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

dagadawgs

September 3rd, 2010
9:28 am

I sure hope so GTJeff. I am a realist, I don’t see us having a great year. I also, think Tech will have a great year and the ACC is way better this year than they have been in the past. Miami, VT and FSU will be tough teams. UNC would have been with that defense.

I am not going to be the head coach at Alabama. I am the head coach of the Miami Dolphins.

September 3rd, 2010
9:31 am

Tony,

Let me say again, all supporters of teams from a real conference (SEC, ACC, BIG 10, BIG 12) need to pull for VA Tech to wipe the field with BS University. Should BS win this one, it’s a cake walk to an underserved crack at the NC in Jan. VA Tech needs to put a whipping on BS and make them go away for a couple of years, like UGA did several years ago.

Ditto with Oregon St taking out TCU. TCU has nearly an easy a ride after this week as BS does. Being ranked as high as they are, TCU could end up in the NC if several things go their way during the season.

GATA

NORRIS

September 3rd, 2010
9:31 am

South Carolina really didnt have much of a running game last night. Lattimore had 11 rushes for 54 yards. not much of an average really.
They had 38 yards by the qb. They had 53 yards on one play by one back. The rest was mop up duty.
I dont see that freshman back doing to much against georgia.
South Carolina will get more yards from Garcia next week than any back. But he will be hit in the head by our flying defense when he does.
Georgia wins against south carolina in a typical showdown.
UGA 24 SC 13

Flat Tire on I-95 in Jacksonville

September 3rd, 2010
9:33 am

Coach Smith

Grantham hasnt proven anything yet. Just because he has been in the NFL doesnt mean crap to me. If he was all that I think he would have been more than just a line coach for Dallas. His time at Cleveland wasnt all that great to land him another job at D-coordinator at that level and he was not first choice as our D-coordinator

But I hope he is what we need on Defense, the jury is out and we will know by the end of next season until them I will wait and see.

But I sure have not seen our offense used to its potential in 9 yrs, especially when we had Stafford, Moreno, Maseqoui, and Green on the same team, and look abismal against, FL, Alabama, and GT.

The point is wait and see dont get all jacked up like all the typical UGA fans do and look stupid year after year and rely on 1980. For one Im tired of hearing about that and Im tired of losing to FL every year when we have put more players since 1999 than FL has and cannot beat them.

Oh Richt beat them twice, whatever, once when Zook was fired the week before, and 2 when FL had nothing but freshmen and sophomores. Who cares, the talent is on the field we just havent been coached and if you dont believe me take a look at film and watch our practices for the past years and then watch a Saban practice and you will see why. Fundamentals, Fundamentals, are taught constantly.

Gatorzone

September 3rd, 2010
9:37 am

Man, why does every blog here turn into a name calling contest? Can’t rational points be made without all of the trivial bickering? Personally, I though South carolina looked really good last night albeit against inferior talent. One thing that needs to be noted was how smart Garcia played with the ball. He did not make his usual forced throws and fumbles. If that continues, USC will be a force to be reckoned with.

Dawg gone gittin' it

September 3rd, 2010
9:37 am

Appears to be a reasonable prognostication Big T. I think LSU scores a good many more points than you gave them though.

coach smith

September 3rd, 2010
9:39 am

Flat Tire on I-95 in Jacksonville

The last time Georgia beat Florida was Tebow’s second year and they were defending National Champs so don’t downplay that my friend

NoGaGator

September 3rd, 2010
9:41 am

RomeDawg -

Unfortunately, Boise State IS for real. They were undefeated last year and beat Oregon (the Pac 12 Champ and top 20 team last year) in their first game. I just wish they were playing a competitive schedule the rest of the season so they can be more accurately ranked.

It’s just 1 game but USCe looks for real. SOS is back to calling plays this year. It’ll be interesting to see the point spread early next week.

I think UGA tries to keep it as vanilla as possible Saturday – possibly not covering the spread. Same for UF. I think UF will try to be basic their first 4 games, waiting until the Bama game to reveal their real identity post-Tebow.

Nice to finally have the season underway.

GO GATORS!!!

BigTimeTECHFan

September 3rd, 2010
9:42 am

Most of yall talk like you wouldn’t support your team if they had losing records. Just pull for your team. Yea it great when they play good and win national championships but right now everyone (almost) is 0-0.

come on, it the 1st week of football. have some fun.

Bama Fan #2

September 3rd, 2010
9:42 am

GO HOKIES!!!

I am not going to be the head coach at Alabama. I am the head coach of the Miami Dolphins.

September 3rd, 2010
9:42 am

Gatorzone —-for the 1st time ever, perhaps, I agree with a Gator. I, too, thought SC looked pretty good on offense. Albeit hard to truly gauge as due to the quality of opponent. Garcia certainly is not going to win the Heisman, but I thought he looked fairly sharp and made good decisions.

We’ll know more about SC and UGA after next week.

Go dawgs

GATA

Dr. Kenneth Noisewater

September 3rd, 2010
9:43 am

lattimore looked impressive for USC, should be a great game next for UGA. I too think Boise will upset VT.

YO

September 3rd, 2010
9:44 am

Aw, Mommy–

It’s fun!

Hankie Aron

September 3rd, 2010
9:45 am

Hey!. Every game is different .To say the USC game last night should make UGA nervous for next week is stupid. Seriously? Do you expect any team to show up nervous??? If UGA comes prepared then they have a chance of winning, same as USC. Judging last night’s game would be the same as saying UGA is gonna destroy USC based on a beatdown the dawgs are going to give the ragin cajuns Saturday.

DP

September 3rd, 2010
9:47 am

“Nick Saban had Grantham come in and help his coaches and players learn/work on the 3-4 defense before last season at Bama”

Delusional Dawgs. One makes up this lie, then it gets repeated as fact. Grantham says Saban taught him the 3-4 defense:

http://collegefootball.rivals.com/content.asp?CID=1089931

Grantham should know. He has been an assistant in the NFL since 1999, working for many of the best 3-4 gurus in the game.

“I worked for Wade [Phillips with the Cowboys] and Dom [Capers with the Texans],” Grantham says. “I also worked [as defensive coordinator of the Browns] for Romeo Crennel, who was a [Bill] Belichick disciple. But it all started with Nick [Saban] for me. I worked for Nick [at Michigan State and learned a lot from him.

Hankie Aron

September 3rd, 2010
9:49 am

Let’s at least have an intelligent conversation guys

YO

September 3rd, 2010
9:51 am

For the record, your honor, my insults were at least short and sweet. All I was saying was that Gatorbait was a doosh.

And he is.

For the record.

Knibb High Football Rules!

5IML

September 3rd, 2010
9:55 am

redneck olympicks

September 3rd, 2010
9:56 am

Yall come to Dublin and git u sum!
GATA

Flat Tire on I-95 in Jacksonville

September 3rd, 2010
9:58 am

Coach Smith

Your right T-bones was in his second year and yes they were defending national title winners. But they lost that whole squad and were playing, like I said Freshman and Sophmores, T-boy included. Look it up

The point is Richt in my book has beaten a down FL team. How about earning the almost 4 million you make a beat a good FL team and not beat them once every so often. Earn the millions your paid because I can tell you at my job you dont perform your out and your not given 9 yrs and million dollar salary to make the changes my friend.

redneck olympicks

September 3rd, 2010
9:58 am

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5IML

September 3rd, 2010
10:00 am

DP,

What most fans don’t realize (or choose to ignore) is that coaches conduct and visit coaching clinics all off-season. For instance, last year Oklahoma coaches, including Stoops, went to BAMA to learn how Saban organizes and runs his practices. Likewise, I’m sure Kirby and McElwain visit other programs to observe, teach, and be taught.

winterDawg

September 3rd, 2010
10:01 am

Are we really going to do this again regarding South Carolina? Every year they get off to a good start by beating some team that they should beat. Last year was the defenisve struggle against NC State, the year beofre that they throttled the wolfpack. Each year the same thing. USC is suddenly the team to beat. If they actually go through a whole season beating people they shouldn’t beat then I will buy into the hype but for now it’s just the same old thing. Actually, I wanted them to beat up on So Miss so they can be feeling real good about themselves against Georgia. Seems to work out well for UGA every time it happens. When will you guys learn?

5IML

September 3rd, 2010
10:05 am

winter,

Two things contribute to USC’s annual, end-of-season collapse:

1. Lack of depth
2. Most difficult games at the end of the season

They will probably collapse again this year but Garcia played a great game last night. When has anyone ever said that about his play at Scar?

GA Vols Fan

September 3rd, 2010
10:07 am

Alec Ogletree arrest warrant?

mowreck

September 3rd, 2010
10:11 am

Cracker Jack, PJ DID recruit Connor Shaw. But the guy has admired Coach Spurrier since Spurrier was at Florida. So, all it took was one face to face meet with Spurrier at USC. Even his dad wanted both boys at GA Tech so he could see them without having to travel so much. Now he has to be a two different places and neither is at GA Tech.

coach smith

September 3rd, 2010
10:12 am

DP

then everyone on sports talk radio has just been lying about Grantham helping at Bama?

you are a moron

T3

September 3rd, 2010
10:13 am

Predictions:

GT:175
SCSt:(-4)
GT-O goes for 700+ yards

GA:32
LALA:20

LSU:20
UNC:23
(As long as UNC has fewer than 2-3 suspended)
(If LSU loses, LSU fans will torch Les Miles bus in the parking lot)

VT:32
BosieSt:35
(Yep, Smurfs pull the upset on a Late or missed FG)

Miami(of OHIO): 19
Florida: 52
(Miami OF FLORIDA has DOMINATED the Gators for 25+ years)
(Its why Gators will ONLY play Miami…OF OHIO)

Damon

September 3rd, 2010
10:15 am

Another thUGA arrest! I notice no one is surprised. Do the uneducation sidewalk fans have this much influence on the program? These arrests are no longer unspeakable human tragedies.

bigdawg

September 3rd, 2010
10:15 am

Flat on I-85

anyone who wants to fire Mark Richt is out of their minds.

you cant downplay where he has brought this program from, do you REALLY want to go back to the Goff and Donnan days,

if so, you cant be that intelligent of a fan

T3

September 3rd, 2010
10:15 am

UGA Safety Alec Olgetree arrested?

Look, UGA has already won The Fulmer Cup for 2010.

Why is UGA trying to pad the score??

ATL XMAN

September 3rd, 2010
10:16 am

va tech beats bosie st by 14 as the talent gap of these two teams will be exploited. look for va tech to win the acc again and finish in the top 10-15. i think KY will beat louisville but will be a close game.

tech should win but it wont be a blowout this year as the talent on techs team is closer to SC state than years past. tech is fielding a ton of div 1aa talent this year thanks to PJ

T3

September 3rd, 2010
10:20 am

VT lost 3 Senior starters on O-Line, and 8 Junior-Senior starters on D, off a 2009 team that was AVERAGE.

VT has ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ-RO chance of winning the ACC in 2010.

bigdawg

September 3rd, 2010
10:21 am

T3

talk is cheap yes, last I checked who is down in this series all-time by what is it now… 29 games, and your best team of the decade couldnt beat our worst team of the decade.

you have no bragging rights outside of the preseason smack you’ve created in your head

Ramblor

September 3rd, 2010
10:21 am

So, Tony, UGA knows what it’s doing on defense but GT has a lot of questions. How is it that both were poor defenses last year and both are changing schemes and only UGA knows what it’s doing. GT at least has veteran players coming back.

DP

September 3rd, 2010
10:21 am

Georgia arrest count since the end of last season is about to be at 9, more than 10% of the players on scholarship. Unbelievable. When the players are undisciplined off the field how do you expect them to be disciplined on the field?

5IML, while coaches regularly talk and visit each other to learn new wrinkles, we should probably acknowledge Todd Grantham as the father of the 3-4 defense. I understand he taught it to Bud Wilkinson and advised Don Shula on implementing it for his Miami Dolphins ‘72 Super Bowl winning team. The only things I can’t figure out are why Grantham was only a d-line coach in Dallas and why he was Richt’s 4th choice for the Georgia DC job.

bigdawg

September 3rd, 2010
10:21 am

Boise 31
Va Tech 20

Brock

September 3rd, 2010
10:21 am

Breaking News- another dawg about to be arrested for theft. Alec Ogletree.

Flat Tire on I-95 in Jacksonville

September 3rd, 2010
10:22 am

big dawg did I say I want to go back to those days. I dont think so

but with all the arrests, continued beat downs by FL, not firing Willie the Great Martinez, inconsitent playing, hoping for FL to lose out so we can go to a SEC championship, and he deserves to be a top 8 paid college coach

I dont think so

And I didnt say fire him yet but he needs to know that the crap listed above needs to change or he needs to take a pay cut or its time for someone else to have a shot

CharlotteGator

September 3rd, 2010
10:22 am

So glad football is here. Really enjoyed the game last night and was impressed with USC. Not saying they’re world beaters or anything, but they will absolutely ruin someone’s season. I can see them beating either UF or UGA this year, but probably not both. The competition wasn’t the best, obviously, but one thing I noticed was that Spurrier now believes he has some players. Whether it’s true or not, him thinking they are talented will go a long way in helping that team develop. Next week’s game will be fun for me to watch as a Gator, and I suspect it will be a three team race for the east this year, with any of the 3 teams being able to beat the others. My fear is the three way tie in terms of the east record with the west games being the tiebreaker. UF’s west schedule this year is not the most pleasant. If it comes down to that, give UGA the edge.

T3

September 3rd, 2010
10:22 am

Uh, bigdawg

where have I mentioned GT vs UGA this morning

White man

September 3rd, 2010
10:25 am

Has anyone looked over the past 20 years and calculated the number of championships won to schools either in California or Florida? Ever wonder why??? These are vacation schools with beaches nearby. Let me see would I rather go to UGA and party at the Georgia Theatre or go to USC and party at the beach?????

valdosta

September 3rd, 2010
10:25 am

also heard fran on the car radio

i’ll go with him

dawgs have a lot to be worried about this year.

GT BABY

September 3rd, 2010
10:25 am

just another day in clark county jail :)

5IML

September 3rd, 2010
10:26 am

DP,

Although his title was only D-line coach at Dallas, Grantham was actually the team owner. And he designed and built the new stadium by hand, in one day.

DP

September 3rd, 2010
10:26 am

“Coach Smith”, “everyone on sports talk radio” is your source? Like I said, one Delusional Dawg makes it up, then it becomes fact.

If Grantham taught Alabama the 3-4 (a year after they were top 5 in the country in defense according to your timeline), why did Richt try to hire Kirby Smart and 2 others before hiring Grantham?

GT BABY

September 3rd, 2010
10:27 am

Even Georgia’s own, Fran T. was ragging on murry. He’s not that good people, get over it. Mason will be the starter by the end of the year.

GT BABY

September 3rd, 2010
10:28 am

oh yeah….. If he’s not in jail ;)

DIT

September 3rd, 2010
10:28 am

GatorZone – I agree with your earlier post. It’s a shame that the name calling and and some being on here having no class, from all schools represented, have to ruin a blog where people are talkng about last nights game and tomorrows games.
I would love to be able to come on a blog for once without all the crap!

Can someone give me a little more information about what is going on with Ogletree? If it is true about the report then CMR needs to can him immediately. I have not seen enough facts yet to say one way or another.

Bama Fan #2

September 3rd, 2010
10:29 am

This is getting out of hand Mark Richt has to get control of the football program and start running off
the bad apples or he will watching the games at home with his wife and kids. Time to have a come
to Jesus meeting and a long one to!!