The Fearless Friday Forecast

 

We went 8-2 last week as Tennessee was brought back down to Earth by UCLA and Notre Dame used some questionable clock management and fell at Michigan. That’s a two-week record of 15-5 but starting this week and next week things get a little harder as some of the cupcakes are going to be replaced by conference games.

Without further delay, let’s get to the Fearless Friday Forecast:

 

1. Georgia at Arkansas: The Bulldogs have had two tough games while Arkansas had last week off. Logically, Georgia should be in real trouble in Fayetteville, which is why they are the underdog according to the boys in Vegas. I just have the feeling that QB Joe Cox is going to play well again. I also think Georgia will be able to run the ball and milk the clock, keeping the ball away from Bobby Petrino’s offense. Georgia 17, Arkansas 14.

 

2. Tennessee at Florida: Yes, Tennessee coach Lane Kiffin used his mouth to write a check that his team cannot cash.  But Kiffin knew that when he accused Urban Meyer of cheating. Kiffin bought himself some good will with the Tennessee fans, but on Saturday the bill finally arrives. What I’m wondering is how long Tennessee quarterback Jonathan Crompton will last in this game before he gives way to Nick Stephens. It is going to get ugly. Florida 48, Tennessee 9.

 

3. North Texas at Alabama: Wide receiver Julio Jones (bruised kneecap) and running back Roy Upchurch (high ankle sprain)  may not go in this game. It won’t really matter as this game should be about getting the offensive line and quarterback Greg McElroy ready for next week’s SEC opener with Arkansas. Alabama 42, North Texas 7.

 

4. West Virginia at Auburn: West Virginia will never be able to replace Pat White, but they have found a very good quarterback in Jarrett Brown, who had four touchdown passes in last week’s 35-20 win over East Carolina. Auburn has 1,145 yards and 86 points in its first two games. This one looks like a shootout. Auburn 38, West Virginia 31.

 

5. Florida State at BYU: Florida State coach Bobby Bowden really needs this game. The Seminoles lost a heart breaker to Miami on Sept. 7 and needed to rally with two scores in the final 35 seconds to beat Jacksonville State. BYU has quarterback Max Hall who has a chance to play himself into the Heisman Trophy discussion. The Cougars also know that a win over Florida State, coupled with their Sept. 5 victory over Oklahoma, puts them right in the middle of the BCS discussion. BYU 31, Florida State 24.

 

6. Boston College at Clemson: The Tigers are still upset about the loss at Georgia Tech last week. They’ll take it out on the Eagles and go to 1-1 in the ACC. Clemson 24, Boston College 14.

 

7. Nebraska at Virginia Tech:  Nebraska is looking for a signature victory to use as a measuring stick of the program’s progress under Bo Pelini. Virginia Tech, thought to be the ACC’s best hope for a national championship contender, needs to win to avoid a 1-2 start. Virginia Tech 17, Nebraska 14.

 

8. Texas Tech at Texas: Michael Crabtree’s touchdown catch to beat Texas was the signature moment of the 2008 season. The loss simply cost Texas a shot at the Big 12 championship AND the national championship. The Longhorns are determined to win them all in 2009 and get to the BCS championship game. Texas 35, Texas Tech 20.

 

9. Florida Atlantic at South Carolina: Coach Steve Spurrier let quarterback Stephen Garcia throw it 53 times in last week’s high-scoring loss to Georgia. How many times will he throw it against the Owls of Howard Schnellenberger? South Carolina 31, Florida Atlantic 10.

 

10. Southern California at Washington: The Trojans, who won a very tough game at Ohio State (18-15) last Saturday, go on the road for the second straight week. This time they may be without Matt Barkley, who has a bruised right shoulder. I can’t go with the Huskies in a straight up win. But this one will be closer than a lot of people think. Southern California 21, Washington 17.

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230 comments Add your comment

RedKneckerson

September 18th, 2009
5:47 am

I think the Vols make it a bit more respectable.

RedKneckerson

September 18th, 2009
5:48 am

And you fellars are going to have to git up earlier to be first before ole RedKneckerson. FIRST!!!!!!

'Bama 1

September 18th, 2009
6:06 am

Florida wiil clean Tennessee’s clock. Maybe that will shut Lame Kiffins big mouth. That punk has a lot to learn about playing ball in the SEC!

Lenny in Ludowici

September 18th, 2009
6:16 am

Ever body on that Junkyard Blawg’s been fussin’ bout not playin the young quarterbacks enough and how they aint gone be ready for next year cause of it. Well, I thank my Dawgs should play all the freshmen for the rest of the season to get em ready for our national champeenship run next year. That is if it’s all right to go 1 and 11 this year.

JWalker

September 18th, 2009
6:25 am

Since it seems there has been a constant talking of smack in this town by GTers for a year now, we gotta talk about that game last night…

–Against its last three Div 1A opponents, GT’s O has scored 3, 16 and 17, respectively.
–Dwyer is — maybe — the 4th best RB in the conference. Spiller and those 2 guys from Miami are both better.
–GT D stinks.

Dawgs, I hope you give a good show this weekend so that Saban has some good tape to work from for next week. Please do not lay down in this game.

I think the FL-TN score will be closer than people think. 27-6 or something.

Wouldn’t be surprised, either, if the Aubs win easily. Coaching has gone down hill at WVU.

Coach Mark Richt

September 18th, 2009
6:29 am

I’m gonna kick Florida in the sack right after we rush the field after our first field goal. How do you want your bbq this weekend boys?

gata gata gata gata gata

JWalker

September 18th, 2009
6:37 am

I’ll be ready to play someone next week. Tired about writing about everyone else’s games. Roll Tide.

Tuck Fech

September 18th, 2009
6:42 am

((((33-17))))) hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha

Saint Simon

September 18th, 2009
6:45 am

Saint Simon<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> LMAO LMAO….Wow- guess that is a major blow to your Coastal Sewer Conference Championship…..

Are you kidding me....

September 18th, 2009
7:09 am

…only 95 yards rushing? I don’t care if Dwyer is hurt or not, what happened to that vaunted rushing game? Looks like it really is a high school offense playing against the big boys.

We have been saying since last year, it doesn’t matter who the COACH is – he doesn’t get to play (of course, it doesn’t help when Furman Bisher gets on board and annoints the guy as one of the best of all time after ONE season playing big boy football).

So, lick your wounds, and get ready for some more beat downs. Geez, as m would say, even Chan Gailey beat UM every time!!!!! Maybe he needs to go chase that Greyhound bus!!!!!

MIke

September 18th, 2009
7:21 am

What UGA defense is going to keep Arkansas to 14 points? If SC can score on this defense, Arkansas can as well.

Eric

September 18th, 2009
7:23 am

You’re really going out on a limb with numbers 2 and 3. Good luck with those! bama 1 talking about someone’s big mouth is clearly a case of pot calls kettle black…shut up! Tech wasn’t even in the game last night…pitiful, a total waste of time. War Eagle!!

Joe

September 18th, 2009
7:26 am

Looks like the GTu high school offense is coming to bear now.

It was easy for Johnson to carve up I-AA with Adrian Peterson, who simply had a speech disorder and could not get into a D1 school. His brother Mike is pretty good for the Falcons right now.

It was also easy with Navy because the schedule changed every year.

But when you play against DC’s who make half a million dollars a year, that high school offense is not going to consistently work.

Josh Nesbitt will soon come to the realization that he could be looking at an NFL paycheck if he had played safety in college. Now, he faces the prospects of returning to Greene County, a few credits shy of his history of science and technology degree.

Gtu will not be able to recruit big time players, because everyone will soon be able to see that a kid cannot go to the NFL from Gtu’s high school offense.

Thomas is a great physical specimen, but he has no idea how to run a pass route. He literally just runs down the field and jumps up for the ball. NFL coaches will be so angry when they get him in camp.

It was a nice little season for Gtu last year, but now you are going to be relegated to little old high school gimmick offense school again. Hope you enjoyed your run while it lasted.

JB

September 18th, 2009
7:26 am

Tech folks have told Dawgs fans the last 12 month’s that they didn’t want to hear about all our injuries…..that it just an excuse yada yada yada……news flash, take dwyer and nesbitt and put them in street cloth’s, and you would not win 2 or 3 more games. My take on the Tech offense is that when it’s good, it’s very good. But against 4 and 5 star players and it’s not clicking, you’re toast. Dwyer IS banged up, Nesbitt is/was dazed and your second best D lineman is hurt.
Welcome to the club.

Mikey

September 18th, 2009
7:34 am

Tony,
I agree with all your picks except I’m gonna go with the Huskies over USC. Just a gut feeling.

Mikey

September 18th, 2009
7:37 am

Oh, and by the way- Nerd Nation might want to focus their energy on that train wreck they had last night rather than worrying about trash on a campus THAT ISN’T THEIRS !

Go Dawgs!
Tuck Fech !

VolsnGoBlue

September 18th, 2009
7:39 am

Vols game closer than experts predict. Good defense, monte kiffin, Eric Berry.

TrueCrimson

September 18th, 2009
7:41 am

1. Georgia at Arkansas: Georgia 17, Arkansas 14.

I expect more offense: G 27 – A 17

2. Tennessee at Florida: Florida 48, Tennessee 9.

I really hope that this game gets interesting. I really, really doubt that it will.

3. North Texas at Alabama: Alabama 42, North Texas 7.

Last week of Fall Camp. Hard to get up for a game like this. A good time to review the 2007 LA-Monroe game film.

4. West Virginia at Auburn: Auburn 38, West Virginia 31.

Toomer’s Drug put a hold their annual TP order until they see the outcome of this game. (will last year’s surplus get them through this season?)

5. Florida State at BYU: BYU 31, Florida State 24.

I know that there must be a really good Cougar, polygamy and Seminhole joke to go along with this game — but it’s just too early in the morning for me to figure it out right now. Feel free to ad lib.

6. Boston College at Clemson: Clemson 24, Boston College 14.

Yawn…

7. Nebraska at Virginia Tech: Virginia Tech 17, Nebraska 14.

Man, I really feel old when I realize that I recall a time during which Nebraska was relevant.

8. Texas Tech at Texas: Texas 35, Texas Tech 20.

Big 12 back to normal — Texas and her little sisters.

9. Florida Atlantic at South Carolina: South Carolina 31, Florida Atlantic 10.

SC needs these OOC wins to maintain their superior position to Vandy and MSU in the SEC.

10. Southern California at Washington: Southern California 21, Washington 17.

Big strategy decision for USC coaching staff: Is it better to choke early in the season, or choke late?

Hmmm…

Anonymous

September 18th, 2009
7:43 am

Atlanta Gator

September 18th, 2009
7:44 am

Comments in response to Tony —-

(1) No more excuses for the Dawgs: Joe Cox is healthy, and this is his third start. The Dawgs win or lose, as a team. Nothing more than instinct, but I predict Georgia over Arkansas, 24-17.

Atlanta Gator

September 18th, 2009
7:45 am

(2) SEC big game of the week. No more poor-mouthing the Gators by Mr. Kiffin. No more “no comments” out of Gainesville. No more talking of any kind. It’s time to play. Florida over Tennessee, 35-13.

Atlanta Gator

September 18th, 2009
7:46 am

(3) Another game that doesn’t need to be played. Alabama over mismatched North Texas, 35-10.

(4) West Virginia has played no one of consequence; Auburn has beaten Mississippi State (?). Hmmm. My gut tells me, Tigers over Mountaineers, 27-21.

Atlanta Gator

September 18th, 2009
7:46 am

(5) Well, here’s one of those games where we will learn something of consequence: Is Brigham Young worthy of being in the top 10 teams in the country? Maybe the top 2 or 3 teams in the Mountain West are worthy. BYU over FSU, 35-21.

(6) Boston College has thumped two nobodies. Clemson beat a nobody, and lost to a Georgia Tech that doesn’t look nearly as tough this morning. When in doubt, pick the home team: Tigers over Eagles, 27-17.

(7) Interesting intersectional match-up; should help the computer ratings services rank ACC and Big XII. I predict Nebraska over Virginia Tech, 24-21.

jablonski

September 18th, 2009
7:48 am

Boy o Boy, Did Tech look great or what? Where are all those big mouth, small junk tech fans…m, Ramble On, Yellow Fuzz and the biggest d*uche Saint Simons? I loved every heart breaking minute of it. Just for Saint Simons

((((((33-17))))) HAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAH

Atlanta Gator

September 18th, 2009
7:49 am

(8) Revenge is sweet, and Texas Tech is not nearly as good as last year. Texas over Texas Tech, 42-17.

Atlanta Gator

September 18th, 2009
7:53 am

(10) Did anyone notice Washington beat Idaho last week, the Huskies’ first win since November 2007. They also played LSU surprisingly tough in the season opener. Signs of life, for sure, but Southern has too much talent: Trojans over Huskies 31-17.

Good luck to all the teams for whom you cheer, and may the best teams win (they usually do).

Joe

September 18th, 2009
7:56 am

Why are Texas Tech and Texas playing the third weekend in September after playing in November last year?

Seems odd that the Big 12 schedules are so inconsistent.

Where have you gone jim Bob Cooter ?

September 18th, 2009
8:02 am

Enter your comments here

Tony,

1) The Oinkers are a program on the rise (at least until Bobby Petrino gets restless again). Georgia is a program in transition. Take the rise. Pigs win 38-17.

2) Lane Kiffin is young and inexperienced. Somebody should tell him that you win FIRST and then talk smack. He may not be at UT long enough to get things in that order. UF 70 UT 3

3) North Texas at UAT. Money game scrimmage for the packyderms.Bama 56 NT 7

4) WVU at Auburn. Auburn is not the team it was under Tommy Tuberville . On the other hand the Hillbillies are not the team they were under Rich Rodriguez. Gud Malzahn has the Auburn offense on the right track ,so we’ll say AU 31 WVU 17.

5) FSU at BYU. No amount of dadgums can help the tribe when they visit the light air and wild expectations of Provo this week. After losing to Miami,Florida State may have lost a lot of their will to win (judging by the weak attempt against jacksonville State) ‘Cougs 38- FSU 20

6) BC at Clemson.After watching them play Tech ,I figure that Clemson has 8 -10 wins in them this year. This should be one of them. Kitties win 41-9

7) Nebraska at VT.When all the precincts are heard from after Thanksgiving , this game could have a huge impact on where these two teams go bowling. New Years week in Florida or Boise ? ‘Huskers overcome a tough Tech team 17-14.

8) TT at UT (the other one). Tech won it’s once in a generation game against Texas LAST year. Now it’s back to being a pumpkin. Texas 31 Tech 19

9) Florida Atlantic at USC .There was a time when Steve Spurrier and Howard Schnellenberger played for much bigger stakes than a mid tier bowl game at the end of the year. Sad to see them in decline. Chickens win 41-9

10) SC at Washington.This is kind of like watching Kane from the old “Kung Fu” series try to snatch the pebble from the hand of the master and get… I don’t know ,a cookie or something. But instead of a cookie , the Trojans are going to put a beat down on the puppies. Tony , you predicted a close game ,are you high ? USC 48 UW 10

Little Bee

September 18th, 2009
8:02 am

Did anyone get the license plate number of that truck that hit us last night?

Gen Neyland

September 18th, 2009
8:03 am

There are people expending way too much energy on Florida thrashing UT in order to teach Kiffin a lesson. Those that want to see Kiffin smashed are looking for someone else to do their bidding in the physical world while they have used their mouths to hide behind Mommy’s skirt. At least CLK hasn’t harped on this game like so many ‘fans’ have since. I hope for a good game but Tebow is one of the best ever and has had a better college run than Herschel. Hate to say it but in reality, Florida can only beat themselves, not only in this particular game but the whole season long… Nebraska has always been a team that garnered my interest. Truly, they had a great run back in the 90’s. Some of you will rejoice in the fact they knew Kiffin was coming to Knoxville, even way back in 1997 and whacked then #3 Tennessee in the Orange Bowl to capture the NC in the Coaches poll and finsihed 2nd to Michigan in the AP in the last season before the BCS took over (at least with the BCS we can get a consensus champion, huh?). Here’s to hoping they smack VT…Trap game for Georgia..? No such thing. For me this is a T Boone Pik’ems affair…Good luck to all.

MiltonDawg

September 18th, 2009
8:07 am

i think UGA will win by more- say 7 to 10. Agree with all other picks except my upset pick- Nebraska will upset VT.

Spike

September 18th, 2009
8:15 am

Tony, you said on TV the other night that the Arkansa game was a “trap game” for the Dogs and you liked the Hogs in this game. Noe it’s the Dogs. Sorry, gotta call you on this filp flop.

m

September 18th, 2009
8:15 am

we suck.
i apologize to all the georgia fans for everything i have said.
i am going to sit in my room and sulk while my mommie fixes me breakfast and i replay the game on my wii.

Atlanta Gator

September 18th, 2009
8:16 am

I have watched with much amusement as several bloggers have attempted to stir-up some internet blowback against the Gators by inventing all sorts of pre-game “smack talk” by the Gators. In yet another example to the contrary, Florida’s cornerback Joe Haden praises Tennessee’s star safety Eric Berry as “the best defensive player in the nation”:

http://www.miamiherald.com/sports/colleges/story/1237293.html

Yup, those crazy Gator players sure are talking a lot of smack this week.

Spike

September 18th, 2009
8:16 am

M, Yellow Fuzz, St Simons, Ramblin Rick, Stinger.. Snicker, Snicker, Snicker. Nice offensive game you had there last night.

Vince Neil

September 18th, 2009
8:18 am

Where is Nachos?

He owns all of you.

Starring Kam Fong as Chin Ho

September 18th, 2009
8:19 am

Gen Neyland, methinks Mr Tebow has been at the helm for more losses in 2 years than HW played in in 3 years. He’s good, bordering on great, but let us not forget his 9-4 season two years ago. Mr Tebow is the medias darling but does no more for his team than a Colt McCoy or a Snead @ Ole Miss. Tebow won’t beat your Vols, but alas, Florida will….good luck though

The Man that Made Roswell Ed Famous

September 18th, 2009
8:19 am

Hey did y’all see me playing corner back last nite for GT…err it wasn’t me but could I have done worse?

You know how I hate to pull for those sorry Dogs, but when matched against that lying sack of dung, I’ll take the Dogs EVERY time.

I alsp don’t like pulling for the JORTS’ Nation, but you reap what you sow Kiffin, and you’ve reaped yourself a heap of trouble!!

What penitentiary are the Mormons visiting the Crimonoles at this weekend? One similarity between the teams is that each player from each school has about 3 kids. The biggest difference is that unlike the Criminole players that are 19-21 and unmarried, the BYU players are 26-27 years old and have 3 wives.

BC at Clempson- yawn ACC action it’s sucktastic!!

Nebraska at Va Tech- I like Nebraska in a CLOSE game, but give Va Tech credit for that out of conference schedule.

Jom Mora’s dream team keeps it closer than people think, but USC will still win by a TD or more.

And now for the big finale!!!!!

AU over the Toothless Nation 148-3. WVU kicks a late fumble after AU’s 7th string QB muffs the snap on what would have been an 84 yd pass play!!
WDE!!

Nah, Tony’s got it right. 5-9 pts should be the dif!!

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Enjoy the games!!

WDE and go Falcons!!!

The Man that Made Roswell Ed Famous

September 18th, 2009
8:21 am

Oh, I forgot to ask. Have y’all missed me? It’s been a while!!

obomaisaclown

September 18th, 2009
8:23 am

HOLD THE HOGS TO 14 POINTS, THIS WILL HAPPEN WHEN ACCORN TAKES OVER GA’S TICKET SALES AND FUND RAISING .

Don Ho

September 18th, 2009
8:25 am

Tech has some big time trouble on defense, can’t tackle & can’t cover. Pretty poor combo.

A lot of empty seats at the game last night. Kind of reminds you of the ACC Championship game.

Steve Spurrier

September 18th, 2009
8:26 am

Urban will clean Lame’s clock. So will I.

Paul (Are you that stupid?) Johnson

September 18th, 2009
8:29 am

How embarassing it is to be caught on national television call one of your players stupid.

Corinne

September 18th, 2009
8:36 am

Wow!

Atlanta Gator may break his own record (currently at 5,437) of postings on Tony’s blog today!

Go Gator

Scrappy McGowan

September 18th, 2009
8:40 am

I thought he was asking him if he was stupid.

D

September 18th, 2009
8:40 am

FLORIDA 63 HILLBILLY U ……..3

Got 12?

September 18th, 2009
8:41 am

It looks like the ACC’s prayers are in the process of being answered. They needed either FSU or Miami to return to prominence. It looks like The U is back. They’re probably too young to make a national impact this year but look out for them over the next couple of seasons.

Got 12?

September 18th, 2009
8:41 am

Last night confirmed what we all knew: A D-Line with a lot of talent and a little discipline will render the Triple Option impotent. The good news for Tech is that only two or three teams they play each year have the talent to stop them. Tech will win at least 9 games every year of the CPJ era.

Scrappy McGowan

September 18th, 2009
8:41 am

Maybe CPJ should have knelt and said a prayer and the player wouldn’t have missed his assignment next time.

Atlanta Gator

September 18th, 2009
8:43 am

Corinne—-If the @#$% blog software would let me post more than two one-sentence paragraphs at a time, there would only be two posts.