The Fearless Friday Forecast

 

Your Fearless Friday Forecaster went 8-2 last week because:

**–He didn’t believe that Florida State, which almost lost to Jacksonville State, could go on the road and beat BYU, which had beaten Oklahoma. Speed, baby, speed. FSU has speed.

**–He didn’t believe it was possible for USC, after winning a dramatic game at Ohio State, could lose to an unranked Pac-10 team for the fourth straight year. Oops.

He did think Georgia could beat Arkansas but he never believed that two SEC teams could be so bad on defense.

Nevertheless, your humble prognosticator stands at 20-7 after three weeks and is back for more punishment.

Let’s get on with the Forecast:

 

1. North Carolina at Georgia Tech: Everybody’s blaming Paul Johnson’s offense for last week’s struggle at Miami. I don’t think it’s the gun. It’s the guys who are shooting it. Right now they aren’t playing very smart. They probably need to be a little tougher, too. If Georgia Tech is going to have a good season, here is where the Jackets need to make a stand. Georgia Tech 21, North Carolina 20.

 

2. Arizona State at Georgia: Arizona State is 2-0 but the wins have come again Idaho State and Louisiana-Monroe. Georgia will come out flat after three straight tough games and this will be pretty ugly. But Joe Cox and A.J. Green save the day. Georgia 35, Arizona State 20.

 

3. Arkansas at Alabama: Remember how much time Arkansas quarterback Ryan Mallett had to throw last week against Georgia? Cut that time by more than half. Alabama 31, Arkansas 10.

 

4. Florida at Kentucky: The Gators played a little tight last week because of all the hoopla with Tennessee and Lane Kiffin. Now they relax and let their talent take over. Kentucky is better than a lot of people think. But not that good.  Florida 31, Kentucky 17.

 

5. LSU at Miss. State: LSU has won nine straight games against the Bulldogs, outscoring them 374-105 in the process. LSU starts opening up the playbook with Mississippi State, Georgia, and Florida coming up in the next three weeks. LSU 42, Miss. State 20.

 

6. Ohio at Tennessee: Tennessee quarterback Jonathan Crompton struggles in the big games (like Florida) but he is the model of efficiency against the Western Kentuckys and Ohios of the world. The Vols have a big game with Auburn next week and will use this outing to rebuild Crompton’s confidence. Tennessee 45, Ohio 9.

 

7. Ball State at Auburn: A year ago Ball State was one of the most explosive teams in the country with quarterback Nate Davis. But Davis is gone and so is Coach Brady Hoke. Now the Fighting David Lettermans (his alma mater) are 0-3 with a loss to New Hampshire. Auburn rolls to 4-0 and gets ready for a trip to Tennessee. Auburn 45, Ball State 10.

 

8. Miami at Virginia Tech: Right now Miami has the most impressive body of work with wins over Florida State and Georgia Tech. If the Hurricanes can win at Blacksburg, where they have lost in five of their last seven trips, they will vault in the rankings. ‘Canes win it with defense.  Miami 20, Virginia Tech 17.

 

9. TCU at Clemson: With losses by BYU and Utah last week, TCU (2-0) has a chance to be a BCS buster if it can run the table. The Horned Frogs have yet another great defense. I just think that Clemson has too many weapons with C.J. Spiller, Kyle Parker, and Jacoby Ford. Clemson 17, TCU 14.

 

10. Iowa at Penn State: Iowa beat Penn State last season and knocked the Nittany Lions out of a shot at the national championship. Penn State has not been tested in two games. Iowa (3-0) has gotten better since an early scare against Northern Iowa (17-16). I just can’t see Joe Pa losing this game at home. Penn State 21, Iowa 17.

 

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221 comments Add your comment

UT96

September 25th, 2009
11:29 am

Chuck UGA, don’t be so sure. Our defense will keep us close in every game we play and looking at your defense so far, I would say we are going to be able to run the ball on you. I’m not saying we win or lose, just saying in a tight game anything can happen.

GaCracker

September 25th, 2009
11:32 am

Watch for Arkansas to riddle Alabama’s secondary unless Bama uses blitz packages frequently. The Arkansas QB is very accurate when given time!

Uncle Leon

September 25th, 2009
11:41 am

GaCracker- What’s the over/under on the number of hits Mallet takes tomorrow? Look for Bama CB Kareem “CoCo” Jackson to have a big game.

Abe Froman

September 25th, 2009
11:47 am

TCU will throw more formations at Clemson than you’ll see at the Grambling/Southern Battle of the Bands. Also rain will slow down Ford and Spiller.

Will

September 25th, 2009
11:47 am

Big Tone, I felt a sense of anger while reading this blog at our UGA team. I can tell this by you basically saying that the defense sucks and CMR will have the kids coming out flat tomorrow night. While I’m not saying it couldn’t happen with Sweet Willie roaming the sidelines, I disagree. We are a seasoned team by our schedule and Zona State has played no-one of significance. Just look at what the chickens did last night to a Ole Miss team who were in the the same scenario as Zona State. USC was stronger until the 4th quarter because they had been pushed in prior games. It took Ole Miss 3 quarters to catch up. Same will happen tomorrow but it will be long over by the 4th.

This one gets ugly quick. UGA 52-17.

Here’s another prediction. UGA will be a 1-loss team going on Halloweens Day!

RxDawg

September 25th, 2009
11:52 am

Mike GT is not for real. Not until they can find a decent passing game. The reason is becuase whenever you face teams that have a talented enough D-line, specificly the D ends, that can blow off the line and take away your outside pitch guys your going to find it very hard to gain yardage and score points. Against Clemson you won with trickery and special teams. Your offense was horrible. That wont work week in week out.

I’m not bashing Tech for the sake of bashing them. I’m just calling it like I see it. You need a passing game of some kind. Until you develop one, it’s going to be a tough road.

Doc

September 25th, 2009
11:54 am

Miami will be without two starting defensive linemen, who are injured.

The Ghost Of Zeke Bratkowski

September 25th, 2009
11:55 am

There Once Was A Coach Named John Fabris

Whose kickoffs were thoughtless and careless

They’d bounce out of bounds

Or wind up around

Midfield – for opponents – just fabulous!

(Applause)

Thank you ladies and gentlemen, I’m here thru Thursday, try the veal, it’s the best in the city.

RxDawg

September 25th, 2009
11:56 am

UT96, about the only thing our defense can do right now is stop the run. I’m really worried about the UGA at UT game because of how good your defense is. But on paper, we match up really well against you. If your D regularly stops us, gets turnovers, and if Compton has a good game it will be a long day for us. But first things first..

dawgday

September 25th, 2009
11:58 am

Penn St. will play UF for the NC this year. Two of the sorriest schedules ever put together. As a dawg fan I’m just jealous.

I think the Dawgs defense will improve this week but the offense will not be as dynamic. No easy wins this season.

outkasted

September 25th, 2009
11:58 am

@slim jim…. u dummy of course i know ole miss is overrated its just funny how the “experts” tell us how good ole miss and their qb was and yet again they were proved to be wrong… @ 12 and 21 i’m idiot b/c alabama has proved nothing yet they’re gonna go out and stomp arkansas i doubted and yes i’ll be back on monday to tell u i told u so…and u probably think jones is better than green when jones can’t get in the end zone…lol

Mike

September 25th, 2009
12:00 pm

Rx

Can you please explain to me what “for real” means and how a team gets that ascribed to them? Is your team “real” with the loss to OK State? I never said GT was real because I have no clue what that means in your vernacular.

m

September 25th, 2009
12:02 pm

I suspect ugag is in deep trouble this week and here’s why.

Apparently news travels slowly out west. Ucla and Okie St. apparently had not heard how tough the ess eee cee is and went ahead and beat the crap out of georgy and tennerseee. If hey had gotten them memo about how tough the ess eee cee is they might have laid down.

Ugag better hope that Arizona St. got the memo about the tough the ess eee cee is…otherwise they may score 100 on ugag.

Just saying.

fan

September 25th, 2009
12:11 pm

m, your an idiot, just saying. How is ASU going to hang 100 on UGA when their best bet to do that was last year at their stadium with a better QB? Dog our D all you want, yalls D is truly PATHETIC. a redshirt freshman in his first road game, had a great day against that D. YOUR AN IDIOT, JUST SAYING.

Gen Neyland

September 25th, 2009
12:15 pm

Steve : I second Altdawg. That was good…

JoeV

September 25th, 2009
12:16 pm

TCU is in the Mountain West Conference. That is all.

panther

September 25th, 2009
12:19 pm

arkansas only scores 10?!?! wow

fan

September 25th, 2009
12:22 pm

FSU and the dawgs are gonna have a field day against Tech. you think our passing D sucks, look at your own. Morgan Burnett hasn’t been a factor. He had like 2 tackles against Miami. Burnett vs AJ, ummm let me think. TECH SUCKS and come Nov yall will be right back where yall belong, runners up to the State champs.

UGA ALL THE WAY

September 25th, 2009
12:23 pm

8-2?? if you got three wrong how did you go 8-2? shouldnt it be 7-3

m

September 25th, 2009
12:25 pm

45-42….glad it still hurts you ignorant hushpuppies so bad….and it is only the beginning.

Karl Fargman

September 25th, 2009
12:35 pm

LOCK OF THE WEEK:

Criminoles -14 over visiting Bulls

OR

Bearcats -16 at home over the west coast FSU?

fan

September 25th, 2009
12:37 pm

glad it hurts so much!!!!! i m a tech fan that lives on one win per decade. 33-17 GLAD THAT HURTS YOU DUMAzzz tech fans. If miami can pass on yall, imagine what we can do. Revenge is coming nerds.

UGA ALL THE WAY

September 25th, 2009
12:41 pm

so far your 0-2…. Thought y’all had to know college football to be a sports writer. LSU has NOT beatin UGA 9 straight times in a row. 9???? might need to be drug tested or somethin.

UGA ALL THE WAY

September 25th, 2009
12:43 pm

My mistake, i jumped the gun on that one. I skimmed thru it to keep, didnt see Ole Miss while reading… Sorry

Uncle Leon

September 25th, 2009
12:49 pm

fan- I’d take Jacory Harris over Joe Cox any day. “If miami can pass on yall, imagine what we can do.”

G8R GRAD

September 25th, 2009
12:49 pm

Good picks all, Ton’ except #10:

Penn State loses to Iowa.

GO GATORS!

UGA ALL THE WAY

September 25th, 2009
12:53 pm

What the hell is it with people like saint simmons and this queer m person. who gives a $hit what you just did man. Its fri, the day before College football, and you write stuff like u peed your pants… just shut the hell up!!!!

Dawg Pound

September 25th, 2009
12:55 pm

Their will be some recruits there on unofficial visits and one on an official visit so bulldog nation needs to be loud and obnoxious as usual at the ballgame. GATA DAWGS!!

FLA DAWG

September 25th, 2009
12:56 pm

bigdawg01,
Your comment indicates a lack of education and etiquette. Please don’t tell us you are an Alum from The ‘01 Class of UGA.

Last season I picked Bama to beat The Dawgs. I also predicted Oklahoma State would beat The Dawgs this season. I picked Arkansas to win and was wrong – but not by much. I picked The Dawgs to win in a shootout of Offense with a score of 37-34. I was right about the win but off on the score (so was everyone else).

The Dawgs have no confidence in Martinez and the D will give up a barrel of points. The Devil D will be better than we’ve seen this season and will hold The UGA O enough to win.

LSU has been unimpressive and I believe MS has a shot to knock off a win this time.

Of course these are UPSET PREDICTIONS. I wrote in caps (C-A-P-I-T-A-L L-E-T-T-E-R-S) to help you to understand.

If you are a UGA Graduate try to write like one.

FLA DAWG

September 25th, 2009
12:58 pm

Please note a correction on my above comment;

The 37-34 win I predicted was against SC.

I'll say it AGAIN

September 25th, 2009
1:03 pm

The only rings that CMR has that mean anything are the ones he got while coaching @ FSU.

GO DAWGS

September 25th, 2009
1:10 pm

Where ya been Trade School Junkie 33-17 HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA.You are the idiot who predicted Tech to finish 12-0,what a joke you and the football team at Tech are.Tech will be VERY lucky to win 7 games. See you in November !!!!!!!!!!!!

UT96

September 25th, 2009
1:12 pm

RX Dawg, virtually every game we play this year can go either way this year because of our defense and our lack of a decent qb. I suspect we’ll win some and we’ll lose some but all games will be close. I expect UT-UGA to be no different. I’ll split a bottle of pepto with you. We’re both going to need it.

GO DAWGS

September 25th, 2009
1:12 pm

Arkansas will give the Tide problems.Watch out Saban !!!!!!!!!!!!

Willie Martinez

September 25th, 2009
1:14 pm

Bow down to me Dawg fans….I am the greatest….besides CMR likes me….

Ty

September 25th, 2009
1:15 pm

Go dawgs. How stupid are you? Your team loses by nearly the same amount to OSU and OSU gets smoked by Houston. At least GT’s loss is to a respected top 10 team. And mark this down, PJ will not settle for mediocrity. You will see some big changes this weekend and an awakened Jackets football team. The ? is will Ga’s defense ever learn how to defend. You have no room to talk with the pathetic performance you’ve shown this year. You could easily be 0-3.

Nachos

September 25th, 2009
1:16 pm

GO DAWGS: put down the PBR… no chance in hell Arkansas can hang with ALABAMA.

Oh yes, I predict Greg Biffle to win Sunday at Dover.

36-0 barners…… choke on that

fan

September 25th, 2009
1:37 pm

ty, what about tech’s D? yalls is worst than ours. at least our run defense is good. yall could be 1-2. don’t talk trash if you can’t bring all the facts.

Kentucky is next

September 25th, 2009
1:44 pm

Georgia willl probably win this week but when they start playing great defenses like Florida and Tennessee their luck will run out.

GatorNation

September 25th, 2009
1:50 pm

While Miami has looked great, but there will come a game during the season where they’ll have a total brain fart. I expect one game against an underdog where their inexperience comes to light and they totally blow the game. All of this hype will eventually go to their head and bam there goes their NC chances.

Ty

September 25th, 2009
1:52 pm

“yalls is worst”

Nice spelling and grammar. You are truly a ignorant person.

No, Gt’s defense is not WORSE than uga’s. The defensive rankings back that up. And Clemson and Miami are both much better than SC and Arkansas. Don’t talk trash if you can’t use proper language.

Eric

September 25th, 2009
1:55 pm

And the same will happen to uf gator nation. Expect the unexpected this season.

Patrick

September 25th, 2009
2:03 pm

Ty, your team got totally abused by a very young Miami team. Your defense was torched – heck, was the GT DC on the phone with Willie Martinez during that butt whipping? The bees have nothing to be proud of so far this year as they barely escaped Clemson. VT will absolutely clean GT’s clock and the NC game tomorrow is sort of a toss-up to me. The triple fumble game plan has been exposed by both LSU and Miami. By the way, isn’t FSU on your schedule as well? Uh-oh. GT 7 – 5 this year. Sorry.

Vince Neil

September 25th, 2009
2:04 pm

Nachos is the man!!

He was pounding cold beers last Saturday when I watched the Bama game with him.

Not Disappointed

September 25th, 2009
2:07 pm

“Good to be back in the Atl!” I think the Dawgs will thump Arizona State Tea and the Jackets will edge the UNC in a close one.

Miami is the real deal and will be harder to handle by years end!

Ramblin Wreck! and Good weekend to all!

Ps, Damn, it’s good to be back in the states.
Vacations blow this time of the year! College Football rule!

shane#1

September 25th, 2009
2:09 pm

1- Tech can win this one IF the offensive blockers complete their assigned tasks. There were too many missed blocks against Miami. I disagree on Nesbitt as a passer. Force Tech to be a passing team and they are half beaten. They must work the bugs,{har,har,har} out of the triple option. 2- King is back at RB, so he, Samuel, and Thomas can keep fresh legs at TB. How about if the Dawgs just get behind that big ol’ O line and pound the ball? What better way to spend a rainy Saturday afternoon? 3- I think Bama will pound the ball and eat up clock. Mallet can’t throw for many yards from the sideline. 4- If the Gators don’t blow this one open I will think they lack some of last years offense. Namely a guy named Harvin. That D of theirs wins this one anyway and if the O is clicking it’s another Meyer blowout. 5- LSU wins, it could be an ugly game. 6- Gimmie for the Vols. 7- Ditto for the War Tigers. 8- Tony, VT loses with no offense. I keep hearing about the VT defense, when is that vaunted D going to show up? VT is ranked #107 in the nation against the run. Look for the ‘Canes to come out running. 9- I am picking Clemson at home. It’s that lucky rock. 10- JoePa picks up another win in the Great Geezer race. Oh, and Poppa Bobby does too.

Ty

September 25th, 2009
2:14 pm

Patrick
You are obviously clueless. Miami is not “very young”. Half their starters are Juniors and Seniors.

You talk trash about tech’s defense. Look in the mirror. At least we only gave up 33 to what should be a top 3 team. And tech’s problems stem from lack of offense production. When your d is on the field for 2/3 of the game, it’s expected to get torched. Explain this riddle Patty.

Sc 7-3 over NC state
Ga 41-37 over sc
sc 16-10 over ole miss

so does sc have a good defense or not? and what does this mean if ga played ole miss? Would it be a shoot out too?

Ga is in big trouble next week and when they really get into some decent defenses. Cause it’s obvious your defense is worse than last year. Who knows. Tomorrow is the perfect trap game for ga. I wouldn;t be surprised to see them lose if the defense continues as is.

Ty

September 25th, 2009
2:23 pm

Oh and I was wrong about Miami. 16 of their 22 starters are either juniors or seniors. If you include second string 25 of 44 are either juniors or seniors. So much for them being so young. Get your FACTS jack ass pat.

Nachos

September 25th, 2009
2:28 pm

Got some ICB’s ready for tomorrow dudes

Gatorzone

September 25th, 2009
2:31 pm

what is ICB?