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Tech-Duke highlights

  • 4:16 pm Sunday, October 12th, 2014 by Ken Sugiura

12 takeaways from Tech-Duke

  • 6:00 am Sunday, October 12th, 2014 by Ken Sugiura

1. A week after Georgia Tech played about as well as it could play, the Yellow Jackets didn’t play the worst they could play in their 31-25 loss to duke. But they didn’t continue the upward trend they’d followed since the first game of the season.

For the first time this fall, Tech didn’t claim a game that could have legitimately gone either way, which is what happens sometimes. If you had to cook up a scenario for Tech to lose to Duke, you could do a lot worse than Saturday’s: Give Duke an extra week to prepare and all of [More]

Tech to wear throwbacks against Duke

  • 10:05 am Saturday, October 11th, 2014 by Ken Sugiura

Georgia Tech will go with its throwback uniforms for Saturday’s game against Duke, contrary to rumors about the Yellow Jackets wearing navy. (I love that there are rumors about the team’s uniform choice.)

It will be the second time this season that the Jackets will wear the throwbacks. The first was the Georgia Southern game.

Duke will actually debut a new uniform combination – blue helmet, black jersey and pants – for the game.

10 dubiously must-read Tech notes

  • 3:30 pm Friday, October 10th, 2014 by Ken Sugiura

1. An interesting number to share with friends and co-workers. Tech’s defense has faced the fourth fewest plays of any team in FBS this season, 59.2 per game. It’s largely the influence of an offense that has controlled the ball and limited possessions and plays, and to a lesser extent a defense that has forced turnovers at a high rate (more below).

Tech continues to struggle, particularly early in games, from a yards-per-play perspective. The Miami game jumped Tech’s defensive yards-per-play average to 6.61, which is tied for 118th in FBS.

However, Georgia Tech has nine takeaways, 1.8 per game, ahead of [More]

Tech Throwback, um, Friday, sixth edition

  • 11:36 am Friday, October 10th, 2014 by Ken Sugiura

For Throwback Thursday Friday No. 6 (sorry, I thought I’d posted it Thursday night, we’re going to do a little better than last week’s pennant and poster from Georgia Tech’s 1990 national championship season. Among the Tech items held by the College Football Hall of Fame is Tech great and hall of famer George Morris’ letter jacket.

Morris was a first-team All-American linebacker for the 1952 national championship team and led the Jackets to a 23-0-1 record in his junior and senior seasons. He was inducted into the hall of fame in 1981. Morris’ coach, Bobby Dodd, called the 1952 team [More]

Ask a Duke beat writer

  • 10:56 am Friday, October 10th, 2014 by Ken Sugiura

Good morning

Hope all are well. I haven’t done many (or possibly any) of these “ask the opposing beat writer” features, in large part because I asked a lot of them to do this for me back in July and August and didn’t want to press them again. (Writers are a surly lot.) (Kidding)

But, anyway, I prevailed upon Laura Keeley, Duke beat writer for the News & Observer of Raleigh, N.C., to help out. She gives a temperature reading on the Blue Devils and provides strengths and weaknesses. You can read her stuff here and follow her on Twitter [More]

Oddsmaker’s attempt at Tech’s remaining games

  • 5:50 pm Thursday, October 9th, 2014 by Ken Sugiura

If hypothetical odds are to be believed – and if we can’t believe in hypothetical odds, what do we have left? – the second half of Georgia Tech’s season could be a rough ride. But if you believe in a computer model that picks about 77 percent of its games accurately, start making reservations for Charlotte.

For a story that ran in Wednesday’s paper and myajc, I asked Jay Kornegay, the director of the Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook, to provide odds on the remainder of Tech’s games. Kornegay graciously complied, offering the caveat that the lines are guesses, tough to [More]

Tech performing in TV ratings

  • 4:15 pm Thursday, October 9th, 2014 by Ken Sugiura

In its past two games, Georgia Tech has made for pretty good television. The Yellow Jackets’ games matched or exceeded the ratings for any game played on the ESPN channel they played on that day.

The Georgia Tech-Virginia Tech game, played at noon Sept. 20, tied the 7 p.m. Mississippi State-LSU game with a 2.1 rating and was better than the BYU-Virginia game (3:30 p.m.) and the Oregon-Washington State game (10:30 p.m.).

The Jackets-Hurricanes game, played at 7:30 p.m. on ESPN 2, drew a 0.8 rating, which exceeded the ratings of the Purdue-Illinois game (noon) and Wisconsin-Northwestern game (3:30 p.m.).

A ratings point [More]

Breaking down Deon Hill’s 8-yard touchdown run

  • 11:34 am Thursday, October 9th, 2014 by Ken Sugiura

There was 11:39 remaining when Georgia Tech coach Paul Johnson called timeout with the Yellow Jackets leading 21-17. It was fourth-and-2 on the Miami 8-yard line. Johnson decided to go for it, eschewing a field-goal try for a likely seven-point lead. Further, Johnson’s play call spoke to the confidence he felt in his offense, a triple option to the right. It’s not like Miami wouldn’t be expecting it. Over the course of the night, Johnson estimated later, about three-quarters of the team’s 65 run plays were triple options.

“Coach Johnson was like, we do this every day in practice,” A-back Charles [More]

Duke’s Cutcliffe clarifies Tech recruiting comment

  • 4:56 pm Wednesday, October 8th, 2014 by Ken Sugiura
David Cutcliffe

After making comments about Georgia Tech’s recruiting challenges at his Tuesday news conference, Duke coach David Cutcliffe spoke further on the matter Wednesday on the ACC coaches teleconference, saying that “I don’t make backhanded compliments. I make a compliment.”

On Tuesday, Cutcliffe answered a question about why more teams don’t use versions of Tech’s spread-option offense. Part of his answer concerned the difficulty in convincing prospects who believe they’re going to play in the NFL to play in an offensive system dissimilar to NFL offenses, or to practice against it in spring practice. He also praised Tech’s coaches for finding [More]

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