The Fearless Friday Forecast

Here, and not a moment too soon I might add,  is the first Fearless Friday Forecast for 2010:

1. Louisiana-Lafayette at Georgia: Georgia fans are looking for two things in the opener against the Ragin’ Cajuns from the Sun Belt Conference.  Both deal with reassurance. No. 1, does redshirt freshman Aaron Murray look like a college quarterback? No. 2,  will it be clear that the Georgia defense knows what it is doing? If the answer to both questions is yes, then there will optimism in the air when the Bulldog Nation leaves Sanford Stadium and starts thinking about that Sept. 11 trip to South Carolina. The Gamecocks certainly gave Georgia something to think about with the ease in which they dispatched Southern Miss (41-13) last night. Georgia 31, Louisiana-Lafayette 7.

2. S.C. State at Georgia Tech: There are no questions at quarterback, where senior Joshua Nesbitt returns. But there are questions on defense where Al Groh debuts as defensive coordinator. Now the Bulldogs from Orangeburg are no pushover, having won straight MEAC championships. But I think S.C. State quarterback Malcolm Long will see pressure from a lot of different places and he’ll find that tough to handle. Georgia Tech 35, S.C. State 10.

3. LSU vs. North Carolina (Georgia Dome): For an opening game, both teams arrive in Atlanta a little on the desperate side. North Carolina needs a win to change the subject from a couple of different NCAA investigations. The Tar Heels are expected to challenge in the ACC Coastal but those plans could be derailed if the NCAA finds academic misconduct. We know DT Marvin Austin and RB Greg Little won’t play. There could be a lot more who don’t suit up.  We could hear something on that today.

For a guy who is 51-15 with a national championship, Les Miles sure does hear his name and the words “hot seat” in the same sentence a lot. I picked North Carolina to win this game about a month ago but I sure can’t pick them now. Too many distractions. LSU 17, North Carolina 10.

4. Virginia Tech vs. Boise State (Monday, Landover, Md.): This is a huge opener for Boise State, which returns 21 of 22 starters from a 14-0 team. For if the Broncos, rated No. 5 in the preseason coaches poll, can find a way to beat the ACC favorite then they have a real shot of going undefeated and playing in a BCS bowl for the second consecutive year. Some believe the Broncos can make it all the way to the BCS championship game. I don’t think they can get out of FedEx field with a win. Virginia Tech 21, Boise State 20.

5. Kentucky at Louisville: A lot going on here. Former Florida defensive coordinator Charlie Strong has his debut as the head coach at Louisvillle. Ditto for Joker Phillips, the former Kentucky offensive coodinator who takes over for Rich Brooks. Both sides have a lot of talent on the offensive side of the ball. I think Kentucky has a little bit more with Randall Cobb and Derrick Locke. Kentucky 28, Louisville 24.

6. Miami (Ohio) at Florida: Life after Tim Tebow begins and John Brantley will be the man in the spotlight. The Redhawks from the MAC return every starter from a team that went 1-11 last season and won’t pose much of a threat in the Florida heat. But fans want to see Brantley run what will be a different Florida offense. They also want to see if the defense takes a step back after losing five NFL draft choices and defensive coordinator Charlie Strong. The Gators get South Florida at home next week. Florida 51, Miami (Ohio) 10.

7. Arkansas State at Auburn: Yet another quarterback in the SEC will make his debut. Cameron Newton won a JUCO national championship and then transferred to Auburn. He has all the physical gifts (6-6, 243) you could ask for in a quarterback and should shine in Gus Malzahn’s offense. This game is about getting ready for a short turnaround and playing at Mississippi State on Sept. 9. Auburn 31, Arkansas State 10.

8.  San Jose State at Alabama: The Crimson Tide begins the pursuit of its second straight national championship and over 100,000 will turn out at newly-enlarged Bryant Denny Stadium. This game will be a continuation of the celebration that begin last January in Pasadena. Then it will be all business as Alabama gets ready to host Joe Paterno and Penn State on Sept. 11. It will be interesting to see how many times QB Greg McElroy throws the ball down the field to a healthy Julio Jones. Alabama will be without DE Marcell Dareus, who has been suspended for two games by the NCAA . Alabama 45, San Joe State 7.

9. Tennessee-Martin at Tennessee: Derek Dooley, son of Barbara and Vince, makes his debut as the head football coach of the Volunteers. Since Dooley became coach in January he has preached patience and building for the long haul. With a bunch of freshmen on the offensive line and not much experience anywhere else, for that matter, Dooley needs to give the Volunteer faithful some reason to hope. Tennessee may not be a talented team, but they need to look well coached against an overmatched foe, particularly with Oregon coming to Knoxville next week. Tennessee 31, UT-Martin 3.

10. Samford at Florida State: For the first time since 1976 Florida State will play a football game with somebody other than Bobby Bowden as head coach. Jimbo Fisher makes his debut and the Seminoles fans also want some reason to believe that things are going to be better sooner rather than later. I’m keeping an eye on this game to see what kind of start QB Christian Ponder has. This guy is capable of winning the Heisman Trophy, especially playing behind a veteran offensive line. Florida State 42, Samford 17.

 

Programming Note

**–The first “Barnhart and Durham Show” begins today at 10 a.m. on 790 The Zone. We’ll talk about all the action from last night and look ahead to the first full weekend of college football. Among our guests are Georgia State coach Bill Curry, former Florida State head coach Bobby Bowden, and the great Larry Munson. Gary Stokan will join us to talk about the third Chick-fil-A Kickoff game. You can listen online at www.790thezone.com.

 

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303 comments Add your comment

Pago Pago Dawg

September 3rd, 2010
8:42 am

Kind a wish UGA had a “stud” qb…next week may not be a pretty picture.
But first, let’s get LA-LA out of the way…

WhiteGoat

September 3rd, 2010
8:43 am

Tony, congrats to Wes Durham and you. Glad to know there is someone on the air with some professionalism and unbiased.

JB

September 3rd, 2010
8:44 am

So, 17-3, from that response I gather you don’t know. No shock there.

Pago, you don’t know if we do or not but considering that all other 10 starters came back he’ll have a good shot.

Pete, hopefully your squad thinks our team is a weak as you do.

HBTD!!!

coach smith

September 3rd, 2010
8:45 am

Lattimore is a fumble waiting to happen…he had a huge problem with fumbles throughout high school

Flat Tire on I-95 in Jacksonville

September 3rd, 2010
8:45 am

I understand Southern Miss is a weak opponent with subpar players but South Carolina’s execution looked good. Garcia looked good making accurate passes and so did his back up. The only weakness I saw was the OL.

The problem some people on here dont realize is their pass coverage was really good. And if Murry has the same numbers he has had in practice with a green non-contact jersey dont expect a win is all Im saying.

dagnabit

September 3rd, 2010
8:46 am

Garcia had plenty of time last night against S. Mississippi. Let’s see how much time he has against the bulldog defense before we start to annotate the South Carolina football team.

JB

September 3rd, 2010
8:48 am

And it’s a safe bet their D wont be in our backfield, much, if at all.

Lot of folks here not dealing in reality.

HBTD!!!

coach smith

September 3rd, 2010
8:48 am

As usual, the annual crowing by SCAR fans has begun after they beat a nobody on opening night! You can set your clock by these delusional fans get so full of themselves just before harsh reality of Georgia and the other real SEC teams slap them in the face!

SCAR fans…you average beating Georgia ONCE out of just under every 7 years in your history so cheer up…you only have about 6 seasons to wait at that pace

Agree with beatdowns galore

September 3rd, 2010
8:50 am

Expect the Dogs to crush several of our opponents this year, and win a few close ones, finish with Richt’s usual 10 victories. 2011 the Dogs will make a run at a NC.

coach smith

September 3rd, 2010
8:50 am

Flat Tire on I-95 in Jacksonville

“The only weakness I saw was the OL.”

That’s like saying the only problem with the Titanic was the huge hole in the side!!!!!!!!!!

Bubba Big Lips

September 3rd, 2010
8:51 am

That game would have been totally different if So Miss wouldn’t have thrown the interception. They were driving down the field with ease.

Gatorzone

September 3rd, 2010
8:52 am

Garcia played VERY smart last night, which has always been his weakness. He protected the ball well and made good decisions. With a strong RB and WR group, they look awful good. I know it was Southern Miss, but they have always played tough. People should not underestimate the beatdown USC put on Southern Miss last night. If I were UGA, I would be nervous. That was a good start, plus they have 2 extra days to be ready for UGA next week.

Dawg

September 3rd, 2010
8:53 am

Last night at halftime, Granny Lou Holtz flapped his wings, squawked, sputtered, spit, picked USC, jr. to win the SEC……and Notre Damn to win the National Title.

DP

September 3rd, 2010
8:53 am

“Mr. College Football”, Greg Little is a wide receiver for UNC, not a running back. I don’t follow UNC or the ACC closely but I know that much.

DawgDogDawg

September 3rd, 2010
8:54 am

Gatorbait, instead of 17-3, your name should be Gatorbait 1-1. It’s much more fitting. Unless, of course you’re nostalgic and like to live in the past, and then it should be Gatorbait 37-47. But, if it makes you feel good to pick an arbitrary time span, far be it for me to burst your bubble. I’m simply trying to offer more logical suggestions.

RomeDawg

September 3rd, 2010
8:57 am

I sure hope Virginia Tech beats the snot out of Boise State. The last time Boise State opened with a real team, the Dawgs whooped ‘em pretty good.

I hope we have a great weekend of college football and I pray all the athletes that put it all on the line for us to enjoy stay healthy.

Go Dawgs, Sic ‘em!

YO

September 3rd, 2010
8:57 am

GATORBAIT = D0UCHE

BigTimeTECHFan

September 3rd, 2010
8:58 am

I say Utah upsets Pitt.
GT wins (30-28) a close one – Like MTSU / Minnisota game, Tech has MTSU later.
UGA wins (34-13)
Kentucky over Louisville (20-17)
UNC over LSU (17-10)
Va Tech over Boise St (41-28)

dagadawgs

September 3rd, 2010
8:59 am

Gatorbait 17-3

September 3rd, 2010
8:34 am
dagadawgs

September 3rd, 2010
8:26 am
Gatorbait 17-3 why do you come on here?

To irrate losers like you.

Ouch that stung coming from a jort-wearer. Guess I will run for the razors. Isn’t there a blog you can go to where you can worship St. Timmy and masturbate to him?

Mutt Nonsense

September 3rd, 2010
9:00 am

JB – 1970-1989 5-15 in UGA’s favor. Congrats. This is a fun game though, let’s look at 1950-1969 since you mutts love historical games back to leather helmet days…oh wait that’s 7-12-1 in UF’s favor…uhoh trouble in your fantasy land maybe? Here’s a question for you…how far back do you have to go before UGA has a winning record in the series? Here’s a hint, before WWII and chances are, before you were born…

coach smith – “As usual, the annual crowing by SCAR fans has begun after they beat a nobody on opening night! You can set your clock by these delusional fans get so full of themselves just before harsh reality of Georgia and the other real SEC teams slap them in the face!”

That’s just hilarious…either you don’t appreciate the irony of that statement as a UGA fan or you are a world class idiot…You change 2 words in that entire paragraph and you’re talking about your own fan base. Here’s a hint SCAR = UGA and Georga = Florida. Thanks for the laugh.

chilidawg

September 3rd, 2010
9:00 am

Mark May, ESPN’s resident dawg hater, can’t be too pleased about Pitt’s performance last night.

Alphare

September 3rd, 2010
9:00 am

Spurrier actually calls the game now and does lots of coaching, which he didn’t do as much before, while his son was being coached up as a coach.

Why would Lou Holtz and Spurrier have to bring their sons with them in SoCar? Cannot grownups find jobs by themselves rather than rely on their fathers when you reach 40 years of age?

Gatorbait 17-3

September 3rd, 2010
9:00 am

DawgDogDawg

Actually since 1935 the Gators lead the series by 1 game—–look it up.

Flat Tire on I-95 in Jacksonville

September 3rd, 2010
9:01 am

Coach Smith

We have an inexperienced defensive line a new defensive scheme with a D coordinator that hasnt proven himself.

Using your quote “That’s like saying the only problem with the Titanic was the huge hole in the side!!!!!!!!!!

Gatorbait 17-3

September 3rd, 2010
9:03 am

For all you Georgia fans that cling to the fact that UGA leads the Florida series
47-37-2 to give you peace and joy, I want to share the real history with you.
Check out your own UGA web site: Football History—Yearly scores.

Here is your reality check, since 1950 (60 years, more than twice the age of most of you),
Florida leads the series 34-25-1 and of course in the past 20 years it has gotten worse,
lately you are 3-17 ouch!

Gatorbait 17-3

September 3rd, 2010
9:04 am

dagadawgs

September 3rd, 2010
8:59 am

Sticks and stones……..loser

timthebrave

September 3rd, 2010
9:05 am

I agree with all your picks but I think VT will beat Boise by a lot more

Alphare

September 3rd, 2010
9:07 am

Gatorbait 17-3,

don’t you agree your GREENish BLUE uniforms look a little light weight? how long it’s been like that since you and some dawg fans have been arguing about history?

YO

September 3rd, 2010
9:08 am

Gatorbait = Suicide Watch

Gatorbait 17-3

September 3rd, 2010
9:09 am

Sticks and stones……..loser

YO

September 3rd, 2010
9:12 am

Nice comebacks

collegeballfan

September 3rd, 2010
9:13 am

Re the Tech game. This note on Al Groh gives one pause:

“Groh said it takes time for a defense to become so comfortable in a new scheme that its play becomes instinctive. His defenses usually need a year to master the 3-4 scheme, he said.”

I trust the more he does it, the better he gets at installation.

YO

September 3rd, 2010
9:13 am

Yep, I’m a loser, making 6 figures from my UGA degree.

Nice.

dagadawgs

September 3rd, 2010
9:14 am

Gatorbait 17-3

September 3rd, 2010
9:04 am
dagadawgs

September 3rd, 2010
8:59 am

Sticks and stones……..loser
Like I stated before you spend everyday on a rivals blog and I’m the loser? You are the same kid that was picked last in dodge ball.

George Stein

September 3rd, 2010
9:15 am

Actual games?

Happy Holidays folks.

RxDawg

September 3rd, 2010
9:15 am

booooooooooooooo -AJC auto filter- booooooooooooooooooooooo hissssss

coach smith

September 3rd, 2010
9:15 am

Flat Tire on I-95 in Jacksonville

Grantham has prooved himself at teh highest level! He has been a defensive coordinator in the NFL and a defensive coach with the Cowboys…it doesn’t get much higher than that BUT if that weren’t enough Nick Saban had Grantham come in and help his coaches and players learn/work on the 3-4 defense before last season at Bama

Mutt Nonsense

The difference is that UGA actually wins stuff….SEC titles, National titles, division titles etc….SCAR has NEVER even won the SEC!!!!!!

Gatorbait 17-3

I believe if yo want to look at some more relevant numbers just look at the last 5 seasons where Georgia is 2-3 vs Florida….still a losing record but not what you are making it out to be…I love how you Gators think football didn’t begin until Spurrier got to Gainsville

T3

September 3rd, 2010
9:15 am

WOW WOW WOW !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Heard former star UGA & Minnesota Vikings QB Fran Trakenton on 790 radio this morning COMPLETELY TRASHING Aaron Murray. Said Huston Mason will be the starter…very soon.

Also said the dawgs are facing REAL trouble on Offense AND Defense.

All THIS…from Fran who has been to MULTIPLE UGA practices !?

Ulala might be closer than Richt would prefer.

Next week at USC aint looking so good for Richt & Company.

RxDawg

September 3rd, 2010
9:17 am

I really have no idea why it’s so dang sensitive. Bad thing is it doesn’t even tell you why your post goes to cyber heaven. Meh, oh well this Friday isn’t really hard to pick is it?

coach smith

September 3rd, 2010
9:19 am

T3

I heard FRAN and the funny thin is he was going off of one scrimmage that was open to people like him and he was complaining that Murray only went 9-17 passing against the second team defense!

he said it was the last scrimmage which also means it is the one AJ Green and Wooten sat out……he is just spouting off at the mouth

YO

September 3rd, 2010
9:19 am

Just kidding, dude. Really, I make minimum wage at McDs with my coloring book degree. Everybody knows that.

Or am I? Only the shadow knows.

DawgDogDawg

September 3rd, 2010
9:19 am

Gatorbait, are you high, or have you just been researching in a UF wiki? Georgia and Florida have been playing each other since 1915, and the actual record is as follows..

Georgia: 47, Florida: 39 Tied: 2. WFT

GTJeff

September 3rd, 2010
9:20 am

So the chickens beat a bad team. Big deal. So did everybody else yesterday. Doesn’t mean that joke of a program is elite. I hope UGA lays the wood to those loud mouth rednecks in Columbia next week. Good luck Dawgs!

coach smith

September 3rd, 2010
9:21 am

nobody is allowed to attend practice regularly at UGA unless Coach Richt has changed it since I was a walk on there

dagadawgs

September 3rd, 2010
9:22 am

GTJeff glad to have a Tech fan on here acting reasonable! SC is gonna be tough this year on us and Florida. Unless, you listen to gaytorbait who thinks Fla will go undefeated and win by 50 every game

dagadawgs

September 3rd, 2010
9:23 am

Waiting on your next comeback Gatorbait(troll).

GTJeff

September 3rd, 2010
9:23 am

Excellent point Coach Smith & I might also add that Cacasmacky did not even WIN a bowl game until the end of the last century and have NEVER EVEN BEEN to one of the big bowls (Sugar, Orange, Fiesta, Rose). Geeze, they’ve never even been to the Cotton Bowl.

BR5

September 3rd, 2010
9:25 am

Gatorbait, we really don’t give a crap what you have to say. Have a great weekend! Go Dawgs!

GTJeff

September 3rd, 2010
9:25 am

They may be tough this year dagadawg, but there is a big difference in playing So Miss & UGA. I think UGA’s defense is gonna be much better than last year.

JB

September 3rd, 2010
9:28 am

“Here’s a question for you…how far back do you have to go before UGA has a winning record in the series?”

Ummmm… Today? Sheeeesh!

HBTD!!!