Heat Check: Hot ‘Dogs face a warm swarm of Yellow Jackets

This was the one time the Richt-coached Bulldogs didn't beat Tech. (AJC photo by Johnny Crawford)

This was the one time the Mark Richt-coached Bulldogs didn't beat Tech. (AJC photo by Johnny Crawford)

Given that this is Thanksgiving week, our Heat Check begins about where you’d expect.

GEORGIA: Will play for the SEC title. Could play for the BCS title. First, however, the Bulldogs must win the state title. This hasn’t been much of an issue for Mark Richt — he’s 10-1 against the North Avenue crew — but the one blip (in 2008, in case you’ve forgotten) was monumental. Barometric reading: Remember when we wondered if things would ever again get really good for this coach at this school? Richt’s team has a chance to finish all drills.

GEORGIA TECH: Will play for the ACC title, thanks to Miami’s decision to remove itself from postseason play. For a team that wasn’t sure it could wangle even a trip to Shreveport, that’s a nice bit of rallying. Barometric reading: Chances are, Tech will be an underdog — the opening line for this weekend favors Georgia by 14 points — in every game from here on, but any team coached by Paul Johnson has the potential to be a mighty live ‘dog. No pun intended.

THE SEC: Forget having no team in the BCS title game. If Southern Cal beats Notre Dame and Florida beats Florida State, the only league that matters will again have two of its members, one of whom didn’t even win its division, playing for the national championship. Barometric reading: Things always break the SEC’s way. Does anybody not understand that?

THE ACC: Could have a 6-6 team (er, Georgia Tech) play for the conference title. Could lose Maryland to the Big Ten, which would be a major blow for a league that believed it had solidified its future by adding, sort of, Notre Dame. (Update: According to ESPN, Maryland has indeed voted to leave the ACC.) Barometric reading: Only the SEC get all the breaks all the time. Does anybody not understand that?

FALCONS: The halting victory over Arizona did nothing to quell any doubts. Still couldn’t run the ball, and this time Matt Ryan had a tough time throwing it to the right team. And now a trip to play Tampa Bay, which has won four in a row, awaits. Barometric reading: The Falcons are still positioned to be the NFC’s top seed, but they’re starting to look a tad seedy.

HAWKS: Fought through the stomach flu and a West Coast swing to come home at .500, which isn’t half-bad. Barometric reading: Don’t be surprised if this team gets hot. Only one of its next eight games will come against an opponent that currently holds a winning record, and seven of those eight will be staged at Philips Arena.

GEORGIA HOOPS: Mark Fox’s Hounds had an awful week, losing at home to Youngstown State and Southern Miss, neither of which is a basketball power on the order of, say, Indiana. Barometric reading: At 5:30 p.m. tonight in Brooklyn, the Bulldogs will meet the real Indiana, ranked No. 1 in the land. But there’s precedent at work — Chaminade did once topple Virginia and Ralph Sampson.

GEORGIA TECH HOOPS: Managed fewer points against Presbyterian than the football Jackets scored against the Blue Hose. Still won, though. Barometric reading: Are about to embark on a long road trip — three games in an Anaheim tournament, followed by a stop in Champaign, Ill., to meet the Illini in the ACC-Big Ten challenge. If Tech is still unbeaten after all that, Brian Gregory and his men will be on to something.

BRAVES: Signed Gerald Laird, free-agent catcher, to replace David Ross, free-agent catcher. That’s a slight net loss, but Laird is something of the new Eric Hinske — he keeps showing up in the World Series. Barometric reading: Pretty sure there’s a bigger move than Gerald Laird to come.

Further reading: Can Tech ruin Georgia’s season? It’s possible. But probable?

By Mark Bradley

134 comments Add your comment

Goldenrod

November 19th, 2012
8:13 am

FIRST! It’s official – Miami backed out of the ACCCG and bowl so GT willbe facing FSU for the right to go to a BCS bowl! Coach Paul Johnson deserves coach of the year honors ever since the Middle Tennessee State loss!

We’re gonna pummel UGAg in the cesspool up North! GT 51, UGag 24 – You heard it here first!

David

November 19th, 2012
8:13 am

David

November 19th, 2012
8:14 am

Damn, not first. *sigh* gonna be a long day….

GO JACKETS

November 19th, 2012
8:19 am

GT in CT

November 19th, 2012
8:19 am

Heat check with a barometer? Just say no to mixed metaphors, Mark. :)

GO JACKETS

November 19th, 2012
8:20 am

any dog poop fan thinking this is going to be an easy win might want to take a look at Vad Lee play against UNC. The replay is on ESPN3. GET A GOOD LOOK…he is on a mission and he isn’t afraid of you

dagadawgs

November 19th, 2012
8:20 am

Goldenrod you are an absolute idiot.

Only in the ACC

November 19th, 2012
8:21 am

Can a miserable excuse for a football league/team finish 6 & 6 and still play in a conference championship. 6-6 TECH PROVES JUST HOW WEAK THE ACC TRULY IS!

Maryland Jacket

November 19th, 2012
8:25 am

@Only in the ACC

6-6 2011 UCLA PROVES JUST HOW WEEK THE PAC-10 TRULY IS!

Maryland Jacket

November 19th, 2012
8:26 am

Oh gods, I typoed. WEAK. WEAK I SAY.

Big Dog 89

November 19th, 2012
8:29 am

GT winning the ACC shows how weak the ACC is.

What a complete joke.

Oger

November 19th, 2012
8:30 am

NNNNNNNNNNNEEEEEEEEEEERRRRRRRRRRRRRRDDDDDDDDSSSSSSSSSSSSS!!!!!!!!!!

Dawgs Run This State

November 19th, 2012
8:32 am

No worries, the Dawgs get to beat the ACC Coastal (Backed-In) Champions and then the SEC West champions in back-to-back weeks.

WE RUN THIS STATE!

GSU Eagle

November 19th, 2012
8:33 am

Screw GT and UGA, where’s the heat check on the 6-time Champion Eagles? Mark, you’re a loser!

GSU Eagle

November 19th, 2012
8:34 am

The nerds are crowing about an ACC division title, and that moron dog can’t even spell “Ogre.” HAHAHAHA!! The Eagles still have more titles!!

spider

November 19th, 2012
8:35 am

well dawg fans, im pretty sure tech will show up saturday, i just hope paul puts a emphasis on pass defense this week.

MontgomeryDawg

November 19th, 2012
8:36 am

People need to calm down with the Florida business…

Assuming Florida beats FSU, which I personally don’t see happening, if Oregon runs the table, the 13th game will push them ahead of Florida.

Ted M

November 19th, 2012
8:39 am

The Falcons need start running the ball effectively or they’ll be one and done come playoff time even with Ryan playing great. Thankfully they are using Rodgers more but we need even more him.

Sam Baker needs to be benched.

Hey GSU Eagle

November 19th, 2012
8:39 am

You were a cute little brother, your little team hung tough with the Dawgs for about a half until your trademark chop block did you in. Second half was all Dawgs as you limped back with Stateboro Blues. I will say this – your fan base brought in more folks than tech will into gorgeous Sanford Stadium.

This week the Dawgs get to beat down the nerdy little brother as Mark Richt makes it 12 out of 13 against the NATS.

DawgieStyle

November 19th, 2012
8:41 am

Winning a division by forfeit is, like, the most Georgia Tech thing ever. #Nerds

Steve

November 19th, 2012
8:42 am

HOW FUNNY is it that Tech is in the ACC Championship game? Talk about BACKING IN! They get to play in the game even though they did not deserve it? So funny. What will be more funny is watching what UGA and FSU does to Tech. Tech will be 6-7 going to a bad bowl game which they will lose, as we all know. 6-8 season!

Ben

November 19th, 2012
8:44 am

Can someone explain why Maryland would want to move to the Big 10? Do they want to lose worse every year?

One Eyed Jack

November 19th, 2012
8:45 am

BD 89, you may be right. The ACC is far from stellar this year.

But GT is the only team in the USA with a chance to beat UGay next week, and it’ll be 0-0 when we line up. GT has absolutely nothing to lose. But UGay boosters need to think about how it will look for UGay to lose to the mediocre ACC, a home game, and one vs in-state rival Yellow Jackets to boot!

That’s just delicious to contemplate! If this happens, then the joke will be on you, BD 89…I hope you have a nice day.

Go Yellow Jackets!

Keep Paul Johnson

November 19th, 2012
8:45 am

As a Dawgs fan I cannot express how glad I am that the ACC allowed GT to back into the Coastal champs. Hopefully that means they will keep Paul Johnson, his gimmicky high-school offense and complete lack of defense for at least five more years! Dawgs Run This State!

JB

November 19th, 2012
8:46 am

When Johnson and Tech slipped by Georgia by 3 points, Tech had a roster full of D1 players. They now have a roster full of players who chose Tech over Western Carolina and the like. I really like the Dawgs chances Saturday.

NeoDawg

November 19th, 2012
8:47 am

If Tech somehow beats FSU, how much do you think the Orange Bowl would be willing to pay Tech to NOT take the automatic bid?

Old Guy

November 19th, 2012
8:48 am

@MontgomeryDawg – Stanford has to lose for Oregon to play in the Pac-12 championship.

JB

November 19th, 2012
8:48 am

Will Tech play in that Bowl on Dec 17th on that Blue field in 10 degree weather against the California Roads & Bridges Rec league?

woodstockgt

November 19th, 2012
8:50 am

Just to get it out in the open, all you morons saying “First” on all these blogs are a bunch fags! Who gives a sh*t if you are the first to post or the 49th. I get it, lets sit on the internet all day waiting for an article to post so I can cut and paste “first” and hit enter quicker than anyone else! Loosers!

Alphare

November 19th, 2012
8:53 am

If FSU beat FL and win ACC, it will rank ahead of UGA.

Say What???

November 19th, 2012
8:54 am

So if a 6-6 Tech team gets into the ACC title game because their division’s front runner pulls themselves out, does that mean that all of the Tech trolls will stop with “The SEC East is SO weak!” BS?

Yeah, I didn’t think so either…

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Tech Man 98

November 19th, 2012
8:56 am

GT will beat UGA.
GT will beat Florida State.
GT will lose the Orange Bowl.
UGA will beat Bama.
UGA will lose their bowl game.
SEC will not have a team competing for the National Championship.

Vince

November 19th, 2012
8:56 am

Dawgie Style–Well Said !!!!

Steve

November 19th, 2012
8:57 am

Alphare, yet another moron who knows nothing about college football. Bama is # 2, Florida is # 4. You see, that means if UGA beats Bama, they beat the # 2 team in the country which would assure them of being # 2. FSU would be at #3 or #4. They are ranked in the high teens in the computer ranking because they play in the pathetic ACC. Learn stuff before you post.

Goldenrod

November 19th, 2012
8:58 am

Hey woodstockgt, you are the “looser” – I wanted to be on here FIRST to represent GT Athletics and praise Coach Johnson for leading this team into the ACC Championship and giving us a great shot to beat the leghumpers this weekend.

GEORGIA TECH YELLOW JACKETS – 2012 ACC COASTAL DIVISION CHAMPIONS

Josh

November 19th, 2012
9:00 am

How is losing Maryland a major blow to the ACC? Wouldn’t they be easily replaceable?

GameTime

November 19th, 2012
9:00 am

Enjoy watching SEC football but C’mon guys, the SEC is a shell of its usual self this year. No way Georgia, Florida, LSU should be rated as high as they are. ALL are HIGHLY overrated and living entirely on SEC reputation. Georgia got manhandled by South Carolina and has only beaten another highly overrated team – Florida. UGA didn’t play Alabama, LSU, Texas A&M. Don’t understand the dawgies feeling so great about this year — or their chances from here on out. Delusional – but that’s nothing new.

NeoDawg

November 19th, 2012
9:02 am

Goldenrod – Said more accurately:

georgia tech yellow jackets – 2012 acc coastal division tallest midget

Buckeye

November 19th, 2012
9:04 am

From Monday Morning QB:

reat line: “I don’t know who deserves more blame: Western Carolina for taking the money, or Alabama for scheduling Western Carolina.” That’s from NBC studio host Jimmy Roberts, showing highlights of the game between national power Alabama and one of the worst teams in the NCAA FCS, formerly NCAA I-AA, Western Carolina.

Read More: http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2012/writers/peter_king/11/19/week-11/index.html#ixzz2Cg2tjARG

Say What???

November 19th, 2012
9:04 am

Goldenrod… Let me ask you something. If UGA some how backed into an SEC Championship with a 6-6 record, would you be offering praise to Mark Richt and the Dawgs? No – you, along with everyone else, would be ripping UGA a new one. So how can it be so different for the Jackets?
.

93 Dawg

November 19th, 2012
9:04 am

Saturday. 12:00 PM. Sanford Stadium. See you there bugs.

Remind me, how many thousands of tickets did you return to UGA for this game? What an embarrasment to yourselves. And to the ACC that you will play their championship game. That really is a joke.

Alphare

November 19th, 2012
9:04 am

Steve, you got lots of “if” there. Learn some Maths before you post on a blog.

Buckeye

November 19th, 2012
9:05 am

SEC! SEC! November scheduling is a joke.

Buckeye

November 19th, 2012
9:05 am

tom brown,

Where you at?

JB

November 19th, 2012
9:07 am

Tech will score some points. Georgia’s speed on D causes them to over run assignments at times. But the Georgia offense is playing as well as any ranked team in the country, very balanced, physical running game, speed, very good passing game and will score on Tech just about every time they get the ball based on what I’ve seen of Tech Defense.

Dawg Fud

November 19th, 2012
9:11 am

woodstockgt,

That would be “losers.” The word you are looking for is spelled “losers.”

Class dismissed.

gt4ever

November 19th, 2012
9:11 am

Anything can happen Steve… The dogs can be beat.. Not saying it’s going to happen, but crazier things have happened…

Buckeye

November 19th, 2012
9:11 am

Hmm,

Who will draw more National interest at noon Saturday?

dogs v Tech

or

The Ohio State University v Michigan

Goldenrod

November 19th, 2012
9:12 am

Just booked my tickets to Charlotte for the ACC Championship Game. I’ve got a great feeling that FSU, just like the mutts, won’t be able to stop our high-octane offense. We have dominated teams ever since the MTSU and BYU losses.

I am starting to see ESPN say that if we lose to UGag (unthinkable) and FSU that we would be 6-7 and may not be bowl eligible? Please tell me that is not the case, we need a special rider or waiver because we deserve to be in a bowl game for being ACC Coastal Champions!