Heat Check: Destiny’s Dogs? No-bowl Jackets? Whoa, Nelly

Surrounded by the enemy: Tech's band in Athens. (AJC photo by Johnny Crawford)

Surrounded by the enemy: The Georgia Tech band in Sanford Stadium. (AJC photo by Johnny Crawford)

Our Heat Check arrives just in time to warm what promises to be a chilly week. Face facts, folks: There’s not much happening in local sports.

Kidding.

GEORGIA: Will play for the BCS title — some guy I know predicted they would — with a victory over Alabama on Saturday. Barometric reading: Three weeks ago, people were saying the Bulldogs would have no chance against the mighty Tide. A lot of those same people seem to have changed their minds, and I’m not just talking about Georgia fans. I’m talking about neutrals who see the Dogs as no less talented as Bama. Just as Bacarri Rambo said.

GEORGIA TECH: Paul Johnson now believes his Jackets didn’t give much of an effort in Athens. (Who knew, huh?) But if Tech can rouse itself to topple Florida State — maybe the nation’s most overrated team — in Charlotte on Saturday, the Jackets will be headed for what Dennis Dodd of CBS Sports calls potentially the worst BCS bowl matchup ever: Tech against Kent State. Seriously. Barometric reading: Then again, if Tech loses to the Seminoles, it might not grace any bowl. Tech insiders insist they’ll land in a bowl even at 6-7, but there now appears no guarantee their request for a waiver would be favorably met

FALCONS: Everyone around the team was heartened by the one-point escape from Tampa Bay, for good reason. It was a big-time win over a tough opponent, and the Falcons haven’t beaten many tough opponents … well, all season. Barometric reading: They can clinch the NFC South with a month to spare by beating hated New Orleans on Thursday and then watching the Buccaneers lose at Denver on Sunday.

HAWKS: Remember when it was suggested this team was about to embark on a nice little run? This team has embarked on a nice little run. Having won five in a row, the Hawks hold the fourth-best record in the NBA East. Barometric reading: Check the schedule. They might not lose again anytime soon.

BRAVES: Waiting for B.J. Upton to decide where he wants to play. The good news is that Upton has long been hailed as one of the game’s biggest talents. Barometric reading: The sabermetric reality is that Upton was half the player Michael Bourn was in 2012. According to FanGraphs, Bourn’s WAR (wins above replacement) rating was 6.5; Upton’s was 3.3.

By Mark Bradley

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Resident Georgia Fan

November 27th, 2012
9:15 am

Eat my dust!

Resident Georgia Fan

November 27th, 2012
9:16 am

Dogs punch a ticket to Miami!

Resident Georgia Fan

November 27th, 2012
9:17 am

Tech begs for bowl mercy.

Resident Georgia Fan

November 27th, 2012
9:17 am

Weyman C. Wannamaker Jr. (A Great American)

November 27th, 2012
9:22 am

mike

November 27th, 2012
9:27 am

Hawks have been playing real bad teams during this streak (minus Clippers), but hey, they’re beating the teams they are supposed to be beating.

Mark Bradley

November 27th, 2012
9:28 am

Kudos for being first through fourth, RGF.

Tide. Roll.

November 27th, 2012
9:32 am

Was worried about your prediction that Georgia would win, Mark, until I saw that you put your journalistic integrity on the line over predicting that ANY Lane Kiffin team could go undefeated. Or win anything that matters, really. ;-)

Weyman C. Wannamaker Jr. (A Great American)

November 27th, 2012
9:32 am

Whooooooooooooah Nelly! (tip of the hat to Keith Jackson)

GT Dude

November 27th, 2012
9:34 am

By hook or crook, at least my Jackets are in the game!

reality check

November 27th, 2012
9:36 am

The dark side of my personality would really like to see Tech beat FSU then lose to Kent State in the Orange Bowl. This has something to do with the stupid article Terence Moore wrote after FSU and Miami joined the ACC about how much better the ACC would be than the SEC.

Speaking of Terence, where is he these days?

Aaron

November 27th, 2012
9:37 am

Just read over your preseason picks. You did pretty well. Kudos!

GT

November 27th, 2012
9:38 am

Why would Tech even want to go to a bowl game. You have played two super power games to a sold out stadium in one, a championship in another, unless it is the Orange Bowl, why play in a bush league bowl except the ACC needs the money.

Mark Bradley

November 27th, 2012
9:39 am

Why, thanks, Aaron.

t

November 27th, 2012
9:45 am

Go Dawgs! Love Coach Richt!!!!! http://www.wedgeorgia.com

GJ

November 27th, 2012
9:45 am

Least expensive SEC Champ ticket -$450. Least expensive ACC Champ ticket – $4.50…seriously.

Billy Ray Cyrus

November 27th, 2012
9:47 am

I like UGA’s chances here. I just hope Murray doesnt clog his mind watching too much game film and not chatting with the press.

Tide. Roll.

November 27th, 2012
9:47 am

I got my SECCG ticket for $250, GJ

DawginLex

November 27th, 2012
9:49 am

Lots of fake tickets around

Be careful

They say “Auburn VS Tennessee” on them

:)

GT in CT

November 27th, 2012
9:50 am

I guess the college hoops teams did not rate a reading on the barometer, which should be a thermomter for a heat check.

Nativebird

November 27th, 2012
9:54 am

My GT Yellowjackets deserve a bowl selection about as much as they deserve to play in the ACC championship.

BirdDawg

November 27th, 2012
9:54 am

OMG Mark! You’re really dropping the WAR crap on us? How can anyone take that silly thing seriously when it leaves out the most important stats in a batters true worth? Give my Braves B.J. for Christmas and I’ll be a happy camper!

GTT

November 27th, 2012
9:56 am

We’ve been talking about B.J. Upton’s potential for about four years now. If that isn’t bust, it’s in the neighborhood.

Bama might win, but they’re going to have to work awfully hard for it.

chilidawg

November 27th, 2012
9:57 am

I hope the coaches turn the dawgs loose, and they play with controlled fury and discipline.

Habersham Dawg

November 27th, 2012
10:01 am

Wow, Mark, you actually got picked Georgia in the SECCG back in May and GT and Florida State in the ACC CG. Now if you had picked ND to play for the BCS Championship back then, we’d be going to VEGAS!

BirdDawg

November 27th, 2012
10:03 am

GTT—-totally get it. But he is still a young, righthanded power who drives in runs…something the lineup desperately needs.

Lordy

November 27th, 2012
10:04 am

As a Tech fan, I must admit that I think the Dawgs will beat Alabama.

Dawgdad (The Original)

November 27th, 2012
10:06 am

Upton would do the Braves a big favor if he chose the Phils.

Mark, I hope you finally have a prediction come true, I love my Dawgs, but Murray doesn’t have the track record against big teams to foster this much optimism. Hope I’m wrong. Las Vegas has made a lot of money betting against your predictions.

mike on lake hartwell

November 27th, 2012
10:12 am

DO DAWGS! G A T F A!

Gatorman

November 27th, 2012
10:16 am

Look, why don’t the coach and the administration realize that few fans would go to another disgusting bowl, but accept the program needs to improve or the coach needs to go. When you don’t bring in blue chip players, then you don’t win games. The arrogance shown by the coach indicates he should go, but when is the call of the administration.

Josh

November 27th, 2012
10:18 am

Said it before and I’ll say it again, the best thing for Tech is to lose out (and I’m a Tech fan). Losing to FSU and IF they go to bowl, to lose there, would cement CPJ’s future and maybe we’d get a new coach for Christmas. I really do like CPJ, but his offense and recruiting just don’t cut it. It’s weird to root for your team to lose, but at this point we gotta think big picture.

Buzz 333

November 27th, 2012
10:22 am

GT does not deserve to be in a bowl. If GT is in a bowl it is a joke and no one will attend. I am done with attending GT games as long as: CPJ is there and the Administration and BOR continue to try to make GT an International Engineering specialist College (on Georgia Tax Dollars).

Buzz Belle

November 27th, 2012
10:23 am

Bama will beat the dogs and Fla will jump over them. If Ohio State wasn’t on probation, dogs wouldn’t be in the hunt. As it is, ND will be the champ this year, their defense is a killer. As for my beloved Jackets, ouch! This has been a tough year. I have so enjoyed the option offense and feel like we could rule the world with the right players. I still support CPJ even though most people don’t like him. I think Lee has got some real talent and could make a difference but defesne, geeze. We have none and that bites. So a bowl game? I don’t think we deserve a bowl game even if we beat FSU.

PMC

November 27th, 2012
10:24 am

With the way everyone is treating the Falcons you would think they were 7-5.

SOMETHING must be right huh? Prior to the season everyone said 9-7 or 8-8

Clearly something is going well.

The SEC wins The 2012 ACC Championship

November 27th, 2012
10:25 am

Mark Bradley

The Orange Bowl, once considered the best bowl game to watch especially in the 80’s and 90’s has literally become an unwatchable joke. I havent watched it in over a decade.

Your thoughts?

Ron Sanford

November 27th, 2012
10:25 am

Tech will not get a new coach until at least an AD is named. Get over that change happening this year and we do not deserve any bowl game.

Tech Man 98

November 27th, 2012
10:26 am

How this for justice.
GT (6-6) will beat FSU and play in the Orange Bowl.
Plus GT will win the Orange Bowl by beating Kent State 45-28.
UGA (11-1) will lose to Alabama and play in the Outback Bowl.
Deal with it puppy fans.

The SEC wins The 2012 ACC Championship

November 27th, 2012
10:27 am

Buzz Belle

Glad to know many Tech fans like you are supporting such an outstanding coach, that coach fish fry is

UGA is sure to win many more against Tech now with such stupid support ;)

GTBob

November 27th, 2012
10:33 am

Glad to know many Tech fans like you are supporting such an outstanding coach, that coach fish fry is

If UGA could stick with Mark Richt through the terrible job he has done over the years then GT can hang with CPJ a little longer.

The SEC wins The 2012 ACC Championship

November 27th, 2012
10:34 am

Tech Man 98

You arent beating FSU for one

and if you did what justice is there; you will be playing in the worst bowl matchup ever that no one will even watch

heck there will be more people watch a chik-fil-a bowl game featuring UGA against another Acc TEAM than watch Tech play and of course there will be more fans in the seats unlike the typical Tech game

The SEC wins The 2012 ACC Championship

November 27th, 2012
10:36 am

GTBob

How about the overrated SEC winning the ACC championship this year?

or SC beating the stew out of such a great team as you called it in Clemson

Tucker

November 27th, 2012
10:37 am

UGA fans should buy condos in Orlando. There is another annual trip to play Michigan in the works.

Big Dog 89

November 27th, 2012
10:39 am

The ACC is a complete joke.
The winner of the ACC should play the Georgia Class AA High School Champs…now that would be a good game.

GTT

November 27th, 2012
10:40 am

As long as we don’t overpay, BirdDawg, bring him on.

Athens Dawg

November 27th, 2012
10:41 am

@Tech Man 98

Getting a little a head of yourself there little fella…

GTBob

November 27th, 2012
10:42 am

How about the overrated SEC winning the ACC championship this year?

I am pretty sure most teams in college football that aren’t in the ACC could win the ACC this year.

Ray Tardinski

November 27th, 2012
10:43 am

Mark Bradly Blog Headline Sunday AM – “Dawgs fall short again in the big game, but wait until next year”

Book it.

The Hammer

November 27th, 2012
10:44 am

If GT beats FSU and Alabama beats Georgia, will that finally make the pollsters do the right thing and rank Oregon above both Florida and Georgia? No one their right mind believes Florida and/or Georgia are better than Oregon. Yes, the pollsters are crazy. That’s why they have ND ranked ahead of Alabama. It is a damn shame we are going to be forced to watch Alabama-ND in the BCS Championship Game. Both Sagarin and Massey have Alabama and Oregon at #s 1 and 2, respectively. The computers know more than the pollsters on this one.

Dave

November 27th, 2012
10:46 am

Throw in some imaginative play calling, get Marshall and Gurley out in space (sweeps and screens), hit the tight ends frequently and often. For the defense, clog the middle, cut off the ends and arrive to the ball carrier swifty and appear to be very, very angry. I think this game is even at all arms and legs, except that Bama has been here before. Can’t wait for 4 PM on Saturday! GO DAWGS!

The SEC wins The 2012 ACC Championship

November 27th, 2012
10:49 am

No no Bob

According to you the last several weeks the SEC is way overrated and FSU and Clemson were these really good teams

We cant be acting like the ACC isnt good now