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

Frogger

September 10th, 2010
12:24 pm

The beginning of a long, long season for UGA.

And the arrests and suspensions have barely begun.

Where’s Zach when you need him? :-)

dawginMarietta

September 10th, 2010
12:26 pm

Am I the only one around here who thinks FSU is going to show out against Oklahoma this weekend. OU is overrated and FSU is a very talented football team who is starting to put it together. They will win by a touchdown or more.

G8R GRAD

September 10th, 2010
12:29 pm

I’ll go on record and predict that a Florida D-1 team will win this weekends games, I’m just not going on record as to which ones!
Please, PLEASE, let us look better than we did last weekend!

Tide Rising

September 10th, 2010
12:31 pm

G8R GRAD,

Ya just gotta get that snap down.

DIT (the real one)

September 10th, 2010
12:34 pm

Tide Rising – You mean snap up!

lefty fielder

September 10th, 2010
12:34 pm

dawginMarietta . . . I agree, (sorta). I think it’ll be close, FSU covers the 7 and maybe pulls off the upset.

Barakyomama

September 10th, 2010
12:35 pm

Patience can’t wait to see the ole ball coach sling that visor!!!

Mike

September 10th, 2010
12:35 pm

I agree with all of your predictions but one. Florida State beats Oklahoma. State’s program is on the upswing and Oklahoma hasmade a downturn. It’s hard to evaluate first games against cupcakes, but Oklahoma was awful. State by a touchdown – maybe late …

Master Chicken!

September 10th, 2010
12:35 pm

NO WAY uga beats USC this weekend.

NO WAY IN HE11!

USC BEAT uga last year – but uga won the game. USC is much improved defensively and offensively.

Here is a breakdown:
HEAD COACH
Spurrier vs Richt – both are very good
GAME DAY Coach – Spurrier

Offense
– Spurrier vs BOBO – Spurrier wins
– QB – USC
– RB’s – even
– WR – USC (green is out)
– TE – uga
– OL – uga (usc much better)

DEFENSE
Coaching: Ellis – USC better defensively lst year – and Grantham is new at UGA – but here is where UGA might see most improvement.
– CB – USC
– LB – even
– DL – USC
– Safety’s – UGA

HOME FIELD ADVANTAGE – USC

Here is how the game will unfold
1. USC will score early and build a lead.
Why? Bobo will be to conservative as USC will come out wide open.

2. UGA will settle in – the game will become a struggle for both teams.

3. USC will score late – and win turn overs late as UGA will be chucking it around to play catch up. Losing Green will hurt UGA

Final Score – USC 28 – UGA 17

NEXT!!!!

DIT

September 10th, 2010
12:35 pm

Like I said in an earlier post. That snap problem was cured on Monday at about 4am

Observer

September 10th, 2010
12:36 pm

dawginMarietta I think your dead on OU gets blowed out!!

Opinion Without Hate

September 10th, 2010
12:38 pm

Watched both games-
Georgia-
Murry, young but accurate, making plenty of wrong reads, will grow into a great QB if UGA can keep receivers on the field

Mark Richt needs to lose his job, and let someone take over that has this programs interest at heart and not the next paycheck from Dalton or Ford Motor Company

South Carolina-

Garcia, well we have seen him play for years, same as always,erratic
Shaw , pulled the ball and run the QB keeper round the outside, not impressed, no SEC arm.
Spurrier still cant find his Jessie Palmer-cough cough

Old Ball Coach- Just not gonna happen again im afraid, please pack it up and take permanent vacation, it is sad to see you waste the 90’s away

What?

September 10th, 2010
12:39 pm

Master Chicken! “USC BEAT uga last year – but uga won the game”? What is that about the score determines the winner silly boy!

moral victories count this year

September 10th, 2010
12:40 pm

DIT (the real, real one)

September 10th, 2010
12:45 pm

Bwahahahaha. Everybody’s a coward. Period. We DIT’s stand 7′5″ tall and weigh 500lbs. That’s why we can mouth off like we do. (disclaimer: we do so without being childish, juvenile, uncivil, or using big words).

By the way, the Cooking Blog slam is still my favorite.

gdawginkalamazoo

September 10th, 2010
12:47 pm

How many “I just ate a lemon” looks will Spurrier have tomorrow?

Patrick

September 10th, 2010
12:50 pm

I like Vandy over LSU. Miles is out after ty,

LawDawg

September 10th, 2010
12:50 pm

Alphare,

you are officially an IDIOT!! You think Lattimore is better than Ealey? Give me some of what you are smoking.

76-DAWG

September 10th, 2010
12:51 pm

Tony,
If I was Florida State I would concentrate on the part of the defense that Willie Martinez coaches. Martinez doesn’t have his best friend watching his back this year. It is too early in the season to be real accurate on predictions but after this week the real teams will start showing up. But the one game that I think you are wrong about is the FS-Okla. game. As some have already stated Martinez want be in Norman but for one year if that.

DIT

September 10th, 2010
12:53 pm

DIT (the real, real one) – sad little man

LawDawg

September 10th, 2010
12:53 pm

Master Clucker:

UGA 27 Chickens 17

UGA is better across the board at all positions.

Christian Dior Dogg

September 10th, 2010
12:54 pm

Tony, don’t you think those little black jerseys are PERFECT with red panties?

Richard Tardits

September 10th, 2010
1:00 pm

Expect the unexpected.

gcs

September 10th, 2010
1:01 pm

What is this love affair the press has with Brian Kelly? He has yet to win a really BIG D-1 game (no, Pitt and WVU are not “big”):
From 2004-06 CMU was 0-7 vs. BCS teams
At Cincy in 2008, he lost to Oklahoma 52-26 & Va Tech 20-7 in the Orange Bowl
In 2009, they lost to Florida 51-24 in the Sugar.
(Cincy had no big games in 2007)

.

G8R GRAD

September 10th, 2010
1:03 pm

Tide:

While I appreciate your generosity, we have a multitude of issues other than our Center/QB exchange.
To wit; Minus Demps’ 72 yard scamper and excluding the 55 yards lost to bad snaps, the Gators had 82 yards rushing on 25 carries – that’s 3.3 yards per carry!
Add to that again, minus Demps’ abberation and excluding the fluke, tip-drill, lucky a$$ last TD, the score would’ve been 21-12!
Against a team that won ONE GAME last year!
Be afraid, be VERY afraid.

DawgDogDawg

September 10th, 2010
1:03 pm

Opinion Without Hate said: “Mark Richt needs to lose his job, and let someone take over that has this programs interest at heart and not the next paycheck from Dalton or Ford Motor Company”

You’d be hard pressed to find a man with more integrity than Mark Richt. He is the last coach in the NCAA to worry about a pay check. He lives in a modest home, drives a modest vehicle, gives 30% of his money to church and charity. And, when asked if he is bothered that Mack Brown, Bob Stoops, Urban Meyer, Nick Saban and Les Miles make more money than he makes. He simply chuckled and said “no, I makes more than enough money”. So please don’t accuse him of being a self-centered sellout.
The only thing anyone can honestly say about Mark Richt (with any validity) is that he is too soft and will not step on an opponents throat when he has them down – like Meyer and Saban do. He’ll play every player on the team first. A lot of Georgia people think that an admirable trait. As long as he maintains one of the highest winning percentages in the country, while maintaining high moral fiber, the Dawg Nation will stay behind him.

'94 UGA Grad

September 10th, 2010
1:08 pm

Hey “Lou Holtz”,

That was pretty funny. Lou would pick SC over ‘Bama and ND over Ohio State.

Whopper Dawg

September 10th, 2010
1:11 pm

FSU beats Oklahoma simply because 1/4 Willie coached the Okie DBs. They gave up 340 to Utah State, look for FSU to hang 500 on ‘em. 1/4 gets canned mid-year when Okie is 3 – 3 and their DBs are the worst in the nation.

Michigan beats ND, Kelly doesn’t have to talent base to be holding anything except a prayer cloth, much less holding something back.

Tide Rising

September 10th, 2010
1:11 pm

GR8 GRAD,

Then lets just hope your issues continue through Oct 2nd. May you improve greatly after Oct. 2nd.

Master Chicken

September 10th, 2010
1:11 pm

I’m an idiot.

OLD GOLD

September 10th, 2010
1:12 pm

South Florida over Gators! Yeah..that’s right! Gators will lose 4 games this year!!

Tide Rising

September 10th, 2010
1:13 pm

Some interesting stats regarding starting a freshman qb. Penn St. has a freshman qb this year and a true freshman at that.

Freshman quarterbacks are pretty rare to begin with, especially true freshmen, and are rarely associated with winning teams. For example, Matt Barkley started at Southern California, Tate Forcier did the same at Michigan and Landry Jones stepped in at Oklahoma last season, and all three powerhouses had disappointing finishes (although there were obviously numerous reasons).

Of the top 100 quarterbacks in passing efficiency last season, only 15 were freshman with just one in the top 30 (Stanford’s Andrew Luck at No. 21).

Paul in RDU

September 10th, 2010
1:13 pm

‘94 UGA Grad – what if USF and SoCarolina are matched up in the Papa John’s Bowl? Lou’s head would explode

OldFan

September 10th, 2010
1:14 pm

This game wil prove that UGA is a year away from excellence. But it’s coming. USC wins in another smashmouth close one. Dawgs’ inexperience at QB, unsolidified O-line, and mediocre running game overcome superior kicking game and better athleticism. 17-13.

Lou Hokes

September 10th, 2010
1:15 pm

ND over Michigan and South Florida ove Gators!

SEC Fact Checker(the real one)

September 10th, 2010
1:20 pm

Tony,

You are too politically correct to get these right.

USC 31 UGA 17
OK 38 FSU 27
GT 42 KAN 17
MICH 37 ND 32
UF 31 USF 27
MIAMI 27 OHIO ST. 25
ALA 40 PENN ST 17
OREGON 49 TENN 20
LSU 31 VANDY 10
OLE MISS 49 TULANE 21
USC 49 VIRGINIA 12

Alphare

September 10th, 2010
1:22 pm

Lawdawg,

let’s talk about Lattimore and Ealey after the game, and see who the real idiot.

gdawginkalamazoo

September 10th, 2010
1:23 pm

Paul in RDU, the 1:13 post was hilarious!

USC Gamec**k

September 10th, 2010
1:23 pm

USC 27 UGA 10…USC will win because of their defense, their QB, their much improved running game and the hometown crowd….remember all you georgia homers…you read it here first…btw, noon in Columbia is just as good as the Nightime in Columbia…either way, UGA will lose to USC no question…come on tony, show some respect.

Paul in RDU

September 10th, 2010
1:24 pm

SEC Fact Cheker – USC won’t score 49. That’s 7 TDs with 7 PATs. They’ll go for 2 3x and make it twice

Opinion Without Hate

September 10th, 2010
1:28 pm

DawgDogDawg – Mark Richt likes money- you dont make commercials for Ford and Dalton Carpet because of spare time. And dont give me that- bring exposure to GA bulldogs
Mark Richt is head of a football team that has fallen off the national stage, but has every advantage in the world to be a top 5 program year in year out. Just like Budweiser should in Nascar has no reason not to have the best team in racing.
Mark Richt took one of the most talented teams in the college football and led them to mediocrity and finished it up in 2007.
Georgia Bulldogs have every available resource in their hands, and flush it down the toilet every year. Richt has let his team go and lost control and will never rise again. Facts are Facts and cant be ignored.
Richt promised those parents he would watch out for their children during their 4 years with him and make them men, and so far he has treated them just like 90% of Americans treat their children, give them everything the want, no discipline, no boundaries, no consistency, which is not true love but the easy way out. Spare the rod and spoil the child does not mean to beat kids, but to put up a concrete wall that cannot be moved, To be a head football coach at Georgia you must be Respected.
Georgia could be held up to what Michigan was with the right leadership, but under Mark Richt it will never happen.

Your opinions are welcomed

dog criminal

September 10th, 2010
1:28 pm

Who cares about uga. They’ve been irrelevant since 1980.

reservoirDAWG

September 10th, 2010
1:30 pm

You chickens crack me up. Every year you are “much improved” and every year you fail.

Barack Odoga

September 10th, 2010
1:32 pm

UGA will cheat our way to a win

Alphare

September 10th, 2010
1:34 pm

UGA fans, bad news for you guys, your 2011 recruiting ranking starts at #11.

#1 Texas 23 1 16 6 3.78 2,410
#2 Alabama 18 2 11 5 3.83 2,065
#3 LSU 17 1 7 9 3.53 1,595
#4 Oklahoma 17 0 10 6 3.53 1,519
#5 Ohio State 17 0 8 9 3.47 1,510
#6 Stanford 22 0 8 13 3.32 1,465
#7 Florida State 15 2 4 9 3.53 1,405
#8 Florida 15 0 9 5 3.53 1,380
#9 Mississippi 19 0 6 13 3.32 1,364
#10 Clemson 18 0 7 9 3.28 1,307
#11 Georgia 16 0 7 8 3.38 1,239

Tide Rising

September 10th, 2010
1:35 pm

Lawdawg,

Lattimore is the real deal. He was the no. 1 or no. 2 rated high school back in the country coming out of high school and had a great game in his first game. From what the announcers in the USC-Southern Miss game said he is also big around 230 lbs.

Ealey is pretty good too and will only get better but he is only a half season ahea of Lattimore as far as experience goes. I like Ealey better because of his small edge in experience but if I both wanted to transfer to my team and I had a choice I would definitely take Lattimore based on talent and potential.

Gen Neyland

September 10th, 2010
1:36 pm

Paul in RDU : Humble is my theme this year…

MURPHY : I understand how you feel…

George Stein : The start time crossed my mind too…

Tide Rising

September 10th, 2010
1:38 pm

alphare,

Is that rivals or scout or espn?

Alphare

September 10th, 2010
1:40 pm

That’s rivals ranking.

funny

September 10th, 2010
1:42 pm

Tide Rising said – From what the announcers in the USC-Southern Miss game said