Dawgs lasso the Cowboys in Stillwater; Tech cruises

 

After a long and very hot summer, I can’t tell you how glad I am that the first college football season of the Saturday is finally here. So let’s get on with the first edition of the “Fearless Friday Forecast” for 2009:

 

1. Georgia at Oklahoma State: I have waffled back and forth on this game for a couple of months. Logically, Oklahoma State should win. The Cowboys have been getting ready for this meeting with Georgia for years. The stadium is all fixed up and Okie State has what may be their best offense since Barry Sanders ran wild. But I just get the feeling that Georgia will be able to run the ball and limit Oklahoma State’s possessions. I also believe Georgia won’t be intimidated by the crowd. This will be a big win for the Bulldogs as they come home to face 1-0 South Carolina: Georgia 24, Oklahoma State 20.

 

2. Jacksonville State at Georgia Tech: The Yellow Jackets are a lot better and under normal circumstances would put up a pretty big number. But Tech has to play Clemson just five days after this game is over. Once Paul Johnson is in control of the game he’ll put it in cruise control. Georgia Tech 31, Jacksonville State 7.

 

3. Alabama vs. Virginia Tech, Georgia Dome: Nick Saban and Kirby Smart, Alabama’s defensive coordinator, have been getting ready for this game all summer. The key to the game is pretty simple. Alabama’s defense will force Virginia Tech quarterback Tyrod Taylor to throw. If Taylor, who had only two touchdown passes and seven interceptions last season, doesn’t make Alabama’s defense pay for that, then the Crimson Tide wins. This will be an ugly football game because that is the way the two head coaches want it. Alabama 17, Virginia Tech 10.

 

4. Western Kentucky at Tennessee: Lane Kiffin has proven that he can energize the Tennessee fan base and make a lot of people outside the Volunteer state mad in the process. Now it’s time to play ball and we find out if the man can coach. Tennessee wins this game pretty comfortably, but I’m looking too see if quarterback Jonathan Crompton comes out of this feeling good about himself. I’m also looking to see if some of those talented freshmen, specifically running back Bryce Brown, make an immediate impact. Tennessee 34, Western Kentucky 3.

 

5. Louisiana Tech at Auburn: One of these teams was 8-5 and went to a bowl last season. And it wasn’t Auburn. Louisiana Tech, coached by Derek Dooley, returns nine starters on offense. Auburn has a new head coach (Gene Chizik), a new offense, and an old quarterback (Chris Todd) with a surgically-repaired throwing arm. There was a lot of skepticism over Chizik’s hiring so he needs to get out of the gate fast. I think the Tigers will. Auburn 28, La. Tech 10.

 

6. Miami at Florida State (Monday):  This is a big game for both head coaches. Florida State’s Bobby Bowden believes this team is good enough to compete for the ACC championship, something he used to count on every season. A home win over his No. 1 ACC rival would be a step in that direction. A loss would start raising more questions about his future. This is Randy Shannon’s third year as head coach at Miami. The Hurricanes went to a bowl game last season but need to show signs that things are getting better. Here is your key. If Florida State can run the ball consistently, OC Jimbo Fisher will have a good night calling plays. If Miami can stuff the run, the game will go to the wire. Let’s go with the Seminoles at home. Florida State 24, Miami 17.

 

7. Ole Miss at Memphis (Sunday): Ole Miss is getting a lot of love in this preseason and many of their fans have the Rebels penciled into a trip to Atlanta. This will be the first indicator of how Ole Miss is going to handle the hype. This is going to be a much tougher game than people think. The Tigers, who played in the St. Petersburg Bowl last season, have one of the best defenses in Conference USA. There are a bunch of SEC transfers on that unit. Memphis averaged over 417 yards per game in total offense last season. Because of proximity (Memphis is about 90 minutes from Oxford, Miss.), these two teams really don’t like each other. The Rebels win but it will be a dogfight. Ole Miss 24, Memphis 17.

 

8. LSU at Washington:  The Tigers are coming off a disappointing 8-5 season that ended well with a big win over Georgia Tech in the Chick-fil-A Bowl. Coach Les Miles has fixed the things that were wrong with this team a year ago. He has settled on a quarterback (Jordan Jefferson). He hired a pro for a defensive coordinator (John Chavis). Now LSU has to travel to Seattle for a game that doesn’t start until 10:30 p.m. LSU simply has too much talent to lose this game against a Washington program that has lost 14 straight dating back to the end of the 2007 season. But the Huskies do have a new head coach (Steve Sarkisian) and a proven quarterback (Jake Locker). Unfortunately for Washington, it still has a horrible defense. LSU 42, Washington 17.

 

9. Baylor at Wake Forest:  This game is not getting a lot of hype but I think it is one of the best ones on the board this weekend. Wake Forest is going for its fourth straight bowl trip with nine starters back on offense, including senior quarterback Riley Skinner, the most accurate passer in ACC history (67.3 percent). Baylor, 4-8 last season, is going to make some noise in 2009 because of sophomore quarterback Robert Griffin, who had almost 3,000 yards of total offense as a true freshman. Wake Forest, which has some major league holes to fill on defense (No. 4 draft pick LB Aaron Curry) needs to control the ball and keep Griffin off the field to have a shot in this one. Wake Forest 24, Baylor 21.

 

10. Middle Tennessee at Clemson: The Tigers start their first full season under Dabo Swinney with a new quarterback (Kyle Parker) and a new defensive coordinator (Kevin Steele) who is going to give the Tigers an edge on that side of the ball.  The Blue Raiders return eight starters from an offense that averaged only 348.6 yards per game last season. That is supposed to change under new OC Tony Franklin, who will launch his spread offense. I want to see how Parker, a great baseball player, will manage the game and if Clemson can get their big play guys, C.J. Spiller and Jacoby Ford, into space. Clemson has to come to Georgia Tech in just five days so I don’t expect to see a lot of creativity in this game. Clemson 31, Middle Tennessee 14.

 

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467 comments Add your comment

Dink

September 4th, 2009
8:27 am

Tony:

Good picks, Go Dawgs!

Did you see the defensive lineman #93, for SC run down from behind the NC State QB last night? That is the best example of why the SEC is the best conference, the overall team speed. I’ll bet Tressel and Paterno wish they had linemen that fast.

BTW, enjoyed your show last night. Good to see you guys back on the air. I’ll miss Tee, good luck to him at New Mexico,

Jonathan Crompton

September 4th, 2009
8:32 am

I feel good about myself and no Hilltopper is going to change that.

bubba

September 4th, 2009
8:32 am

Dawgs will lose!

GatorDave

September 4th, 2009
8:33 am

Tony-

Have to be a UGAG homer huh? Just plain ridicilious. You of all people should know a little better. You lose your QB, RB, and WR…..all the while bringing back your same pitiful defense and coordinator…..and you’re going to improve? Give me a break The fact you have OSU scoring only 20 is a joke. 20? Maybe in the first half. All the 40+ point games last year against that horrid Dawgs defense and you don’t think the offense OSU has will get but half that???

OSU puts up 40….call it 42-21.
LSU puts up 40 this year…call it 45-24
THE UF GATORS put up 50+ on the Dawgs this year….call it 55-17.
That school down on North Ave puts up 40+ this year…call it 48-28.

Hey Urban…take another timeout!!!!
Go Gators!!!!

RFP

September 4th, 2009
8:37 am

Tony,
I agree with all of your picks, but I’m not sure that Auburn’s offense could score 4 TDs against 11 parking cones.

Dawgs cruise. Watch Carlton Thomas come off the bench and break 100 all purpose yards in this game.

Jorts

September 4th, 2009
8:40 am

GatorDave,
Nice out of conference schedule this year. Lose one conference game this year and Tebow will be crying while watching the NC game on TV. Go get your tips frosted, loser.

bubba

September 4th, 2009
8:40 am

Poor University of Georgia fans. Watching there team for 13 weeks just to play for second place in the sec east.

What a miserable existence you have.

bwahahaha go GATORS

slick rick

September 4th, 2009
8:42 am

National Champs again.

Go Gators !!!!

Austin Powers

September 4th, 2009
8:43 am

Tony….you are such a HOMER it stinks. The Bulldogs will get shagged in Stillwater on Saturday. Then next week the “Old Ball Coach” will find a way to stick it to UGA at home. A big 0 -2 start to the season for the DogTurds. Yeah baby!

GatorDave

September 4th, 2009
8:44 am

Jorts-

I love the fact that’s the best arguement you idiot Bulldog fans can bring…”nice out of conference schedule”. Fact is we were supposed to play UCF in the first game you moron. They backed out.

Just keep thinking that team in Athens is an upper tier team. What a joke. I have a feeling after losing four or five games this year your defensive coordinator will be gone and there will start to be some rumblings about Richt needing to go to. Fine with me…let him go to FSU after the old man retires….we’ll beat him either place.

Hey Urban…take another time out!!!
GO GATORS

Roswell Ed

September 4th, 2009
8:44 am

Auburn Tigers.

Wait and see!

WDE!

UGay talks it on the nose saturday, period!

Hanie

September 4th, 2009
8:44 am

This is for m SEC 1 …. ACC 0

Eric

September 4th, 2009
8:46 am

You’re “glad the first football season of the Saturday is finally here”. What in the hell does that mean? To RFP, RIP, moron.

Greg

September 4th, 2009
8:46 am

The over under for uga osu is around 62. tony has 44? someone will put up 30 points. they have a heisman candidate in dez bryant. he’s going to scold that uga secondary. it will be osu’s passing versus uga’s running. osu will stop the big runs but give up chunk yards. osu wins 35-27

GatorDave

September 4th, 2009
8:47 am

Hanie…

Must be a Bulldog fan….If you were fan of a real team like UF…you could care less about this SEC vs. ACC arguement….we’ll just keep winning our games…You UGAG morons keep sticking your chest out with what the rest of the SEC does….lol.

Area 51 Ed

September 4th, 2009
8:48 am

What does “talks it on the nose” mean?

Bubba,
Try and figure out the difference between “there” and “their”.

Hanie

September 4th, 2009
8:51 am

Wrong I’m not a ugag fan…. can’t stand the bulldogs…..

GatorDave

September 4th, 2009
8:52 am

Just heard the combined Drivers Education / Sex Education class was cancelled at UGA. Apparently their
mule died. As soon as a new mule is found, classes will resume.

SimpleDawg

September 4th, 2009
8:53 am

Ole Miss vs Memphis is a real grudge match….Ole Miss better come to this game angry and focused.

Aubarn may be in trouble in their game with La. Tech….could be an upset brewing.

FSU will have more athletes than Miami, but neither squad is very good and the play will show it. This could be an ugly game with lots of mistakes and turnovers.

The Bammers should beat Va. Tech with defense and ball control offense. Satan dims Beamer.

Lil’ Lane starts the Kiffin dynasty at Rocky Top….the most famous Kiffin in Tennysee will be the blond bombshell daughter of John Reeves.

LSU hammers the Huskies. U Dub may have a new coach, but they have the same players.

The Warrior Chickens should have scored 30 points on the toothless ‘Pack. The best defense on the field was USC’s offense.

Dawgs will prove that the Okey Pokeys are not ready for prime time. Dawgs roll the ‘Pokes.

GatorDave

September 4th, 2009
8:54 am

GatorDave

September 4th, 2009
8:52 am
Just heard the combined Drivers Education / Sex Education class was cancelled at UGA. Apparently their
mule died. As soon as a new mule is found, classes will resume.

Hey A-Hole….don’t need you using my nick.

Starring Kam Fong as Chin Ho

September 4th, 2009
8:56 am

GatorDave, I have met the wishful thinking reptile and he is you. I seem to remember 2007 when the Fl defense was terrible. Seems to me they improved in 08 w/o major changes. I think you’re worried. No, make that scared

RFP

September 4th, 2009
8:56 am

Eric,
Why the hostility? Was it the parking cone reference?

Roswell Ed

September 4th, 2009
8:57 am

I wonder if coach Richt has ordered another full team celebration on the field? What a moron he is.

GatorDave

September 4th, 2009
8:58 am

Hey Kam Fong…..

Stock to the Mongolian Beef and the PuPu Platters….leave college football talk to those that know something.

DawginLex

September 4th, 2009
8:58 am

WHERE IS “m” ?????

Even though I wanted SOS to lose, SC won and exposed the ACC again. NCSU was picked by some to be a division champ in the ACC.

That is why “m” and his retarded rant about ACC vs SEC is so idiotic.

CrazyVol

September 4th, 2009
8:59 am

Dogs will win easy, And just like everybody else, can’t wait to see if Kiffin can coach up to the hype. I know his daddy can, but can he. Time will tell.

Dancing Dawgs

September 4th, 2009
8:59 am

I heard the fire hydrant mutts are more worried about getting on dancing with the stars than actually playing football.

#2 BAMA FAN

September 4th, 2009
9:00 am

RFP said it best about the cow college!! Good luck to all the SEC teams except VOLS and kitten cats
from the ugliest plains in eastern Siberia!! ROLL TIDE!!

GatorDave

September 4th, 2009
9:00 am

LOL…..Hey DawginLex….read my comment at 8:47AM. It applies to you too, obviously.

Richard Hamilton

September 4th, 2009
9:01 am

Wow, some fans are obnoxious. GatorDave for one. Yes everyone in America believes the gators will win the SEC and the NC, including me, but one slip up or major injury can derail an entire season. Keep pounding that chest brother, it will make it so much sweeter if you guys slip up.

Oh and GatorDave you pound your chest as much as some of these doggie fans on here, you have no room to talk. Try acting like you’ve been there before. Or is it impossible for gator alumni to show a little class/humility?

Teck always dissappoints

September 4th, 2009
9:02 am

Gator Dave is a Teck fan. For M… Yellow Fuzz, Stinger… SEC 1 ACC 0. The donminance continues.

GatorDave

September 4th, 2009
9:03 am

And “Nick” rhymes with what I call my …

Well, you get the picture. And man, is it beautiful!

GatorDave

September 4th, 2009
9:04 am

Tim Tebow is so much better looking than Joe Cox. I just don’t like redheaded men that much. I sure wish the Gators had a blog so I would not have to troll this one. Did I mention that I think Tim Tebow is hot???

Gator Dave is an Imposter

September 4th, 2009
9:05 am

Gator Dave, you didn’t go to Florida, you didn’t go to any college. Please don’t scratch my car when you park it and cover those tatoos.

GatorDave

September 4th, 2009
9:05 am

Oh, DawginLex. I have something else I can apply to you as well.

Let’s call it my “third leg”

;-D

War Eagle Eddie

September 4th, 2009
9:06 am

It all starts tomorrow. What you ask? The beginning of Auburn football domination with Chizik and the boys. Dont feel bad bammer fans, the georgia dogs are our priority. We freaking hate them.

WAR EAGLE !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

GatorDave

September 4th, 2009
9:06 am

Richard, Richard, Richard.

I’m not obnoxious, I’m just flamboyant.

And it feels so good!

collegeballfan

September 4th, 2009
9:06 am

The big games are UGA @ OSU & UM @ FSU.

If OSU can play defense they can win. No one in that part of the country seems to play defense. UGA

Shannon at UM has not shown the ability to put a team on the field that executes. FSU big.

JB

September 4th, 2009
9:07 am

Kirby Smart/ Ga. grad/ Alabama Def. Cord……..hopefully the next defensive Cord. At Georgia. Mama’s calling Kirby.

Lowcountry Bulldawg

September 4th, 2009
9:08 am

Last year, last year, last year! Good grief! Its a new season boys, as obvious that Roswell Ed came out of the witness protection program. He was no where to be found last season.

G Force

September 4th, 2009
9:08 am

TB, I agree with most of your picks (if not the scores). Here are some of my thoughts…

1. The deciding factor in this game comes down to the biggest unknowns: How good will UGA’s offense be after losing their stars, and how much has the porous OSU defense improved (if any) over last year. I give the egde to UGA based on thier road record under Richt. The Dawgs will not be intimidated in Stillwater.

2. Tech will glide on autopilot.

3. Bama’s D helps them outlast VT. It won’t be pretty, but it’ll be a “W.”

4. We won’t learn anything about Tenn until 2 weeks from now when they visit the Gators. The Vols win game one easy and Kiffin inserts foot into mouth again.

5. Auburn’s new offense won’t put up 28 in their opener, but they still win easy.

6. I disagree with TB on this one. The Hurricanes blow into Tallahassee and come out with a win.

7. Houston Nutt tends to win games he’s supposed to lose, and lose games he’s supposed to win. That will make this one closer than it should be, but Ole Miss comes out with a win.

8. LSU has reloaded and they’re ready to make a run. U Dub gets a dose of east coast bias.

9. I give the edge to the Demon Deacons at home.

10. The Tigers start off on the right foot for a change.

GatorDave

September 4th, 2009
9:08 am

Roswell Ed was hanging with me, baby.

;-)

GatorDave

September 4th, 2009
9:10 am

OK I admit it already. I am obnoxious. Being flamboyant is due to my “alternate” lifestyle. Sure I put my panty hose on one leg at a time like everyone else. But please don’t insult me. I am very sensitive. My hormones are out of whack…its that time of the month for me.

Magic 8 Ball

September 4th, 2009
9:10 am

Magic 8 Ball, will we hear from m today?

Chances aren’t good.

JOHN MITCHELL

September 4th, 2009
9:11 am

GatorDave, you are an idiot, please don’t stop taking your medications.

NavyHokie

September 4th, 2009
9:11 am

If “win the ACC” means third behind VT and FSU, then maybe you’re right, but come back when USC-e scores more than the 7 pts the Pack gave them.

GatorDave

September 4th, 2009
9:14 am

Okay, boy toys.

I need to go read my Cosmo and take the biggest “Zook” (that’s what we Gator Boys like to call our turds).

Cheerio.

SimpleDawg

September 4th, 2009
9:14 am

GatorDave….I’ll bet you have a real pretty mouth. Don’t wear it out.

Richard Hamilton

September 4th, 2009
9:15 am

Like DeAngelo Hall Flamboyant? Flamboyant and classless it is then. Kudos to you!

GatorDave

September 4th, 2009
9:17 am

Hey A-Hole GatorDave wanna be…..isn’t it time to clean out the bathroom stalls at UGAG? Pathetic P.O.S.