Georgia and Georgia Tech win because they GOTTA win

The Fearless Friday Forecast:

1. Georgia Tech at North Carolina: There is no nice way to say it. Last week at Kansas was a bad loss for the men of The Institute. But there is a sense of urgency at Georgia Tech as it prepares to go to Chapel Hill because every game in tightly-bunched Coastal Division will be crucial. There is also a sense of frustration at North Carolina as a promising season may soon start to unravel if the Tar Heels don’t win this one. If the Tar Heels had all of their talented defenders, I’d be tempted to go with the home team. Barring some last minute announcement on Friday or Saturday, those seven defensive starters won’t be there for this game. I’m going with the Jackets. Georgia Tech 28, North Carolina 21.

2. Arkansas at Georgia: There isn’t a whole lot of positive energy coming out of Athens today. The Bulldogs got manhandled on both lines of scrimmage at South Carolina. The offensive line couldn’t run block and the defense could not tackle. My friend Lee Corso says two of the greatest motivators in college football are Urgency and need for Redemption. Georgia is feeling a lot of both right now. Georgia 31, Arkansas 21.

3. Florida at Tennessee: Florida’s offense was awful in the first game against Miami of Ohio. It got a little better last week against USF. The Gators are just too talented not to get better and will take another step forward in Knoxville, where the reality of Tennessee’s situation set in during the second half against Oregon last week. Derek Dooley called out his team for not competing once they fell behind to the Ducks. Let’s see how the Volunteers respond this week when they face more adversity. Florida 35, Tennessee 17.

4. Clemson at Auburn: After scoring only 17 points last week against Mississippi State why do I get the feeling that Auburn is going to put together a very complete game at home? We didn’t learn a lot about Clemson in wins over North Texas and Presbyterian. But I just don’t think Dabo Swinney’s bunch can match the offensive firepower that Auburn will have. Auburn 31, Clemson 21.

5. Miss. State at LSU: LSU beat North Carolina in Atlanta and then went to Vanderbilt and won pretty easily. Now the Tigers get three straight home games (Mississippi State, West Virginia, Tennessee) before going to Florida on Oct. 9. I’m watching this game to see if backup quarterback Jarrett Lee gets a chance to jump start an anemic offense. Regardless, LSU wins at home. LSU 24, Mississippi State 10.

6. Vanderbilt at Ole Miss: Jeremiah Masoli will get the start at quarterback and will run an offense that is going to get better each week. The same cannot be said about the Vanderbilt offense. Ole Miss gets three straight home games before going to Alabama on Oct. 16. Ole Miss 27, Vanderbilt 10.

7. Alabama at Duke:  Lot of history here. Duke coach David Cutcliffe went to Alabama and was once a graduate assistant to Bear Bryant. Wallace Wade, for whom Duke’s stadium is named, won three national championships at Alabama before leaving for Duke in 1931. Wallace Wade Stadium will add 3,900 temporary seats just to get to about 38,000. The only question is how long Nick Saban will go with his starters because a big trip to Arkansas is coming  up next week. Alabama 42, Duke 10.

8. BYU at Florida State: Hopefully Florida State has forgotten what an awful performance it had at Oklahoma last week. BYU, which is leaving the Mountain West to become an Independent after this season, got its fans excited with a win over Washington in week one. But last week the Cougars got steamrolled, giving up 409 yards rushing to Air Force in a 35-14 loss. Florida State will do the same. Florida State 35, BYU 10.

9. Notre Dame at Michigan State: After two easy wins over Western Michigan and Florida Atlantic, Michigan State finally gets a test against the Irish, who lost to Michigan on a late touchdown last week. Traditionally, Michigan State has had trouble with the spread offense under  Mark Dantonio and Brian Kelly, the new Notre Dame coach, is a spread guru. Notre Dame came close to getting its first significant win under Kelly last week. Saturday the Irish get it done. Notre Dame 21, Michigan State 20.

10. Jacksonville at Georgia State: Jacksonville State is 2-0 after a huge upset at Ole Miss (49-48 OT) on Sept. 4 and then a 21-17 win over Chattanooga. Jack Crowe’s Gamecocks simply have too many athletes for Georgia State.  But if Bill Curry’s Panthers are going to  play in the CAA down the road, this is the level of competition they must eventually match. It just won’t happen on Saturday. Jacksonville State 42, Georgia State 20.

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Beast from the East

September 17th, 2010
10:20 am

WonderDawg,
I was just rsponding to the poster that said no one ever called him one of the best. He may turn out to be great when he’s able to get some players that fit his scheme, but the jury’s still out.

WonderDawg

September 17th, 2010
10:22 am

Just looked it up, Beast, and Grantham was actually Assistant Head Coach for Saban in ‘98 at MSU.

GeneralNeyland96

September 17th, 2010
10:23 am

ARD – when you’re playing a good team, mistakes typically = points…look at Oregon:
Mistake – Missed tackle – 6 pts
Mistake – interception – 6 pts
Mistake – bad punt coverage – 6 pts

BG

September 17th, 2010
10:24 am

GO DAWGS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

ARdawg

September 17th, 2010
10:27 am

Gen N

Agreed. Also, mistakes are rarely overcame in a close game even if the two teams are not so good. I was emphasizing your point BTW

SEC FAN

September 17th, 2010
10:31 am

I would be inclined to reverse that score: ARK 31-UGA 21. I think the ARK QB will be tough to handle. That seems a bit more realistic. If it does end up like that, I won’t say Richt is gone, but definitely hanging on by his fingernails. We will see.

how2fish

September 17th, 2010
10:35 am

Alphare you really think the AP folks know more than the folks in say Vegas..really?

Pago Pago Dawg

September 17th, 2010
10:37 am

Actually, the MSU vs ND game at Spartan Stadium should be pretty good.
We’ll be there wearing our DAWGS cap, they love us up there even though we beaten them twice in bowl games.

OldFan

September 17th, 2010
10:37 am

Defense may win championships in the SEC, but poor offense loses games. UGA still needs to score more points than Ark, and it’s yet to be proven that can happen against good opponents. It’s not enough to play a weak defense. They still have to make the plays. I’m pulling for the offense to show why they were so highly touted. We’ll see just how desperate the coaches and players are to win.

Mike Bobo should've been on Sling Blade

September 17th, 2010
10:40 am

Ah don’t lack when folks sez ah can’t coach! Uh huh. Ah sho lacks me some potted meet tho. Uh huh. Alright den. That second swipe dang near took his head off. Uh huh. They ain’t go neva git rid
a me. Ah can keep stankin it up, we is christians ’round here. Uh huh.

samuel clemens

September 17th, 2010
10:40 am

DEAR TONY, of course they both ( dawgs, nerds ) NEED TO WIN . WINNING IS NOT A SOMETIME THING , IT IS AN ALL THE TIME THING, PER LOMBARDI. BOTH SQUADS RUN A HIGH SCHOOL SET UP, THIS IS 2010. NO ONE IN THEIR RIGHT MIND WOULD GO TO tech UNLESS THEY WANTED TO LEARN industrial management NOT FOOTBALL. THE DAWGS NEED TO DO SOMETHING, JUST LET MURRAY DO HIS THING WITHOUT BOO BOO TELLING HIM ANYTHING. LET ME GET BACK TO MY RIVERBOAT, THE WATERS ARE RISING.

Say What???

September 17th, 2010
10:43 am

Beast from the East… Really? Well then I stand corrected. I had not read into many posts stating that he was the best in the business. But to be honest, you have to understand where we are coming from… I mean, comparied with CWM, damn near anyone would be the best in the business.

I guess for me, I am excited that we are not playing “reactive” defense anymore. Now, if we could stop playing our “prevent offense” then I would be much happier!!!!!

ShootFireDog

September 17th, 2010
10:44 am

GA wins 45-20 in a coming out party.

Arkansas defense is horrible and we are better than last year at every position on the field except WR without Green. Won’t matter though, this will be a cakewalk. AR is good, but we’re the Dogs.

Plus, I don’t like the way Petrino treated my falcons!!! LOL

Alphare

September 17th, 2010
10:44 am

how2fish, who did Vagas pick for the UGA-SC game? I honestly don’t know who they picked.

AP doesn’t pick winners, but it’s an upset when a lower ranked team beat a higher ranked team. If a Vegas picked winner loses, it can be called upset too. In that sense, I am not sure it’s AP or Vegas that has a better record.

Gator Mike

September 17th, 2010
10:44 am

Say What???: Admittedly, I am guilty of not being clear about Grantam except that many folks had never heard of him befor he was hired by Coach Richt. I have many friends who are die hard DAWGS. As you can imagine, the month of October strains our friendship, but we still continue to laugh at each other and give each other a hard time without becooming year round enemies. They are the ones who keep telling me how great Grantham is for UGA. Of course they then tell me that the GATORS will suck without Charlie Strong. I also disagree with that assessment. The bottom line is that we are all fierce colege football fans.
Go Gators! Also, Go DAWGS, clober Petrino!

Realist

September 17th, 2010
10:46 am

Ga should win easily. Ark has a good QB, but little else. Their D is terrible. Tech should win a close game. UNC is still in disarray.

MichaelFromCumming

September 17th, 2010
10:48 am

AR has more than just a good QB, with AJ out they will easily have the best recievers on the field Saturday.

MURPHY

September 17th, 2010
10:49 am

Realist,

We have never won easy against a good opponent( in the Richt era). It wont be easy to beat Ark,I can assure you of that. I think UNC will beat GT.

how2fish

September 17th, 2010
10:50 am

They picked SC by 2.5 points at kickoff I think..and Vegas has a better record they have to its all about the money with them.

Beast from the East

September 17th, 2010
10:51 am

MichaelFromCumming,
I agree. Arkansas has lots of weapons on offense and a proven QB. I’m afraid the Dawgs are going to have to get into a scoring contest and they haven’t proven they’re capable of putting up lots of points yet. I just hope the Razorback’s defense is as bad as people are saying and maybe UGA can win the turnover battle. I think that’s their only hope for a win. Could be wrong, but that’s how I see it.

How it will go down come December

September 17th, 2010
10:56 am

UGA has another lousy season, the alumni wil not ………..I repeat ….we will not allow this. I can easily see CMR taking a walk by resigning at season’s end to “purse his missionary work.” Todd Grantham will be asked by the new coach to stay and they will keep his two new assistants …….Lakatos and Blevins. They are solid and need another year to recruit and install their system. Now, if that too is a complete failure by December …………then the new coach can decide.

Bobo and all the rest O coaches will leave ……………and not be retained by the new man.

Folks ……………this is big boy ball and it IS about money. UGA will not tolerate yet another lousy year ………….ESPECIALLY WITH all of the thuggery up there.

UGA needs at least a 10-2 or 9-3 year with a breakthroug win over Florida. Sorry ………..that HAS to be in Richt’s resume for this year. He knows it too.

UGA, class of 71 & 73

murfdawg

September 17th, 2010
11:00 am

Did anyone notice Tavares King picking his nose on the play when Ealey fumbled? If he had continued blocking the USC db, we might have had a chance to recover the ball. This is what has happened to UGA football in the last few years. Someone takes a play off, something bad happens and then something even “badder” happens. Fla and AU hustle on every play for every minute of the game. That is why they are so “lucky”. We used to be lucky. What happened?

ARdawg

September 17th, 2010
11:02 am

Beast

UGA put up what, 55? against La-La and 6 against SC. They’re all over the map, both ends of the spectrum. Yes they can score a lot points. Is that really in question? I think not. To me the question is can Georgia’s defense stop Mallet long enough to score more points that he does. I suspect he will score a plenty

RxDawg

September 17th, 2010
11:07 am

For the record, I absolutely love the state of Oregon. It’s breath taking. And come on, who doesn’t love the Goonies!?

MURPHY

September 17th, 2010
11:07 am

Any one heard if Brandon Smith will play? We must get points from special teams this week to have a chance.

Say What???

September 17th, 2010
11:08 am

Gator Mike, the relationships you have with your Dawg fan friends is what I enjoy most about college football! I understand how the later in gets in October, the more strained those releationships may become. However, from your standpoint, it usually turns out well. Hopefully, this year the Dawgs will make a game of it.

Erk

September 17th, 2010
11:09 am

Gator Mike, actually Kirby Smart was very close to signing as Georgia’s defensive coordinator twice but Saban had everything to do with him not signing.

WashingtonDCDuck, I believe we (UGA) have a home & home with Oregon coming soon?

gdawginkalamazoo

September 17th, 2010
11:10 am

Beast and Gator Mike, you have to understand where we are coming from regarding the hiring of Grantham. Sure he teaches clinics at Bama with his friend Nick Saban. Sure he was DC in Cleveland (where BTW if you are hired there you rent an apartment and keep your sh!t in the boxes in storage, no matter who you are). We have had W Martinez for three years with a decline every season in D production. How many did we score against Arky last year and SC last year? And still had to punch the ticket for the W at the last minute. It looked more like ACC football than SEC. Grantham was also a successful D lineman coach in the NFL for years, J Jones wouldn’t have let him on the staff if he didn’t think otherwise. Anyhoo, we were happy with the hire, (Smart and Muschamp won’t leave there respective positions, which are some of the best in CFB, except for the right HC position). Is Grantham good? As you say jury is still out but it looks promising so far. I just hope our pass D shows up this weekend.

The one thing that kills be about this weekend is that Arky RB that suffered the bowel injury? WTF is up with that?

Coach O

September 17th, 2010
11:10 am

@Dawg Fud

“History repeats itself. LSU was 3-8 with DiNardo and then went onto to do great things. Bama struggled and now is top dog again. Auburn struggled then went undefeated.

Georgia has never gone throught hat phase but I believe it is finally upon us. Sometimes you just have to be “bad” before you can be “good” again.

I am just saying…”

You make a valid point. All three of those schools experienced major turnarounds in their football programs. Perhaps it would be a good idea to study exactly what those programs did to achieve such success.

Action, as well as inaction, has it’s consequences.

I’m just sayin’…

We Hit and Run This State

September 17th, 2010
11:12 am

“Reality Stinks”, you are a noob.

Tech rolls big in a must-win game (unless, like Tony said, they get their starters back today or tomorrow).

Arkansas gets a double-digit win, mutts get lucky at the end and actually score this thing called a “touchdown”.

Climpsun wins a close one, but wins.

MSU blows out notre lame.

THWG

ARdawg

September 17th, 2010
11:16 am

Zoo

That Arky RB is out and possibly for weeks. It is a sustained injury. Sure they have more but none with any experience. IMO it doesn’t really matter as Petrino doesn’t plan much ground game anyway

pbj

September 17th, 2010
11:20 am

For the return of Petrino- with apologies to John Cleese-

“I fart in your general direction. Your mother was a hamster and your father smelt of elderberries.”

BAMA dude

September 17th, 2010
11:20 am

Yeah, WonderDawg, I agree. While it has been fun in years past to watch the more delusional end of the UGA fanbase flip out ofter their MNC dreams were vanquished, I have actually spent this week trying to convince my UGA friends to step back off the ledge a bit. USCe may very well end up playing us in the Dome- frankly I’m concerned about our trip to Columbia coming up- and UGA will still get nine wins or so and a decent bowl. LSU looks just OK, UK, UT, and vandy are a joke, and Auburn vs. Missy St. looked like something from the Big East. It wouldn’t surprise me one bit to see UGA end up 6-2 in conference play and get the #4 SEC bowl bid behind Bama, USCe, and UF.

Beast from the East

September 17th, 2010
11:22 am

ARdawg,
I don’t take much stock in the 55 hung on La-La. I mean, who couldn’t do that? UF has scored 34 in consecutive weeks, but we all know it was against inferior opponents and they struggled doing it. IF they open it up then they have a shot against Arkansas. I wouldn’t want UF to be playing them right now and have to get into a shootout. UGA needs to play physical up front, stuff the run and put consitent pressure on Mallett if they want to keep the score down. Otherwise, I’m afraid it could be a long day. I’m pulling for you guys mainly because I hate Petrino and want to see a UGA team with a good record when we face ya’ll in Jax.
Best of luck tomorrow!

TS

September 17th, 2010
11:23 am

Arky will have to beat Georgia through the air which bodes well for the Dawgs from what I’ve seen so far this year. GA’s d line has to penetrate and keep Mallett on the move every play and not be in “prevent” mode the entire game.

If the Gators come out and play offense like we saw the 2nd half against USF we should put up a lot of points. Our defense will keep us in a lot of games this year but we have to back that up with some production from the offense. Someone has to step up and be the #2 behind Demps. I think Debose will be that guy.

Panther Prowler!

September 17th, 2010
11:29 am

@ Mr. Barnhart: THANKS FOR THE GEORGIA STATE PANTHERS PREDICTION!! Not what I wanted to hear, but appreciate the mention, along with the opportunity to prove you WRONG!!

LET’S GO STATE!!!

BAMA dude

September 17th, 2010
11:29 am

UGA needs to play physical up front, stuff the run and put consitent pressure on Mallett if they want to keep the score down.

Hmmm, stopping the run and pressuring the QB limits the offense’s ability to score. You should write a book.

Just bustin balls…

WashingtonDCduck

September 17th, 2010
11:30 am

at 5IML and ‘Beast From The East’ :

Well, I do understand from a recruiting standpoint that taking Alabama all the way up to Oregon to play at Autzen is as good as voting republican in San Francisco or NYC; it’s pointless. With that said, it sure would be fun to get the Tide in Autzen. I’m actually excited to watch them line up against the Dukies tomorrow, living here in DC, we’ll get it on TV in HD. I want to see how Duke reacts in the 1st qt, and see if they come with any punch. ‘Bama will smoke them, but still, it’s an intriguing intersectional game. In terms of playing a traditional opponent, like Penn State, Notre Dame, USC, ect…. I understand that. I’m not going to sit and try and argue the historical importance of Oregon Football. We have as much history as a 16 year old kid, not much. Early 1990s Oregon Football hit some big bowl games and began to build something special; before that? Well, it was hit and miss but mostly miss. Nevertheless, the Oregon Ducks are a huge hit for TV Ratings, just ask ESPN’s Game Day why in the past 4 years they’ve been to Eugene four times, and in one year twice. People like watching what wacky uniforms will be worn, and the product on the field is entertaining. We win games, we just don’t wear new NIKE digs every game and it’s not all fluff, we’ve got some defensive muscle and we’ll pop anyone (or as we say, “Don’t make us BLOUNT you”).

Getting Tennessee and Georgia in Eugene will be fun in the next few years. I personally enjoy road games much more, new stadiums, new traditions, new bars/downtowns to take over, and I know Athens is circled on many Oregon faithful calendars. The Knoxville paper estimated 20,000 Oregon fans made the trip. I bet if UT is up at the caliber they were when we inked the home/away deal, not so many UT fans sell their tickets to rabid U of O fans.

joe

September 17th, 2010
11:32 am

Mutt fans, remember how bad you felt around 4pm last Saturday? That was nothing…wait til you’re sitting at 0-2 in the SEC.

BAMA dude

September 17th, 2010
11:33 am

WashingtonDCduck

What you do have are some Grade A cheerleaders. Consistently fine every year- must have some good scouts.

dawgfacedboy

September 17th, 2010
11:39 am

You idiots that are blaming the new scheme for UGA’s defensive woes need to pay attention more. Tackling is nothing specific to this new scheme. Lattimore was breaking tackles right and left, which means the defenders were where they were supposed to be. Tackling is not something that changes with schemes.

Haven’t seen Tech play this year yet but I can’t imagine that with 7 or 8 starters out on D that they will have too much trouble.

G8R GRAD

September 17th, 2010
11:42 am

Sling Blade:

:o D

gdawginkalamazoo

September 17th, 2010
11:44 am

WashingtonDCduck, that UT game score ended up where I thought it would but it was a different journey than I though it would be. You guys have been coming on strong the past fews years. You should win the PAC-10 this year. Good luck with that. I promise you won’t be disappointed with the trip to Athens. The downtown area is awesome as far as college towns go and Sanford is one of the all time classic stadiums in college football. “Between the Hedges” will hopefully mean something again by the time the Ducks waddle into town.

John in Marietta

September 17th, 2010
11:46 am

Tech grad, but I think we get beat by UNC. They have had 2 weeks to prepare. When teams have extra time to prepare, Tech is in trouble. Last 2 bowl games, Miami last year, UNC 2 years ago (I think.) Even Kansas. (I know they played a game the week before, but based on the score and the competition, they probably prepared a lot for Tech.)

Spike

September 17th, 2010
11:46 am

Nancy, go get me a beer and also iron my shirts.

gdawginkalamazoo

September 17th, 2010
11:47 am

DCduck, what is your take on the Masoli to Ole Miss deal? I haven’t seen any Duck fans opinions on that yet?

VolAlum

September 17th, 2010
11:49 am

Interesting to see a “Duck” fan say his team has bigger “fish” to fry.

Delbert D.

September 17th, 2010
11:53 am

“Ducks” is a good nickname. Imagine the stately mallard variety. The 351 or so combinations of Oregon uniforms is a bit bizzare, though. Phil Knight, the founder and Chairman of Nike is an Oregon grad, and he clearly loves the Ducks and has a sense of humor.

For unusual team mascots, my favorite is the UC-Santa Cruz Banana Slugs.

Vance Duuley

September 17th, 2010
11:54 am

Arkansa 34, Georgia 17.

If Ealey plays, the beatdown will be even worse.

Razorbacks will roll, Dawgtards will roll over!

Say What???

September 17th, 2010
11:55 am

pbj – How awesome!!! A Monty Python quote on a football blog! My morning has taken a turn for the better!!!

“I wasn’t expecting the Spanish Inquistion….” “Leave! Or else I shall taunt you a second time!”