8-1…No Matter How You Look At It…

So…the Jackets are 8-1 with three games remaining against Wake, Duke, and UGA.  The Wake and UGA games are at home in Bobby Dodd Stadium, while the Duke game is on the road.  This is a good thing, because the Tech defense seems to travel without its “man card” whenever we have a road game.

I watched the Vandy game while handing out candy last night, so lets get to it without any further idle chatter…

The Good

Jonathan Dwyer – 186 yards on 22 carries with three TDs.  The Diesel was running hard and with attitude.

Josh Nesbitt – 193 yards and two TDs via the air and 56 yards and two TDs on the ground.  Can you say dual threat?

Roddy Jones – 80 yards and one TD on just nine carries.  Roddy was running tough and fighting for yards.

Offensive Line – These guys are blocking their butts off and are fighting through a variety of aches, pains, and injuries.

56 Points – Yup…56 points, no need to say anything more…597 total yards of offense and almost 40 minutes of time of possession.

Halftime Adjustments – The first half score was a 28-28 tie.  The second half score was a 28-3 blowout.

The Bad

Halftime Adjustments – The fact that we had to make halftime adjustments after giving up 28 points to Vandy is a “bad” thing.

Bad Angles and Missed Tackles – The defense was taking bad angles, allowing Vandy ball carriers to get extra yards.  And often when they took good angles they missed tackles that could have ended drives or prevented points.

The Ugly

Special Teams – Have we ever had a worse kickoff team?  We can’t kick the ball into the endzone and we can’t maintain lanes and tackle returners.  When I watch other games on TV it seems like every other team is capable of kicking deep or tackling the return man before or around the 20.  Why can’t the Jackets do it too?  We’re giving up too much field position, no to mention points…

31 Points – 31 points to Vandy…are you kidding me?

Looking Ahead…

This coming weekend we host a 4-5 Wake Forest team.  But don’t let that record fool you.  Jim Grobe is still coaching at Wake and they have been known to rip the heart out of GT seasons in the past.  (They pretty much ruined Joe Hamilton’s Heisman campaign in ‘99…)

The Deacons lost tough games to Baylor (24-21), Boston College (27-24 in OT), Navy (13-10), and Miami (28-27) in a game they should have won.  So we can expect this to be a tough game against an opponent that is much better than their record.

Then we’ve got Duke…5-3 Duke…Duke which has gone 3-1 on the road and 3-1 in the ACC with wins over NCSU, Maryland, and Virginia in their last three games.  Duke which is averaging 400 yards and right at 30 points a game behind Thaddeus Lewis at QB.  Duke…which is Tech’s biggest remaining challenger in the ACC Coastal.

And of course UGA…who we all know about.  The biggest question there may be whether or not the Dawgs try to mimic Grambling when they come to Atlanta or if they might try the yellow and green of the Packers.  They way Mark Richt has coached the past few years, there is no telling what motivational gimick he may try…

Go Jackets!

Beat the Deacons!

84 comments Add your comment

Like a plague

November 2nd, 2009
10:55 pm

this will save us all some time (because you just can’t fix stupid):

this guy ‘BuLLdawg’ posts his maniacal frustrations on every blog about GT. Do yourself a favor and just ignore his rants (and others like him) … he’s obviously so worked up because he just can’t stand GT having success and feeling happy about it. Take glee in his misery and walk on. Go Jackets!!

Burdell

November 3rd, 2009
7:39 am

We want the white jerseys!!!

BobinBuford

November 3rd, 2009
8:17 am

What difference does it make which jerseys they wear? We don’t need the color of the jersey or the helmet the team is wearing to get the team riled up to play, unlike that team in Athens.

But you can bet that CMR is watching the results to determine which uniforms UGA will wear on the 28th.

Dr.phrankinstine

November 3rd, 2009
9:17 am

brock you must be a test tube mistake.

GTinJC

November 3rd, 2009
9:34 am

BuLLS**tDawg, You win 3 times in 20 YEARS………….. It does things to a man…… Hate it for ya, budddeee. You have a real lose grip on sanity there, hang on to it. Never let the facts distort your sad little world. The sun will come up tomorrow and your dogs will still have to figure out what to do with all those black hats…. ebay?

leg humper

November 3rd, 2009
11:05 am

We’re gonna wear our new pink helmits when we come to ATL and have a great game of grabass football

Starring Paul Johnson as Sheriff Buford Pusser

November 3rd, 2009
11:17 am

In a way, BuLLdawg is right. Whipping lower tier SEC teams like Miss State, Vandy, and Georgia really won’t earn Tech much respect. Who knows? Maybe we’ll play a ‘real’ team in a bowl game. To hear the dawg fans speak, one would believe they’ve come off a hard schedule against teams like the Eagles, Saints, Colts, and Patriots.

C C

November 3rd, 2009
11:28 am

I’ve learned to usually ignore BuLLdawg’s sad little rants (didn’t take long to figure out * that * was a good idea). But for some reason I scanned some of what he posted this time. I’ll try to take the high road here, and simply start by pointing out a little BS:

“Georgia Tech’s SoS for all games this year, shows that Tech’s Opponents have a LOSING RECORD by several games.”
WRONG. Not spectacular, but so far our opponents are 39-35. Funny: If you BEAT 8 out of 9 of those teams, it helps reduce their overall record that much more! If you only beat 4 of 8: Not so much…
(In other words, against teams OTHER than GT, so far our opponents are 38-27. Not quite as good as UGA’s opponents cumulative record, but UGA losing to FOUR teams so far sure helps that total for those opponents!)
I’ll be the first to admit that UGA FINALLY scheduled ONE tough OOC game this year — other than GT that is — and actually ventured out of the Southeast during the regular season! Congratulations…was that so hard? (Well, I guess the losing-by-2-touchdowns part was.) So kudos on your oh-so-tough schedule, and on going a perfect 0-3 — and counting — in your games against current top 25 opponents. (Yes, GT did have ONE loss was to a ranked opponent…But we also know what it’s like to BEAT a ranked opponent.)

“37-39 record of all teams on Georgia Tech’s schedule this season.”
WRONG. 39-35 so far — like I said — and if you add the last 3 regular season games, the current sum total of all of this year’s opponents is a winning record too. (At least it is if you actually know how to add properly, that is. I know that at least * some * UGA fans are capable of that.)

And as plenty of people have pointed out, GT’s schedule is one of the more difficult ones, as tabulated by experts who actually use, you know, FACTS. But I know you don’t let mere facts get in the way of many of the opinions on your little diatribes. Of course one fact is that playing GT helps UGA’s S.O.S…much more than playing UGA helps GT’s S.O.S. Why is that?

“SEC has 3 of the Top 9 teams in college football, and the ACC has ZERO.”
Two questions:
(1) Guess who the #10 team is?
(I’ll give you a hint: It rhymes with “Georgia” and “Tech”…)
(2) Where’s UGA ranked? How many spots after you get past all of the teams in “others receiving votes” ?

“Georgia Tech has NOT played and will not play any one. Miami of Florida has not played and will not play any one.”
Yeah, VT and Oklahoma sure are pushovers. And by saying GT “will not play any one”, you are saying that UGA isn’t “any one”. Well done, genius! Well, I’m not that much of a hater, but I can actually agree with you on that little observation about UGA…

“You will do this after you play a totally unranked ACC team from the Atlantic Division in a conference Chumpionship no one will attend, or even watch.”
We do have a couple of games to play first. If we make it there as we should, I will go along with tens of thousands of others. If it happens to not be a sell out, we will still enjoy it. Don’t understand the huge obsession about posting endlessly about “not selling out” games. I understand the point you are * trying * to make, but it’s just desparate, pathetic hatin’.

“You cannot even sell out your own stadium for the 1 game against a team only ranked because they didn’t play any one either, like Tech.”
So…You are saying that VT playing Alabama (or Nebraska, or Miami) doesn’t count as “playing any one either” ? Riiiiiight.

“to come down there in the slums of Atlanta where all the crime and drugs are and buy a ticket to your lousy scheduled games in a sorry-butt conference”
Just suffice it to say that Atlanta sucks so much that 5 million people (and counting) choose to live here. If you aren’t one of them, so be it. Sometimes GT sells out, and sometimes we don’t. And I’ll enjoy the tailgating — and winning — with tens of thousands of people who are not so miserable, hateful, and obsessed.

ATL BUZZ

November 3rd, 2009
12:04 pm

BRING ON THE GATORS – TECH WILL SHOW YOU HOW TO WIN B-DAWGS!!!!
WAKE DOESNT STAND A CHANCE!!!!
GO JACKETS!!!!

Jefferson

November 3rd, 2009
12:21 pm

Tech man – High Schoolers kick from the 40, a shorter distance to the endzone. I think Blair is trying to hang the ball around 5-10 yard line, problem is the cover team is not covering. I agree it is a weakness but I don’t blame Blair for all of it. That squib kick against Vandy … WTH ;was that. I don’t like to see him have to make tackles.
Right now UGA seems like the easiest of the 3 remaining games. hardy har har.

blazer

November 3rd, 2009
12:43 pm

DID GA. PLAY THIS WEEKEND?? DID GRAMBLING PLAY FLA?

OOPS IT WAS HALLOWEN!!!!!!!!!!!

WAKE CAN PASS-JIM GROBE CAN COACH-GOTTA BE READY FOR THEM!!

Go tech!

November 3rd, 2009
1:26 pm

Nice post CC

"GTman" for kicker!

November 3rd, 2009
5:26 pm

last night, “Falcons” normally did kick into the end zone. They lost.

Saints normally did not kick into the end zone. They won.

You seem to be worried to death about the kicking game causing a loss…not yet! Bee happy!

T-Time

November 3rd, 2009
5:58 pm

Let’s give the kicking team some props…… I am sure our kicker has more tackles than most kickers in the nation….

Sad to think I was so angry early in the season when we kept kicking the ball out bounds. Given our recent coverage, it may be a safer game plan than letting the other team have a return.

Not Disappointed

November 3rd, 2009
7:39 pm

Keep winning! Ramblin Wreck!

Pi$$onaDawg

November 3rd, 2009
10:20 pm

Will the dawgs even play in a bowl game this year?

Art

November 4th, 2009
5:00 am

CC why do post the above diatribe on every blog? Do you want to make sure that all 5 million of us know how damn dumb you are?

gtyj2

November 4th, 2009
8:34 am

actually the away team gets to decide the uniform and Tech has to ask every team if its ok for Tech to wear white at home every team agreed excpet Wake so it seems like Ga Tech will be wearin the blues or the golds…i for one hope uga looses out so i can say Ga Tech has as many sec wins as uga.

THWG!

another kickoff stat

November 4th, 2009
8:36 am

What team held Spiller to the fewest return yards…..Tech!

ATL BUZZ

November 4th, 2009
11:26 am

UGA WILL HOST ITT TECH THIS YEAR IN THE TOLET BOWL!!! uga please dont take this the wrong way – - – - – - – YOU SUCK!!!!
GO JACKETS!!!!
BRING ON FLORIDA!!!!

b6542

November 4th, 2009
1:36 pm

12:18 pm May 29, 2009, by Mark Bradley

“I’m guessing they’ll lose twice. (At Florida State and, believe it or not, at Vandy.)”

South FLA Jacket

November 4th, 2009
1:48 pm

BullDAWG…were you picked on as a child? Were you just not quite good enough for “Daddy?” Were you a second stringer in Junior High?

BullDUMB, please keep up the bullet posts,

They’re terrific!!!

GO JACKETS!!! TAKE WAKE!!!!

South FLA Jacket

November 4th, 2009
1:53 pm

And since it was Halloween… “THE BLAIR KICK PROJECT”

Eat your Wheeties Scott.. BUT, You are one tough little dude throwing yourself at those return guys..Gotta give props for that!

mowreck

November 4th, 2009
4:30 pm

I got my teeshirt for the Wake game … It says “I love my (small type) … Johnson” (large type). At the bottom of that a football with THWG written on it.
hehehe

jacket3

November 4th, 2009
6:43 pm

Alabama Jack’s got it right – respect all and fear none.

What these kids and coaching staff have done in the last 18 months is nothing short of amazing. Taking someone else’s recruits minus only a year of yours, and molding them into a quality almost perfect team is just something for the ages. You just don’t do that, CPJ!

I pray that CPJ hangs with GT and creates a dynasty. The school would prosper like never before.
So please stay and give the GT nation some cherished times.

GT Fan

November 4th, 2009
6:47 pm

BullDAWG…GT shares four common opponents with No.1 Florida. This does not include Charleston Southern, Troy or FIU. If you think our schedule is easy, what does that say about Florida’s.

jacket3

November 4th, 2009
6:51 pm

Maybe someone comes up with Tshirts that say You’ve just been Johnsoned !!! I certainly buy one!

GT9

November 4th, 2009
7:20 pm

Excellent post, C C.

hey bullfrawg

November 5th, 2009
12:12 am

i do believe that gt has played a tougher schedule to date than uf lsu and bama.

at least according to sagarin. lets see how gt vs those 3 stack up once they play each other.

gt should pass lsu at the least.

your all bluster bud

SEC Fact Check .com

November 5th, 2009
2:40 pm

BullDawg . . . Yes, FL and AL are great teams. But you can’t claim much credit for playing them unless you BEAT them. Of your stats, you failed to point out that in the last two years, only ONE other SEC team beat either FL or AL (Ole Miss last year beat FL). Stop for a minute and catch that . . . Last year FL and AL were 15-1 against other SEC teams and this they are still UNDEFEATED.

This says that the bottom 10 SEC teams can not beat FL and AL. It doesn’t make your conference GREAT by losing, getting slaughtered by FL and AL.

UGA could boast about their tough schedule if they had beat the teams. You don’t get credit for playing the game . . . You get credit for beating the team. THE CUMMULATIVE RECORD of teams that UGA has victories over is 16-18. SC (6-3) is the ONLY team that has won more than they have lost of the teams that UGA has beat this year.

SC…………3-3…….6-3
AR…………1-4…….4-4
AZState….2-3…….4-4
Vandy…….0-5…….2-7
TOTAL….6-15..16-18

You are not GOOD by association . . .

Not Disappointed

November 5th, 2009
8:57 pm

keep winning Jackets!

Jata-GT

November 5th, 2009
9:31 pm

@BuLLdawg…you ask where is our Alabama and Florida in the ACC? I say Ala schedule is weaker than GT’s. Their opponents win/loss record is 32-33 how is that any better than Tech? The Florida Gators haven’t played anyone that great either although their opponents win/loss is 36-25 but their only real challenge was LSU because LSU is actually ranked because they haven’t played anyone either. I will say the SEC is the best conference in the Country only because they seem to win the BIG games.

Don’t hate on Tech because your team can’t beat anyone. I agree our schedule is somewhat weak but we still had to win the games regardless of the competition.

I’m just glad we have a coach who can actually coach now. I hated this offense the first few games last year but now I LOVE it. PJ makes some of the best adjustments during games that I have ever seen.

So Bulldawg when your team finally gets on track I hope PJ is still there to put you in your place.

Thanks and have a GREAT day.

bill

November 6th, 2009
10:08 pm

The funniest thing about BuLLdawg’s “deep thought” comments is that he said “The SEC has 3 of the top 9 teams ” and “the ACC has none”….wow, Tech must really be lousy because they are 10th. Man is an absolute genius. Hey, Ga finally opened a season away from the state vs Ok St…uh, Tech opened at a powerhouse Auburn a few years back and won, won at South Bend, but , hey, though schedules are made years in advance, Tech doesn’t play anybody. Oh yeah, did win at Ms St and Vandy, but of course that part of the SEC doesn’t count unless it’s a Ga win….so, when BullDawg is eating his raisins about a few months from now because his Sour Grapes have turned into raisins by then,he can bask in the glory that his beloved Georgia Bulldogs finished 7-6 and won the Independence Bowl over Kansas or Colorado. Of course, he will argue that the refs were paid off when Tech thumped his Bulldogs 45-35 last November.Or that the refs missed that crucial pass interference call when Tech beat Clemson 31-27 to win the ACC. Or perhaps they missed that holding call when Tech beat Cincy 37-28 in the Orange Bowl…but hey, Tech didn’t play anybody….. Guess when Tech beats Ga, they still won’t have played anybody.

snapshot

November 7th, 2009
8:51 am

Tech has a new coach and ain’t supposed to be this good this quick. What the heck is going on!!!!!
Need a win today. I think it will be a very tough game.