Georgia Tech rolls over Georgia


Hope everyone had a good Thanksgiving. It’s Rivalry Week or, what a friend of mine likes to call “Hate Week.” No conference championships are on the line but a lot of feelings are. Some teams could lose a shot at the national championship or a BCS bid by getting beat by their rival. That makes it hurt twice as much.


If not for Georgia’s collapse against Kentucky we would have gone 10-0 last week. But for the year we are 89-31 (and yes, we don’t use the point spread) for those of you keeping score at home.


Here we go with the next to last Fearless Friday Forecast for 2009:


1. Georgia at Georgia Tech: Georgia Tech is brimming with confidence as it goes for its second straight win over the Bulldogs. Georgia, meanwhile, just doesn’t seem to have any answers after last week’s meltdown against Kentucky. Athletically, Georgia should be able to hang around but there is no evidence that the Bulldogs can handle a tough, physical football game for four quarters. That is exactly what Georgia Tech will give them. Georgia Tech 38, Georgia 21.



2. Florida State at Florida: There will be a lot of emotion on the field before this game. Tim Tebow and Florida’s ultra-successful senior class (46-6) will be playing their last home game. Florida State coach Bobby Bowden will be making his last visit to The Swamp as the Seminoles head coach (Even if he comes back next season, the 2010 game will be in Tallahassee). Florida State’s offense, led by freshman quarterback E.J. Manuel, can move the ball. But the defense just can’t stop anybody. Florida is just too strong. The Gators roll and start getting ready for Alabama. Florida 35, Florida State 14.


3. Alabama at Auburn (Friday): Twenty years ago Alabama was ranked No. 2 and headed to a possible national championship when the Crimson Tide was upset at Auburn. But that Auburn team had a great defense and was deep enough to keep from getting worn down. Alabama is on a mission to get back to the SEC championship game and beat Florida. Auburn will make it close early on emotion, but eventually Alabama will get some turnovers and put the Tigers away. Alabama 31, Auburn 10.


4. Arkansas at LSU: I don’t have the words to explain how much LSU’s Les Miles needs to win this game. The LSU fan base has turned up the heat on Miles and his staff since last week’s horrific loss to Ole Miss. Arkansas, however, is playing very, very well. Behind Ryan Mallett the Razorbacks have scored on 41 of 42 possessions (32 touchdowns, nine field goals) in the opponent’s red zone. LSU gets the edge because it is playing at home and because it has a sense of desperation. LSU 24, Arkansas 20.


5. Tennessee at Kentucky: Since freshman Morgan Newton took over at quarterback, the Wildcats (7-4) have been very difficult to stop on offense. Two weeks ago Tennessee (6-5) got drilled by Ole Miss and last week looked lethargic in beating Vanderbilt (31-16). The winner of this one is likely headed to the Outback Bowl on New Year’s Day. That should get both sides pretty excited. This week’s upset special is: Kentucky 21, Tennessee 20.


6. Ole Miss at Miss. State: Thanks to Dexter McCluster, Ole Miss is finally playing like the team projected to be so good in the preseason. The Rebels (8-3) can lock up a bid to the Capital One Bowl on New Year’s Day with an impressive win against their state rival. Ole Miss might come out a little flat after an emotional win last week against LSU. But it still has too much firepower. Ole Miss 27, Miss. State 21.


7. South Carolina at Clemson: Few teams in the country are playing as well as Clemson, which has scored 34 or more points in its last six games. Clemson’s C.J. Spiller is still in the Heisman Trophy discussion, so look for him to have a big day against a beat up South Carolina defense. Clemson 24, South Carolina 17.


8. Virginia Tech at Virginia: It’s been a strange year for Virginia Tech (8-3) but the Hokies have a chance to win 10 games against with a victory here and another in the bowl game. Virginia (3-8) will likely be playing its last game under head coach Al Groh. Virginia Tech 27, Virginia 17.


9. North Carolina at N.C. State: North Carolina has been struggling on offense for most of the season but it won’t matter against an N.C. State defense that has given up 30 or more points eight times this season. The Tar Heels finish 9-3 and may be headed to the Chick-fil-A Bowl. North Carolina 38, N.C. State 17.


10. Oklahoma State at Oklahoma: Quarterback Zac Robinson practiced this week and could be back in the lineup. A win probably puts the Cowboys (9-2) in a BCS bowl. Oklahoma State hasn’t won in Norman since 2001, when Les Miles was the head coach. Go with the Cowboys. Oklahoma State 28, Oklahoma 21.


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November 30th, 2009
7:48 am



November 30th, 2009
7:51 am

Wow Tony, WTH? Mr College Football… Really?

No way Jose'

November 30th, 2009
7:53 am

I wonder what it felt like to be a Tech fan Saturday night when the greatest receiver since Calvin dropped that pass? That must have hurt something terrible!! About like when Chan and Reggie lost count of the down in Athens a few years back! 33 yards for Dwyer? Mister College Football – you just witnessed the “best” of both ACC conferences go down to middle-of-the-road SEC teams so I’m anxious to see what you have to say next. Gator Bowl for Tech this year I’m afraid. 40K fans in the stadium will look like a high school game. Selah!

ken harrison

November 30th, 2009
8:11 am


That ‘thud” sound you’ve just heard was the collective sound of jaws hitting the floor from the GT’ers. Come back next year when you have a real team not a tricked up one. Oh and get someone that can catch a ball in the clutch!

M is an idiot

November 30th, 2009
10:29 am

“M”, you’re right – ugag(ged) on UGA football Saturday night!!! See ya next year tech nerd. 8 out of 9 years – hahahahahahahahahaha! and what was that about ACC vs. SEC? oh yeah, I think it goes something like this: ACC #1 = SEC Worst!!!
Sit down and SYPH.

april glaspie

November 30th, 2009
10:38 am

Actually, this piece should run for at least 363 more days. Meantime, teams that even an ACC semifinalist could beat are ranked in the Top Five. Cincinatti? Well, they do play in a powerhouse conference. At this point it appears that the top eight or 10 teams in the SEC would most likely beat champions of every other conference. Stay tuned. Tomorrow, Mr. College Football tells you why the Big East is a power conference and explain how them Bearcats gave up 45 to UConn.


November 30th, 2009
11:04 am

I wish I had a boss that would pay me for being so wrong so often. Tony has a future on ESPN’s Gameday.

South FL Chapter of the Bulldog Nation

November 30th, 2009
11:11 am

ACC what??? SEC clean sweep of the ACC this past weekend! GT beat MSU and Vandy this year….and?! Nice showing for the SEC this weekend and I’m very proud of our Dawgs Sat night!

They played with a lot of heart and focus! Could of done without the endzone eating by Ben or the flag planting on the 40. Sometime’s it’s better to act like you’ve been there before. Great showing on the field and great way to close out ‘09.

Now it’s a waiting game for which bowl will come calling….Ole Miss took a dump in the Egg Bowl, and UK lost to UT. Who knows what it’s looking like now. But, what we do know is that two middle of the road SEC teams (at least that’s what their records tell us) beat the two division champs from the ACC. On the same day! Love it!

It’s great to be in the SEC, it’s great to be a Georgia Bulldog, and it’s great to not have to hear all the Techies for the next year! HOW BOUT THEM DAWGS!

It's Monday and...

November 30th, 2009
11:12 am

here’s another dose of “medicine” “St Simons” and all of you other maggots:


UGA & South Carolina

November 30th, 2009
11:16 am

Mid-level SEC records this season but ACC Co-Champions. ACC: what a friggin’ joke. Who’s the corporate sponsors for their “championship” game this week? Bet they’d like to drop that puppy.

Not Impressed

November 30th, 2009
7:55 pm

Expect to see a lot of basketball ads during the airing of the ACC playoff game.


December 2nd, 2009
11:08 am

Tony: You are FIRED!


December 5th, 2009
9:42 am

It’s now official. UGA has the most felonious players in the US, based on arrest records for 2009. No other school is even close.

That’s pretty damn pathetic that the administration and coaches tolerate this kind of thuggish behavior.

Shreveport will need to build a bigger jail to hold them all.


December 7th, 2009
12:17 pm

Nellie.. you are full of it. Show me ONE FELON on UGA.. ONE much less “the most” in the U.S.