Heat Check: Dogs and Falcons are smokin’; Tech’s a-mopin’

Who's sitting pretty now? Alexander Ogletree, for one. (AJC photo by Bob Andres)

Who's sitting pretty now? Alexander Ogletree, for one. His team, for another. (AJC photo by Bob Andres)

Our weekly Heat Check was set back a day due to logistics (delayed-but-thankfully-not-canceled flight from Philadelphia on Sunday night), fatigue (mine) and breaking news (Dan Radakovich). But we’re up and running again. And we begin with:

GEORGIA: The Bulldogs won the game they had to win. (Some nut predicted as much, I do believe.) They’re exactly where I expected them to be, albeit not quite in the manner I expected. The question now becomes: Can they beat Alabama/LSU? Forecast: The same nut who liked Georgia to beat Florida sees no reason why the Bulldogs can’t give the West champ a run in the Dome come Dec. 1.

FALCONS: I put a 50 percent premium on road victories. (Even a lousy team, I figure, can luck out at home.) Sunday’s performance under ominous skies in a city that has never been kind to the Falcons was the most impressive regular-season road victory I’ve witnessed by this franchise since Nov. 8, 1998. Forecast: Those Falcons won at New England 41-10; they would finish 14-2 and reach the Super Bowl. Just sayin’.

HAWKS: They’re about to start playing for real, and consensus is … non-existent. ESPN The Magazine/Basketball Prospectus picks them to finish second (!!!!) in the Eastern Conference. Matt Dollinger of SI.com ranks them 15th in the NBA and seventh among Eastern teams. Forecast: There’s a chance all these shooters will hit a bunch of shots and this team will win 50 games; there’s also a chance nobody will guard anybody and this team will finish in the lottery. I’m know I’m hedging, but I honestly don’t know what to think. At least not yet.

BRAVES: They have to decide what to do about Brian McCann’s option. Forecast: I’m thinking they’ve already decided they’ll keep him for another year. But sometimes I’m wrong. (Though not, I say again, about Georgia-Florida.)

GEORGIA STATE: Lost again. Forecast: More losing.

GEORGIA TECH: Lost at home to BYU by 24 points on a day when the Jackets got touchdowns from special teams (stop the presses!) and the defense (miracle!). Which means Paul Johnson’s offense was the worst of the three units. Which means the whole operation was officially deficient. Which means nothing good. Forecast: Dan Radakovich, who hired Johnson, chose this happy moment to take a job as Clemson’s athletic director. This is getting serious, folks.

By Mark Bradley

227 comments Add your comment

Kevin

October 30th, 2012
10:02 am

I guess Coach Fish Fry will never again say, “No one has ever stopped my offense.”

Ed

October 30th, 2012
10:04 am

I think the Dawgs have a puncher’s chance against either LSU or Bama, but they’ll have to protect the ball better than they did Saturday.

Weyman C. Wannamaker Jr. (A Great American)

October 30th, 2012
10:04 am

Dang… mised it by “this” much.

Weyman C. Wannamaker Jr. (A Great American)

October 30th, 2012
10:06 am

But I was right when I said Radakovich’s leaving wouldn’t helpTech’s Heat Index score.

Bravissimo

October 30th, 2012
10:07 am

thought maybe Sandy blew you to another city MB…great wins by the Falcons and uga.Tech is sad, and the Braves should give mac his option yr and see how he does. welcone south brother!

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Weyman C. Wannamaker Jr. (A Great American)

October 30th, 2012
10:08 am

But Radakovich’s leaving also makes me question the judgement of the folks at Clemson. They think hell actually help their program after the mess he’s made at Tech?

J Clay

October 30th, 2012
10:10 am

But I thought CPJ was a genius and one of the best coaches ever??? haha

Mark Bradley

October 30th, 2012
10:12 am

You were indeed, WCW. True prescience.

J Clay

October 30th, 2012
10:14 am

MB – one other note…I believe the Dawgs should worry about Ole Miss only, Auburn only, Ga Southern only, and Ga Tech only before LSU or Bama eneter their thoughts. We’ve seen before this talented team fail to show up and it could happen again…

Upset alert for this week, not calling but teams be on lookout: UGA, Florida, KSt, Oregon

Hotty Toddy

October 30th, 2012
10:16 am

OK, Richt passed the Florida test and will probably be there in Athens until his retirement …..unless his team shows up flat again against the Rebs on Saturday. Ole Miss is a lot better than UK and they gave Bama a very good game despite the final score.

Hotty Toddy

October 30th, 2012
10:18 am

IF UGA either loses or plays poorly against Ole Miss and/or Auburn, then CMR is right back on the hotseat. I can’t wait to hear all the Dogs start bragging about how badly they’re going to beat lowly Ole Miss and hapless Auburn (though I agree Auburn is the worst team in SEC and the ACC combined).

Henry

October 30th, 2012
10:20 am

Georgia won’t let Ole Miss or Auburn spoil their season. Look for blowout wins for UGA in both games. Ole Miss at home, you think we’re going to let our title hopes slip away at home? And Auburn? Hell no, they stink. Georgia Southern and Georgia Tech, which one is better? LMAO…UGA finishes the regular season 11-1 and goes on to face Alabama and may the best team win. UGA has a legitimate chance.

Steve

October 30th, 2012
10:24 am

Hotty Toddy, who said Ole Miss is lowly? They are 5-3 and headed for a bowl game. I have not seen many people saying UGA was going to badly beat them although UGA is favored by 14.

Full Metal Jacket

October 30th, 2012
10:25 am

MB, I’m disappointed in your cheap shot at DRad. While I have commended you on your fair treatment of Tech and your acumen in college hoops in the past, you should know that the timing of Radakovich’s announcement and departure has been set for a couple of weeks. You can’t expect Clemson to wait for their new man another month or two when the season more or less ends, and it would’ve looked even worse if he’d left closer to the Tech-Clemson game. The decision was made a couple of weeks ago pretty much. I do think that DRad’s stock has fallen a lot since being considered for SEC openings, but it is probably a good deal for all parties involved. Tech is ready for some major changes in the football program it appears and CPJ was DRad’s man.

Full Metal Jacket

October 30th, 2012
10:27 am

And in the ACC, it’s better to have an AD change in football season, than in basketball season. Nowadays, there’s hardly ever a time that is good for an AD to leave.

Joey

October 30th, 2012
10:30 am

“I can’t wait to hear all the Dogs start bragging about how badly they’re going to beat lowly Ole Miss…”
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Didn’t have to wait long, Hotty Totty – Henry complied in 2 minutes.

Hotty Toddy

October 30th, 2012
10:32 am

Henry proves my point, and he is far more typical of my brethren UGA fans than Steve. If the Dawgs had started out against UK at Stanford, instead of Lexington, would we have been cheering more loudly and rallying the team, or jeering more loudly and railing on Richt? We can be fickle, and while I think we will beat Ole Miss and Auburn, my point is that we can’t afford a letdown…..which we have been guilty of in the past.

Joey

October 30th, 2012
10:33 am

Steve, and we were favored over UK by 28 and barely squeaked by. If that UGA shows up, we will lose.

If last Saturday’s UGA shows up, we’ll cover the 14.

Jeffrey

October 30th, 2012
10:33 am

Everyone is talking about our d on Saturday. What about the offensive line? They held the gators so good that Murray had forever to throw those interceptions. Sorry for the slap at Murray but I think the o line deserves some ink.

Henri

October 30th, 2012
10:35 am

Yeah, Henry, the only two games left in the season are beating Bama once in Atlanta and then again in the NC game.

Steve

October 30th, 2012
10:35 am

Joey, I am saying I, and hopefully the team, are not taking Ole Miss lightly. My guess is 35-24 UGA.

DABO

October 30th, 2012
10:37 am

WE RAID THIS STATE!

Athens

October 30th, 2012
10:39 am

Hotty Toddy?? Really? What a tool……

Weyman C. Wannamaker Jr. (A Great American)

October 30th, 2012
10:40 am

Thanks, Mark. Nice to see my amazing ability to predict the obvious is still fully functioning.

Sonny Clusters

October 30th, 2012
10:42 am

Mark, what is your take on the World Series champion? Should the team have had some victories vacated because of Melky? Is cheating now the norm if it results in a WS championship? We was thinking some of this needs to be considered before it gets to be a habit. Now, college football . . . Tech used to be great. Really. That was a long time ago but the program used to be among the best in the country and now it is sad to see what has happened. UGA, on the other hand, has won a lot of games but much like the Braves, can’t seem to win a big game. Ga State will have to learn how to win and selection of the next coach is very important. Look for a surprise here. We have it on good authority that Ga State is looking to hire CONTENT REMOVED. If they get him, watch out.

GTBob

October 30th, 2012
10:42 am

The same nut who liked Georgia to beat Florida sees no reason why the Bulldogs can’t give the West champ a run in the Dome come Dec. 1.

If UGA played the game of their lives they might only lose by 14 to Bama. Although, Bama might just turn the ball over every play like Florida did. I doubt that would happen to a Nick Saban team though.

Goldenrod

October 30th, 2012
10:46 am

Mark, I have to call you out on this one – yet again you are kicking a Georgia Tech program that is down (but not out) while singing the praises of a UGag program that has once again failed to live up the hype.

I fully expect Coach Paul Johnson to have the Ramblin’ Wreck ready for the Nov. 24th matchup with the mutts in the Cesspool Up North. That is where OUR Jackets will shock the college football world!

THWG, Go Ole Miss, Auburn & GA Southern!!

GTBob

October 30th, 2012
10:47 am

Hotty Toddy, who said Ole Miss is lowly? They are 5-3 and headed for a bowl game.

The best team they have beaten is Arkansas by three points and there is still a pretty good chance they won’t make a bowl game. They are pretty bad.

Steve

October 30th, 2012
10:49 am

Look everyone! GTBob is here! Still living life with no friends, woman, or life huh? Hey, Go Jackets!

J Clay

October 30th, 2012
10:50 am

Haha…Tech fan calling Ole Miss bad….Best line of the day. Have you observed your own team lately? You know the one with the genius coach?

Steve

October 30th, 2012
10:50 am

UGA has failed to live up to the hype? Hmmm, #6 in the BCS and on track to win the East, which is what they were picked to do. Good job “Goldenrod!” Do we really need to talk about a local team not living up to the hype? What a moron. Enjoy yet another loss this weekend.

DawginLex

October 30th, 2012
10:52 am

Wrong again GTBob

Just because they are playing UGA, any team according to you is lousy

Ole Miss is improving under a 1st year head coach and they have playmakers on offense and a decent defense.

They are capable of winning this Saturday and the rest of the year and will clearly get bowl eligible this year.

Goldenrod

UGA 49
GT 14

GTBob

October 30th, 2012
10:53 am

Haha…Tech fan calling Ole Miss bad….Best line of the day. Have you observed your own team lately? You know the one with the genius coach?

Yes, GT is bad too. Just because GT is one of the worst teams in the country doesn’t mean there are no other bad teams. Texas beat Ole Miss by 35 points. Ole Miss is not good.

murfdawg

October 30th, 2012
10:57 am

GTBob,
I would rather win ugly against Fla than lose pretty to BYU.
Bama is playing at another level than anyone else!!
However, I do think UGA can win the last four games and go to the Sugar Bowl.
And that would be a good season for this team. We are not in Bama’s league.
Good luck on finding a new AD.

sidslid

October 30th, 2012
11:00 am

Baseball is all about roll players. The Craigs, Scutaros, Belts, Kozmas. Who had the biggest hit in the Cardinal game-Jose Constanza. Find us a Descalso kind of guy to play third. Want to get radical, trade Uggla, McCann, and Hanson to Pittsburgh for Neil Walker and a good minor league guy. Give the Pirates about $15 million. Go a year without a real first line catcher, and then if the minors don’t bring anybody, go get somebody named Molina. They tend to play for winners.

GTBob

October 30th, 2012
11:01 am

Joey, I am saying I, and hopefully the team, are not taking Ole Miss lightly.

After your games against really bad Tennessee and Kentucky teams, I doubt UGA takes anyone lightly anymore.

GTBob

October 30th, 2012
11:04 am

By the way Mark. In regards to GT, what does “this is getting serious” mean? Honestly, what horrible thing are you expecting at this point? Do you think we will discontinue athletics now because DRad left?

GFF

October 30th, 2012
11:07 am

BEAT OLE MISS!

jarvis

October 30th, 2012
11:09 am

No GTBoob, I think what he meant was your AD quit two weeks before he wsa to open his crown jewel. That says a lot about the state of your athletics program.

You have one successful men’s sport at this point, and it’s baseball. Congrats on that…..2 of the 8 CWS participants last year were Kent State and Stony Brook….hardly a ringing endormsement for the relavance of College Baseball.

Joey

October 30th, 2012
11:11 am

Yeah, GTBob, except your team. It’s okay to take them lightly . . .

Flat Tire On I-95 in Jacksonville

October 30th, 2012
11:12 am

GoldenRod

if you think P Johnson is taking Tech somewhere you drink more kool-aid than most of the UGA fanbase thinking our coaching staff will win a national title

at least GT Bob is seeing the light some

Abernish

October 30th, 2012
11:12 am

The Dawgs need to beat Ole Miss and Auburn first. This is the best Ole Miss team since Eli was their QB. Not to be taken lightly. And if we can struggle with Kentucky, we can struggle with anyone!

GT fan for life

October 30th, 2012
11:14 am

paul johnson makes it to damn easy to pull against him,such an arrogant obnoxious and very unlikeable horse’s ass,who’s he gonna blame now that groh is gone?

Patched Tire On I-95 in Jacksonville

October 30th, 2012
11:14 am

Tech fans thinking Coach Turkey Neck is taking Tech to the next level of football need to keep frying up some more of that fish

Well maybe the next level of football will be Div II level of football ;)

GTBob

October 30th, 2012
11:16 am

Listen you mutts, all I am saying is Aaron Murray is WAY overrated. Tevin Washington is better and you guys would be far better off with him or Mason as your QB.

You heard it here first – Ole Miss Black Bears/Rebels 37, UGag 10

Meanwhile Georgia Tech 47-Maryland 10 – we win big and restore all of our dignity!

*{jj}*

October 30th, 2012
11:17 am

Its hell being a GT fan…but God bless Falcons. Good Luck UGA. Braves I hope make the right decisions for 3b, cf, and let McCann go.

Mad Dog

October 30th, 2012
11:23 am

Tech fans look in the bright side… maybe Clemson,s new ad will do for their Football program what he did for your program.

Jimmy Crack

October 30th, 2012
11:24 am

The Michelin Man’s days are numbered at Tech. The days of a HC taking credit for wins and blaming players for losses will soon be over.

And bring back the Hotel Management Degree so you can get some decent players!

gtt

October 30th, 2012
11:24 am

I think the Hawks will shoot AND guard, so 50 wins is not far fetched. Check back with me in the spring.