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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Did you guys hear doginlace call georgie a bottom feeder?

October 2nd, 2009
11:57 am

by indicating Tech only beat sec sorry teams…HE said it….not me!

sec this year…fla, bammer and ten little “bottom feeders”…dog in lace

m

October 2nd, 2009
12:00 pm

Tech 45 clarke county correctional institute 42….glad it STILL hurts so bad…and it is only the beginning.

There is a new sheriff in town..his name is Paul Johnson…he loves to stomp dawgs and then laugh at ‘em. He is still laughing.

ugagrad

October 2nd, 2009
12:02 pm

GIT is all buzz, no sting!

Tide Rising

October 2nd, 2009
12:04 pm

UGA-LSU- I think the dawgs put it all together and win by 2 scores or perhaps even more.

Tech-MSU- Tech wins again but it will be closer than you think

Auburn-UT- This should be the most entertaining game of the day but I think Auburn wins by 7-10. The difference ends up being that Auburn gets demonstrably better qb play and that will be the difference.

Bama-UK- Closer than you think but nobody really cares outside of us Bama and UK fans

Ole Miss-Vandy- With all the practice time missed in the week before due to the flu(19 players affected) Ole Miss was completely out of syn against USCe. They rebound, get it together, and win handily over Vandy.

FSU-BC CLEMSON-MD- Just like Bama-UK nobody really cares much except the fans of these teams

USC-CAL- Cal got a case of looking ahead last week vs Oregon and got blasted. This is the most up and down team I’ve ever seen over the last 5 years. They get up and give USC a game but USC ultimately wins a close one. Should be a great game.

Ark-Texas A&M- Ark is better than people give them credit for. Petrino said they lost to Bama primarily because his team didn’t feel like they could win to begin with and it became a self fulfilling prophecy. Mallett had an uncharacteristically bad game against Bama and his receivers didn’t help with numerous dropped passes. They looked a little out of syn. I’m hoping Ark gets their confidence back and gets it together enough to beat A&M. I think they do.

EW

October 2nd, 2009
12:06 pm

Dawg in 85…nice post..learn the lesson quickly that back and forths with “m” will make you dumber. He’s not worth the time.

Get out of North Carolina, Turd

October 2nd, 2009
12:06 pm

Charlotte Gator, your constant shots at NC being football purgatory wear thin when by living in Charlotte, the closest BCS team to you is an SEC school…Idiot. You are like most SEC fans though so I dont expect anything less. Most of you couldn’t even get into the joke schools you pull for even when they have open rolling admissions to anyone who can read. Move back to the craphole in the swamps…Turd.

SEC

October 2nd, 2009
12:07 pm

Enter your comments here

Tide Rising

October 2nd, 2009
12:09 pm

Out of sync dangit. I guess the c does work after all on my keyboard. One other note. Get well Tebow.

Sometimes I get tired of all the Tebow hype but the college game this year wouldn’t be the same without him.

Also, a blow to the back of the head especially near the base of the skull is particularly dangerous. Far more harmful than being hit in the front, side, or top of the head. There is a reason why in boxing, UFC, etc you cannot hit to the back of the head and will get either penalized or disqualified. It can kill someone.

Tide Rising

October 2nd, 2009
12:13 pm

EW, Dawg in 85,

If you’re new to this blog the first lesson you learn on here is not to waste your time engaging in a debate with an idiot. No. Not me. The other idiot guys.

Never argue with an idiot. He’ll only drag you down to his level and then beat you with experience.

Gen Neyland

October 2nd, 2009
12:15 pm

dawg (west) : Don’t matter to me where the points come from. Probably at least 6 on ST play alone. Ha.

Dawg '85

October 2nd, 2009
12:25 pm

EW and Tide rising… thanks for the advice… debating m would be as pointless as going to GT to meet hot babes

m

October 2nd, 2009
12:25 pm

i love dudes

dawes

October 2nd, 2009
12:31 pm

stolen g lsu isgoing to beai ga like iwill wake up tomorrow and fine a millon in my mailbox

coach smith

October 2nd, 2009
12:31 pm

Fact is that LSU has played NOBODY

you are gonna give me MissSt (2-2) and killed by Auburn or Washington (2-2) and killed by STANFORD???????? LOL

In the meantime Georgia has been on the road at OKST, home vs SC (who beat ole miss #4), on the road at night at ARK, and home in the rain against AZST

Georgia has proven tough and resilient….LSU got 4 turnovers (to none) and a punt return for a TD and still had to have a goaline stand to beat MissSt

mexdawg

October 2nd, 2009
12:34 pm

Georgia you forgot to include the free hot dog and coke promotion that Tech gives to get people to attend a game at that joke of a stadium.I look forward to beating the dobbers like a red headed stepchild in Nov.The only thing I’m worried about is getting robbed on the way to the stadium.LET THE BIG DAWG EAT.GATA.

Gatorzone

October 2nd, 2009
12:38 pm

Coach Smith, I agree with your assesment. You bring up a point that is too often overlooked. UGA has been challenged and has shown improvement every week in my opinion. They are beginning to look like they are much better than expected. I think the first loss was a fluke due to Cox’s illness. He has looked good in every other game and had he been well UGA would be 4-0 and in the top 10 easy.

coach smith

October 2nd, 2009
12:45 pm

Gatorzone

you are right, I think that toughness, mental toughness and resiliency are overlooked too often

Take week 2

UGA and Cox had been dogged in the media all week and they come out and are down 17-7 in a blink to SC and they come back and win

Week 3, UGA is down 21-10 before the end of the first quarter on the road against a team that had an off week before and had admittedly been preparing for Georgia all offseason and UGA comes back and wins

Then they play a rested AZST team (who had a bye already) and things unravel late but they shake it off and come up big and win the game

If LSU can’t run the ball (30yards last week) the game won’t be close (UGA 30-13) if they can then it will be like last year UGA 52 LSU 38

EW

October 2nd, 2009
12:50 pm

Tide, funny you say that. See my post on page one to Bryan.

coach smith

October 2nd, 2009
12:52 pm

TideRising

that idiot post was excellent!

Uncle Leon

October 2nd, 2009
12:54 pm

coach smith- don’t base your argument on Ole Miss’s undeserved ranking.
On the road AT NIGHT against Arkie. eeewwwww that’s tuff. at home IN THE RAIN against Arizona State…wasn’t Arizona State in the rain ON THE ROAD and played you to the wire? Or was it not raining on Arizona State’s side of the field?

ReptilesRule

October 2nd, 2009
1:02 pm

Man, what a football weekend!!! And my Gators aren’t even playing, yet I’ll probably be glued to the set for almost a good 12 hours. All I can say is…WAR EAGLE and O-K-L-A-H-O-M-A!

coach smith

October 2nd, 2009
1:07 pm

Uncle Leon

are you a TECHIE?

the point was the games have been against tough opponents in some tough conditions NO LATECHs or ULM or Tulanes on UGA’s schedule

and yes Arkansas at night when they had pointed everything to that game and had a whole offseason to prepare IS a tough game

and the RAIN nutralized Georgia’s SPEED advantage over AzSt

and other than the UGA game the SC defense has been very hard to score on

m= delusional moron

October 2nd, 2009
1:08 pm

m

October 2nd, 2009
9:01 am
“The best running back in the nation is Johnathan Dwyer.”

First of all he’s not even the best running back in the ACC – Ryan Williams is.

Nationally he ranks 34th in total yds has a whopping 2 rushing tds

But I guess in GT math that equals number one.

SEC Fan

October 2nd, 2009
1:11 pm

M is the beginning of a 12 letter word that ends in er.

CharlotteGator

October 2nd, 2009
1:13 pm

Get out of North Carolina,

You’re definitely right. I’m an idiot. Living in a state that treats football as a second citizen to basketball, a city that’s home to NASCAR Hall of Fame and a super speedway, and a city that’s the admitted natural site of the ACC championship game, is totally irrelevant to the discussion of the passion for college football, all because the city of Columbia is 1 hour and 45 minutes away. Thanks for clearing that up for me. I’ll make sure to let all my other idiot SEC friends know.

Tech75

October 2nd, 2009
1:22 pm

“m” is actually a fictional construct intended to occupy the minds of various miscreants, causing them to blog, blog, blog; if they’re blogging, they’re not on the streets.

Welcome to the APD’s electronic crime-fighting strategy!

Unfortunately, due to the recent uptick in crime around campus, plan on seeing a lot more posts from “m”.

(all tongue in cheek, of course)

Gatorzone

October 2nd, 2009
1:23 pm

CHarlotte, don’t let them get to you. I spent 5 years in Raleigh and it was like football HELL! I know where you are coming from. Great place to live and visit, but the ACC is not the bastion of college football.

wheelz007

October 2nd, 2009
1:28 pm

LSU @ UGA: LSU converts a late turnover into a the game winning FG; LSU 23-UGA 21.

Dawg Fud

October 2nd, 2009
1:36 pm

The Tigers are also a three-point underdog at Sanford Stadium. Why?

Because the home team gets three points, which in essence means both teams are even.

Die hard Dawg here but am concerned that LSU puts the wood to us.

GO DAWGS!

Uncle Leon

October 2nd, 2009
1:36 pm

No “coach” smith- I’m a football fan and not a fan of excuses.

Uncle Leon

October 2nd, 2009
1:37 pm

Most “coaches” I know frown on excuses as well.

m

October 2nd, 2009
1:42 pm

GT just beat LSU in our bowl game. Oh wait, we just got our behinds kicked. Sorry, I’m a little confused.

aarh

October 2nd, 2009
1:49 pm

m- IT’s too early to tell if any conference is over rated, & don’t make the mistake of many & go by one game to back up your argument. GT may very well win this week…they should, bc we’re talking Miss. St. It’s not like GTs playing one of the best teams in the conference. Even if the SEC does turn out to be a little down…there’s no way anyobdy w/ an unbiased opinion can say that it’s terrible…thats just crazy!

coach smith

October 2nd, 2009
1:51 pm

Uncle Leon

what “excuses” have I made?

Georgia WON the games I was talking about!

What did I say about those games that wasn’t true? NOTHING!

coach smith

October 2nd, 2009
1:51 pm

and Georgia is now a 4 point favorite

Dawg (west)

October 2nd, 2009
2:02 pm

Betting lines are a result of Vegas attempting to draw even action on both sides. The line moving up just means they need more degenerate gamblers taking LSU. (who was a 13 point favorite last week) It has nothing to do with the actual game, only perception

m

October 2nd, 2009
2:10 pm

This one time at band camp I dressed up like a girl and really enjoyed myself:)

No BcS

October 2nd, 2009
2:23 pm

“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.”

No Tom, it shows ESPN’s ignorance. But thanks for the input.

Uncle Leon

October 2nd, 2009
2:25 pm

You were saying it was a tough game because it was at night…it was raining…S.C beat the #4 ranked team and you beat S.C, when in fact your team has the talent to blow out those opponents regardless of the circumstances. Whoa is me…our schedule is so tough.

I HATE M

October 2nd, 2009
2:25 pm

You are a disgrace to the rest of us Jacket fans.

Dawg Pound

October 2nd, 2009
2:27 pm

If Dawgs can get some running game going and play descent on D we will win. Come on Samuel and King. Get it goin boys!!!!

Liers and Deniers

October 2nd, 2009
2:29 pm

M is a lier and denier….59/39/5…. 35/15 since 1960 and 7 out of the last 8. Glad it makes you feel so small… this year starts a new streak

There is a new sheriff at yeck, his name is boobs “are you that stupid” Johnson.

RxDawg

October 2nd, 2009
2:30 pm

Bryan, in answer to your question, please see Lance’s post at 11:11 a few spots above you. I could pretty much copy and paste it here.

Dawg Pound

October 2nd, 2009
2:30 pm

Tech/Miss. State. Def the most boring game on Saturday!

reservoirDAWG

October 2nd, 2009
2:30 pm

Just limit the turnovers and penalties.

Frank Wren

October 2nd, 2009
2:41 pm

Highest Winning Percentages By Conference

Conference
Percentage (Record)
Mountain West
1.000 (2-0)
Southeastern
.706 (12-5)
Pacific-10
.692 (9-4)
Big East
.545 (6-5)
WAC
.500 (1-1)
Big 12
.438 (7-9)
Big Ten
.421 (8-11)
Atlantic Coast
.182 (2-9)
Independents
.000 (0-3)

The SEC is the best BCS conference the ACC is the worst. The record proves it. Comparing the two when their is no comparison is fruitless.

I personally think we should drop Tech from our schedule and try to schedule a Pac10 or Big12 team. Some will say it is a rivalry game but how is it a rivalry when one team wins 90 percent of the time?

JB

October 2nd, 2009
2:49 pm

lil’ m, what is Tech’s record vs UGA, over the last 8 yrs?

What is the ACC’s record, all time, in BCS games? Compare that with the SEC’s.

Those numbers aren’t what SEC folks say but facts that all can see.

You are quite obviously about as sharp as a marble. You are funny though, so keep it up.

HBTD!!!

Tech75

October 2nd, 2009
2:51 pm

Well Frank, in the last year we are 100% against you.

Perhaps you should wait until you beat us again to suggest this, otherwise we’ll start calling you cowards…

JB

October 2nd, 2009
2:52 pm

Well 75, if it hadn’t been that way like forever…

HBTD!!!

wiley

October 2nd, 2009
2:54 pm

Why do you guys say bama “stomped” VT?? VT was leading going into the fourth quarter and was in the game the entire time…unlike most of the SEC teams bama will play this year. VT had no offense at all and still hung tough. If Bama and VT played this week I think VT would have a way better chance because Tyrod Taylor is finally finding his receivers. As an outside observer the ACC is not a great conference…but seriously the SEC is not that far ahead. Bama and UF are great teams but the rest of the conference is not playing at any level close to them…thats why UF and Bama are stomping the SEC opponents worse than some of the FCS schools they faced. FIU scored more than arkansas on bama….and UF could have scored 80 on UK if they didnt take the foot of the gas and if tebow didnt get hurt. Its a two team conference…unlike the ACC which has 4 or 5 above average to good teams….