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

YF

September 11th, 2010
6:37 am

Chris

September 11th, 2010
8:40 am

Tony……..I am picking two upsets out of your group of games. Starting with Miami over Ohio St. Ohio St always has trouble with teams who are very fast and Athletic. Just ask them about Texas and those teams from the SEC. Miami is that same kind of team and I think if Harris can keep from turning the ball over that the Buckeyes fall.
Everybody is acting like Notre Dame is back. Notre Dame still has to do alot to prove to me they are a contender again. I think Michigan has something to prove and they even played like it last week. I think they will have a strong running game again and limit the number of times Brian Kelly’s offense gets the ball. I think Michigan starts gaining some respect back this week when they win this game against the Irish.

Ford

September 11th, 2010
8:51 am

Tony,you are 9-2 after getting the AU vs. MSU game wrong. AUBURN won 17-14 btw.
MayBe now you will beGin to believe in AUBURN. AU just might be 11-0 going into the IRON BOWL with SPUAT! This is our year with a senior OL! An Elite QB! Great rb’s, a deep wr corps, a strong/quick dl, more lb’s, experienced db’s, senior k and p.

Watch out for the Auburn Tigers!

War Eagle!
Ford

Palladin

September 11th, 2010
9:57 am

@Ford

Seriously? You can’t be serious.

Auburn was lucky to escape Starkville with a W. There were only two sustained offensive drives in the entire game. Auburn had one on the opening kickoff and State had one on the opening kickoff of the second half. The balance of points scored were directly attributable to turnovers.

The star of your senior O-line was taken out of the game early on. Your QB is an “elite” hotdog. Auburn has shown in both of this season’s games that they still can’t tackle. The Tigers are setting records for stupid penalties.

And all of this leads you to brag about barely escaping defeat at the hands of the perennial bottom-feeder of the SEC West?

Ha! At least it wasn’t Vandy…

Penn State- todays victim of "the process"

September 11th, 2010
11:43 am

Tide rolls 31-10

Palladin

September 11th, 2010
12:42 pm

Georgia and South Carolina both look pretty good so far. Coach Bowden, on ESPN Gameday, said that the keys to the big games today are home field advantage and experience at quarterback. If he’s right, then that doesn’t bode well for the Dawgs.

I noticed that the Jackets are tied at 7 — who are they playing? Some team out West, isn’t it?

Palladin

September 11th, 2010
12:56 pm

Wow! I didn’t think that Florida had a “big game” today. It’s looking pretty big right now.

Palladin

September 11th, 2010
1:46 pm

Is James Madison the new Boise State?

stendek

September 11th, 2010
3:26 pm

FIRE MARK RICHT! Tell him to hit road. Tell him to take his Bible with him! Bulldogs will never be more than a middle of pack group with the clueless loser at helm! Clean house of all coaches with exception of defensive coordinator! Mike Dodo should have been gone last season. Six points? Six points! Totally unacceptable. Sit that idiot fumbling running back #3 on bench. Revoke his scholarship! Worthless untalented commode residue. This was completely unacceptable to true Bulldog supporters. Another season down toilet! Thanks Mark! AMEN.

tim

September 11th, 2010
3:34 pm

loved watching the puppy offense or should I say the offensive juggernaught that put up 6 friggin points you sorry, sorry dogs…how does Murray look now ladies? Wait till Mallett is done with your sorry asses

dale morphy

September 11th, 2010
3:36 pm

I’m so done defending Richt. His teams consistently underperform. He consistently gets outcoached. He runs a sloppy, undisciplined program. Now that his recruiting classes aren’t super great, he is getting exposed. Start the search now for his replacement. 5-6 season should convince the rest of you I’m right.

realistic

September 11th, 2010
3:41 pm

i was suprised by murray today, kids got talent. I didnt see enough play makers on offense but sc is no slouch on d. As for the d it seemed as the correct plays and game plan were inacted but poor tackling or just out maned either way congrats to sc lattimore is a beast, but i think murray will have revenge next year.

realistic

September 11th, 2010
3:45 pm

murray looked good no way around it. UGA will win championships with him.

SEC Fact Checker(the real one)

September 11th, 2010
4:10 pm

Well Well..the FL. Gators looke horrible for 30 minutes…then the last 30 the finally go all Dempd and
win one…

Does anyone else think Randy Shannon of Miami could be a Wayans brother?

SEC Fact Checker(the real one)

September 11th, 2010
4:11 pm

should have typed “looked”

SEC Fact Checker(the real one)

September 11th, 2010
4:13 pm

That Boise State win over VT looks a little less spectacular now VT loses to JMU…

Dawgturd

September 11th, 2010
4:19 pm

Dawgs? What dawgs? :-)

Puhleeze, Saint Mark, put Wash-Out Ealey in every game!!! Hey, let him play quarterback too!!!

WhurzMJacketFanz

September 11th, 2010
5:48 pm

They still might win the ACC!

JT

September 11th, 2010
6:10 pm

Dawgs are in for a rough year, bubba…

TrueCrimson

September 11th, 2010
7:04 pm

These are the moments that we will remember.

RTR!!!

lawzoo

September 11th, 2010
8:43 pm

Hope you and your lapdawg Sclablaaaach enjoyed this Barnyard. This will be the best you will do for a while, HOMER!

Poop

September 11th, 2010
9:41 pm

@Ford

Dont forget about week four, I dont know about 11-0 by the iron bowl

Tim E

September 12th, 2010
12:23 am

Bama is for real again…

Call IT

September 12th, 2010
1:50 am

So much for NIPS.

LMAO!

Red Panties

September 12th, 2010
7:51 am

Tony,

You got that right about the field goal, too bad that’s all they got, both of them.

Ford

September 12th, 2010
9:37 am

7-3 straight up is OK Tony, but you are losing games because of a homer bias. UGa was never going to beat USC in WB this year. it wasn’t close. UGA is 2 years away from fielding a defensive team to fit their DC’s 3-4 scheme.

Ga Tech has huge problems on D. They can’t tackle which is customary for a Paul Johnson team.

You would have fared much worse vs. the spread this week.

Here’s a little SEC CFB advice. SPUAT, AU, LSU, ARKY, USC and UF are good teams, all other SEC teams will struggle vs. those teams. Pick accordingly…

Oh and BTW, the ACC is TERRIBLE! Pick against all ACC in non-conference games starting with Clemson will lose to Auburn in Jordan Hare Stadium this Saturday. I assume that is a big enough game to be included in your picks this week, even though it is Auburn and you are bowing to Saban way too much these days…

You are great covering CFB Tony, but your bias/opinions are not sound. Stick to reporting and leave the picking to the side…You would have lost a lot of money this week Tony vs. the Spread. You also picked MSU to beat AU, how did that turn out for ya’?

WDE

ET

September 12th, 2010
10:18 am

Georgia will be OK this season. You’ve got a freshman QB that is only going to get better as he learns the system. Green is back in 2 weeks. You should be back to full strength at RB nest week. The defense isn’t as bad as they looked yesterday. Hey they sacked SC’s QB 5 times. SC will lose at least 2 conference games & probably more. They play Alburn & Bama back-to-back this year. They can’t possibly win both of those. Between Arkansas, Fla, Kentucky, Tennessee they are going to lose at least one of those. SC implodes the second half of the year every year. They will do it again this year. I know, I’m a Carolina fan, but I’m a realist also.

Palladin

September 12th, 2010
10:28 am

@Ford

“You are great covering CFB Tony, but your bias/opinions are not sound. Stick to reporting and leave the picking to the side…You would have lost a lot of money this week Tony vs. the Spread. You also picked MSU to beat AU, how did that turn out for ya’?”

What was the “Spread” on that game? That one probably would have been a winner for Tony if he was a betting man. Auburn, LSU and Arkansas have yet to do anything to prove that they are contenders. Florida didn’t get over it’s Tebow hangover until the second half of yesterday’s game.

Who would have thought that Alabama would be facing the best team in the ACC next weekend?

Scott "Phillip" Wallace

September 12th, 2010
10:29 am

The mutts are PATHETIC! What a total a$$ whipping. Nice run defense Grantham. Richt looks like he packed on a few as well.

Now everyone knows why Kirby Smart stayed at Alabama.

Palladin

September 12th, 2010
10:40 am

@Scott “Phillip” Wallace

Kirby’s last name says it all…

I still think that Georgia is better than they were last season. It would help if they stopped shooting themselves in the foot with stupid disciplinary problems. Having AJ on the field yesterday would have made a difference.

Palladin

September 12th, 2010
11:39 am

SEC Stock Report:

Alabama – UP – A 24-3 victory over PSU is good. Breaking Penn State’s 17 game streak of not allowing a +100 yard rusher with their backup RB is excellent.

Next Up: Duke

Auburn – UP – A win is a win. There’s not much else to say about this victory over MSU.

Next Up: Clemson

Arkansas – UP – A 31-7 victory over Louisiana-Monroe keeps hope alive in Arkansas.

Next Up: Georgia

Florida – UP – South Florida gave the Gators a game in the first half. The second half looked more like the Florida that people expect to see. Florida wins 38-14.

Next Up: Tennessee

Georgia – DOWN – Georgia played a decent game in their 17-6 loss to South Carolina. One is left to wonder whether a full roster would have made a difference for the Dawgs.

Next Up: Arkansas

Kentucky – UP – The Cats defeat Western Kentucky 62-28.

Next Up: Akron

LSU – UP – A 27-3 win over Vandy prevents Coach Miles from losing his hat — so far.

Next Up: Mississippi State

Mississippi – UP – A 27-13 win over the Green Wave is a step in the right direction. Okay… it’s only a baby step, but it’s a step.

Next Up: Vandy

Mississippi State – DOWN – A very close loss to Auburn is not enough to take the Bulldogs out of the SEC West basement.

Next Up: LSU

South Carolina – UP – The Georgia vs. SC game is in the process of becoming a legitimate rivalry. South Carolina’s 17-6 victory places them firmly in second place for the SEC East.

Next Up: Furman

Tennessee – DOWN – Tennessee hung with the Ducks longer than most would have expected. In the end, not enough depth on this Volunteer squad. Oregon prevails 48-13.

Next Up: Florida

Vanderbilt – DOWN – A loss is a loss. LSU 27 – Vandy 3.

Next Up: Ole Miss

Marcus Lattimore

September 12th, 2010
5:29 pm

182 yards later- “Is that all they got?”

TB nailed it

September 12th, 2010
7:22 pm

GA did win by a field goal, but SC had two TD’s.

Alphare

September 12th, 2010
7:26 pm

This just shows that you cannot have your emotion overcome you when you make a pick.

I was about to pick Miami and FSU if anybody asked me. Those would be emotional picks because I don’t really know a whole lot about them and their opponents.

But I correctly picked SC over UGA. I just feel Lattimore is better than Ealey (kudo to me), Garcia is better than Murray (not quite), I also said SC had no good receivers but UGA had no Green (kudo to me).

I was dead on with Lattimore. He is the biggest difference maker. I was also dead on with receiver comments as UGA did not score a single touchdown, and SC relied heavily on Lattimore.

Loran, whatdayagot?

September 12th, 2010
9:14 pm

`
That boBo offense and grantHam defense
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Looked awful !

Cardinal Sin

September 13th, 2010
8:57 am

LMAO!!!!! NIPS?

GA will be 6 – 6 at the end of the season.

FL wins the East again in 2010!

Enough Said!