Bulldogs will win because they HAVE to


The first week of the season always has a bunch of easy picks and honesty compels your Fearless Friday Forecaster to admit that none of the tough picks went his way:

Picking Georgia over Oklahoma looked good after the first possession of the game. Then Oklahoma State woke up and the Georgia offense took a nap for the rest of the day.

The Florida State pick over Miami looked promising until the Seminoles dropped a touchdown pass in the end zone as time expired.

I really thought Wake Forest was going to beat Baylor 24-21. Instead it was the Bears, and QB Robert Griffin, who prevailed by the same score.

So that gives us a modest record of 7-3. And it will only get tougher from here on. So let’s press on with this week’s edition of the Fearless Friday Forecast:


1. South Carolina at Georgia: The latest internet rumor has Joe Cox selling barbeque sandwiches out on East Campus and Buck Belue coming out of the broadcast booth to start at quarterback against South Carolina. That’s not true and neither was the rumor that Logan Gray would start ahead of Cox against the Gamecocks. Cox starts. Gray plays. Georgia wins because it HAS to with a trip to Arkansas coming up next week. Georgia 17, South Carolina 10.


2. Mississippi State at Auburn: Auburn and its new coaching staff got a solid test against Louisiana Tech while Mississippi State was picking on Jackson State. The good news is that a rookie head coach gets to say he is 1-0 in the SEC. That will be Auburn’s Gene Chizik. Auburn 35, Miss. State 17.


3. Vanderbilt at LSU: LSU had better hope the 478 yards its defense gave up at Washington was not a sign of things to come. This will be closer than the experts think. LSU 28, Vanderbilt 20.


4. UCLA at Tennessee: Tennessee takes a significant jump in class after pounding a bad Western Kentucky team. The goal is the same: Establish the run to make QB Jonathan Crompton comfortable. This is all about getting ready for the Mighty Gators next week. Tennessee 31, UCLA 17.


5. Troy at Florida: I thought Troy might have enough athletes to at least make this competitive for a half. But the Trojans lost their opener to Bowling Green. We do know that Troy is better than Charleston Southern. Florida 45, Troy 14.


6. FIU at Alabama: Coach Nick Saban told everybody—players, managers, media, and fans—that we are not allowed to overlook FIU. The Golden Panthers, who were 1-23 in 2006 and 2007, rolled to an impressive 5-7 last season. Okay coach, whatever you say. This game is about working on the offensive line and making QB Greg McElroy even more comfortable. Alabama 42, FIU 3.


7. TCU at Virginia: After losing to Bill & Mary last week, things don’t look good for the Cavaliers of Al Groh as TCU comes to town. Every time a Mountain West team plays an ACC team it wants to make a statement: We deserve an automatic BCS bid, not you guys. TCU 28, Virginia 17.


8. Jacksonville State at Florida State: Bobby Bowden has had a lot of gut wrenching losses to Miami. Given the time and place in his career, Monday night’s 38-34 defeat to the Hurricanes has to be right up there with the worst. The Seminoles bounce back and get ready for a trip to BYU. Florida State 45, Jacksonville State 14.


9. Notre Dame at Michigan: The fan bases at these two schools began the season in a bad mood. Both were calmed down a bit when Notre Dame beat Nevada (35-0) and Michigan beat Western Michigan (31-7). If Notre Dame loses, then the Urban Meyer rumors start again. If Michigan loses the heat gets turned back up on Rich Rodriguez. Notre Dame has more athletes and a veteran quarterback (Jimmy Clausen). Notre Dame 31, Michigan 27.


10. USC at Ohio State: USC has won eight straight non-conference games on the road. The Trojans will play a true freshman quarterback (Matt Barkley) making his first start on the road. Ohio State’s Terrell Pryor is just a sophomore and will have to play well for the Buckeyes to have a shot in the Horseshoe. USC has too much speed. USC 28, Ohio State 20.


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September 11th, 2009
11:14 am

Barry Jay-

Keep looking through the thick goggles you moron. UGA is pathetic.

Fire Marshal

September 11th, 2009
11:16 am

I pull for Florida one weekend a year. That weekend is next weekend and my desire to see them totally dominate has never been stronger.

Gen Neyland

September 11th, 2009
11:18 am

I’m no Notre Dame guy like my son-n-law, but on this, we agree : Seems Notre Dame has benefited from that limo ride Jimma Clausen took to campus. They travel and win.

UT-UCLA : CLK did alot of experimenting with personnel last week on ST’s, DB, RB DL, etc. This week he won’t go as deep into his bench unless the score dictates, which historically speaking playing UCLA, won’t be the case. UT-UCLA have a background with UT holding the edge all time at 7-5-2 (I think)…Kiffin’s past at USC West will not allow this to be anything but a Tennessee win. UCLA QB Prince will find some gaps in Tennessee’s secondary/pass coverages but they will be gone in the second half. The SEC schedule is looming and zeroing in on CLK, so I’ll go with my homeboys, UT 27 UCLA 17


September 11th, 2009
11:19 am

Ga and Carolina game will be won by who has the least turn-overs and best field position. Seems Carolian always finds a method to shoot themselves in the foot, this has been been their problem. Kicking game will come into play big time. Look for a few trick plays in this game by Carolina. I feel the Ball Coach will have some new ones.


September 11th, 2009
11:21 am

Yeah I can’t pull for Tennessee to beat Florida.I hope Florida totally dominates them.


September 11th, 2009
11:23 am

Tide4u2c, do you know who’s birthday is today?

The Lone Trumpeter

September 11th, 2009
11:26 am

We need to pass the ball effectively to set up our run vs sc. Nobody in their right mind respects our air attack right now. I like the move to get more beef up front, and let’s get the ball in thomas’ hands more this game. Run sets with Brown and Green on either side and you have matchup problems for sc. Let’s get the dang ball downfield a little. No more conservative playcalling!!!! PLEASE!!!


September 11th, 2009
11:26 am

It was not long ago my friend that UGA, UF, UT fought for the top in the SEC East while the ONLY SEC West Team of consequence was Auburn. I pull for Bama and blogged BEFORE last season that Bama would be a powerhouse again under Saban. But let’s give credit in the East where it was due. However, you are right in that this season UF appears to be the only player in the game in the East (and probably the country for that matter). Not so sure about Bama being alone at the top in the West. I think Bama is better than LSU and Auburn this year but both will win some games.


September 11th, 2009
11:32 am

I pull for GT, UT, UGA & ABND in that order.

ABND? Anybody But Notre Dame! Go Michigan!! I was a big Neveda fan last week.


September 11th, 2009
11:32 am

The ‘it’ factor is the refereeing. Will the refs give this one away(i.e. Ok St., Ga Tech) or will they act like their brain works.


September 11th, 2009
11:34 am

The Ol’ Ball Coach will find a way to prevail Saturday between the hedges (say, by 14-10), and the Dawg Nation will be looking at 0-2 coming out of the starting gate. How sweet it is. And though it’s a long shot, Left Coast Ric might just give the Lance Crackers a loss in Knoxville, say by 34-32.

big dawg 89

September 11th, 2009
11:35 am

ohio state, where everyone kills and murders, will lose sat…UGA’s offense needs to move the chains, slowly and methodically… we win by 10… UT holds off UCLA, although it will be close…Notre Dame’s chances of going to the NC game (per Lou Holtz) are ruined by Michigan…upset special of the week, Vandy over LSWho…

and Congressman Wilson was simply stating the truth,,,or maybe he was yelling it…


September 11th, 2009
11:36 am

Great logic Tony? Dawgs will win cause they have to??? What has that got to do with the actual playing of the game & what happens on the field? Lets see you also said Dawgs would beat Okla. State right? I would not bet the farm on your brilliant thinking, how do you pick winners, pulling teams out of a hat!


September 11th, 2009
11:36 am


It is just some college football talk. I think we all wonder if somebody can knock off Florida whether it be a team from the east or west.Nobody really knows until the games are played but it is looking like Alabama and maybe a few others might can.


September 11th, 2009
11:39 am

Dawgs lose 12-6. I dont have any confidence in Mike Bozo’s playcalling. Ok state, run the whole first poss and score. Then they have a brain fart and think Stafford is still at qb. How about a challenge on the 4th down and get your hands out your a$$ Mark Richt. Richard Samuel will be Jasper Sanks II and we will still play conservative and lose to SC. I would rather lose going balls to the wall, than our always conservative boring a$$ game plan


September 11th, 2009
11:39 am

Miles, the game is in Athens! MORON! & DAWGS WILL WIN Go to Columbia & sit there by yourself LMAO

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September 11th, 2009
11:41 am

[...] Here are a number of columns and articles from across the league this morning:1.  Ron Higgins of The Memphis Commercial-Appeal ranks the SEC’s teams from #1 (”Tim Tebow U.”) to #12 (Mississippi State).2.  Pat Dooley of The Gainesville Sun makes his predictions for the weekend.3.  CBS’ broadcaster Verne Lundquist believes Tebow could face a media backlash in the Heisman race much like Peyton Manning.  4.  Lundquist’s broadcast partner, Gary Danielson, is very high on LSU.5.  Would Tebow get away with wearing the words “Mike Vick” on his eye-black?  Probably.  Because he comes across as a nice, sharp young man and he most likely wouldn’t have used Terrelle Pryor’s “Everyone does kills people, murders people” bizarro explanation.6.  Mark Richt says his team needs to do a better job of spreading the ball around to their playmakers.7.  Georgia fans need to get ready for more night games.  (Sorry, I’m not a fan.  I like afternoon starts.)8.  Mississippi State receiver Brandon McRae has come all the way back from one of the worst worst broken legs I’ve ever seen.  (No photos on the other side of this link, by the way.)9.  Tony Barnhart of The AJC makes his predictions for the weekend right here. [...]

coach smith

September 11th, 2009
11:41 am

DAWGS’ defense scores in this one too….(Garcia throws 3 picks)

and for once Georgia comes in this game with their backs against the wall instead of riding high on an easy week 1 win

The DAWGS get it done

and win 24-13


September 11th, 2009
11:46 am

Bulldogs will lose because they s u c k.

Mark Richt and you buttsniffers – be prepared for 0-2.

You have no quarterback. Your season is done.

Time to give up buttsniffer fans in Athens.


September 11th, 2009
11:48 am

Dawgs win and settle everyone down.


September 11th, 2009
11:49 am

Coach Paul Bear Bryant would have been 96 today.I don’t think people appreciate enough what he did not only for Alabama but the SEC and also college football as a whole.


September 11th, 2009
11:59 am

Tony, are Athens, Ga and Knoxville, Tenn the “tale of two cities” or what??? Last week, UGA went into top 10 ranked Oklahoma State in their new stadium and quite frankly, laid an egg. And it seems that just last week at this time, I was reading many comments on here how Georgia was going to go in there and thrash those Cowboys and send notice to the entire college football world. Certainly, the Dawgs dissappionted many, but last time I checked, Okie State was a pretty highly regarded team, weren’t they?? I believe they still are.. But now it seems that the “dawg day” is “over” and many who were wearing red and black glasses or at least silver britches in Athens are even wondering aloud if MAJOR changes should be made, even including the Head Coach. Their backs are now against the wall and if they don’t win this week, I’m sure that distant drum beat will grow even louder…….Then we go to Knoxville, where last weekend the Vols toppled the mighty Hilltoppers. I will say that I watched a good part of that game and Tennessee DID look very sharp and impressive. But will someone please enlighten me or at least educate me about WKU? Are they THAT good??? I looked at all my pre-season mags and rankings and could not find them in the top 10. Couldn’t find them in the top 25. Couldn’t find them in the top 50. The top 100 perhaps?? Nope. In fact, I’m starting to think they would only be slight favorites against mighty Charleston Southern (I know what you UT fans were thinking). Yet today in Knoxville is awash in optimism and many aren’t even slighty concerned with UCLA. In the bag, a blowout they say. As I read one Vol fan post this week, “We don’t need to worry about UCLA, we need to be game planning against Florida”. Another fan wrote, ” Florida is overconfident and that’s why we are going to go to the Swamp and beat them”. Yet another said, “It won’t even be close and will be fun seeing Tebow cry and making another speech”. WOW. Talk about overconfidence!! Like I said…A tale of two cities…

Dabo Dawg

September 11th, 2009
12:01 pm

Oh, and also… I look gay regardless of who wins or who loses. But please don’t hold that against me.


September 11th, 2009
12:06 pm

You know we are in trouble when a position coach did not realize two of his players did not get in the game. Enough excuses,JUST WIN.

Gen Neyland

September 11th, 2009
12:08 pm

“Bulldogs will win because they HAVE to”…and USC East will win because they WANT to..? This is a SEC East matchup. It is vital to both.


September 11th, 2009
12:13 pm

I think Spurrier was holding back against NCSU. His D was lights out and there was no need to play his hand. Only tried 3 long passes and completed them all with one penalty called back. Look out UGA, he will bring something surprising this week.


September 11th, 2009
12:22 pm

On paper, the Dawgs have the talent/potential to whip SC, but after watching the anemic offensive play last weekend (& last season’s meltdowns vs. Bama & GaTick) I am concerned UGA might fall flat. If the Dawgs don’t get it done, they’re indeed opening the door to a 5-6 loss season. I’d like to see much better in-game adjustments by Bobo & Martinez. CWM must call blitzes if the DL isn’t getting pressure…he is about about limiting the blitzes.

Paul From Milton

September 11th, 2009
12:24 pm

If I was Georgia Tech I wouldn’t be bragging too much on here. Clemson sold out on the run and Tech still couldn’t move the ball consistently via the pass. Miami is a step up in athletes from Clemson and unless Tech develops a passing attack one offensive touchdown and two field goals won’t cut it.

Gator Growl

September 11th, 2009
12:29 pm

I would be surprised if UGA loses to the USCe team I saw play last week. I expect Tenn will also win handily, lets not forget that UCLA was a 4 win team in the almighty Pac 10 last year. I think Auburn vs Miss State will be very close and could go either way. Can’t make up my mind up between Michigan and Notre Dame though I’m leaning Mich. LSU and Vandy will be very interesting, I’m putting my money on the Tigers. Bama and Florida in a rout. The most interesting game next week could well be GT vs Miami. Go Jackets!!! That was a great game to watch last night on the heels of a very entertaining FSU/MIami Monday night. Good for the ACC I guess, but don’t expect the ACC to do that much out of conference though.


September 11th, 2009
12:36 pm

gatorman, for some reason that song title made me laugh.

tide4u, when have you guys beat Florida? Didn’t they beat you last year? Other than Florida, nobody has been as consistent in the East as Georgia this decade. LSU has ruled the West. Bama had a great year last year and then when?


September 11th, 2009
12:41 pm

Really what is wrong with out special teams? I guess the guy returning it didn’t think any team could kick it into the endzone since they probably don’t practice that. Can’t practice it if you don’t have a kicker that can kick it that far.


September 11th, 2009
12:49 pm

Dawgs sqeaked by them last year with the #1 pre-season ranked team so we will have to see about this year.


September 11th, 2009
12:53 pm

I’m more than a little concerned about SC. It’s always a slobber knocker when these two get together. Definitely agree it’s a “gotta have” game for the Dawgs. Going to stick my neck out and predict Michigan over ND by at least 10. When RichRod finally gets his game in place Michigan is going to be a monster and this will be the season when it all starts to come together. All the “haters” up there and spoiled “mama’s boys” on the team who are trying to get their coach fired need to chill out and let this man do his job. If they will they’ll be happy with the results.


September 11th, 2009
12:55 pm

With a guarenteed beat down in Jacksonville,yes they do need to win this game.


September 11th, 2009
12:57 pm

Richard Samuel needs to maintain his balance after he gets past the first line of defense. Too many times against OK State, Samuel had the chance to break off the big run but got knocked down by defenders who merely “tapped” him. I can’t believe I’m resorting to these words but : Maybe, just maybe, we need Caleb King.

Also, Bobo needs to get a clue as to what type of offense he wants to run! Are we a running team, or an inefficient passing team? C’mon dawgs offense must be crisp. Because there will be no walking into the end zone against a stingy SC defense.


September 11th, 2009
12:57 pm


Interesting take. While I agree WK and Charleston Southern are probably a draw (I’ve been following TN for a long time, and WKU was probably the worst time I have ever seen TN play), Vol fans are cautiously optmistic due to scoring some points. After last seems embarrasing, enemic, pathetic, and whatever else you want to use to describe TN offense, it was good to see. TN’s defense if very good, we know that; we will know a lot more about the offense after this week.

Despite the quotes, TN fans are very realistic by and large. I think if you asked 99% of Vol fans, most would agree they don’t really believe the Vols are going to win in the Swamp; just hoping for a good game.


September 11th, 2009
12:57 pm

1. UGA 20 SoCar 14 Cox settles down and has a better performance at home.

2. Auburn 24 Miss St. 17 Taking the Tigers at home by a touchdown.

3. LSU 28 Vandy 24. I think Vandy plays a great game, but won’t have enough at the end unfortunately.

4. UT 31 UCLA 17. UT wins a tough one at home against the Bruins.

5. UF 52 Troy 10 Florida wins easily at home and starts getting ready for the Vols.

6. Bama 56 FIU 7 I think the only way FIU scores is either by running back a kickoff to set up great field position or they wait until Bama puts in the 3rd string defense.

7. TCU 31 UVA 14 Score will make it look closer than it actually is. I’m thinking UVA scores a late TD against the backups.

8. FSU 41 Jax St 17 I wonder if the ‘Noles can figured out how to play defense on a short week.

9. UM 27 ND 21 I think Rich Rod sends Charlie the Tuna back to South Bend with a Big L.

10. USC 35 OSU 17 OSU’s defense had better step up b/c this isn’t Navy…


September 11th, 2009
1:01 pm

correction…I wonder if the ‘Noles can* figure out how to play defense on a short week.


September 11th, 2009
1:04 pm

Not really too comforted by this being a home game. Our last two “big” home games, Willie and Co gave up about 90 points (Bama, Tech).


September 11th, 2009
1:09 pm

Rolltidedawg, We need somebody who can stay of his feet, I agree. But I think King is gonna be a bad luck story. You know, can’t stay healthy enough to practice, can’t practice enough to play, etc. He hasn’t played a season of football since he was a junior in high school….


September 11th, 2009
1:11 pm

Tony, come on now! Ga wins because they HAVE to.

There would be no losers because everybody has to win. It’s not a do or die win for the dawgs yet.


September 11th, 2009
1:14 pm

LSU 2008 was not a complete game on both sides of the ball. True we scored 52 but the defense was putrid. We were gashed with big runs time and time again. stafford won that game along with Bobo’s play calling. We were all encouraged heading to J’ville and somehow Bobo went dumb one week after being a genius at Baton rouge.

But the question was about playing a complete game. LSU 2005(SECCG) was. LSU 2008 wasn’t.

Danny Forde

September 11th, 2009
1:19 pm

Here is my pix;
Dooley’s team beat that darn team coached by Sparky Spurrier. Ther anit now way those chickens from Columbier can whop Dooley’s team

Auburn will luz, heck there ain’t nothing good in Aubrny cept I85 leaving

Heck that Vandy will beat them there cajuns I aint over vandy yet since the beat me when I wuz capt Coach Bryant never let me forget that. Hell from reading all this stuff, bama aint never lost to nobody, even UTAH that is worset than Vandy in my book

Troy is not even going to take the cheer leaders to Gainesville

I know that my tide boys will have a hard time with Miami, but we will win. That is who Fla int is aint it. After going over to that there Teck campus I though that was internatioonla as I didnn’t se e no americans over there, the were all gettind degrees to wok at 7 11 I thunk

TCU wil have a tough time there at Mr. Jefforson’s ground, they never could beat my team though

Jacksonville state heck those are real gamecoks, but I guess they won’t win

That dang Rich’s team will beat that UT quarterback at Nortr Daeem, I don’t see them on the same field fur long

I’m kinda partiial to Ohio, hell that is why I got to be a head ball coach for a while. I dn’t think. they can play with that USC team. That is the real USC team you know.


September 11th, 2009
1:28 pm

Picking a team to win because they “have to” is the worst rationale in the world, we can lose if we don’t play well enough even though we have to, ask any team that’s ever lost a playoff game. Here’s to hoping your right though, Go Dawgs!


September 11th, 2009
1:35 pm


Florida did play a very tough schedule in 2006…we lost to Auburn, however, went on to win NC..
It so happens that Florida seems to have an “easy” schedule. With LSU as the toughest game on the road. I am not sure why UGA schedule OK State as “First” game of the season. Maybe, in future, UGA will schedule cupcakes in the begining of the season to test their starters and fix any potential issues…Stop whining about Florida and Alabama….


September 11th, 2009
1:42 pm

UGA 20
SC 6
As fondly as I remember SOS’s brilliance in the 90’s, I don’t think SC gets it done. HDYHD!
LSU 27
VU 21
Still won’t know if LSU’s for real ’til Oct. 10th.
USC 42
OSU 21
Ohio State officially becomes irrelevant.
UT 24
UT’s defense is too much for the Bruins.
ND 28
UM 14
RichRod starts updating his resume’.


September 11th, 2009
1:50 pm

This week’s games will answer questions several teams such as LSU, UGA and Tenn.

UGA 20 SC 7
USC 28 Ohio St 17
Tenn 24 UCLA 14
Bama 38 FIU 3
Fl 45 Troy 10
Aub 24 State 21
LSU 30 Vandy 17
Mich 31 ND 30

Geaux Tigers

Mike Bobo

September 11th, 2009
1:54 pm

No, we won’t win. I plan to make some good calls, and then completely go away from anything that is working.

Pago Flyer

September 11th, 2009
1:59 pm

We’ll be at The Glass Bowl tonight watching The Rockets beat Colorado.
Then up to The Big House…wearing our UGA/Rockets stuff. And not really caring who wins. Although the ushers are DAWGS fans we have to appear to cheer for UM.

Danny Forde

September 11th, 2009
2:02 pm

Heck Mike Bobo, looks like you learnt well under my buddy jimmy dumbone Ray sure coul’ve used you rather than those fools he had to run that theuur offenz