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

Iknow how2fish

September 24th, 2010
11:06 am

SC wins and eliminates any dog chance for sec. Tech probably will score much…but NC State will also…home adv….maybe. Dogs win…either one-don’t care.

reebok

September 24th, 2010
11:13 am

i don’t have a dog in this fight (sorry) but why exactly does UGA need this game more than Missy State does?

Paul in RDU

September 24th, 2010
11:17 am

UGAY is…

Nice insults – I’ll just chalk them up to you not taking your Ritalin this morning If you take a look at your DVR you’ll see that UNC had 2 first downs followed by a TD on their first possession of the 2nd half.
Next drive was a 3 and out
Next drive, was a fumble on the hand off
Next drive was a 3 and out
Next drive was the forced fumble after the catch by the TE
On UNC’s last drive they had 2 first downs before the pass interference call on Butler

But heck – Your DVR shows that UNC only had the one first down. Either you are the brain dead one on here or you need to get your DVR repaired

Dirty Dawg

September 24th, 2010
11:19 am

I’ve been wrong before, but I don’t understand why the ‘pickers’ aren’t picking Alabama to win in a rout against Ark? This pick by Barnhart is as lopsided as any, but still not enough. I mean if Mallett can have a player of the week day at Georgia and Ark still have to eke out a win at the wire, then the Tide should blow ‘em all the way to The Ozarks.

USC GAMEC0CK

September 24th, 2010
11:30 am

Dirty Dawg, you should know it don’t work like that…

Burdell

September 24th, 2010
11:35 am

Thanks Paul in RDU… I was getting ready to do the same…you just saved me some time. Defense was good in the second half but obviously more than 1 first down.

GO JACKETS!!

Coach O

September 24th, 2010
11:40 am

GT wins this weekend — IF NCSU suspends 12 starters between now and Saturday.

Dontavius Supremo

September 24th, 2010
11:40 am

Go see a high school game, preferably a small high school game. At least they’re clean.

Erkel

September 24th, 2010
11:43 am

I’m picking Georgia to win 300-0 just so SSIGator can write it down and save it for his inane, tired postgame “told you so” post. Here you go SSIGator, I’m lobbing you a softball- let’s see what bad “joke” you can come up with.

Paul in RDU

September 24th, 2010
11:44 am

Coach O – NCSU only needs to suspend one starter – the guy wearing #16.

BTW – You do realize that UNC was not missing 12 starters?

Delbert D.

September 24th, 2010
11:45 am

BigTimeTechFan – “Ark 26 Bama 21 (OT)”

Took me awhile to figure that one out. Teams tied at 19 all at the end of regulation. Arkansas scores TD and makes PAT…now it’s 26-19. On Alabama’s possession, they fumble the ball and it gets knocked around and Arkansas touches it last and then it gets knocked out of the end zone that Arkansas is defending for a safety.

1eyedJack

September 24th, 2010
11:50 am

Delbert, BigTimeTechFan is using a new kind of Calculus since you were in school. Kind of like current economics.

Tide Rising

September 24th, 2010
11:54 am

I like beaver. And this weekend I hope the Oregon State beavers pull off the upset of Boise.

In other games dawgs are in a fight for survival. The O-line gets it done and overpowers MSU. This may well be the easiest betting pick of the year. No way the dawgs lose this one.

USCe vs AU- the best game of the weekend for sure. I’m going to go with Carolina due to Auburn’s rush defense not being that great. Lattimore is the difference for me.

LSU- WVU- Noel Devine is one dynamic player. But LSU has too much overall talent, especially on defense. And BTW I am in agreement with Tony that Patrick Peterson is probably the single best football player in America.

Stanford- ND- I love watching ND lose. And I think and hope Stanford puts it on them again.

BC- VT- Interesting stat about BC’s dominance of VT. I hope they do it again.

Bama- Ark- We will slow down the Ark offense most of the team if not at least some of the time. They will not be able to slow down Ingram and Richardson not even one time. Greg McElroy leads the nation in passing efficiency. Take that Ryan Mallett. We roll 38-21

Les Miles Clock Management Team

September 24th, 2010
11:58 am

Tide Rising- it would be nice to see the Beavs win but if you saw their game at home against Louisville last week you know they have serious issues on defense- not a good thing on the road against Kellen Moore and those receivers. If Boise is humming, it could be a bloodbath. Hope not though- I like Mike Riley and Quizz.

Silver Britches, Red Panties

September 24th, 2010
12:00 pm

Tony, I knew I could count on you to predict a victory for Our Beloved Dawgs!

GeorgiaBoy

September 24th, 2010
12:01 pm

Paul in RDU,

Your football played with the wrong kind of ball.

;o)~

Coach O

September 24th, 2010
12:02 pm

@Paul in RDU

I’m not really concerned about UNC… Just trying to imagine a way for the bugs to win next Saturday.

But hey! Free coke and hotdog!

DIT

September 24th, 2010
12:06 pm

I hate it but Dawgs lose by 3
Tech wins by 17. NC state who?
SC by 13 over Auburn. Great game until SC takes over and wears them out.
Upset – Arky over Bama. Bama might be too overconfident.
UF obliterates UK by 24
Orgeon State will beat Boise St.
Tenn rolls.
Stanford vs ND – WHO CARES!
LSU squesks by WVU – 1 point.

I’m probably totally wrong but it sure is fun!

Tide Rising

September 24th, 2010
12:07 pm

Les Miles clock management team,

You’re probably right. Its a longshot for the beavs and they will have to outscore Kellen Moore but one can always hope. They do have the Rodgers brothers who can help put up some points. The biggest problem is that they are playing on the smurf turn where Boise is supertough. OSU playing at home is as tough a venue as anywhere but on the road OSU is an average team. I’m at least hoping it won’t be the bloodbath that we both know could quite possibly happen.

Range Rider

September 24th, 2010
12:10 pm

Cowbells win by ten points.

Red panties will be falling from the sky.

USC GAMEC0CK

September 24th, 2010
12:11 pm

“DIT” you are one of the smartest posters on here…seriously.

Golden Rules

September 24th, 2010
12:11 pm

Whether its 3, or 30,000 at least the Tech fans will stick around when the game is still on the line. Unlike the fair-weather fans at the Cesspool of the South. Less you limp noodles forget Kentucky and last week.

Don in Forest Park

September 24th, 2010
12:12 pm

MSU 27, UGA 21

Coach O

September 24th, 2010
12:14 pm

Golden Rules,

Do they have to wait until the fourth quarter to get their free hotdog?

AL E. GATOR

September 24th, 2010
12:15 pm

UGA will get beat by Mullins and MSU – UGA will start 0-3 in SEC play……and will contnue to be irrelevent!!

Predictions for UGA:
MSU – loss
Colorado – win
Tennessee – LOSS – yes – Vols beat UGA again this year.
Vandy – win
Kentucky – Loss
Florida – another BLOW OUT LOSS
ID STATE – win
Auburn – LOSS
GT – LOSS

Final record: – 4 – 8.
SEC Record – 1-7

Not HATING – just telling it like it is.
UGA offensive line – not good at all.
Best player is Murray
RB’s – whimps – injury prone – and zero years after contact. NOne of your RB’s break tackles.

Defense – New system and transition – getting nose bloodied this year.
DT’s – ineffective this year – young, confused – average talent at best
LB-s – athletic – but stupid
DB’s – confused and stupid

Guys – if UGA gets beat by MSU – season over – mail it back in.
IF UGA beats MSU – still got a pulse for a potential ok season.

UGA talent is overated – and undercoached.

However – in 2011 – UGA rebounds to an 7-5 or 8-4 record – which is what UGA is historically all about.

crackhead bee

September 24th, 2010
12:18 pm

will cmr be working on monday? stay tuned.

USC GAMEC0CK

September 24th, 2010
12:18 pm

AL E Gator:

Why u hating on those georgia players?

Don’t bash that defense….remember they got a big time BoZO coaching them and georgia is paying him $750,000.00 per year to do it….which is hilarious to me.

USC GAMEC0CK

September 24th, 2010
12:21 pm

Richt may take monday off but he will still be employed by georgia even when georgia loses to miss state….bank on that.

USC GAMEC0CK

September 24th, 2010
12:23 pm

georgia should make BooBoo the OC and Bozo the DC ride the short bus to the games so they will feel more at home….maybe that will help them prepare for the games better….just an idea.

Moses on the Mountaintop

September 24th, 2010
12:23 pm

And so it has been spoken by the condescending Al E. Gator, and so it must be… because he went to Florida and must be all knowing in the ways of pigskin as his team is good even though he never played a down in his life. Amen!

Huh?

September 24th, 2010
12:24 pm

Hey Jason – I’m certainly no Georgia fan, but your comment about Aaron Murray makes absolutely no sense. Aaron Murray isn’t the only Georgia player who is 0 – 2 in the SEC. The whole team is, so, using your logic, maybe the whole team should be replaced. Aaron Murray wasn’t playing defense last Saturday when the wonderful new GA defense let Arkansas score a touchdown in about 2 minutes after the offense – led by Murray – had tied up the game. Georgia is not invincible just because they’re Georgia – calm down, be realistic and give the kid a chance.

UGAY REALLY STANDS FOR JOE DIRT

September 24th, 2010
12:25 pm

Paul, i stand corrected. I should have said AFTER we turned it over and gave them the short field to work on their score. Still, only 1 1st down after we turned it over to start the 2nd half and their TD. Point is, you said they had many 1st downs in the 2nd half, and that is not true either. GT dominated this game from the 10 minute mark in the 2nd quarter until it was over. You can’t sugar coat that my man! UNC has been recruiting really well and has good talent, but that program is going to be set back a few years by the end of this season when the NCAA hammer comes down. GT took a step forward, UNC took a step backwards in regards to the ACC title! We must keep winning just like we did after miami beat us last year and there is no reason to suspect we can’t do just that! Jackets ROLL saturday!

USC GAMEC0CK

September 24th, 2010
12:27 pm

georgia’s defense let Arky score the winning touchdown in 30 secs…3 plays…wide open receivers….and no pass rush….georgia did not look like they were on the field to play football…that is called lack of preparation…thanks to the Bozo DC.

AL E. GATOR

September 24th, 2010
12:28 pm

Tide Rising – I think BAMA is just incredible – and agree with your prediction.

Also, I really like beaver myself – short curly haired beaver – or long thick haired beaver – does not matter – but I think Boise State will just totally wear out beaver this weekend.

As for Tennessee – they will win against UAB, UGA, Memphis, Ole Miss and Vandy. Kentucky will be the Vols this year – but I tell you – I really – the Vols played really hard against Florida last week. They are rebuilding – have no depth – but apparently are much better coached than UGA.

dawgfan

September 24th, 2010
12:30 pm

JW, your crap program lost to Kansas and is obviously a creampuff team that will never earn any respect outside of your sissy little league. Georgia Tech is known for getting its azz handed to it by UGA year after year after year and then running its fat mouth like it never even happened. You will never see a group of fans with bigger mouths and absolutely ZILCH to back it up than Tech fans. Keep flapping those jaws Techies. It makes those tears the last Saturday in November all the more hysterical.

Delbert D.

September 24th, 2010
12:32 pm

Al E. Gator – “zero years after contact.” What is that? ET sighting?

Layla Kiffin

September 24th, 2010
12:32 pm

Sounds like Al E. Gator has a little man crush on Tide Rising. And btw, I keep it nice tidy- no real man like a bush.

AL E. GATOR

September 24th, 2010
12:35 pm

Agree with above – Richt will still be employed for this season and next season – and I believe he will be UGA’s coach in 2012 as well.

Big transistion year this year – new DC, new 3/4 scheme, new RFR QB.

Like I said – UGA will be 7-5/8-4 in 2011.

2012 – I expect more of the same – and Richt will volunteerily retire – and focus on mission work.

The guy has done a hell of a job up until a few years ago. But the same thing happened to Fulmer, Tuberville, etc. He could not keep it going as BAMA and Florida hired better coaches – and UGA has become STALE.

Also – I really believe his players love him – but do not fear him. Which is why UGA has slid back – HIs early teams feared him because they did not know him – and UGA won games.

Call IT

September 24th, 2010
12:36 pm

Hey Layla,

I like your insights as they are so true.

Gators win the East again in 2010!

Enough Said!

From Where I Sit

September 24th, 2010
12:37 pm

Hey Layla,

I like your insights as they are so true.

Gators win the East again in 2010!

Enough Said!

Delbert D.

September 24th, 2010
12:37 pm

Give the guy some respect. If you have to make fun of him, just refer to him as ObOb.

Sincerely, D. Trebled

HOGFAN

September 24th, 2010
12:37 pm

Barnhart always seems to pick UGA….shocking…I dare Barnhart to pick against Georiga..
LAME

Jay

September 24th, 2010
12:38 pm

Big surprise, Tony Barnhard the HOMER picked Uga to win. That never happens…

AL E. GATOR

September 24th, 2010
12:39 pm

Layla – I do have a MAN CRUSH on how BAMA is playing football. They line up and physically dominate. This is a man’s team.

Congrats on keeping it nice and tidy!

Tell Lane that I work in a lumber yard – and if he needs some 4/4’s and rope – give me a call!

Layla Kiffin

September 24th, 2010
12:41 pm

Well, of course they do- it’s a down year in the SEC besides Alabama. Florida wins by default even though they have their issues too, but look for them to lose the SEC championship game and their bowl game.
Personally, I like a like a little airstrip but I can also go with a V or full on brazilian.

14TH--ON THE WAY

September 24th, 2010
12:43 pm

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14TH--ON THE WAY

September 24th, 2010
12:47 pm

About MIss State. Your correct about the cowbells being their only tradition. I mean their chant is ….
Go State…..Go State……….Go State………. How original!

BTW, the LSU and West by god Virginia game should be called the “Coach’s Clinic Game” with
Stewart and Miles.

dan

September 24th, 2010
12:49 pm

I think Bama beats Arkansas by 10. I think Tech will beat NC State by at least 10. I think Auburn will drill South Carolina who I think is very overrated.

As for UGA vs. MSU: I wouldn’t touch that game with your money Tony! MSU lacks talent and really misses Anthony Dixon from last year. They got drilled by LSU last week, so they haven’t shown me anything that has led me to believe that they have turned the corner. UGA lost, but I like the way they fought against Arkansas late in the game. The questions I have with the Dawgs are this: Will the effort they showed late in the game last week carry over to this week? Or was last week’s loss such a heartbreaker that they come out flat against MSU? If it’s the former, UGA could lose to MSU, but if its the latter then UGA should win by at least 10.

From Where I Sit

September 24th, 2010
12:55 pm

No way GA wins as they are not that good this year 6 – 6 at best!

Gators win the East again in 2010!

Enough Said!

Will Stockdale

September 24th, 2010
12:55 pm

Ga. Tech will win, Georgoa will LOSE…. AGAIN….. HAHAHAHAHA Bulldogs suck….