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

Gen Neyland

October 2nd, 2009
10:52 pm

TWVAAAWNSTA. WAS. BTOWHAYBWACTKNW. Figure that one out…

Gen Neyland

October 2nd, 2009
10:53 pm

…aglta= Good luck to all.

SLAP CHOP- You are gonna love my nuts!!

October 2nd, 2009
11:21 pm

The ACC is so strong the bowl committees match their # 2,3,4 &5 teams against other conferences # 5,6,7 &8 teams. All in the name of fair sportsmanship. And by the way, Darrell Huckabee passed along a FACT that wasn’t even mentioned on ESPN: William & Mary beat Virginia without ever needing to put William in the game.

Denver Dog

October 2nd, 2009
11:38 pm

Dogs beat LSU

MSU beats Tech, in a walk

Auburn beats UT

Bammer rolls

Vandy Wins

OK beats Miami in a walk

Free shoes blows out BC

Cal wins

m is arrested for fondling farm animals over in Mississippi

SLAP CHOP- You are gonna love my nuts!!

October 3rd, 2009
12:19 am

After Georgia destroyed Georgia Tech 7 years in a row with scores like 51-7, let them gloat in their big 3 point win. We all know it was a fluke, and the little bees are ready to be slapped into their yearly submissive hives again. Come on Dawg fans, let them enjoy the biggest victory in their history. It has to be embarrasing enough to admit they are yellow jackets instead of a regular bee. Maybe the Dawgs will run off 14 in a row this time, I wouldn’t bet against it.

Red Dog 77

October 3rd, 2009
1:28 am

My God, All the whackos jumped on this one! I said it yesterday, and I will say it again today: Ga. 34 LSU 24. That said , playing , and , winning in college football, aside from raw talent is mostly between the ears.Many teams have not yet decided who they are. Last year Tech got a new coach bought in to what he was teaching and had a pretty darn good year, this year they are not quite sure how good they want to be. Same is true of Ga. the difference between the two though is I see no fear in the BullDogs thats why they win Sat. and Tech does not. Both Ga. and Tech are rebuilding and both will go on a big run when they get the snakes out of their heads. Personally I think that would be pretty cool to have both programs peak at the same time, and then watch my Dogs beat the crap out of Tech at the end of the year. GO DOGS, I SAID ,……..GO YOU HAIRY DOGS!

TigersRule

October 3rd, 2009
7:53 am

Even though LSU has been looking ahead all week to the Florida game in Baton Rouge next week, tte Tigers run all over UGA’s weak defense, 38-20, then cut down some hedges for souvenirs! Next week, LSU beats Florida to take over the #1 slot!

Laissez les bons temps rouler!

GR82BAG8R

October 3rd, 2009
8:08 am

m, give it a rest. Every time an SEC school has been selected to play in the BCS Championship game, the SEC school team won. Auburn would have won the year it was shut out. You know it.

Tech will never be an elite program. You need to accept that and move on. I rather enjoy your needling the Georgia faithful here, but expanding that to cover the entire SEC destroys your credibility.

Florida will win its second straight and 3rd out of 4 BCS NCs this year.
One of the reasons Florida is so good is because of the SEC.

Georgia will beat LSU today, easily.

Gen Neyland

October 3rd, 2009
8:42 am

Denver Dog : Careful. Your heart is on your sleeve and it shows…

Really?

October 3rd, 2009
9:15 am

Best game of the year and UGA wins by four? If it’s their best game of the year, it will be more like 34-17. Let’s just hope that it is… GO DAWGS!!!

Really?

October 3rd, 2009
9:19 am

J Weissmuller- What about the 15 years before that? No, college football did not start in 1990.

Gt4ever

October 3rd, 2009
9:20 am

GT plays like every game is the last, or they will lose! The defense and the offense better show up for this one, or we lose.

TrueCrimson

October 3rd, 2009
9:25 am

Really?,

You’re right. CFB didn’t begin in 1990. Judging from J Weissmuller’s comments though, I wouldn’t be surprised to learn that HE began life in 1990.

Lunchtime Grab Bag | MrSEC.com

October 3rd, 2009
9:36 am

[...] The AJC makes his weekend football picks right here.5.  Tony Barnhart, also of The AJC, provides his forecast of this weekend’s action here.6.  Charles Hollis of The Birmingham News lays out his predictions, too.And heck, while [...]

UGA ALL THE WAY

October 3rd, 2009
12:04 pm

reebok, i like you man, i didnt think there was any fans from GT that would ACTUALLY say that about Athens…. For that reason…. Hope GT has a good one too…. thats until November.lol. Saint Simons just pisses me off…

Denver Dog

October 3rd, 2009
12:06 pm

Thanks Gen Neyland, whatever you say!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

Gen Neyland

October 3rd, 2009
12:37 pm

BTW Denver Dog : I hope you’re spot on with Cal…

Ed

October 3rd, 2009
1:02 pm

With Georgia and LSU, you basically have two teams that roughly equal from a success, tradition, and talent standpoint. Georgia has two slight edges as I see it – playing at home, and a better head coach. I like the Dawgs by 7.

[...] Actually Tony Barnhart picked Tennessee Georgia nips LSU; Jackets win on the road | Mr. College Football [...]

TrueCrimson

October 3rd, 2009
3:30 pm

RTR!!!

‘Nuff said!

Toe Meets Leather

October 3rd, 2009
3:54 pm

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The Truth Hurts

October 3rd, 2009
7:20 pm

Ha. Look at all the smart SEC prognosticators on here.

Or, not so much. Leave the proud predictions to those who get paid to be wrong.

The SEC is the best conference in the country. However, it’s also not as good as their supporters would suggest.

gcs

October 3rd, 2009
9:50 pm

Boise is struggling with tiny I-AA UC-Davis (1-2) by the score of 13-3 in the 3rd. Regardless of the final outcome, there is no way they should keep their #5 ranking.

.

Mr. 50%

October 4th, 2009
12:03 am

5 out of 10 picks,,,,,,,fire Jimbo Fisher AND GIVE THE LOSER his FIVE MILLION DOLLARS!

How Bout them Ga Dawgs and Miss St Dawgs?

October 4th, 2009
12:51 am

The Dawgs Georgia & Miss State had a bad weekend in the sec Moreover if you were a tiger in the sec. Cheers to you. “Going to Cry Now!”

JSS

October 4th, 2009
1:09 am

Mr. College Football? Shaking my head on that one… 5-5

crow tastes good

October 4th, 2009
9:07 am

thanks dog fans for all those picks of UGA winning and GT losing. We’ll have the same result in November!

Helluva playter though with AJ. Truly amazing. Unfortunately brings back memories of Calvin with Reggie. These amazing receivers must be wondering why they can’t get connected with the right quarterback. This diehard GT fan would love to see AJ with the Falcons instead of Roddy “drops” White

FSUTiger

October 4th, 2009
11:15 am

Tony…5-5?! No way you’re gonna keep your “Mr. SEC” moniker…You’re worse than Jon Soloman at the Birmingham News, and Stewart Mandel at CNNSI. At least they just call themselves Mr. Soloman and Mr. Mandel, as should you.

Nachos

October 4th, 2009
12:30 pm

Congrats to that team down the street on their win against the Vols. Everyone in T-Town is now scares $hitless of that high flyin’ up tempo Allbarn offense. Saban is losing sleep over it already.

ICB’s

buck

October 4th, 2009
2:09 pm

how ya like dem tigers now……

Yellow Fuzz

October 4th, 2009
2:59 pm

LOL.

“Georgia is out of Top 25 for first time since Dec. 3, 2006, after being bitch slapped in the final minutes 20-13 at home by LSU. But with Southeastern Conference rivals Auburn and South Carolina moving in, the SEC now has six teams ranked, including three of the top four for a second straight week”.

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Love college ball

October 4th, 2009
6:56 pm

As an outsider, with no connections to any team. It was a game that could have gone as a win for Ga. or LSU. UGA and the SEC always put on a good show for fans. But get real dawg fans, you are not gonna have a national champion every year. Coach MR. is a good smart, leader and coach. Stop being so impatient. They’ll get it together in the next season or two. Hang in there with your coach and team.

BuLLdawg

October 5th, 2009
4:16 am

Tony BLOWHART, sir,

UGA is 17 wins and 19 LOSSES against Final AP Poll Top 25 teams in the 8 and a half years of the Coach Richt “Coaching Staff” sir, and LSU is clearly a Top 25 Final AP Poll Team again this year.

We LOSE because LSU went and got Chief John Chavis from the vols when Coach Richt whiffed when he could have. LSU has a lot better DEFENSE than UGA. And, since we CANNOT RUN THE FOOTBALL and don’t in Week 6 now even know who our best running back is and will NOT play him, all Chief does against UGA is to stop the run and force us to pass – which is what he wants with his STRENGTH on Defense defending the pass, unlike UGA.

Fleishman, sir, respectfully, the vols suck. Auburn is clearly a lot better coached than the vols. The vols have a LOSING RECORD and are ranked Number 65 in the BCS while UGA is Number 26 and Auburn Number 17.

Get a life vols fan. The vols are NOT any thing, but loud mouths.

Try playing football while in 8 consecutive years now in the Rankings, the vols are ranked WORSE than even UGA.

And, then you come running in here telling everyone how great the vols are.

NOT.

To both of you.

ATLWREGL

October 5th, 2009
8:19 am

Fleischman – - to answer your question….yes they can!!! 26 points in fact. Maybe you should beat a good team before you pound your chest.

Starring Henry Wilcoxon as the Bishop

October 5th, 2009
8:26 am

Taligating at a UGA game:

1) Put flags on pickup (no wait, they’re still there just like Christmas lights)
2) Go get cases of PBR & Milwaukee’s Best
3) Apply body paint
4) Drive to Athens
5) Get likkered up
6) Trash campus
7) Go to game, bark like dogs
8) Have blank, stupid look after LSU scores in last minute.
9) File out of stadium
10) Get on blog, demanding everyone be fired from AD to waterboy.
11) Repeat