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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300 comments Add your comment

Danny Forde

September 11th, 2009
7:10 pm

Dad gomit, you guz never do lick for Alabammer, and now yu is making us look good by tryin to run down poor oled Georgie. Boys you yungsters act like you nevr won bfor. Cmon, don’t rspond to that trash mouth stuff. Dag nabit, you look like a bunch of luzers tyrin to justify all of Tide folks. Heck we could be coaching there cept for that dang Monte Kiffn and his lying crap. U knnnow that son of his is just a lazy no good SOB jst like his daddy Monte. Monte is a bwimp, I whipped his tail coachin, playin and on the 50 yard line at NC State. He is a wimp and ther anin’t no way they will ever beat bama, much less whop my tail. You youngsters leaave ths gum flappin to those Tenn and Gerogie mamas boys. Like Coach Bryant said, the only thing good that can happen when an alabama fan opens its mouth is that he catches a big bug and shutz up.

Nachos

September 11th, 2009
7:20 pm

hey TACO – kiss my buttocks! come up with something better than that leg humper.

Joe Friday

September 11th, 2009
7:34 pm

Alabama is extremely lucky. Any other team gets that many NCAA violations and they would get the death penalty.

Tide4u2c

September 11th, 2009
7:41 pm

Alabama has paid its dues but that is behind us now.No more beating Alabama with one arm tied behind its back.This is a new day and a new Alabama team that is physical and relentless with depth in its pursuit of greatness.The Tide is rising I hope you can tell.You might beat Alabama but you are gonna have to bow up and earn it.

Danny Forde

September 11th, 2009
7:43 pm

Shucks guys just shut up, we r bammer, not Clempson or NC State

Anonymous

September 11th, 2009
7:55 pm

Woo hoo, college football!

Atlanta Gator

September 11th, 2009
7:56 pm

I love the smell of fall . . . it smells like . . . college football.

The Atlanta Gator

September 11th, 2009
8:08 pm

Big weekend in college football. The murky puzzle begins to clear.

Tide4u2c

September 11th, 2009
8:14 pm

I love me some college football! Roll Tide! Good luck(have a hard time saying that to Auburn or Tennessee) to your team unless you happen to play Alabama.

Anonymous

September 11th, 2009
8:14 pm

Danny Ford(e),

Nice job at Clemson. Damn shame you got caught.

Ga boy

September 11th, 2009
8:17 pm

So Ga will win because they have to??? So “fish gotta swim and birds gotta fly- and I gotta love one gal till I die”. Well there ya go. Ga can’t help winning that football game. Wow.

Atlanta Gator

September 11th, 2009
8:35 pm

Starring Zulu as Kono Kalakaua

September 11th, 2009
8:35 pm

Chin I need your help. We have a possible homicide over in the North Avenue area. From officers on the scene, it appears a bunch of nerds went looking for a mugger to even up the score. Well it worked. The victim mugger hit his head on the curb and expired when he fell down laughing. See you at the morgue. Danny is booking them.

Atlanta Gator

September 11th, 2009
8:40 pm

The Evil Genius finds a way to win.

Ga boy

September 11th, 2009
8:40 pm

Press 1 for english
Press 2 for southern

Atlanta Gator

September 11th, 2009
8:42 pm

The Tigers haven’t hit bottom. Auburn over Mississippi State, 28-13.

Atlanta Gator

September 11th, 2009
8:43 pm

LSU defense vs. Vanderbilt heart? LSU talent over Vanderbilt coaching, 31-21.

Atlanta Gator

September 11th, 2009
8:44 pm

Revenge of the Vols? First real test of the year. Tennessee over UCLA, 28-21.

Atlanta Gator

September 11th, 2009
8:45 pm

Ancient Ionian warriors vs. prehistoric reptiles? Chomp, chomp. Gators over Trojans, 52-21.

Atlanta Gator

September 11th, 2009
8:45 pm

One of the greatest legacies in college sports vs. new kid on the block? One day this game may be competitive, but not tomorrow. Alabama over FIU, 35-6.

Atlanta Gator

September 11th, 2009
8:46 pm

Horned Frogs vs. sad-sack Cavaliers? TCU over UVa, 35-14. Groh is gone before the New Year.

Atlanta Gator

September 11th, 2009
8:56 pm

USC vs. Ohio State in the Rose Bowl Preview? Weighing the Trojans’ freshman quarterback against the Buckeyes’ inability to win the Big Game . . . USC over OSU, 35-27.

Atlanta Gator

September 11th, 2009
8:57 pm

Notre Dame vs. Michigan. Pageantry, tradition, history, rivalry. Irish over Wolverines, 21-17.

Atlanta Gator

September 11th, 2009
9:06 pm

Seminoles roast the Other White Meat, 42-10,

Atlanta Gator

September 11th, 2009
9:07 pm

Best of luck to all the teams for whom you cheer, and may the best teams win. (They usually do.)

HT

September 11th, 2009
9:16 pm

Joe Friday

September 11th, 2009
9:17 pm

Was that Phyllis from Mulga?

Joe Friday

September 11th, 2009
9:23 pm

Alabama doesn’t win for years. Because of NCAA violations.
Have one good season and y’all come out of the woods beating your chest.
On an Atlanta, GA. blog.
Paul Finebaum called and wants y”all back over there on his blog.

Jordan

September 11th, 2009
9:28 pm

Prediction S Carolina 17 Ga. 6 hope I am wrong.

Starring Harry Morgan as Bill Gannon

September 11th, 2009
9:34 pm

Joe, I think that was Blue Boy. He couldn’t stay away from the brown acid.

Starring Harry Morgan as Sherman Potter

September 11th, 2009
9:36 pm

You bet your government mule you are wrong. Sophie says the Dawgs by 14.

Bobby Bowden

September 11th, 2009
9:48 pm

From North to South to east to west
They run thier mouths and beat thier chests

My opinon of Florida fans.

I guess they are scared of Miami, or Central Florida.

We will see how they fare against FSU, Tebow’s last game in the series, and my last game in the series

Joe Friday

September 11th, 2009
9:52 pm

Jordan, facts please. Just the facts.

Joe Friday

September 11th, 2009
10:00 pm

Friday 10:01 pm my partner Bill Gannon and I are following up on a tip on the where abouts of Blue Boy.
The brown acid again! Bill we need to sober these fans up.

dawgtired

September 11th, 2009
10:05 pm

More Hype and Hot air!!! Bradley was right, something is missing, Desire / heart / coaching.

Have you ever heard CMR take “full responsibility” for the loss? Its always “no execution”, “poor tackling”, how ’bout our offense stinks and special teams always put the defense in bad position, or ” our offense kept the defense on the field all day”

Joe Friday

September 11th, 2009
10:41 pm

Gene Chizik 4 president!

Auburn has the sexiest woman in the South!

Who cares if they are all 200+ pounds…. WDE!

Mike T.

September 11th, 2009
10:57 pm

gatorman770

The Florida flop

Joe Friday

September 11th, 2009
11:01 pm

11:00 pm. Working with the Bunko Squad.
My partner Bill Gannon and I are out on an identity theft.

Joe Friday

September 11th, 2009
11:10 pm

Big women need love too.

If you are going to steal my name at least be funny.

Ty

September 11th, 2009
11:11 pm

This isn’t Russia is it Danny?

Danny Forde

September 11th, 2009
11:44 pm

I don’t belief tha it is Russer TY. Maybe it is Russer over in knowvile but i’m looking for a rematch with Monte

bulldawginmemphis

September 12th, 2009
1:04 am

what high school has suburban cryer lined up next week?

suburban cryer

September 12th, 2009
1:08 am

no more suspense…next week o’keefe high school

hop

September 12th, 2009
7:07 am

lets hope mark richt is flexible enough to play logan gray to give some unigueness to the georgia offense.

gray brings multible threat of running and passing that cox does not have.

if the dawgs loss this one, big time chances will have to be made.

gators81

September 12th, 2009
7:12 am

i figured out how to get to see fla/tenn next week…when today’s game is over…i will just stay in the swamp until next saturday…plenty of good places to hide in that place!

Hay Maker

September 12th, 2009
7:49 am

I told you so GA will be 5-5 Willie Matinez has to go and Bobo has as much business coaching big time colege fottball as I do. Ga has the talent butnot the coaches.

Jason

September 12th, 2009
7:50 am

Captain Steve wins. Richt sends Stafford a thank you text and begins feeling that UGA spirit pushing him out of the SEC.

west end

September 12th, 2009
8:00 am

S.E.C. Captain Steve upsets Dawgs at the house.

Elliot Garcia

September 12th, 2009
8:39 am

USC is going to crush Ohio State….it’s time to get real

Sec homer

September 12th, 2009
8:46 am

Picks look good, think Ohio state is in trouble
and unfortunately I dont see the dawgs
winning this one, close but carolina drops uga
to o and 2