LIVE: Georgia Tech tries to spoil Tulane party

Georgia Tech is Tulane’s first opponent in Yulman Stadium.

Georgia Tech is Tulane's first opponent in Yulman Stadium.

Georgia Tech is Tulane’s first opponent in Yulman Stadium.

NEW ORLEANS — Hello from a Georgia State dream of a stadium and what sort of seems like a potential Georgia Tech nightmare of a game.

Tech plays its second game today against Tulane, which is opening a 30,000-seat, on-campus facility, Yulman Stadium. It’s a nice stadium that could turn into quite a home field advantage for the Green Wave, at least once the team gets a little bit better. Georgia State would love to have a facility like this instead of playing in the cavernous and mostly empty Georgia Dome. Even the Falcons’ new stadium will be too large for the Panthers. State’s best-case scenario is for Turner Field to be turned into a football stadium after the Braves move out.

Smaller stadiums create a better atmosphere for smaller programs, which brings us to the potential Tech nightmare. Yellow Jackets coach Paul Johnson almost certainly would rather not be the visiting opponent for the stadium’s opening. But previous athletic director Dan Radakovich cut a four-game, home-and-home deal with Tulane, in which the home team pays the road team $300,000 for each game.

This game has the potential to be a nightmare for the Jackets, particularly if they struggle offensively in the first half like they did last week against Wofford and the home team — and its fans — suddenly believes it has a chance to win. The Jackets need to not only win this but be impressive doing so. That wasn’t the case last week.

Tech is favored by only 10 points, a relatively close line. That says something about public perception about the Jackets now.

I’ll check with comments during the game with updates.

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BigDawg1268
BigDawg1268

CPJ is a JOKE!  It is criminal that he makes what he makes and is the head coach of and FBS team.  The administration at the flats certainly DOES NOT CARE about Football or they would have fired him last year.  The entire operation is a travesty..  The OL Coach is the worst coach in the history of football but he is the head coaches best friend so he can't get rid of him - plus CPJ wife Susan won't allow it - because it is her only friend along with FAT secretary.  GT will not win a game in the ACC.  Played two awful opponents to start the year and they were in a dog-fight.  Don't get me started on ROOF - he thought he was going to come to flats become the next head coach - 4-46 at Duke may affect that along with the fact that his defense sucks.  The issues at the flats run so deep - Bobinski, Bamford, Mayfield - it is clown central!!!!!

Wrecker
Wrecker

Incidentally, Vad Lee had a good day today, 20/37 for 284 yards and 2 TD (no int).  It was against that Patriot League, FCS powerhouse Lehigh.  Dude is definitely an FCS QB.

jojaju
jojaju

GO GEORGIA TECH-----however, you should have beaten them with a  better score!!!  Paul Johnson should have been fired after last year. 

Wrecker
Wrecker

@jojaju Line was Tech -10.  They covered in winning by 17.

GTBob
GTBob

Ugly first half, great 2nd half. Overall, a good win.

Jmonty
Jmonty

Ugly win.  But, a win.. Go Jackets!!!

SupersizeThatOrder-mutt
SupersizeThatOrder-mutt

Byerly and the O-line don't appear always to be in sync on the count.  Too many false starts

SupersizeThatOrder-mutt
SupersizeThatOrder-mutt

OMG......Can you believe what the announcers just said?  "Give credit to the Ga Tech defense."  WOW !!!

GTBob
GTBob

@SupersizeThatOrder-mutt The D has played well in the 2nd half. Roof was catching heat earlier. He should get credit for the adjustments.

PaulinNH
PaulinNH

@BigCrimson75 

I remember when he was a fan of Northwestern and Vandy as well as Stanford

GTBob
GTBob

@BigCrimson75 Stanford lost, GT won, and his savior coach Derek Mason is down 34-0 right now. He is having a bad day.

PaulinNH
PaulinNH

@GTBob @BigCrimson75 

His other choice for GT, Tim DeRuyter, saw his team lose 27-59.  Amazing what happens when you  don't have an NFL-ready QB to cover up your problems.

SupersizeThatOrder-mutt
SupersizeThatOrder-mutt

A win is a win, but there IS much to be concerned about.  I still think we CAN win 8.  Next week will tell a lot

DawgGoneIt
DawgGoneIt

@GTBob You can't be comfortable with the way you're playing even if you win. You started off with 3 games that should have been won easily. You struggled in both so far. You still have Georgia Southern to go and they will be the toughest of the 3.

DawgGoneIt
DawgGoneIt

@SupersizeThatOrder-mutt Good luck with that. You'll lose to UGA, Clemson, VT, and Miami. Pittsburgh is a physical team and you travel to play them, you'll lose to them. And I think Duke and UNC will beat you too. Maybe Georgia Southern next week. I see 6-7 losses for Tech this year. Maybe 8.

SupersizeThatOrder-mutt
SupersizeThatOrder-mutt

@DawgGoneIt 

We will struggle with GSU next week, but win comfortably.  I believe we will beat VT, because they are not as good as in the past and frankly we are due.....just like UNC is due to beat us and possibly will.  No way do we lose to Duke.  I don't know much about Pitt, but beating a bad BC team isn't much to hang your hat on.  Frankly, it all depends on whether the defense improves; the offense, for the most part, is fine.

PaulinNH
PaulinNH

@DawgGoneIt 

Earlier this week you "saw" a GT loss to Tulane - how is that working out?

DawgGoneIt
DawgGoneIt

@GTBob Look on the bright side, at least you're not Vanderbilt who is trailing 41-0 to Ole Miss. Their coach might get fired mid-season

DawgGoneIt
DawgGoneIt

@PaulinNH No I didn't. I said they'd lose to Georgia Southern. I told GTBob that they'd struggle with but beat Tulane. I said they'd beat Tulane. Georgia Southern is the team that I think is going to give you fits.

GTBob
GTBob

@DawgGoneIt Im not sure what makes you think GSU is so good. Was it because of that near win against NC State last week? NC State is down by 11 to Old Dominion right now.

DawgGoneIt
DawgGoneIt

@GTBob It's not that I think GSU is "so good" I just think GT is that bad and aren't head and shoulders above them. It can go either way and don't be surprised if GSU wins it. You're not that much better, if at all.

GTBob
GTBob

@DawgGoneIt Then you should place a large wager on the spread because we will be heavy favorites. There is a good chance that GSU is the easiest game we have this season.

PaulinNH
PaulinNH

@DawgGoneIt 

Nah - for the Vandy coach it I going to come down to whether he can keep the streak going against UGA

DawgGoneIt
DawgGoneIt

@PaulinNH I doubt that'll happen. There is no "streak". They've beaten us twice in the past 19 years. Vandy isn't even the same team they were last year under James Franklin.

JacketMan
JacketMan

Why are you "engaging" with the troll(s)?