Georgia nips LSU; Jackets win on the road

September of 2009 will be remembered as the month that teams couldn’t stand to be loved. Give a team some love, show them some respect, and they will promptly go in the tank for you. So many examples:

Ole Miss: I told everybody in the preseason I wasn’t on the Ole Miss bandwagon. But I didn’t expect the Rebels to go to Columbia and be overwhelmed. They dropped from No. 4 to No. 21 in the AP poll.

California:  The Bears have the best running back in the country in Jahvid Best and were thought to have a shot at their first Rose Bowl in 50 years. They rose to No. 6 and got embarrassed by the Quack Attack from Oregon, 42-3.

Miami: How many folks said that Miami was back after the ‘Canes thumped Georgia Tech and jumped into the Top 10? A little rain and an angry Virginia Tech defensive line changed all that up in Blacksburg. Now Miami looks average again.

Penn State: They were talking BCS championship when Joe Pa and the boys started 3-0 against Creampuff U. Iowa went into State College and proceeded to smack the Nittany Lions in the mouth.

In all we’ve had nine teams ranked in the Top 10 lose in September. Wow.

We went 7-3 in the picks last week because we believed in Miami, Penn State, and Clemson, which just could not finish a drive in the rain and lost to TCU at Death Valley, 14-10. That gives us a mark of 30-10 after four weeks.

Let’s get on with the Fearless Friday Forecast for the first Saturday in October:

 

 

 

1. LSU at Georgia: LSU is 4-0 and ranked No. 4 in the nation. The Tigers are also a three-point underdog at Sanford Stadium. Why? Because we have no idea how good LSU is. The Tigers, who were held to 30 yards on the ground by Mississippi State, are ranked 74th nationally in rushing. Coach Les Miles does not like that and vows to stick with the running game against Georgia. But the fact is Georgia has proven very vulnerable to the pass. The bottom line is this: If Georgia can stay under its average for turnovers (3 per game) and penalties (10 per game) the Bulldogs will win. Georgia plays its best game of the season. Georgia 24, LSU 20.

 

2. Georgia Tech at Mississippi State: Last year Georgia Tech had over 400 yards rushing against the Bulldogs. Expect Mississippi State to be better on defense under veteran DC Carl Torbush. But I’m wondering how much fire the Bulldogs have after the heartbreaking loss to LSU. If Georgia Tech quarterback Josh Nesbitt plays well again, the Yellow Jackets can get it done in Starkville. Georgia Tech 35, Miss. State 24.

 

3. Auburn at Tennessee: Auburn is No. 3 in the nation in total offense (526.25 ypg). Quarterback Chris Todd has nine touchdown passes in his last two games. But Auburn has not played away from Jordan-Hare Stadium this season and life on the road in the SEC is just different. Tennessee needs this one to avoid an 0-2 start in the SEC with Georgia coming up this week. If quarterback Jonathan Crompton doesn’t turn it over, and that’s a BIG if, the Vols find a way to win. Tennessee 21, Auburn 20.

 

4. Alabama at Kentucky: The Crimson Tide has improved in every game and right now may be the best team in the country. If QB Greg McElroy (7 TD, 1 INT) continues to have the hot hand, the Crimson Tide rolls and starts getting ready for next week’s trip to Ole Miss. Alabama 31, Kentucky 7.

 

5. Ole Miss at Vanderbilt: The last time Ole Miss quarterback Jevan Snead failed to throw a touchdown pass in a game was in 2008 against Vanderbilt. The Commodores intercepted Snead four times in beating the Rebels 23-17 in Oxford. So Ole Miss had better be on upset alert. I believe Houston Nutt’s team bounces back from a very difficult loss at South Carolina. Ole Miss 28, Vanderbilt 20.

 

6. Oklahoma at Miami: Landry Jones will start the game at quarterback for Oklahoma but no one is sure if the injured Sam Bradford will play. Oklahoma needs to win in order to stay in the national championship race. Miami wants to atone for last week’s beat down at Virginia Tech. The Sooners are too good on defense. Oklahoma 24, Miami 17.

 

7. Florida State at Boston College: Florida State, a.k.a Team Schizophrenia, plays a lot better away from home. Offensive coordinator Jimbo Fisher said it’s time for the Seminoles to grow up. He’s right. Florida State 24, Boston College 10.

 

8. Clemson at Maryland: Ralph Friedgen and the Terps (1-3) could really use some positive energy at Byrd Stadium, where attendance is starting to dwindle. Clemson has too many offensive weapons. Clemson  31, Maryland 21.

 

9. Southern Cal at California: Both teams have a loss in the Pac-10 so the loser goes home and forgets about the conference championship. Trojans are back in the hunt at No. 7 and are able to control Cal’s Jahvid Best. USC 28, California 24.

 

10. Arkansas vs. Texas A&M (at Arlington,Tex.): The Razorbacks got slapped around by Alabama (35-7) and may have lost some of their confidence. Texas A&M leads the nation in sacks with over four per game. Hogs still win. Arkansas 31, Texas A&M 27. 

 

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285 comments Add your comment

CharlotteGator

October 2nd, 2009
10:05 am

“And don’t fret over the Acc being 0-2 with the sec so far this year because they did the same thing last year and ended up 6-4 with the overrated bottom feeding sec.”

Actually, that’s not accurate. I think you’re conveniently leaving out a few games that actually count and appear in team records. They’re called bowl games.

Otto

October 2nd, 2009
10:06 am

Charlotte Gator, Love the records. Hopefully Mullen and Miss St can pull it out to make the entire thing a nonpoint this year.

Starring Harry Morgan as Sherman Potter

October 2nd, 2009
10:08 am

Les Miles brings his Il Duce imitation and a bunch of Cajun Coonasses to the Dawg house and gets into a good ol fashion brawl. Sophie says the Dawgs by seven. UGA 35 LSU 28.

The other Dogs are fighting mad. They feel they should have beat the Pachyderms. Shoulda, coulda, woulda. Horsefeathers. Sophie says the Jackets sting the Dogs by ten. GT 24 MSU 14.

The Wareagle has to land sometime. It just would have been better to stay out of the Vols barnyard. The Warbirds get plucked. Sophie says the Vols by four. UT 21 AU 17.

The Red Tide will stomp the Cats. Not even a contest past the first five minutes. Sophie says the Elephants by seventeen. Bama 34 Cats 17.

The Rebels will have their best showing since Second Manassas. I should know, I was there. Sophie has the Rebs over the Doras by ten. Ole Miss 24 Vandy 10.

Now time to pack up the tents and head to Athens. Radar alert the camp and get me I-Corps on the phone. I need to put some money on these picks.

Tony is a Homer

October 2nd, 2009
10:08 am

Enter your comments here

Wow. Tony picked UGA again. Boy that’s a shocker.

fan

October 2nd, 2009
10:13 am

new Alice in Chains Album is badazz!!!! GO DAWGS!!!!!!!!!!

GatornDc

October 2nd, 2009
10:13 am

As good as UGA’s cox is, I do not think UGA wins this one. My take, UGA loses by 1-3 pts due to at least 2 turnovers.

If UGA indeed wins, they are for real, however, the defense and running game needs to improve ( a lot) to be BCS contenders. Maybe UGA is the sleeping giant this year.

Cres Reeves

October 2nd, 2009
10:14 am

UGA should beat LSU (better coaching) IF Stumble, Fumble, and Fall doesn’t hijack the offense!
State might beat the Jackets
By the 2nd quarter, Auburn will carve up Tenn like Jack the Ripper!

Miles

October 2nd, 2009
10:15 am

Auburn will beat UT…

rp

October 2nd, 2009
10:15 am

tech fans aren’t logical. tech fans= idiots of the college football world.

Bryan

October 2nd, 2009
10:18 am

RX
How can you call Miss st a bottom feeder when they nearly beat and should have beat lsu? That is contradictory. You won’t see duke or maryland almost beating the top 6 acc teams. If GT beats msu and lsu beats ga, there should not be ONE ga fan talking trash about tech.

m

October 2nd, 2009
10:19 am

How to buy a Mississippi State cowbell for the game:

1) Drive to Mississippi
2) Find a trailer park (starts at the state line and ends at the other)
3) Ask for Bubba
4) Trade Bubba a six pack of Natural Light for his “ole lady”
5) Take cow bell from around “ole lady’s” neck
6) Keep cow bell and discard “ole lady”
7) Ring cowbell at the game after defeating the sec bottom feeders
8) Drive home from Mississippi laughing at the sec all the way

Georgia

October 2nd, 2009
10:23 am

actually tony picked arkansas to beat georgia and rarely puts Georgia on a pedestal even when they win. So get off the ‘homer” thing.

Georgia’s dropped punts, kickoffs, and rb funbles wont continue forever. Young players in pressure spots have hurt the dawgs so far. It wont continue forever. Hopefully they are battle tested enough to get over that this week. I think LSU’s roll of luck in games is going to end this weekend. They wont get the same breaks they got last weekend.

bamafan

October 2nd, 2009
10:25 am

M- the year is 2009. What happened last year is no longer relevant. If you want to live in the past, be sure and include Tech records under Pepper Rogers, Bud Carson, Bill Lewis et al. Geez – as Bama fans, we catch he$$ for living in the past and worshipping a dead guy, but seems everyone wants to do it when they have nothing better on which to rely.

CharlotteGator

October 2nd, 2009
10:25 am

m,

I’m surprised you haven’t responded; you’re usually so quick to do that. Your how-to guide was very insightful however. Back to adult conversations….

Is the South Division of the Colonial Athletic Assocation (CAA) is on par/equal with the ACC? You know, since they’re 2-2 when matched up head to head. What about the Sun-Belt? They’re 1-1.

Can’t have it both ways. If the dregs of the ACC don’t represent the conference as a whole, then 2 Tech wins against the bottom SEC squads don’t amount to much.

Suck it Nerd

October 2nd, 2009
10:25 am

Georgia gets whacked Saturday. GT loses a close one. OU bombs the U. Ole Miss continues their decline.

EW

October 2nd, 2009
10:25 am

Bryan “If GT beats MSU and LSU beats GA..there should not be one ga fan talking trash about tech” ? HUH? Even a trade school Flunkie knows that you can’t use that line of logic. There’s something called variables, like home field advantage, injuries, referees, etc.. In the NFL they call it parity and it’s starting to show in the SEC (and other conferences but NOT THE ACC) where any team can win on any day. People like m don’t understand that Ole Miss’ early ranking and Miss St. almost beating LSU says more GOOD things about the conference than BAD. You wont see this is the Almost Competitive Conference because there is No chance that teams like Duke, NC State, Maryland, BC, and the rest of the slackers can really win on any given day against the top tier of the Almost Competitive Conference.

Georgia

October 2nd, 2009
10:26 am

How to go to a gatech game :

strap on your fanny pack
tape down your horned rimmed glasses
bring a cooler full of cherry coke
postpone your dungeon and dragons tournament
bring your stat book
text your mom when its time to pick you up

Joey

October 2nd, 2009
10:27 am

Damn, I wish Tech could play Miami again. It was nice not to see “m” on the blogs for a week or so….

bamafan

October 2nd, 2009
10:30 am

Harry Morgan/Sherman Potter – MSU played the Bungle Tigers last week.
Pachyderms are most likely Alabama.

EW

October 2nd, 2009
10:32 am

Georgia, you forgot the “put on bulletproof vest to walk around campus” step.

Liers and Deniers

October 2nd, 2009
10:32 am

M is the #1 lier and denier but all tech fans are to some extent… don’t count Chan Gailey’s tenure as coach, don’t count bowl games… LSU just scored again against Tech…schedule the weakest teams in the SEC and then brag about beating Miss St. and Vanderbilt That Tech fans for you… a tradition of being mediocre and lying to cover it up.

Jonathan Dwyer has had one game ove 100 yards. I don’t think he qualifies as best back at Tech yet much less the country.

I am looking forward tio the beatdown by the second worst team in the SEC. Lube it up jackets, Miss St gonna do it to you.

m

October 2nd, 2009
10:34 am

Maryland beat Jimmy Madison!

The ACC was 6-4 vs the SEC last year.

Thank God & Greyhound we don’t play William & Mary because they sure whipped that Virginia arse.

Bryan

October 2nd, 2009
10:35 am

Ew
You obviously don’t follow teams other than your own because if you did, you would know that parity has been a staple in the acc for the past 4 seasons.
And your argument really makes no sense. It’s simple logic what I put out there. Apparenly you can’t comprehend something so simple. Again, IF gt beats Miss st, and lsu beats ga, no dawg should be talking any trash. Miss st had 4, that’s FOUR, turnovers against LSU and still almost won. LSU had 0, ZERO turnovers. This far into the season you can make judgements like this. It’s not week 1-3 anymore. So again, if GT wins and lsu wins, then you can also conclude that the accs top teams, va tech, miami, gt, clemson, etc are on the same page and in some cases better than the ga’s, lsus and auburns. bama and fla are obviously better.

McDawg

October 2nd, 2009
10:35 am

Geaux dawgs!!!!!!!!!!!

Brookings

October 2nd, 2009
10:37 am

How to go to a Tech-Georgia game in Athens:

Watch Georgia get stomped on their home field amd turn the scoreboard off.

Bryan

October 2nd, 2009
10:38 am

Ew sc almost lost to NC state.
Duke beat vandy last year.
Again, if gt wins and lsu wins, the acc’s top 4 are better than the secs 8-10 spots. That’s already know anyway based on last years results.

Nachos is a D Bag

October 2nd, 2009
10:38 am

Period. nuff said.

WGD

October 2nd, 2009
10:41 am

Dawgs take down LSWho — AU beats TN — Jackets lose to Ms. State…

Georgia

October 2nd, 2009
10:42 am

ACC championship = 28,000 strong revenge of the nerd party!!

cant wait for that compelling match up of VT vs BC again, as long as the tv networks still televise the game

BBR5

October 2nd, 2009
10:42 am

The SEC sucks?? Yes, that’s why three SEC teams are in the top 5, moron.

Coach

October 2nd, 2009
10:43 am

How ’bout them Rebs!!!! Beat the ‘Dores. Go Jackets, beat the bullpups. HOTTY TODDY!!!!!!

BBR5

October 2nd, 2009
10:43 am

Yes, Brookings… Tech has beaten Georgia a lot in the last 8 years. Check your stats, nerd.

Fulmer,TN

October 2nd, 2009
10:45 am

Auburn is Back!
How many picks will Crompton throw?
WAR EAGLE!!!!!!

Dawg

October 2nd, 2009
10:45 am

Georgia–loved your “how to go to a Tech game” post! However, you forgot one thing… they don’t go to games. Those dorks don’t support their own team. Have you ever seen their stupid little stadium?? If it’s ever full, it’s with the other team’s fans!

EW

October 2nd, 2009
10:46 am

Bryan, you’re an idiot, and I won’t let you drag me down to your level and beat me with experience.

There’s no parity in the ACC, it’s bad teams that beat each other thrown in with a few who can’t beat anyone. There IS a difference. When Duke, NC State, BC, UVA, Maryland have programs worth talking about, come see me. There are TWO, count them, TWO schools in MISSISSIPPI (of all places) getting national attention. One was ranked in the top five and lost to a good SC team and the other almost beat LSU when they were ranked top 10. There are FOUR, count them, FOUR schools in the state of North Carolina in the ACC and not even one of them is worth mentioning. Where’s your parity now?

How’d that Clemson TCU game turn out for the Almost Competitive Conference?

Greg

October 2nd, 2009
10:48 am

Swine flu alert!! Be on the lookout for swine flu at sanford and sons stadium Saturday. Lots of rednecks and inbreds running around woofing and barking spreading the flu. So watch out. This is who fills your stadium inbred rednecks. woof woof woof…i got the piggy cough!

CSX

October 2nd, 2009
10:48 am

m

October 2nd, 2009
10:49 am

Charlotte Gator…you must really be a sec fan because you miss the point so bad.

These ses goons on here claim the sec is the best conference in the history of the world. They also claim the ACC is the worst conference.

So how in the helle did the ACC beat the sec 6 out of 10 last year during the regular season? How could Mississippi go into Gainesville Florida and beat the eventual national champion floriduh gators the very next week after getting beat by Wake Forest? How did the #1 ranked ugag lose AT HOME to Tech? How did bowl bound Vanderbilt get beat AT HOME by Duke (last place ACC team?

The sec is the most overrated overhyped conference in history.

Heisman

October 2nd, 2009
10:50 am

To hell with Georgia

Bryan

October 2nd, 2009
10:51 am

Can you have a conversation with someone without name calling? You do know that when someone wins an argument, the loser is the one name calling. I rest my case. Why don’t you ask Tony B is there is parity in the acc? He was one of the first ones to mention it a few years ago. Facts win arguments. You come with rants and emotions.

Fact–tcu is ranked. Clemson isn’t. TCU was FAVORED. TCU is a GOOD TEAM. Again, you really don’t know anything about college football and it shows. Thank goodness you can hide behind a fake moniker. You wouldn’t want your girlfriend or boss to know how ignorant you are, right?

M sucks and swallows!

October 2nd, 2009
10:52 am

UGA’s running game gets its act together tomorrow and Cox throws for 400+ yards. However, the defense struggles again…

Dawgs win 61-60.

n, o & p

October 2nd, 2009
10:56 am

All of these stupid fleabags who put “dawg” in their name are loser/haters. Who taught you guys how to open you trailer doors with your suspended drivers licenses? Dain bramage, pure and simple.

azcat225

October 2nd, 2009
10:59 am

And by the way, the Vegas (or any other) betting line has a lot less to do with who they think will win as it does with balancing out the betting money so it ends up split down the middle. The line on the Dallas Cowboys has been wider than necessary for years because the Dallas fans tend to be delusional. It’s all about the Franklins, nothin’ else.

Reality Check

October 2nd, 2009
10:59 am

Oklahoma over Miami 17-13. Texas A&M over Arkansas 34-24. Georgia over LSU 31-27. Over under on Tebow mentions during ESPN and CBS programming is 28…and the media wonder why people think the kid is overexposed. (I hope he…and Bradford…and Stefon Johnson all get better soon.)

Uncle Leon

October 2nd, 2009
10:59 am

BBR5- Do you seriously think LSU belongs in the Top 5? Rankings mean NOTHING for at least a couple more weeks. SEC team has a top tier (2 teams) , then toss a oin on who will win each game after that.

MS

October 2nd, 2009
11:02 am

M – please explain these how the ACC has already lost 13 out of conference games already in the first 4 weeks of the season? Do you follow college football, or just Tech? Comcast channel 46 is ESPN, 47 is ESPN2…maybe you should turn these on every once and a while so you get become slightly more informed.

TCU beat Clemson
South Carolina (SEC Team) beat NC St
Cal beat Maryland
Mid Tenn St beat Maryland
Rutgers beat Maryland
South Florida beat FSU
Baylor beat Wake Forest
Alabama (SEC team) beat Va Tech
Richmond beat Duke
Kansas beat Duke
William & Mary beat Virginia
TCU beat Virginia
Southern Miss beat Virginia

No BcS

October 2nd, 2009
11:03 am

First off, the reason so many Top 10 teams have lost is because they didn’t deserve to be in the Top 10 to begin with. Just proves once again that preseason polls and those who vote in them are idiotic.

To keep with the theme, here are my idiotic picks :-)

1. Georgia’s discipline problems (aka penalties) will kill them this weekend as LSU wins a close one.

2. If it were played in Atlanta, I’d pick Georgia Tech hands down. However, the sheer boredom that clouds the tiny town of Starkville will lull the Jackets into a loss on the road.

3. Tennessee’s defense will keep the score down which should make it manageable for their “quarterback” (yes, sarcastic quotation marks intended) to fall a$$ backwards into a victory.

4. UPSET ALERT!!! The over-hype bug bites Bama in their houndstooth jockies as Kentucky pulls the upset in a last second field goal. It’s just that type of season this year.

5. Simply put, Ole Miss won’t recover. Vandy wins and Ole Miss reassembles their fouton in the SEC basement.

6. Defense?? In the Big 12??? Surely you jest. Miami bounces back and wins by 4.

7. FSU and Boston College. I can’t believe this game is actually going to be televised. FSU calls heads…..it’s heads so I’ll pick them to win an ugly one.

8. Clemson is bad, but Maryland is worse. Clemson wins.

9. This one’s actually tough. USC should be the easy pick; however I’m going with Cal on this one. The dynasty ends on Saturday.

10. Arkansas proved that it can score when there’s no defense (ala Georgia). And since we’re talking about another Big 12 team, I’ll take Arkansas for a 10 point win.

Tom

October 2nd, 2009
11:06 am

Apparently you don’t follow football much. Gameday is at BC this week for the fsu game. So saying you can’t believe it would be televised shows your ignorance.

Nachos

October 2nd, 2009
11:08 am

Nachos is a D Bag ….. great post! Very original….

36 -0: I know it makes you cry son !

Fleischman in Chattanooga

October 2nd, 2009
11:10 am

Why does anyone think that Auburn can score on Tennessee? I got new for you… Auburn ain’t Florida.

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