The Fearless Friday Forecast

 

Ouch.

 

Your Fearless Forecaster went 5-5 last week because he didn’t know that:

**–An unsportsmanlike conduct penalty (they’ve asked us not to call it excessive celebration) could be called for players looking into the stands or pointing to the sky. Nevertheless, LSU made the plays at the end of the game and deserved to beat Georgia.

 

**–The Tennessee offense could get any worse than it was. Auburn, to its credit, took advantage of that.

 

**–Miami would bounce back from an embarrassing loss at Virginia Tech and show a lot of heart to beat banged-up Oklahoma. Randy Shannon’s team is looking at 11-1.

 

**–Florida State’s football program could become more dysfunctional than it already was and lose on the road to Boston College.

 

**–Clemson could lose to a 1-3 Maryland team whose only win was against James Madison (38-35) in overtime.

 

That leaves us at 35-15 after five weeks. We’ll hope to do better this time out.

 

1. Georgia Tech at Florida State: If I’m Paul Johnson, I am concerned about what I will find when I get to Tallahassee. The Seminoles are going to rally and play great or they are going to go completely in the tank. I think Florida State will play hard but the truth is Georgia Tech is a better team. Georgia Tech 28, Florida State 24.

 

2. Georgia at Tennessee: After watching Georgia struggle to run the ball against LSU, it’s pretty clear what Monte Kiffin, the Tennessee DC, will do. He’ll stuff the run and bet that Georgia QB Joe Cox and WR A.J. Green can’t beat him. Georgia will speed up the tempo on offense and wear down the Tennessee defense in the second half. The Drama Dawgs win another close one. Georgia 21, Tennessee 17.

 

3. Florida at LSU: I’m not a doctor and I don’t play one on TV. But I’m here to tell you that Florida wins if  Tim Tebow plays. Florida also wins if Tim Tebow doesn’t play. It’s called defense and Florida has a great one. It will be a classic. Florida 17, LSU 14.

 

4. Auburn at Arkansas: Auburn showed me a lot by winning at Tennessee. Now the Tigers will be in a track meet in Fayetteville. Somebody in this game is going to have to make a defensive stop. Auburn has a better chance of doing it. Auburn 42, Arkansas 35.

 

5. Alabama at Ole Miss: Everybody is telling me what a great game this is going to be. I don’t see it. Alabama can beat you so many ways. They can grind it out. They can hit the big play. Jevan Snead, the Ole Miss quarterback, really struggled against a very good defense from South Carolina. Alabama’s defense is better. Alabama 28, Ole Miss 10.

 

6. Kentucky at South Carolina: The Wildcats will be without star cornerback Trevard Lindley which means they will have a greener than grass secondary. Do you think Coach Spurrier will want Stephen Garcia to take a few shots down the field? Gamecocks go to Alabama next week at 5-1. South Carolina 31, Kentucky 13.

 

7. Houston at Mississippi State: All I know is that Georgia Tech’s Josh Nesbitt, not know as a passer, threw for a career-high 266 yards against Mississippi State.  So what does that mean for Houston’s Case Keenum, who is completing 68 percent of his passes for 424 yards per game?  Houston 42, Mississippi State 31.

 

8. Boston College at Virginia Tech: The Hokies need to be careful not to look ahead too much to next week’s big trip to Georgia Tech. Boston College is struggling on offense but the Eagles are 4-1. If Virginia Tech QB Tyrod Taylor keeps playing well, the Hokies are going to be hard to beat. Virginia Tech 24, Boston College 14.

 

9. Michigan at Iowa: Iowa (5-0) might be the best team in the Big Ten but I will wait until the Hawkeyes play at Ohio State on Nov. 14 to make that judgment. Michigan lost a heartbreaker (26-20) in overtime at Michigan State last week and has the kind of spread offense that gives Iowa trouble. I still like the Hawkeyes. Iowa 21, Michigan 17.

 

10. Oregon at UCLA: The Ducks (4-1) have rebounded nicely after losing the opener to Boise State and have beaten California (42-3) and Washington State (52-6) in their last two outings. But Oregon may be without quarterback Jeremiah Masoli (knee). Nate Costa gets his first career start. Ducks win anyway. Oregon 31, UCLA 24.

 

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284 comments Add your comment

Rocky King

October 9th, 2009
5:15 pm

gdawginkalamazoo- Hilarious @ your 3:01 post. You tell me to look something up in Webster’s Dictionary, yet you say that you have “excepted” the loss. And you called me a dumba$$?????????

Coach O

October 9th, 2009
5:19 pm

Aghrrr ahh rah rah

Aghrrr ahh rah rah

Aghrrr ahh rah rah

FOOTBALL!!!

RAMBLE ON!!!

October 9th, 2009
5:20 pm

BREAKING NEWS: BARAK OBAMA HAS JUST WON THE HEISMAN TROPHY!!!

Barack O

October 9th, 2009
5:25 pm

YES I DID!!!

But I refuse to release the certificate proving it’s authenticity.

The sudden drop in sales of teabags would bring the economic recovery to a screeching halt.

Not Disappointed!

October 9th, 2009
5:29 pm

Some awesome games for the weekend!

Ramblin Wreck!

jacket3

October 9th, 2009
5:43 pm

My 2 Cents:

GT 30 FSU 26 Defense holds the key.
UGA 9 TN 10 The Dogs did not play until the 4 quarter. Tennessee will win in the rain.
UF17 LSU 14 Gators D is too good.
AU 34 ARK 27 I hate Petrino.
AL 45Ole Miss 21 No contest.
SC 27 UK 21 Ole Ball Coach wins a close one.
MissState 38 Houston 35 Lot of dropped passes.
BC17 Va Tech 20 Defense wins.
Michigan 28 Iowa 35 Iowa is better.
UCLA 24 Oregon 27 Ducks win but who cares?

The World Wresting Federation can also be seen in case some of you are bored.

Coach O

October 9th, 2009
5:50 pm

Don’t worry about losing your last $0.02 — you’ll get a free hotdog if you show up for the big game.

Hmmm.. wonder if they have free corndogs in Baton Rouge?

Joe Bob Thibodaux

October 9th, 2009
5:52 pm

A man had tickets for the LSU-Florida game. As he sits Down, a man comes down and asks if anyone is sitting in the Seat next to him.
“No”, he says, “The seat is empty.”
“This is incredible,” said the man. “Who in their right mind would have a seat like this for the LSU-Florida game, the biggest sporting event in the world, and not use it?”
He said, “Well, actually, the seat belongs to me. I was supposed to come with my wife, but she passed away. This is the first LSU game we haven’t been to together since we got married in 1957″.
“Oh … I’m sorry to hear that. That’s terrible. But couldn’t you find someone else – a friend or relative, or even a neighbor to take the seat?”.
The man shakes his head. “No. They’re all at the funeral.”

The Big Dawg

October 9th, 2009
6:07 pm

Florida will be exposed for their lack of offense. With or without Tebow, they lose. Dawgs roll in their most impressive win of the year-a complete offensive and defensive game. And as much as it pains me, Tech beats a stumbling FSU.

TampaGator

October 9th, 2009
6:11 pm

Florida has not had Deonte Thompson at WR since game one. He is a difference maker on offense for the Gators. Big time speed and big time receiver. He is full speed for Saturday night, and Brantley and he will hook up a bunch. Tebow, even if cleared to play, will not play unless Brantley is not doing the job. And Brantley will do the job. He is a future NFL starter, boys. He is real good. He is the passer as Tebow is the runner. His passing skills will open it up for Demps, Rainey, and Moody for about 150 to 200 on the ground, and Brantley will get 200 to 250 in the air. Then the Gators rest (he plays some) Tebow again for Arkansas, and then he comes back for the Georgia game all healthy and ready for some more pounding on the Dawgs. LSU will give the Gators a battle down there, but the Gators will win because they are just a better team.
P.S…Joe Bob…you made my day!!!

Tony Burnout

October 9th, 2009
6:16 pm

The only good teams in the SEC this year are Bama and UGA. Everyone else just sux. Take that.

Tony Burnout

October 9th, 2009
6:20 pm

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Where's your blog?

October 9th, 2009
6:22 pm

I sure find it funny that these Ner5ds on this blog (RAMBLE, GT Alum, Unbiased, etc.) rant and rave about Tony B being 5-5 last week and mentioning the TERRIBLE, GAME CHANGING call againt UGA as him being a dummy and a whiner. Where are yall’s blogs? You freakin Nerds don’t know JACK about college football. You think BCS means “Before Calculus Starts”. Anyone who says that someone mentioning the TERRIBLE, GAME CHANGING call is a whiner is a POS!!
BTW, TampaGator, please don’t make me laugh. “Brantley, a future NFL starter”? Really? Are you serious? I’ve got some beach front proprty in Utah to sell you…for real cheap! You dumb moron!!

The Big Dawg

October 9th, 2009
6:28 pm

Florida looked like an ACC team against Tennessee, which has a good defense. LSU has an outstanding defense and some offense to go along with it. Florida will lose and I hope Tebow plays so we dont have to hear Urban Crier whine and make excuses. He is the biggest sack of monkey $hit in all of the NCAA.

Joe Bob Thibodaux

October 9th, 2009
6:29 pm

TampaGator Thanks. I just want the Tigers to make some improvements every week. They are a work in progress, but if coach Miles can keep them making plays, and learning the play book, we can have a great season. We still have Bama at Bama, and Arkansas always plays LSU tough. I’ll be at the game and not at the funeral. Good Luck.

2nd 22

October 9th, 2009
6:36 pm

Tampagator,

Are the gators going to rest the starting 22 and play the 22 backups to make it fair? Were you the one who said that Florida’s backups are better than the starting 22 on any other team?

Rebel Ace

October 9th, 2009
7:26 pm

Ole Miss 17, Bama 7. Sorry, but that’s just the way it is, and will be, now and forever, ever and ever.

Bama fan

October 9th, 2009
7:50 pm

Rebel ace,

You’re a funny guy! What is it? 5 in a row of whupping your ass and a 46-9 overall record against you. We own you.

William Conrad as Frank Cannon Tonight's episode "Always Home To Me "

October 9th, 2009
7:59 pm

Tennessee’s Lame Kitten gets the win. The second coming of Joe T. will rear its ugly head even more. You heard it here!

warhorse

October 9th, 2009
8:21 pm

Gators 31-20. Brantley tosses a couple of TDs and speed picks up two more.

UGA fans all across the state — who have been saying wait until Tebow leaves — regurgitate in such degree that flooding is produced in South Georgia. Poodle followers recognize that the future indeed is now and the future of the pups against the Gators is bleak, even after the departure of the icon wearing #15.

Hillis Smith

October 9th, 2009
8:42 pm

Enter your comments here
The Georgia Dawgs need to know this!! I’m an avid Dawg fan. Man, I love’em! The following stirred my anger greatly. I was listening to 99.1 Sports Animal radio this afternoon. Jimmy Hyames (host announcer) asked Chuck Cavaleras (Sports writer for the Knoxville News-Sentinel to give his take on the Dawgs. He said the following: should not be 3&2, worst defense in conference,worst penalized in conference, make bonehead mistake and …..now hear this……He said they are DUMB! Tell Richt & Team

Hillis Smith

October 9th, 2009
8:45 pm

Can anyone get this information to Mark Richt and the Dawgs? Chuck Cavaleras (Sports writer for the Knoxville News-Sentinel announced today on 99.1 radio that the Dawgs are DUMB! The Dawgs need to show him and the rest of these toothless wonders just how SMART they are. Sic’em Dawgs!

Joe Paterno

October 9th, 2009
9:29 pm

Stop comparing UGA and Tech. It’s an insult to Tech.

o-me

October 9th, 2009
11:13 pm

Iowa..wins
Uga..goes down by 2pts.
Fla..wins by 6
GT..by 14
Auburn by 7

Limelight

October 9th, 2009
11:24 pm

Tony, I like your picks except Florida blows the doors off of LSU. I don’t care if Tebow plays or not. He will, and I’m thinking 38-17, but not that close. 28-3 at the half.

Coach O

October 9th, 2009
11:33 pm

All these games are too close to call.

Ramble On:

October 9th, 2009
11:47 pm

Hey UGA: I tld ya that Joe “Phallic” Cox wouldn’t lead your overated team to the promise land, but you just wouldn’t listen. Your team suxs and loses at TN, to UF, AUB and GT. Nothing like a 6-6 year and your not even bowl eligible. Hey, next year is the year when you play Idaho State and some other jokes. Also, you are working on a homo and homo game with Army. Why don’t you schedule the Coast Guard. They may be able to stop your crappy team from sinking. LMFAO! DAWGS SUCK AZZ! THWG!

Ramble On:

October 9th, 2009
11:50 pm

hey big dawg: Your team is the biggest crap of chitman. Also, your school sux azz, as does your crappy lil ole city of Athens. Now, go back to your double wide, get a chew and take a dump between the smelly hedges. DAWGS SUCK AZZ

45ACP

October 10th, 2009
12:00 am

Ramble on, Ramble on…………….Isn’t that a Led Zeppelin song?

Chuck Uga

October 10th, 2009
12:19 am

Joey, you are clueless if you think UGA had BETTER players than Florida last year. Bama is simply coached better and was loaded with seniors. Florida has better players than ANYONE in the SEC. Only a retard can’t agree with that.

As far as UGA, they could blow out Tennessee tomorrow stopping the Vols on D. Cox should be able to throw all over the UT secondary, but then again, can UGA duplicate a turnover-less game? Amazing how well they played against LSU, but this game is THE MOST IMPORTANT GAME IN MARK RICHT’S TENURE. The honeymoon is over. Georgia simply has a SIGNIFICANTLY more talented team and MUCH more loaded roster than UT. Richt CANNOT afford to fall to 3-3. He HAS to win 8 games this season to avoid some serious pressure in 2010. He WILL have to replace staff at the end if this season if he waddles through to a 7-5 finish (or worse). 7-5 or worse is a LOCK if UGA loses tomorrow. Could this be the beginning of the end for CMR? Let’s hope UGA wins that game for the sake of the staff. Tony, if you think I am wrong, you are a fool. I can e-mail you some powerful names who are none to happy with the state of UGA football. Some are saying we are “stuck” like we were when Donnan was let go.

Chuck Uga

October 10th, 2009
12:34 am

Only a moron would compate UT’s stats to UGA’s. UGA hasn’t played Western Kentucky (what a joke) or Ohio. they played Okalhoma State and Arizona State. UT was NEVER in the Auburn game and threw a TD at the buzzer to make it 22-26. Auburn is NOT that good. UGA has no business losing tomorrow, but they may because of rain, freshmen running backs and possibly Mike Bobo matched against Monte Kiffin (scary). But UGA’s D shoould have a field day if they focus on stopping Hardesty.

UGA would have likely lost last week anyway 15-13. LSU could have kicked a field goal late, but the TD was much easier because of the bad call. LSU and UGA are pretty much equal in talent. LSU just had a significant edge in experience at running back and QB.

BS Patrol

October 10th, 2009
12:46 am

Not the original Ramble at 11:50.

Denver Dog

October 10th, 2009
1:14 am

Wow, looks like a lot of people are into the sauce early today!

Dogs

Seminoles

Gators,

Bama

Gamecocks

Missy State

Michigan

Oregon

I hope that is not the usual ramble, he has never been that vile.

jumbeauxtiger

October 10th, 2009
7:25 am

This is by far the best slate of SEC games thus far this season. 4 big games plus State takes on Houston. Good luck to all.

LSU will have to play their best to have a chance against the Gators tonight. I am getting ready to go out there now. It will be alot of fun.

Geaux Tigers!
Go SEC!

Carlton Powell

October 10th, 2009
8:25 am

Good Morning All!
I think the UGA-TN game will interesting only to the extent as to how the ‘Dogs will manage to lose it. What will the excueses be this week?? That they had to take a bus trip 2.5 hrs. across the mtns. to K’ville?? For the life of me I cannot see the ‘Dogs answering the call today. Pappa Kiffen will outcoach CWM. Of course who couldn’t?? I find it telling when I asked my wife–a HUGE ‘Dog fan–last night if she heard any buzz about the game. Her response was “no, I don’t think anyone really cares anymore.” And she moves in an environment where there are a LOT of rabid ‘Dog fans. I feel sorry for CMR to a degree. I don’t think he sees what’s right in front of him; that his once proud program is getting away from him. As I have asked before, can anyone see the same discipline and focus that was required to win the “hobnail boot” game being present currently?? Sad, really sad.

Tony

October 10th, 2009
8:48 am

Tony if the worst call you have ever seen is the “excessive celebration” penalty against Ga. what do you call a block in the back where the offended person was never touched, a dropped ball called complete when everyone in the stadium could see he dropped it and the dumbest, no stopped clocked when the receiver not only made a first down but also went out of bounds. All happening in the same game. The official that called the pass complete was standing next to the Carolina receiver where the drop occured. I could see in from the upper deck between 35 and 40 yard line but he couldn’t. Talk about needing glasses. Is the difference that Tech won the reason we heard very little if anything from you so called experts but so much about the Ga. call. There was no statement from that sissy the ACC has a comissioner or the head of the ACC officials. At least the SEC admitted they were wrong. Maybe no word form the ACC office is because Sissy Swafford was the North Carolina athletic director for around 10 years. Maybe that’s why Carolina gets all the calls especilyy in basketball even though they don’t need them. He is so scared of comments from fans he want even list his email address so he can be called out on cheaters like himself when the so called experts won’t. Your an absolute fraud by calling the Ga. penalty the worst you have ever seen.

TampaGator

October 10th, 2009
9:58 am

2nd and 22 (I think you usually go by another name)…I didn’t say that first, the pregame CBS announcers said it earlier in the year. And I was talking about the defensive side of the ball. Yes, every player on Florida’s second team defense would start or play a bunch of minutes on every other team in the SEC. They are that good…and that deep of defense,period. Lawrence Marsh, Florida’s best defensive tackle, has hardly played this year due to an ankle injury. The d-line has not missed a beat. Spikes has been hurt. The LB core has been awesome. Cunningham missed 2 games to injury and the DE play did not suffer at all.The only way Florida loses tonight is by multiple turnovers and LSU controlling the game with a solid ground game. Is LSU capable of doing that? Yes. Do I believe they will? No. Florida 24-10.

TrueCrimson

October 10th, 2009
11:41 am

I dunno what to think. Florida’s marquee game to date this season was against Tennessee. That’s not much of a measuring stick. LSU has to be the most unimpressive No. 4 team that I’ve ever seen. Many questions will be answered this weekend. The big question: did Superman survive his brief encounter with Kryptonite? My guess is that he was never in as bad a condition as many have feared. That is the only way that he will be allowed to play today, and I just have a gut feeling that he will, indeed play.

I fear that Ole Miss has more potential than they have shown thus far. They ALWAYS lay it all on the line when they play Bama. This is a tradition that precedes most of the young-uns who post on this blog. The Crimson Tide has no margin of error in this game. I see this as a bigger test than was VA Tech — I don’t care what Ole Miss has done prior to this game. They lost to Vandy the week before they upset the Gators in the swamp last year and they followed that up by losing to SC the following week.

Auburn fans are downright giddy with the early results of the Chizik era, and with good reason. They should enter this game with overwhelming confidence. That said, I can see how Arkansas matches up against the Tigers better than anyone else that they have yet faced. If they can’t keep pressure on Mallett, then he could wreak havoc on their largely un-tested secondary. I expect this game to turn into a shooting match wholly uncharacteristic of SEC tradition. Like the Miami v. FSU game, it could come down to who has the ball when the clock runs out.

Vols vs. Dawgs has to be the most schizophrenic game of the weekend. Tennessee’s predicament is understandable, but who would have thought that a contest between two of the perennial powers of the SEC East would come down to which team is going to pull off the biggest choke job? If Georgia can’t rise to the challenge and play a complete game today, then the assistant coaches in Athens should get serious about updating their resumes.

It’s a great day to be a college football fan. Hope everyone has a good time today, win or lose.

RTR!!!

GDAWG65

October 10th, 2009
11:42 am

HotDawg you’ve got it right. CMR is doing nothing to correct the problem. Bobo and Willie must go. It would help if we had a knowledgable AD – but he just sucks up to Big Mike.

TrueCrimson

October 10th, 2009
12:29 pm

Arkansas has a secret. They’ve developed a pretty decent run defense. How will Auburn react to adversity? We’re about to learn the answer to that burning question.

Atlanta Gator

October 10th, 2009
1:04 pm

Okay, let’s cut to the chase: this week’s premier SEC match-up, and arguably the premier match-up in the country, is Florida vs. LSU. Number One vs. Number Four in the nation. Two undefeated teams, two division-leading SEC contenders, two possible BCS national title contenders. As one of the LSU players was quoted this week: “LSU vs. Florida? This is why we play football.”

LSU has a lucky, chance-taking coach, a very good and improving defense, and a competent, patient offense. The Tigers feel perfectly comfortable in a home night game, cheered on by more screaming LSU fans than this Gator cares to count. Their home night game record over the past decade is rock solid, and they will bring everything they have and leave it on the field. They have defeated the Gators in their last two home meetings in Death Valley, in close, hard-fought games. They have confidence and heart.

The Gators have a great defense, and an offense that has shown the potential to be great, too. The Gators may be missing their star quarterback, with a potential star understudy starting in his place. Can the Gators rally and win a tough one on the road with or without their starting QB? This is a character game for the Gators. Win this one, and the rest of the regular season looks manageable. Lose this one, and every remaining game counts twice in the BCS Big Picture.

Predicted outcome: too close to call. I choose not to pick for fearing of jinxing my Gators, but I will be watching. You can bet on that. “This is why we play football.”

2BT

October 10th, 2009
1:48 pm

Wow – you mutt fans must feel AWFULLY STUPID about now! ROFLMAO!

Don

October 10th, 2009
2:05 pm

I told you Arkansas would win Tony. So much for mr CF’s predictions.

Don

October 10th, 2009
2:42 pm

Nice prediction on Ga too Tony. That Ga defense is sooo good. I told you idiots that LSU has no offense. Ga will lose 6 games this year.

Don

October 10th, 2009
2:59 pm

And fla wins 41-14 tonight

Coach O

October 10th, 2009
4:10 pm

Looks like ol’ Leonard’s smart pills were working…

Leonard’s Losers

October 8th, 2009
1:01 pm
Ole Miss loses to Alabama

Auburn loses to Arkansas

LSU loses to Florida

MSU loses to Houston

Georgia loses to Tennessee

Kentucky loses to South Carolina

Army loses to Vanderbilt

NEXT#13

October 10th, 2009
5:16 pm

WELCOME BACK TO EARTH BARNNER’S!!!!

NEXT#13

October 10th, 2009
5:22 pm

HEY dog fan’s…..ALL 6 OF YOU THAT ARE LEFT !!! THEM TEAM? HAS QUIT ON RICHT !!!

Not Disappointed!

October 10th, 2009
6:24 pm

Sad day for dogs fans. Let’s hope Jackets does better tonite. Go Jackets!

TrueCrimson

October 10th, 2009
6:58 pm

Roll That Tide!