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

Tech Magnet

September 10th, 2010
2:46 pm

I had a good time at the black gay pride festival this weekend.

Tech Magnet

September 10th, 2010
2:48 pm

I sing it loud and I sing it proud. I’m here. I’m gay. And I’m here to stay!

balls

September 10th, 2010
2:50 pm

SC sucks, well, balls

Tech Magnet

September 10th, 2010
2:51 pm

Nothing like pi$$ing off the tool nation into hysteria. You know you are really under their skin when they start jacking your moniker. I love it!!!

hahahahhaa!!!!!!

September 10th, 2010
2:52 pm

Opinion Without Hate,

What’s wrong little fella? Is somebody grumpy that they were called out? hahahahahha!!!

Erk

September 10th, 2010
2:53 pm

Luckily for USC they play UGA early in the year before their lack of depth takes over. This year could prove to be different but I wouldn’t be surprised if Carolina still loses 4 even if they beat UGA.

Tech Magnet

September 10th, 2010
2:53 pm

This is the real Tech Magnet. Quit stealing my handle. And give me back my rainbow flag! Now or else we going to have ithues.

Opinion Without Hate

September 10th, 2010
2:53 pm

You purchase gas at kroger with your kroger plus card, Duh

Richt finnaly did fire his best friend, and if you have ever worked with a close friend it is hard to do. Both parties must go into the agreement that you will be men about the whole thing, and one is making a LOT of money, and is running a very lucrative business. Nick Saban would not keep his pal around after a season like 2008. Richt is soft and has proven this over and over the past 4 years

Richt was a different person when he first arrived.

your opinion welcomed

Neil

September 10th, 2010
2:54 pm

I actually respect the SC fan base. Just like I do the Chicago Cubs base. I mean, name me two other organizations with stronger support while giving their fans nothing but mediocre at best, to absolutely disgraceful results year after year? Name me one.

A Big Dog

September 10th, 2010
2:54 pm

Tech will win…they’ve got their domestic violence man back….Robert Hall…go tech

Tech Magnet

September 10th, 2010
2:55 pm

My handle is Tech magnet because I am a rainbow magnet for all the other men on the Tech campus. Hence my handle. Get it. Now everyone knows its the real Tech Manget speaking.

Tech Magnet

September 10th, 2010
2:55 pm

Erk,

You hit the nail on the head. If the game was later in the season SC would get rolled and they know it.

USC Gamec**k

September 10th, 2010
2:55 pm

“Tech Magnet”….do you think anybody really cares? Seriously, gays are everywhere and friends with all of us…yeah, gays are friends with folks who don’t know they have a gay friend (noodle that around and u will eventually figure it out)…btw, USC has a proud history and special fans…if UGA had the same record as USC in football, UGA would be playing in that stadium next to Piemont Park in downtown Atlanta instead of their current one…yet USC plays in 82,000 seat Willy B…and it will be loud, it will be proud, and it will cause UGA to be intimidated…it makes a difference when those fans are going crazy against you rather than cheering for you….I can’t wait for USC to whip those dawgs in the C0CKPIT!!!

76-DAWG

September 10th, 2010
2:56 pm

Last year CMR delegated control of the offense to Bobo and Martinez had the defense. We saw what happened . This year CMR is handling the offense or let say is closely supervising the offense and Grantham has the defense. The loses last year was because UGA got out coached. We had the players to win all but the Florida game. That’s what is going to be the difference this year. Much better coaching.I think CMR see’s it in practice and he seems to have a sense of urgency and focus that hasn’t been there for years.. UGA is a lot better than the polls indicate.

Lonely Tech man

September 10th, 2010
2:57 pm

Man, this sucks!!!! I support a school that has more sausage than poonanny, and even the poonanny they do have is revolting. We can’t fill our high school stadium up if our lives depended on it. Not even with free cokes, popcorn and Playboys!!!! And well, I’m tired of living in my mother’s basement. It’s about time I get out and make a friend and get a job, instead of being angry at the world and spending all my time on here hijacking UGA handles.

Rest of the SEC

September 10th, 2010
2:58 pm

Neil,

Are you sure you’re not talking about georgia? You of the one national championship in 30 years. BWAWAWAWAWAW

hahhahahahaha!!!!

September 10th, 2010
2:58 pm

gamec**k just admitted he’s a pole smoker!!!!

hahhahahahaha!!!!

September 10th, 2010
2:59 pm

Rest of the SEC,

and how many national titles has yech won in the past 30 years? Half of one?

Sec football

September 10th, 2010
3:00 pm

Tech magnet,

I really don’t think anyone cares if you’re gay. You don’t have to advertise it though. We don’t really care.

USC Gamec**k

September 10th, 2010
3:00 pm

No i wasn’t referring to the GT stadium…I was referring to that high school football stadium that literally sits right next to piedmont park…again, it is a true testament to the fandom that resides in South Carolina and follows USC.

future engineer

September 10th, 2010
3:01 pm

does anyone know if they have a gay fraternity on campus? It’s not for me, I have a friend that is asking…..

USC GAMEC0CK

September 10th, 2010
3:02 pm

I figured out how to post the actual work GAMEC0CK and get this site to post the comment…yeah, i know, i am too smart.

jack

September 10th, 2010
3:02 pm

Pretty sure Neil gave SC fans props, even if it was a hilarious backhanded compliment

Observor

September 10th, 2010
3:02 pm

hahaahahahahaha,

I think Tech won a national title in 90 or 91 and they have something like 4 of them overall. Not sure but I don’t get a georgia fan making fun of a tech fan over national titles. They at least have won from the 90s. If you want to rag them than rag them about losing 8 of the last 9.

A Big Dog

September 10th, 2010
3:03 pm

future engineer….SC has one BUTT BUTT BUTT

Panther Prowler

September 10th, 2010
3:03 pm

Where’s the score prediction for the Georgia State Panthers vs. Lambuth Eagles match-up?

Tech Magnet

September 10th, 2010
3:03 pm

USC has special friends , we’ll i love a good sausage fest, winner in the face is like winner in the bun.
Erk wish you would come love on me,

Tech Magnet

September 10th, 2010
3:04 pm

future engineer,

I can show you where it is. meet me tonight at piedmont park in the men’s bathroom and I’ll take you over there

USC GAMEC0CK

September 10th, 2010
3:04 pm

“word” not “work”….sorry to all you spell checkers…didn’t mean to offend.

Tech Magnet

September 10th, 2010
3:05 pm

Im not gay, just farts slip out real easy now days

can't even spell OBSERVER

September 10th, 2010
3:05 pm

hey Observor ,

Colorado won that title, Tech just leached on to a dead poll to try and claim half of the title that they didn’t earn. They had the easiest schedule in the nation that year.

As far as the rest of their titles go, they were won before their grandparents were born. Who cares about ancient history, I mean really?

Tech Magnet

September 10th, 2010
3:05 pm

I wish i could get some SEC speed if you know what i mean

A Big Dog

September 10th, 2010
3:06 pm

Tech Magnet ….TMI

Opinion Without Hate

September 10th, 2010
3:06 pm

man, being a tech fan sucks. no girls, no titles, nothing. Just great opportunities to get mugged and raped on a daily basis.

Tech Magnet

September 10th, 2010
3:06 pm

I’ll meet you at the varsity grease pit, sloppy Joe’s

hot girl at tech

September 10th, 2010
3:07 pm

Ok, you got me! I don’t exist!!

Opinion Without Hate

September 10th, 2010
3:07 pm

i wear sundresses on the weekends

USC GAMEC0CK

September 10th, 2010
3:08 pm

USC wishes we could claim the titles Tech can claim…i’m just saying

G8R GRAD

September 10th, 2010
3:09 pm

Why is it that by noon, this blog devolves into infintile name-calling and handle hijacking?

Tech Magnet

September 10th, 2010
3:09 pm

Okay Jimmy and Joes to the back of my apartment, now time to huddle up and gang plan,

Rock Hard Coçks Fan

September 10th, 2010
3:09 pm

Alright, Dawg fans, assume the position!

All we do is stomp mudholes and chew bubble gum.

And we’re ALLLLL out of bubble gum!!

Tech Magnet

September 10th, 2010
3:10 pm

stop stealing my handle – this is the real me, dont – stop – dont – stop – dont – stop

G8R GRAD

September 10th, 2010
3:10 pm

Did I mention I’m gay?

Ha Ha

September 10th, 2010
3:11 pm

Yes spurrier will win because lattimore is soooo great. What 54 yards on 14 carries against lousy miss. That is great!!!!

Opinion Without Hate

September 10th, 2010
3:12 pm

G*R GRAD,

Because we’re pi$$ed off Tech fans that are just now waking up with no jobs to go to and mad that our parents want to kick us out

Tech Magnet

September 10th, 2010
3:12 pm

this is bullsh** , you guys keep ganging up on me, Oh wait, Nevermind

G8R GRAD

September 10th, 2010
3:12 pm

sorry: “infantile”

jake

September 10th, 2010
3:12 pm

Which mascot is worse? A chicken or an annoying insect?

Tech Magnet

September 10th, 2010
3:13 pm

first one in is a stinky winner

Tech Magnet

September 10th, 2010
3:14 pm

G8R GRAD loves Tech Magnet