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Short takes: Tech 56 (points), Pitt 6 (fumbles)

  • 6:57 pm Saturday, October 25th, 2014 by Jeff Schultz
Tech's Broderick Snoddy runs for one of his three touchdowns against Pitt. (AP photo)

For my full column off of Georgia Tech’s 56-28 win over Pittsburgh, click here.

My three, “Short Takes” on the game are below:

1. WEIRDNESS PREVAILS: First this: It was an impressive effort by Tech after losing consecutive games to Duke and North Carolina. But the first half might have been the strangest half of football I’ve ever seen. Pitt fumbled on its first five possessions, and the Jackets turned the first four into touchdowns. The Panthers fumbled six times in the game (five leading to Tech touchdowns). Some credit to the Jackets’ defense, which entering the game was tied for [More]

LIVE: Tech’s defense must improve vs. Pitt

  • 11:34 am Saturday, October 25th, 2014 by Jeff Schultz
Ted Roof's defense has allowed 79 points, including 11 touchdowns, in last two games.

PITTSBURGH –Paul Johnson, in general, and his option offense, in particular, tend to get the most attention when somebody takes a shot at Georgia Tech. But it’s the Jackets’ defense that has been the program’s undoing more often than not when things have gone sideways, and this season is no exception.

Tech started this season 5-0 and included in that were wins at Virginia Tech and home against Miami. The Jackets had the early inside the track to win the ACC Coastal Division and go to the conference championship game. But then came consecutive unexpected losses to Duke and North Carolina, [More]

Predictions: Jolly old loss for Falcons

  • 5:07 pm Thursday, October 23rd, 2014 by Jeff Schultz
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According to Thursday’s London Mirror (“The Intelligent Tabloid”), under “Football” news, Tottenham was looking for a win over Asteras Tripolis, a Spanish goalie may rehab with Manchester United, and Balotelli threatened a woman who took pictures of his Ferrari.

According to the London Sun (the more interesting paper), there is still time for women to enter the “Curvy Cover Girl” contest and win 1,000 pounds and a modeling contract with Milk Management (I’m not making that up). Also, Natasha tells her heartbreaking story, “I hid under fella’s bed… as rat romped with another.”

I’ve come to this conclusion: The Falcons left the [More]

Short takes on Tech’s 48-43 loss to UNC (updated)

  • 10:28 pm Saturday, October 18th, 2014 by Jeff Schultz
Georgia Tech's defense allowed too many plays like this one: a 36-yard touchdown pass to Mack Hollins in the fourth quarter. (AP photo)

My full column on Georgia Tech’s 48-43 loss to North Carolina will be posted soon. Until then, here are my three “short takes” on the game.

UPDATE: Click here for a link to the full column:

1. Tech’s defense gets an “F”: I know Georgia Tech has expressed confidence in defensive coordinator Ted Roof, but the Jackets struggled again, and you have to wonder if this is really just a case of a team being weak and undermanned up front. Before the third quarter was over, North Carolina already had five touchdowns, 424 yards in offense¬† (259 passing) and a [More]

LIVE: Jackets hope to bounce back vs. UNC

  • 6:53 pm Saturday, October 18th, 2014 by Jeff Schultz

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — One week ago, Georgia Tech was coming off impressive victories over Virginia Tech and Miami and appeared in control in the ACC Coastal Division. Then the Yellow Jackets lost at home to Duke, and the noise and public doubt returned.

What Jackets will show up tonight? Tech plays a team it should beat, North Carolina, even if winning on the road sometimes is problematic. The Tar Heels lost four straight and their only two wins this season have come over Liberty and San Diego State.

Paul Johnson is an offensive coach. North Carolina is a defensive wreck.

The Tar [More]

Predictions: Dogs win, Falcons lose, Jameis safe

  • 3:56 pm Thursday, October 16th, 2014 by Jeff Schultz
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With Mississippi State ranked No. 1, the Kansas City Royals going to the World Series and the usually profitable Weekend Predictions struggling in the first half of this economic season — there’s hope: I’m in the NFC South with the Bucs and the Georgia state ethics commission — let me stall a paragraph before getting to the uncertainty surrounding this week’s featured event: Arkansas vs. No Todd Gurley again.

Down in Tallahassee, home of the police force with selective investigations and future Baltimore Ravens executive Jimbo Fisher, No. 2 Florida State faces No. 5 Notre Dame. It’s such a big event [More]

Georgia being realistic, unlike Jimbo Fisher

  • 7:53 am Wednesday, October 15th, 2014 by Jeff Schultz
Jameis Winston, Florida State

I understand Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher’s desire to stand up for his guy. But at what point does even he realize how silly he sounds?

In regards to more than 950 items with quarterback Jameis Winston’s authenticated signature being claimed by a company, James Spence Authentication, Fisher told media in Tallahassee Tuesday. “Feel very good. Talked to [Jameis] and everything, people have talked to the owners of the company and different people, from what I understand. We’ll see.”

More: “He’s never taken a dime for anything. He’s signed thousands of things. I mean, the guy sits for an hour and a [More]

Predictions: No Gurley, no Dogs, no kidding

  • 7:14 pm Thursday, October 9th, 2014 by Jeff Schultz
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Welcome back to Weekend Predictions and Occasional Spectacular Grease Fires, Inc., where we will vigorously defend your right to deduct all incorrect financial assumptions that the Falcons’ defense might someday force a punt but never will defend Adrian Peterson, who is alleged to have pilfered donations meant for his fraud foundation to fund an orgy, leading to the question, “Wait. Hookers are deductible? Or does that go under “miscellaneous business expense” with printer ink, desk chairs and Swedish independent contractors?

More on A.P.’s option offense later.

But first, we go to the big story: The End of the World.

There was an incorrect [More]

Georgia Tech’s special season taking form

  • 12:19 am Sunday, October 5th, 2014 by Jeff Schultz
Georgia Tech players and fans celebrate after Saturday's win. (Hyosub Shin/AJC)

Thought Georgia Tech’s win at Virginia Tech was impressive two weeks ago? The Jackets did something even more impressive Saturday night, following up that performance with a 28-17 win over Miami.

Here’s a link to my column off the game.

And below are my three “Short Takes” on the game:

1. DEFENSE: This might be the first time Georgia Tech’s defense has ever been one of the short takes … well, at least in a positive way. The Jackets allowed Miami to drive for long touchdowns on two of its first three possessions, but gave up only three points the rest of [More]

Live: Tech can take charge in Coastal

  • 5:50 pm Saturday, October 4th, 2014 by Jeff Schultz
Paul Johnson and Justin Thomas can take control in the ACC Coastal Division.(Michael Shroyer/Getty Images)

When the a preseason poll of media members projected Georgia Tech to finish in fifth place in the ACC Coastal Division, Yellow Jackets coach Paul Johnson  was emotionally crushed.

Not really.

Johnson actually used the prediction as a punchline. That should have been expected by anybody who knows: 1) The coach; 2) History.

“They haven’t been right yet, so what makes them so smart this time?” Johnson said.

Disclaimer: I didn’t vote in the preseason poll, which projected the Coastal standings as: Miami, Duke, Virginia Tech, North Carolina, Georgia Tech, Pitt, Virginia. But I did have the Jackets finishing 5-3 in the ACC and [More]