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

DIT

September 3rd, 2010
10:30 am

GT Baby –
I have to disagree with you about Murray. I live in Tampa and know a good bit more because he was on the HS sporting news all the time. Time will tell if he will be an elite QB, but don’t for a moment think that he is not a good QB. This kid can flat out play!

5IML

September 3rd, 2010
10:30 am

DIT,

Apparently, Ogletree stole a $35 helmet from a student over the summer. I’m guessing it was a bike helmet. There’s a warrant for his arrest.

T3

September 3rd, 2010
10:31 am

Another UGA player arrested ?

Is this Ground Hog Day ?

DIT

September 3rd, 2010
10:31 am

I agree Bama Fan #2 – I like CMR, but enough is enough. I would put up with a couple 6-7 wins seasons if it means taking out the trash and restore order.

Snore

September 3rd, 2010
10:32 am

Another day…another UGA player arrested. I guess the sun did come up this morning after all.

With the 2010 Fulmer Cup well in hand…UGA is getting a start on next year! Way to finally be ahead of the curve on something Mutts!

404

September 3rd, 2010
10:32 am

problem is, if richt runs off the bad apples,

he’ll only have 17 players left on the whole roster

YO

September 3rd, 2010
10:33 am

That’s “Clarke” — with an e!

Show some respect for the felons

jean shorts and kenny chesney and all things that suck

September 3rd, 2010
10:33 am

Gatorbait- Who is more pathetic? The people who get up at 8 am in the morning to comment or the person who has nothing better to do than to bicker with them? It only shows that you have no more of a life than they do. I see people like you on these stories all the time throwing out advice to recruits like they actually read your comments and care. Help me Lord, you are pathetic!

GA

September 3rd, 2010
10:34 am

USC and UGA seem to always have a close game regardless. I really don’t see this game next week any different. Garcia might want to be careful running the ball. Georgia’s D won’t give him much.

MikeP

September 3rd, 2010
10:34 am

VT should beat Boise by more than 1 point. Maybe like 35-14. Boise’s recent record against teams from BCS conferences is 6-7, and very few of those games were against ranked teams.

If Boise’s behavior is the way to the BCS Championship game, then any big school could drop out of a conference, schedule one major opponent and a bunch of patsies and rock on!

Bamafan

September 3rd, 2010
10:42 am

Hey 404 that is a good line!! Just hope that Richt teaches the players to act like decent human
beings. If I was a Georgia fan I would demand to the new AD to get tough on the football
program and winning the Fulmer Cup is not funny when it is your favorite team!!

DIT

September 3rd, 2010
10:43 am

404

If that’s what it takes. As a UGA Alumnus. I tired of it. It’s past time for the zero tolerance rule. I’m sick of being the laughing stock of the college football scene. Yes my fellow UGA people, we are the laughing stock of college football.

DawginLex

September 3rd, 2010
10:43 am

LSU is going to destroy UNC. 12 players out? No chance. Butch Davis is done too. He won’t survive this.

Virginia Tech is being taken way too lightly by several folks. Their offense is lights out and they will manhandle Boise’s defensive front.
Boise will score but it will end up 38-24 VT

UGA is going to win big but not outlandishly. 35-7

GT will win big too. 42-14

Spurrier is gonna get whipped next week again by Richt. They played a horrible team last night and won, big deal.

Matt

September 3rd, 2010
10:45 am

So much for Ogletree contributing this year, or possibly at all. It would of course be our top recruit, it couldn’t be the 3rd string punter. WTF are they doing to discipline these kids because it obviously isn’t working.

[...] Which team has more to lose — LSU or North Carolina? 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. … 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. – Atlanta Journal-Constitution [...]

Uncle Lou

September 3rd, 2010
10:52 am

uga plays a horible team tomorrow and will win. big deal.

so, uga has a rs-frsoh qb who is shaky at best, and a true frosh qb at back-up. and tarkenton says dogs dont look good.

unless bobo runs the wild dog 77 times next week, dogs going to lose.
maybe badly.

dogs fans should go ahead and panic now to avoid the rush next week.

Flat Tire on I-95 in Jacksonville

September 3rd, 2010
10:53 am

Matt there is no discipline if there was we wouldnt be winning the national title in player arrests

PMC

September 3rd, 2010
10:55 am

UNC is screwed, they are losing a lot of thier talent on offense and defense.

404

September 3rd, 2010
10:55 am

Search youtube for the Jim Rome interview with Mark Richt.

Its a dandy.

Rome:

“Coach, coonsidering the many of off-the-field issues and player arrests the past 2 years, would you say there’s a disipline problem at Georgia?”

Richt: “No, we definitely do not have a discipline.”

Incredible !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

coach smith

September 3rd, 2010
10:59 am

DP

MORON…please re-read my post! Grantham came in to BAMA before last season at Saban’s request to HELP work with and coach up the defense! I NEVER said he “taught” it to them

MORON!!!!!!!!

Gatorzone

September 3rd, 2010
10:59 am

DP and 5IML, that is some funny stuff!

GT Sambo

September 3rd, 2010
11:02 am

Coach Smith,
“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”

This is so unbelievable its comical… UGA fans pretending that Todd Grantham wasn’t their 3rd choice AND pretending that he didn’t GET FIRED from his last DC job after running one of the WORST defenses in the NFL in 2007!

5IML

September 3rd, 2010
11:03 am

coach smith,

BAMA holds multiple coaching clinics throughout the summer and offseason. Grantham along with scores of high school coaches and graduate assistants, helped “work with and coach up the defense.” That’s nothing special.

DP

September 3rd, 2010
11:06 am

Give me a source other than Delusional Dawgs repeating each other on sport talk radio “coach smith”. Alabama’s 2008 defense was #2 in the country in rush defense, tied for #3 in total defense, #7 in points allowed and Saban needed to bring in a defensive line coach who used to be an assistant to him to “coach up the defense” at Alabama?

If Grantham is that good, why didn’t Saban let Mark Richt hire away Kirby Smart and then hire Grantham to replace him? Why did Richt only turn to Grantham after Smart and 2 others turned down the job?

Mutt Nonsense

September 3rd, 2010
11:09 am

Hey Mutts,

Are all of you geniuses on here ragging USC going to be the same crowd that comes on here Monday and builds up the ‘Junkyard Dawgs’ defense after a tussle with UL-Lafayette?

Bamafan

September 3rd, 2010
11:11 am

UNC has 12-15 players that are going to play against LSU OMG!! Les Miles better not screw it up
like he did against the Rebels and Penn St. last year in the bowl game!! GO SEC!!

5IML

September 3rd, 2010
11:11 am

I’m sure Grantham will do fine but it’s rather delusional to expect drastic improvement from UGA’s defense this year. Grantham simply does not yet have the personnel to make it work. They will be a lot better on D next year.

DawginLex

September 3rd, 2010
11:11 am

DP,

Richt wasn’t calling the shots on the hire. Evans was. He made Richt go after the “name” candidates like Chavis, Smart and Muschamp because that is what Evans told him to do.

Richt wanted Grantham all along but had to appease the AD while waiting on Dallas’s season to end.

Saban wants Smart because he can make him the figurehead as DC while Saban runs the defense behind the scenes and doesn’t allow Kirby to pass gas without letting him smell it first.

Muschamp is the head coach in waiting at Texas to the tune of about 5 times what a DC makes. Chavis just wanted a raise.

DP

September 3rd, 2010
11:13 am

People should take a look at the YouTube clip with Jim Rome talking about the latest Georgia arrests from a couple of years ago. He played a clip of an interview from 9-7-07 in which Richt took offense at Rome’s question about discipline and said there were no discipline problems at Georgia.

FLA DAWG

September 3rd, 2010
11:13 am

The Dawg schedule just got alot tougher with SC playing very well early on and are already sharpening their beaks for a visit from Richt and The Pound. That is a Must Win Game for us. It will set the tone for the entire season.

I know, I know, one game at a time……………but if we screwup against SC it’s going to be another very long season.

Mutt Nonsense

September 3rd, 2010
11:14 am

coach smith – you’re hilarious…your random spewings almost make it sound like you know football, but you’re clearly a Palin-ite on here to stir the pot and name call with no interest in talking football.

….and yes, coach, that right there is an exmaple of irony. You know, that I’d call you out for talking trash and name calling while doing the same thing. Just trying to help you out with your ‘delusional SCAR fans’ nonsense. You’re my favorite kind of a dawg fan. It’s a shame you give the other one’s such a bad name. And yes, I would like ketchup with my fries. Have a good day.

5IML

September 3rd, 2010
11:15 am

DawginLex,

It all makes sense now. It was Damon’s fault.

Flat Tire on I-95 in Jacksonville

September 3rd, 2010
11:16 am

404

Whats more incredible is fans are dumb according to Richt for complaining about the short kickoffs.

I guess statistical analysis is wrong since it has been shown that over 90% of kickoffs that go into the endzone are never returned past the 25

atlvol55

September 3rd, 2010
11:16 am

Finally college football is here!!! I’ll have to admit, South Carolina looked pretty good last night. However, I still don’t trust Garcia on a consistent basis.

On a side note, did anyone watch USC (So. Cal) defense get destroyed for 600 yards and 36 points against Hawaii….Wonder what the Vegas odds are for Kiffin throwing Monte under the bus this year and firing him…maybe Monte will see what a POS son he raised.

Go Vols

404

September 3rd, 2010
11:17 am

The 12 North Carolina players suspended:

DT Marvin Austin,
CB Charles Brown,
CB Kendric Burney,
WR Greg Little,
DE Michael McAdoo
DE Robert Quinn
RB Shaun Draughn
DE Linwan Euwell
S Brian Gupton RB Ryan Houston
S Da’Norris Searcy
S Jonathan Smith.

When you have this many players in troible at one time,
it ALWAYS points to an academic scandal.

And Butch’s “nanny” seems to be a key part of it.

Nice knowing you Butch.

Paul in RDU

September 3rd, 2010
11:18 am

Dang – UNC is going to get creamed by LSU. Not only have they lost 9 of their starting D but they are down to about 1 scholarship RB. It’s going to be bloody in the Dome

Mutt Nonsense

September 3rd, 2010
11:19 am

DawginLex,

Ohhh….I get it now. It was all the big bad Prez’s fault. Richt wanted Grantham all along and clued you in from the beggining so you wouldn’t get thrown off by their attempts to hire some of the best DC’s in college football. Thanks for clearing it up for us. I don’t know what we’d do without your inside and personal knowledge of Mark Richt’s hiring methodology.

C’mon. Give us a break. Nice try, but no one’s buying. Just call it like it is and move on, we won’t think any less of you. Not getting the guy you want happens all the time. Apparently everything that goes wrong in the US is Pres. Adams, Obama’s, or Bush’s fault.

404

September 3rd, 2010
11:19 am

Will Muschamp go to LSU when Miles gets canned at season’s end?

Old School

September 3rd, 2010
11:20 am

I hope VA Tech opens up a major can on Boise. Another good game may be the Shillelagh Bowl (Irish/Boilermakers). Hallelujah football is here!

Paul in RDU

September 3rd, 2010
11:20 am

404
On top of the suspended players, there are 4 others who didn’t get on the bus.
That’s basically the entire starting D.

Four players, in addition to the other 12 named, were not seen getting on a team bus this morning: defensive starters Quan Sturdivant (LB), Bruce Carter (LB) and Deunta Williams (S) and running back Johnny White

Read more: http://blogs.newsobserver.com/accnow/15-unc-football-players-dont-make-trip-to-atlanta#ixzz0yTpa8yxt

DP

September 3rd, 2010
11:21 am

DawginLex comes through with some more Dawg logic. Kirby Smart won the Broyles award for the nation’s top assistant coach, he’s a Georgia alum, Georgia offered him $700K per year, Richt says he never had any issues with Damon “Red Panties” Evans, but Richt really didn’t want to hire Smart because he’s only a figurehead at Alabama.

DawginLex, what is your story going to be if Smart is the Georgia head coach in a couple of years?

5IML

September 3rd, 2010
11:21 am

Mutt,

Evans is/was not the president. He was the AD (Athletics Director). Adams is the president.

Other than that, you post was spot on.

DIT

September 3rd, 2010
11:22 am

atlvol55

I forgot about that game. What was the score between USC & Hawaii?

BIGDAWG

September 3rd, 2010
11:22 am

I don’t understand everyone saying S.CAR has 2 extra days to prepare. They don’t even know what they are up against until they get film and that will not be until tomorrow or Sunday. As for the game it will be close, all of them are. Don’t get confused in the fact that S’ern Miss. is picked to win their conference. I would be a little more worried if S’ern Miss was picked to win the Big 11 now that Nebraska will be gone, but I’m not losin any sleep over Conference USA.

Mustang sally

September 3rd, 2010
11:22 am

damn

6 players on defense including the starting d-line
2 starting rbs,
1 starting wr

good night carolina.

DawginLex

September 3rd, 2010
11:22 am

I’m not saying that Richt wouldn’t have taken those other guys. My point was that Richt was being pushed by Evans to hire a big name. Richt clearly wanted Grantham. I’m not dumb enough to believe that Grantham taught Saban anything. He clearly learned under Saban and other coaches.

fishtales

September 3rd, 2010
11:23 am

Smart WILL be the next UGA coach when Richt leaves/retires/gets fired/moves on. Then all the nasty things said about him on these very blogs when he turned Richt down will all be magically forgotten.

DawginLex

September 3rd, 2010
11:27 am

Some of you folks need a reading comprehension class.

In review:

Evans wanted a big name as DC
He pushed richt to contact the big names.
Richt wanted Grantham
The big names didn’t bite.
Richt got who he wanted.

Where did I say that I was blaming anybody?

DawginLex

September 3rd, 2010
11:29 am

USC 49
Hawaii 36

588 YARDS FOR HAWAII!!

DIT

September 3rd, 2010
11:29 am

Always tough to judge how good a team is after just one game. An out of Conference game at that. I’m glad SC won big. Hopefully, that will get us ready for next week. It will be a Dawg fight in Columbia as always. SC is not to be taken lightly this year. They will be strong. The winner of next week sets an early tone for the East.
Of course let’s just take care of tomorrow and pray that no one else gets arrested. Good grief!