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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403 comments Add your comment

Edsak

September 17th, 2010
6:26 am

First GO GATORS

#1

September 17th, 2010
6:29 am

Go2Gator

September 17th, 2010
6:34 am

Go GATORS!!!!!!!!!!

South

September 17th, 2010
6:41 am

Who cares bout ND and Michigan State? Must be a slow week in football.

Dog Island Gator

September 17th, 2010
6:43 am

I’ll double down on that, ” Go Gators”. Come on Tony. They will win because they have to? You can do better than that. You are becoming another Jeff S.

Palladin

September 17th, 2010
6:52 am

“because they GOTTA win”

Translation: I see no good evidence to indicate that they SHOULD win — but they’re the home teams, so I can’t bring myself to say that out loud.

Viningsgator

September 17th, 2010
6:58 am

jacket fan

September 17th, 2010
7:01 am

hate to say it but jackets lose this one and finish 6-6. No reason to expect more until we see a defense

athensdawg

September 17th, 2010
7:07 am

we’ll how the UGA girls flag football club looks in its second week of competition vs the men of the SEC. rumor has it that they have actually been tackling each other in practice. hope they don’t break too many fingernails….

Dawg_Mike

September 17th, 2010
7:10 am

Not so fast my friend….. UNC will have the urgency and need for redemption and will exterminate the bugs as such.

Dooley the Vol

September 17th, 2010
7:10 am

Bad weekend for local guys, the seat will get hot in Athens.
The vols will show up for the 2nd half, but its not enough.

No gator will get arrested next week, but they will make up for it later in the season.

82Dawg

September 17th, 2010
7:13 am

@Dooley the Vol …who’s seat will get hot??? Yours?

JWalker

September 17th, 2010
7:13 am

Auburn cant be this good. They come back down to earth next weekend against South Carolina. Side note: what ever happened to Clemson? I have family that went there and they used think they were the big dog in that state for football. Looks like they’ve turned into South Carolina’s little stepchild. They can’t even come over here and compete against an average Auburn team.

tony's a homer

September 17th, 2010
7:14 am

Tony thinks out loud: They are gonna win because I read the secret and put it out there in the universe that my alma mater will win. So UGA over ARK.
Unimpressed readers: the self procliamed mister of college football is a joke.

Just give it to 2

September 17th, 2010
7:15 am

Palladin

September 17th, 2010
7:17 am

“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?”

That’s a good question. They certainly didn’t put one together in Starkville. I also have a “feeling” that Auburn will win, but there is no empirical evidence, as yet, to support that feeling. This game will be interesting because little is known about how either of these teams will react to a contest with a quality opponent. If you think that Mississippi State is a quality opponent, then you should have picked them to defeat LSU.

Dooley the Vol

September 17th, 2010
7:19 am

82 dawg, pastor Richts. Unless he can put the fear of God in those boys. They need a coach not a friend/preacher.

Paul (you doesn't have to call me Johnson)

September 17th, 2010
7:23 am

Ole Miss should claim that games against Division II schools should not count

[...] 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. [More] [...]

just a fan

September 17th, 2010
7:32 am

I wouldn’t be knocking the burners yet they played poorly and still won on the road I think they will end up 9-3 this year. Before the season began I thought UGA would go 10-2 with losses to USCeast and the burners I still believe that as bad as we played last week floiduuh has played eually as bad against worse competition, USCeast has a tough schedule they play burners on the road and have bama and Arkansas at home as well as playing floriduh so if we get our act together and we will we have a good shot at 10-2 or 9-3 this is a good team and will only get better

Kansas

September 17th, 2010
7:37 am

Does the ACC really matter in Football? Auburn wins by two TDs. Good thing Tech doesn’t play the Dakotas.

Palladin

September 17th, 2010
7:42 am

How long will Notre Dame give Brian Kelly to turn this stagnant program around? All of the pre-season hype was that, while Charlie Weis was a dud as a HC, he had left the cupboard stocked with quality talent. Does Kelly need to recruit a “different style” of player for his offensive scheme to click? That has been Rich Rod’s excuse. Notre Dame hasn’t tasted a championship since 1988. Since then, no coach has lasted for more than four years.

Maybe a better question is: How long will the BCS bother to give Notre Dame a special dispensation to participate in the Championship game while ND gives no indication of the capacity to exercise that privilege?

Barrow Dawg

September 17th, 2010
7:43 am

Win or lose… I support UGA, BUT I WANT TO SEE SOME HARD HITTING FOOTBALL DOGGONE IT

GeezusDawg

September 17th, 2010
7:43 am

The burners?

MURPHY

September 17th, 2010
7:44 am

Miss St. will beat LSU. UNC will beat Tech. Rocky Top vs Gaytors-This will be close,real close! Dont underestimate Dooley and that orange crowd of over 105,000. This will be the game of the day!!!

A-ville Jacket

September 17th, 2010
7:44 am

If the mutts win and we don’t this weekend a change must happen at the end of the season. We are playing a downed team with half of the squad missing. Johnson has been a huge disappoint and second loss in a row against a dismantled team like UNC would be the finally nail in the coffin in my book.

Palladin

September 17th, 2010
7:46 am

@just a fan

Just a fan of whom? The Burners? Is that UAB?

GeezusDawg

September 17th, 2010
7:46 am

Why does everyone want to fire a coach after a couple of loses? Every team can’t win every game.

SimpleDawg

September 17th, 2010
7:48 am

Tony, why do you have me blocked? I seem to be one of the few people who respond to your posts who respect your opinions.

Palladin

September 17th, 2010
7:48 am

@GeezusDawg

It’s not like “everyone” has that attitude. Take, for example, UGA.

MURPHY

September 17th, 2010
7:49 am

Gen Neyland?

GT Dude

September 17th, 2010
7:50 am

Let’s all chill a bit,
Dawgs and Jackets are both in the same place this week, they need the new 3- 4 defense to actually show up and stop somebody. To date neither of us has demonstrated that the shift to the 3-4 is working.
Time is of the essence for TECH, but it is critical for DAWG; with another SEC loss UGA’s season is done and they become irrelevant, there will nothing left to play for except of course the last game on the schedule.

N.GA.DAWG

September 17th, 2010
7:54 am

I also said sc would beat us, just not the way I pictured. Tackle the man with the ball!! Good thing arky dont have a rb like sc. I like my Dawgs in this one. 24-21

Palladin

September 17th, 2010
7:54 am

@GT Dude

Considering the circumstances, I wouldn’t be shocked to see a two loss SEC East Champion this season. That said, if Georgia loses to Arky, then it will be difficult for them to end the season with only two SEC losses.

Who Dat...Two Dat

September 17th, 2010
7:59 am

Geaux Tigers…..

Bama Fan #2

September 17th, 2010
7:59 am

Go dawgs, gators,clemson,roll tide and who ever is playing the catholic boys ND!!

Buckblue

September 17th, 2010
8:00 am

Furman will upset USC

reebok

September 17th, 2010
8:02 am

Um…doesn’t UNC ‘gotta’ win also?

GeezusDawg

September 17th, 2010
8:04 am

Grantham is putting in a 3-4 with Martinez’ recruits. Give him at least one recruiting class (needs 2 or 3) before you start firing everyone.

Reality Stinks

September 17th, 2010
8:04 am

Come on Tech Fans

Seriously the ACC is in bad shape

GT will win tommorrow and will most likely win out though I havent seen Clemson play a loss to Miami, and UGA and there you have it 9-3

Thats a great season when your operating the middle school option veer in the lousiest conference in America

The ACC is showing that they dont deserve an automatic BCS bid

Stay Thirsty My Friends

Reality Stinks

September 17th, 2010
8:08 am

G Dawg

I agree about Granthum

But I have had my belly full of (Bobo or Richt) and their conservative play calling on offense.

Is Bobo the one calling the plays or is Richt the one making him call these plays

I dont know, but what I do know is Richt better make changes soon or the unemployment line is drawing near

Gam on

September 17th, 2010
8:09 am

Buckblue, you are as idiotic as your namesake.

Dr. Kenneth Noisewater

September 17th, 2010
8:09 am

Dawgs will bounce back this weekend and take out some frustration on the Hogs

Buckblue

September 17th, 2010
8:11 am

Gam on…..tell that to James Madison….App State….etc. FU beat USC the last time they played in Columbia….

and Gam on…you spell like you went to Clempson

Spike

September 17th, 2010
8:12 am

Tony, will all these Tech idiots now call you a Tech homer because you picked their team to win?

Bam

September 17th, 2010
8:12 am

Gam on…you have no game
FU

david

September 17th, 2010
8:16 am

What kind of offense does UGA have that can match the fire power of Arkansas? F$U is a .500 ball club, the Mormons beat them in a close game.

Who Dat ...Two Dat

September 17th, 2010
8:16 am

Hey Murphy…..LSU has won the last 10 games against the Bulldogs. The last time MSU defeated LSU was in 1999, 17-16 in Gerry DiNardo’s last season at LSU. In 2000, Nick Saban’s Tigers defeated MSU 45-38 in overtime and since that game LSU has defeated MSU 41-0, 31-13, 41-6, 51-0, 35-7, 48-17, 45-0, 34-24 and 30-26 last season.

WashingtonDCduck

September 17th, 2010
8:18 am

SEC! SEC! SEC! Those were the chants some of us Oregon fans got exiting Neyland Stadium Saturday night, after delivering one of the largest margin of defeats in Neyland’s history. Talk about a delusional fans base.

For the most part, folks in Knoxville were very friendly and the hospitality was alright. All I heard though from the Wednesday afternoon upon my arrival to kickoff was, “this is SEC, we play defense!”, “hey man, you are not that fast, wait ‘til you see SEC speed!”. LOL. I get that UT is down, and not what it was in the late 90’s with Fullmer’s powerful squads. But, UT is no Jacksonville State (sorry Ole Miss), they still have some highly recruited kids and from my 30yd line 10th row seats behind UT’s bench (thank you StubHub), Tennessee still has plenty of good athletes.

Our 20,000 Oregon faithful that congregated on sacred SEC soil enjoyed ourselves, and we are looking forward to a date in Dallas at Jerry’s palace next year in early September vs. LSU.

I can’t speak for the rest of the Pac-10, but we, as in THE OREGON DUCKS, play defense, have just as good as team speed as anyone in the country, and can explode for huge chunks of yards and points against anyone, yes, even you the Cleveland Browns and Detroit Lions.

Go Ducks!

Gam on

September 17th, 2010
8:20 am

Bb. I unfortunately was educated in Georgia. Did you watch the Georgia game? Everyone thinks the Dawgs are bad but it just ain’t so. SC has real talent this year and they aren’t an ACC Pansy. There is a better chance of Duke beating Bama.

Go Dawgs!