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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Urban Spurrier

October 30th, 2009
4:15 pm

HBTD – this is not a UGAg blog. This is Mr. Barnhart’s weekend picks blog. Can’t you read? Oh, never mind. I forgot where you were from.

WHATEVER

October 30th, 2009
4:15 pm

Amen Brian Jones. The games will be played with no one giving a rats butt about comments made on this blog. I have been a UGA fan all my life but have respect for both institutions in our great state. I hope both teams do well year in and year out….just want the DAWGS to do better than the folks in Atlanta.

Rascal Flats

October 30th, 2009
4:23 pm

UGA. See TECH!!!!!!!

Seersucker Jacket

October 30th, 2009
4:24 pm

I’m just glad to see UGA brought down a notch or two. It makes us look SO much better in comparison.

2008 State Champs!!!

Yay!!!

HBTD

October 30th, 2009
4:28 pm

Urban. Actually the topic is related to Georgia Florida. Not sure why a Tech fan would feel the need to weight on this one.

GT For You And Me

October 30th, 2009
4:30 pm

I don’t think Meyer will ever forget GA’s celebration in the end zone! OUCH…….. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q_euAtvFevQ

Kirby Smart

October 30th, 2009
4:41 pm

Im not going back to that dump called Athens. I have it made here in Tuscaloosa.

Gonna get me some rings and move on to a HC job. Then I will come back to Athens and get me a W in Sanford & Son Stadium.

Navigator

October 30th, 2009
4:42 pm

It’s sad when so many UGA fans are railing on Tech for being (in all probability) a top 10 ten rating coming into the UGA-Tech game. That’s the fortunes of war, just like UGA’s elite run of top ten finishes over several years. No school stays at the top or the bottom forever, but you have to adapt to a bad year or years if that’s the case. I have no doubt the Bull Dogs will be back, but now they’re looking at this year and next with QB issues, so brace yourself and stop being so bitter.

GT For You And Me

October 30th, 2009
4:42 pm

Urban Spurrier

October 30th, 2009
4:44 pm

HBTD – go back to page one and see the number 2. Then 3. Then 4.

Spurrier was a Jacket

October 30th, 2009
4:53 pm

I love my Jackets. I will enjoy their winning ways. When and if the dogs beat them, I will congratulate the dogs and shut up until we win again. I’ve been quiet for 7 years prior. I don’t understand the idiot smack talk from the dog fans denigrating our team. We won the last one. That makes us KING. You win, then you can be KING until the next one. Year by year. I would never talk smack about kicking the dogs before the game. I really hope we win. Good luck Saturday!

Delbert D.

October 30th, 2009
4:57 pm

HBTD – I guess UGA doesn’t count as one of the big boys. Paul Newbury in his AP article this morning sure doesn’t think so.

Delbert D.

October 30th, 2009
4:59 pm

Spurrier was a jacket – Sorry, by HBTD’s rules we can’t watch the game, either.

HBTD

October 30th, 2009
5:04 pm

Delbert. Just hard to understand the infatuation with a team other than your on. Doesn’t say much for your fan base or your team.

Seersucker Jacket

October 30th, 2009
5:16 pm

Navigator,

We gotta beat Vandy to make the Top Ten. But if we DO beat Vandy, then we should at least be Number 4. We’re better than USC any day!

When you say Budweiser — you’ve said it all!

Delbert D.

October 30th, 2009
5:17 pm

HBTD – I’m a football fan. I watch mostly SEC games because they are more interesting than ACC games. Tech plays in the ACC, so the situation is what it is.

mash a bug

October 30th, 2009
5:22 pm

buck up dawgs! beat the crap out of those lizards!

Delbert D.

October 30th, 2009
5:23 pm

Seersucker Jacket – I’m guessing that the coaches and the computers won’t think so. Plus, our strength of schedule takes a dive with the VaTech loss.

I feel the need to pull for UGA tomorrow. Start the toppling from the #1 position, and see how all that shakes out.

jumbeauxtiger

October 30th, 2009
5:24 pm

Florida 24 UGa 16 Dawgs play a decent game but Gators are a better team
Tech 41 Vandy 17 Jackets run all over undermanned ‘Dores
Auburn 23 Ole Miss 21 War Eagles end slide with big win
Tn 20 USCe 13 Vols are on their way to a bowl
UK 20 State 17 Bulldogs are dragging from last week’s physical game
Duke 21 UVa 17 Groh discovers moving truck parked outside his home Sunday morning
FSU 31 NC State 17 ‘Noles have too much offense for the Wolfpack
OK State 37 Texas 31 Cowboys take Longhorns out of BCS title hunt
Texas Tech 44 Kansas 28 Not much D in this game
USC 28 Oregon 24 Trojans have a knack of winning the big games

Geaux Tigers
Go SEC

Keep it Real!

October 30th, 2009
5:32 pm

Can we find any college football team with and easier schedule then Florida and Alabama. Talk about playing a soft schedule I guess they need those D-2 schools because they play all these good SEC teams.

Miss St. That is a good team that was beat by Georgia Tech.
Auburn has lost 3 in row where is the defense
Vandy…. Just a terrible team
South Carolina…. I guess the offensive guru has this team scoring a lot of touchdowns NOT.
Kentucky did upset Louisville!
Old Miss who have they beat so far
Tenn…. You lost to UCLA at home WTH!

LD

October 30th, 2009
5:40 pm

Have seen the rumor posted on ESPN…Richt out and Strong to coach the dawgs. Spin the wheel, make the deal. I like Caoch Richt but he will not pull Cox, so you know he will not fire Martinez. Defense will improve over night.

Saint Simmons your just gay.

Delbert D.

October 30th, 2009
5:45 pm

LD – That’s a rumor you have to pay to see on the ESPN site. Sounds like stunt to get subscribers from the UGA fan base.

Seersucker Jacket

October 30th, 2009
5:51 pm

Keep it Real!

October 30th, 2009
5:32 pm
Can we find any college football team with and easier schedule then Florida and Alabama.

While totally disregarding your atrocious spelling and grammar, I will answer your question. The answer is yes. Next question?

Jake

October 30th, 2009
5:58 pm

Delbert D. I admire your honesty watching those SEC games, knowing you went to Tech.

Seersucker Jacket

October 30th, 2009
6:04 pm

We Tech grads understand that the ACC is basically a basketball conference. That said, it’s still fun watching those folks in Athens scratching their heads and wondering why they’re suddenly so football irrelevant.

Delbert D.

October 30th, 2009
6:06 pm

Jake – I was deflated when Tech left the SEC, but Coach/AD Bobby Dodd did on principle, rather than destroy the lives of recruits who had scholarships pulled after summer tryouts like at at several other SEC schools.

big t

October 30th, 2009
6:07 pm

So sad watching georgia fans driving to jacksonville to get their ass kick…

Delbert D.

October 30th, 2009
6:11 pm

Too early to think about lining up on I-85/Ga. 316, though.

GR82BAG8R

October 30th, 2009
6:14 pm

The game tomorrow will be a lot closer than the oddsmakers have forecast. Georgia has talent, but is isn’t synchronized or properly motivated. A few errors by Florida could tip the scales, but Florida should win.
As far as Georgia’s record vs. Florida or Tech, that was in the past. Records before the current programs have very little relevance in forecasting how well any of these teams will perform this year and down the road.

Tech, Georgia and Florida all have a great tradition, but Florida owns two out of the last three BCS NCs, as well as two NCAA BB NCs. Therefore, I say with great pride it is GREAT TO BE A GATOR!

Delbert D.

October 30th, 2009
6:20 pm

GR82BAG8R – Glad to have Al Horford on the Hawks. That guy is a real winner.

GR82BAG8R

October 30th, 2009
6:24 pm

As far as all you Tech fans with delusions of national prominence, don’t get your hopes up. Remember what Florida did to Maryland in Spurrier’s last game as a Gator. The score was an indication of the difference in talent between the SEC and the ACC.

Don’t get me wrong. I admire Tech for having an ability to field a competitive team while boasting the highest SAT scores of any public university football team in the country. That being said, you are nowhere near ready to compete for the upper echelons of college football. You are ready to yank Georgia’s chain every year, and that is satisfying to watch.

wreckstyle

October 30th, 2009
6:32 pm

Big South Georgia Pup, the reason the media is “hopping on the Tech bandwagon” is because they are playing at a championship level and letting their stats do the talking. Where as UGA is floundering on all sides of the ball.

This power shift in Georgia is gonna last a long time as CPJ siphons more and more talent Tech’s way.

Silverbritches

October 30th, 2009
6:44 pm

I would love to see 100% effort from the Team and coaches here and I would be darn happy. If we get that for a full game things will work themselves out.

As far as our little yellow sister in Atlanta. If you actually believed any of that horse tripe you wrote, then you would not be posting in here to begin with……

GT93

October 30th, 2009
7:31 pm

Well said EW [see below]… thanks. Good luck to the Dawgs in Jax tomorrow … would LOVE to see an upset … not just for GA but for a COMPLETE SHAKE-UP in the BCS.

“One thing I’ll say as a UGA fan about Tech, I haven’t seen that team quit on a game yet. I honestly think UGA has better athletic talent overall, but I would give anything to see our guys play with that fire (not to mention seeing a little fire from ol CMR as well). Josh Nesbitt has run over more people than Samuel, who was supposed to be a bruiser. When the games on the line, there’s no question who is taking over for them and who they’re riding to the finish. There will be a certain guy in JAX tomorrow (more than likely dressed as Superman or Jesus) and everyone knows he will take over if it’s close. Where is that for UGA? I’ll concede that A.J. can take over a game, but who’s gonna get him the ball? I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, UGA lacks leadership and accountability. I’ve always felt players can respond better to peer leadership, whether it’s someone holding you accountable or leading by example. Our young guys need it and I just haven’t seen it.”

Coach O

October 30th, 2009
7:55 pm

Delbert D.

October 30th, 2009
6:06 pm
Jake – I was deflated when Tech left the SEC, but Coach/AD Bobby Dodd did on principle, rather than destroy the lives of recruits who had scholarships pulled after summer tryouts like at at several other SEC schools.

Awww gee, did it “destroy the lives” of the poor widdle recwuits that didn’t make the team? It’s not like they couldn’t play next year at some other school…

They knew they were vying for a chance to be on one of the very best teams when they entered try-outs. They knew that everyone wouldn’t make it. That’s how things were done in those days. You didn’t get an award just for showing up. they took their chances. Dodd was miffed because they wouldn’t try-out for Tech and because he didn’t have enough clout in the SEC to get the rules changed to forbid tryouts.

Dodd was a great player and coach, but he wasn’t the Patron Saint of student athletes. He got out of the SEC because he couldn’t compete anymore.

Coach O

October 30th, 2009
8:00 pm

I wouldn’t count Georgia out in this game. They can’t win it if they play like they’ve played so far this season, but who knows? If they have a good game, then it could take them a long way against this Gator team. The Gators haven’t been particularly impressive themselves lately — they’ve just been winning. And they should win on Saturday. But they might not.

shalalaquita

October 30th, 2009
8:06 pm

florida be going down

Ed

October 30th, 2009
8:21 pm

Georgia needs to play well and catch a break or two and Florida needs to play poorly for us to have any chance, but it’s happened before. A seemingly superior Florida team got upset by Georgia in ‘85. Twelve years later it happened again in the glorious ‘97 game. In fact, both games were 20 point beatdowns. Now, 12 years later can it happen again?

2007 doesn’t count as an upset. That Georgia team was better than Florida. We finished 10-2 and No. 2 in the country, they finished 9-4 and somewhere well below No. 2 in the country. There was just a perception at the time that UF was the better team based on Georgia’s poor showings against Tenn. and Vandy earlier in the month.

There’s no doubt that we are the lesser team this year. So let’s get after their rear ends like it’s 1985 or 1997.

dawgdays

October 30th, 2009
8:24 pm

The Dogs probably lose this anyway, but if it is close, Slive will make sure the Gators beat the Dogs!!!!! Too many game ending calls against GA, ARKY, MSU and UT all in the favor of FL, ALA and LSU to be a coincidence.

Gen Neyland

October 30th, 2009
8:28 pm

Spurrier can dial ‘em up but can Garcia connect ‘em..? Underneath stuff against LB’s is their best shot all day long and they do have a highly touted young WR going deep. Alabama was a good scrimmage and proved a lot about Tennessee’s direction. Tennessee wins bigger than by 3. My guess is 31-13…GBO

VRTechfan

October 30th, 2009
8:39 pm

As much as I despise UGay, I think it would be best in Tech’s favor if the dawgs beat florida. I say this due to our SOS. Since VT lost to UNC it really hurt our SOS significantly and will affect our BCS rankings. Tech’s football team is not respected by the pollsters because of our mediocre conference right now. If UGA, and I say IF they do beat florida and we beat UGA convincingly we might get some recognition. I believe that some of the teams ahead of us like Oregon, hasn’t beaten anyone that great to jump us in the polls. I know they beat Washington, who beat USC but I think USC is overrated as well. Cincinatti is another team that comes to mind. I believe that we should be ranked higher than 11th, but who am I to say what’s fair. Good luck Jackets! And THWG!!

Snoop Dog

October 30th, 2009
8:40 pm

Everybody this is the schnizzle ma dizzle

Is everyone ready to watch my boy Willie Double G coach the D to a victory

Yea my dawgy dawgs win tommorrow and me an the boys will be sippin on some cristal toast n a victory

Jondeal

October 30th, 2009
8:47 pm

soft willie will make tebow look fabulous, I am so tired of screaming at my TV. I really think I am going to have a heart attack watching GA! help!

Joe Schmoe

October 30th, 2009
9:06 pm

I have never been to Nashville before, and will be going to the Vandy game tomorrow. Does anyone know of anything that involves good beer, but no country music? Hell I am just looking for something that has to do with a good brew in Nashville. Any suggestions?

Delbert D.

October 30th, 2009
9:08 pm

“Coach O” – You go right on believing whatever works for you. A scholarship is offered, accepted, and after team activities have begun, the “Grant-in-Aid”, as they were called was reneged. That’s a hell of a way to operate as an academic institution.

mark

October 30th, 2009
9:24 pm

ESPN insider reports “Richt out, Charlie Strong in at UGA”. Heard from a friend of a friend whose a FSU booster, Richt wants out.

GT For You And Me

October 30th, 2009
9:52 pm

Florida’s score will have a 3 in it! Georgia’s score will have a 2 in it! Bank on it…..

Limelight

October 30th, 2009
10:20 pm

Yeah…Florida 63 Georgia 20.

Vin Stooley

October 30th, 2009
10:24 pm

I would not be surprised to see Richt go. The forecast for ga only allows him 2 more years at most anyway.

Dawgs Ditch Their Team

October 30th, 2009
10:25 pm

My favorite part of the annual trip to Jax is watching the red and black side of the stadium turn teal in about the middle of the third quarter.