Sunday, October 31, 2010

ESPN's Andy Katz Picks UGA 3rd in SEC East

Andy Katz is continuing his preseason preview by going around the country and interviewing coaches from various leagues.

Last week it was Paul Hewitt and the ACC. This week it is the SEC's turn with Mark Fox answering Katz's questions.

Katz is high on UGA picking them third in the SEC and he may be right on with two starters returning that are likely 1st round NBA Draft picks next year in Trey Thompkins and Travis Leslie.

Mississippi State's Rick Stansbury is also featured and Duke players Kyle Singler and Nolan Smith tell you what the toughest environments in the ACC are. One of their picks may be pretty surprising.

Fox Interview (starts about 8mins in)

Saturday, October 30, 2010

When "Zero Tolerance" Actually Means Tolerance For Michigan State Players

Michigan State CB Chris L Rucker is out of jail and back on the undefeated and fifth ranked Spartan football team.

In the off season, the Spartan program suffered from a rash of arrests including a brawl in a campus dormitory.

In response to the numerous arrests, head coach Mark Dantonio instituted a "Zero Tolerance" policy.

Well it seems that policy is actually more one of tolerance. Rucker was arrested for a DUI after the Michigan win and after serving eight days in jail he is back on the football team. Rucker is no slouch either having started all 11 games last season and the first six this year.

Dantonio defended his decision by altering the definition of "zero tolerance". Dantanio also left the decision of whether or not to play in Rucker's hands according to the ESPN article.

"Zero tolerance does not mean automatic dismissal," said Dantonio.

Coach Dantonio is a smart man. He knows that disciplinary problems are only an issue when you are losing.

Michigan State faces likely their last big test of the season today at Iowa.

SEC Story Lines For Saturday: #1 Auburn Takes The Cam Newton Show On The Road

The headliner of the week in the SEC is the game formerly known as (and still by some) "World's Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party" in Jacksonville, but it wouldn't be SEC football without a Saturday filled with back stories. (UGA-Florida Preview here)

1. Will Auburn be the fourth #1 to go down in a row?
The Tigers have played all of their tough games at home this year in front of what may be the best home field advantage in the nation. If Auburn has a weakness, many say it is their pass defense. That unit will face a stern test from an Ole Miss offense that can move the ball through the air with the mobile Jeremiah Masoli at QB.

But unless Cam Newton turns the ball over or gets hurt I don't see Auburn falling this week.

2. South Carolina Controls Its Destiny
It is Halloween weekend and South Carolina leads the SEC East. What could possibly go wrong? Tennessee has shown in flashes that they can play with anyone in the conference. They have also shown they are not on the same level as anyone except Vandy.

3. East Travels West
Vanderbilt and Kentucky venture west to take on Arkansas and Miss State respectively. Vandy switched offensive coordinators after last week and they may need to switch defensive coordinators after they face the high flying Razorbacks.

Miss States hopes to extend their winning streak to six this season against Kentucky while the Wildcats want to bounce back after losing to Georgia a week ago and move closer to bowl eligibility.

Here are some national story lines I will be following Saturday:

1. Can Michigan State keep the luck going at Iowa?
The Spartans have been one of the luckiest teams in the country this year converting a fake field goal in OT to beat a lousy Notre Dame and coming from behind last week against Northwestern with a trick punt. This Iowa game is the last time Michigan State will be underdogs this season since they do not face Ohio State.

2. Missouri travels to Nebraska a week after taking down number one
The Big 12 North title will likely be decided in Lincoln Saturday as undefeated Missouri takes on Nebraska. The Cornhuskers have already faced what was thought to be their big test against Texas and they failed so expect Nebraska to be ready. Can Mizzou bottle their emotions after last week's huge win against Oklahoma?

3. Oregon's blocking is the reason
Many see this USC game as Oregon's most likely chance to lose the rest of the way. Even though USC is playing better I don't see it happening. Everyone sees the speed of the Ducks on the perimeter but very few notice the blocking in the trenches and on the edge. USC's very average defensive line cannot hang with Oregon's o-line and the Ducks will have all day to execute their offense.

4. Rich Rodriguez's job on the line
Michigan has lost their last two games after starting 5-0. Wolverine fans are seeing 2009 all over again with a fast start limping to a 1-7 finish. Penn State will be without starting QB Robert Bolden, but Michigan's defense is really bad to begin with. If Rich Rod can't pull it out in Happy Valley, I think he as good as gone.

ACC Storylines For Saturday: Can Clemson Keep It Going?

NC State already shuffled things up on Thursday by beating FSU throwing the Atlantic Division race wide open. I would have had the score nearly spot on if Christian Ponder had not fumbled on a simple play action play with the TE wide open in the end zone, but such is life in the ACC.

Here are five story lines for the ACC Saturday:

1. Can Clemson keep the momentum going against a reeling Boston College team?
The Eagles used to be a huge road block for the Tigers winning the first three matchups in ACC play, but Dabo Swinney's club has won the past two. Clemson should be jacked up now that the Atlantic is wide open, but that has been said before about Clemson teams who sometime lose inexplicably.

2. Will Miami play well on the road at Virginia?
The Hurricanes have been a mixed bag this year away from Coral Gables. Their last road trip resulted in a lackluster performance against Duke. But Virginia may be the worst team in the ACC this season. Hurricanes should roll in this one.

3. Maryland is still in ACC Championship race
The Terrapins have just as good of chance as anyone in the Atlantic mathematically with just one conference loss. Maryland cannot afford a slip up against Wake Forest though with games still remaining against FSU and NC State in the Atlantic.

4. ACC Breather
Both Duke and UNC take a break from conference play this week. The Blue Devils travel to Annapolis to face a Navy team coming off a thrashing of Notre Dame last week. Could Duke catch the Midshipmen napping?

Here are some national story lines I will be following Saturday:

1. Can Michigan State keep the luck going at Iowa?
The Spartans have been one of the luckiest teams in the country this year converting a fake field goal in OT to beat a lousy Notre Dame and coming from behind last week against Northwestern with a trick punt. This Iowa game is the last time Michigan State will be underdogs this season since they do not face Ohio State.

2. Missouri travels to Nebraska a week after taking down number one
The Big 12 North title will likely be decided in Lincoln Saturday as undefeated Missouri takes on Nebraska. The Cornhuskers have already faced what was thought to be their big test against Texas and they failed so expect Nebraska to be ready. Can Mizzou bottle their emotions after last week's huge win against Oklahoma?

3. Oregon's blocking is the reason
Many see this USC game as Oregon's most likely chance to lose the rest of the way. Even though USC is playing better I don't see it happening. Everyone sees the speed of the Ducks on the perimeter but very few notice the blocking in the trenches and on the edge. USC's very average defensive line cannot hang with Oregon's o-line and the Ducks will have all day to execute their offense.

4. Rich Rodriguez's job on the line
Michigan has lost their last two games after starting 5-0. Wolverine fans are seeing 2009 all over again with a fast start limping to a 1-7 finish. Penn State will be without starting QB Robert Bolden, but Michigan's defense is really bad to begin with. If Rich Rod can't pull it out in Happy Valley, I think he as good as gone.

Friday, October 29, 2010

Georgia - Florida Prediction: Bulldogs Try To Break Gator Hex In Jacksonville

For the first time since 2004, UGA is favored against Florida in the game formerly known as the World's Largest Cocktail Party.

Georgia won that game as well as 2007. Those two wins plus 1997 are the Bulldogs only three wins in the last 20 meetings.

But this may be the worst Gator team in those 20 years coming off three straight losses in the SEC.

Here are three reasons why I like Georgia to win:

1. Headed In Opposite Directions
After a slow start, Georgia is averaging 413 yards per game on offense in their last three games, all wins. The defense has shown improvement allowing just 277 yards per game.

Meanwhile, Florida is gaining just 295 yards on offense and giving up 301 losing three in a row.

2. Georgia's Defense Will Make Florida's Offense One-Dimensional
UGA's defense has been very stout against the run this year allowing just 2.9 yards per attempt. Surprisingly, that number is even better in SEC play at 2.7. Florida is averaging a very pedestrian 3.6 rush yards per attempt.

Florida QB John Brantley has struggled to pass the ball down the field averaging just 6.6 yards per attempt.

3. Georgia's Special Teams Are Better
When you have two evenly talented teams many times one big play on special teams can make the difference. UGA has one of the best kickers in the nation, Blair Walsh, as well as last year's punter of the year who can change field position in one series.

Florida's specialty used to special teams coached by the head man Urban Meyer. But the kicking game has been woeful since kicker Caleb Sturgis went down a few weeks ago. Punter Chas Henry tried to fill in, but missed two field goals including a game tying on as time expired versus Miss State.

Line Analysis
As previously stated, UGA is a favorite for the first since 2004. Georgia was favored every year from 2002-2004, but won just once. Combine that with 17 out of 20 wins for Florida and you see why the line has moved from -3 to -2.5.

Being a neutral site with tickets split 50/50 no home field is being awarded. However, many Bulldog fans don't see Jacksonville as a neutral site despite UGA owning the series record.

Prediction
Georgia is totally different team with AJ Green on the field. His return has opened up the rushing game and given QB Aaron Murray a legitimate deep threat.

Florida will show improvement after a week off, but Georgia's kicker makes the difference in a tight game.

Georgia 27 Florida 24

Thursday, October 28, 2010

AJC's Mark Bradley Ignores Demaryius Thomas’ Development

"Sounds like Bradley comes from the school that believes Johnson runs an offense where receivers have their hand in the ground and are glorified offensive lineman. They tried to tell that to Thomas after Johnson was hired and it almost swayed him to transfer. "

Article continues

Georgia Tech's Paul Johnson Under Fire For First Time

It took nearly two and a half years but it has finally bubbled to the surface. Paul Johnson is facing criticism about his coaching. The skeptics say Johnson won big with Gailey’s recruits who are now largely in the NFL. Now that he has his own recruits he cannot win at the same level.
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Florida State-NC State Prediction: Seminoles, Wolfpack Fighting For ACC Championship Game Appearance

FSU tries to maintain a stranglehold on the Atlantic Division when they take on NC State in Raleigh tonight.

This is a must win for the Wolfpack if they want to stay in the race for the ACC Championship in the Atlantic Division.

But I think FSU wins this one. Road teams usually have a tough time in Thursday night games, but Jimbo Fisher's club has shown they can do it coming back against UNC last year in Chapel Hill.

Here are three reasons why I like FSU:

1. FSU's Rush Offense Can Control The Clock
The run game is back in Tallahassee after nearly a decade hiatus. FSU is rushing the ball for 224 yards per game in ACC play at 5.6 yards per attempt. The rushing attack has become even more important with QB Christian Ponder's elbow troubles.

NC State has been allowing 221 yards per game so Tom O'Brien's defense has some holes.

Nothing works better to take out a raucous Thursday night crowd than a clock controlling ground game.

2. FSU's Defense Is Significantly Better Than NC State's
The Seminoles defensive unit is allowing just 4.4 yards per play in ACC play. That compares very favorably to a Wolfpack unit allowing 5.7 yards per play.

Yards per play is a key statistic bettors look at to get a true indication of a unit's strength since points can be influenced by so many other factors.

3. NC State's Pass Protection Is Not Very Good
The Wolfpack are allowing 3 sacks per game in ACC games. QB Russell Wilson does hold onto the ball until the very last minute to try and make a play, but inexperience on the o-line is also playing a big role here.

The last team State may want to be seeing is FSU which is getting to the QB 4.3 times per game in conference play.

Line Analysis
I thought the initial line of FSU -3.5 was pretty good looking at the stats.

The perception is that FSU is getting back to the top of the ACC and NC State is still a middle of the road team after losing at East Carolina.

I think State gets a bigger than usual homefield advantage number because Thursday night games are so tough for road teams to win.

The line has jumped in recent days from around -4 to -6 on gameday indicating a lot of late money coming in on FSU. I personally don't have much a feel for this game on the spread, but he old saying when all the money seems to be going one way, go the other. Casinos get bigger and more numerous every year for a reason. I am staying away from this line.

Prediction
So to me it looks like FSU is going to control the line of scrimmage on both sides of the ball. And you are going to win the majority of your games if you do that.

FSU 31 NC State 27

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

UGA, Georgia Tech Basketball Target Jelan Kendrick Suspended From Memphis

2009's top prospect in the state of Georgia, Jelan Kendrick, has been suspended indefinitely from the Memphis basketball program stemming from an altercation with a teammate.

According to CBS Sports, this is not the first incident with Kendrick who reportedly has gotten into several fights with his new Tiger teammates before his first season.

Both Georgia and Georgia Tech offered the Wheeler High School product according to Scout and Rivals, but the McDonald's All-American left the state to play for Josh Pastner at Memphis.

Both programs have been criticized for not keeping the top talent in state, but missing out on Kendrick does not look like a big loss right now.

The state has seven four or five star prospects for 2007 according to Scout with UGA and Tech gaining one commitment each. Ohio State, Tennessee, Alabama, and Virginia also have one each. Dai-Jon Parker is considering multiple schools including UGA.

Notre Dame Decided To Stomp Navy Instead of Stopping Them

In the midst of Notre Dame's 35-17 loss to the Naval Academy in which the Midshipmen rushed for 367 yards and passed just twice, the Fighting Irish did manage to stomp out Navy's offense on one play.




All in a week's work says Notre Dame Head Coach Brian Kelly who doesn't plan to discipline the Irish defender.

Judging by Saturday's performance I don't blame Kelly. He needs all the players he can have right now.

Meanwhile, Notre Dame complains about the "chop blocks" leveled by Navy in the loss.

Navy's senior class will leave Annapolis having gone 3-1 vs Notre Dame after 43 straight losses. Like Lou Holtz constantly reminds on ESPN, Notre Dame is very close to winning a national championship.

Georgia-Florida: Bulldogs Will Beat The Gators in WLOCP

According to EA Sports and NCAA Football '11 UGA will topple Florida 23-21 on a last second, 36 yard field goal.

UGA wins despite being out gained 251 to 188 and rushing for just 30 yards. But four Gator turnovers turn the tide.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Remembering Chris Bosh In His Younger Years


The NBA season starts tonight and that means all eyes are on the Miami Heat with the additions of Lebron and Chris Bosh playing alongside Dwayne Wade.

Before Bosh was a multi-million dollar superstar, I got to interview him his freshman year at Georgia Tech freshman

The interview occurred right around the time the Bosh was garnering high interest from NBA scouts. I remember a GT staffer asked me before the interview if I was planning on asking Chris any questions about the NBA.

Interview - Feb 2003

Monday, October 25, 2010

SEC Power Poll: Auburn, Alabama Headed For Showdown

1. Auburn
Another game, another signature Heisman play for Cam Newton.

2. Alabama
The Tide finally gets a bye week. Their next opponent, LSU, also has one though.

3. LSU
I actually thought Les Miles did a better job coaching in the loss to Auburn than he did in all of LSU's wins this year.

4. South Carolina
Its Halloween and South Carolina leads the East. What could possibly go wrong?

5. Arkansas
Razorbacks finally beat their old coach Houston Nutt.

6. Miss State
Bulldogs almost suffered a huge letdown. Last season they lose that game, but not this year.

7. Georgia
Does a win over a down Florida team still mean a lot to the Georgia program? You bet it does.

8. Florida
Could we possibly see a down and out Florida pull off a team building stunt like the end zone celebration Georgia did in 2007?

9. Kentucky
Much like Randall Cobb's Twitter account, Kentucky self destructed.

10. Ole Miss
The Rebels have the D-Coordinator to slow down Auburn, but they don't have the players.

11. Tennessee
Derek Dooley obviously learned his PR from Nick Saban after comparing his Volunteer team to the Germans on D-Day.

12. Vanderbilt
Somewhere Bobby Johnson is enjoying life.

ACC Rankings Week 9: Virginia Tech, FSU Remain At The Top

1. Virginia Tech
Hokies are picking up more and more steam as the leaves change to Va Tech's colors.

2. Florida State
The Seminoles can grab a firm hold of the Atlantic Division with a win at NC State this Thursday.

3. Miami
If Jacory Harris plays like he did on Saturday against UNC then the Hurricanes could still win the Coastal.

4. NC State
The biggest game in Tom O'Brien's short tenure is this week. Wolfpack have to win if they want a chance at a division title.

5. Clemson
Dabo and staff break through against Georgia Tech, but when they try to throw 27 passes while gaining 7 yards a carry on the ground it makes me not want to trust the Tiger staff going forward.

6. Georgia Tech
Time to rest expectations in Atlanta.

7. North Carolina
Tar Heels tormenting of the Hurricanes finally ends.

8. Maryland
Nice road win in the division against Boston College. Friedgen trying to make it tough on the school to fire him.

9. Wake Forest
We'll see what Wake's bye week did for them at Maryland this week.

10. Boston College
BC got to far behind to win with the way their offense works (i.e. don't take any risks).

11. Virginia
Everyone scores on Eastern Michigan.

12. Duke
Maybe the Blue Devils catch Navy napping after the Middies win over Notre Dame?

Slow Starts Hurting Georgia Tech

I have been harping a lot recently on two areas where Georgia Tech is not performing anywhere near last year: time of possession and third down conversions. These two statistics are crucial to Tech because if successful the offense can grind out first downs and keep their weak defense off the field.

On the season, the Jackets are hitting on just 38% of their third downs compared to 52% last year. They are also not as dominant with the clock this year either holding the ball for two less minutes per game.

Where both of these stats are most evident is in the first quarter of games.

Read More of my article on Tech's first quarter woes at Chuck Oliver.net

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Georgia Tech Needs To Reset Expectations After Loss To Clemson

At 5-3 with the upcoming schedule of Virginia Tech, Miami, and Georgia it is time to reset expectations.

I think Johnson knows this team is very limited in its capabilities. He sounded resigned to that fate in his post game comments as opposed to the frustration we have heard in previous losses. It is a tough pill to swallow for Tech fans and even tougher for Johnson I am sure.

Read More of my post game analysis at ChuckOliver.net

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Georgia Tech Hoops Fest Thoughts: Tech Goes As Far As Iman Shumpert

I went to Georgia Tech's Hoops Fest after work on Friday to watch the Jackets scrimmage. First some individual players thoughts and then team thoughts.

Individual Players:
-Iman Shumpert is clearly the best player on the team. His unit consisted of Nick Foreman, Derek Craig, Jason Morris, and Lance Storrs yet they led most of the game until Shumpert got hurt.

-Shumpert was holding his left hand and went into the locker room returning with a bag of ice. Early reports indicate it is a dislocated finger.

-I could see Shumpert being a Greivis Vasquez type player as a better defender. But if Shumpert has an off shooting night, GT is going to struggle in the half court.

-Both squads pushed the ball nearly every possession. Hewitt said before the scrimmage this team is going to run and score a lot of points. In twenty minutes of scrimmage the total was around 100 points.

-Glen Rice's stroke looked better. Maybe he has been taking some lessons from his dad. He is probably the second best play maker on the team.

-Kam Holsey is athletic and can run, but didn't show much in the post or stepping out on offense. Being the tallest player by two inches on the floor he didn't dominate the boards.

-Brian Oliver is still going to be mostly a spot up shooter.

-Mfon Udofia still plays very fast...too fast really.

-Freshman Jason Morris showed some athleticism but didn't do anything spectacular. Hewitt said he is the most athletic player on campus since Ish Muhammed to ESPN's Doug Gotlieb.

-Moe Miller looks to be the best pure point guard. Makes solid decisions most of the time and can shoot outside.

-Transfer Brandon Reed from Arkansas State did not play which was surprising. I know he is not eligible this year, but it would have been nice to see something from him.

-Daniel Miller did not play due to mono. Maybe it was because is sick but just watching him run out during introductions I wonder how he can keep up with the pace the team exhibited on the floor.

-Freshman Nate Hicks did not play either. Hicks was a late signee who was lightly recruited out of Panama City. He is skinny and needs a year to put on weight.

-Redshirt sophomore Derek Craig nailed about 7 three pointers missing only 2 or 3 that I can remember. He should get some playing time this year because he looks to be by far the best shooter on the team. He was guarded mostly by Udofia during the scrimmage.

Team Thoughts:
-Pete Zaharis coached one team and Daryl LaBarrie the other. Zaharis was much more vocal. New assistant Robert McCullum didn't say much (or do much). Not sure what to make of that.

-Hewitt said the main goal for the team is to get back to the NCAA Tournament this year and he thinks they can do it. He said this team is going to run so expect a Hewitt team similar to his first couple of years. Short on size, plenty of speed.

-With Daniel Miller out it was tough to gauge what the post situation will be, but I think rebounding will have to be a team effort.

-Free throw shooting does look to be better this year. I think the team will shoot around 70-75%.

-Transition looked smoother with less turnovers too.

-My guess on a starting lineup would be: M. Miller, Shumpert, Rice, Oliver, Holsey with D. Miller, Udofia, and either Morris or Storrs the first three off the bench.

-Finally, this team will go as Shumpert goes. I think he can be a first team All-ACC player and when he is on he may be the best player in the league, but in games where he struggles I am not sure where else the offense comes from on a consistent basis.

Friday, October 22, 2010

Paul Hewitt: "I Think We Are An [NCAA] Tournament Team"

Georgia Tech's Paul Hewitt was interviewed by Doug Gotleib on ESPN's College Basketball Podcast discussing the upcoming season for the Yellow Jackets.

Hewitt discusses the St. John's "offer", him possibly being on the hot seat, and recruiting one and dones.

The Tech head coach describes an incident where he is talking to a recruit and his father when Gotleib comes on ESPN and describes Hewitt as being on the hot seat. The recruit, Tobias Harris, ending up signing with Tennessee.

But Hewitt did say he thinks the Jackets are a NCAA Tournament team this year. They have to replace two NBA Draft picks and are dangerously thin in the post with just three players taller than 6'8".

The interview starts about half way through. Gotleib also talks with Miami coach Frank Haith.

Clemson - Georgia Tech Prediction: Paul Johnson's ATS Dominance as a Road Underdog

Georgia Tech, at 5-2, travels to Clemson to face the 3-3 Tigers Saturday. Dabo Swinney's Tigers are a -5.5 point favorite coming off a 31-7 blistering of Maryland last week.

This game is the best rivalry in the ACC with all apologies to Miami-FSU. These two teams met for the ACC Championship last year in a 39-34 Yellow Jacket win. Twelve of the last 15 games have been decided by five points or less including both meetings last season.

The Yellow Jackets are riding a four game winning streak in the series and have won six of the last seven. To say Georgia Tech has been a thorn in Clemson's side recently is an understatement.

Clemson's Death Valley is one of the best perceived home field advantages in the ACC although the Tigers have not always protected their house.

Georgia Tech lost to Kansas earlier this year on the road, the worst loss in the nation this season by the Sagarin Rankings. They also got blistered at home by NC State before reeling off three straight wins.

Clemson lost a very tough game at Auburn and then lost to Miami turning the ball over six times. North Carolina is the only common opponent whom Tech beat, but Clemson lost to.

The winner of this game will be the team that wins the turnover battle.

But against the spread I have to go with the underdog Jackets. Paul Johnson is 5-2 in Atlanta ATS as a road underdog and going back to his days at Navy Johnson is 18-6 ATS as a road dog.

Georgia Tech may not win this game, but I think they are a good play at +5.5

Georgia Tech Covers +5.5

Miami - North Carolina Prediction: Tar Heels Have Been Thorn in Hurricanes Side

Miami and UNC kick off the the ACC Coastal race as the top four contenders start playing each other over the next month.

The Heels have been a thorn in Randy Shannon's side winning the last three games and derailing Miami's division title hopes each time.

After an 0-2 start, Butch Davis' team has righted the ship it appears winning four straight and scoring 36 points per game in their last three.

Miami had a disastrous performance their last time at home against rival FSU and wasn't stellar last week against Duke either.

The Hurricanes are favored by six points, yet I see UNC having a very good chance to win outright.

Maligned before the season, Tar Heel QB TJ Yates is having a better season than his counterpart Jacory Harris. Yates has thrown for nearly 1,500 yards with 11 touchdowns and just one interception while Harris has thrown nine picks.


I see an improving UNC team who has played like they are past the controversy surrounding their program to play solid football as of late.

Harris' poor decision making is stalling a talented Miami offense and I think that trend will continue on Saturday.

North Carolina 24 Miami 21

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Georgia - Kentucky Prediction: Can The Bulldogs Make It Three In A Row?

The "Fire Mark Richt" talk has been mostly silenced the last two weeks with blowout wins over Tennessee and Vanderbilt at home and a glimmer of hope in the SEC East race.

Now, UGA takes their improved team on the road to face a Kentucky team coming off a big win over South Carolina last week. The Wildcats will likely face their third tough, physical game in three weeks facing Auburn two weeks ago and narrowly missing out on the upset of the Tigers.

This is a matchup of distracted teams.

UK 'do it all' player Randall Cobb sent a message to fans last week chastising their support of the football program. Cobb quickly retracted the message, but the damage was done and head coach Joker Philips had to perform damage control.

Georgia travels to Kentucky, but they may be looking ahead to next week and a chance to finally beat a struggling Gator team. Most Bulldog players have not defeated the Gators and they know what that would mean to the program.

Yes, Kentucky won last year but Georgia dominated the statistics only to be undone by turnovers. If the Bulldogs lose the turnover battle again their stay in the SEC East race will be short.

But I see an improving UGA offense with a QB starting to learn how to win in the SEC coupled with an underrated defense.

Kentucky will make it close because they always do at home, but a late defensive stand by Todd Grantham's unit and a missed field goal proves and to be the difference in an exciting game.

Georgia 27 Kentucky 24

Alabama - Tennessee Prediction: Tide Rolls on Rocky Top

The Third Saturday in October rivalry renews again with two programs in very different places. Alabama knows they likely need to win out to have a chance at a BCS Championship bid while Tennessee is simply trying to get better week to week and rebuild a once proud program.

The Volunteers are a very Jekyl & Hyde team this year. One week they barely beat UAB at home, then almost beat LSU in Baton Rouge, and then get blown out at Georgia the following week.

Derek Dooley's team is off a bye week to get healthy and scheme for Alabama, but with this vast of a talent difference it won't matter much.

Nick Saban and Kirby Smart are going to make the Tennessee QBs beat them with their arm and that isn't going to happen. On offense, Alabama should be able to move the ball against an undersized UT defensive front seven.

The only way I see Tennessee keeping this game within a touchdown is because of Crimson Tide turnovers.

Alabama 27 Tennessee 9

Georgia Tech - Clemson Preview: 3 Keys For A Yellow Jackets Upset

Georgia Tech has won the last four and six of the last seven meetings against Clemson, but the Yellow Jackets are nearly a touchdown underdog this time around. Here are three keys for Tech to pull off the upset.

1. Come Out Hot
The first half of Tech’s last four games has not been good and they have needed good second half performances to win three of those games.

I don’t buy the fact that Tech absolutely cannot come from behind, but they are definitely playing “left handed” if forced to pass. And playing on the road in front of a hostile Clemson crowd is a lot more difficult than Wake Forest.

In the loss against NC State, Tech dug too big of a hole in the first half by not executing the two keys I am about to lay out...

Read More of my article at ChuckOliver's Georgia Tech page

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Does Georgia Tech’s Tormenting of the Clemson Tigers Finally End?

To say Georgia Tech has been a thorn in Clemson’s side as of late is an understatement. The Yellow Jackets have won six of the last seven meetings and even more excruciating is the closeness of those wins; five have come by five points or less including the ACC Championship Game last season.

Yet nearly every recruiting class for the Tigers over the last seven seasons has been rated higher than the Yellow Jackets. If you buy into the recruiting services then the only reason for Tech’s recent dominance is because of coaching and player development. Losing to a perceived lesser talented team has to torment Clemson fans even more.

Read More of my article at ChuckOliver.net's Georgia Tech page

Bruce Pearl: "In The Things We Did, We Did Not Gain A Tremendous Recruiting Advantage"

Bruce Pearl was on 790 The Zone in Atlanta a few weeks ago. I bring this up because basketball practice started last weekend and only Kentucky, Duke, and North Carolina fans may know this.

Pearl is good friends with the host of the show, "Steak" Shapiro, and has appeared numerous times before. Despite their friendship, Shapiro and the other hosts did not toss only soft balls at the Tennessee coach. Pearl was asked if he thought he would be the head coach at Tennessee going forward and he thought he would.

In my opinion there is not way Pearl survives this long term. He picked the wrong time to lie to the NCAA whose Infractions Committee is in a bad mood and in rebound mode coming down hard on anything and everyone.

I see the NCAA further penalizing the Volunteer basketball program (Pearl is already not allowed to recruit off campus) and putting AD Mike Hamilton (who is also under a lot of fire) in a position where he would only be keeping Pearl as a gameday coach and that is too limiting in big time college basketball, a level Pearl has raised Tennessee to.

Audio Link

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Just How Dominant Was Georgia Against Vanderbilt?

According to stats guru Phil Steele, the Bulldogs had the third most dominant performance of the weekend against Vanderbilt.

"3. Georgia dominated Vanderbilt just as the 43-0 score indicates. They just missed the largest MOV in series history which had been 45-0 in 1976. UGA missed a 31 yd FG with 10:54 left which would have given them that margin. The Bulldogs also had 2 TD’s overturned by replay. UGA finished with 22-8 FD and 547-140 yd edges."

The yardage advantage Georgia had was staggering. I can't remember the last time I saw a BCS team with just 140 yards of total offense.

With two straight dominant performances, it would appear UGA is back on track and they are right in the middle of the SEC East race too.

But those two performances were also against the two worst teams in the SEC, in my opinion.

I doubt Mark Richt's club will be as dominant on the road against Kentucky, but they face the Wildcats at a good time. UK is coming off two hard fought games including last week's emotional win over South Carolina. Joker Philips team may be running on E.

Georgia Tech Not Cashing In On Opportunities

The consensus around the Tech fan base is that this year’s offense is not as good as last year’s. A 6-6 season is much more likely than 10-2 with the stretch of teams the Yellow Jacket’s have upcoming.

But if you look at the first seven games last year and compare them to the first seven game this year the stats are fairly similar, except for two numbers key to Tech’s success.

Read More of my piece at ChuckOliver.net

Monday, October 18, 2010

ACC Power Poll: FSU, Virginia Tech Vie For Top Spot

Week 8

1. Florida State
The Seminoles almost tried to give away the number one spot with a letdown against Boston College

2. Virginia Tech
Slowly, but surely I think the Hokies are rounding into form and look to be the favorites for the Coastal. I think

3. Miami
The Hurricanes did exactly what I thought they would this week - come out flat against Duke. Miami just isn't ready for prime time this season

4. NC State
Meet the ACC's version of Jekyl & Hyde this season. Still they have done well in conference play and they could grab control of the Atlantic if they beat FSU next Thursday at home.

5. Georgia Tech
This team could go one of two directions. They could go 4-1 down the stretch and play in the ACC Championship or 1-4 and end up at .500

6. North Carolina
The Tar Heels finally break the curse of Charlottesville

7. Clemson
Tigers have a huge game against Georgia Tech who has been their nemesis in the ACC the last three seasons. Is Dabo up to the task?

8. Boston College
The Eagles showed a lot of fight playing FSU down to the wire. We'll if that was a picture of things to come or a flash in the pan.

9. Maryland
After a nice start to the season, Maryland appears to be settling into a losing season.

10. Wake Forest
Bye week comes at a nice time after losing five straight.

11. Virginia
Is it swimming season yet (since the Cavaliers basketball program doesn't look great this year)?

12. Duke
Four words every Duke fans loves to hear: Basketball practice has started.

SEC Power Poll

1. Auburn
Fortunately for Auburn their offense is improving at a faster
rate than their defense is declining.


2. Alabama
The Tide looked unispred for most of the game against Ole
Miss. Not the performance I was expecting after their loss
but they move up because of other teams failures this week.


3. LSU
I thought the next time I would see Jarrett Lee after his
freshman year performance was on the back of a milk carton.
Nice career rebound.


4. South Carolina
Saturday's loss to Kentucky captured the last 100 years of
South Carolina football in one game. A chance to put the
nail in the coffin only to throw it away.


5. Arkansas
The defense did not allow any more points during the bye
week.


6. Kentucky
It just wouldn't be a home game for Kentucky if it didn't
come down to a last second play.


7. Miss State
Dan Mullen is a really good coach, but lets hold off on the "he was the sole reason Florida won" talk.

8. Georgia
AJ Green really screwed Georgia's season. If they have him
the whole season they are probably running away with the East
right now.


9. Florida

The Gators problems come down to a lack of identity on
offense. They want to play the drop back passer, but don't
want to throw downfield. Just play Trey Burton if you are
going to do that.


10. Ole Miss

I love animals dressed up in human clothes as mascots.

11. Tennessee

I think Derek Dooley is hoping his old boss takes it easy on
him this week.


12. Vanderbilt
Vandy didn't look they were playing to win Saturday
especially after the punted from UGA's 37 on 4th and 2 on
their first drive. Vandy fans deserve better than that.

Sunday, October 17, 2010

"So if you see slobs, be happy, because it means things are going well in the turnover ratio."

The second half of an interesting quote from Mark Richt post game.

Full Quote:
"When we win the turnover ratio, we're letting the hair grow just a little more on their faces. So if you see slobs, be happy, because it means things are going well in the turnover ratio."

But guess what, if you win nobody cares what you say. Just ask Les Miles.

More post game quotes from Richt, UGA players, and Vanderbilt coaches/players.

All Of A Sudden Georgia Is Right Back In The SEC East Race

The Georgia Bulldogs were a trendy dark horse pick to win the SEC East before the season, but after an 0-3 start in conference play it looked like UGA had two chances of winning the East: slim and none.

Suddenly after two straight convincing wins and losses by Florida and South Carolina, the Bulldogs are tied for second place and just one game back in the loss column.

UGA plays at Kentucky next week in a pivotal game. The Wildcats will be coming off an emotional high after a come from behind win over East leader South Carolina.

Georgia lost to Kentucky in Athens, arguably the low point of the disappointing season. Now the Bulldogs have a chance at revenge and could then bring a three game winning streak into Jacksonville against the stumbling Gators. And I have not seen anything from Florida this season that doesn't make me think they couldn't lose a fourth straight game at the WLOCP.

South Carolina still has to play Florida and Arkansas as well as Tennessee and Vanderbilt. It sure looked like the Chicken Curse was alive and well against Kentucky Saturday night.

Yes, Georgia is only 3-4, but I would have to think many fans would be happy with any season with wins over the big four rivals of Tennessee, Florida, Auburn, and Georgia Tech.

After the last two week's performances, all of those games are winnable. And who knows maybe UGA happens to sneak into Atlanta after all.

Georgia Tech Needs Second Half of Saturday's Win To Carry Forward

Georgia Tech defeated Middle Tennessee State behind 28 second half points to pull away for a 42-14 win. Both sides of the ball played better in the second half and hopefully that kind of play was a sign of things to come.

The Yellow Jackets struggled in the first half to convert three MTSU turnovers into points and led just 14-7. The first 30 minutes of play was much like the first half of the season has gone for Tech.

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How Georgia Tech Beat Out UGA For Basketball Recruit Julian Royal

Milton High star Julian Royal announced this past week he plans to sign with Georgia Tech. The senior, who is rated the 90th best prospect in the nation for 2011, came down to Tech and UGA after eliminating Wake Forest last week.

Royal had visited all three schools recently, but was very coy on what he thought about each. What we did know was that Royal had known Paul Hewitt and the Georgia Tech staff a long time while UGA's Mark Fox was a relative newcomer to the state.

However, the Georgia Bulldogs have been making great strides in recruiting especially in state signing Marcus Thornton this past year and gaining a commitment from Kentavious Caldwell, the top prospect in the state according to Rivals, for next year.

The basketball program in Athens looks to be on the rise, while the one in Atlanta seems to stuck in mediocrity with the run to the national championship game in 2004 seeming like a distant memory.

If Royal had pledged to UGA it would have signaled a clear shift in power towards Athens.

But Hewitt made sure Royal knew he was Tech's top target for this recruiting class and rightly so. The Yellow Jackets are very thin in the post this season and will need big bodies next year too.

Hewitt's critics are numerous for his results on the court, especially in ACC play but you cannot deny the man's ability to recruit.

Royal had been on Tech's radar for a long time. Julian has been attending basketball camps in Atlanta for years and had developed a strong relationship with Hewitt in that span.

After his announcement, Royal said he thought he would have felt very comfortable at both schools showing the ground Fox and the UGA program had made up in a short amount of time.

But Hewitt's long standing relationship with Royal and his family proved to be the difference in the end.

Friday, October 15, 2010

Georiga Tech Needs To Mash on the Gas - ChuckOliver.net Contribution

Georgia Tech takes a breather from ACC play Saturday against Middle Tennessee State, but they better not sleep on the Blue Raiders.

The Yellow Jackets have more talent than the Blue Raiders, but we have heard that before this season.

We heard that before Kansas who I am watching getting pummeled by Kansas State 52-7. Middle Tennessee was probably watching too and gaining confidence.

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SEC Football Predictions: UGA Wins, Arkansas Upsets Auburn

Ole Miss at Alabama
This is bad timing for Ole Miss having to play Alabama coming off a loss. The Tide's practices I would guess have been pretty intense this week. Tide rolls.
Alabama 35 Ole Miss 13

Miss State at Florida
Dan Mullen faces his old boss who is reeling after two straight losses. The Bulldogs nearly pulled off the upset last year, but that was at home. Florida runs the same system as Miss State, but they have better athletes doing it.
Florida 17 Miss State 14

Vanderbilt at Georgia
Was that finally the UGA team we expected all along last Saturday? If so, then UGA cruises to a victory.
Georgia 37 Vanderbilt 17

South Carolina at Kentucky
This is a classic letdown game for South Carolina going on the road after beating number one Alabama at home last week. Everybody in Colubmia has been patting the players on the back this week. I really want to pick Kentucky, but they could be without their leading rusher. Gamecocks pull out a squeaker.
South Carolina 21 Kentucky 20

McNeese State at LSU
Les Miles and his lucky horseshoe dominate. But Tigers still won't be pleased with Miles or his QBs.
LSU 38 McNeese State 6

Arkansas at Auburn
For the Razorbacks this is a must win if they want to stay in the SEC West race. Arkansas beat up on Auburn last year at home putting up 40 plus on Ted Roof's defense.

Auburn has heard all week about Alabama's loss and how they are the best team in the SEC. I don't want to say they aren't focusing on Arkansas, but their eyes may be focused on a bigger prize. The Tigers defense is horrible against the pass and that deficiency will prove costly.
Arkansas 31 Auburn 28

ACC Football Predictions For October 16

Boston College at Florida State
The Eagles could start a true freshman at QB. Florida State looks like they are hitting their stride in time for a run to the Atlantic Division title. Unless the Seminoles turn the ball over five times they should win easily.
FSU 33 Boston College 10

Maryland at Clemson
The Tigers are in danger of slipping out of bowl contention after three straight losses. Maryland is better than they were last year, but not good enough to beat Clemson on the road.
Clemson 27 Maryland 20

NC State at East Carolina
This would be the kind of game State would lose the last few years, but this is a different Wolfpack team. Russell Wilson leads a 4th quarter drive to seal the game.
NC State 24 East Carolina 17

Miami at Duke
The Hurricanes got embarrassed last week against FSU. If they are truly making progress in this program then they come out this week and blow Duke out. I am not sure mentally Miami is quite ready to do that.
Miami 34 Duke 20

Middle Tennessee State at Georgia Tech
Georgia Tech has improved the last two weeks, but we have also seen this Tech team not show up to play. With a tough stretch of Clemson, Va Tech, and Miami upcoming the Yellow Jackets may be looking past the Blue Raiders. MTSU QB Dwight Dasher can run and throw with the best of them.
Georgia Tech 34 Middle Tennessee State 24

Wake Forest at Virginia Tech
Its October so that means its time for the Hokies to get into high gear. Wake Forest is really struggling this season.
Virginia Tech 37 Wake Forest 10

North Carolina at Virginia
The Tar Heels look to be finally a cohesive unit and playing to their potential. But strange things occur to UNC when they come to Charlottesville where the Cavaliers have dominated on their home field. UVA doesn't have near the talent of UNC, but that hasn't mattered much in other years.
Virginia 20 North Carolina 17

Friday, October 8, 2010

Out of Office Reply

Gonna be gone a few days. Be back late next week.

In the meantime, please visit the 'Other Blogs I Read' section on the lower right.

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Why Virginia Offense Has Advantage Saturday Against Georgia Tech

Many Jacket fans have discussed how Groh will give Tech’s game plan a boost because of his knowledge of the Cavalier personnel.

But anyone who listens to what Head Coach Paul Johnson and Groh say about game preparation will know that Tech prepares for the scheme and not the players.

Read More of my story at ChuckOliver.net


Wednesday, October 6, 2010

ESPN's Outside The Lines Profiles Colorado's 1990 Season Including The 5th Down Against Missouri

Colorado went on to beat Missouri after being granted the extra down on their way to sharing the national title with Georgia Tech.

Last weekend, the Buffaloes celebrated the 20th anniversary of that national title team during the game against Georgia. Tech will celebrate theirs on Nov. 13.

Story Here

Georgia Tech vs Virginia Press Conferences From Paul Johnson, Mike London

I have noticed Paul Johnson is in a distinctly better mood during any speaking event after a win.
Paul Johnson Press Conference


Johnson Audio

Johnson Transcript (Sometimes you can't hear the questions)

Johnson Video

Mike London, UVA Head Coach, Press Conference Transcript
London discusses among other things cut/chop blocking

Two Funny Stories...Unless You Are a Stanford or Texas Tech Fan

At halftime, Erin Andrews interviewed Oregon Head Coach Chip Kelly asking him about his yelling at the officials.

Kelly then earned himself a fine from the Pac 10 Office. The Ducks head coach essentially accused the refs of being friends with Stanford Head Coach Jim Harbaugh.

Guess the refs got the message as Oregon blew the Cardinal out in the second half.

Story 2....
The Texas Tech must feel real good about all that money they saved firing Mike Leach.

Texas Tech and new head coach Tommy Tuberville lost to Iowa State 52-38 this past weekend. The Cyclones had not scored that much since 1972 in a conference game.

An interesting note is that Tuberville hired Iowa State Head Coach Paul Rhodes as his Defensive Coordinator his last season at Auburn. Rhoades moved on to Ames to take the head job when Gene Chizik left Ames for Auburn.

Sports by Brooks had the box score graphic as "Craig James Ego" 38 Iowa St 52.

Texas Tech decided they didn't want to play big boy football when they refused to play Leach and now they are paying the price.

LSU-Tennessee End of Game Explanation From SEC Head of Officials

You have all seen or heard about the end of LSU-Tennessee game where it first appeared the Volunteers had pulled off the upset, only to have a penalty called giving the Tigers a second chance.

SEC Head of Officials Rogers Redding was on the Barnhart and Durham radio show in Atlanta to explain the call.

Redding also goes into detail about something you may have missed regarding the removal of an LSU players helmet as time expired. See that here.

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Semi-Related: Les Miles Picks His Nose

ACC Power Poll Week 5: Virginia Tech, Miami Lead The Way

1. Virginia Tech
Hokies showed me a lot by coming back from 17-0 on the road against a good NC State team.

2. Miami
Hurricanes have looked very good as of late, but I would like to see them win without getting so much help from the other side.

3. FSU
Did the Seminoles have great defensive outings the last two week or are ACC offenses that bad?

4. NC State
Wolfpack missed a golden chance to establish themselves as an elite ACC team. Maybe they will get a rematch.

5. Georgia Tech
It wasn't pretty, but the Yellow Jackets got it done. They better hope that game was the low point of the season.

6. Clemson
Same song and dance from the Tigers. Get close to a big win and then fall apart the next week.

7. Maryland
Is Ralph Friedgen working on saving his job?

8. Boston College
BC really struggling on offense.

9. North Carolina
Hard to decipher what is news about the Tar Heel football team and what is John Blake scuttlebutt.

10. Virginia
The Cavaliers get to play their old head coach this week.

11. Wake Forest
Deacons were down to their fourth string QB and nearly pulled it out. A testament to Jim Grobe's coaching and their lack of talent.

12. Duke
Did you hear about that Duke coeds' "list"? That seems a lot more interesting than Blue Devil football right now.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Correy Earls Feature - Fifth Year Senior Gives Lesson In Determination

Correy Earls, a redshirt senior from Macon, has bounced around in his career on The Flats with some low points along the way but Saturday was a clear payoff for his determination.

Up until now, my memories of Earls were not great ones. One was against UGA in 2007 when the redshirt freshman dropped a sure touchdown pass. The other was a hit to the head in Charlottesville that saw Earls taken off the field in a stretcher.

Read More at ChuckOliver.net

SEC Power Poll Week 5: Is Georgia The Worst Team In The SEC?

Submitted.

1. Alabama
I think the Tide might be a slight favorite against the Buffalo Bills right now.

2. Auburn
Your character is defined by your actions when no one is looking and Auburn sure looked good against La-Monroe.

3. Arkansas
Suddenly after watching Florida play Alabama, Arkansas' meltdown does not look nearly as bad.

4. Florida
Gator fans should take solace that they still have a great chance to get a rematch with Alabama, if they still want one.

5. South Carolina
With the rest of the East down, this has to be South Carolina's year if they are ever going to win it. I think they have a shot against Alabama coming off a bye week.

6. LSU
Les Miles and I have something in common. We both pick our noses at work. Though I am better at time management.

7. Miss State
The Houston game this week looks a whole lot easier with their top two QBs out. Don't embarrass the SEC Bulldogs.

8. Tennessee
Derek Dooley out Les Milesed Les Miles.

9. Ole Miss
I am voting for Hotty Toddy as the nickname. Oh yeah, nice win at home over Kentucky.

10. Kentucky
If Joker Phillips is going to move the Wildcat program forward and out of the 7 win season mode, he has to win beat teams when they are down like Ole Miss.

11. Georgia
Louisiana-Lafayette wants a rematch.

12. Vanderbilt
Well, maybe Vandy will keep Robbie Caldwell around as a spokesman. I don't think he will be head coach with blowout losses to UConn.

Update: SEC Power Poll Members Combined Vote Here

Was Wake Forest Game Low Point of Paul Johnson Era?

"All night Tech’s offense had sputtered. It seemed as if the offensive line had forgotten how to block and the receivers had forgotten how to catch.

I will admit I had pretty much resigned myself to the reality that Tech was going to lose this game. The doubt and uncertainty I talked about before the game was becoming reality.

My mind began to wander about the rest of the season. "

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Saturday, October 2, 2010

UGA-Colorado Preview and Prediction: Bulldogs Hope Return of AJ Green Can End Slide

Two embattled programs and coaches will square off in Boulder Saturday night when Georgia takes on Colorado.

Mark Richt is suddenly on the hot seat after a 1-3 start, including an 0-3 start in league play. Colorado is 2-1, but suffered a humiliating loss to Cal and many believe Dan Hawkins only remains due to money or lack thereof to dismiss him.

Vegas has installed Georgia as a 4 point favorite.

Here are three reasons to like each team.

3 Reasons to Like UGA

1. AJ Green Returns

Although UGA's problems on offense extend to many areas getting back the best receiver in the nation could help alot of those areas. Green gives a young QB Aaron Murray a go to receiver on all parts of the field and especially the red zone.

That increased comfort level in the passing game could open up the running game as well because teams cannot commit an extra safety in the box.

2. Mark Richt's Road Record

Despite an 0-2 mark this year, in true road games, Richt is 33-8 in his tenth season as head coach.

3. Colorado's Turnover Margin

The Buffaloes are turning the ball over nearly three times per game. Last season, UGA was terrible in turnover margin but is even thus far.

3 Reasons To Like Colorado

1. Why Not Us?

The Buffaloes smell blood around the UGA program. If Mississippi State can win by 12 points, Colorado players have to be thinking "why not us?"

2. Mountain Air

Boulder is 5,400 feet above sea level. Athens is 800 feet above sea level. Normally, I would not put that much stock into the change, but UGA's strength and conditioning has been called into question during this losing streak. Thin air will likely not help if there truly is a problem there.

3. Third Down Conversion

Colorado's offense has a very good third down conversion rate this season at 51%. UGA's defense has not been stopping offenses much allowing a 42% conversion rate.

If the Buffaloes can get a some key conversions to extend drives, they may be able to break a fragile psyche present at UGA right now and overcome a huge talent disadvantage.

Prediction

I think the return of Green may be exactly what UGA needs. Mississippi State doesn't have the talent UGA has, but that gap is much smaller than what Colorado faces.

Georgia pulls away late to win and cover.

UGA Covers -4

Georgia Tech-Wake Forest Preview and Prediction: 3 Reasons To Like Each

Georgia Tech and Wake Forest are both hoping to bounce back after conference losses last week. Both teams start to the season has not been as good as they would like, but one team has gotta win Saturday night in Winston-Salem.

Vegas has installed the Yellow Jackets as 10 point favorites.

Here are three reasons to like each team.


3 Reasons To Like Georgia Tech


1. Paul Johnson's Record After a Loss


At Georgia Tech, Johnson is 8-0 after a loss including a 30-24 win at North Carolina this season. If you like the spread figures, Johnson is 6-0 against the spread after a loss the last two plus seasons. Since 2002, Johnson is 21-10-2 ATS after a loss.


But Tech fans mostly want to win and thus far Johnson is perfect following a loss including wins by 31, 18 and 17 points against BCS teams.


2. Wake Forest's Run Defense


The Demon Deacons have not had much success stopping teams on the ground this season. Jim Grobe's club is giving up 176 yards per game ranking 89th in the nation. Conversely, Georgia Tech is averaging 321 rush yards per game good for fourth nationally.

I know it doesn't seem like it because Tech's offense has faltered some this year, but they are on pace to exceed last year's average per game.


3. New Wake QB

Tanner Price started the season as Wake's QB, but a concussion last week will likely keep the dual threat signal caller out this week. Grobe will go with redshirt freshman Ted Stachitas who himself suffered bruised ribs against FSU a week ago.

Behind him is a redshirt freshman Brendan Cross who has thrown just five passes this season.


3 Reasons To Like Wake Forest


1. Georgia Tech's Defense is Getting Worse


The Yellow Jackets defense has allowed more yards with each game this season, including 527 last week to NC State. Here is the breakdown by game - SC State 272 yards, Kansas 320 yards, UNC 352 yards, NC State 527 yards.


2. Played'Em Tough Last Year


Georgia Tech was rolling last year having won six games in a row when Wake Forest came to town. The Deacs won the turnover battle and nearly the game sending Tech to overtime. The Jackets even needed a fourth down conversion in the extra period to win the game.
So far this season, Tech does not look near as good as they were last season.

3. Motivation

Georgia Tech came into the season with a target on their back after winning the ACC last season. NC State and Kansas have shown this team that went 11-3 last season is very beatable.
Combine the home crowd with Tech's unwillingness to show up with intensity for every game and Wake may be have a big advantage.

Prediction:

I think this game comes down to turnovers. If Tech can hold onto the ball, they will move the ball and score points. I am not nearly as sure if the Yellow Jacket defense can be as successful though, so expect a high scoring game.

Georgia Tech gets a touchdown in the 4th quarter and gets one stop to seal the win, but not the cover.


Wake Forest Covers +10

Friday, October 1, 2010

Two Rabbits Pissing In A Bale Of Cotton Reference on Paul Johnson's Radio Show

As usual, Johnson was not in a jovial mood after a loss. The Georgia Tech head coach fielded calls on punt formations, the passing game, and what went wrong on defense.

Johnson got quite heated when a caller suggested the Yellow Jackets were better with Chan Gailey's recruits.

But the best part of the show was when Johnson described the team's wavering intensity from week to week describing the sound of last week's warmup like "two rabbits pissing on a bale of cotton".

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Jeremiah Masoli Rubbing Off On His Ole Miss Teammates

The former Oregon QB seems to have righted the ship in Oxford on the field, but evidently the Rebel football team is picking up some bad habits from their new teammate.

Freshman Clarence Jackson has been arrested and charged with burglary. Jackson is alleged to have been in possession of a 46-inch flat-screen television, a TV stand and a DVD/CD player with a total value of close to $2,000 early Thursday morning.

I think Mr. Jackson should have said to himself out loud - "Is this a good thing to be doing with my time?" The Atlanta native has been suspended indefinitely from the Ole Miss team.

In case you are interested, Mr. Masoli has his own website where he sets the facts straight on all the negative media coverage of him including how he was largely a bystander in the burglary last year at an Oregon fraternity house.

Maybe Mr. Jackson was too. Or he might now be just a bystander to the Ole Miss football program.

3 Not So Obvious Keys To The Wake Forest Game - ChuckOliver.net Contribution

The Yellow Jackets need to do a lot of things better than they have thus far to come out victorious against the Demon Deacons. Of course turnovers and third down stops are important as always, but here are three areas you might not think of right away where Paul Johnson’s club has to improve.

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