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

COstanza

September 25th, 2009
2:31 pm

You can stuff your ICB’s in a sack mister. hehe

COstanza

September 25th, 2009
2:35 pm

ICB’s gator. You shove em down your blue jean pants before entering ben hill. lol

COstanza

September 25th, 2009
2:36 pm

should be shorts not pants. i need me an icb right about now.

Nachos

September 25th, 2009
2:38 pm

ICE COLD BEER

Saban rules

Joe Cox

September 25th, 2009
2:57 pm

UNC is beating GT. That offense is pathetic and I cant believe it took defensive coordinators this long to shut it down.

Tommy Lee

September 25th, 2009
3:10 pm

Nachos, You my hero man.Give givin dem barners hell!

Tommy Lee

September 25th, 2009
3:11 pm

Oops. Typo. But still enjoying watching nachos give the barners hell.

BurningRedBleedingBlack

September 25th, 2009
3:12 pm

GO DAWGS& GO FALCONS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Vince Neil

September 25th, 2009
3:13 pm

Nachos is the man!!

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

Tommy Lee

September 25th, 2009
3:15 pm

Sorry Vince, I’m hung better than you so I’ll be pounding Nachos tomorrow!

jumbeauxtiger

September 25th, 2009
3:18 pm

1. Tech 24 NC 20

2. UGA 38 ASU 17

3. Bama 37 Hogs 20

4. Fl 41 UK 13

5. LSU 23 State 13

6. UT 44 Ohio 7

7. Auburn 45 Ball State 10

8. Maimi 20 VaTech 14

9. TCU 28 Clemson 24

10.Penn St 24 Iowa 20

I, like some others, correctly called the game last night. No flame intended to the Reb fans, but this is why you can’t believe all the hype. I said this summer Bama is the team to beat in the West and although there’s alot of football left to play, the Tide looks like the best in the division.

I know you were high on the Rebs this summer Tide Rising. I’m curious to hear your thoughts about them now.

Geaux Tigers
Go SEC

Gen Neyland

September 25th, 2009
3:19 pm

Beware TB’s use of any phrase using ‘ugly’.

Today : “Georgia will come out flat after three straight tough games and this will be pretty ugly.”

Yesterday : “It is going to get ugly. Florida 48, Tennessee 9.”

Okay, Florida has sweated out the Gator Flu and will be looking to impress. They’ll try to stretch the field north-south-east and west. Does AZ ST even know what a grudge match is..? Here’s to hoping Iowa stuffs Penn ST. Miami beats GT again and again and again. TCU, Auburn, LSU, UT…

Dawgfan 4 life

September 25th, 2009
3:29 pm

(m) is another one of those guys from a WEAK conference who hopes every year that the SEC will fall off and they can finally get some glory. Reality check, the SEC is the best and will be for a long time.

big dawg 89

September 25th, 2009
3:35 pm

UGA-41 ASU-17, GT-27 UNC-24, MIA-21 VT-20, TCU-27 CLEM-21, ALA-31 ARK-27, UPSET ALERT, UPSET ALERT….UK-29 UF28…

GO DAWGS….. the cream will rise to the top, baby….

Frank Furter

September 25th, 2009
3:38 pm

UCLA and FLa make Tenn look like chumps over and over again and again. Poor Laney and his shriveled up bag father.

Joe Cox

September 25th, 2009
3:38 pm

btw nutt is an overrated coach. He made some STUPID decisions last night. He played to not lose the game in the first 3 quarters and it cost them the game.

gdawginkalamazoo

September 25th, 2009
3:39 pm

Tony, with the loss last night does Ole Miss now become the #5 team in the SEC East division?

UT96

September 25th, 2009
3:50 pm

Frank Furter, serious question? Are you retarded? Do you have anything resembling an intelligent comment on this blog?

dan

September 25th, 2009
3:55 pm

FLADAWG,

I like where you head is at, but I don’t think ASU will beat UGA. However, I do think it will be a closer game than people think. Why? Because UGA is expected to blowout a Pac 10 team at home, which usually means they’ll do the exact opposite, play half ass football and win by a TD. I also think the MSU vs. LSU will be closer as well, but Dan Mullin just doesn’t have the horses to beat LSU yet. I’d take MSU and ASU against the spread but not straight up.

gdawginkalamazoo

September 25th, 2009
3:56 pm

You know UGA has had a couple of “ugly” wins so far. I bet Ole Miss would have given their Houston Nut for an ugly win last night. Okay maybe not their Houston Nut but maybe their left one.

collegeballfan

September 25th, 2009
4:10 pm

“Everybody’s blaming Paul Johnson’s offense…”

Hogwash. The offense has nothing to do with it. If he were running a pro-set he would have the same offensive linemen, QBs, RBs & WRs he has now. If you do not block you do not move the ball & score.

Execution, execution, execution.

Vince Neil

September 25th, 2009
4:50 pm

Ha! Nice one.

Nachos was pounding ICB’s and chicken nachos last Saturday. I was busy pounding this chick who is an Auburn alum here in Atlanta while she wore my Bama tshirt.

Now thats ownership.

36-0

Frank Furter

September 25th, 2009
4:54 pm

Why don’t you ask your retarded comrade Gen Knee Land the same question pricko.

FLA DAWG

September 25th, 2009
5:30 pm

dan,
Dan The Man, you are right on. That’s exactly why I think there is a chance in both cases for an upset. The Dawgs have been playing worse and worse for two seasons. This will be the toughest team we’ve played and I don’t have confidence in the D.

You also see the possibility for an upset in the LSU / Miss State Game. I agree LSU should take it. I’m going for an upset because I think Miss State smells blood and will rise to the occassion.

In the end who the heck knows but it’s fun making these guesses on Friday!

Big Dawg

September 25th, 2009
5:41 pm

Tony I agree with all your picks except Clemson and TCU, the Horned Frogs will beat Clemson because of that great Defense.

Bill Jones

September 25th, 2009
5:51 pm

Miami beat a gassed GT team and if Ponder could throw better than a girl. that should really offend girls, Miami would and should have lost to FSU

riverdawg

September 25th, 2009
5:56 pm

Enter your comments here Id’ rather have habenero heated hemeroids, than listen to Lou Holtz

TampaGator

September 25th, 2009
6:07 pm

The Gators have something to prove this weekend and I would not want to be the other team when the Gators have something to prove…ie; Ohio State, Oklahoma, and Georgia last year. I worry about the Gators when they don’t have something to prove…ie; Georgia two years ago, Ole Miss last year, and Tennessee this year…and maybe Georgia again this year.

Butch Carpetmuncher

September 25th, 2009
6:08 pm

Yawn! Blbbber, blabbber, blabber. Your team sux, mine is better…..blabbber, blabbber.

Frank Furter

September 25th, 2009
6:20 pm

Woulda shoulda coulda. you lost. quit making excuses.

Tommy Lee

September 25th, 2009
6:20 pm

Dude, I did not know that Nachos was a fat chick from Auburn. I always thought he was a fat hick from Bama.

junebaby

September 25th, 2009
6:21 pm

actually, imo the dawgs are starting to look better all the time! it doesn’t matter how many point u win by,as long as it’s a win. if s. carolina get’s love for beating up #4, then that does wonders for the dawgs strength of schedule. discount what the writers say, as it was these dimwits that picked ole’ miss #4 anyway. if they were right about ole’ miss, it helps ga., if they were wrong, then they are probably wrong about ga being a bad team. it’s all relative! they’re all a bunch of band wagon followers, that walk lockstep one with the other. just wait and see, the dawgs will win at leat 11 games, even with their so-called bad defense. 11 wins does not make one a bad team, regardless of how many points they give up!!!

Tide4u2c

September 25th, 2009
6:27 pm

I knew Ole Miss was over hyped but I figured with their schedule they would be able to win alot of games and give LSU problems for 2nd place in the SEC west but now I’m not so sure.Looking at Ole Miss’s schedule I ee them losing to Alabama LSU and probably Auburn or Tennessee.Looking at LSU’s schedule I see them losing to Alabama and maybe Georgia or Florida although Florida looks more beatable this year.Looks like now it will be Alabama and LSU battlig it out for the SEC west with Auburn behind LSU and Ole Miss behind them.

Roll Tide!

Tide4u2c

September 25th, 2009
6:35 pm

As much as I hate to say it Auburn could be the surprise team in the west although I don’t expct them to win the west they could still surprise people and finish as good or better than Ole Miss.

Tide4u2c

September 25th, 2009
6:52 pm

All them pre-season mags and predictions from Phil Steele,Lindy’s,ESPN,etc about how good Ole Miss was going to be while shafting Alabama in the west are going to be eating crow.

Class of '98

September 25th, 2009
8:13 pm

Hey Tony, until you start picking winners against the spread, your picks are pointless.

My yorkshire terrier can pick winners.

Denver Dog

September 25th, 2009
8:14 pm

I’ve called it since Feb, Auburn is the surprise team of the conference, because they had talent arlready. That doen’tmean that they will win the west, or the conference, but it does say that they will be a lot better than everyone wanted to say.

BR

September 25th, 2009
8:38 pm

wa wa wa wa wa wa wa wa well……………

Artoris

September 25th, 2009
9:45 pm

I think there’s gonna be some upsets tomorrow, possibly Arkansas over Bama or Ohio over Tennessee.

Bama hasn’t played anybody halfway decent except Va Tech. Tennessee was really hyped for UF, but I think there could be
a UCLA type letdown. Saban and Kiffin will be exposed.

Fleischman in Chattanooga

September 25th, 2009
10:14 pm

Artoris you are a freaking moron. You have no clue what kind of team ‘Bama has. Go back to your cave and praise the almighty Coach Richt.

Gen Neyland

September 25th, 2009
10:35 pm

Frank Furter : Did I get under your soft underbelly..? How..? If I did then my work here is partially done.

Ga boy

September 25th, 2009
11:17 pm

Tony you do know that Iowa has beaten Penn State 6 out of the last 7 years-right? I’ll bet you picked PSU every year that they lost during the last 7 years.

superdawg

September 26th, 2009
1:16 am

Enter your comments here
Tar Heels hit’em hard and constantly…hahaha!!!

Baba O'Riley

September 26th, 2009
6:24 am

Yeah superdawg- that was certainly laugh-out-loud funny.

chris

September 26th, 2009
7:16 am

I hope Tony is wrong about Georgia coming out flat. We have seen that at least once a year and the results aren’t good. Can we say Alabama last year, Tennessee a couple years ago, ……….
Here is to hoping we crush them like last year and Georgia can give the starters some rest before LSU comes calling next week.

tdog

September 26th, 2009
7:49 am

Enter your comments heI think Georgia might be in for a scare. CMR just can’t get em up for these games.re

Voice of Reason

September 26th, 2009
8:03 am

A few thoughts, Tony:

1. Miami is overrated and overconsidered. After all, they beat Tech and FSU. These are not the salad days for Bowden’s Boys, and Tech, while talented on O, is a team that needs its offense to run like clockwork to beat a good opponent. Neither is a juggernaut; just decent teams in a decent conference. This kind of media frenzy happens every year, so don’t jump on the ‘Canes bandwagon just yet.

2. Don’t put too much emphasis on the Gators performance against UT. While not up to their ’90’s standards, UT is very good on D and in the ground game, and UF usually lays an egg against an inferior SEC foe every year. While Tebow’s WRs are a step down this year, this may have been that “egg” game for UF.

3. VT needs respect. Bama is that good, especially along the lines, and Nebraska is only a season from challenging UTx and OU. Year after year, why do writers always discount Beamer in favor of the latest “it” team?

4. Although I am no fan of either squad, I think the AU-UT game will tell us a lot about both teams and the SEC. And So. Carolina is better than people think; people forget the Ol’ Ball Coach has been just a few scores away from 9+ win seasons over the years, and I would line Eric Norwood up by himself against most offenses in the country and feel good about my chances. If Spurrier can just keep that mind control implant he put in Stephen Garcia’s head from malfunctioning…

5. Low score alert: Dawgs handle ASU on a sopping wet field with a punishing ground game, although the D misses a lot of tackles and the O coughs it up a few times. Fans will see the back of Reshad’s jersey a couple times on replays. #9 in your program…

6. Tech will pound UNC–the Heels finally face some talent, and Coach PJ has whipped his guys into shape this week at practice. Will there be an undefeated ACC team going into next week?

7. PSU-Iowa. Has it really come to this? Who cares? Maybe the Big 10 and Big East can set up an interconference championship game one day. Then again, who wants to get outdrawn by the ACC championship game?

8. Most intriguing game of the week: Clemson-TCU. Seriously.

9. Upset alert: LSU-Miss. St. Sure, someone has to get upset, so why not pick yet another overrated SEC West team to fall? I hope I am wrong and LSU waits another week to slip up.

10. Bold prediction: So. Cal. will lose 3 games or more this year.

CatsFly

September 26th, 2009
9:23 am

The Tech game could be very close. If UNC wins, get ready for it, with two games at home after Tech in which they will be heavily favored, they will move into the top ten at six and zero.

joe taxpayer

September 26th, 2009
9:50 am

Tony is 8 and 2 picking games. Please, If you are Mr. Football please pick with the point spreads.

rocket scientist

September 26th, 2009
10:24 am

Auburn over ball state? Florida over kentucky? Dawgs win an ugly one. Ill have the same