Ladies and gentlemen, a rare sighting – the final score on the BDS scoreboard after a(nother) Tech loss to Georgia:
I looked up maybe a minute after it was over, and they’d already pulled that sucker.
A few tidbits for you to digest…
Get in line.
In the wake of another tough loss, Stingtalk has actually been a little disappointing, as the locals there seem to be tearing into each other as much as anything else. Fortunately the Hive has stepped up and cranked out some comedy gold with a couple of threads you’ll enjoy reading.
First, if you can’t blame your own team’s failings for the loss, blame the officials. “I believe if we got any one of those calls, Tech wins.” Well, maybe three or four…
This one’s even better: “I hate to say it but it’s clear – We need to drop to Division II”. What makes this one really great isn’t just that the original poster gets his divisions mixed up, but that one of the people chastising him for his attitude actually goes there with this:
CPJ has done a great job keeping us in these games with UGA. The gap everyone refers to is regarding talent….not coaching. We have the better coaches no question about it. If CPJ had the talent of the 09 team each year, then we would win and compete for championships more often than not. Unfortunately the win against UGA and the 09 shoulda coulda woulda, CPJ had the talent from arguably the best recruiting class we have ever had and that was with a FEW academic exceptions if I am not mistaken.
Trust me (or look at most draft boards), if GT and UGA would swap coaches, then we would lose 51-7 each and every year.
Johnson’s 1-5 against Richt, with the last three games in the series including two double-digit losses and a blown 20-point lead. But it has nothing to do with coaching. At least he’s not blaming this loss on the refs.
Those of you who want to see this series come to an end should be ashamed of yourselves.
This is what happens when you play too much pop music on the PA system at BDS.
The genius, on Hutson Mason:
“We won’t know if he’s as good vertically as Aaron Murray until he plays for a bit,” Georgia Tech coach Paul Johnson said. “He’s clearly very accurate when you watch the tape in the little bit he’s played in. Everything that I’ve heard in the state for the last two or three years since he’s been there every time there’s a scrimmage or every time there’s practice, they’re always raving about him. I know a couple of years ago when they were struggling a little bit, people were yelling for him to be the quarterback. So clearly, he’s talented.” [Emphasis added.]
I’ve gotta think that last sentence there was pure sarcasm. If so, that’s not badly played, if you think about it.
If you’re a Georgia defender, Paul Johnson is just like Jimmy Williamson.
Defensive players don’t like dealing with triple-option offenses like Georgia Tech (7-4) and Georgia Southern run, and specifically don’t like having to keep their eyes out for pesky offensive linemen who consistently dive at their knees.
“It’s just like being out on the streets: you’ve got to keep your head on a swivel and watch your surroundings,” Smith said. “Protect yourself at all times.”
Sometimes players can’t play because of suspension and sometimes they can’t play because their knees are suspended.
Smith’s first substantial playing time actually came as the result of an illegal chop block that knocked DeAngelo Tyson out of Georgia’s 2011 win over the Yellow Jackets. Smith, then a green sophomore, replaced Tyson in the lineup and recorded seven tackles and 1.5 tackles for a loss, earning SEC Co-Defensive Lineman of the Week honors in the process.
Scooters and cut blocks. I hate ‘em both.
WordPress just reminded me that GTP celebrates its seventh anniversary today. It was Georgia’s ’06 win over Georgia Tech that inspired me to start blogging, and this post was the result. (Thanks for the memories, Reggie.)
And while I’m reminiscing, I can’t help but share my favorite post about Tech over that seven years.
When you say “Tech fan base”, you’ve said it all.
The AJ-C surveys the stats for Georgia and Georgia Tech and concludes that the “numbers suggest close game”. Eh, maybe.
The paper is hanging a lot on the fact that Tech sits at a lofty 16th nationally in total defense – hey, Ted Roof’s on the Broyles watch list! – but that ranking is a trifle misleading in that the Jackets have faced not one, but two 1-AA offenses this season. Now that’s not totally their fault, as they had to deal with a last-minute scheduling hole created by conference expansion, but it’s still the hand they’ve played this season.
So guess what happens when you look at the total defense rankings against only D-1 opponents? Georgia Tech drops to a still solid, but less impressive 29th.
But even that doesn’t tell the real story. The real story is that Tech’s defense has been on the field for fewer plays than all but one team in the country. That’s because Georgia Tech’s offense does a very good job keeping the defense on the sidelines. This brings me to something that drives me crazy, people who argue that time of possession is a meaningless stat. It’s not meaningless if dominating it is part of a team’s philosophy, which is clearly the case with the Jackets.
And it’s a big deal when you look at how defenses rank in the context of yards per play. Georgia Tech is decidedly mediocre by the standards of that metric, at 5.81, which ranks 77th nationally. How do I know that’s mediocre? Because Georgia is 66th, at 5.55 ypp.
The offensive story is a little more lopsided, perhaps surprisingly. Despite all the injuries which have plagued them, the Dawgs still rank 14th nationally in total offense against D-1 teams; generating about seventy yards less per game, Georgia Tech ranks 56th. It’s not explained by the number of plays each offense has run – Georgia is 68th and Tech is 105th, but GT has played one less game against FBS teams than Georgia, so when you average it out, the Jackets have run about one play per game more than Georgia. It’s chalked up to offensive yards per play, as the 10th-ranked Dawgs average an entire yard per play more than Georgia Tech.
All of which suggests rather loudly to me that the biggest key to Saturday’s game is Georgia Tech keeping Georgia’s offense off the field as much as possible.