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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Daniel

October 31st, 2009
2:20 pm

Plenty of beer here, so we’ll be okay no matter how bad it is.

Maybe Cox will have his best day ever and Tebow will have his worst day. That’s our only hope, but even with that, the penalties and turnovers will probably kill us. A very grim situation.

Warty

October 31st, 2009
2:21 pm

Delbert D.

October 31st, 2009
2:23 pm

Uh-oh. Bob Davie just called out the officials in the Indiana-Iowa game. They overruled the call on the field of TD-Indiana, and Davie attributed it to BCS influence over the game officials.

Atlanta Gator

October 31st, 2009
2:25 pm

Greeting, college football fans! Are we ready for the 87th meeting of the Florida Gators and the Georgia Bulldogs?

how2fish

October 31st, 2009
2:31 pm

Atlanta Gator ..why yes we are the fridge and the bar are stocked…chores done and all the errands run. Hoping the Dawgs play lights out and come home with the win…also both teams have no injuries..was just watching the AU Ole Miss game and one of the AU players had to be taken out on a gurney HATE to see that..hope he is going to be alright!! Also good luck to the Jackets tonight really looking forward to the Nov 28th game this year…Go Dawgs

Coach O

October 31st, 2009
2:32 pm

Look Delbert,

I ain’t here to knock Bobby Dodd. He was a great coach and a great man. I’m just saying that things were more complicated than they seem when you try to discuss isolated incidents.

Paul Bryant also believed in scholarship, leadership and integrity. Neither of them were Saints, but both Bryant and Dodd were good men and great coaches. They lived in a very different time and they made the best of the environment that they were born into. There was a lot going on in 1963. I was there. I’m not telling you my age on the Intertubes, but I’m pretty old.

Coach Dodd and Coach Bryant had their disagreements, and it’s only natural that there are different points of view regarding said disagreements based upon one’s allegiance to a particular school. From an outsider’s point of view; both of these men are highly regarded, and whatever feuds they had are considered less consequential than their bodies of work taken as a whole.

I don’t doubt that Coach Dodd’s feud with Bear Bryant impacted his decision to leave the SEC, but I think that there was much more to his decision than just what Bear Bryant was doing. I suspect that Coach Dooley had something to do with it as well.

Between 1942 and 1952, Georgia Tech won four SEC Championships. In 1953, in the middle of an eight year winning streak over Georgia, winding up a thirty-one game over-all winning streak, ranked No. 2, Tech took on No. 7 ranked Ole Miss in the Sugar Bowl. They beat them 24 to 7 and won the National Championship.

Later in 1953, the University of Alabama won the SEC Championship. Georgia Tech would never again win an SEC Championship. When Tech got out of the SEC, they also got out of having to play the SEC. Being an Independent was a luxury. You could play anyone you wanted. Being in a conference is tougher — even if it’s the ACC. ;-)

Congratulations on your recent success. Your current Head Coach might not have exactly the same coaching philosophy as Coach Dodd, but that’s to be expected. No two individuals are identical. You got your first win over Florida State in Tallahassee in school history. The win over VA tech broke an 0-17 losing streak to top five opponents at Grant Field over the past 47 years. You beat the Virginia Cavaliers in Charlottesville, VA for the first time since 1990.

I get the impression that Coach Johnson thinks that conditioning, discipline and WINNING are very important aspects of the game. I’m sure that he also wants all of his guys to get a good education. So do Coach Richt and Coach Saban.

Coach O

October 31st, 2009
2:42 pm

how2fish,

The Auburn player was No. 4 Zac Ethridge. Sounds like he’ll be okay:

http://blog.al.com/auburnbeat/2009/10/auburn_safety_zac_etheridge_le.html

Delbert D.

October 31st, 2009
2:47 pm

“Coach O” – Dodd had convinced Bryant to vote with him against the scholarship issue. Unfortunately The Alabama president showed up at the meeting instead of the Bear, and voted to maintain the status quo (I did get this from historical docuents, as I don’t recall it being in the paper at the time). So, the vote deadlocked at 6-6, and the rule stayed in effect for a few more years.

Okay, a truce on this. Tech had a streak of bowl games in a era when fewer than 20 teams got bowl bids. Tech had to share the revenue, which teams still do today, except with far more teams going to bowls, the hit against the sharing team isn’t a big, since they get other shares as well.

I agree completely with your final comment, and for Tech fans, Coach Johnson is in the right place at the right time. Tech has a home and home with ‘Bama coming up in 2013 in Tuscaloosa. AD Dan Radokovich is paying attention to alums and bringing some old rivals games back for the next decade. Win or lose, I’d rather see the team face the best.

Marty Slocombe

October 31st, 2009
2:49 pm

A good education at UGA? I doubt that.

Bill Blass

October 31st, 2009
2:54 pm

GO DAWGS! KICK THE GATORS TO THE KERB!

Delbert D.

October 31st, 2009
2:54 pm

While waiting for Ga-Fla, turn on ESPN to the Indiana-Iowa game. These 2 teams seem to desperately playing to beat themselves. Iowa just took the lead on an undefended long TD pass.

Delbert D.

October 31st, 2009
2:58 pm

Those farcical ACC vs. ACC games are *nothing* compared to this.

how2fish

October 31st, 2009
3:01 pm

Thanks Coach O I still had not heard anything.

Delbert D.

October 31st, 2009
3:10 pm

Hey Gators – 41-38 NC State over FSU with 3:50 left.

Coach O

October 31st, 2009
3:10 pm

Delbert D.,

It’s true. Bear Bryant didn’t actually have his hands on the levers that run the Universe. It was only an illusion. He and Coach Dodd probably agreed on a lot of issues, but Coach Bryant didn’t run the University.

Bear just didn’t agree that his player should be booted for an aggressive hit that didn’t draw a flag. I don’t intend to diminish the severity of the hit nor deny that it was a ‘dirty’ hit. A lot of dirty hits got passed back in those days, but most of them didn’t get called nor cause that much damage. By today’s standards, he probably would have been suspended, but they weren’t playing by today’s standards, or rules. I’m glad that the rules have evolved to protect the players from serious injury, but the rule changes aren’t retroactive.

Bear probably didn’t want to give up his scholarship advantage either. Was he prejudiced? Yes. He was prejudiced toward his team. He wanted to use every legal advantage that he could to win. I don’t doubt that he was willing to push around at the edges of the rules to find out just how much was legal. He wasn’t the only coach doing that.

Tech does look like they’re playing to win again. I could have passed last year off as a fluke, and frankly, they looked a little weak early on in this season. But they’re playing pretty solid football now. An Alabama vs. Tech revival will be interesting. I just hope that neither of the coaches have to wear helmets on the sidelines. ;-)

Papa Dawg

October 31st, 2009
3:16 pm

OK all you Richt haters who want him gone, WHO you going to replace him with

Gator Bill

October 31st, 2009
3:17 pm

We’re only moments away from the start of The Great Beatdown of 2009.

Gators by 50 points!

Delbert D.

October 31st, 2009
3:20 pm

Coach O – When the Bear came to Bama, he stole some thunder from Ole Miss and LSU, as well. Well, that was then, this is now…

Almost game time, so I’m signing out. Maybe catch you later.

Coach O

October 31st, 2009
3:20 pm

Gator Bill,

What do you think will be Florida’s first offensive play call?

Coach O

October 31st, 2009
3:21 pm

Best of luck to you Delbert D.

And Happy Halloween!

Papa Dawg

October 31st, 2009
3:21 pm

Where are all you Gator people who say Fla. by 50. I can’t get any of my Gator buds to go more than 20. Are you worried the real Dawgs may show up and slap you down

Fred Depaul (a transplanted Dawg)

October 31st, 2009
3:22 pm

We’ll see who’s laughing a few hours from now, Mr. Gator Bill. Laugh it up while you can…

Coach O

October 31st, 2009
3:23 pm

What do you think Papa Dawg?

Will Georgia’s first snap be a throw down-field to #8?

Fred Depaul (a transplanted Dawg)

October 31st, 2009
3:32 pm

Talk is over, now it’s toe-meets-leather time. Go you hairy Dawgs!

Papa Dawg

October 31st, 2009
3:33 pm

Coach O I hope there’s alot of throws to #8. He’s the best weapon we’ve had all season

Goldilocks

October 31st, 2009
3:43 pm

Less than 3 minutes to score. The rout is on. Bye bye Dawgies.

gcs

October 31st, 2009
3:51 pm

There needs to be an overhaul of the replay official position.

Refs on the field need to call it like they see it and not depend on the booth to catch their mistakes.

The replay official needs to be given a shorter time to look at plays and it needs to be overwhelmingly obvious that a play should be overturned.

It is amazing that millions of viewers at home can spot a call almost right away and the replay official seems to see it another way.

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Coach O

October 31st, 2009
4:11 pm

Viewers at home don’t affect the game and, therefore, don’t have to answer for their judgments. They have to look at all of the different angles. It takes some time. It already is required that overwhelming evidence exists to overturn a call on the field.

Coach O

October 31st, 2009
4:13 pm

Auburn wins big in a 33-20 upset over Ole Miss.

Coach O

October 31st, 2009
4:35 pm

Well, well, well…

Dawgs ain’t dead yet.

Goldilocks

October 31st, 2009
5:15 pm

Not dead yet, but dying.

Coach O

October 31st, 2009
5:27 pm

Did Michigan just snatch defeat from the jaws of victory?

Coach O

October 31st, 2009
5:29 pm

Yep Goldilocks,

That 56 yard FG followed by Tebow’s 50th rushing TD are a kick in the teeth. But Iowa was in just as bad a shape at the half.

Coach O

October 31st, 2009
5:49 pm

CBS announces Joe Cox’s completion to AJ “Jones”.

Ha! Well they’re both Number 8, aren’t they?

Goldilocks

October 31st, 2009
6:00 pm

I love it, it’s better than a rout. Florida’s letting them score just enough to get their hopes up before smashing them. Pretty cruel!

no x's and o's comment

October 31st, 2009
6:05 pm

Hey Barnhart, have you ever heard of the neck lift? You got a face for radio, it was hard for me to listen to what you had to say at the half, tood busy looking at that gobble neck

Low Dawg

October 31st, 2009
7:19 pm

Coach Mark has lost control of his team they came out flat with no motivation, and what does Cox have over the coahing staff that they kept him after all his bad decisions. Fire the whole staff except Coach Garder.Georgia look slow and to have two weeks to prep, and still get crushed. How much more,,,,..

how2fish where u at big boy?

October 31st, 2009
7:26 pm

HA HA HA HA! Stupid mutts need black helmets to get motivated for a big game? OY VEI! Once again Georgia LOSES yadda yadda yadda

Goldilocks

October 31st, 2009
7:27 pm

And that’s it. Next year with more experience, fewer jailbirds, and a new coach, we’ll be good to go. Hope springs eternal!

Atlanta Gator

October 31st, 2009
7:28 pm

I say to all my Dawg blogger friends that your kids played hard, but lost decisively to a more talented and better coached Gators team. No shame in that; there will be another Satuday in late October when the sun shines on the Dawgs again.

I’m not exactly known for gloating on these AJC sports blogs, but I have to do a metaphorical victory lap today. So, that having been said and the olive branch having been offered, I simply say:

17-3

Cuz, gdawg~zoo, Alta~Dawg and others, I hereby claim the Florida-Georgia bragging rights for 2009-2010 under the terms of the Jacksonville Convention. Notwithstanding the fact that UGA still leads the overall series by 7 games (46-39-2), Florida has just completed the most lopsided two decades in the history of the series (17-3 or .850). No other two-decade.period since the series began in 1915 is even close.

2Dawgs

October 31st, 2009
7:35 pm

That was embarassing. I did not want to watch the game because I knew which team would win. That’s sad because I’m a Dawg grad. Willie needs to go.

TidePrideGA

October 31st, 2009
7:36 pm

LMAO, maybe now all of you Dawgies will finally realize that you never have been and never will be more than a middle of the pack SEC Team.

Orlg8r

October 31st, 2009
7:45 pm

You guys fought a good a good game. You’ve a lot to look forward to. In the spirit of the moment, may the next decade be better for you. Best wishes.

Bert

gator gator

October 31st, 2009
7:48 pm

I realize what happened – Georgia only practiced two days in the off week – used the other days to paint their helmets. I didn’t realize UGA had gone to Division 1AA – the helmets looked like Grambling’s – and they played like them too!!!!!

TNJeff

October 31st, 2009
7:55 pm

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how2fish

October 31st, 2009
7:57 pm

Hats off to the Gators looking forward to next year but not much to say but the best team won today..to the bugs and bama fans..Nov 28th is coming bugs and you bamaites you don’t play us this year so STFU..after today you should be very afraid of the Gators..very afraid..

TidePrideGA

October 31st, 2009
8:02 pm

Hats off to the Gators looking forward to next year but not much to say but the best team won today..to the bugs and bama fans..Nov 28th is coming bugs and you bamaites you don’t play us this year so STFU..after today you should be very afraid of the Gators..very afraid.

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Bama vs UF will be a dandy. The way your pathetic team plays you will probably lose to Kentucky, Auburn, and Tech. Face reality you stink.

Coach O

October 31st, 2009
8:16 pm

How ’bout them Commodores?

Coach O

October 31st, 2009
8:18 pm

Looks like the Vols are up too. Guess Halloween’s good to the state of Tennessee…

how2fish

October 31st, 2009
8:19 pm

TidePrideGA..blah blah blah…beat the Gators and then run you mouth..we would have beat BAMA by 50 ..see any idiot can type dumb stuff even about the Tide…