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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464 comments Add your comment

My Stink E Turban

November 29th, 2009
12:06 am

Paul Johnson has just been outsourced to my home country India and order has been restored in the United States. I will now go to the Mosque and pray we beat UGA again in the next 50 years.

kerryb

November 29th, 2009
12:08 am

Man Tony, How many of these games did you get wrong. And you call yourself Mr. Football.

yep

November 29th, 2009
12:11 am

Enter your comments here

COACH PAUL JOHNSON

November 29th, 2009
12:11 am

Hey Mr. Football you need to change your name to Mr. Don’t Know Football !!!! You are pathetic and it is all your fault we lost tonight !!!!!! Oh and Go Dawgs, congrats on letting everyone on here know what a joke the AJC writers really are !!!!!

Matt McFerron

November 29th, 2009
12:11 am

Barnhart, you’re a moron. Make better picks or resign from your position as “expert” college football analyst.

yep

November 29th, 2009
12:13 am

you’re a dumb ass look at the scoreboar

The Grinch

November 29th, 2009
12:14 am

Yeah right……the rivalry’s back…..BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!

Tech rolls by 14?

November 29th, 2009
12:25 am

Haaa haaa haaa!

heyberto

November 29th, 2009
12:28 am

Suck it Barnhart.. UGA wins!!!!

bob

November 29th, 2009
12:30 am

Wow you suck at picks, maybe you should change your name to mrs college football.

SAV DAWG

November 29th, 2009
12:30 am

Man ! No one gave UGA a chance. I guess they were WRONG !

GO DAWGS!

Krebs

November 29th, 2009
12:36 am

Gotta love ND getting beat again. Where are all of those fans who use to wear ND gear around ATL. ND stinks, is now officially a second rate football program. Jimmy Clausen will get his clock cleaned in the pros. Hire Lou H. again please. Get him off of ESPN. He is proof that evolution is a fact. He is truly a fossil!

doyle, winder

November 29th, 2009
12:40 am

OOOOOOOOOOOOOOPS!

Randy in Richmond

November 29th, 2009
12:40 am

Eat it Yellow Fuzz, Bradley, Schultz, Barnhart and St Simons.
I love the island, but am so glad I wont be seeing the name on every UGA blog.
Great game!

hollywood

November 29th, 2009
12:42 am

Thanks for the motivation tonight Mr. Barnhart! HOW BOUT THEM DAWGS!

Wozzo the Wonder Dog

November 29th, 2009
12:43 am

Typo: Should have read, “Georgia Tech Rolls Over; Georgia Win.”

dawgday

November 29th, 2009
12:44 am

Another season and as bad as I want to say the ACC sucks, the reality is there’s Florida and everyone else right now. So basically, Florida – good, everyone else – sucks. Tech players showed class in interviews after the game. Good luck to them in the ACC Championship. It’s got to hurt the game though to have it’s two teams lose to SEC foes leading into the game. I think our tough sched compared to Tech’s Vandy, Duke, Wake, UVA slate – helped the Dawgs tough this one out. Go Dawgs.

Saint Simons

November 29th, 2009
12:45 am

45 to 42… Uh…. nevermind.

R.E. LEE

November 29th, 2009
12:48 am

hey Tony…eat it numbnuts!

Georgia Tech Virgin

November 29th, 2009
12:51 am

Why is my cornhole sore? Did I…score??

JP

November 29th, 2009
12:54 am

Saint Simons eats crow

Dan

November 29th, 2009
1:04 am

Hey Tony how do you like your crow?

44 Year Dawg Fan

November 29th, 2009
1:07 am

Tony….I have an update “Dewey Wins” and as for St. Simons 30-24…HAH,HAH!

The Grinch

November 29th, 2009
1:28 am

I want a cool name like Tony that signifies something I have absolutely no knowledge of. Just call me Mr. Chinese Astronaut.

MauiDAWG

November 29th, 2009
1:31 am

Wrong on this one Barnhart

JTH

November 29th, 2009
1:32 am

HOW BOUT THEM DAWGS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

DCDawg

November 29th, 2009
1:32 am

In your next column, you better eat crow, with a dash of Bulldawg!!

MAD-DONNA

November 29th, 2009
1:39 am

That’s the way to keep those Tech fans off the blog! Swat them hard , then send them home!

MAD-DONNA

November 29th, 2009
1:41 am

I love it when you columnist are sooooo wrong!

Greg Williams

November 29th, 2009
1:48 am

How do you feel about your prediction now? It was Tech who was ill prepared for a physical game, they had several players carted off the field…

Reality, Not Hype

November 29th, 2009
2:09 am

Should have posted earlier but didnt…….Today had that kharma-correcting feel to it throughout. Too much crap talked by Tech people on these blogs……as PJ said last year……call me when you’ve actually won something.

Klimpson, what can I say? Dabo v. SSpurrier? Who would you pick 10 of 10 times?

Tebow….nice send off. FSU could have suited up the Bucanneers and they wouldnt have scored more.

Sets up a good deal for next year….Can’t wait!

RomeDawg

November 29th, 2009
2:19 am

30-24 and 8 out of 19 bwahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahhahahahahahahahahahahhahahahahahahahhahahahahahahahhahahahaha
NERDS!

bulldawginmemphis

November 29th, 2009
2:21 am

IN YOUR FACE BURNHARD…SAW YOU SAY ON TV EARLIER IN DAY TECH WOULD WIN BIG…GET REAL AND REALIZE THEY PLAYED IN THE WEAKEST CONFERENCE IN THE COUNTRY…THE AWFUL COAST CONFERENCE…GAVE UP 31 POINTS TO VANDY THE WEAKEST TEAM IN THE SEC…THEY WOULD BE LUCKY TO BE 7-5 IN A REAL CONFERENCE///GO DAWGS!! RULERS OF THE STATE

mykiec4444

November 29th, 2009
2:31 am

If laughing at nerds while pointing my finger at them is wrong, I don’t wanna be right. Hey, where is Saint Simons? Anyone? Anyone?

SC Rules!!!

November 29th, 2009
2:55 am

Hey I admitt it I was wrong when I guessed that the stars were aligned for GT to win their second straight over the Dawgs; but SNAP!!! Who’d a thunk it? To be run around & OVER by the DAWGS!!! Why wasn’t that what y’all were supposed to be doin’??? CONGRATS to DAWGnation!!!! CMR; HELL OF A GAME COACH!!!!!

Fight On!!

p.s. USC 28 ucla 7 (See GT; some of us know how to beat a rival)

HM

November 29th, 2009
3:02 am

I guess that’s why they actually play the games; Go DAWGS!!

HM

November 29th, 2009
3:23 am

GD – where are all the Tech fans? (St. Simons, Ramble On; anyone, anyone??)

G. Tampa Bedwetter

November 29th, 2009
3:44 am

*************** MOFREAKINFRON ****************************

jesse james

November 29th, 2009
4:19 am

Hey! I was really impressed with your pregame on the jumbo tron, the seniors and highlights. But very disappointed when you had your players as cheerleaders on the board. I gave you more credit than that.

tony blows

November 29th, 2009
5:56 am

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHHAHAHAHAHAHHAHH 30-24. Hey saint gina…..suck my post. see u in 365 days bizzzzznatch.

TNJeff

November 29th, 2009
7:33 am

4 & 6 – why do we put any stock in your opinion?

Hope the column stays up for days broadcasting your ignorance!

Gimmick Offense

November 29th, 2009
8:04 am

(((((((((((30-24))))))))))) HAHAHAHAHAHA

Atlanta Gator

November 29th, 2009
8:05 am

Okay, sports fans, there’s no need for trash talk. Here are the simple facts: in head-to-head contests in 2009, SEC teams won 5 and lost 2 of a total of 7 games played against ACC opponents.

The 5 SEC wins include all 3 season-ending in-state rivalry games (Florida-Florida State, Georgia-Georgia Tech, South Carolina-Clemson), one neutral site match-up of top teams (Alabama-Virginia Tech), and one early season contest between two middle-of-the-pack teams (South Carolina-NCSU). The 2 ACC wins include Georgia Tech victories over SEC cellar dwellers Vanderbilt and Mississippi State.

No smack talk, just the facts, ma’am.

R.U. KIDDIN-ME

November 29th, 2009
8:12 am

EXACTLY ATL.GATOR!!

Nachos

November 29th, 2009
8:28 am

Did Tony Jabroni overdose on Krystals again ???

Jake

November 29th, 2009
8:31 am

ACC, what a joke. Seems the second tier SEC teams took care of business with the ACC’s top teams. Tony you missed a bunch of picks too.

ADAM

November 29th, 2009
8:33 am

BARNHARDT GO PLAY WITH CPJ’S NUTTS…AND SUCK ON OURS….LOL…30-24 HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

Florida Dawg

November 29th, 2009
9:06 am

Now everyone sees why the Gator Bowl in Jacksonville is OUT on an ACC bowl tie-up.
THE reason the ACC playoff game didn’t work in Jax is because we want a superior product…the ACC does not have that product.
Clemson, FSU and now GT all lose to SEC teams…where is St Simons?
BTW…I thought we would loose to GT too but I don’t call myself Mr. College Football.
Just a little poke Tony…

Vishee Sewyaa

November 29th, 2009
9:07 am

What does that say about the ACC when the two ACC teams playing for their championship lose to two SEC teams lucky to be going to a bowl??? That is why the game is played on the field and not in a newspaper column. AJC sports writers stick to forcasting the weather…you have a 50-50 chance of getting it right.

Revenge

November 29th, 2009
9:07 am

That’s for all the trash talking you stupid Bees.
And, we did it without AJ Green – wow.
SEC proves it is still the best – even in a “down” year!