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

secisfootball

September 10th, 2010
10:38 am

AU was lucky to get by last night.

USC will beat UGA on Saturday but at least 7.

BAMA prediction pretty fair.

Oregon is going to run UT off the field.

Michigan is going beat ND

OU will bounce back and beat FSU

Upset pick….The U!!!

robodawg

September 10th, 2010
10:39 am

Has anyone noticed that trying to post a comment with Gamec***s in it gets censored out?

MURPHY

September 10th, 2010
10:39 am

DIT,

Yeah it would be nice. I moved from Athens 11 years ago to Gaytor land here in Fla. These Gaytor fans as u know luv to see me comming with my UGA stuff on. October should be a little more fun for us this year. We hope! But the again we always say next year when it comes to that game.

fez

September 10th, 2010
10:40 am

DIT,

I never buy into the Big 10 hoopla. The media is, has always been, one huge Big 10 homer. The SEC has clearly been the most dominate conference since realignment of 1992. Even with the two years that an SEC team was robbed from a title shot. Just because the Big 10 FINALLY had one good bowl showing last year doesn’t mean that they are all at once world beaters.

Miami is still a year or two away from being the Miami of old, but at the same time I wouldn’t be the least bit surprised if they beat the Suckeyes.

BLANKS

September 10th, 2010
10:40 am

DawginLex,

Sauders is definitely out?

BLANKS

September 10th, 2010
10:42 am

secisfootball,

Wow. I think most people would go the exact opposite way with everything you just said. I hope you aren’t putting your life savings down on any of your projections. I mean….wow……

MikeP

September 10th, 2010
10:42 am

Quote: “Programming note: I’ll be in Birmingham for today’s “Barnhart and Durham Show” (10 a.m., 790 The Zone). Among our guests will be Paul Finebaum of the Paul Finebaum Radio Network. Please join us.”

So now the AJC has descended to the level of associating with Paul Slimebomb? Be sure to take some of that hand cleaner stuff and shower well after the show. You don’t want any of that stuff sticking on you.

DIT

September 10th, 2010
10:43 am

Thanks for the insight fez!
Big 10 usually does show their true colors playing agaisnt the SEC in the Bowls.

DIT

September 10th, 2010
10:44 am

Gotta run! Good luck to the SEC tomorrow and GO DAWGS!

moniker

September 10th, 2010
10:44 am

the one thing about Murray that scares me the most is that I noticed on a number of plays last Saturday he seems too lackadaisical when he turns his back to the OL. As though he doesn’t expect for anyone to get through there and touch him. I hope this was pointed out to him during film work this week. He definitely needs to be more alert.

fez

September 10th, 2010
10:47 am

What is OSU now, 0-9 vs. the SEC in bowls? Shameful, yet the media just pretends like it never happened. Same with Boise during their 3 contests with an SEC team the past 10 years.

Miles

September 10th, 2010
10:49 am

SC will beat Georgia…ESPN Gameday is using this weekend in Tuscaloosa as a warmup for the big battle in Tuscaloosa on Oct. 2nd…didn’t Herbstreit have enough pull to take the show to Culumbus this weekend, i.e., biggest game of the week is at Ohio State where the ‘Canes beat the Buckeyes…

AFinPC

September 10th, 2010
10:51 am

UGA Insider

3 sacks won’t get Justin Houston SEC DPothW….See Nick Fairley’s stats from the Auburn-Miss St game last night. 1 interception, 1 fumble recovery, 1.5 sacks, 2.5 tackles for a loss, and 3 QB hurries. He played like a man possessed.

Russ, the Temporary Mascot

September 10th, 2010
10:51 am

FOR SALE: Game-used water bowl. “Independence Bowl.” $1,000 firm. Serious inquires only. Contact Russ

Dawg Tired

September 10th, 2010
10:51 am

Tony – Surely Tech’s defense is better that ND State’s.

BLANKS

September 10th, 2010
10:52 am

MikeP,

I would agree with you but the fact that Finebaum tweaks that that dou.chebag John Kincade is great to me. Kincade is the biggest hack I have ever heard of in my life. Why on earth Derrick Dicky thought the good folks of Atlanta would be more than happy to have a Philadelphia homer polluting our airwaves with all things Filthadelphia, while pretending to be some sort of model, uber-Conservative (while he’s really a rhino) is beyond me.

Steve

September 10th, 2010
10:52 am

fez… last time I checked, Miami was in the ACC so part one of your argument is irrelevant. Also, Boise doesn’t play a SEC team this weekend, so again, irrelevant.

Believe me, I know that the 0-9 is there, but nothing can be done about it at this time.

Go Bucks!!

Russ, the Temporary Mascot

September 10th, 2010
10:52 am

Little mascots could use some money, too.

DawgTired

September 10th, 2010
10:52 am

didn’t take long for someone to steal my handle. Geeez………

DawgTired

September 10th, 2010
10:53 am

Miles,

Why will SC win?

SC!

September 10th, 2010
10:53 am

You are wrong! SC wins a close one over the jailyard dawgs, GT wins big and FSU upsets OU. Sorry mutts, but the losing starts here.

Lewis Grizzard

September 10th, 2010
10:55 am

I’m pulling for Tennessee all the way tomorrow. However, did everyone forget that the Ducks’ scored 72 points last Saturday. I don’t care if you’re playing St. Mary’s School for Blind Girls, 72 point is a hell of a lot for one afternoon. I think if UT can just keep it close, they can consider it a victory. CDD is a fine coach who’s still mopping up Kiffin’s multiply messes. I feel certain O wins, but I’m hoping for a miracle.

reservoirDAWG

September 10th, 2010
10:55 am

You’re wrong Miles.

Ealey!

September 10th, 2010
10:55 am

I dun’t know if im cleered to plays thiz weekends at colombia. Does any one no if I cans play?

fez

September 10th, 2010
10:56 am

Steve –

I never said, nor claimed, any of the two things you just mentioned. If anything is “irrelevant,” it’s your post.

The Suckeyes will show their true colors soon enough. The most over-hyped conference in the nation will yet again show the world why they belong in BCS obscurity.

Tide Rising

September 10th, 2010
10:56 am

USCE-UGA will be the best game. I had picked the dawgs till I saw that Nebraska’s anemic, horrific offense also put up 55 on Lafayette last year. Just can’t see a freshman qb w/out AJ winning this huge road game. Garcia looked really good, his backup even better, and the Lattimore kid is as special as his recruiting ranking. SC wins a close one.

Lewis Grizzard,

Carolina has no good receivers? What? Alshon Jeffrey was one of the top wrs in the sec last year as a freshman. They have something like 4 wrs that are 6′3 or taller and they’re all pretty decent wrs. Watch out for Jeffrey, Gurley, and those other tall tree wideouts.

Mettlinberger!

September 10th, 2010
10:57 am

Can I play this weekend? Oh, that’s right…………..I got booted like most of the other mutts. That’s ok, we should be fine without our best player in AJ Green. I mean, Murray is a midget, so let’s go mutts.

j0$H NeSbItT

September 10th, 2010
10:57 am

y0 eAlEy!!!

JuSt aXx Yo CoUcH fo0L!!! ThEyZ aLwAyZ lEt mEe nOz WuT i bEe DoIn!!!

Jersey for Sale

September 10th, 2010
10:58 am

FSU Rolls OU this weekend , Penn drops Alabama , mark it down

Go Vols

September 10th, 2010
10:59 am

Take SC at home against the Dawgs, not sure about FSU – OK, and my beloved Vols go down bad. We see this week how little depth there is on ole Rocky Top. Wait’ll 2012 (because ‘11 is going to be rough, too).

Paul in RDU

September 10th, 2010
10:59 am

Big 10 and SEC play by contract in the Outback and Capitol One Bowls
Capitol One Big 10 6 SEC 4 in last 10 years (5-1 Big 10 in last 6 years)
Outback Big 10 5 SEC 5 in last 10 years (3-3 in last 6 years)

Just because OSU has spit the pacifier in 2 Championship games doesn’t mean that the SEC dominates the Big 10 in bowls.

Scooter Boy!

September 10th, 2010
10:59 am

Maybe I should wear the scooter helmet I took. I might need it, coz I am sure we will get hammered by SPURRIER. Cme on Dawg fans, you have to love the guy. He only beat you what…………………30 times out of 31? Roll SC. THWG!

bill

September 10th, 2010
10:59 am

Only reason UGA would lose would be because of an inexperienced QB. SC is same ol’ SC. Nothing new, nothing special.

Pago Pago Dawg

September 10th, 2010
11:00 am

We’re already scared to death of that giant qb at Aubarn.

Panties R Us

September 10th, 2010
11:00 am

Panties, Panties, ……….step up and get your red panties. It’s a bargain and they come with a Jersey. Panties and Jersey for $1.00.

hahahahaha!!!!!

September 10th, 2010
11:00 am

I love tool Yech fans that have to live vicariously through UGA’s opponents that can actually beat them from time to time!!! You rock Scooter Boy!!!

Reuben Houston

September 10th, 2010
11:01 am

wear da white women at!?!?!?!?

Scooter Boy!

September 10th, 2010
11:02 am

My wife cheats on me:(

jErRaRd TaRrAnT

September 10th, 2010
11:03 am

ReUbZ!!! FoLlOw MeE!!! rEmEmBa!!! n0 mEaNz YeS!!!

anglore

September 10th, 2010
11:04 am

Every single year the media and Dawg haters gets a 2 inch stiffy over how SC looks in their first game. Yet they never even compete for the division, let alone the conference.

Tide Rising

September 10th, 2010
11:05 am

Paul in RDU,

Very true. We tend to be SEC homers and point out that Ohio State is 0-9 against the sec in bowl games. What people forget is that the Penn State is 6-2 against the SEC since the 90s, Michigan has had a lot of success against the SEC, Iowa has had success against the sec, and head to head they’ve done well against us in the Capital one bowl. They are not as deep as the SEC but their top 4 or 5 teams are good football teams- OSU, Penn State, Iowa, Wisconsin, and Michigan in most normal years.

Steve

September 10th, 2010
11:08 am

fez – The article is about picks for the week. You bring up the sec record but we are playing an ACC team. Same with Boise. Neither are playing an sec team, but you feel obligated to mention their record against the sec.

the real Old Gold

September 10th, 2010
11:08 am

I think Miami may pull it out.

Jersey for Sale

September 10th, 2010
11:09 am

FSU wins – Stoops thinks its a bowl game
Dogs keep it close but no cigar
Ducks put up 72, probably not – Vols drop this one
Jackets win – its Kansas

Billy Bob

September 10th, 2010
11:09 am

UGA vs USC is going to be a good game. If Murray runs like last week, he’s going to get hurt.

chucktown dawgg

September 10th, 2010
11:09 am

UGA 14, SC 13

GT 27 KU 12

Bama 27 PSU 10

FSU 17 OU 14

The U 21 OSU 23

Paul in RDU

September 10th, 2010
11:10 am

Tide Rising,
I agree with your comments comparing the SEC with the Big 10. The top 5 (soon to be top 6 when Nebraska joins) are excellent teams but there is a big drop off after that – IL, IN, MSU, MN, Purdue should be better and are well behind the SEC equivalents
Don’t forget that the Big 10’s small, private academic school bested their SEC counterpart last week.

fez

September 10th, 2010
11:10 am

Yeah Steve I do, because it’s a free country you do.uche!!! Does my bringing up facts upset you that much?

Aaron Murry

September 10th, 2010
11:11 am

Do we play tomorrow ?

Paul in RDU

September 10th, 2010
11:12 am

Tide Rising,

Check out ESPN.com – there is an excellent article by Ivan Maisal on the Bear and JoePa