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What awaits Tech in Chapel Hill?

  • 5:25 pm Thursday, October 16th, 2014 by Ken Sugiura

The impression I’ve received from talking with Georgia Tech players this week is that the loss to Duke was a sobering result and reinforced the necessity to play with focus and effort. I think it also riled them up, also.

“Excited to get back out there,” defensive tackle Adam Gotsis said. “You just want to get that taste out of your mouth. No one like’s sitting there off a loss. It feels like it’s the longest week before you get to play again. I think everyone’s just ready to get back out there and get back on that train and get [More]

Chizik once quashed possible Auburn-Tech series

  • 10:43 am Wednesday, October 15th, 2014 by Ken Sugiura

Georgia Tech might well have resumed its series with Auburn if not for former Tigers coach Gene Chizik.

Tuesday on the SEC Network, where Chizik is an analyst, he said that he vetoed an idea to schedule the Yellow Jackets. The topic came up as the SEC released the 2015 schedules for member teams.

“Fortunately I could do something about this because at one point they threw across my desk, ‘let’s play Georgia Tech,’” Chizik said, according to al.com. “I said, ‘No, no, no. We don’t want to play Georgia Tech. Completely different offense.’ You talk to any coach out there [More]

Tech bowl projections

  • 9:21 am Wednesday, October 15th, 2014 by Ken Sugiura
Georgia Tech started off the season 5-0. (Hyosub Shin / AJC)

For your reading enjoyment, a selection of bowl projections for Georgia Tech.

As you may know, the ACC’s bowl lineup has changed with the advent of the College Football Playoff. The conference has contracted with the Orange, Russell Athletic, Capital One, Sun, Belk, Pinstripe, Music City, Gator, Military, Independence, Detroit Lions, St. Petersburg and Birmingham bowls. More information below the projections.

Bill Bender, Sporting News – Pinstripe Bowl vs. Rutgers

David Hale, ESPN – Military Bowl (opponent not selected)

Brett McMurphy, ESPN – Pinstripe Bowl vs. Wisconsin

Jerry Palm, CBSSports.com – Military Bowl vs. Memphis

Mark Schlabach, ESPN – Belk Bowl vs. South Carolina

Phil Steele, Phil [More]

4 notes from Johnson news conference

  • 4:09 pm Tuesday, October 14th, 2014 by Ken Sugiura

Notes from Georgia Tech coach Paul Johnson’s Tuesday news conference:

1. After mentioning his plan to take a close look at first-year freshman B-back C.J. Leggett Monday night on his radio show, which caused a small stir on message boards, Johnson tried to throw water on it.

“You have to be careful now when you say anything, because everybody just takes it and runs with it,” he said. “I think basically what I said was that we were going to take a good look at C.J. this week and see if he was a little better at knowing where to go and [More]

On the Griffin and Smelter calls

  • 1:59 pm Tuesday, October 14th, 2014 by Ken Sugiura

My opinion about arguably the two most hackle-raising calls from Saturday’s Georgia Tech-Duke game – the targeting penalty on safety Corey Griffin and the incomplete pass from quarterback Justin Thomas to wide receiver DeAndre Smelter –   is that both were justifiable.

I’m not sure I agree with the Griffin call, but I can understand why it was made. First, one of the two rules on targeting:

“No player shall target and initiate contact to the head or neck area of a defenseless opponent with the helmet, forearm, fist, elbow or shoulder. When in question, it is a foul.”

Looking at the still [More]

Tech by the numbers

  • 1:51 pm Monday, October 13th, 2014 by Ken Sugiura

1. Georgia Tech was 7-for-11 on third downs against Duke, improving its third-down efficiency to 58.9, first in the country. Tech is well ahead of its highest recorded rate, 53.9 percent in 2011.

Against Duke, Tech was 5-for-6 on third downs between one and 5 yards, 0-for-3 between 6 and 10 yards and 2-for-2 from 11 yards and beyond.

During coach Paul Johnson’s tenure, Tech has finished, starting in 2008, 84th, first, 56th, second, 31st and fourth in FBS.

2. Quarterback Justin Thomas’ 119 rushing yards against Duke increased his season average to 98.2 yards per game. Assuming a bowl game, that puts [More]

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]

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