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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TheTaxJacket

September 17th, 2010
11:57 am

WOW. Barnhart picks the two home teams. IMAGINE THAT.

((( 45 – 42 )))

Glory, glory to the Jackets, their truth is marching on!!!

Vance Duuley

September 17th, 2010
11:57 am

Arkansas 34, Georgia 17.

Razorbacks roll, Dawgtards roll over. :-)

Gator Mike

September 17th, 2010
11:59 am

gDawginKalamazoo: Thank you for the background information on Grantham. I was not aware of his impressive portfolio. It is obvious that he is a tough guy in that he spent time in Cleveland which is a real cesspool. Having said all of that, I am happy that ya’ll did not get Smart or Muschamp this time around. They are very good, and it is only a matter of time before one of them is at UGA either as the D Coordinator or head coach.
I sure hope your DAWGS blast Petrino and his Hogs.
Go Gators! This should be an interesting weekend.

TheTaxJacket

September 17th, 2010
12:00 pm

*** Nesbitt for Heismen ***

DawginLex

September 17th, 2010
12:05 pm

I’m glad this tax jacket dude is not doing my return.

It’s Heisman, not Heismen.

Good Lord boy, the trophy is named after someone that coached at Tech.

Still hoping for ACL tear for Murray? Think that will help us lose a football game?

Sucks to be you

Dawgs > Hawgs

September 17th, 2010
12:08 pm

Dawgs win in a blowout. Unc upsets Tech—book it!

Vegas Jackette

September 17th, 2010
12:08 pm

hoping GT Football Chaplain and Coach Derrick Moore will deliver the “Sledgehammer” speech before the UNC game like he did four years ago at Chapel Hill, it will revive the dead, GO JACKETS

http://www.youtube.com/v/E3xbdaGD4dk?fs=1&hl=en_US

WashingtonDCduck

September 17th, 2010
12:10 pm

@ VolAlum…. That was not a shot at anyone in Knoxville. We loved our trip out there to Tennessee. A bunch of NYC/DC Oregon alums got 2 houseboats, and formed the Oregon Navy against the UT Navy, we had a blast. I have nothing but absolute respect for that program, it’s rich tradition, and the sheer volume of Neyland. Early on when UT took the lead, holy $%#@, that place was rocking. We were a few rows behind the UT bench, and damn, that place was shaking. I’d expect nothing less. Now, I want a slew of orange crush to invade the sleepy Pacific Northwest and visit Autzen and the jet engine that the zoo creates on fall Saturdays. UT will be back, Dooley may be the guy, I’m not sure, but make no mistake, that’s one hell of a stadium with some great traditions.

@ gdawginkalamazoo… well, you’ll find divided camps amongst Oregon fans on their feelings regarding Masoli. You will find a chunk that wish him well, and recognize that he’s a young kid that can’t keep his hand out of the cookie jar and just finds trouble. He was a class act before January in Eugene and never really got into trouble; he was never a distraction. Those same fans have now become Ole Miss fans and want to see the Rebels make some noise in the SEC. Eugene and Portland Comcast/Direct TV recently reported the number of requests to get SEC Football packages has increased 100 fold, with Duck fans wanting to watch Nutt’s Rebels and see what Masoli can do.

On the other end of the spectrum, you’ll find an angry group of Duck fans pissed at “What could have been.” With Masoli, Oregon enters 2010 as a Top 5 team with legitimate national championship aspirations. Masoli has led Oregon to some big wins, in some hostile environments, and has shown the moxy to get a team to the Rose Bowl. He ran the spread option, our run emphasized version, to perfection like Mozart composing a musical piece- it was a thing of beauty.

My thoughts as an avid fan who travels to ½ a dozen games from the east coast, good ridens. Seriously, he was in trouble before Oregon and we don’t let many kids like that through our doors. He was given STERN WARNINGS before inking his scholarship. He couldn’t stay out of trouble, even with his name in the dark horse Heisman conversation going into 2010. We never kicked him to the curb, he was allowed to obtain a world class education that many in the world don’t ever have the chance to acquire.

Oregon lost to Boise State and Ohio State in 2009 because MASOLI DOES NOT HAVE THE ABILITY TO CONSISTENTLY STRETCH DEFENSES VERTICALLY DOWN THE FIELD. He plays in a 15 yard box, and teams with equal or superior line of scrimmage play (opposing defensive front sevens) can simply stack the box and snuff out most big plays. We beat Ohio State is we can throw the football with any consistently. Masoli has a very erratic arm. Good runner? Of course, no doubt. Not a championship caliber throwing QB though, that’s why I’m glad we now have prep All-American out of Houston, TX Darron Thomas, redshirt Sophomore who’s been in the program for 3 years.

BAMA dude

September 17th, 2010
12:11 pm

Dawgs > Hawgs

September 17th, 2010
12:08 pm
Dawgs win in a blowout. Unc upsets Tech—book it!

Remember that delusional segment of the fanbase I wrote about earlier? Exhibit A…

MichaelFromCumming

September 17th, 2010
12:11 pm

GA 47
UA 13

We sack Mallet 5 times and hold them under 100 yards rushing. Three turnovers by the D and an unleashed AM.

This one will be easy thanks to the wakeup call from USC last week.

ARdawg

September 17th, 2010
12:14 pm

Beast

I agree with your comments. The level of competition that is La-La not withstanding, it is still “some” competition thus, proven that yes, UGA can do it. Moreover the question is “will” they do it. I see Richt and Bobo with their respective backs against the wall. The Bulldog nation is getting antsy. Last year was very unpleasant and like fans everywhere, we don’t do unpleasant very well. The few let down years prior to that and all of the sudden MR and MB do not have the luxury of not opening it up. That is if they wish to appease the fan base. It’s too late for on the job training for Murray. That should have been done last year. Look for the kitchen sink Sat from Georgia

gcs

September 17th, 2010
12:15 pm

GOTTA win does NOT equal GONNA win.

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BAMA dude

September 17th, 2010
12:15 pm

MichaelFromCumming, you actually believe that your roster and coaches are 34 points better than Arkansas? I guess USCe is 45 points better than Arky then?

Geez…

DAWGLOG

September 17th, 2010
12:16 pm

DAWG SLAUGHTERIN THIS WEEKEND.

DAWGS – 56
HAWGS – 12

WE”RE WAY BETTER THAN WE SHOWED LAST WEEK AND ARKANSAS HAS A BAD DEFENSE.

DawginLex

September 17th, 2010
12:21 pm

This GA team has no heart and very little character other than AM and Chapas.

To beat a QB like Mallett takes players who are not afraid to lose. Who are willing to go all out every play and can think on their feet.

Aaron Murray is capable of that. So is Chapas. I can’t think of anyone else on our roster who is going to play tomorrow who qualifies.

That is why we will lose.

3rdn8

September 17th, 2010
12:22 pm

test message

MichaelFromCumming

September 17th, 2010
12:22 pm

Yes I really do. This will be our coming out party.

I watched AR against ULM and was not impressed at all. Unless they have been keeping their playbook under wraps these first two games, they do not look as good as last year on offense. On defense, there is no way they could be much better than last year and they were just horrible.

I will be shocked if we don’t win easily.

how2fish

September 17th, 2010
12:31 pm

DawginLex I feel your pain brother, but I’m not convinced we will lose. Can we yes if we don’t play better than last week for sure, that being said I think we do play better on D and O…of course I could be wrong I have ex-wives so I do make a mistake once in a while..

DawginLex

September 17th, 2010
12:42 pm

I hope I’m wrong. I’d rather lose with Murray able to just play football the way he knows how and live with his freshman mistakes than to play the way we did last week.

lawzoo

September 17th, 2010
12:50 pm

Enter your comments here

Gen Neyland

September 17th, 2010
12:57 pm

how2fish : Exwives, being plural, is once more than a mistake every once in a while…Good luck to yours tomorrow.

ga gator

September 17th, 2010
12:57 pm

DAWGLOG come on dude what you been smokin. I hope UGA wins but 56 points?

Try UGA 24 Ark 22

Gatorzone

September 17th, 2010
12:57 pm

Bama Dude…

MichaelFromCumming

September 17th, 2010
12:11 pm
GA 47
UA 13

We sack Mallet 5 times and hold them under 100 yards rushing. Three turnovers by the D and an unleashed AM.

This one will be easy thanks to the wakeup call from USC last week

Exhibit B

The executioner

September 17th, 2010
1:00 pm

Michael from Cumming, jump in the electric chair son because you are about to be shocked. Do you know anything about football son?

Corninmypooh

September 17th, 2010
1:01 pm

This is a must win game for the Dawgs.

I’ve got a bad feeling about this one homies. I think the Dawgs will be 0-2 in the SEC tomorrow afternoon and the howls from Dawg “fans” will be in panic overdrive. This board is going to go completely bonkers if the Dawgs lose… hell guys will be calling for the water boy to be fired.

This is the most important game of Richt’s career. Think about it.

Vegas Bookie

September 17th, 2010
1:02 pm

Georgia fans like Michael From Cumming and DoggiesLOG are the reason we get rich in the gambling world.

MURPHY

September 17th, 2010
1:02 pm

Michael/From Cumming,

I want some of what you are smoking!

Chris Petersen

September 17th, 2010
1:03 pm

Corninmypooh, most important so far……………

Corninmypooh

September 17th, 2010
1:04 pm

MichaelfromCumming -

I love your enthusiasm, but you need to put down the crack pipe. UGA 47 UA 13… I’m not sure how you figured that one? We can’t run, we can’t tackle and 1/100th of the playbook is open to Murray.

Sonny Perdue

September 17th, 2010
1:08 pm

Michael your execution has been stayed.

Chris Rainey

September 17th, 2010
1:08 pm

Michael, it’s time to die.

gdawginkalamazoo

September 17th, 2010
1:09 pm

DawginLex, I thought D Gamble played a hell of a game last week that kid was all over the field on special teams and defense. Our entire defense didn’t quit last week. For the amount of the time that they spent on the field I though they hung tough. Sure there should be no excuse for taking a play off at anytime. I’ll bet a dollar that Grantham watched that film like a porno and the guys making the money shots play this week and the fluffers sit.

Beast from the East

September 17th, 2010
1:11 pm

gdawginkalamazoo,
LOL! Love the analogy!

76-DAWG

September 17th, 2010
1:13 pm

We will be in Athens this weekend. If the arm tackles start again this week the alumni will let Grantham know real fast that we expect the Martinez way better be HISTORY . Also if Bobo doesn’t show a better sequence of calling plays he will hear about it. If UGA had been in Athens last week we would have let Bobo know that we are not going to put up with the same sh## as last year. Last year was Bobo’s grace period.

Mike Bobo should've been on Sling Blade

September 17th, 2010
1:15 pm

MichaelFromCumming-

Ah don’t lack when dawg fans make stoopid comments. Alright den. Weez go go up yonder to dat
dare staydium and skin us some hawgs.

You guys don’t see how ass backwards it sounds to have him as YOUR OFFENSIVE COORDINATOR! Go Hawgs.

Gatorzone

September 17th, 2010
1:15 pm

Yes, we have our issues like everyone else. Urban has kicked him off of the team… I have never been one to act as if our program was perfect, or that our team was a bunch of Angels… God knows they are not. However, as long as they are kicked off of the team, what else can a coach do? Hold their hands 24/7?

Dawg H8R

September 17th, 2010
1:21 pm

Kalamazoo is still a sh!t hole! And how can one be from Kalamazoo and say it doesn’t exist? Because it’s a sh!t hole! The defense didn’t quit? They were getting there asses run over, they were being abused by SC! We wouldn’t let them quit!

MichaelFromCumming- Will uga get fluffed? You seem to be the right “man” for the job!

Here We Go Again

September 17th, 2010
1:24 pm

Yeah!!!!…..the Dawgs are gonna win!!!!!! Blah, blah, blah…..and more Blah. Why is everyone so freaking hyped up about this medicore Bulldog team? I do not understand it. Georgia Bulldogs are the Dale Jr. #88 of college football. great jersey & tee-shirt sales……..but HORRIBLE performances. Good grief – fire the Reverend Mark Richt already.

leopard

September 17th, 2010
1:24 pm

You’re not Mr. College Football, you’re Mr. Georgia Football. You picked the Bulldogs last week and lost and now you’ll lose this weekend. The Hogs also think this game is very important and see it as a must win to set up a HUGE game next Sat vs Bama. Ark’s defense is much improved and Petrino will set the offense loose to shut up the AJC columnists. Ark 35–Georgia 10

76-DAWG

September 17th, 2010
1:26 pm

I can accept a defeat if we leave everything on the field. There want be any excuses or comments , at least for me. What I want let go is a very sub par effort. UGA is better than that. If we lose by giving you’re best effort I will say “time to move on we just got beat by a better team”. SC was NOT better than UGA last week ,we just got out coached and their team wanted the win more.

Here We Go Again

September 17th, 2010
1:28 pm

Georgia will do what they do EVERY game: Run, Run, Pass, Punt……..Run, Run, Pass, Punt. Same ole’ thing every freaking year from Bobo the Dodo

Here We Go Again

September 17th, 2010
1:30 pm

ereh stnemmoc ruoy retnE

gdawginkalamazoo

September 17th, 2010
1:30 pm

Gatorzone, I guess Bama is the only angelic team left in the SEC.

how2fish

September 17th, 2010
1:32 pm

Gen Neyland good luck to the Vols hope CDD can keep it close and no one gets hurt..on either team..and I mistyped for the record I only have on ex-wife …so far and would really like to hold firm to that number..Gatorzone good point there is nothing more the coach can do..

Gatorzone

September 17th, 2010
1:42 pm

Zoo, seems like they have been lucky or nothing is publicized. Hard time believing EVERYONE in the SEC has troubled players except one team. If so, he needs to share his secret.
Good luck with that PODS Putridino tomorrow! Hang half a hundred on em!!!

If they are covered ..........QB will have to bolt

September 17th, 2010
1:43 pm

The UGA game plan last week was a joke. The UGA coaches saw Aaron Murray in HS and they decied to recruit him …………what they saw was a HS QB that played like he did vs LSU-Lafayette. Then, came SC game and they throttled him. DUMB ………we lost. Murray had three opps to bolt and AT LEAST GET A FIRST DOWN ……….we punted or whatever. Told not to run. DUMB.

This week, if Murray see his boys covered he will have to bolt, try and move the chains, sustaining the drive, giving the Hogs something else to think about …………otherwise, if we play like last week, we lose badly gang.

Go Dogs.

gdawginkalamazoo

September 17th, 2010
1:44 pm

Here We Go Again, I think you forgot the every other series that starts out with the 50 yard overthrown bomb down the sideline, run, run, punt.

Gatorzone

September 17th, 2010
1:48 pm

have to bolt, i think they are worried about him going down and having to plug in a true freshman with NO backup. How they got into this situation is crazy, but still they cannot afford to lose Murray.

jumbeauxtiger

September 17th, 2010
1:51 pm

UNC 27 Tech 20
Ark 30 Dawgs 17
Auburn 27 Clemson 21
LSU 20 Miss St 16
Gators 24 UT 6
Ole Miss 31 Vandy 17
Bama 49 Duke 13
FSU 38 BYU 21
ND 33 Mich St 24
JSU 41 GSU 10

cold hard city streets

September 17th, 2010
1:53 pm

Georgia State Panthers surprise Jax State with a thrilling 4th quarter, and bring some respect back to football in the Great State of Georgia.