LIVE: Georgia lost East but has tangible goals against Tech

Mark Richt will play close attention early to his team’s emotions. (John Kelly Jr.)

Mark Richt will play close attention early to his team's emotions. (John Kelly Jr.)

Mark Richt will play close attention early to his team’s emotions. (John Kelly Jr.)

ATHENS — Welcome to the morning after.

Georgia and Georgia Tech go into their annual rivalry game today in a position that few could have expected a month ago — with the Jackets potentially having more to play for. While Tech clinched a berth in the ACC championship game against Florida State last week, Georgia lost its big for an SEC title invite when Missouri beat Arkansas Friday night to win the SEC East.

The question now is whether that result will deflate the Bulldogs going into today’s noon game.

Because Georgia didn’t win the East, it can’t win the SEC and therefore can’t make it into the college football playoffs (even if the odds were still against that happening because of the loss to Florida). The Jackets also lost to two games in which they were favorites, to Duke and North Carolina. But they can at least tease themselves with thoughts that wins over No. 9 Georgia today and No. 3 Florida State next week would give them a slim shot in the playoff field.

Is Georgia without anything to gain today? Hardly. The Dogs, who’ve won five straight meetings with Tech and 12 of 13 under coach Mark Richt, would love to maintain their dominance over their in-state rival. A win today also could have significant non-playoff bowl ramifications.

Here’s a link to Tim Tucker’s story on bowl possibilities for both schools. Georgia has a chance to play in an upgraded Peach, Orange, Fiesta or Cotton Bowl.

This will serve as the live Georgia blog for today’s game. Mark Bradley will have a live Georgia Tech blog. But as long as y’all agree to play nice, anybody can hang out here.

I now turn it over to you.

A recent writer’s dozen from the digital jukebox
— MyAJC: As Georgia loses SEC title shot, Tech suddenly has higher ceiling
— AJC: Missouri wins SEC East — will it affect Georgia?
— AJC: Weekend Predictions: Dogs win, Falcons lose, toys devolve
— AJC: Tech’s Johnson long overdue for contract extension
— MyAJC: Tech’s season a loud response for Johnson’s critics
— AJC: First-ballot thoughts: Smoltz should join Maddux, Glavine
— AJC: Georgia vs. Georgia Tech: Which team has had better season?
— MyAJC: Gurley’s injury should prompt change in NFL draft rule
— AJC: Weekend Predictions: The straight poop–Georgia wins SEC East, Falcons lose
— AJC: Is Braves’ pursuit of Lester realistic?
— AJC: Braves trade Jason Heyward and John Hart just took huge risk
— MyAJC: It makes no sense but Falcons are in first
— AJC: Short takes on Falcons’ win over Panthers
— MyAJC: Dogs have a statement win, now hope for best with Gurley
— AJC: Short takes on Georgia’s win and Gurley
— MyAJC: As hoops open, Tech looks far more ready than Georgia
— AJC: Weekend Predictions: Dogs, Jackets cross bridge, Falcons back to normal
— MyAJC: Ladies and gentlemen Georgia vs. Georgia Tech (in basketball, yes now)
— AJC: If Georgia wins out, would it sway playoff committee?
— MyAJC: All eyes are on Gurley (even if you can’t find him)
— AJC: Hart should deal both Uptons and Gattis
— MyAJC: Falcons’ division hopes hinge on beating teams other than Bucs
— AJC: Short takes on Falcons’ win over Tampa Bay
— MyAJC: If Georgia Tech has come together, we’ll find out against Clemson, UGA

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oldbirddawg
oldbirddawg

Now techies, please do the world a favor and beat the crap out of the criminoles.


keendaddy
keendaddy

Dang, guess we'll just have to get used to saying 12 of the last 14, but that's only to the idiots that think Tech's that much better. Today was your day. 2014, is yours. You guys deserve it. You had a great year. But if you want to make fun of the Dawgs, just remember, 12-14...

Samoan Redcoat
Samoan Redcoat

Pretty sure UGA will have the same coaching staff for the next 10 years.  Don't expect anything but 8-4 records and Music City Bowl.

SinceVince
SinceVince

Today its shows that we are once again not as good as we think we are... Both offensive and defensive lines need to be more athletic and hopefully our recruiting will be improved in that area. Tech whipped both our offensive and defensive lines.  Then we always have the coaching blunders by Richt and boo boo.

abcdzx
abcdzx

when it's a 3 pt. game with seconds remaining, the most important thing is to keep the other team away from a lucky kick, by pinning them as far from the goal as possible. and the clock runs out. 

you tell your kicker to put it as far from your goal as possible. 

unless you are MR, i guess. 

and now he's apologizing. 

Is that the coach that one of the oldest and most respected colleges in America, the Univ of GA Bulldogs,  want? 

really?

POAD2014
POAD2014

Looking like the ACC will be 4-0 against the EC today

GTRay
GTRay

This was the kind of game I both hate and love.  Bad for my heart.  Tip of my hat to UGA for playing hard. 

@DawgNole:   I feel your pain.  But we're enemies for only one more game, right?  ;-)

@FBYJ: Always good to see you posting.

DawgNole
DawgNole

@GTRay

You got it, GTR. 

Bitterly disappointed--especially in Richt's decision on the last kickoff--but fine job by your guys in hostile environs.

keendaddy
keendaddy

To my Tech friends, i honestly wish sincere congratulations on a great game. I have been saying that it would probably be a close one, but I thought the Dawgs would pull it out. Sometimes, I think Coach Richt, outcoaches himself. The short kickoff was dumb, and is going into the filing cabinet with the other weird calls, he seems to make in the larger games.

Understandably, All Dawg fans are upset with the loss, and want someone to blame. I would agree to replace Richt, but only with a proven Winner. No Assistants. Maybe it's time for Coach Richt, to follow his heart. I'm not so sure that he's enjoying babysitting anymore. Not sure his heart is in coaching anymore. Why wasn't Hicks prepared for the onsides kick ? We take the lead with only 18 seconds left, and we squib kick it? One play, AND THEY ARE IN FG RANGE???

OVERTIME

BALLGAME TECH!

Not Bobo's fault

Not Pruitt's fault

Tech played great, but they tried to give it to us.

Nope, this one falls squarely on Coach Richt's shoulders....

Jmonty
Jmonty

@keendaddy   It was a lower scoring game than I had thought.  But, the last 2 games have been battles..  Neither team should feel bad about either loss...  I think the win puts GT in the Orange Bowl.  UGA should end up in the Capital One..  So, they should be playing on New Years..  We'll see.. 

Jmonty
Jmonty

@keendaddy   Oh Keen... My invite is always open...  If you ever come up this way...  I'd love to meet you.  :)  Or if you travel to GT next year..  stop by..  I would gladly give ya a cold beer or two. 

keendaddy
keendaddy

@Jmonty,

great to hear from you! It was a great game. We lost this time. I was disappointed with the short kickoff call, but, I'm not HC. I hate the new format. It screws up my post...

keendaddy
keendaddy

Jmonty,

just missed a Thanksgiving weekend in Winder. Fell back on my Capitalist ways, and choose to work, so I could take a better Christmas in Gatlinburg, with my family! Still like to hoist a brew with you some day...

Greentow
Greentow

BTW, Tech made a short KO too (I guess both coaches fear the KO return), but GA didn't bother to field the ball.

welcometotheclub
welcometotheclub

And that my friends is why it is maddening to be a Bulldog fan. Now where did I hide that old pistol...

Greentow
Greentow

I wish I could read something on this website.  I can see only about 1/2 of the posting space.

Colwest
Colwest

the question posed by THE ballcoach each year is still relevant.  what happens to all those 5 star recruits ugag signs every year? 

welcometotheclub
welcometotheclub

Don't blame the kick off on Coach Richt. That falls squarely on the shoulders of the Special Teams coach. Wait...

58Supersports
58Supersports

GT..."WE RUN THIS STATE"...in football , Basketball and Baseball

Big Wally
Big Wally

Let's see in 2012,  it was why didn't you call a timeout,  in 2013 it was why didn't you tell your secondary to just knock the ball down, now it is why didn't you just kick the ball deep.  Richt seems to find new and exciting ways to show his idiocy each and every year.

MAJ DAWG
MAJ DAWG

Well, just after midnight where I am...so turning in. We had a lot of great wins this weird and capricious season! We had great players this year...Seniors and freshmen. This is a tough loss. But I think nothing is no longer guaranteed in the SEC East. Simply have to come out, be consistent and play every SEC game to win...a lot more parity than ever; CMR...another 9 wins; defense for the most part got better each game; I do believe UGA is fortunate to have CMR...not saying he is the best in the land, but he is definitely above average; I just don't think he is going to stick around College Football that much longer. GO DAWGS...and to the Seniors, Mason, Conley, Andrews, Swan, Mitchell...thanks for coming to UGA and staying to play!

SinceVince
SinceVince

Yeah Defense is the problem but so is Richts coaching.... DEMAND BETTAH!!!

Big Wally
Big Wally

Ok, it's Runner-up Richt's usual debacle of a couple of games every year.  We should expect nothing more from the man.  

Jmonty
Jmonty

@SinceVince That's the one thing we both GT and UGA fans can agree on.  The new format on the AJC is horrible. 

Dewnsav
Dewnsav

@DawgNole @SinceVince D-Nole, yep, Dince is a happy man...thought maybe a tek win would bring him out of the closet...go dogs

OH-IO
OH-IO

Lost to SC


Lost to FL


Lost the LEAST


Lost to Tech


Finish the drill??

Dewnsav
Dewnsav

@OH-IO 3 of those 4 could/would beat Ohio State...but lets stay on task...congrats to your jackets, they whooped us today...go dogs

DoctorNo
DoctorNo

UGA. Consistently doing less with more. Georgia can't collectively focus for 60 minutes. This loss sums up their entire sorry season.  

DoctorNo
DoctorNo

@OH-IO @DoctorNo Who cares? UGA's season ended when they lost to Florida. BTW, I'm a UGA critic but you are just embarrassing yourself.

Greentow
Greentow

Johnson gave the game to Ga by those dumb roll-out plays and Richt gave it back with the short kick.  Sounds pretty even.  But in the end, the better players won, because Tech was clearly superior today.

Misogynist
Misogynist

No dog in the hunt (pun unintended)just a fan of football.  This game can be summed up in three words:  woulda, coulda, shoulda (sic)

kerryb
kerryb

Richt said he called for the squib kick and takes responsibility. We'll bless his heart all is forgiven.....NOT!

SinceVince
SinceVince

Rematch we Nebraska.... 9 - 4  here we come

Big Wally
Big Wally

Hmmm Tech vs FSU?   That's like trying decide between ISIS and Al Queda,  the flu vs sinus infection,  raking leaves or cutting grass,  so hard to make a decision on that one.

Jmonty
Jmonty

@ThebigWally Wow...  Comparing Tech and FSU to ISIS and Al Queda...  I can tell that you haven't had to deal with either group... 

keendaddy
keendaddy

@ThebigWally

Jmonty is stand up bro. He has my total RESPECT!