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

hmmm......

September 10th, 2010
10:03 am

Is the Nesbitt Heisman campaign for real or just a cruel joke?

TommyP

September 10th, 2010
10:04 am

Taylor Jones? Who is that????? Pretty bad that “Mr. CollegeFootball” wouldn’t know the QB of one of his preseason top 10 picks.

Someone start the “favorite counter” on Tony’s picks this year. I’ll bet he’s close to 100% on picking favorites.

miff

September 10th, 2010
10:05 am

@ eddd,

Yeah, all those automobile misdemeanors are the root of the problem. Nice try bug fan.

Gatorzone

September 10th, 2010
10:06 am

Tony picks a lot of favorites..
My upset specials:
FSU over OU
UM over OSU
Mich over ND

Go Gators!!!

robodawg

September 10th, 2010
10:09 am

The bug fans will be crowing that they went on the road and clobbered a Big 12 team. They’ll ignore the fact that it was KANSAS.

DIT

September 10th, 2010
10:09 am

It get’s tiresome for most of us on here to have to listen to the handful of tech and handful of UGA posters on here that carry on like a bunch of juveniles. It would be nice just for once to have a civil conversation about the weekend games.

I just can’t agree about the upset alert on UF. I have a feeling that Pouncey has been snapping the ball to Brantley since 4am Monday. I think he has learned his lesson. I live in Tampa and am familar with USF, but I think UF wins by 3 TD’s

Again, love to see UT whup the Ducks!

AJ Green

September 10th, 2010
10:10 am

Who the hell knew you weren’t allowed to sell your own damned shirt? I had zero cash and somebody offered me a grand for a $20 shirt. Why is that wrong? I STILL don’t get it. Memorabilia my azz! It was just grocery money for a sweaty piece of nylon to me. I’ll be back kickin it at Colorado though. Count on that!

fez

September 10th, 2010
10:11 am

DIT,

Then start your own blog and regulate as you see fit. Until then, get your thongs out of a wad you big cry baby. No one cares what you think.

SOGADOG

September 10th, 2010
10:11 am

FSU beats Oklahoma 31 to 24 because Ponder, (a very good quarterback) will be throwing the ball against OK’s secondary that is coached by Willie Martinez, (a very bad coach). I agree with the other picks, but UGA may be the one to lose on the last minute field goal.

Collered

September 10th, 2010
10:12 am

if only AJ had been busted in an FBI drug sting or raped some women. Then he’d be just fine with the NCAA.

DIT

September 10th, 2010
10:12 am

Obviously you care fez. Name suits you perfectly!

KOOL

September 10th, 2010
10:13 am

Tell you where you’re wrong?… OK, Choklahoma’s QB’s name is not Taylor Landry…

Marc

September 10th, 2010
10:13 am

I think the Big 12 is going to have a horrible year this year. OK and Texas will be way down

MURPHY

September 10th, 2010
10:13 am

DIT,
I agree with u.

How nice would it be to have UT win and be set for the Gaytors to come to Knoxville. I am by no means a Gaytor or Rocky Top fan. I love my Dawgs.I think it is cool to see all the support for UT on this blog today. Maybe its not that we Dawgs support UT,maybe its because we want to see Dooley be successful. Either way I hope the Vols put it on the Ducks!

Gatorzone

September 10th, 2010
10:15 am

DIT, I think they have been working on the snap since last Saturday night. I agree, problem will be solved this week and UF will open it up. They definitely will not take USF lightly and will be focused!

DIT

September 10th, 2010
10:15 am

I’m a Dawgs fan as well MURPHY. Even though UT is a rival they did not deserve what LK did to them. I want to see all Southern schools take it to the Pac-10 every chance they get!

fez

September 10th, 2010
10:16 am

Not really. I just like making fun of self-loving a-holes that think faceless strangers on an internet blog should act civil and courteous and not hurt your over sensitive feelings. Get off your soapbox dude and get a life.

DIT

September 10th, 2010
10:17 am

Too many Athletes and a good coaching staff Gatorzone.
They will get better as the year goes on. Hopefully my Dawgs will as well. I like what I see so far. October game should be a good one!

Gatorzone

September 10th, 2010
10:17 am

Murphy, how grown up of you… Why do so many dawg fans call the UF the “Gaytors?” why not throw in a Jort comment while you are at it?

BLANKS

September 10th, 2010
10:18 am

DIT –

You want manners, go on the cooking blog. This one is meant for men to talk about football and talk some smack. Don’t stink it up with your queerdom.

Dirty Dawg

September 10th, 2010
10:18 am

I suppose Georgia could very well lose tomorrow, but lose big? Nothing about the history of this game says it…nothing about the showing from both clubs last week says it…we ain’t talking about Spurrier and Florida versus Goff and Georgia…in other words, I ain’t buying it. I think Georgia has too many quality athletes at key positions and that includes people on the defensive side of the ball that will, in Jim Donnan’s words, ‘knock their d**ks off’. So we’ll curl up to the big-screen, pop open a twelve-pack or so, and see what happens. Remember folks, Noon ain’t Night in Columbia.

DIT

September 10th, 2010
10:19 am

In other words fez your a coward and get to use big words because your all by yourself. I stated a FACT and you don’t like it. Lets move on!

BLANKS

September 10th, 2010
10:19 am

maybe because you are the GAYtors? Gainesville is the only town in American where you can still find grown men wearing tight, cut-off jean shorts.

SecGuy

September 10th, 2010
10:20 am

Actually Martinez was not a bad secondary coach, he was just in over his head at DC. I see the same thing at Florida now with OC Adazzio. He’s likely gone after this year.

MURPHY

September 10th, 2010
10:20 am

Gatorzone,

I feel sorry for USF. The gators are gonna put a whippin on the Bulls. At least I hope they do? Would be sad to see UF perform as they did last week. I do not like to see SEC teams lose out of conference games.Makes us all look bad.

DIT

September 10th, 2010
10:20 am

BLANKS I have no problem with the smack talking. I have done it myself, but some of it is so juvenile that it’s the same tiresome thing over and over. Get some new material.

fez

September 10th, 2010
10:21 am

LOL!!!! Coward? Big words? I simply stated the facts. Most guys on here don’t want a whiny, bitchy troop master. Just keep your girly feelings to yourself and talk football. But don’t think for a minute anyway cares to abide by your silly homosexual rules.

fez

September 10th, 2010
10:21 am

blanks,

Amen brotha!!!!

Lowcountry Bulldawg

September 10th, 2010
10:21 am

Blank,

That was funny!

MURPHY

September 10th, 2010
10:22 am

Gatorzone,

Its habit. I spared u in my last post though.

BLANKS

September 10th, 2010
10:22 am

The go somewhere else since no one on here is trying to entertain you

DIT

September 10th, 2010
10:23 am

Have to admit the cooking blog was funny!

BLANKS

September 10th, 2010
10:23 am

UF will be UF. I don’t think they will be as unbeatable now without Tebow, but they certainly will not look as bad as they did last weekend.

BLANKS

September 10th, 2010
10:25 am

UGA/USC will be a battle as always, though I suspect a very low scoring one this go around

fez

September 10th, 2010
10:26 am

Green would be great to have tomorrow, but I think Durham and King will be nice fill-ins until we get to the meat of the schedule

DIT

September 10th, 2010
10:26 am

Do you guys really think that Ohio State and Miami will be that close? Not an OSU fan, but will give credit where credit is due. I think they will win by 14! OSU does not lose until they play someone in the SEC.

Lewis Grizzard

September 10th, 2010
10:27 am

ALPHARE said:

“Garcia is better than Murray” NO HE’S NOT.

“Lattimore is better than Ealey” NO HE’S NOT.

“SC has no good receiver” TRUE

“UGA has no AJGreen” TRUE, but they have Kris Durham, Tavarres King, Marlon Brown, Orson Charles, Israel Troupe, Logan Gray, Aron White, and Rantavious Wooten

reservoirDAWG

September 10th, 2010
10:27 am

Go DAWGS and anyone playing the Irish.

reservoirDAWG

September 10th, 2010
10:29 am

I look for Orson to have a big day tomorrow. After I get back from shooting birds I will crack a cold one and watch the game.

MURPHY

September 10th, 2010
10:29 am

DIT,

I have picked the U to beat The Ohio State University! I think Miami is just as talented and will pull the upset.

GeneralNeyland96

September 10th, 2010
10:29 am

Many thanks for the well-wishe directed towards Knoxville this weekend…..This one would be especially sweet given the number of Oregon Trolls that have invaded the UT blogs this week. I wonder if ducks like crow?

DIT

September 10th, 2010
10:30 am

If the Dawgs win it will because:
1. Our Defense is for real
2. We throw to our tight ends underneath.
3. The obvious one is run the ball 30 to 35 times effectively!

I’m not asking for much!

gdawginkalamazoo

September 10th, 2010
10:33 am

Damn kickoff at noon tomorrow? I hate Jim Beam with my cornflakes but I guess it will have to do.

The Most Interesting Man Alive

September 10th, 2010
10:34 am

USC 27 UGA 23
GT 37 Kansas 21
OU 31 FSU 27
UM 26 OSU 24
Bama 37 PSU 10
Gators 34 USF 26
Oregon 26 UT 12
Michigan 31 ND 18
LSU 27 Vandy 12
Ole Miss 37 Tulane 24

UGA Insider

September 10th, 2010
10:35 am

Big Tone,

I like your picks especially UGA. All of the talking heads over at ESPN are picking USC because of the size of their receiver’s and talent etc. What they have not seen is the heart of this UGA team and their desire to accomplish all of their goals. I think the noon start time is going to be a plus for us and I think we will surprise their defense with our other receiver’s who are eligible. By 2:00 the USC faithful will be leaving the stadium in droves. 42-10 UGA. I also predict 3 sacks for Justin Houston and SEC defensive player of the week.

AFinPC

September 10th, 2010
10:35 am

South Carolina beats UGA. Aaron Murray looks like the RS-Freshman he is and throws 3 picks.
FSU upsets Oklahoma, and OUs QB is Landry Jones, not Taylor Landry, but he could be Joe Schmo when Greg Reid and company harass him all day.

DIT

September 10th, 2010
10:35 am

MURPHY
It has been 7 years since I have moved from Atlanta. I can’t remember the OSU fan base in Atlanta, but here in Tampa there are a ton of OSU fans. Use to work with a couple of them. The one thng I have always enjoyed is watching them pi$$ & moan after they lose. They are the biggest cry babies in CF that I have ever witnessed. So it would be good to see the U pull it out.

DawginLex

September 10th, 2010
10:35 am

Georgia 19 SC 17
GT 42 Kansas 27
FSU 34 OU 27 and Stoops fires willie
Miami 24 OSU 23 (ref calls pass interference in the endzone with .02 left and Miami kicks winning FG on last play0
Bama 28 PSU 14
florida 21 SF 20
Oregon 29 UT 28(OT)
ND 42 Michigan 24 (Rich Rod resumes flying)
LSU 28 Vandy 10
Ole Miss 49 Tulane 7

robodawg

September 10th, 2010
10:36 am

I agree on Georgia winning on a late field goal. But I don’t see the running game being effective until the 4th quarter when the SC defense wears down. I expect Ellis Johnson will stack the box and try to make Aaron Murray carry the load of the offense. S Carolina always has some good athletes and great coaching, and on top of that, this date is always circled on their calendar. But Georgia typically wins this one with superior depth. Add to that our edge in the kicking game, and I see this year being no different.

I do think FSU will score more points than you allow. I have a feeling that between FSU or Miami, one of them will pull out the upset on the road. Not sure which one, but I’m leaning toward FSU.

DawginLex

September 10th, 2010
10:38 am

Saunders being out for SC is bigger than Green being out for Georgia.
It will be the difference.