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GA Tech loses program game changer opportunity in loss to Tenn

6 Sep

Tech misses… Kevin C Cox/Getty Images

It was there for the taking. On center stage at the Chick Fil A Kickoff at Mercedes Benz Stadium, everything went the way Tech dreamed it could go.

Lose your best RB, (a preseason All ACC pick) because of disciplinary issues? No problem. His replacement KirVonte Benson rushes for 124  yards and a TD. Lose the best QB you have had since Hall of Famer Joe Hamilton to graduation and the NFL? No problem his replacement TaQuan Marshall accounts for over 350 of  offense by himself.  It was a game Tech dominated for most of the time. But in the end the Yellow Jackets found themselves stunned as Tenn came back from a 14 pt deficit in the 4th quarter to tie the game and win in 2 OT 42-41.

This was a game that could have gone a long way in changing the narrative of college football in GA and even nationwide. All the talk would have been on how exciting Tech new playmakers Marshall and Benson were. Paul Johnson’s offense which is often mocked being called boring and archaic, would be lauded as exciting and entertaining. Recruits in the talent rich Southeast and elsewhere would begin to put Ga Tech on it’s short list of schools to attend.

Instead Tech fans were left with a bitter defeat and thoughts of what could have been. The good news for Jacket fans is:

  • It’s the 1st game of the season
  • Tenn is a non conference opponent
  • Benson and Marshall appear to be breakout stars

It will once again take great coaching and team leadership to rebound from this brutal loss. But like last year when it looked the season was not going to end well Tech fans must remember the season has just begun and it’s still all in front of you

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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#YellowJackets QB play and speed key for a #CFAKickoff win

4 Sep

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Georgia Tech finds themselves on their biggest stage since the 2014 Orange Bowl. In that game they also were up against a ranked SEC opponent. The Jackets were led by mercurial quarterback Justin Thomas. Thomas had one his best games a Tech uniform. He garnered MVP as he accounted for 4 TDs en route to a 49-34 Tech win.

This year there was no clear starter at QB even though Matthew Jordan was Thomas backup last year.  But after Jordan was injured the best option is last years 3rd stringer TaQuan Marshall, at 5’10 185 he is built and runs more like the elusive Thomas. Jordan at 6’2 and over 200 lbs was the better straight ahead runner, but look for Marshall to get some explosive plays before the night is done.

The other spot where Jackets have speed lurking is at running back.  As noted in the GT Football website local product  B-Back KirVonte Benson has outstanding speed. Qua Searcy at the A-back spot is always a threat on the jet sweep and dangerous as a receiver as well.

The Vols defense gave up over 200 yards per game rushing in 2016. Tech has averaged almost 260 yards and 5.5 per carry. If the Jackets can do that tonight thet ay have their 4th straight win over an SEC opponent. And we know how much Coach Paul Johnson would like that.

Is #Washington WR #JohnRoss fastest ever at #NFLCombine ?

4 Mar

Step aside, Chris Johnson. Possibly. Washington receiver John Ross unofficially ran a 4.22-second 40-yard dash at the Scouting Combine. If that number stands, it becomes the fastest 40 time in the history of the Indianapolis gathering of incoming prospects. Nine years ago, Johnson (who has played running back for the Titans, Jets, and Cardinals) cranked…

Check out this #NFLCombine update from @ProFootballTalk via John Ross sets Combine speed record, unofficially — ProFootballTalk

#Clemson wins #CFBChampionship in #Epic Game – Repost from @CFTalk

10 Jan

 

In order to be the champions, you had to beat the champions. Mission accomplished for Clemson. A historic rematch for the ages lived up to the hype thanks to a wild and career-defining fourth quarter that saw the Tigers win the 2017 College Football Playoff National Championship Game in dramatic fashion 35-31 over Alabama. The two…

via Rematch revenge! Clemson knocks off Alabama to win the 2017 National Championship Game — CollegeFootballTalk

#Miami captures first bowl win in a decade thanks to victory over West Virginia in the Russell Athletic Bowl — #CollegeFootballTalk

29 Dec

Great article by @ProFootballTalk about bowl win by #Miami Congrats #MarkRicht #RealTalkSports

Mark Richt returned to his alma mater this year to win national championships but his first task in the postseason was to end Miami’s decade-long drought of frustration when it came to bowl games. After Wednesday’s 31-14 Russell Athletic Bowl triumph over West Virginia, you can cross that one off the list for the head…

via Miami captures first bowl win in a decade thanks to victory over West Virginia in the Russell Athletic Bowl — CollegeFootballTalk

Then there were 6 – Penn State win helps keep #CFBplayoffs in chaos

4 Dec
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Pic – Forbes.com

The #CFBplayoffs committee have a problem. There are six teams with compelling reasons, using THEIR criteria, to be part of playoff that consists of only four teams. Of those teams, Penn State looks to have the most compelling case to be in.

Penn State had only 1 reg season Big 10 loss, and won on the field the Big 10 championship arguably the best conference in football this year. Their Sagarin strength of schedule ranking is better than #3 Clemson or #4 Washington. They beat #2 Ohio State. They have won 9 straight games. These are all the things the committee says are reasons to be in the CFB playoffs. It would appear that Penn State should be in ahead of Washington, Clemson or Ohio State even though they have 2 losses and the rest have have 1.

The problem is that the Nittany Lions are not a exciting pick. They don’t have the media popularity and fan notoriety of Ohio State or Michigan. Plus their may be some lingering dislike of the program because of the past sex abuse/molestation scandal. This could impact revenue generated by the game which we believe is as important to those in charge than getting the champion that did best in competition on the field.

To find out more about the committee and the process click HERE to go to CFB playoffs page. We shall see how the committee proceeds in the process. Is it business at usual for behind the scene power brokers? Is more money the mission, or producing a true on the field champion. We shall soon find out.
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By: Minister Jonathan Simmons

Why #GaTech fans should stop complaining about Paul Johnson

29 Nov

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Why do #GeorgiaTech fans keep complaining about this man? Paul Johnson has steered Tech to another winning season. It’s the 8th time in his 9 years at the school. The Jackets just beat rival Georgia for the 3rd time in last 5 games. All 3 wins have been in Athens!

And look at this info from the Ga Tech FB website 

• In his first two seasons at Tech, Johnson was named the ACC Coach of the Year and added his third award in 2014.
• In 2008, he was named National Coach of the Year by CBS Sports.
• Tech has played in three ACC Championship Games in his eight years.
• The Yellow Jackets have finished first or second in the ACC Coastal Division in six of Johnson’s eight seasons.
• Seven of the 10-best seasons of total offense in school history have come under Johnson.
• Tech posted its ninth 10-win season in 2014 and fifth 11-win season.
• Under Johnson, Tech’s Academic Progress Report (APR) scores have risen every year with the most recent scores among the top 10% in the nation.
• Tech led the nation in rushing in both 2010 and 2014, and finished second in 2011.
• In 63 of Johnson’s 105 games at Georgia Tech, the Yellow Jackets produced more than 400 yards of total offense.
• Under Johnson, Tech produced five single-season 1,000-yard rushers — Jonathan Dwyer in 2008, Dwyer and Joshua Nesbitt in 2009, Anthony Allen in 2010, and Justin Thomas in 2014.
• Johnson has seen 15 of his players earn first-team All-ACC honors.
• Tech has produced three first-team All-Americans under Johnson — Michael Johnson in 2008, Derrick Morgan in 2009, and Shaquille Mason in 2014.
• Since Johnson’s arrival, a Tech player has been named ACC Offensive Player of the Year (Dwyer in 2008) and ACC Defensive Player of the Year (Morgan in 2009).
• Johnson is 14-8 at Tech in games decided by five points or less.
• Tech has scored more than 30 points in a game 52 times under Johnson and has a 43-9 record in those contests.
• In 2009, Tech won in Tallahassee (Fla.) for the first time in school history, beat a top-five ranked team at home (Virginia Tech) for the first time since 1962, won on the road in Charlottesville (Va.) for the first time since 1990 and earned its highest national ranking (7th) since 1999.
• In Johnson’s eight seasons, Tech has scored 26 non-offensive touchdowns (including school-record six defensive touchdowns in 2014).
• Johnson is 8-2 in home games against top-25 opponents.
These stats don’t include this years big win on the road against 2016 Coastal champion Va Tech which was ranked 17th in the polls at the time.

People talk about the offense being boring, high school like. Well based on the info above it sure seems to do well vs major college opponents. They say getting good recruits is a problem because of the offense. Well in college football all you need is one marquee player to make your team a championship contender. You see that in Louisville this year with their QB Lamar Jackson. Maybe some of the problem is the fan base itself. Are all the home games sold out? Does the team travel well? Are Tech fans and boosters ‘pumping up the volume’ with support and cheers, or complaints and jeers behind the scene? Do the fans have unrealistic expectations?

The stark reality is that Tech’s last National title in football was a shared one in 1990. Before that it won in 1952. Even rival Georgia with it’s history of top athletes, playing in the powerful SEC conference hasn’t won it since 1981. The athletic facilities for football aren’t on par with many of the major programs in college football.

So, with all that being said… Maybe it’s time for real fans of Georgia Tech to take a look at the man in the mirror. Or in the words of Pogo “We have found the enemy and he is us” Stay calm Tech fans. Paul Johnson is your Head Coach, one of the best you ever had

By: Jonathan Simmons
Real Talk Sports
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Does Ga Tech have what it takes to compete for a championship?

3 Oct

It was a sunny warm day full of sunshine and warm breezes.The Miami crowd covered in orange,  was loud and raucous.after the Hurricanes scored a touchdown . A colorful display against the blue sky made it a great picture of a perfect college football Saturday.  Then I looked around and remembered I was in Bobby Dodd Stadium in midtown Atlanta ,not Hard Rock stadium in Miami Gardens.

This was the case when Clemson came to town too. Even the Mercer Bears fans made their presence known.  Maybe it’s and Orange thing.

There just doesn’t seen to be the same intensity in the Tech fan base.

The buzz(no pun intended) pales in comparison to that which surrounds their arch rivals up the road in Athens. Why? In the last 7 years under Paul Johnson has played for an ACC  Championship 3 times, and played in 2 Orange Bowls. In that same span Georgia has played in 1 SEC title game and no major bowls.  Ga Tech won a national title in 1990. UGA in 1980.

Maybe it’s the lack of player star power. Georgia consistently gets some of the best high school recruits. When is the last time you heard anticipation about an incoming player at Ga Tech? Because of that, Georgia has put significantly more players in NFL than GA Tech over the last 7 years too

Maybe it’s the competition with all of Atlanta’s attractions. There always is a slew of things one can do in metro Atlanta that may take you away from going to the game.

Whatever the cause the GA Tech may have to think about the goals for their football program. Is the fan base and administration willing to to do what it takes to build a consistent winner that can compete again for a National title. There is more parity in college football than ever before. The upsets of traditional power schools is on the rise. The CFB playoff surely will expand to as many as 8 teams in the not to distant future. They play rising SEC contender Tennessee in the Chick-Fil-A Kickoff in the new Mercedes Benz Atlanta Stadium to start the 2017 season

Georgia Tech has won 4 national championships in their history. Let’s see if they can add another to the trophy case soon.

 

 

#Bulldogs don’t play #smart in loss to #OleMiss

25 Sep

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Picture from TheBleacherReport.com by Matt Bush USA Today Sports

Different  coach, same results as #Bulldogs lose big in a key #SEC tilt.

It has been heralded as a change in culture. A new attitude, and sharper focus on winning ways under new Georgia head coach Kirby Smart. Smart an assistant under Nick Saban at ‘Bama,  and a former Bulldog player has energized the fan base with his approach to the game.Wins in their 1st 3 games stoked the faithful and pundits into thinking UGA would be an SEC title contender now as they prepared to face Ole Miss in the their first big test of the season. Unfortunately Georgia failed, losing big to the Rebels in Oxford 45-14.

Georgia again looked like a team whose players did not show up for a big game. This was the same story under previous coach Mark Richt. Plenty of credit has to be given to Ole Miss though. QB Chad Kelley threw for 2 TDs and ran 41 yds for another. His unstoppable crew of receivers were led by TE Evan Engram and WR Demarkus Lodge. The 2 combined for 8 catches, 168 yards and 2 TDs

Georgia looked like they weren’t in the same class as the Rebels. Freshman QB Jacob Eason was under pressure all day. Like most of this year, the Bulldog receivers continued to drop passes as if the balls were oiled up. This included two huge drops by Isaiah McKenzie, who had the big catch against Mizzou the week before. And sadly RB Nick Chubb had to leave the game with an ankle injury. At the end of the day we were once again treated to an uninspired performance in a big game by the Georgia football team. Can anyone say ‘Overrated’ again?

By Jonathan Simmons

Stats by ESPN.com

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#SEC teams can’t seem to figure out #GaTech #VANvsGT

17 Sep

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Tech QB Justin Thomas gets congrats after another TD drive.

It seems like they can’t figure them out. Ga Tech’s 38-7 victory over Vanderbilt is their 3rd in the last 4 tries vs teams from the SEC. Except for their loss at home last year to Georgia, an explosive Tech offense has over 30 in each of the games.  It was more of the same at Bobby Dodd Stadium in this Saturday’s win over Vandy. The teams traded TDs in the 1st quarter before the Yellow Jackets scored the last 31 points.

As we mentioned in our previous post, the Jackets would need to take to the air in order to beat the Commodores. They took to the air right away with a 85 yard TD toss and run by Thomas to Marshall. Tech scoring concluded with another big pass play of 77 yards by backup Matthew Jordan to Clinton Lynch. Overall Georgia Tech finished with 511 yards of total offense, including a season high 222 passing. The defense was stout too holding Vanderbilt to just 85 yards rushing.

Tech now faces their stiffest test thus far when #5 Clemson comes to Atlanta just 5 days from now. The prime time national TV Thur night tilt is the #GTWhiteOut game. With this new wrinkle in their offense Georgia Tech may give the Tigers a real run for their money.

 

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