Thoughts from Georgia Tech's Bye Week: Dawg Days Ahead, Dukies in Rearview

Seth HaynesContributor INovember 16, 2009

ATHENS, GA - NOVEMBER 29:  Running back Roddy Jones #20 of the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets scores his second touchdown on a 54 yard run in the fourth quarter during the game against the Georgia Bulldogs at Sanford Stadium on November 29, 2008 in Athens, Georgia.  Jones ran for 214 yards and 2 touchdowns as the Yellow Jackets beat the Bulldogs 45-42.  (Photo by Mike Zarrilli/Getty Images)
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Will the Dawgs let Roddy Jones run wild in 09'?

Was that impressive, or what?

Just one week after barely squeaking by Wake Forest, Georgia Tech came out and locked up the ACC's Coastal Division with a resounding 49-10 thumping of a much improved Duke squad.

Some things that stood out about the win:

Jonathan Dwyer is officially back. After struggling a little earlier in the season (5 carries, 7 yards vs. Miami), the Diesel went over one hundred yards for the fourth straight game against Duke, and should definitely be receiving more Heisman attention than he currently gets.

Finally, someone besides Derrick Morgan succeeded in pressuring the quarterback. Ben Anderson, a Junior defensive tackle, sacked Duke QB Thaddeus Lewis twice, and created havoc in the backfield on numerous other plays.

As a matter of fact, the defense as a whole played much better than expected. After being picked apart on the first drive of the game, Dave Wommack's defense turned up the heat, and held Duke to just three points for the remainder of the contest.

Is it just me, or is Demaryius Thomas completely uncoverable in man coverage? He leads the nation in yards-per-reception, and Tech has more passes over 50 yards than any other team in the FBS.

The penalties on the offensive side of the ball are beginning to be a disturbing trend. Tech had four false start penalties, two on the same drive, and it's not like crowd noise was a factor.

Penalties or not, Paul Johnson is the best offensive mind in football. End of story.

Well, we all know what comes next, don't we?

At some point on November 27, probably around ten in the morning, the Georgia Bulldogs are going to come rolling down Highway 316 and into downtown Atlanta, and they ain't bringing fruit baskets.

Don't be surprised if UGA comes out firing on all cylinders; they'll be very hungry after being humiliated in Athens last year and essentially being relegated to the second best team in the state, at least for a while.

Trust me, these Georgia players have been hearing about the sieve-like quality of their defense all year, and every media pundit in the nation has something to say about the power of Tech's option attack. Plenty of bulletin board material for Willy Martinez to use in this year's Clean, Old Fashioned Hate match-up.

I fully expect the Dawgs to be brimming with confidence after the huge win over Auburn, regardless of what happens this weekend against Kentucky.

The victory over their SEC foes was, however, a costly one for UGA. Keep an eye on the health of both superstar WR A.J. Green (sprained shoulder), and FS Bacarri Rambo (concussion). Green's loss would be a horrendous loss for the Bulldogs, because he is QB Joe Cox's primary deep threat and security blanket when things get too hot.

Well, that's about all I have for today, I'll leave you all with a fascinating video I found on Youtube, if you're a Paul Johnson fan definitely check it out here .