERGY VAMPIRES”””

I hear its a great read

;)

GB's Hamburgers

October 16th, 2012
5:58 pm

Flat Tire is on a negative rant but he is, in fact, correct. Lose to the next good team on the schedule and still be 10-2? The soft schedule is hiding the reality that this coaching staff is over matched in most games. They win the easy ones because of superior athletes but that doesn’t help them when they go against teams with equal talent. Then it’s a matter of coaching and the other guys win.

Flat Tire on I-95 in Jacksonville

October 16th, 2012
6:00 pm

Anyone on hear know if “”THE DREAM TEAM I or II ”” will be allowed to have a Uniform Change

Ive heard that wins championships

;)

Flat Tire on I-95 in Jacksonville

October 16th, 2012
6:03 pm

GB’s Hamburgers

My rant is nothing

Herb and Mustard-burger’s almost laughing at our programs ineptness to win big ballgames with NFL talent has set us back more than people realize

Just wait and see 3 yrs from now

We will be sitting here asking the same questions

Flat Tire on I-95 in Jacksonville

October 16th, 2012
6:06 pm

Anyone on hear know if “”THE DREAM TEAM I or II ”” will be allowed to go to the High Dive Championships

Archie

October 16th, 2012
6:22 pm

“It all remains to be seen!” -Gordon Solie “You’ve got to be mentally tough!” -Vince Lombardi

Ekim56

October 16th, 2012
6:32 pm

I don’t even want Tech to be bowl-eligible. The season is rurnt.

dagnabit

October 16th, 2012
7:01 pm

I feel a big let-down for this season. I wait all year for the Tech football season I don’t expect a national champion or even an ACC champion. But I do expect competence. I don’t see that this year.

Ted M

October 16th, 2012
7:11 pm

The Jackets could possible lose 4 more games. In 3 of there remaining games they will give up 600+ yards to the opposing offense.

OLD

October 16th, 2012
7:46 pm

i AGREE Mark– you are pretty much an idiot

Mike Lum

October 16th, 2012
7:47 pm

When someone says all of Tech’s can be lost, except for BC, that says the Jackets are probably going to lose to BC. Knowing the players, they’ll take the field with the big head. I have no idea why.

Sopwith Camel

October 16th, 2012
8:01 pm

Flat tire………it’s “Anyone on HERE………..”. Jeez.

Athens

October 16th, 2012
8:16 pm

@Flat Tire

This I do know this, you are a tool & a loser. The “sky is falling”, good grief…

Beast from the East

October 16th, 2012
8:28 pm

Tech has underachieved, surely. UGA has lost only once. Yes, it was a beat down, but all is not lost. I see no comparison between the two.

btgt69

October 16th, 2012
8:29 pm

Would someone educate me here ? If UNC is not eligible for the ACC Championship game, then why should their record against GT, NCSU, Duke etc count against bowl eligibility of those schools ?

Lord Saban

October 16th, 2012
8:29 pm

I’m a little surprised by Tech’s freefall but not by uga. I think most reasonable people knew they weren’t very good but were rated highly because of a cream puff schedule and the perceived weakness of the east. But a rejuvenated Fla is definitely going to pound the dawgs hard. Its plausible that Georgia could go 10-2 before losing to some other average team like MSU, UCF in a bowl game.

Beast from the East

October 16th, 2012
8:32 pm

btgt69,
The only time wins/losses don’t count is when they are vacated. Usually due to using ineligible players.

btgt69

October 16th, 2012
8:34 pm

I understand that,,, but if you are suspended, on probation,, etc,,, then it should not be counted,, period,, In other words an 11 game schedule.

Athens

October 16th, 2012
8:35 pm

@Lord Saban

Exactly what years did u attend Alabama? Same years Flat Tire attended UGA? The so called “fans” are always the most obnoxious..

btgt69

October 16th, 2012
8:35 pm

just beat uga and all will be good

Lord Saban

October 16th, 2012
8:41 pm

Athens,

Exactly what did I say that was obnoxious? UGA was over rated due to a soft schedule. And as I said I think most people outside of the state of GA. knew and understood the dawgs really weren’t very good.

kral

October 16th, 2012
8:47 pm

I never predict outcomes of games..since I quit gambling on them,but life would and could be sweet with a victory over flatiruduh..but I guess there is no hope ..cause ole broke down on 95 says so

claytondawg

October 16th, 2012
8:50 pm

Don’t like hearing it, but Lord Saban is absolutely corrrect.

t2go

October 16th, 2012
9:40 pm

Come on Dawgies! Whip Kent and get good and ready for a surprisingly good yet overrated Florida team! Gotta win that game! Or yes this will have been a disappointing year. I live in Atl…dont really hate Tech…feel bad for em’.

1+2

October 16th, 2012
9:42 pm

I think it is funny hearing fans of other teams talk a lot when they are riding high. At some point, all teams fall. When Bama falls, you won’t read another word from them. Tech fans use to talk a lot of trash but now that their season is shot, you don’t hear from them. Georgia fans tend to eat their own and not be loyal, and when they win, they are obnoxious. Auburn fans talk a lot trash but when things are down, it’s almost like the Plains was destroyed by a tornado.

GT Girl

October 16th, 2012
10:55 pm

LOL at ‘Bad Dawg’ post at 5:13 pm. That was hilarious! Best post on this blog.

Russo

October 17th, 2012
12:55 am

At least you admit it, Bradley. If only Schultz could do the same.

dbc

October 17th, 2012
1:43 am

Athens must be CMR’s secret lover…

Hairy Dawg

October 17th, 2012
3:01 am

Dawgs got alot to look forward to in winning East and beating Bammer in Dome. Only problem is bad fans that keep on again offs again on Coach Richt despite Christian. But solution there is exactly to fit by ejection of bad fans

MoreSo

October 17th, 2012
3:09 am

ga has one fluke loss—the players were flat in the usc game. Ga wins out and finishes 11-1 and wins the east. fla is overrated and auburn is terrible–ga beats them both with ease.

calamitywaynejohnson

October 17th, 2012
3:17 am

UGA wins out! Will stun bama in title game!