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

bob

September 10th, 2010
11:13 am

This may the Dawgs most pivotal game of the year, to bad a selfish player won’t be there. It will be fun to see how good the D’s of both teams really are. UGA 20 The real USC 16

Gators beware, USF is usually a very good September team. I hope you can snap a little better. USF 38 Fla 27

Why does everyone keep picking ACC teams to do anything, ever, they all fall flat every game that matters.

Steve

September 10th, 2010
11:14 am

fez – Free it is, which is why I chose to comment too. However, your comments are still irrelevant and your facts don’t bother me at all this week. have a nice weekend!

Coach Richt

September 10th, 2010
11:14 am

Paul in RDU – you have a great football mind. Would you consider being my personal concierge

Tech magnet

September 10th, 2010
11:14 am

Oh joy!!! It’s my favorite punching bag with multiple nicks!!! Tide Rising/Bama Dude/Paul in RDU!!!

MountainDawg

September 10th, 2010
11:15 am

Dawgs win if they eliminate turn-overs, can run consistently & control the line(s). I’d love to see KU beat GT, but doubt it will happen. Same (for) PA.State vs. Bama.

fez

September 10th, 2010
11:15 am

So you don’t dispute my facts, you are just upset that I mentioned them? You are a typical Little 11 fan!!!

fez

September 10th, 2010
11:16 am

MountainDawg,

KU can most certainly beat GT. And how hilarious would that be?

Scooter Boy!

September 10th, 2010
11:17 am

I am a loser.

Tech magnet

September 10th, 2010
11:17 am

Yes, the Big 10 is as mythical as our current President. The media has created both in God-like fashion and wants everyone to believe they are infallible and immune to failure, while in reality it’s the exact opposite.

reservoirDAWG

September 10th, 2010
11:18 am

Fez, I hope not. My money is on GT this week.

DawginLex

September 10th, 2010
11:18 am

Just read an article where Garcia and Murray are both from Tampa and their schools faced each other with Marve beating Garcia. Murray succeeded Marve and Garcia graduated. They never faced each other on the field. Now they will.

Coach Richt

September 10th, 2010
11:18 am

never mind – MountainDawg now gets the job.You should be an offensive coordinator with that plan of attack

Scooter Boy!

September 10th, 2010
11:18 am

It sucks that I pull for a team that as a higher male student population than female. 5 to 1 ratio!!!!

Tech magnet

September 10th, 2010
11:19 am

DawginLex,

That is an interesting story. Thanks for sharing

Paul in RDU

September 10th, 2010
11:19 am

Coach Richt – I am holding out for an offer from Lane Kiffin. I believe it comes with a free beach house in Malibu

Old Ball Coach

September 10th, 2010
11:19 am

Homer Tony, UGA will not win with a 1st year QB in Columbia. USC – 30; UGA -20.

Coach Richt

September 10th, 2010
11:20 am

Steve

September 10th, 2010
11:21 am

fez – I admitted that I was aware of the facts several posts ago. In a blog about the weekly picks where Ohio State plays an ACC team, little can be done about it. We’ll hopefully have that to discuss during the bowl season (which, incidentally is when those bowl record that you refer to will be relevant).

Alphare

September 10th, 2010
11:22 am

Looking at this year’s dawg schedule, and how Auburn did last night, Dawgs can be something this year if you guys beat SC tomorrow.

Sat, Sep 4 Louisiana-Lafayette
Sat, Sep 11 at (24) South Carolina
Sat, Sep 18 (14) Arkansas
Sat, Sep 25 at Mississippi State
Sat, Oct 2 at Colorado
Sat, Oct 9 Tennessee
Sat, Oct 16 Vanderbilt
Sat, Oct 23 at Kentucky
Sat, Oct 30 at (8) Florida
Sat, Nov 6 Idaho State
Sat, Nov 13 at (21) Auburn
Sat, Nov 27 (15) Georgia Tech

straight shooter

September 10th, 2010
11:22 am

FSU wins hands down against OU

DawginLex

September 10th, 2010
11:24 am

straight shooter,

Since Martinez was not Stoops college roommate, do you think he lasts the season after Ponder goes for 400 on him tomorrow?

Hatfieldgeoff

September 10th, 2010
11:25 am

Hey 17 of 20,

Just like you have too many o’s in loses, you have too many digits in South Carolina’s score.

straight shooter

September 10th, 2010
11:26 am

not sure ponder will throw for 400 yards tomorrow, but 398 may be doable. Yes he has sticking power somehow.

straight shooter

September 10th, 2010
11:29 am

Pryor’s Heisman campaign ends tomorrow also, although I hate Miami’s guts, they take this one to the house.Gators will be the only team that struggles in Florida this year

Not Disappointed!

September 10th, 2010
11:33 am

The dogs can win if they score early and not allow Garcia or Shaw get to comfortable.

Tech can win, but they must score early and oftern.

Ramblin Wreck!

Maxine

September 10th, 2010
11:37 am

South Carolina 27, Dawgtards 21.

Spurrier finally wins the big one against Saint Richt.

South Carolina Strutin Hen

September 10th, 2010
11:38 am

game plan=laying an egg on the 50

Call IT

September 10th, 2010
11:39 am

The lack luster progam at GA with all of it’s problems this year will be lucky to win 6 count them 6 games this year! SC rolls with the crown in Colombia as Spurrier hates UGAY!

FL wins big and the East in 2010!

Enough Said!

Jersey sales - $1,000

September 10th, 2010
11:39 am

I think Ellis Johnson can find a way to stop the run. He has had 2 extra days to prepare for the dawgsqueeze. My money says Ellis over BooBoo, Spurrier over Grantham, home crowd over the freshman. This is the beginning of a 3 game slide for the pukes – er, pups. I think Petrino lights them up next week and Mullen and the cowbells are too much for the downtrodden, disheartened, overrated reform preschoolers.

Cardinal Sin

September 10th, 2010
11:40 am

I agree with Call IT as he nailed it.

Cardinal didn’t you mean crowd instead of crown? LOL

Gators win big this weekend!!!!

straight shooter

September 10th, 2010
11:41 am

Not Disappointed! – Tech decides to hang at the Varsity this weekend, and they still win. Yawn

Chas

September 10th, 2010
11:42 am

It’s kind of sad to see all the Dawg fans getting so excited this year (just like the year before, the year before that, etc.). How long is it going to take for UGA fans to realize that UGA is simply no longer relevant in the SEC? In the national picture, UGA isn’t even a blip on the radar, and hasn’t been since the preseason #1 ranking two years ago.

Sit back and be grateful for the seven or eight wins you’ll get every year. Coaching genius Mark Richt may take you to 8-4 or even 9-3 occasionally, but Florida will still win the SEC, meaning no BCS bowls and no top 10 final ranking. Most years, UGA will be very lucky to finish in the top 25, and only after a big bowl win over a nobody opponent.

It’s a different world now, and Dawg fans need to adjust their expectations downward to reflect reality.

Unfortunately nothing is going to change until UGA changes its mediocre coaching. That’s where the difference is, and that’s why everyone outside Dawgtard Nation just laughs at Dawg fans getting so excited year after year about what a great recruiting class UGA gets. It doesn’t matter how many blue chip high school players go to UGA, they simply don’t get the coaching they would get at Florida or Alabama, to name two schools whose programs are far ahead of UGA. And that’s not going to change as long as Mark Richt is in Athens.

Get your heads out of the sand and face reality. And mediocrity and irrelevance. 

And congratulations on being the odds-on winner of the Fulmer Cup for the sleaziest football team in the country. That’s something to be proud of, isn’t it.

mike

September 10th, 2010
11:47 am

Chas,

Pretty nice trash talk. But you look pretty gutless not admitting whom your team is

dawgfaceboy

September 10th, 2010
11:52 am

I’m kind of at a “need to see to believe it” stage with the dawgs. With the new D and wet behind the years freshman QB on the road i’m not too optimistic.

Unfortunately I don’t see the Gators problems lasting too long either. They are still my pick to win the East. Brantley is a darn good QB.

other winners
FSU, UF, Oregon, Mich, and Bama.

SeminoleUprising

September 10th, 2010
11:53 am

FSU doesn’t have the horses tony? You better logon to warchant.com and read the depth chart again buddy

Not A UGA Fan But I Don't Hate You

September 10th, 2010
11:57 am

WOW, now I don’t have to look at the game.

Barack Dawg

September 10th, 2010
11:58 am

Garcia struggled last year pretty much with some mistakes and no pressure from our pathetic defense. If we get pressure and in his face then we can force his hand and that would work to our advantage if we make him think before the play is off. That is when Garcia makes mistakes. If he has all the time to through and pick then it will be a problem.

But don’t forget, we have guys who can coach and adjust and that will go along way….been a while since spurrier played a UGA defense with this kind of motivation, speed, and coaching. So I think that is the X factor. If it is there, we win. If it is not then we lose.

straight shooter

September 10th, 2010
11:58 am

FSU is loaded this year, Gators have loss the edge, apparent last game, QB has no speed, looks like a giraffe on the Serengeti

Lewis Grizzard

September 10th, 2010
11:59 am

Tide Rising, I never said SC had no good receivers. Alphare said that (notice the “quotes”). I simply let him have that one because I felt it was the least egregious of the remarks he made in that sentence.

whiskeydawg

September 10th, 2010
11:59 am

Vols defeat the ORE.

Nix_2_Sanders

September 10th, 2010
12:00 pm

FSU looked pretty good against freaking SAMFORD!!

This is the make it or break it weekend…ACC weekend the conference has been waiting for. If FSU beats Oklahoma and Miami beats Ohio State…..

atlvol55

September 10th, 2010
12:03 pm

I agree with most of the picks…but I say the UGA-USC is more high scoring and UGA wins by 10 or more.

Also, Florida covers the spread and looks good in this game. They will be very motivated after looking that bad.

I don’t have much feel on the TN game. The heat and crowd could keep it close. TN’s new defensive coordinator owned Oregon that last two years at Boise. Maybe he’s got a few tricks up his sleeve.

Go Vols

DIT

September 10th, 2010
12:07 pm

Autiger, if you don’t like it here, you’re welcome to stop trolling. I’m sure there is at least one Auburn blog you can frequent. It shows lack of character to belittle a man on his own blog. Tony types it like he sees it and he’s usually right. Try the Opelika-Auburn News at www2.oanow.com/sports. They’ll appreciate you much more.

GSU 2010 champs

September 10th, 2010
12:09 pm

Look for a beat down by FSU. OU was 8-5 last year and look even worse this year. US should have beat them last week and they are no FSU

Miami and OSU will be the game of the week. Look for the U in a upset.

Penn St. will play bama tough, but they aren’t there yet

GT will win by thirty

SC will edge the Dawgs without AJ Green and his jersey.

#1 BAMA FAN

September 10th, 2010
12:09 pm

Tony…the BAMA vs PSU score will not be that close even with BAMA’s 2nd team playing most of the second half. RTR

JoeFan

September 10th, 2010
12:10 pm

SC will be primed to beat UGA. Spurrier want let this one get away. The beginning of a long, long season for UGA.

kyle

September 10th, 2010
12:18 pm

South Florida in the upset. Unlike Miami OH, the Bulls have a QB who can and will make plays

DIT (the real one)

September 10th, 2010
12:18 pm

DIT @12:07
Sad little man! Can’t you come up with your own blogging name instead of using someone else’s? You coward! Go buy a life!

Shaw

September 10th, 2010
12:20 pm

SC 24, GA 21 in a low-scoring game. Spurrier gets some revenge.

fat chance

September 10th, 2010
12:22 pm

Two headed Monster-Spurrier calling card
Dan Mullens tried it last night and came away empty handed
Spurrier has lost it folks, he could beat the dogs, but will swap garcia and shaw so much it will make their head spin, Cant get in rhythm, dogs edge this one out