Will Tech win the Coastal? Will UGA take the East?

“Good luck in your title game, Paul.” “You, too, Mark.” (Brant Sanderlin/AJC photo)

"Good luck in your title game, Paul." "You, too, Mark." (Brant Sanderlin/AJC photo)

“Good luck in your title game, Paul.” “You, too, Mark.” (Brant Sanderlin/AJC photo)

Georgia Tech is tied with Pittsburgh and Virginia atop the ACC Coastal Division, and that’s a surprise. Those teams were picked to finish fifth, sixth and seventh in the division by the assembled conference media in July.

Georgia trails Missouri by a half-game in the SEC East, but the bigger consideration is that South Carolina, which beat the Bulldogs on Sept. 13 after being picked at SEC Media Days to win the division, already has two conference losses.

Both Tech and Georgia are in pretty good shape. The Jackets haven’t lost and won a big game at Virginia Tech on Sept. 20. (Intriguing note: The four teams picked to finish behind Georgia Tech all rank behind the Jackets in this week’s standings.) They play Miami on Saturday; then they play Duke here, then North Carolina in Chapel Hill. Win two of those three and the Jackets will have stamped themselves as Coastal favorites.

Georgia’s way is even simpler. Beat Missouri in Columbia West on Oct. 11 and the East will be the Bulldogs’ to lose. Which isn’t to say they couldn’t lose it. They led Clemson by three points after three quarters and Tennessee by three points after four quarters, and both games were in Athens. Georgia still would have to face Arkansas in Little Rock, Florida in Jacksonville, Kentucky in Lexington — and Auburn in Athens.

So I’m asking: Whaddaya think? Two division titles for the Peachtree State? One title? No titles but much angst?

(Here, from myajc.com, is kind of what I think.)

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wreckmaniac
wreckmaniac

Based on results so far, any team taken into the SEC will end up ranked higher than they were before.

In fact, having seen what A & M and Missou have accomplished, I think any team that has problems needs to joint the SEC and they will immediately win more games along with  the cash boost.  Piece of cake. I had

believed that A & M and Missou would have a hard time in their first years in the SEC.  Wrong.  The SEC shows it's easy to break into .

wreckmaniac
wreckmaniac

All teams in the SEC Least and the  ACC Coastal will end up tied for last place.

wreckmaniac
wreckmaniac

Who cares. Tech has won the state championship by beating Ga Southern.   UGA will win the TN state championship tomorrow. 

robodawg
robodawg

Still only a one game cushion over SC, and the meat of their schedule is behind them. Mizzou, Arkansas, Florida, and Auburn will all be tough for the Dawgs. It's doable, but I wouldn't call us favorites just yet.

(Yes, on paper, Gators should be counted as a sure win, but they'll bring their best game against us. A couple of turnovers and facing a stout defense means it could be a nailbiter.)


I was impressed by Tech's win over Va Tech. Keep playing like that, I see them taking their division.

Dawggie
Dawggie

Tech has the better chance because once again, UGA stumbled in an early season game in Columbia.  I just hope the Dawgs are better prepared when they visit the other Columbia, or they could get ROUTED on National TV.

PigIron
PigIron

Will UGA and Tech become the Garfunkel and Oates of the SEC and the ACC?

Mobile Dawg
Mobile Dawg

Dawgs will find a way to get by in Vandy, Mizzou will be the real test, hopefully we have our WR's back with a couple of weeks to find their rhythm.  If not this could turn into a long year.

Peachs
Peachs

Tech will lose to someone not on the radar. They do it every year.It may be Miami or Duke, but it could be UNC, something happens in the ACC, every team in the conference has a day of total depression; they can’t tackle, block or remember counts. That same team can then go out and upset a top 10 team, the high and lows are amazing.

Georgia does fine until they have an opportunity to accomplish something then the disciple disappears.Missouri is a team of character.They came into the SEC with a chip on their shoulder, something to prove and there is a tough mindedness. Those kind of teams that play four quarters tend to beat Georgia.

keendaddy
keendaddy

Obviously, anything is possible. So many teams have played a pretty easy schedule so far, and their rankings or lack of rankings is a joke. I think it's a little early, to be making definitive statements about the end of the season. Assumptions are fairly useless. So far, Tech is doing better than I thought, while UGA is doing worse than I thought. Of course, our Defense has not progressed as much as I wanted. Still, The Dawgs D., has a lot of upside. Basically, time will tell, and I'm enjoying football in real time....

keendaddy
keendaddy

Wow, Blubbertavious doesn't think Georgia can win the Division. What a Revelation!

SinceVince=Blubbertavious

*Fake Dawg Alert*

GT71
GT71

Ah, Mark, it's October 2nd.  Who the h-ell knows.  But then the whole little column is based on a question.

Nothing to see here; move the cursor, left click and go.

SinceVince
SinceVince

I agree with Matt Stinchcomb....Mizzou will Win the East

SinceVince
SinceVince

When you lose to South Carolina you are NOT championship material...Demand Bettah!

CallingOutWhiners
CallingOutWhiners

say what you want to say about who wins what division, there is over 2/3 of the league games left to play.


Here is some interesting news for all of who throw stones about education or lack of it,

_____________________________________________________________________________

Even though the University of Alabama football team only has 14 scholarship seniors on the roster, it has 15 players who have already earned their degrees.

That’s tied with Boston College for the most in the Football Bowl Subdivision this season.

Over the past seven years, all under Coach Nick Saban, Alabama players still active on the football roster have earned 117 degrees, graduate and undergraduate.

Alabama also has five scholarship players and two walk-ons finishing up their master’s degrees this fall: Jalson Fowler (sports management), Arie Kouandjio (economics), Nick Perry (sports management), Austin Shepherd (marketing), and Brian Vogler (sports management).

Team, Degrees
1. Alabama 15
(tie) Boston College15
3. Utah State 13
(tie) Cincinnati 13
(tie) Minnesota 13
6. Virginia 11
7. East Carolina 10
(tie) UNLV 10
9. South Carolina 9
(tie) Penn State 9
(tie) Maryland 9
(tie) San Jose State 9

D-Sheets
D-Sheets

I called a UT upset...before finding out on Friday that the Vols would be w/o their #1 & #2 WRs.  Needing UT to fumble in their own endzone to beat the Vols is NOT a good sign for UGA.  And Clemson, NOW with the right guy at QB, is NOT the same Clemson UGA beat in week 1.  

As of today, I'd call for UGA Ls to AU, and/or at Ark at Mizzou for the Dawgs looking at 3 or 4 SEC Ls.  And they still can't sleep on the Gators.  


Same goes for GT ... they can't rely on defensive TDs (VT) and win by 3.  Miami's got far more athletes, UVA's got a good D, and NCST is better than expected.   As of today, I see GT probably losing 2-3 vs Miami, UVA, NCST, Clemson.  I THINK they'll beat Duke, PITT and UNC.  But lose 1 or more of these and the Jackets will need some huge breaks to avoid losing even 2 vs the Miami-UVA-NCST-Clemson quartet.


Seeing QB play for both GT & UGA, I'm more optimistic of GT winning their division than UGA.  Justin Thomas is looking like he could be a special player in Paul Johnson's offense.  

GT could end up with 3 ACC Ls and still win the Coastal.

GA won't win the SEC East with 3 or more Ls

Guyon
Guyon

Georgia will win the SEC East, and Tech has a good shot at winning the Coastal Division. Tech's future ACC opponents are not playing well which gives the Yellow Jackets a good shot at winning the Division. All UGA has to do is beat Missouri to win the SEC East, and they will take care of business

NorwegianBlue
NorwegianBlue

As a Tech grad, there must be nothing more fun than creating a username with "Dawg" in it, pretending to be a UGA fan, and posting comments with bad grammar and spelling. Amazing the ideas you can come up with when there's no woman around to bother you.

Allenman
Allenman

Big Dog fan, here, but Kentucky is a trap game between Florida and Auburn.  Missouri has the easiest road to win the east and they definitely do not fear Georgia having played UGA close the first time in Missouri; beat us in Athens last year (although we did have lots of playmakers on the sideline); and they beat SC in Columbia, SC, which is something UGA did not do.  So, I fear a loss to Missouri who had an off week to prepare after relishing a big win at South Carolina, as well as, a likely road loss to Arkansas.  I hope neither of those road losses happens and we could win both, but I will be shocked if we do.  We are small and inexperienced in the secondary (thanks to dismissals of Marshall, Matthews, Harvey-Clemmons, and Wiggins) and pass game has yet to develop (missing receivers has not helped).  Also, losing Sony Michel (a great weapon and diversion) for the meat of our SEC schedule really hurts.  Color me pessimistic, but I am really just preparing myself for a letdown while hoping we do indeed win the East.  Difficult to see us winning the SEC, though --- would have to play Alabama (or Auburn, again) . . . or one of the stronger teams from the West.

Dewnsav
Dewnsav

too early for anyone to tell...lotta football yet to be played...go dogs

LostGoat
LostGoat

The dogs will win 2 of 3 against auburn, arkansas and missouri and win the east with beatdowns over kentucky, vanderbilt and florida.  In the SEC title game, Ga can beat alabama if they get a couple of turnovers.  alabama's overrated.

Samoan Redcoat
Samoan Redcoat

Word on the street, Terry Bowden will go to The Big House.  The Ohio band director was not lewd, the band was lewd.  We agree, the Ohio band is one of the best in their division.

GTBee
GTBee

This would be the year for UGA to win the East with a schedule like that.

Chuck_UGA
Chuck_UGA

Georgia has a major problem...AT Missouri and AT Arkansas, back-to-back. I wish they could win both, but I don't see it. Hopefully they'll beat Missouri. Also think they will win all the other games and that Auburn will be a toss-up (but may be the most daunting game on the schedule other than SC in Columbia). Missouri wins the SEC East with a win over Georgia, and that fact will elude Mark Richt in his preparation (which is why Georgia will likely lose).

TravisBickle2014
TravisBickle2014

GED350 I would really love to buy you a beer. When will you be in the METRO?

OH-IO
OH-IO

350 is on his daily Natty bender

dcole001
dcole001

Georgia has the best shot, but for some reason think they drop one more game and if that happens neither team will win their Division. And I am neither a Georgia or Georgia Tech Fan.. Once GT gets to meat of schedule they will drop at least 2.

OH-IO
OH-IO

Woody 1968


#1 Bucks v # 4 Michigan.....


And then things would go incredibly bad for the Wolverines, with Ohio State coach Woody Hayes rubbing some salt in the wound to end the game.

The Buckeyes would explode for 23 more points in the second half to take a 44-14 lead. Then in the final minutes Ohio State would score another touchdown to take a 50-14 lead. What Ohio State did not do after that touchdown, though, was attempt an extra point. Instead the Buckeyes went for two and did not get it. 

After the game Hayes would be asked why he decided to go for two, and Hayes delivered a line that has long come to signify the hate between both schools.

"Because I couldn't go for three," said Hayes.

Bogus_Bill
Bogus_Bill

@CallingOutWhiners You are seriously attributing value to an Alabama degree?  That's nearly as funny as saying a "U"GA degree is worth something.

Baghead
Baghead

@LostGoat Nope.  Dogs lose in Arkansas and Missouri.  Definite loss to Auburn (D is atrocious) and more than likely lose in Kentucky. 

Dewnsav
Dewnsav

@GTBee tek would have 2-3 losses so far this year with a schedule like that...go dogs

Jimmyliscious
Jimmyliscious

@OH-IO He upgraded from Steel Reserve? I guess his baby mama got more food stamps.


Russ' Chew Toy
Russ' Chew Toy

And the SEC SEC LEAST has beaten your institute of no character very single meeting, save one, since Noah was a sailor Yet you prattle on incessantly like you had something worthwhile to say.

Russ' Chew Toy
Russ' Chew Toy

Ah yes. Woody Hayes- the pinnacle of coaching. Ranks right up there with Bobby Petrino, Jim Tressell, jerry Sandusky. And two of them from Ohio State. Says something about your beloved doesn't it?

Wrecker
Wrecker

@Dewnsav @GTBee UGa might wind up with 1-2 more losses, so I would not talk too much smack.  That impressive win over UT by 3 points did not win you any style points.

Dewnsav
Dewnsav

@Grant1296 @TravisBickle2014 Grant...talk is cheap...especially from behind a keyboard...if he ever met 350 he would probably recognize him from a tek party...no way 350 is a dog...a ruse to raise hackles...I have never met dog fans like the ones who talk the most schlitz on these blogs...they're here to make UGA look bad...plain and simple...go dogs

Dawg350
Dawg350

I bet you eat your own stool....yummy jimmy is hungry...jimmy is getting upset...jimmy smells like a fart

The_Real_KJ
The_Real_KJ

@Russ' Chew Toy Save one?  I'm pretty sure LOLOSU is winless against the entire SEC.  Browneye tries so hard to claim the win against Arkansas, but doesn't really it doesn't count when you cheat.

Dawg350
Dawg350

Dew sap.....I'm a bulldawg fan for lyfe bro...I born a bulldawg and when I die I will be bulldawg dead and you can take that to the blood bank. Me and true dawg 1986 just have the guts to really say what we feel to these UGA haters. Anyways I couldn't careless of your opinions....cause they usually suck arse anyways. Well good night folks and just remember I'm the Mack daddy baby!

Jimmyliscious
Jimmyliscious

@Dawg350 I may have underestimated you. You get around the blogs good for a 4 year old.

Dawg350
Dawg350

I is retarded...I is jimmy...somebody please help jimmy...I is homeless except for da days me mommy let me live in her basement!!!

Dawg350
Dawg350

You want to eat his butt and his stool! Lol