Live from Georgia Tech: Will the Jackets deck Duke?

It was cloudy early at BDS/HGF, but it's clearing. (M. Bradley)

It was cloudy early at BDS/HGF, but it’s clearing. (M. Bradley)

It was cloudy early at BDS/HGF, but it's clearing. (M. Bradley)

It was cloudy early at BDS/HGF, but it’s clearing as we speak. Chance of rain, however. (M. Bradley)

The only good team Georgia Tech beat last season was Duke, and that game carried an asterisk: Blue Devils quarterback Anthony Boone didn’t play. The Jackets won 38-14 in Durham behind Durham’s own Vad Lee, who won’t play quarterback for Tech today, seeing as how he transferred to James Madison over the winter.

Tech is 5-0; Duke is 4-1. This is a big game regarding the ACC Coastal, a division that has been flipped on its head. Georgia Tech and Virginia — which were picked to finish fifth and last, respectively, in the seven-team division by the ACC media — are tied for the lead. Duke, which improbably won last season and was picked second this time, is 0-1. Miami, which was picked first, is 1-2. North Carolina, picked third, is 0-2. Virginia Tech, picked fourth, is 1-1.

Georgia Tech has already beaten Virginia Tech and Miami, and if the Jackets defeat Duke today — and Tech hasn’t lost to Duke since 2003, when the Devils were working under interim coach Ted Roof, now Tech’s defensive coordinator — they’ll have picked off three of the four teams slotted above them and can run the table in Chapel Hill next Saturday.

Fun with comparative scores. Duke beat Tulane 47-13 in Durham; Tech beat Tulane 38-21 in New Orleans. Tech beat Miami 28-17 here; Duke lost to Miami 22-10 in whatever-that-stadium-down-there-is-named-this-year. Obviously, this tells us nothing, but I supply it at no extra charge to you, the reader.

And with that, the figurative floor is again open. I’ll be here until someone wins and the Coastal picture has become clearer, if not clear. I’d appreciate your company, and I thank you, as ever, in advance.

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RuePaulJohnson
RuePaulJohnson

Meanwhile UNC's offense has put up 36 points thru 3 qtrs. on ND's Defense so there's no telling what we'll run into next week in Chapel Hill.

gtcaryd
gtcaryd

JT finally has a bad game.........................happens to everybody, i was not crazy with the play-calling today but hey.....who the hell am i.

GTBee
GTBee

UGA loses their best player and wins 34-0 on the road vs a ranked team and we lose at home vs Duke. Puts things in perspective. 7-5 at best seems about right.

MarkBradley
MarkBradley moderator

UPDATE: Paul Johnson said he changed quarterbacks because Justin Thomas had turned his ankle in the first half and had been trying to gut it out.

TruthSpeaketh
TruthSpeaketh

Welcome back to reality GT and 12:00 knockoffs! You are not ready for prime time! Nice stinking effort!!!

GTRay
GTRay

So many of us warned about this game - about the players not buying into the hype, staying focused and motivated.  And you know the coaching staff did their best to get that message across.  But easier to say it than do it.  Just have to forget this loss ASAP and focus on UNC now. 

Dirtyb8
Dirtyb8

Can we still be #25? :)

Brewmaster1960
Brewmaster1960

Can't really use that one when you lose to Duke now, can you ?

djack0062
djack0062

We lost, move on...10 years Duke was due.

Tampa_Wreck
Tampa_Wreck

The second half of the GSU game was a debacle.. Could see calling for CPJs head after that one. This was just poor execution by players.

keendaddy
keendaddy

Obviously, any loss sucs. You're still 5-1 and will be bowl eligible soon. It's hard being undefeated. This loss, may be one of the best things to happen to Tech. It may motivate the Team and Coaches, to cut down on the mistakes and penalties. Shake it off....

gtjhal1
gtjhal1

Whatever you say, please don't resort to the lows of the dawgs and blame the refs for this game. We were physically beat in every aspect of the game today.  Full game for 60 minutes last week and played 5 minutes of intense football today.   The refs didn't fumble  and the refs didn't throw horrendous interceptions.    Penalties and poor effort for 55 minutes.

Tampa_Wreck
Tampa_Wreck

You people are amazing.. How do you blame this on CPJ? Offsides on a punt, 3 bad turnovers... Players have to execute.. They didn't.

gtcaryd
gtcaryd

@ThomasBrownUGA We might just kick your a$$ this year..................average QB and a $$ monger, god i know you're proud.

woodstockgt
woodstockgt

You suck loser. Just worry bout your own cheaters in Athens

gtcaryd
gtcaryd

@RuePaulJohnson We will run into a very average ACC team that did everything right this week.......just how mentally impaired are you?

gtcaryd
gtcaryd

@MarkBradley Well sport if you didn't notice that you might want to start putting the controller down and watch the game.

GTBee
GTBee

Nothing really matters. It was Duke. At home. Lol

Buschleaguer
Buschleaguer

@MarkBradley

CPJ should have put #18 in at the start of the 2nd half then,the game might have had a different outcome .

PaulinNH
PaulinNH

@MarkBradley 

JT seemed to be favoring his leg after every run - no idea how bad it was though.

PaulinNH
PaulinNH

@TruthSpeaketh 

There must be something wrong with the Direct TV computer.  They have the GT-UNC game on the schedule for 7PM next Saturday.

Iluvnutella
Iluvnutella

@GTRay  LOL...the hype of a 22 ranking....IS THAT how far we have fallen under Fishie?

Dirtyb8
Dirtyb8

@Brewmaster1960 1 loss in 10 years and even then it was a close one. So whats your point again?

Iluvnutella
Iluvnutella

@djack0062  think that's what Ga sez when we beat them? We cant have it both ways..............

Jmonty
Jmonty

@keendaddy  I honestly thought that CPJ left JT in way too long.  He was obviously injured and couldn't use his legs to run or pass.  That error in judgment turned into a costly turnover.  It was painful watching that game in the stands.  It looks like it was poorly officiated.  Too many missed holds on Duke and too many questionable calls. 

keendaddy
keendaddy

You lose a game, then throw off on the Dawg fans, lol. Now that's pathetic gtjhal1...

Tampa_Wreck
Tampa_Wreck

Don't think it was lack of effort. Just made too many mistakes, and too their credit, duke didn't.

GTBee
GTBee

CPJ is responsible for the team, their performance AND the outcome. He is the leader. 7-5 at best sorry to break it to ya.

Dirtyb8
Dirtyb8

@Tampa_Wreck CPJ is to blame because those "players" you speak of are all CPJ's recruits.

keendaddy
keendaddy

I hope you still had fun, my friend. Like I said, your season is far from over!

Tampa_Wreck
Tampa_Wreck

So I guess he was a genius last week when those same player executed.

Dirtyb8
Dirtyb8

Defense is the main problem. It was always the problem except for last week, which was an exception. Nobody can tackle or cover. We need to recruit better on defense. 

Iluvnutella
Iluvnutella

@Dirtyb8  WRONG sir....we scored 12 points through 3 quarters...that's on Fishie..............