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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September 17th, 2010
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ACC SUCKS

September 17th, 2010
4:08 pm

“Ah, now we see. This “ACC Sucks” character is a Barner from Alabama Polytechnic.”

Wrong.

“That’s why he’s attacking Saban and Bama with all his many screen names.”

I’m attacking trolls like you and what “many” screen names?

Georgia Tech Virgin

September 17th, 2010
4:08 pm

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Snakebit for Heisman

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5IML

September 17th, 2010
4:08 pm

BAMA dude,

“ACC Sucks” was “Bama Sucks” yesterday.

Unless you’re really, really bored (like I was yesterday), just ignore him/her.

ESSO CLUB

September 17th, 2010
4:10 pm

BASED on the fact,
Auburn coach Gene Chizik has a losing overall record of 15-24.
ACC beats SEC in this one,
Clemson 24
Auburn 17

ACC SUCKS

September 17th, 2010
4:12 pm

“ACC Sucks” was “Bama Sucks” yesterday. ”

Proof please.

ACC SUCKS

September 17th, 2010
4:13 pm

“ACC beats SEC in this one,”

We shall see. I wouldn’t bet the farm on it.

BAMA dude

September 17th, 2010
4:13 pm

Good advice 5IML.

Esso, I can see that game going either way. I honestly don’t know anything about Clemson but I can’t imagine Auburn is better than 40-50th nationally based on what I saw last weekend. Their offense is borderline incompetent.

Basketball National Champs

September 17th, 2010
4:15 pm

. . . . . It would be cool if Duke upsets Alabama.

ACC SUCKS

September 17th, 2010
4:17 pm

“I can’t imagine Auburn is better than 40-50th nationally based on what I saw last weekend. ‘

Guess you weren’t watching Auburn because Auburn didn’t play last weekend.

“Their offense is borderline incompetent.”

Your tampon is showing.

Dawg Paw

September 17th, 2010
4:21 pm

AUBURN BEATS CLEMPSON 67-23. BOOK EM DANNO.

Heard it hear

September 17th, 2010
4:25 pm

Upset of the Millenium…Duke over Bama….

Coach O

September 17th, 2010
4:29 pm

I’m just about sick of hearing all of the pigskin statisticians going off about how much better Ryan Mallet plays at home vs. on the road.

Have none of these boneheads considered the fact that their 2009 schedule happened to pit Arkansas against Alabama, Texas A&M, Florida, Ole Miss and LSU on the road?

Home field advantage has more to do with scheduling patsy games at home than with anything else. All football fields are laid out in the same dimensions. With the exception of Boise State, they’re all basically the same color. The fans don’t play the game. Stop the insanity!

DawginLex

September 17th, 2010
4:31 pm

Mallett’s gonna get his yards. Question is can we get ours? Can we hold him under 20 points? Can we score a freaking touchdown?

2010 NCAA Basketball National Champions

September 17th, 2010
4:34 pm

`
Go Blue Devils !
. .. . .Beat Bama

BAMA dude

September 17th, 2010
4:39 pm

DawginLex, you’re on the right track there. I think there’s a good chance UGA outscores Arky, but they won’t be putting up 35-40 points like some here seem to believe. I’m not big on the whole prediction thing but at home I’d pick UGA to win 24-20 or something along those lines.

And Coach O, if you can’t understand that football teams (defenses especially) feed off the home crowd energy then you never played much football. It’s much harder to play QB in a hostile environment when a) the opposing fans are doing everything they can to keep you from hearing and communicating with your teammates on audibles and b) the defense has that little extra pep in their step from feeding off the home crowd. When you’re at home and have the ball you tend to get a nice, comfortable atmosphere as a QB… check off when you want, etc. without crowd noise becoming an issue. Some guys just get rattled on the road.

T'VILLE DAWG

September 17th, 2010
4:41 pm

If you think the ACC is the worst conference then under what rock do you find the Slack10 formally called the Big10.

Beast from the East

September 17th, 2010
4:42 pm

He’s back. Gump, how ya been doing?

ACC SUCKS

September 17th, 2010
4:44 pm

“then under what rock do you find the Slack10 formally called the Big10.”

O State, Iowa and Nebraska look pretty good.

T'VILLE DAWG

September 17th, 2010
4:45 pm

Let’s all pray that OSU doesn’t play in the NC again probably against the SEC champ again. Where are the hammer and nails that are needed for that coffin?

Chief Knockahoma

September 17th, 2010
4:47 pm

BAMA dude

The Ark/UGA game should be a pretty close game. I don’t think Ark is as good as the media makes them out to be. Now, I read something you wrote about Auburn being a bad team and I have to disagree with you there. ESPN built up Miss State and predicted an upset by Miss St. Yes, it was a close game but it’s not like Bama never has a close game. Chizek has really turned that program around and signed a high ranking class.

Please elaborate why you think they are a third rate team.

Dawg Paw

September 17th, 2010
4:49 pm

MALLET SUCKS ON THE ROAD!!!!

HE’LL BEAT BAMA’S ASS AT HOME THOUGH!!!

UGA 63
ARK 9

BAMA dude

September 17th, 2010
4:53 pm

Third rate? Don’t think I said that. I just think that Missy State is around the 50th best team in America… and Auburn is obviously about even with them. I could be wrong, but I just don’t see it. If I recall correctly Newton completed less than 50% in that game too. We shall see.

Coach O

September 17th, 2010
4:54 pm

BAMA dude,

I understand what “home field advantage” is — but I also understand what it isn’t.

Mallet’s home field numbers from last year are so much better because he played against so many quality opponents in road games. Does the cheering crowd help? Sure — but not that much.

Chief Knockahoma,

One could form that opinion about Auburn by carefully watching their first two games.

Chief Knockahoma

September 17th, 2010
4:57 pm

BAMA dude

Ok, fair enough but I still don’t think Auburn has a bad team. Bama almost lost two games last year and didn’t really dominate the SEC. One week a team can have a bad week and the next they can have a really good one. Newton is a great qb and a great runner and has only played two games with plenty left.

Chief Knockahoma

September 17th, 2010
4:58 pm

“One could form that opinion about Auburn by carefully watching their first two games.’

They won both games.

BAMA dude

September 17th, 2010
5:01 pm

Personally, I think those talking about Mallet’s home/road performance are talking more in terms of poor play and critical mistakes that he may have made in hostile environments last year. Example would be his 16-for-41 performance at BDS last year. I don’t think people are looking at home numbers he piled up against patsies.

Chief Knockahoma

September 17th, 2010
5:05 pm

BAMA dude

I know Penn State was ranked, but you know as well as anyone that Penn State isn’t exactly a powerhouse team.

BAMA dude

September 17th, 2010
5:05 pm

Chief, say what you want… Auburn is average at best this year and Cam Newton is NOT a great QB. He never would have been anything more than the Tebow version of the Chris Leak Florida offense. Guarantee you that UM wasn’t giving him the keys. If I’m not mistaken they had already had him practicing some at H-Back down there.

BAMA dude

September 17th, 2010
5:06 pm

To clarify, I meant the Tebow role when he was a Freshman. Short yardage option QB.

Chief Knockahoma

September 17th, 2010
5:07 pm

“Auburn is average at best this year and Cam Newton is NOT a great QB. ”

Says you.

“He never would have been anything more than the Tebow version of the Chris Leak Florida offense.’

And Brantley is working out so well…………

BAMA dude

September 17th, 2010
5:07 pm

No they aren’t, but we thoroughly dominated them. And they’re a damn sight better than missy State.

Chief Knockahoma

September 17th, 2010
5:08 pm

BAMA dude

I can not wait until Bama’s first loss which will happen in the next few weeks. Arrogance is what gets a team beat.

BAMA dude

September 17th, 2010
5:10 pm

I never said Bama couldn’t lose. Anybody can lose on any given week. You make judgments on how “good” a team is with your eyes. Auburn simply ain’t good.

Chief Knockahoma

September 17th, 2010
5:12 pm

“Auburn simply ain’t good.”

Can’t wait for people like you to eat a large piece of humble pie.

ARdawg

September 17th, 2010
5:14 pm

Knockahoma

What are you as well as the talking heads basing this idea that Auburn is a powerhouse on? In my opinion they are not as good as the TT teams (yet). Who have they beaten and this goes back to last year. If recruiting classes actually won any games, Georgia would be undefeated. Auburn has yet to prove they can actually beat somebody and until they do, they will be considered a lower level SEC team. Just da’way it’tis

BAMA dude

September 17th, 2010
5:14 pm

“People like me?”

I just gave my opinion Dude. They’re like a-holes if you haven’t heard… everybody has one.

Chief Knockahoma

September 17th, 2010
5:17 pm

“What are you as well as the talking heads basing this idea that Auburn is a powerhouse on?”

Never said they were a powerhouse. Your words not mine. I simply stated that they were not a bad team.

“Who have they beaten and this goes back to last year.”

Who has UGA beaten? No one.

“If recruiting classes actually won any games, Georgia would be undefeated.’

I was speaking for future teams and rebuilding.

“Auburn has yet to prove they can actually beat somebody and until they do, they will be considered a lower level SEC team. ”

UGA- 0-1 in the SEC. Sucks for you.

dawg day afternoon

September 17th, 2010
5:17 pm

As far as upsets go, I’d rather see Georgia State over Bama. And they’ll have their chance too…

Chief Knockahoma

September 17th, 2010
5:18 pm

BAMA dude

Didn’t mean to upset your vagina.

dawg day afternoon

September 17th, 2010
5:20 pm

Oh snap, it’s getting frisky in here!

Delbert D.

September 17th, 2010
5:20 pm

Las Vegas Bookie –
“I jumped last week with “Sack Shultz” also.
My ranking is 319 out of 4484 with an overall score of 23.
The highest score is 28.

Seriously, the GT/UNC game to me is a toss-up.”

I’m at 22, 1 ahead of Schultz himself. I got 13 of 15 last week, but a few of the games have me tossed up this week.

BAMA dude

September 17th, 2010
5:20 pm

I do have to say that it’s kinda fun when every other fanbase in the conference salivates at the thought of your team losing just one time. I guess winning 16 straight conference games (17 out of 18 to give UF their due for 2008)will do that for you. Awesome.

BAMA dude

September 17th, 2010
5:21 pm

Another internet tough guy.

Sigh…

FLA DAWG

September 17th, 2010
5:22 pm

Pigs Win, We Lose because we have Richt and Bobo which means we suk Piksicles.

Fire Richt

ARdawg

September 17th, 2010
5:22 pm

Knockahoma

You haven’t heard any claims from me of UGAs prowness. The best Auburn could be rated now is “not a bad team” “unproven”. Clemson will be a test. If MS ST was a test, it didn’t help Auburn’s cause

Chief Knockahoma

September 17th, 2010
5:27 pm

dawg day afternoon

September 17th, 2010
5:30 pm

I love the smell of swine roasting in the morning. Tanning Betrayno’s hide is just a bonus.

Dawgs 49

Swine 9

Tide Roll Tide

September 17th, 2010
5:32 pm

Bama’s not losing any games this year—bank on it. This Bama team is better than last year! Look for an easy blowout over florida or south carolina in the SEc title and a 17 point win over ohio state in Glendale. Title #14!!!!

BAMA dude

September 17th, 2010
5:37 pm

Tide Roll Tide,

Six SEC opponents coming off bye weeks will be tough to navigate. The trip to Columbia is particularly dangerous in my opinion. I think they can do it, but it will not be easy. And the offense is markedly better than last year, but the defense took just a little step back I think.

Good conversations with all the non-trolls out there. Later everyone.