Tech wins a squeaker; Georgia survives in Starkville

The Fearless Friday Forecast:

1. N.C. State at Georgia Tech: The last time the Wolfpack was 3-0 (2002) they eventually got to 9-0 before the run was stopped by Georgia Tech in Raleigh. As a Tech fan you need to be concerned that N.C. State quarterback Russell Wilson is just now knocking off the rust after playing minor league baseball all summer–and he threw for 333 yards and three touchdowns in his last outing against Cincinnati. Wilson has thrown 101 passes this season without an interception. That will change at Bobby Dodd Stadium on Saturday. Georgia Tech 21, N.C. State 20.

2. Georgia at Miss. State: Don’t worry about the cowbells, Bulldog fans. They are loud. It’s life on the road in the SEC. The thing to worry about is that the Mississippi State quarterbacks–Chris Relf and Tyler Russell–are due for a breakout game. And after giving up just less than four bills against Arkansas last week, the Georgia secondary is not going to put a lot of fear into anyone. My advice to Georgia? Just run the football and wear this team down. It’s time for the offensive line to man up and win a game for Georgia. Georgia 24, Miss. State 17.

3. Alabama at Arkansas: This summer I asked Arkansas quarterback Ryan Mallett about Saturday’s date with No. 1 Alabama and how excited the Hogs’ fans would be. He smiled: “I hear we’ve sold all the tickets and will probably draw a big crowd.” Yep. With both teams in the Top 10, it’s the second biggest game ever played at Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium. In 1969 No. 1 Texas beat No. 2 Arkansas 15-14 in a game that decided the national championship. Arkansas will have the crowd but Alabama still has that massive offensive line and the best running back combo on the planet in Mark Ingram and Trent Richardson. I could be wrong.  But I think Alabama starts to pull away in the fourth quarter. Alabama 34, Arkansas 21.

4. South Carolina at Auburn: First of all, I wonder how much Auburn has left in the tank after last week’s very physical overtime win against Clemson. South Carolina is going to come to Jordan-Hare Stadium for its first road of the season and try to beat Auburn by using the Georgia game plan: That’s a heavy dose of running back Marcus Lattimore and just enough passing to keep the defense honest. Look for Auburn to put an extra defender in the box and to force the Head Ball Coach to air it out with quarterback Stephen Garcia. Then what happens is anybody’s guess. I like the Gamecocks in this one because Ellis Johnson’s defense is going to cause some problems for Auburn’s quarterback, Cameron Newton. South Carolina 17, Auburn 14.

5. Kentucky at Florida: So how many times have we said this: Kentucky has the best offense in the SEC East? Right now the Wildcats are certainly better on offense than Florida. Kentucky needs to keep one streak going: The Wildcats have not given up a turnover in three games. If the Wildcats can do that, then they have a puncher’s chance to end their 23-game losing streak to the Gators. All I know is that the Florida defense already has 10 interceptions. UK quarterback Mike Hartline must take care of  the football. Florida 21, Kentucky 10.

6. Oregon State at Boise State: The Broncos are ranked No. 3 and the release of the first BCS standings don’t come until Oct. 17. In the meantime Boise must keep winning and do it with style points. I’ve got Oregon State as my darkhorse pick to win the Pac-10. The Beavers (1-1) lost to No. 4 TCU  (30-21) and almost lost to Louisville (35-28) last week. College Game Day is coming to Boise and the world will be watching. The Broncos need to put on a show. Boise State 42, Oregon State 27.

7. Stanford at Notre Dame: Stanford has won its first three games (Sacremento State, UCLA, Wake Forest) by a combined score of 155-41. Quarterback Andrew Luck has already thrown for 674 yards with no interceptions. Stanford coach Jim Harbaugh has got a little bit of an attitude about him and his fans like that. I know this sounds crazy but I have it on good authority that Stanford was really jacked up to play Wake Forest after losing to the Deacons last year in Winston-Salem. Could the Cardinal have a let down at Notre Dame (1-2), which needs a win after two straight losses at the buzzer? I’ll go with Stanford and the hot quarterback. Stanford 35, Notre Dame 27.

8. UAB at Tennessee: It’s obvious now that Tennessee is going to have to take baby steps (two steps forward, one step back) in this first season under Derek Dooley. The good news is that Tennessee played the full 60 minutes against Florida before losing 31-17. The week before the Volunteers basically packed it in after falling behind in the second half against Oregon. Here is why Saturday’s game with UAB is so important. A win gives the Volunteers a 2-2 record with games coming up at LSU, at Georgia, Alabama in Knoxville, and at South Carolina. You have to figure Tennessee will be 2-6 heading into November. They will still be able to get to 6-6 and Dooley can point to a tangible goal. Having a goal is important to a struggling team. Tennessee 27, UAB 10.

9. Virginia Tech at Boston College: After a tough three weeks to open the season, the Hokies (1-2) open ACC play on the road. My buddy Bill Roth, the radio voice of Virginia Tech, tells me that no Hokie has scored a rushing touchdown at Boston College since Lee Suggs did it in 2002. In fact, Boston College has beaten Virginia Tech in five of its last six meetings, including a 14-10 win at Virginia Tech in 2007 led by Matt Ryan. I think Boston College beats the Hokies again. Boston College 21, Virginia Tech 17.

10. West Virginia at LSU: It’s a non-conference game. It will also be the best party in all of college football this weekend. LSU (3-0) needs to keep winning because the Tigers want to be 5-0 when they go to Florida on Oct. 9. West Virginia (3-0) may be the class of the Big East now that Pittsburgh is 1-2. The Mountaineers have some playmakers in QB Geno Smith (800 yards passing, 7 TD) and Noel Devine (118 yards rushing per game). But I see LSU’s defense as too big and quick. Both sides win the party. LSU wins the game. LSU 24, West Virginia 14.

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Programming note: Today on the “Barnhart and Durham Show” we’ll welcome Gainesville Sun columnist Pat Dooley to give us an update on the Florida Gators. Sports agent Pat Dye, Jr. will join us as well as Bob Behler, the radio voice of Boise State. We’ll also replay an interview I did with Arkansas coach Bobby Petrino as he talks about Saturday’s big game with Alabama. The fun starts at 10 a.m. on 790 The Zone. www.790thezone.com.

520 comments Add your comment

JB

September 24th, 2010
8:26 am

Georgia receivers for next year? Well, Durham stepped up, but he’s leaving. none of these guys have stepped forward. none can get get any separation thus far. Micheal Bennett is Red shirting, and we have three commits for next year. I hope someone can step in and perform.

Palladin

September 24th, 2010
8:26 am

Alabama vs. Arkansas 2009:
Bama wins at home by a score of 35-7.

Alabama vs. Arkansas 2010:
Arkansas is the home team — add 3 points for Arky.
Arkansas offense is better than last year and Bama defense has replaced 9 starters — add 7 points for Arky.
Alabama offense is better than last year — add 7 points for Bama.

Final Score: 42-17

Paul in RDU

September 24th, 2010
8:27 am

The problems keep piling up in Chapel Hill for Butch Davis.
The AA dropped the tutor in July 2009 for being too close to the players (hardly surprising considering she was the same age as them) but Butch kept her on as a tutor for his son up until May 2010. Looks like he didn’t know some of the things that were going on in his athletic department.

http://www.newsobserver.com/2010/09/24/699742/tutor-too-close-to-athletes.html

Phil

September 24th, 2010
8:31 am

Auburn’s game against Clemson was a week ago Barnhart, I think they have had time to rest up from that game.

ga gator

September 24th, 2010
8:31 am

SC 20 Aub 17
UGA 24 MS ST 12
AL 37 Ark 24
NC ST 31 Tech 24
LSU 27 WV 23
Stan 35 ND 31
Or St 35 Boise 30
UF 34 KY 20

GOP

September 24th, 2010
8:32 am

Miss. State and Georgia are down 0-2 in the SEC, but State has several advantages over Georgia.

State is much improve from last year and they gave the Gators all they wanted on a Sat night in Starksville. They played the Gators better than the dawgs did, losing 29-19, the dawgs lost 41-17.
These were on back to back weekends.

It will be a home for those dawgs and it will be LOUD, cow bells will handicap Murray’s ability to call audibles.

The biggest advantage State has is Mullins can out coach and run circles around both Richt and Bobo and Gratham hasn’t stop anybody yet.

I’ll take State.

how2fish

September 24th, 2010
8:32 am

JB I hear you and feel your pain, but lets worry about this year…we have enough to worry about the Lord knows…as my grandfather use to tell me “Son don’t go borrowing trouble” lets hope we can take care of business the rest of this season. And we can let next season take care of its self in its own time. As this year has proven a lot can happen by the first kickoff next year. Go Dogs !

Something that makes you go ummmmm!!!!

September 24th, 2010
8:32 am

GOP
I know you can do it but my questions is why?

ga gator

September 24th, 2010
8:34 am

TampaGator, you said that SC will play the gators undefeated. Are you on drugs? That means you think that SC will beat Bama; never gonna happen.

Palladin

September 24th, 2010
8:35 am

@GOP

Murray doesn’t call audibles. Cowbells lose another one. Mullen was a good coach at Florida — he ain’t at Florida anymore.

Davey Boy Smith

September 24th, 2010
8:36 am

@something that makes you go ummmm….the bigger question is what happens to the money that goes to the SCHOOLS when they forfeit games years later…

is USC going to give all the money back for the gate totals that they made when Reggie Bush was playing there?

…USC attendance went up from in the 60,000 per game range to 100,000 from 2000 to 2005…

are they going to give the money back to the BCS from the bowls that they played in while Reggie Bush was there?

…the NCAA is the slavemaster and they are pimping these kids to death…when one kid wants to go buy something outside the company store, the master whips him and puts him back in the hut for a few weeks, unable to pick anything…it is sick and disgusting, and all you idiots continue to help fill the coffers…

GOP

September 24th, 2010
8:36 am

Regarding Grantham, so far every SEC team he has faced has produced the SEC offensive
player of the week———–that 3-4 needs a little more work.

ga gator

September 24th, 2010
8:38 am

Davey Boy Smith; you sound more like Jesse Jackson Boy instead of Davey Boy Smith.

GOP

September 24th, 2010
8:38 am

Something that makes you go ummmmm!!!!

Cause life just aint FAIR.

70 Dawg

September 24th, 2010
8:38 am

UGA needs to do more than “Survive”.I’ve given them the benefit of the doubt based on SC and Ark’s rating but it’s time to let the big dawg eat. Either walk the walk or don’t talk the talk.

JB

September 24th, 2010
8:41 am

how2fish………………I know, I know……….Richt’s teams the last two years have gotten better as the season went on. I don’t feel that yet with this team. My hope is that AJ’s return gives us the ability to score. We won’t beat many folks this year if we can’t. I’m very concerned that NONE ( except Durham) of these other receivers are stepping up. And Why we don’t run some plays to get a pass to one of these tight ends 4-5 yards out and let them rumble down the field some is beyond me.

Michael

September 24th, 2010
8:41 am

How could have the Hokies lost 5 of the last 6 meetings against BC if they won 2 games against BC to win 2 ACC Championships in 2007 and 2008?

Palladin

September 24th, 2010
8:42 am

@ga gator

Davey Boy has a valid point. If a kid can play a game well enough, then the money should just shower down on him from heaven. Same with Pokemon Masters — they should also become instant millionaires.

IT’S NOT FAIR!!!

70 Dawg

September 24th, 2010
8:42 am

JB, don’t give up on T King, Wooten and Brown. They’re young and improving. Be patient, my friend.

5IML

September 24th, 2010
8:43 am

Winners (in order of margin of victory–largest to smallest):

Stanford, UF, BSU, LSU, BAMA, UGA, VT, GT, USCe

RAMBLE ON!!!

September 24th, 2010
8:44 am

Huh?

I thought Mr. Homer Football was going to say UGA will win this game because they have too.

You know, to make it back to Sherevport.

how2fish

September 24th, 2010
8:44 am

GOP both those teams are in the top 15 and not for their defenses. Grantham has done one thing our guys are more often in position to make a play than when Willie was here..execution has been bad or the offensive player just made a better play.We need a big nose tackle badly but I knew we would get caught out of position at least a couple of times a game early in the season..its a new D scheme everyone is a freshman in it…aside from the lack of tackling execution in the SC game I’m frustrated but not real concerned I think we are on the right track.

Palladin

September 24th, 2010
8:47 am

Shreveport was the bowl game where the teams who defeated the Orange Bowl participants played, wasn’t it? Did they shut it down — or what?

Rufus

September 24th, 2010
8:48 am

R U Sirius? With Tech’s famous “sieve defense,” you really expect them to hold NC State to 20 points? NC State 41, Tech 30.

Steve

September 24th, 2010
8:48 am

What a surprise. Uga to win again!
And tech, a 8-9 point favorite at home as a 1 point winner. Haha. You should reverse the scores of these games to be more realistic. Stewart Mandel is Mr College Football. You are Mr Uga.

dawgfan

September 24th, 2010
8:49 am

Remember when the only question with games like Miss St. Was when the back up QB would get in the game? Aaah, those were the days…

gomdawg

September 24th, 2010
8:49 am

How about dropped ball by the secondary that would have been inter. , changed game last week.

Jason

September 24th, 2010
8:49 am

Dogs not gonna win another one until Aaron Murray is replaced by Gray or Mason.

Matt

September 24th, 2010
8:50 am

Not an Aaron Murray fan. The team plays worse when he’s on the field.

Scott

September 24th, 2010
8:51 am

Jason-

Great post buddy, I agree 110%.

Steve

September 24th, 2010
8:51 am

Michael
That’s tony, who’s suppose to be so smart, not getting the facts right again. Like I said, Mandel is Mr College Football. Not this Greensboro country buffoon.

dawgfan

September 24th, 2010
8:51 am

Steve, you are Mr. Crybaby Whiner. You lost to KANSAS for God’s sake and here you are demanding respect like its a birthright. The stupidity and arrogance of Tech fans never ceases to amaze me.

Palladin

September 24th, 2010
8:51 am

Must be Friday the 13th — Jason’s back!

gomdawg

September 24th, 2010
8:52 am

Tech , you need to stick with the ACC , because ya’ll can not handle the truth ( SEC )

Greg

September 24th, 2010
8:52 am

Jason, best post of the deacde, thanks so much for the remarkable insight. Surprised more people arn’t writing aticles about this. I’ve noticed Murray’s adverse effect on the team too, almost everybody’s playing worse than last year from rb’s, to te’,s to O-Line.

ga gator

September 24th, 2010
8:52 am

Palladin….LMAO!!!

Davey Boy Smith

September 24th, 2010
8:53 am

Good grief, of all the people to blame on UGA’s team and coaching staff, Aaron Murray would have to be about 110th. Unless you are Hutson Mason’s brother, posing with 3 different handles (jason, Matt, Scott, very clever) then you are clearly an idiot or a Gtu fan, or both.

Ryan J

September 24th, 2010
8:53 am

Uga wins a close one. Tech rolls. Bama wins a good game. Uf rolls. WV LSU is a good game.

SimpleDawg

September 24th, 2010
8:53 am

UGA beats MSU because they’re better……better talent and more winning tradition. Georgia gets well…..offensively and defensively.

NC State has looked pretty good so far this year……GIT has not. No home field advantage here….Wolf Pack beats the bugs.

USC wins a tough game against Awbarn. The Fighting Roosters are for real this year.

Kentucky has a shot at Florida…..if they play a perfect game and the Gators continue to stagger around. The Urbane Crier will begin to feel poorly again…..

The Bammers pull out their Yellow Hammers to trump Petrino’s Mallet……Bama pounds the rock.

Unfortunately, the Beavers will not be able to corral the Broncos……Boise’s last chance to lose.

The Goldie Domers will lose to Stanford….Stanford has better players and more confidence.

West Va gets to experience Red Stick in the evening glow of gumbo and Jack Daniels…..lots of fun if you’re tailgating…not so much fun on the gridiron.

BC vs Va Tech is a game of slugs…….I don’t really care who wins.

Vowels beat the Blazers…just because they’re Tennessee and UAB isn’t.

Something that makes you go ummmmm!!!!

September 24th, 2010
8:54 am

Davey Boy Smith slow down my friend… SLAVES? When you through words like slave out you just lost your argument thats a slap in all slaves face there is no comparison between slavery and a college football player.These kids get there education paid for and they get free room and bored. And they’re not forced to go, I don’t believe slaves had a choice…….
Now in saying that I have a way you could pay all student athletes. You pay them what it cost to send them to school and they have to write the check for there classes, books and living expense

Five-Ohg

September 24th, 2010
8:54 am

Dogs 27, Dawgs 17.

Book it, Danno!

Gators 17 Dawgs 3

September 24th, 2010
8:54 am

Here is why you need to get rid of Richt, he just can’t compete with Meyer.

Saturday against Kentucky, Meyer figures to get his 100th career victory — in his 118th game, reaching the milestone faster than all but five Hall of Fame coaches, including Bud Wilkinson and Knute Rockne.

Greg

September 24th, 2010
8:54 am

Davey Boy must be Aaron Murray’s brother. Name all the guys on offense who are playing better than last year?

NoGaGator

September 24th, 2010
8:55 am

UGA should be able to beat MSU this week, They have the better players. UGA will need to be the stronger team – condition-wise in the second half. MSU has played both AU and LSU tough, with LSU pulling away in the 4th Q.

As far as UF, until they can get ANY continuity on offense, every game will be a struggle. At this rate they have little to no chance next week @ UA. Hope they get a good performance by their O this week.

ga gator

September 24th, 2010
8:55 am

I truly believe that all Dawg fans should reserve judgement on this years team until after this satrday. First of all you MUST beat Ms St. Then lets see how Ark, SC play against really good teams. If Ark and SC get beat soundly and then UGA struggles against MS St, win or lose then I would lay the blame at the feet of CMR and no 2 a day practices. Just sayin………..

Alex

September 24th, 2010
8:55 am

GOM
Wel handled Miss St rather easily last year at starkville. At least vegas had us at 8 points favs and we won by 11. You’re an underdog so STFU as you clearly are clueless.
You are a bottom dweller playing another bottom dweller and you talk trash.
Furman 19 points against SC. Uga 6.
Nuff said.

BigTimeTECHFan

September 24th, 2010
8:56 am

GT 35 NCS 20
UGA 20 MSU 17
FL 41 KY 13
Ark 26 Bama 21 (OT)
AU 20 USCe 10
O St 34 Boise St 27
ND 28 Stan 27

Jason

September 24th, 2010
8:56 am

I said he needs to be replaced with Gray or Mason, I don’t care who else they put in there, even a walk on, but Georgi’as not gonna win an game until they get Murray off the field., He’s 0-2 in SEC as QB starter, worse in 17 years.

Davey Boy Smith

September 24th, 2010
8:57 am

Perhaps taking the slave analogy all the way was a bit harsh, but then again, you cannot spell, nor do you have much of a grasp on the English language, so I do not care what you think.

Mack

September 24th, 2010
8:57 am

21 points for Tech? Double that.
42-31