When Georgia Tech has the ball…

Here’s something else to fret about.

If this turns into a shootout type of game, the Bulldogs do have enough artillery on offense to keep up, but they’ll need to make the most of possessions given that the Yellow Jackets are good at holding on to the football offensively for long stretches of time.

Can I say this doesn’t bother me as much as it does others?

Last year, Georgia spotted Tech a 20-point lead.  If there was ever a time when Tech’s vaunted control over time of possession would lead to an easy win, that was it.

Except, of course, it didn’t.

And then there was the 2010 game.  Tech ran 92 plays to Georgia’s 48.  Tech controlled the clock for a ridiculous 38:14.  And, you guessed it, still managed to lose a game in which Mike Bobo’s playcalling managed to drive me nuts.

Bobo is better at what he does now.  Georgia Tech isn’t.

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70 responses to “When Georgia Tech has the ball…

  1. Cojones

    Could be that you have learned a great deal more about playcalling since then, Bluto?

    Oh, and did I mention that you still haven’t been in the arena? 🙂

    Thorn > side.

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  2. Tronan

    What struck me about this post is how all the wins over the gnats are starting to run together. I had no recollection of 2010 game specifics, nor did I recall Bobo making me curse (which I’m sure he did at the time).

    That said, I’d rather be an amnesiac on the winning side than aware of every detail on the losing side.

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  3. Cojones

    Seriousrly, take a page from our last game where we scored twice in our first three plays. Not a long possession, but results count most.

    If gt wants to fiddly-fart away time with the ball, let’um. I have confidence in this O putting points on the board. The matchup occurs when their O can’t get to the goal line and Bobo can’t control that. Wonder if a plan has ever been devised to purposely let the other team burn up time when we are ahead? I’ll accept the win, no matter what.

    If we don’t look stylish enough in winning to suit the Committee, that’s their problem. It will be sooner more than later that the Committee is driving the reason we will much sooner go to the 8-team Playoff where it should have been all along.

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    • why stop at 8 ,Initially thought 16 would be better but upon further reflection 32 would be fairer and than I realized that would be very inequitable and stunningly unfair to all those teams who never got to participant in the playoffs so I think the best thing to do is have a couple preseason games,do away with the regular season and than go straight to a 164 team play off .The regular season is over-rated. O’ Yeah we love the Falcons

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      • Cojones

        Why is it that you can’t at least put thought into the proposition that 8 was the game all along? You have instantly used the excuse of not trying to understand it by advocating unintelligent dilution. Eight teams have been advocated for a long time by several of us here as a part of ongoing debate. It isn’t a debate when you don’t get it, nor try to, in order to prove some inane point while comparing to other sports or venues. This method of “debate” by attempted debasement is mindful of Global Warming. Those who don’t believe it ignore the points supporting it and treat it as if it is a belief as in religion. Their lack of believing science is that they use their opinion as an equivalent and poo-poo the idea as if it will harm them when attempting to understand.

        Looking closely to see the questions answered by an 8-team Playoff won’t harm you. Really. Trust me.

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        • It does harm the regular season ..so trust me I don’t like these playoffs..Go Falcons..Trust me. We’re from the NCAA and ESPN we’re here to help. The answer to this playoffs crap is straight out of “War Games” .The way to win the playoffs game is not to play at all.

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  4. Russ

    I haven’t seen you this confident about a victory since Florida. For that matter, I’m the same way.

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    • Oh, I think Georgia could lose. I’ll get into it more with tomorrow’s post, but if Tech can win the field position and turnover margin battles, it’s good enough to pull off the upset.

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      • Cojones

        But, gosh, don’t we lead cfb in those categories?

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      • reipar

        I do not feel tech even needs to win those battles. Just like the UF game all they have to do is show up and run the ball down our throat. If UF can do it with that anemic offense just think what an actual rushing team like tech can do.

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        • Uglydawg

          And your feelings mean SO much to us all!

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          • reipar

            Feel free not to read them. I promise not to make you. You can just skip right over my comments. Just use your mouse. It is really easy.

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            • When you make those comments do you do so with the knowledge that Auburn is #1 and Arkansas #4 rushing the football in the SEC? Of course maybe we just should be thankful that we are not playing Georgia Southern. They are a rushing leviathan that the Techsters barely squeezed out a 4 point victory over. If it could only be FSU Saturday. They rank next to last in rushing in the mighty ACC. And you are right. I could just skip over your comment and move along. And you could just stop with the piss and vinegar. Is there no hope for either of us? 😉

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        • AusDawg85

          Like Arkansas?

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        • An “actual rushing team”? You mean like Arkansas or Auburn?

          Man, for you Debbie Downers, the Florida game is the gift that keeps on giving.

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          • reipar

            I would hardly compare Auburn’s rushing style to that of tech. tech is more physical between the tackles (or at least all that chop blocking makes it that way). I am not really sure what rushing style Arkansas has as it did not seem like they did much in our game. However, considering tech is 3rd in team rushing and Arkansas is 26th I would tend to think tech is the better team in that regard.

            As far as your Debbie downer comment you clearly know nothing of my work. I just see a lot of similarities between the two games. Huge point spread. No one giving the opponent a chance. And a blue print of how to beat us rushing the ball supplied in the UF game. Didn’t you even say the same things about how we win the UF game? Avoid turnovers and win field position? The way UF ran the ball that game field position was irrelevant.

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            • Auburn runs as much power – if not more – than GT does. Malzahn just disguises it with motion and spread.

              As far as your DD denial… dude, if the shoe fits, wear it.

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              • reipar

                I do not recall seeing Auburn receivers 10 yards down field chop blocking a DB to spring the pitch man down the sideline. No doubt Auburn has a power running game, but tech is chop blocking all over the field and makes no pretense that they will be balanced. They line up to run the ball and then they run the ball. All you have to do is stop them. Sounds kind of similar to the UF game.

                Because I feel the UF game is extremely similar to this game I am a DD? Ok then I will take that. Of course that must mean you are the grumpy old man at the end of the street yelling at the kids to get off your lawn with all your constant harping on the play offs and how they are ruining the game you love by changing it.

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                • Dress it up however you like – Georgia lost the UF game because it didn’t take the opponent seriously. To analogize that to the game tomorrow isn’t some deep insight, it’s just wallowing in pessimism. Which you’re certainly welcome to do, of course.

                  If Georgia shows up, you really think Tech dominates the Dawgs like Florida did, because it runs the ball well? If so, why didn’t that serve up a few more GT wins since ’08?

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                • reipar

                  Dominates? No. I think our offense will score enough to at least keep us in it as UF defense compared to tech is….well no comparison. However, I seem to recall several close games during this 13 year run and one loss that I still cannot understand how it occurred. There is no doubt we are the better team, but the same thing could be said the last time we lost to tech.

                  I do not go full on wallow, but yes I very much channel my inner Munson. I expect tech will successfully run the ball on us and that will make the game way more interesting than I want it to be.

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                • Georgia lost the UF game because the team was worked emotionally after a 4 week telenovella over Gurley. And when one of his own teammates stomped on Andrews ankle. So, in translation, Dawg Luck.

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            • Russ

              GT runs with more power than Auburn or Arkansas? Who are you, John Swofford?

              If Auburn or Arkansas played against Tech’s schedule, they’d be ranked #1 & 1A in rushing. This is the same tech team and offense we’ve handled every year we didn’t have Willie. They will hit a few, but we’ll hit them all.

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            • Cojones

              You have a good point when comparing FU’s rushing stats to NATS’s. The resultant said differently. But we are aware of the Bugs having a rushing game and Pruitt has prepared his D to stop it. That wasn’t true for FU.

              I’m more afraid of their passing ability against a team that isn’t looking for it. When it comes to crowding the box to stop the run, they may do as we do, namely, effectively soften it up with passing before running. We will be more vulnerable to passing than running in this game, but their O can be negated with a few interceptions, plus, we have the intention of ramming it down their throats, with prejudice.

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            • Mike Cooley

              Your work? That made spit out some of my left over turkey. Hilarious.

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          • Let it go, we need to be talking about the game at hand. I will be doing something for this game that I have never before done in my life.

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        • Dawgfan Will

          One other factor is that Tech will not surprise our players by suddenly becoming competent. I give that a lot more credit for the Florida loss than some.

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  5. RocketDawg

    Could we lose tomorrow? Of course. Even though they are Nerds those kids still go out and practice as hard as our kids do. They will come into the game expecting to win tomorrow as they should.

    That being said Auburn runs a version of the triple option out of shotgun sets with lots of window dressing not to mention they have much better athletes than GT and Pruitt managed to shut them down after the first drive. I expect tek to go down the field and score on their first drive and then the defense will make adjustments. When we have the ball we will do what we want, when we want, and as much as we want. Out of the 12 defenses we have faced this season they are 9th at best (Troy and Charleston Southern being 11 and 12 and Vandy 10th).

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  6. Mike Cooley

    Agreed that we certainly can lose tomorrow. I just really don’t think we will. I too think the Florida game is a bad comparison. It’s really hard to take still but we lost that game because we absolutely did not take them seriously and thought they couldn’t beat us. Georgia beat Georgia as much as Florida did. That will not be the case tomorrow.

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  7. @gatriguy

    Am I the only one that thinks home field means something here? In the past 5 years, UGA has dropped 3 home games–to 10-2 Arky in 2010, 10-2 SCU in 2011, and 11-1 Mizzou last year. Arky and SCU really were strange games that could have gone either way and Missouri was all about the injuries post-UT. Bobi straight up puts up points at home. If the D can hold them to 28, I cannot imagine a scenario where the Dogs lose.

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  8. Scorpio Jones, III

    How come we don’t have a game day thread, there?

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  9. Uglydawg

    Arkansas sure is farting around a lot. They’ve let Mizzou hang around to the point I think they’re going to lose it. Hogs have had a lot of opportunities to put it away and keep stepping on their own dicks.

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    • Uglydawg

      Arkansas’ qb is scared to death. He couldn’t hit a bull in the butt with a bass fiddle…And Arky hasn’t stopped the quick pass all day. Forth qtr starting….Porky up 14 to 6.

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  10. Scorpio Jones, III

    Hope none of ya’ll are wearing your game hats….bad juju.

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  11. Uglydawg

    Somebody is, Scorp….this is the most predictable thing on earth.

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    • Scorpio Jones, III

      Stupid, just stoopid, how can anybody not know game hats have a finite number of good plays each week…you can use them up…waddaya gonna do for Tech now?

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  12. Mark Wrong

    Get ready to come up with your favorite excuse for this Richt coached team. Missouri is about to win this game. Is it injuries? Suspensions? Just bad ol dawggone luck? Lol Missouri outplayed us in the east, again.

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  13. Uglydawg

    Great observation, Mr. Wong! You’re the first to mention that.

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    • Mark Wrong

      I’ve mentioned it every season since 1980. It’s tradition.

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      • stuckinred

        So you’ve been an asshole since the 80’s? What a shock.

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      • Uglydawg

        I’ve got to admit there’s a lot to what you’re saying. I just don’t see the point in wallowing in it.
        But it is what you get when you expect Tennessee or Arkansas to bail you out.
        Now take it out on the Yellow Stain tomorrow..

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  14. And THIS is why you can’t rely on someone else to finish your bidness. Truly painful watching this Hogs QB bumble along. I got to pondering though that not playing the SEC Title at least guarantees that the Dawgs would not lose that game. And as such, they might get a better Bowl out of the deal. Defeatist, I know.

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  15. dudemankind

    Sad, so sad that I have to hope that Arky will pull it out against Mizzou with a QB who can’t hit the broad side of a barn. What a joke that Mizzou might represent the East. Thanks Richt!

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    • Mark Wrong

      Richt has made us root for Texas am, Tennessee and Arkansas. Because he can’t “finish the drill” and beat a bad Florida team.

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  16. And that fumble will do it. Arkansas flat out turtled up over the final 3 quarters after quickly building the 14-3 lead. Absolutely bizarre, as are most things concerning the Dawgs.

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  17. …and honestly, it is less painful this way. Contemplate the gruesome scenario if UGa had finished 11-2 after a SEC Title win over Alabama only to watch as aOSU wwent into the Playoff. A little better this way. Again, defeatist. But.

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  18. Uglydawg

    Look..everone on here, except for the trolls, is disappointed tonight. We all know what happened. We can accept it…but we don’t expect to be goaded by one of our own. It serves no purpose except to cause friction.
    I do still expect to win a natty under CMR. After watching Arkansas bumblng offense, I am mor thankful than ever for CMR and CMB..

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  19. Uglydawg

    I’m sending film of my grandaughter to Bilema…she’s a shoe-in for a scholly as a QB.
    I believe he didn’t replace him because his little brother is the backup and there might be some jealosy and rivalry going on there. But if you’re going to recruit brothers that will compete for the same position, you’d better be able to put the fact that they’re brothers out of your mind.
    There’s got to be some reason they left him in. He was horrible and running scared from the first snap..and I’m a little bit suspicious of all the acting near the end of the game. If you’re hurting that bad, your killing your team…you need to come out. To stay out there and visibly act like you’re about to croak is the equvilant of limping in lion country…they’re coming after you even harder. I’m not in the camp that admires that kind of “toughness”..I catagorize it as “hard headedness”. And it cost …well, you know.
    Tough night.
    And I’ll say it..Wait till tomorrow! And wait till next year!

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  20. stuckinred

    Brandon Allen, who was 13 for 30 for 133 yards and two touchdowns, played through a hip injury.

    “In the last couple drives he asked me, `Hey, are you still good?” Allen said about Bielema. “I told him I was fine, I wanted to stay in. It was my decision to stay in.”

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