Gators roll over Dawgs to stay at No. 1

I went 7-3 last week because I picked Arkansas to beat Ole Miss, Miami to beat Clemson, and Boston College to upset Notre Dame. Still, your humble scribe is 59-21 for the season. So let’s close out the month of October with the Fearless Friday Forecast.

 

 

1. Georgia vs. Florida (Jacksonville): Florida is 7-0, ranked No. 1, but has a ton of questions about its offense. Tim Tebow is getting frustrated and last week against Mississippi State tried to make plays that simply weren’t there. But the Gators are due for a breakout game on offense and the defense will get LB Brandon Spikes back. Georgia has had a week off but it won’t be enough. Florida 27, Georgia 6.

 

2. Georgia Tech at Vanderbilt: Georgia Tech has won five straight and now has a chance to at least get into the BCS discussion if the Jackets can run the table and win the ACC championship game. When you’re 11th in the BCS, style points matter. Vanderbilt has a pretty good defense but it is hard to get ready for the Georgia Tech offense right in the middle of a rugged SEC schedule. Georgia Tech 35, Vanderbilt 10.

 

3. Ole Miss at Auburn: After stumbling against two good defenses from South Carolina and Alabama, Ole Miss is suddenly looking like a team that is capable of running the table. Dexter McCluster had 260 total yards on 29 touches in a win over Arkansas. Auburn (5-3) is struggling on offense after a 5-0 start. If QB Chris Todd, who has less than 100 yards passing in this last two games, doesn’t bounce back this one could get ugly. Ole Miss 31, Auburn 17.

 

4. South Carolina at Tennessee: Tennessee lost a very tough game at Alabama (12-10) last Saturday but showed some signs that things are heading in the right direction under Lane Kiffin. Quarterback Jonathan Crompton has completed 41 of 63 passes (65 percent) in his last two games. Montario Hardesty is becoming one of the best running backs in the country. This will be a very good game because the South Carolina defense is so good. But I’m giving the edge to the Vols at home. Tennessee 17, South Carolina 14.

 

5. Mississippi State at Kentucky: Head coach Rich Brooks and offensive coordinator Joker Phillips have done a masterful job since quarterback Mike Hartline was lost to an injury. The Wildcats now have a three-headed quarterback in Will Fiedler, freshman Morgan Newton, and versatile wide receiver Randall Cobb. Kentucky has scored 24 touchdowns his season and Cobb has nine of them. This kid is good. The Wildcats (4-3) are really beat up but I believe they get one step closer to their fourth straight Bowl.  Kentucky 24, Miss. State 17.

 

6. Duke at Virginia: Duke (4-3) needs two wins in its final five games to qualify for its first bowl since 1994. The Blue Devils are 2-1 in the ACC thanks in large part to quarterback Thaddeus Lewis, the ACC’s No. 2 passer (1,972 yards, 14 TD), who had 371 yards last week against Maryland. Virginia, also 2-1 in the ACC, is trying to bounce back from a pretty good beat down by Georgia Tech. Let’s go with Duke in a mild upset. Duke 24, Virginia 23.

 

7. N.C. State at Florida State: Is anybody playing better than Florida State quarterback Christian Ponder? Ponder had one of the better games ever by a Florida State quarterback last week when he completed 33 of 40 passes for 395 yards in a 30-27 come from behind win at North Carolina. The Seminoles trailed 24-6 and Ponder had three touchdown passes in the second half. N.C. State has struggled on defense and will have a tough time handling Ponder. Florida State 42, N.C. State 17.

 

8. Texas at Oklahoma State: Texas has won 11 straight against Oklahoma State and four times since 2003 has had to rally from significant halftime deficits to win. After struggling on offense most of the season, the Longhorns and Colt McCoy looked pretty impressive last week in a 41-7 win over Missouri. Oklahoma State (6-1) will put up a good fight but Texas looks like a team ready to win out and play in the BCS championship game. Texas 31, Oklahoma State 21.

 

9. Kansas at Texas Tech: This is not the best time to play Texas Tech. The Red Raiders were embarrassed at home by Texas A&M 52-30 last week. Red Raiders coach Mike Leach not only ripped his players, but he insulted their girl friends (I’ll let you look it up). Kansas, you should know, is 1-10 all-time against Texas Tech. The Red Raiders are having some quarterback issues but they should still win at home. Texas Tech 31, Kansas 28.

 

10. Southern California at Oregon: After Oregon lost the opener to Boise State, which included the infamous LeGarrette Blount punch, the program looked like it was in trouble. But first-year coach Chip Kelly stayed the course and right now the No. 10 Ducks (6-1) are playing as well anybody. Southern Cal (6-1) is No. 5 so this is basically a BCS elimination game. USC coach Pete Carroll, who always has his teams ready for the big games, is 4-3 against Oregon. Autzen Stadium is a tough place to play. On Halloween night it will be even more so. Oregon 24, USC 20.

 

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485 comments Add your comment

Nashdawg

October 30th, 2009
12:48 pm

The Dawgs will lose but beat the spread. Of course the good side of losing 27-6 will be Free Willy will be freed. Somebody go hire Ken Norton Jr as the defensive coordinator at Georgia.

Styles

October 30th, 2009
12:49 pm

UGA fans win in the game of life!!

Dawg Fud

October 30th, 2009
12:51 pm

“Styles”/Stiles from Teen Wolf…is that you?

Nashdawg

October 30th, 2009
12:51 pm

Wow Ramblin Rick you have one and half good years and all of a sudden GT is the best team that ever played football. How is your team gpa these days. Anyone taking applied physics?

DB Guy

October 30th, 2009
12:53 pm

Refs ensure a Florida win on Sat.!

Seersucker Jacket

October 30th, 2009
12:55 pm

AWJ,

I agree. What we need to worry about right now is Vandy!

Styles

October 30th, 2009
12:58 pm

You got it Dawg Fud! We’re going urban(no Meyer intended) surfing on the Wolf-Mobile tonight! You down?

U.S. Coast Guard Dawg

October 30th, 2009
12:58 pm

Barnhart says the Dawgs can’t beat Florida, I DISAGREE. Barnhart also said Miami was back, Oklahoma was back, Virginia Tech was back, etc. etc.

HBTD

October 30th, 2009
12:59 pm

Ramblin Rick. GT is the best football program in the state based on what?? Your record against this year’s schedule?? LOL! Get past the inferiority complex and just be happy to win, but don’t compare yourself to the big boys. I think we saw how that turned out last year in the Peach Bowl. GT is simply just not at that level. Good program, but not a top 15 program. Have fun beating up on Vandy, Duke and WF!!

ACC

October 30th, 2009
1:01 pm

Georgia Tech would CRUSH Alabama and $aban.

HBTD

October 30th, 2009
1:05 pm

ACC. LOL!!!!!!!!! Maybe your school should try playing those schools more often instead of the Jax. States, Gardner Webbs, Vandy and Miss States. Get past the inferiority complex and just be proud that your school is finally winning some games on a consistent basis.

Seersucker Jacket

October 30th, 2009
1:05 pm

I agree. They certainly would crush them — if they could.

Chew up that clock

October 30th, 2009
1:05 pm

Josh Nesbitt for Heisman.

Seersucker Jacket

October 30th, 2009
1:07 pm

We’ll prove our superiority this weekend by defeating the SEC!!!

Watch out Vandy, we’re comin’ after ya and we’re showing no mercy!

ACC

October 30th, 2009
1:11 pm

Charleston Southern, Troy, FIU, North Texas, Chattanooga, Tennessee Tech ? REAL TOUGH SEC schedule…………..UTAH from the powerful Mountain West clobbered Alabama and there was NO TIDE RISING

Keep it Real!

October 30th, 2009
1:15 pm

Mr. blowhart must be on the payroll for the SEC! Since the SEC is the best CFC and all the teams play such rugged football schedule in the SEC. Why do you have to put a comment about the style of play it still is football! LSU shut down GT last year.

GT will blitz Vandy and UGA this year. They are a better team.
UGA fans you will have to wait at least 2 years before you can compete again. A weak offensive and defensive line plus a waek quarterback will get you an average team for 2009 and 2010.

Call it Like It Is

October 30th, 2009
1:15 pm

Hey SuperB,

Stop dreaming as UGAY defense made the TN QB look like a Heisman candidate.

Gators roll big as your team will be lucky to finish 6-6.

Enough Said!

Urban Spurrier

October 30th, 2009
1:15 pm

Tell it like it is told it like it ain’t.

HBTD

October 30th, 2009
1:16 pm

ACC. There you go again. You and your brethern really need to get past the feeling of inferiority. Just be happy that your program is finally winning regardless of who it’s against. I realize the ACC is really down this year, but at least your team winning most of those games.

ACC

October 30th, 2009
1:20 pm

Paul Johnson is 3-1 against the SEC and will be 4-1 after Georgia Tech beats Vandy.

BuzztheKiller

October 30th, 2009
1:21 pm

HTBT- Alabama is on Tech’s schedule in 2012-13, I believe those years are right. Who knows what the teams will look like then, but I would be surprised if Saban is still at UA and if Johnson is not still at Tech.

As far as this year, I don’t think any team in the country would want to face Tech’s offense right now. Not saying Tech is the best team in college football, not with that defense, but they are in the top 6-8 teams in the country, and on the right day and playing well on both sides, Tech could beat any team in the country right now.

Atlanta Gator

October 30th, 2009
1:22 pm

G8R GRAD—-Aggravatingly, I may actually be on a jet flight to New York tomorrow at game time, but I don’t know yet. Our common profession has been keeping me awake at nights as of late. They don’t pay us enough to do this work.

bill smith

October 30th, 2009
1:22 pm

georgia will win 27 /// florida 23

Boogy Man

October 30th, 2009
1:23 pm

Homer, stick to the OOO ESSSS EEEEE CEEEEE. USC over Oregon 42-21.

Gaytor Fan

October 30th, 2009
1:28 pm

Look for me tomorrow at the landing! I will have on cargo jean shorts, an orange tank top, black socks with mandals, gold chain, and a Doral 100 hanging from my lip directly below my key west butt tickler mustache. Can’t wait!!!

Keep it Real!

October 30th, 2009
1:32 pm

@HBTD….. You still do not want to give GT credit for beating some of the SEC schools! GT will beat Vandy and Georgia this year. This will give Paul Johnson a 5-1 against the SEC in 2 years. That would be impressive since the best football conference is the SEC.

See the SEC conference is over hyped, when you lose you have an excuse if you are such a great conference GT should not have a dominant record against your conference.

The SEC has great rival games but it does not make those teams good teams!

BuzztheKiller

October 30th, 2009
1:32 pm

UGA vs. UF weekend- what’s the over/under on mullets and blue jean shorts in this crowd!

Rocky King

October 30th, 2009
1:33 pm

Nashdawg- UGA can do much better than Ken Norton, Jr.

jason

October 30th, 2009
1:36 pm

Walsh and Butler will come up huge in this game. Field position will be important. Butler will need to punt them deep and make UF go 80 for points. Walsh will have oppurtunities for some long FGs; I don’t see UGA scoring alot of TDs on this UF Defense.

Also, early in the game UGA needs to go deep to Green and or King. Open up the underneath for #4 King and #7 Charles. The TE post route needs to make a return to the UGA Offense. If Charles is damaging the middle in the first half of this game, then as one person predicted, AJ will go for 10 and 100 yds. I am not even looking at the run game, it will be a non factor. Our run game will be short quick hitters to RB, FB, and WR. We may pop an occasional run, but nothing consistent enough to believe in. Charles in the TE post is key in this game.

As for defense, UGA needs to crowd the box with a 8 man front. Dare UF to go up top and beat us. Yeah, I know our secondary sucks, but it is not like Tebow is making 30 yard Comp at will. Thay have no verticle game. Crowd the box and do not let Tebow run 4 yard dive plays all afternoon. I say go 4-3 and walk #9 Jones down in the box. Jones or Dewberry needs to be in Hernandez’s ear hole all day. Hernandez is the key to their passing offense.

HBTD

October 30th, 2009
1:40 pm

BuzztheKiller. You sound like a reasonable fan. That game against Bama should give the program a legitimate measurement as to where the they are. Last year, the project failed miserably in the Peach Bowl. Imagine what it would be like to play Bama, LSU, Florida, Georgia and Tennessee along with cup cakes like South Carolina, Auburn and some non conference foe like Okie State or Az. State every week. It’s a blast for the fans, but it’s brutal when you’re team is trying to win! Fans like ACC and Ramble really do your school a disservice by acting as if GT has arrived. The program is not only going to have to continue to win consistently which they have been, but they will need to get several signature wins OUT OF THE ACC. Until then, I believe the program will be looked at in the same light as this year’s TCU, Cinn. and Boise St. Good programs, but a lack of respect because of the schedule they play. If Tech is serious about getting national recognition, they’ve got to drop all the D 2 type schools and schedule a couple of big time non conference games each year because the ACC competition just gives you very little. Good luck with Vandy this week.

Supes

October 30th, 2009
1:40 pm

FLA is going to beat UGA, it won’t be close.

Ole Miss is going to lay the wood on Auburn. Auburn Tigers going the wrong way.

Roosters over Vols, Crompton comes back to reality. SC defense is pretty good. It’ll be a close game for sure.

GT an easy winner over Vandy

People need to start respecting USC. It’s Oregon people…they’ve got tons of injuries, their best RB is suspended…yes I’m aware Eugene is a tough place to play in the pac 10 but USC is going to outscore them easily. USC offense is going to lay the wood on the Ducks. Something like 42-28.

Out of all the 1 loss teams…look out for USC. You gotta respect what Pete Carroll has accomplished with losing all those starters on defense (plus Sanchez on offense).

HBTD

October 30th, 2009
1:41 pm

Keep it real. See message to BuzztheKiller @ 1:40.

how2fish

October 30th, 2009
1:53 pm

BuzztheKiller

October 30th, 2009
1:32 pm
UGA vs. UF weekend- what’s the over/under on mullets and blue jean shorts in this crowd!

Buzz it will be a HUGE number about half of the number of empty seats at the ACC “Championship” game…and ACC really beat Bama..you couldn’t handle LSU last year..WTF?

Brew

October 30th, 2009
1:53 pm

OK, I had to put this over here because there’s no comments’ section for it so far, but this new Mike Slive directive merits discussion. If his idea of fixing the poor officiating is to fine or suspend the coaches, he needs to go today.
The conference looks much worse when it’s poorly officiated than it does when coaches are complaining (rightfully) about the poor officiating. Mike Slive, you need to go. You are a terrible commissioner.

EW

October 30th, 2009
1:58 pm

As usual, the blog turns into five-year old name calling. It goes both ways but I am so sick of hearing GT fans act like morons. There are plenty of UGA fans on here that do it too. But seriously GT fans, win with some class and act like you’ve been there before. Using the term UGay is childish and lame. I wouldn’t ever call GT the Georgia Institute of Fa**ots because I have respect for my home state’s schools regardless of who I root for(some of the fans, notsomuch…and that goes for all idiotic “fans”).

If you GT fans are confused about this, look at the Gator Fans on this site and follow their lead. Some of the BEST posters here are FL fans and you know why? Because they talk football and they (most of them) can act like they’ve been there before and know how to win with class. The GT “fans” on here are making their own school look bad and they don’t even know it.

BuzztheKiller

October 30th, 2009
1:59 pm

HBTD- I actually agree with you totally. I would like nothing better than to drop the D-2 schools and add back a rotation of either South Carolina, Tenn, or Alabama to Tech’s schedule. Tech used to play those schools almost annually up to the 90’s when they added another ACC game. There is some old rivalries there that go back 70-80 years. In addition, I would love to play a Pac -10 team each year like Maryland has been playing Cal and USC played Virginia a few years ago. Nobody likes to see Jacksonville St or Gardner Webb (though that game was a makeup because Army cancelled a game last minute with Tech).

HBTD

October 30th, 2009
2:00 pm

HBTD

October 30th, 2009
2:01 pm

BUZZtheKiller. Do that and win, and the Tech fan base will get the respect they seem to be looking for.

pmccarth

October 30th, 2009
2:02 pm

#4 USC over #10 Oregon by 34-31 in the game of the weekend. If this game is half as good as the game vs. OSU last week this should be a good one. In other games, Florida over Georgia in a close game, Georgia Tech with an easy win, Ole Miss’ talent prevails over AU, Lane Kiffin wins again in the SEC in just his first year, Miss St continues to surprise, NC State in a close one over FSU, Texas wins again with the easiest schedule of 2009 and the SEC will have their fourth straight championship (but still have yet to beat SC).

BuzztheKiller

October 30th, 2009
2:02 pm

HBTD- also, I give UGA credit for Az St and Okie St in the same year- that took courage and you could have easily won them both, which I think changes UGA’s season if they win at Okie St.

BuzztheKiller

October 30th, 2009
2:06 pm

EW- unlike most fans on both sides- I would like to see UGA and Tech meet every year with both teams at 9-2, 10-1 or even 11-0. Good for the whole state, recruiting for both, and for the rivalry.

Atlanta Gator

October 30th, 2009
2:07 pm

gdawg~zoo—-Unless a meteor lands on his head, Tim Tebow will own the SEC TD record before the season is over. It doesn’t need to be tomorrow. The Gators need to focus on beating Georgia, not Tim’s stats, the margin of victory or style points. This is still a rivalry game, and anything can happen.

Like Yogi Berra said, “It ain’t over until it’s over.”

The Ole Ball Coach

October 30th, 2009
2:11 pm

SEC Refs undefeated

Dummy LeBey

October 30th, 2009
2:11 pm

Hate to rain on your annual BIG PARADE, but the Georgia Tech-Vanderbilt game is likely to be a little closer, and therefore, more exciting, than
than the Georgia-Florida blowout.

Ezekiel

October 30th, 2009
2:13 pm

Georgia Tech rolls over helpless Vandy by at least 4 touchdowns to send out a message to Georgia fans what they will taste at the end of the year. Jonathan Dwyer and Anthony Allen will be showcased in this game as Tech tunes up for Wake. More on Tech football at: http://www.bbuzzoff.com

Seersucker Jacket

October 30th, 2009
2:13 pm

Nobody really cares about an over-rated USC team playing a banged-up bunch of lame Ducks that couldn’t even beat the Smurfs.

Seersucker Jacket

October 30th, 2009
2:14 pm

I agree Dummy. Tech vs Vandy is the game of the week!

BIG BEE

October 30th, 2009
2:14 pm

BIG SOUTH GEORGIA DAWG, How do you think the GT fans felt over the years when UGA was king of the hill. The comment you made about 1 year of luck(assume you ment last year), well old buddy, we were just better than you last year and probably this year also. UGA Fans are the CRYBABIES of the SEC, and you are one of the biggest. Get back to your share cropping “cause your MASTER IS COMMING !!!

EW

October 30th, 2009
2:17 pm

HBTD, thanks, and I have enjoyed reading your posts.

I saw TB catching some flack on here for calling Vandy’s SEC schedule “rugged”. I have neither the time nor the energy to do the research but I would venture to say that the avg size of linemen in the SEC is close to the highest, if not THE highest, of any conference in the FBS (I’d venture to say Big 12 would be neck and neck with SEC). That said, the “rugged” part of the game is between the linemen on both sides of the ball and the running backs. If my assumption is correct (and it’s just an assumption at this point) then TB would be correct to call Vandy’s (or any other SEC team’s) schedule rugged. Couple that with the style of play in the SEC and yes, it’s rough.

I can hear the GT fans already…and here’s what I’ll say. The top tier of the ACC has size up front (esp VT, BC, and UVA), but top to bottom, it doesn’t hold up.

I dunno, I could be way off here but at least it’s ammo for discussion.

Seersucker Jacket

October 30th, 2009
2:17 pm

Some of us missed spelin class.