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

funny

September 10th, 2010
1:43 pm

Jesse Palmer told me personally Blah blah blah blah

funny

September 10th, 2010
1:44 pm

Craig James said – blah blah blah – so lattimore should be the best

USC Gamec**k

September 10th, 2010
1:45 pm

Oh BTW, for all you UGA homers…I know you don’t have any respect for USC because UGA has won so many time but tomorrow the sun will shine on USC and UGA will feel the Sting in Columbia (no it won’t be a sting from GT…that sting will come later in the year)…USC has a break out game and shows the nation that Spurrier is still great and USC is for real…USC will move into the top 15 nationally with the win.

Gen Neyland

September 10th, 2010
1:45 pm

Of course, the game in the SEC East Division takes place at noon. Garcia hasn’t had too many Garcia type moments with UGA but UGA’s D has given him fits. IMHO, here’s to hoping Garcia has some Garcia moments tomorrow…I expect some serious head banging between Alabama and Penn State but I think Alabama wears ‘em down by the 4th qtr even without Ingram. Plus Bobby Bowden will be in attendance.

funny

September 10th, 2010
1:46 pm

Tide Rising – i can quote Scout.com,Rivals .com,and TV announcers, im up for Maddens job next

What?

September 10th, 2010
1:47 pm

Alphare: If you watched the AU-MStste game last night they talked to Bobby Bowden and when asked about his talent level the last couple of years he said “I don’t know how smart the guy that comes up with the recruiting rankings is but I can guarantee that alot of those 5 star players might be good at something but it’s not football!”

Mickdog2010

September 10th, 2010
1:49 pm

Finally we see a real!!! game…. This will be a war in SC, but depth will prevail.. Also, kicking game just might come into play…. Dawgs do it AGAIN!!

straight shooter

September 10th, 2010
1:51 pm

real games are for FSU and OU, who are you guys playin again

ViningsTiger

September 10th, 2010
1:53 pm

Tony, Mr. College Football,

What about your pick last night, you blew it again

gdawginkalamazoo

September 10th, 2010
1:54 pm

Opinion,
Nice post. Now why are you sooooo worried about UGA’s football program and its success or failure? BTW, there are about 100 other Div I football programs out there that would hire Coach Richt given the chance. Why? Because in the toughest conference in college football the man has won 10 games a year on average since becoming a HC. In case you don’t know, that is pretty damn good. WIth the new AD working with Richt I think the discipline problems go way down. We all now know that Evans lacked any discipline therefore as long as he didn’t get caught everything was cool with him. McGarity will take control of that.

Gameco*k Skidaddy

September 10th, 2010
1:54 pm

This is our year. You won’t win with a freshman qb and no aj.
We roll over your revamped D
SC 38
uga 17

Alphare

September 10th, 2010
1:54 pm

What?

I hear you and I watched Bobby last night. I don’t think that’s classy of him to comment on the players he recruited. I mean there are not too many 5 stars in the past few years in his team, so you can basically narrow down to who he was talking about.

Recruiting may not mean much, but somebody somewhere which I don’t remember did some studies, which show there are some strong correlations between recruiting rankings and success.

Mickdog2010

September 10th, 2010
1:55 pm

USC G… U have the natl ranking right—– just the wrrong teamb moving up

Delbert D.

September 10th, 2010
1:56 pm

Oklahoma loses to FSU. Landry Jones’ Passer Rating last week was 105.1, which is 25 points lower than the 2009 average for returning starters in the top 5 conferences. If Utah St. can shred Willie’s defense, Christian Ponder-led FSU will be like a turbocharged blender.

Michigan beats Notre Dame (again). They did it with freshman Tate Forcier last year, and he is sullenly riding the pine this year. The Irish looked rather pedestrian against Purdue and QB Robert Marve.

I’ll go with SC over Georgia, because Garcia looked very un-Garcia-like last weekend, they have several big and talented receivers, and Georgia may have problems repeatedly pounding the ball inside. It may come down to who has a better game with big plays, Murray or SC’s Lattimore. This will be the 1st real test of the new 3-4 defense. 1 point game.

What?

September 10th, 2010
1:59 pm

Alphare: My point is look at how many 5 star players are a bust! There are alot more 3 star guys that make a difference every week on every major college team. It’s not all about the rankings!

Mickdog2010

September 10th, 2010
2:00 pm

gdawginkal… You are dead on about McGarity.. His leadership will make a HUGH difference.

The General Feeling

September 10th, 2010
2:02 pm

Another great weekend of college football. Chattanooga over Jax State in another shocker.

Berzerk8dawg

September 10th, 2010
2:02 pm

Lattimore has played 1 game. Yes he will be good but he struggled against a very mediocre defense. He is not better than Ealey. He will need to have over 150 yards to beat uga.

reservoirDAWG

September 10th, 2010
2:02 pm

Gamechickens are going down!

LawDawg

September 10th, 2010
2:06 pm

Alphare,

yes, we will see who is better.

Tide Rising,

I agree Lattimore was veryhighly recruited. Ealey is from a Class A school so he was very much under the radar NATIONALLY. I do remember evevry school in the South offered him a scholly though. Lattimore has played 1 game and had 50 yards rushing with 2 short TD’s. Big freakin’ deal. Wait and tell me tomorrow at this time who is the better RB!!

Georgia - We Hit & Run This State

September 10th, 2010
2:09 pm

SC over UGA by 13.
GT crushes KU.
FSU over OK by 10
Miami loses to OSU by 4
Oregon over UT by 10
Mich over ND by 1
Tide over JoePa by 17
LSU over Vandy by 20
UF rebounds over USF by 21
Ole Miss over Tulane by 13

Opinion Without Hate

September 10th, 2010
2:09 pm

gdawginkalamazoo – why should discipline fall on the AD, Richt gave the Scholly, it is his to pull, the AD pays Richt to run the program.
and you are right, many programs would hire Richt, but not SEC,ACC,Big 12, well he may get Ole Miss job, or Kansas job. But why do i care, because it is a shame to watch something go to waste, and blindly followed by masses of Walmart and Gas station shoppers. This program truly deserves better, and needs leadership, not Hollywood antics. College ball is not built on the coaches commercials but the players backs, and everyone needs to remember that.
I can remember What it was like back in 1980 and in the early years of 2000, when the program had a chance.
But now the program needs a change of guard to be able to rise to the level it is capable of

your opinions welcomed

LawDawg

September 10th, 2010
2:11 pm

Alphare,

Where are your Nerds on that recruiting ranking list?

Georgia: “We hit and run over the Nerds”

Mike Rozier

September 10th, 2010
2:12 pm

Turner Gill will guide the JayHawks over a very highly overrated GT team!!!

mike

September 10th, 2010
2:12 pm

Hilarious!!! All the bug fans on here predicting the Dawgs will lose. Meanwhile they will get whooped by a horrible Kansas team. Some things never change!!!

Mark

September 10th, 2010
2:14 pm

gadawgkalmazoo

What’s Richt’s average been the past 3 years? 8.5?
And don’t count bowl wins. Averaging 10 wins in 13 games, isn’t all that great considering on a given year like this one, you won’t be playing any top 10 teams by the time you play them.
If he wins 10 this year, which isn’t likely, then the downward trend is reversed. But another 8 win season shows the trend still sloping down.

Amazing

September 10th, 2010
2:16 pm

Mark,

Your logic is just, well, stupid and painfully biased. UGA has a freshman QB and a brand new defense. Lay off the crack pipe and get back to hating.

Opinion Without Hate

September 10th, 2010
2:20 pm

Mark ,this program is on a slippery slope, when you have that many problems, and recruit that kind of character kid, and like gadawgkalmazoo pointed out so boldly that the new AD will clean up the program,instead of the Head Football Coach, the NCAA will come sniffing around sometime and im telling you, nobody is clean from head to toe.

Tech magnet

September 10th, 2010
2:21 pm

Opinion Without Hate = Shamed Yechie fan in disguise

court

September 10th, 2010
2:22 pm

blah blah blah!!!!!! SC is a world beater because they beat who again? Anyone notice how many first downs they gave up? Quit talking crazy techies!!!!

funny

September 10th, 2010
2:24 pm

Jesse Palmer says UGA has SEC speed

USC Gamec**k

September 10th, 2010
2:26 pm

I have watched sooo many USC vs UGA games over the years…USC has lost a ton of them by being their own worst enemy…THAT won’t happen tomorrow in the Cawkpit…btw, name another school that has struggled for over 120 years to get good that has a Heisman Trophy winner and a fanatical fan base and was invited to join a super big time conference…name one…well there is only one and that one is USC…dawgs fall hard in Columbia on national tv.

UGA discipline

September 10th, 2010
2:26 pm

Mark Richt needs to lock the entire football team in the broom closet until tomorrow morning and confiscate all jersey’s

reason USC cant win

September 10th, 2010
2:27 pm

soap on a rope

September 10th, 2010
2:28 pm

soap on a rope

September 10th, 2010
2:29 pm

Enter your comments here

gdawginkalamazoo

September 10th, 2010
2:29 pm

Opinion, “Gas station shoppers” where else can you buy gas? BTW, since the AD pays Richt he will make sure Richt does his job and will offer support and suggestions like most good bosses should.

Mark, agreed that the last three years have been “turrable” (as Barkley would say) but if you followed UGA football and knew the relationship between Coach Richt and Willie Martinez (the vaunted DC) then you would know that the majority of our problem were with the defensive side of the ball. And that Richt finally fired his best friend last year and made the move to get a new DC that will make a difference. Our offense hasn’t been terrible (they scored a lot of points last year) but Bobo is moving into his 3rd year as OC with his third different QB. Richt is now involved in the offense again. So take the last three years and true dawgs fans know why we lost as much as we did. Did I like it? Hell no. Will I take it? It is what it is. Nothing but good things in the future though. Changes have been made and he knows how to win.

AU

September 10th, 2010
2:31 pm

Barners got lucky last night. State stinks.

Cant wait to the play those necks over in Tuscaloosa.
————————–
Check your geography Chi Town, the necks are in Tuscalooser. Or did all the mullets on campus get past you?

BAMA dude

September 10th, 2010
2:32 pm

Not much to argue with. No clue who will win UM-ND, and don’t care much. Your Bama-PSU score is reasonable. Not sure Ole Miss wins that handily. USCe-UGA could go either way.

Say What???

September 10th, 2010
2:33 pm

Gameco*k Skidaddy @ 1:54

Ummm… Can’t beat you with a freshman QB and no AJ, huh? Seems the last time we started a true freshman in 2006 (and didn’t have AJ, by the way) we won….

Now please stop typing because I am not saying Murry is as good as Stafford, but he was a true freshman, threw three interceptions, and we still won. As a matter of fact, the defensive coordinator at that time was Willy Martinez.

I am not convinced that we will win tomorrow, but you can’t come on here with “you can’t beat us with a freshman QB” saying that the reason USCe will win is because every freshman QB will crap his pants at your stadium.

Aiken Chicken

September 10th, 2010
2:33 pm

SC 35 Uga 13…The Uga qb will be out by third quarter. PAIN.

Delbert D.

September 10th, 2010
2:34 pm

gdawginkalamazoo – Best place to buy a Honey Bun & a Diet Pepsi, too. Quick, no hassle with long checkout lines.

BAMA dude

September 10th, 2010
2:35 pm

A man from the land-grant cow college known as Alabama A&I is making fun of a great college town like Tuscaloosa? Seriously?

Opinion Without Hate

September 10th, 2010
2:39 pm

Tech magnet= weak willed little girl waaaaaaaaaaa

Atlanta Bull

September 10th, 2010
2:40 pm

USF 23 Florida 20, Go Bulls!

Opinion Without Hate

September 10th, 2010
2:41 pm

I have no friends.

GTJeff

September 10th, 2010
2:42 pm

Chickens have never even been to a major bowl, won their division, have a losing record the SEC and ACC, etc. yet always consider themselves the cream of the SEC crop every year. UGA > Zaxby’s U.

Tony you could be wrong

September 10th, 2010
2:43 pm

In the 21 previous years of betting lines, SC has been favored only 2 times and they won. This year makes three.

At qb the edge must go to Garcia.

With Green out, the playmakers are on SC side with Alshon.

The defensive edge has to go to SC.

Home field.

With that said UGA is a great team….SC 30- UGA 20

Blog board police

September 10th, 2010
2:44 pm

Tech magnet! You are banned for being a trolling tool.

GTJeff

September 10th, 2010
2:45 pm

Gameco*k Skidaddy every year is “your year” since 1892 according to you delusional chickens yet you always come up totally short. Sad to think a college football team’s highlight season in 118 years of football is 1984, when you lost to a bad Navy squad & lost the Gator bowl. “Black Magic” fo sho’