Georgia Tech keeps rolling at Virginia

 

 

If Auburn’s offense had not been missing in action last week in a 21-14 loss to Kentucky, your Fearless Forecaster would have gone 10-0. We picked Georgia Tech’s upset of No. 4 Virginia Tech. We promised you and Arkansas-Florida would be closer than the experts thought. (Insert your comment about the officiating here).

That gives us a record of 52-18 on the season.

Except for Georgia Tech’s visit to Virginia, it looks like a less than exciting set of games this Saturday. But that’s when the fireworks—and the upsets—usually start.  Look for at least one big surprise this weekend.

Let’s get on with the Fearless Friday Forecast:

 

1. Georgia Tech at Virginia: It looks like Cavalier coach Al Groh has saved his bacon after an 0-3 start. Groh realized that the spread offense was not going to work and went back to basics. Now Virginia is playing power football and pretty good defense. But if Georgia Tech quarterback Josh Nesbitt keeps playing like he has the past four weeks, the Yellow Jackets are going to be very hard to beat. Tech rolls to 7-1. Georgia Tech 28, Virginia 13.

 

2. Tennessee at Alabama: The Volunteers are feeling kind of frisky since taking Georgia to the woodshed on Oct. 10. But Tennessee needs to realize that the Alabama defense is an entirely different animal.  Alabama, for instance, can actually rush the passer. This team eats quarterbacks for lunch and will make life very difficult for Jonathan Crompton. The Tennessee defense will keep the Vols in the game for about a half. But Alabama simply wears opponents down and beats them up. Alabama pulls away in the fourth quarter. Alabama 24, Tennessee 6.

 

3. Arkansas at Ole Miss: We wouldn’t have said this before the season started, but Arkansas will win this game because it has the better quarterback. Ryan Mallett was brilliant against the Florida defense last week and has 14 touchdown passes and only three interceptions. Jevan Snead of Ole Miss bounced back against UAB last week but he still has nine interceptions. Ole Miss could win this game because of its defensive front. But I just have a hunch that Arkansas is going to play well after the tough loss at Florida. Arkansas 24, Ole Miss 21.

 

4. Auburn at LSU: Auburn started 5-0 and got its fans all excited. Now the Tigers have dropped two straight to Arkansas and Kentucky and now their fans are getting worried. If Auburn quarterback Chris Todd can regain his touch, Gene Chizik’s team has a shot in Baton Rouge. That’s because LSU still hasn’t figured out what kind of offense it wants to be. Still, it’s worth noting that Auburn has not won in Baton Rouge since 1999. LSU 21, Auburn 14.

 

5. Florida at Mississippi State: Tim Tebow goes against his old offensive coordinator Dan Mullen, who is now the head guy in Starkville. Florida played one of its worst offensive games in a long time against Arkansas with four turnovers and six quarterback sacks. Tebow also had to carry the ball 27 times, which is something you’d rather not do with a quarterback who just had  a concussion. Mississippi State doesn’t have the athletes Mullen needs, but the Bulldogs are moving the ball on just about everybody. Florida could also be caught looking ahead to next week’s trip to Jacksonville to play Georgia. Florida wins another ugly game.  One historical note. If Tebow scores two rushing touchdowns, he will break Herschel Walker’s career SEC mark of 49.  Florida 24, Miss. State 10.

 

6. Vanderbilt at South Carolina: Vanderbilt has won two straight against the Gamecocks but don’t figure to make it three. Still Steve Spurrier has great respect for the Commodores, who manhandled his Gamecocks two years ago in Columbia. That loss started a five-game losing streak to end the season. South Carolina (5-2) needs this win to become bowl eligible. Spurrier also knows that his team is facing the really brutal part of its schedule with Tennessee, Arkansas, Florida, and Clemson remaining. “Our schedule is tougher the latter part of the year. We know that,” Spurrier said. South Carolina 24, Vanderbilt 7.

 

7. Clemson at Miami: Clemson fans are rightfully confused. They watched their Tigers lose to 1-3 Maryland on Oct. 3 and it appeared that Dabo Swinney’s team was falling apart. After an off week, which included some serious and sometimes heated discussions among coaches and players, Clemson comes back to dominate Wake Forest 38-3. So is Clemson finally starting to turn the corner under Swinney? We should find out Saturday when the Tigers go  to No. 10 Miami. The Hurricanes are 5-1 but they’ve only played three ACC games. They may also be the ACC’s best hope at a national championship team. I like Miami at home. Miami 21, Clemson 17.

 

8. Boston College at Notre Dame: Boston College has won six straight games in this series between the two major Catholic football playing schools. Paul Johnson of Georgia Tech will probably be the ACC coach of the year, but BC’s Frank Spaziani has to get some votes. The Eagles (5-2) were picked dead last in the ACC Atlantic and are currently leading the division. Here is your upset special of the week. Boston College 28, Notre Dame 24.

 

9. TCU at BYU: TCU (6-0) is No. 8 in the first BCS Standings and has a real shot to go 12-0 if the Horned Frogs can get past Max Hall and BYU. TCU has an underrated quarterback in Andy Dalton, whose 23 career wins at TCU is second only to the great Sammy Baugh, who had 29. Jerry Hughes might be the best defensive end in the country. This is the best game on the board this Saturday. TCU 31, BYU 24.

 

10. USF at Pittsburgh: Pittsburgh is 6-1 but the Panthers have been here before under Dave Wannstedt.  Pitt started 6-1 in 2006 and proceeded to lose its last five games to finish 6-6. The last time the Panthers were 7-1 was in 1982 when Dan Marino led them to a 9-1 start. Pittsburgh has found a star in freshman running back Dion Lewis, who is third in the nation in rushing at 131.14 yards per game. Pittsburgh, No. 20 in the first BCS standings, appears headed for a show down with No. 5 Cincinnati on Dec. 5 for the Big East championship. They will take care of USF. Pittsburgh 23, USF 13.

 

 

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298 comments Add your comment

Nachos

October 23rd, 2009
8:22 am

I’m #1… just like ALABAMA

JP owns DJ

October 23rd, 2009
8:27 am

Nachos is the man!

He owns all you losers.

ratherBgambling

October 23rd, 2009
8:29 am

Looks like a 10-0 Saturday Tony

Rocky King

October 23rd, 2009
8:30 am

Tony, I agree with all your predictions, but I look for Arkie to beat Ole Miss by 14

RAMBLE ON!!!

October 23rd, 2009
8:30 am

Miami loses to Clempson

tampadawg

October 23rd, 2009
8:31 am

Tony……. If UGA can win out the rest of the season(means beating uf, auburn and tech) will that be enough to keep Richt from having to can martinez, or do you see that as a foregone conclusion that martinez is out at the end of the season?

richtisthenewfulmer

October 23rd, 2009
8:31 am

Bama cheats, but we get worked this Saturday. But we own the Bulldogs.

PS: Richt to FSU, and the dogs should be happy.

Quick facts

October 23rd, 2009
8:32 am

1) Urban is 8-6 vs. SEC West

2) Gators have lost 4 straight in Starkvegas

3) This is the weekend Urban smooches Tebow

G Force

October 23rd, 2009
8:32 am

Tony, I agree with all your picks except I’ll take USF over Pitt. It’s about time for the Wannstedt choke to kick in.

Suspended SEC Crew

October 23rd, 2009
8:35 am

Mississippi State will UPSET Florida,
just like Washington upset USC.

Jacory Hickup

October 23rd, 2009
8:39 am

Clemson will beat Miami to stay in the Atlantic Division race, or Dabow Swinney is gone.

Eric

October 23rd, 2009
8:40 am

Nachos is no man, or even a person. Nachos is a cheap knock off of a Mexican appetizer….cheesey and not very smart or original. In a word, intestinal garbage. Sounds more like number 2.

Friday Kickoff | MrSEC.com

October 23rd, 2009
8:40 am

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Richt-er Scale

October 23rd, 2009
8:43 am

I guarantee the Dawgs will not lose this weekend.

m

October 23rd, 2009
8:44 am

Enter your comments here

m

October 23rd, 2009
8:44 am

BSC shake up

October 23rd, 2009
8:52 am

Why is Miami the best hope for an ACC National Championship team?
Georgia Tech will move past Miami after Clemson beats them.
LSU loses to Auburn
Missy State upsets Florida
The Yellow Jackets beat Virginia and make a HUGE JUMP in the BCS rankings.

No BCS

October 23rd, 2009
8:54 am

I think the upset special will be Virginia over Georgia Tech. Betting the Jackets are still swapping stories about the win over Virginia Tech last week. Classic letdown after a huge win.

Tony, I like your score prediction for the Alabama game; however, I think that’s what it’ll be at half time. This one won’t be close.

Agree with the Arkansas and LSU picks.

LOL! Florida looking ahead to Georgia? That’s like saying they’re looking ahead to Vandy. Florida gets it together and has the game in hand by halftime. Georgia should consider taking another bye week next Saturday.

Agree with South Carolina and Miami

I’d love to see Notre Shame lose again, but I don’t think it’s going to happen against Boston College. Should be close though.

Something tells me BCS divine intervention steps in and takes TCU out of the picture. Go Mormons!

Pitt happens.

Mikey

October 23rd, 2009
8:54 am

Anyone catch LT on NC sideline last night ?
Man, he wanted to suit up and knock some heads!

AtlantaCane

October 23rd, 2009
8:54 am

Tony:

If the Canes OL protects QB Jacory Harris like they did against the Sooners top-rated DL they can win. If it’s a repeat like last week at UCF (6 sacks) they won’t. Also, UM will need to win the special teams battle as Ford and Spiller are gamebreakers.

Best matchup of the day: Miami’s young receivers vs. the Tigers’ experienced secondary. That will be fun to watch and a key to victory.

Big concern for UM: depth. Eight players are out for the year due to injury and five of them are on defense.

If the weather (rain) doesn’t louse things up this should be a great ACC conference game. It’s Friday, favorite day of the week!

Go Canes!

Tampa Wreck

October 23rd, 2009
8:57 am

“If UGA can win out the rest of the season(means beating uf, auburn and tech)”… ROFL.. I had coffee spewing out of my nose with that one… Why don’t you just say, If the sun explodes tonight, and the earth is destroyed, will we still have to keep Willie?

Nachos

October 23rd, 2009
8:58 am

Anytime you want a piece Eric bring it! I’ll meet you at any bar in Winder. Come out of your cave and bring your pal Roswell Dead. I’ll kick your a$$ worse than the 36-0 beatdown bama laid on your team last year. Deeeeeeeeeeeeeyop !

collegeballfan

October 23rd, 2009
9:00 am

If Notre Dame loses this game, that offensive genius they hired as head coach will be looking for work come mid December.

Do you think they have Urban Meyer’s phone number?

Gen Neyland

October 23rd, 2009
9:00 am

As a realist, I know Tennessee-Alabama should go the way of the Red Tide. Practically every facet of this game is in the Elephants favor. CLK hasn’t the tools Saban possesses to thwart the Ragin’ Pacs but I must remain loyal to the cause. Tennessee shocks the world and beats the refs and yes, I will show up in front of the 13″ RCA b&w wearing my Orange jersey…GBO

As my wife and I prepare for grandchild duty this weekend, my prediction is grandchild beats two adults to a pulp early, often and relentlessly. Good luck to all and may all return home injury free.

Bulldog Babies

October 23rd, 2009
9:00 am

Love how all of the Bulldog fans have nothing better to do than predict Jacket losses every time they play; what a bunch of maroons. Keep up the good work predicting the losses – it obviously backfires. GA Tech wins and UGA loses when they play.

Suck it Nerd

October 23rd, 2009
9:02 am

No BCS -

Ok the Vandy comment was a bit much. I do think looking ahead to UGA is highly unlikely for Florida.

JP owns DJ

October 23rd, 2009
9:03 am

Eric just got owned by Nachos.

I figured after I made him look like an a$$ in front of everyone yesterday he wouldnt show his Barner face around here again.

AlabamaRamblinwreck

October 23rd, 2009
9:08 am

IF Clem’Son gets pressure on Jacory, and if Spiller can get loose for some big plays, I like their chances at Da U this weekend.

Yabba Dabo Doo!!!!

Go Jackets!

AZ Jacket

October 23rd, 2009
9:11 am

No BCS, you don’t know much about CPJ do you. He will not let that team think of anything but UVA. They will be ready.

Go Gators

October 23rd, 2009
9:14 am

Urban has a plan to get all of you DAWGS, he will not allow Tebow to have 2 rushing touchdowns , he will save the last one for you.
GO GATORS!!!!!!!!!!!!!

ClemsonTiger

October 23rd, 2009
9:14 am

AtlantaCane:

Always good to see an honest assessment of the game instead of “fanboy” smack-talking.

I completely agree with your assessment of the game. If the “U”’s OL can protect Harris, I think Miami wins the game. If Clemson’s DL can harass him all day, Clemson may pull out an upset.

I am also looking forward to the matchup between Miami’s WRs and Clemson’s DBs. Clemson has a very talented and experienced pair of CBs in Chancellor and Butler (both should be in the League next year), and arguably the conference’s top safety in McDaniel. It will be fun watching them match up with Miami’s young, but extremely talented, WRs. Again, the key is whether Harris has time to sit in the pocket and find them. If that happens, game over.

Miami can easily win this game by 10+, but for some reason I think Clemson pulls off the upset.

AZ Jacket

October 23rd, 2009
9:16 am

Gooooooooooooooooo Clemson beat Miami…go fight win

Johnson pounds Virginia...

October 23rd, 2009
9:17 am

In Paul Johnson’s first year. He ended a couple of big streaks: UGA’s over us, and FSU’s over us. This year, he ended the Tallahassee curse. He’s also 2-0 against two of the teams that beat us last year. (North Carolina and VT). The third team who beat us in the regular season last year…UVA. CPJ is not happy about that loss, and our triple option will run rampant over them. Plus, their offense is mediocre enough that our up/down defense should even be able to handle them, especially with Sewell (their QB) likely sidelined with an ankle injury. Tech prevails by 14.

Freehawk

October 23rd, 2009
9:22 am

If Spurrier beats Vandy he ties Vince Dooley for #3 SEC all time wins. Talk about a short putt to make.

Nachos

October 23rd, 2009
9:23 am

Eric is probably seeking comfort from his “life partner” Roswell Ed. They love to cuddle in the morning.

“Kentucky beats Auburn for the first time since 1966.”

Swami

October 23rd, 2009
9:24 am

A couple of key points for the GaTech – UVa game:

UVa cannot get into a shootout with Tech; it’s like bringing a knife to a gunfight.

If UVa is agressive on defense (ala Miami), they have a chance. If they sit back playing “disciplined,” the UVa deficit will Groh.

Jake

October 23rd, 2009
9:25 am

Gen Neyland, I feel your pain. So you saying you will get beat up in two methods, grandchild and game. Where’s John Ward when you need him.

Redneckerson

October 23rd, 2009
9:27 am

What ya got here is a Mexican coaching defense. They are better suited for soccer or bustin pinatas. So get rid of Martinez. Ya hear!

William and Mary

October 23rd, 2009
9:29 am

Virginia ain’t so tough at Scott Stadium in Charlottesvile.We beat them easy …26-14

timthebrave

October 23rd, 2009
9:31 am

1. GT at VA-I can’t see GT losing this one. William & Mary beat them so… 31-21
2. TN at AL-If it was at tennessee they still wouldn’t have a chance. 28-10
3. Ark at Ole Miss-over rated..clap…clap…clap 31-28 ark wins
4. LSU wins a close one 21-20
5. Fl wins big 31-10
6. SC wins a close one 17-14
7. Miami wins at home 28-24
8. Take ND to win 31-24
9. Upset special BYU over TCU 28-21
10. I’ll take Pitt and their run game 24-14

Jake

October 23rd, 2009
9:32 am

There will be one major upset this weekend in the SEC. Tony will miss this one.

ReptilesRule

October 23rd, 2009
9:35 am

UPSET SPECIAL…Ghosts of Mississippi haunt Gators again. Gators offense handcuffed by playcalling while MSU’s Dixon runs wild against a depleted Fla D line…Miss State 28 Florida 24… and it pains me to say it.

CSX

October 23rd, 2009
9:36 am

………..Nesbitt for Heisman

Evil Genius

October 23rd, 2009
9:36 am

Eat my dust, Dooley. It took me less than 19 seasons to hit a win total that took you 25 seasons to compile.

EW

October 23rd, 2009
9:40 am

I am worried about this game for GT. Last year UVa manhandled a better O line up front and ran the ball all over the Jackets. But on the other hand, I believe GT fumbled in the redzone and squandered a couple opportunities. I will be interested to see if UVa’s traditionally big O line has the same success this year. Both teams wanna run it but I see GT’s offense with the explosiveness UVa lacks. GT 31 – UVa 20

EW

October 23rd, 2009
9:41 am

check that..UVa manhandled a better GT “D LINE”

Andre "Pulpwood" Smith

October 23rd, 2009
9:42 am

Tony, you forgot to mention where Josh Nesbitt went to high school.

Huh?!

October 23rd, 2009
9:42 am

CSX@9:36am… LOL! Even in a year when no one has really separated themself from the pack and they start talking about a defensive player winning. Nothing against Tech — CPJ has them heading in the right direction– but thanks for the good laugh this morning!

Fleischman in Chattanooga

October 23rd, 2009
9:45 am

Hey Nachos, The Crue Rules!

AZ Jacket

October 23rd, 2009
9:48 am

Huh?!….defensive player??????. who is the defensive player in his post.