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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Yellow Fuzz

September 12th, 2009
9:15 am

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Rob

September 12th, 2009
9:35 am

georgia and ndame lose. fsu—jax st will be closer than you predict. usc will beat ohio st worse than you say.

Yellow Fuzz

September 12th, 2009
9:35 am

Attention Wal-Mart shoppers (dawg nation),

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$45 to $42 (while supplies last)

Pit Bull

September 12th, 2009
9:37 am

All of these negative comments will disspear when we start winning. It always does until the next loss comes along. As far as the players not playing hard. All the teams are having trouble with that. Bama laid down in the Bowl game with its loss. As for Fla. Urban is a Master at Brain Washing those kids. He doesn’t care nothing about them. Just winning! Van Gorder was also a good motivator. He had the “hardest hits” awards, etc. At Ga we have the Sunday school attendance awards and the best Bowler and swimmer awards. And Richt, wonders why the team isn’t playing hard. Go figure!.

2N4YEARS

September 12th, 2009
9:44 am

I aggree with most of the picks, however AUBURN scoring 35 against a SEC D is a stretch. I believe the LSU-Vandy could be an upset, but LSU will make just enough plays, but the score my be closer. The UGA-SC game is a hard one to call. To be honest, I don’t have a good feeling about this game. UGA could wake up & play up to their talent level, but until I see it I wouldn’t lay any money on it.

Pit Bull

September 12th, 2009
9:46 am

SC usually wins at Ga. Well, they are at Ga today. I stay with my pick. SC to drop Ga to 0-2. I sure wish to hell I’m wrong. I would love to see the GA offense break out! But I think our Off. Line is a bunch of candy ass losers. Excluding Vance.

Starring Harry Morgan as Sherman Potter

September 12th, 2009
9:56 am

I thought USC was playing Georgia. Radar get me I-Corps pronto!

Starring Harry Morgan as Sherman Potter

September 12th, 2009
9:58 am

I don’t know if I would say that to their faces Pitbull, unless you want to visit a Mash Unit.

Jsonic

September 12th, 2009
10:49 am

I love seeing all the Irish haters pick Michigan. Only 2 posts pick ND to win up till now. Put away all your Black and Red, SEC crusted, _ock shaped pascifiers! Notre Dame does have a cupcake schedule but are not overrated. Jury is still out on Weis, this season will show if stays or goes. Michigan is not quite up to snuff yet, the only advantage they have is that it’s a home game but it won’t be enough. The Irish have the best recieving corp in the country and Clausen name will be in for the Heisman in another couple of weeks. If the Irish are undefeated going into the USC game they will rip SC a new one and be in the NC game. Count on it and all you SEC lovers will be cussing, stomping your feet and kicking the dawgs (who will be lucky to go 6-6).

Zerevon

September 12th, 2009
11:01 am

hsf what are you smoking? Bama losing to FIU…. GET A BRAIN

Rich

September 12th, 2009
11:49 am

reservoirDAWG get your priorities straight. If someone plans a shower (Wedding or Baby) during football season, thye should not expect anybody with ticket not to go to the game. Go Jackets (2-0 on ugly wins)

82dawg

September 12th, 2009
12:05 pm

Sorry, South Carolina wins easily over a weak UGA. Soft Willie’s defense can’t stop anyone or at least make a big play when it has to. Read and react, bend but (don’t) break, puts too much pressure on the offense. Speaking of the offense, its just not there with Samuel who seems to be unable to break the tackle of a painted yard line and Cox who has no arm. Look for South Carolina to stuff our offense and pretty much move at will against the defense. USC 24 UGA 10

My dog is a Rottweiler

September 12th, 2009
12:08 pm

I will cook out, have a few beers, pet my dog, and listen to the dawgs lose by 7. It will be sad, but I’ll get over it.

TechRedneck

September 12th, 2009
12:26 pm

Gee “Lone Trumpeter” tell us more of your great life experances when you had your great high school football career. You stupid azz.

Aeschylus

September 12th, 2009
12:53 pm

Gen. Neyland,
Me thinks you may have missed my point: rather than taking UT to task for opening with a lacky–my homily was merely an attempt to address reading too much into dismantling said lacky, which I believe was done by another Tennessee supporter. Also pointed out that such games for UGA had been the practice for some time until this season (i.e. “hitherto”). My own preference is to have none of these “breather” games but I am merely an observer; not a participant. As for Florida I agree with you. They have practiced this for years (indeed it continues to do so as I type).

Now about that stash…

polskidawg

September 12th, 2009
1:23 pm

1. South Carolina at Georgia: agree with the assessment, but a score of Georgia 17, South Carolina 13.

2. Mississippi State at Auburn: agree again, but tighter. Auburn 24, Miss. State 10.

3. Vanderbilt at LSU: Yep. LSU 28, Vanderbilt 20.

4. UCLA at Tennessee: Being at home helps the Vowels. Tennessee 28, UCLA 14.

5. Troy at Florida: Florida 55, Troy 9.

6. FIU at Alabama: Yep. Alabama 42, FIU 3.

7. TCU at Virginia: Al’s gone in early December. TCU 42, Virginia 7.

8. Jacksonville State at Florida State: Time to go, Bobby. Florida State 38, Jacksonville State 14.

9. Notre Dame at Michigan: Sorry Tony, but you picked to wrong egomaniac coach. Michigan 31, Notre Dame 28.

10. USC at Ohio State: Wrong, again. Speed won’t negate turnovers. Ohio State 27, USC 20.

Cackfan

September 12th, 2009
1:42 pm

When UGA loses tonight, guarenteed we will see more Fire Mark Richt signs!

NeNe

September 12th, 2009
2:08 pm

Tebow is 4 rushing TD’s away from passing Herschel Walker in the record book. That will be a sad day in Athens when he passes him.

fred dre

September 12th, 2009
2:09 pm

thanks florida, for softening up troy for us. sincerely yours,central high school.

fred dre

September 12th, 2009
2:11 pm

NeNE herschel did it in three years.

Herschel

September 12th, 2009
2:25 pm

NENE,

Seasons are longer so Tebow has more opportunites and more games. He also played 4 years whereas I only played 3. Last of all no one wants to say anything bad about the annointed one but the truth of the matter is that the kid is a little selfish and loves to call his own number once they get down to the 5 yard line. Of he 43 rushing tds something like 30 of them have come from the 5 yard line or less. The kid is more about himself and his own ego than people think.

Richt Still Sucks

September 12th, 2009
2:31 pm

SC 13 UGA 10

Why? Joe Cox Sux. And CMR will not play Murray. Murray’s a great QB. He could play now just like Stafford did his freshman year.

Richt Quote of the Day: “Let’s see if we can have a losing season and dumb Georgia fans will still love me. Bwahahahahaha.”

JO

September 12th, 2009
3:17 pm

GA 14, SC 17…..GA doesnt have a good offense, PERIOD.

Vince

September 12th, 2009
3:18 pm

South Carolina 12
Georgia 6

Piss on the Dawgs….

Diamond Dog's Parole Officer

September 12th, 2009
4:15 pm

Question:Have you ever seen a dumber half of football than that calamity of errors committed by by the Grape Gang of Pickens County?

Answer: uga’s performance in the 2nd half of last year’s game against the Jackets?

Judges: We have a winner!!!

Yawn

September 12th, 2009
4:16 pm

Houston 10 Ok State 0. WOW

Richt Still Sucks

September 12th, 2009
4:22 pm

Why Houston 10 Ok State 0?

Because Richt Still Sucks

Yawn

September 12th, 2009
4:23 pm

Houston scored as many points as GA in 12 minutes. Funny.

god and greyhound

September 12th, 2009
5:11 pm

HOUSTON 24 OKST 7 HALF

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Yawn

September 12th, 2009
5:14 pm

Ga lucky they aren’t playing Houston this season. They would lose 48-10

Houston 24 Ok state 7 at the half in Stillwater

September 12th, 2009
5:26 pm

Watching Houston whup okay state 24-7 at the half in Stillwater. How bad can Georgia be to get whupped and only score 10 pts against a team that is getting beat 24-7 at the half in their own freaking stadium to Houston. Georgia must really be bad.

Be honest

September 12th, 2009
5:30 pm

Let’s be honest about it. Houston would not beat UGA by 48-10 as the poster above mentioned. 25-30 pts yes. but 38 points might be stretching it. BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

LAME TRAIN TIED AT THE HALF

September 12th, 2009
5:32 pm

LAME KIFFIN AND THE VOLS TIED WITH UCLA 10-10 AS UCLA MISSES A FIELD GOAL AT THE HALF THAT WOULD HAVE PUT THE BRUINS ON TOP. WHO SUCKS WORST THE LAME TRAINERS OR THE DOGGIES? FEEL FREE TO OPINE WHICH IS WORST UT OR UGA?

GT JJ

September 12th, 2009
5:46 pm

wow, uga fans – how does the whuppin houston’s putting on okie st make you feel about tonight’s game?

P

September 12th, 2009
7:04 pm

GT JJ

September 12th, 2009
8:57 pm

Sorry I’m being such a troll. Must be the small penis.

TrueCrimson

September 13th, 2009
10:51 am

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.

Lil’ Joe,

Bama was more competitive than some in the SEC even during the most draconian NCAA sanctions handed down since the SMU ‘Death Penalty’. As for posting on an Atlanta blog, the Tide now pays property tax on the Georgia Dome as well as on Rocky Top — so we have certain rights here.

I understand that Larry Langford and Gene Chiznik have proposed that Lee County be annexed into Georgia. The proposal has support from all parties involved since studies have shown that the average IQ of both Alabama and Georgia would increase as a result of the annex.

TrueCrimson

September 13th, 2009
11:04 am

As for all of you Ramblin’ Wreck fans…

Just be proud that Jax State didn’t let their 1st string QB play against you last week. I just don’t know if the beez could have come back from behind like Florida State did.

Hmmm....

September 13th, 2009
12:42 pm

WOW!! A crappy, 4-win, weak-sister PAC-10 team came all the way from tinsle-town to the big bad SEC, and walked out a winner!?! How in the heck did that happen??? Oh wait, let me guess…… b/c UT is a “bottom-feeder” in the SEC, and UCLA is a power-house from the 2nd best conf. in America.
But I will bet this …… UT-UCLA is a far better game for the school(s) and the fans than is UF-Troy, or UF-Charleston Southern, or UF-vs. the other jokes.

UF gets the “red carpet” route to the NC game b/c the only losable games on their schedule are the ones in their OWN conference! And we’ve seen the past few seasons with the so-called “experts,” not the players & games, deciding who plays for the NC, that it’s okay to LOSE games as long as you play in SEC, and LOSE only to SEC teams. Kind of a joke …. let’s get a playoff.

Get a playoff, and you still get GREAT match-ups like UT-UCLA, UGA-Ok St, USC-OSU, AZ St-UGA, VT-Bama, b/c these losses won’t kill your NC chances. Otherwise we’re going right back to padded schedules full of “cupcake” opponents.

GT fan ...

September 13th, 2009
12:47 pm

True Crimson …. Yeah, you keep thinking Jx St would’ve beaten GT if RP played — it didn’t seem to help them when he actually played in the ‘08 game!

PLUS, it was how many pts vs. FSU that “his” leadership was responsible for? Oh, yeah — 9! But I guess it was HIS stellar play on D that held FSU to 6 pts through 56 minutes of played. Guess he got tired that last 4 minutes……

You’re a genius.

TrueCrimson

September 13th, 2009
1:18 pm

Appears as if it doesn’t take much to stop the FSU offense. Takes more than what Miami has to offer though, huh?

TrueCrimson

September 13th, 2009
1:32 pm

Hmmm…

Considering that the Vols went 5 & 7 last year and fired the entire coaching staff, I wouldn’t expect them to represent the cream of the crop in the SEC this year. That said, your jealousy of the premiere college football conference in America is duly noted.

Atlanta Gator

September 13th, 2009
3:02 pm

Gen Neyland—-Gen. Van Fleet sends his regards. Looking forward to a great game in Gainesville this weekend. Like to wager some of your famous solvent on the outcome?

BTW, I hear that Charlie Bachman and Dale Van Sickel are still a little sore about you watering the field the night before the ‘28 game . . . .

Atlanta Gator

September 13th, 2009
5:57 pm

Interesting article on the economics of college football scheduling from the Gainesville Sun:

http://www.gainesville.com/article/20090910/ARTICLES/909109920

SagaciousSamDawg

September 13th, 2009
7:04 pm

Luck wins football games; forget about all the other nonsnse.

SagaciousSamDawg

September 13th, 2009
7:06 pm

If you wait long enough, luck is bound to come your way. The luckiest team will win the NC.

PlainRealityDawg

September 13th, 2009
7:12 pm

Georgia’s defense reminds me of a sieve. The holes in its defense are meant to encourage teams to believe they can win. Too often many teams benefit from far too much encouragement. Fortunately, the Dawgs barely sealed enough holes on Saturday against SCarolina to conserve a win. They might do better if they used a different strategy.

PlainRealityDawg

September 13th, 2009
7:18 pm

It is rather curious that Coach Richt doesn’t think it’s necessary to effectively cover, if not rush the punter. A coach with the most modest intelligence would certainly learn such a lesson after getting embarrassed in the Chik Filet Sugar Bowl against West Virginia. Perhaps he underestimates the mental acuity of opposing coaches in observing that the defense is abandoning the line of schrimmage on punts. Very interesting!!

dawgday

September 13th, 2009
9:25 pm

I’ve decided that all of the idiots that bash our coach, QB, and DC just hate every player/coach that doesn’t win every game and perform flawlessly every time. Bunch of whiners the whole lot of ya.

Joe Blow

September 14th, 2009
11:59 am