Georgia nips Gamecocks on a late field goal

 We went 9-1 the first week because we thought Virginia Tech would take care of Boise, which the Hokies almost did. But now it starts to get interesting with perhaps the best slate of second-week games that I’ve ever seen. So let’s get on with the Fearless Friday Forecast. Feel free to disagree with any picks, but if you do disagree, tell me WHY I’m wrong:

1. Georgia at South Carolina: Both teams looked very impressive in their openers (against bad teams) last week and the winner of this one gets an early lead in what appears to be a wide open SEC East. Georgia will welcome the return of running back Washaun Ealey but not wide receiver A.J. Green, who has been suspended for four games. The key here will be Georgia’s ability to run the ball effectively and take a wild crowd at Williams-Brice Stadium out of the game. This is the first SEC road game for Georgia QB Aaron Murray. You don’t want to ask him to do too much. I think Georgia will run the ball effectively and get a late field goal from Blair Walsh to win. Georgia 17, South Carolina 14.

2. Georgia Tech at Kansas: Kansas, under first-year coach Turner Gill, really stumbled out of the gate last week losing to North Dakota State 6-3. For the Jayhawks that 2007 trip to the Orange Bowl must seem like a million years ago. Georgia Tech is only going to get better as the offensive line continues to jell and Al Groh’s defense grows more confident. On what is a big weekend for the ACC, the Jackets do their part with win a road game against the Big 12. Georgia Tech 35, Kansas 10.

3. Florida State at Oklahoma: For a team that is ranked in everybody’s Top 10, Oklahoma sure did struggle last week in barely getting by Utah State. The Sooners are better than that with quarterback Landry Jones and a 1,000-yard rusher in DeMarco Murray. Florida State was impressive in its opener against Samford, but I’m afraid new defensive coordinator Mark Stoops, brother of Oklahoma head coach Bob Stoops, doesn’t have the athletes to win a game like this on the road. Oklahoma 28, Florida State 17.

4. Miami at Ohio State: Brady Ackerman, my broadcast partner at CSS, tells me the Hurricanes have the right stuff to go up to the Horseshoe and win this game. Miami does have a bunch of good looking athletes and when quarterback Jacory Harris is playing well, the ‘Canes are tough to beat. But I just can’t see Miami going on the road and winning in such a tough atmosphere. So I’m going with the Buckeyes. But I’m not going to be shocked if Miami finds a way to win. Ohio State 17, Miami 14.

5. Penn State at Alabama: The Crimson Tide will be without two of its best players, running back Mark Ingram on offense and end Marcell Dareus on defense. Normally, that would mean trouble when you’re playing Penn State anywhere. But Penn State has a true freshman at quarterback, Robert Bolden, who looked pretty good last week in his debut at home against Youngstown State. But young Mr. Bolden will find out that playing in front of 101,000 of your fans is a lot different than playing in front of 101,000 of theirs. Alabama 24, Penn State 14.

6. South Florida at Florida: Florida beat Miami of Ohio last week but it sure didn’t feel like a win for the fans in The Swamp. That’s because the Gators had a grand total of 25 yards of total offense after three quarters. And did we mention that they bobbled the center-quarterback exchange 13 times? With a trip to Tennessee coming up next week there is a lot that needs to get fixed at Florida. Saturday begins that process. Florida 35, South Florida 10.

7. Oregon at Tennessee: The Ducks, who return 17 starters from a Rose Bowl team, were supposed to take something of a dip after losing quarterback Jeremiah Masoli. But even without their best offensive player, running back LaMichael James (suspension), Oregon was unstoppable against New Mexcio, winning 72-0. This is where Tennessee’s personnel gaps really begin to show. Tennessee fights hard at home but Oregon has too many athletes. Oregon 24, Tennessee 10.

8. Michigan at Notre Dame: Quarterback Denard Robinson gave Michigan fans reason to hope for a better season and coach Rich Rodriguez hope that he could keep his job when the Wolverines beat UConn last week. Notre Dame had a pedestrian win over Purdue in Brian Kelly’s debut as head coach. I just get the sense that Kelly saved a little something special for Michigan. This guy can coach. Notre Dame 24, Michigan 20.

9. LSU at Vanderbilt: Les Miles and the boys were very fortunate that they didn’t get beat by an undermanned North Carolina team at the Georgia Dome last Saturday. I saw a couple of things that really concerned me about LSU: No.1, they still can’t run the football effectively. No. 2, the defense of John Chavis is not as athletic as I thought it was going to be (aside from All-World cornerback Patrick Peterson). Still the Tigers go to 1-0 in the SEC. LSU 31, Vanderbilt 13.

10. Ole Miss at Tulane: It’s a little early in the season to have “must wins” but after losing to Division I-AA Jacksonville State last week, Ole Miss has to shake off the rust and blow Tulane out of the Superdome. Last week was a very strange one for Ole Miss, which began the week thinking quarterback Jeremiah Masoli would not be eligible and by Friday he was. The Rebels right the ship in New Orleans. Ole Miss 42, Tulane 14.

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536 comments Add your comment

LawDawg

September 10th, 2010
4:01 pm

UGA rolls over tomorrow

LawDawg

September 10th, 2010
4:02 pm

stop……Thats not me, i love USC

Damon Good Dog Evans

September 10th, 2010
4:03 pm

your all jealous

Woostock Dawg

September 10th, 2010
4:03 pm

The difference in the UGA-SC game will be the new DC Grantham. The Junkyard Dawg Defense is back, and it’s about time! The “bend don’t break” mentality is gone and Garcia and Lattimore are in for a tough day. On offense King and Ealey will control the tempo and the clock so Murray won’t have to throw too often.
UGA 24 – SC 20

Tech Magnet

September 10th, 2010
4:04 pm

all you UGA homers can kiss it

Alphare

September 10th, 2010
4:10 pm

I thought that handler thief is a UGA homer, it turns out it’s an equal opportunity offender.

Tide Rising

September 10th, 2010
4:16 pm

DawginLex,

That;s a reasonable post. I picked USC to win tomorrow based on the different qb situation. I gotta go with a more seasoned qb than a freshman.

Georgia is much more powerful, especially on the O-line. More and better athletes too. But I don’t think the difference in athletes between USC and the rest of the top tier SEC teams is as big as it used to be though. They’ve closed the talent gap somewhat between themselves and UGA, BAMA, UF, LSU. I’m also expecting my Tide, Florida, and pretty much everyone to have a hard time with USC this year.

But if Georgia wins and Murray looks pretty comfortable and manages the game well then watch out. Could mean it will be a big year for the dawgs. .

Woostock Dawg

September 10th, 2010
4:21 pm

if Mike O’Cain was to work with Nesbitt like he helped Tyrod Taylor, just think of the possibility

things are looking up

September 10th, 2010
4:24 pm

of course GA has the better O-line, look at recruiting over the past 3 years, and the better running game, guys we are talking about two different leagues of teams. SC just doesn’t have the horses, even with Garcia, to keep up with the dogs

Corninmypooh

September 10th, 2010
4:31 pm

Tide Rising -

Your post is decent as well. Personally, I think the talent of Murray overshadows his inexperience. Garcia has proven to struggle when he’s playing from his backside. I think Grantham is going to dial-up the pressure from ways Garcia has not seen yet and he’ll get frustrated. The difference in this game is Georgia’s defense and the return of Washaun Ealey.

gdawginkalamazoo

September 10th, 2010
4:33 pm

Tide Rising, yes normally I would give the edge to the experienced QB in any SEC competition like this. The only exception I make is when Garcia is involved. The kid just ain’t that smart.

gdawginkalamazoo

September 10th, 2010
4:35 pm

Same with Ohio State and Tyrell Pryor. He just ain’t that smart.

things are looking up

September 10th, 2010
4:38 pm

Is USCe in the SEC??

Bill Powell

September 10th, 2010
4:40 pm

Loran,whatdayagot? is priceless ! The best nickname on the net for sure. I miss hearing Larry-the best ever and oh yea, Roll Tide baby !

Tide Rising

September 10th, 2010
4:41 pm

Corninmypooh,

What a handle. I watched Georgia last week but not real closely since I was also trying to watch 5 other asskickings at the same time. Correct me if I’m wrong but I didn’t see Grantham dial up a lot of blitzes or anything. I guess he just wasn’t going to show his hand before the USC game. The few passes that I saw Murray make he was pretty accurate, especially the td in the end zone flat.

SILLY UGA FANS

September 10th, 2010
4:44 pm

These picks are horrible LSU over Vandy really, I MEAN REALLY!!!!!!!!!!
If USC can stack the line and stop UGAs rushing attack I would love to see what Murray can really do. I think FSU will suprise OU if Ponder can play the game he is capable of and picks the secondary apart.

Tide Rising

September 10th, 2010
4:45 pm

gdawginzoo,

I LMAO off on that one and you do have a point. We are after all talking about Garcia. And he aint none too bright. We’ll call it a general rule that you go with the more experienced qb in a game unless Garcia is playing. It will be known as the Garcia exception

Terrelle Pryor I wouldn’t know enough about him to know if he’s dumb or not. I do know he is vastly overrated and overhyped. Its been that way since he was a sr in high school. This guy aint all that.

Bill Curry

September 10th, 2010
4:45 pm

Here’s hoping that Turner Gill and Kansas find their stride on Saturday!

Yellow Jacket

September 10th, 2010
4:51 pm

@ Tony Barnhart “We went 9-1 the first week because we thought Virginia Tech would take care of Boise.”

Is this supposed to mean that you guys are great at predicting outcomes of games or something? Because just so you know last Saturday was the weekend where all the crappy teams play the big teams and even my one year old son could tell you who was going to win. So just so you know, that opening comment does not give your predictions any credibility what so ever. Just saying

Yellow Fuzz

September 10th, 2010
4:56 pm

You heard it from me first-

45-42 South Carolina

Yellow Jacket

September 10th, 2010
5:02 pm

and there is no way UGAY will beat USC, UGA needs to just hang it up and come back next season. Your AD has embarrassed you, you have had 9 players arrested in the short offseason, please quit embarrassing us Georgians. You uGAY people make us look terrible to the outside states, maybe Tech needs to be the “team in the state”, maybe then we wont all be considered a bunch of drunk, irresponsible, redneck, idiots. You uGAY people give Georgians a bad rep. Get your act together up there in Athens, if not for yourself than do it for your state. It truly is a shame

Sugarpants Jacket

September 10th, 2010
5:06 pm

I hope all of you that are bashing and insulting gays feel real proud of yourself. GT has one of the largest homosexual fan bases of any team in the country. And they are dang proud of the support they get from the gay community too!!!

jones

September 10th, 2010
5:07 pm

Shocking. Jealous nerd fans predicting UGA will lose. Why don’t you worry about your surefire loss to the Gay Hawks there chumps.

Tech Magnet

September 10th, 2010
5:10 pm

No, the handle thief is a jacket. Was there really any doubt? He’s only trying to hide his allegiances by barely jacking one or two Tech fans names for a minute, but obviously that doesn’t last long.

dame

September 10th, 2010
5:16 pm

sugarpants, no one will argue with that. Tech definitely does have the most gay fans in the nation.

dawg day afternoon

September 10th, 2010
5:19 pm

Dawgs 42 – Pigeons 3

Rock Hard Coçks Fan

September 10th, 2010
5:27 pm

Gonna be lots of sad puppy dog fans in a few hours. Enjoy second place tomorrow.

itsmeagain

September 10th, 2010
5:36 pm

Seriously, i wanna see your take on Georgia State vs Lambuth!

Delusional dawg fans

September 10th, 2010
5:40 pm

Tide sinking,

You sound like a homer for the dawg fans acting like the midget is going to be a good qb your boyfriend a dawg fan or somethin

A bar of Soap

September 10th, 2010
5:41 pm

Dawgies will need to wash themselves real good after the beatdown they receive in the Columbia Heat. UGA’s rogues sure dont want to surpass Tennessee in staph infections Whew !!!

Harold S

September 10th, 2010
5:45 pm

I’ve never understood how anyone – even an alumnus – could support and take pride in UGA’s football team. When you look at their history for the past forty years, how can anyone ignore Jan Kemp and the “remedial studies” scam, the Jim Harrick fiasco, the DUIs in the athletic office, the DUIs and other arrests of players, the #1 party school tag (i.e., the most drunk students), the suspensions and outright dismissals, the Fulmer Cup, and on and on?

As disgraceful and humiliating as it is, I don’t see many alums and fans demanding an end to this sordid activity. It sets UGA apart as the kind of school most people abhor, and it’s become an embarrassment to the whole state of Georgia.

Will it never end? Apparently not while Mark Richt is at UGA. Richt is perhaps the biggest hypocrite in the United States. But even with all the cheating and lawlessness that he ignores, he still can’t win the SEC.

So you’re paying him to be BCS champions, but he can’t even win his SEC division. So why do you pay him millions of dollars a year?

Just asking.

Tony Barnhart

September 10th, 2010
5:45 pm

Georgia State 35: Lambuth 6. Panthers roll and prepare for a 10-yard fight against Jax State.

Gamec0ck Pete

September 10th, 2010
6:15 pm

On my way to see the Gamec0cks play and UGA without A Jay…… Garcia and Alshon Jeffries is gonna put on a clinic for the puppies along with the Marcus Latimore show ! Come on puppies and bring your pedestrian team to the Sandstorm !

BurningRedBleedingBlack

September 10th, 2010
7:20 pm

Dawgs have chicken wings for lunch, well as garcia lays a egg GO DAWGS!!!!

WISHED CALVIN JOHNSON WENT 2 UGA

September 10th, 2010
7:25 pm

CHICKEN OR ROOSTERS WHAT EVER SOUTH CAROLINA IS,THEY ARE GETTING BEAT BUDDY,WITH THEIR TIGHTEND RECEIVERS,AND REFS LOOKOUT FOR THE PUSHING OFF BY THE CAROLINA RECEIVERS,THATS THE ONLY WAY THEY GET OPEN!

WISHED CALVIN JOHNSON WENT 2 UGA

September 10th, 2010
7:28 pm

PASS RUSH THE WHOLE GAME DAWGS! DONT GIVE GARCIA ANYTIME!

Ramguy

September 10th, 2010
8:42 pm

Well I feel a little bit better now since Lou Holtz just picked SC just as he did Ohio St and ND. Then again maybe they just replayed his picks about those teams from the past several years.

tech NERDS

September 10th, 2010
8:48 pm

A win against Kansas would all but guarantee that tech sells more than 500 tickets to its next home game. I guess butt-ugly cheerleaders aren’t enough anymore.

SEC East is lame

September 10th, 2010
8:58 pm

Ho hum, one of the worst divisions of BCS football has one of it’s “big games” with two teams barely ranked. Chickens v. Clarke County Parolees is a pretty weak “big game.” Have you seen the rest of the Parolees schedule? It’s like 1-AA.

Bama will probably beat Penn St, but I wouldn’t be surprised if the Nittany Lions keep it close.
Oklahoma takes out Free Shoes U, but I think Ponder lets the Criminoles cover.
Tech takes out Kansas. It should be a rout.
Michigan over ND, that D can’t stop Rod’s QB.
Ohio State beats Miami, and proves Miami ain’t more than an 8 win team.
Oregon may be able to call their own number. Tennessee is in trouble, especially with Son of Cheat who failed at La Tech coaching them.

Gators take out USF, but it’s close. The Tebow hangover may last a while.
LeSU and Ole Miss? They can’t worry about style points, they just need to win against little competition.

Selling uniform to pseudo-agent = 4 game suspension
Criminal activity = Run Steps

Get it together NCAA.

Bama Fan #2

September 10th, 2010
9:13 pm

X-MAS has come early for me this year? UcheaT finally got the letter from the NCAA about
cheating in football and mens basketball. We all know Kiffin and Coach O was cheating the
first day they were hired by Mike Hamilton and how he is still AD after the mess with Kiffin.
Sorry General Neyland who I like but I have been waiting for something like this to happen
for 8 long years after Fulmer and Roy Kramer tried to get Bama the death penalty.
HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH!!!! RTR

Army of the Gators

September 10th, 2010
9:31 pm

UGA over USC 31-17
Bama over PSU 28-16
FSU over OU 21-17
Michigan over ND 24-17
Gators over USF 42-21

Good Luck to All
GO GATORS!!!

Boca Baby

September 10th, 2010
11:01 pm

A little historical perspective here. In twenty years SC has been victorious over UGA just five times. That’s right, five times. Richt has never lost in Columbia. And he won’t tomorrow. UGA 35-SC-9

jacketbrave

September 10th, 2010
11:49 pm

why do those UGA idiots keep callin us nerds? we sure did stomp that @$$ 2 years ago!. and h3ll! without us designing your school you wouldnt exist!

jacketbrave

September 10th, 2010
11:51 pm

boca baby,
take SC outta the picture… the old ball coach went 11-1 against UGA when @ fla and has really given yall a fit the past 20 years… ever heard of a UGA SC game with more than a 2 score differencial? NOPE plus! past doesnt matter SC 24 UGA 13

jacketbrave

September 11th, 2010
12:00 am

UGA is now as bad as miami… when you get all your pups outta the pound give me a call @ 1-800-kiss-@ss

Chuck Uga

September 11th, 2010
1:11 am

Spurrier is due to win a home game vs UGA before he retires (which will be soon). Also don’t see Murray getting through this game without some mistakes. Ealey will fumble a time or two. UGA won’t be winning anything again until they find an OC who can compete with the best of the best in the SEC. Nothing personal, but Bobo is no championship OC. Tomorrow begins the whispers of a change in Athens at the HC position. I sure hope I am very wrong. Just a gut feeling. Other than that, I think FSU and Ga Tech win big tomorrow. Bama, UF, Ohio St., LSU, Miss and Oregon will win.

Chuck Uga

September 11th, 2010
1:15 am

jacketbrave, look up IDIOT in the dictionary. You’ll see your photo right next to the word.

BTW, UGA won 18-0 in Columbia in 2006. Considering your lack of football knowledge, that’s more than a two score advantage. Typical ignorant Tech football fan. Not all of them, just a good percentage like this guy.

Chuck Uga

September 11th, 2010
1:18 am

Let’s add Harold S. to that category above. He apparently is unaware Mark Richt is 91-27 overall with FOUR SEC East titles and TWO SEC Championships. Yet still comes on here with a load of non-sense. Unbelievable.

Rocky Mountain Bulldog

September 11th, 2010
2:35 am

I am looking forward to the UGA vsC game and the Michigan vs ND games. They should both be thrillers!

GaCracker

September 11th, 2010
4:16 am

Tony – 2 17-14 picks – howw original!!??