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

Lane Kiffin

September 24th, 2010
12:56 pm

No matter the week or the opponent……you KNOW Barnhardt’s prediction for THuga. That’s not being an objective expert……that’s what they call simple, down home homerism.

Coach O

September 24th, 2010
1:03 pm

So then… South Carolina is overrated — and Auburn is not?

Hmmm…

Poor Coach O

September 24th, 2010
1:04 pm

Got focus attention on something other than UGAG looking at 0-3.

Whatever helps you cope, man.

USC GAMEC0CK

September 24th, 2010
1:05 pm

Hey “DAN” you are a Clempson punk.. aren’t you?

Spotted DAWG

September 24th, 2010
1:05 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!”

UGA fans should talk…you guys ripped off your helmet logo, stadium design and fightsong. Name one tradition at UGA that is an original?

JB

September 24th, 2010
1:07 pm

Chickens belong in flour and grease. SC will finish out of the top 25 at years end and the great Victory over Georgia will be a faded memory.They lose to Bama, Fla and Clemson for sure.

JB

September 24th, 2010
1:08 pm

Beating Tech just about every year is one great tradition.

Dave Cutler

September 24th, 2010
1:11 pm

Auburn has yet to put a good game for 4 quarters together. Tomorrow it happens.

AU -30
SC – 14

USC GAMEC0CK

September 24th, 2010
1:12 pm

JB – tell us how good your bulldogs are this year!

USC GAMEC0CK

September 24th, 2010
1:14 pm

USC is still working to put 4 good quarters together…tomorrow it happens

USC – 31
AU – 13

USC GAMEC0CK

September 24th, 2010
1:14 pm

JB – been waiting for you to tell us how you like that new DC too.

Tom

September 24th, 2010
1:14 pm

UGA fans should talk…you guys ripped off your helmet logo, stadium design and fightsong. Name one tradition at UGA that is an original?

Yeah and they have the arches with three hoops. Idiots can’t even count….Hey BULLDAWAAWWGS…arches are two, not three. They also copied Auburn’s Tiger Walk with their DogWalk but hell everyone has copied that.

jerry

September 24th, 2010
1:15 pm

UGA is nothing but a jackal in a league of jackals and lions. They always get the scraps. UGA 27-10

Bama fans are inbred

September 24th, 2010
1:16 pm

“Seriously. Auburn, enjoy Shreveport!”

You should know, you gals were there 3 years ago.

Dave Cutler

September 24th, 2010
1:17 pm

Gotta love all these USC fans trying to pretend like they play football. Okay so Garcia finally is making a few plays and you have some pretty good receivers…you are still South Carolina, and a freshman running back isn’t taking you to the promise land. Congrats USC, the only time you are relevant in the SEC is when Tenn, UGA, and FL are struggling. LOL

Bama fans are inbred

September 24th, 2010
1:18 pm

“USC is still working to put 4 good quarters together…tomorrow it happens”

Looks like a c0ck sucker, no pun intended, is high on herself and her team.

SC has never won an SEC title in their history and Auburn has owned Spurrier in his career at SC.

Auburn OWNS the state of SC.

Nuff said, poser.

USC GAMEC0CK

September 24th, 2010
1:19 pm

well i will take it and hope all those teams keep struggling too.

Reality Check

September 24th, 2010
1:19 pm

UGA loses tommorow and the beat goes own. You can make fun of GT’s stadium, atttndance, etc, but by the Idaho game there will not be 60K people in the stands. Eveeryone knows UGA fans are turncoats and are already attacking your own players. GT and CPJ will be fine and in two or three years taking your unknown coordinator that you have to hire to replace CMR to school every year. You will get as much response for the head job that you did for the DC job this year. No one wants to coach at the cesspool trainwreck in Athens.

USC GAMEC0CK

September 24th, 2010
1:21 pm

Aubarn folks are inbred with Bama folks so watch who you trash cuz in reality when you bash a bammer…it is just like you bashed yourself…live and learn dude…btw, USC will educate you barn folk tomorrow in front of a national tv audience (that means viewers).

Bama fans are inbred

September 24th, 2010
1:23 pm

USC GAMEC0CK is what happens when one gets a degree from a school that isn’t in the top 100 universities in the country.

“USC will educate you barn folk tomorrow”

I hope not because Auburn is ranked in the top 100 universities. The C0CK school is not.

USC GAMEC0CK

September 24th, 2010
1:26 pm

USC has the number 1 rated International Business School but that is not what matters on here….tomorrow, the barny fife team learns what real football is all about…georgia got there lesson a couple of weeks ago and now it is your turn.

Bama fans are inbred

September 24th, 2010
1:28 pm

“USC has the number 1 rated International Business School ”

For retarded people maybe.

“tomorrow, the barny fife team learns what real football is all about”

Huh, I had no idea the game chickens were an elite team. You know, Vandy had the same stupid mentality you gals do a few years ago and they ended up losing 4 games.

Don’t count your chickens before they hatch. LOL

JB

September 24th, 2010
1:33 pm

Boo……………auburn wins

JB

September 24th, 2010
1:34 pm

The ole chicken curse is strong

USC GAMEC0CK

September 24th, 2010
1:34 pm

“Bama fans are inbred” – serious question for you: Are you a 5th grader?

TheTaxJacket

September 24th, 2010
1:34 pm

MIRACLE OF MIRACLES, Mr. SEC Football picks the two home teams AGAIN. Why am I not surprised?

Not sure where you get your stats Tony, but BC has NOT beaten VT 5 out of the last 6. In fact they’ve lost the last two meetings.

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

TheTaxJacket

September 24th, 2010
1:35 pm

*** Nesbitt for Heismen ***

(((( 45 – 42 ))))

Golden Rules

September 24th, 2010
1:35 pm

Why do ask Coach? You not use to sticking around till the 4th? You aren’t one of those quiters are you?

Bama fans are inbred

September 24th, 2010
1:36 pm

“Are you a 5th grader?”

No, but if I were I’d be the perfect fit for the U of South Carolina.

TheTaxJacket = GAY

September 24th, 2010
1:38 pm

Enter your comments here

USC GAMEC0CK

September 24th, 2010
1:42 pm

Comments by Richt to Spurrier after USC pounded his team….”Coach you got a great ball team”….Spurrier to the media after the game…I never had a coach tell me that since I’ve been at USC…note to you barney fife folks…USC will roll in aubarn and you guys will think it was the Crimson Tide that just finished steam rolling your field with the players still on it….remember, you heard it first.

Patrick

September 24th, 2010
1:42 pm

Dawgs win on the road against MSU, Tech loses at home to NCSU. Mark that down please…

TheTaxJacket = GAY

September 24th, 2010
1:45 pm

USC Gamec0ck – Where were you the past several years on these blogs. First time I’ve seen you on here. You have to wait to post your mindless dribble on here after you win 1 game against a team that now has lost 2? You think that is impressive? Dude, win the SEC East first them pop off. Until then your nothing but a c0ck!

5IML

September 24th, 2010
1:46 pm

I just read a post on a another site where a Barner said Ark is gonna eat BAMA like pig slop. I’m a BAMA fan but that’s funny.

USC GAMEC0CK

September 24th, 2010
1:50 pm

“TheTaxJacet” – Who are you? My guess is ur a doggie…

SIT boy…good doggie.

Bama fans are inbred

September 24th, 2010
1:52 pm

“note to you barney fife folks…USC will roll in aubarn and you guys will think it was the Crimson Tide that just finished steam rolling your field with the players still on it….remember, you heard it first.”

It took Spurrier 5 years to get USC ranked number 12 in the country. He beat a mediocre UGA team that is rebuilding with young players.

Spurrier has a very hard time beating Auburn.

USC will lose tomorrow.

USC GAMEC0CK

September 24th, 2010
1:52 pm

Georgia better win Saturday or they might start losing some of those 5 star recruits….not that it really matters anyway since the coaches at georgia can’t develop anyone…if USC had the talent georgia has…USC would be SEC and NC.

Bama fans are inbred

September 24th, 2010
1:52 pm

““TheTaxJacet” – Who are you? My guess is ur a doggie…”

TheTaxJacket can actually spell simple words. You ma’am, can not.

Bama fans are inbred

September 24th, 2010
1:53 pm

“not that it really matters anyway since the coaches at georgia can’t develop anyone”

I can name 10 UGA players that start in the NFL. I can name one who has a Super Bowl Championship ring.

I can not name one USC football player in the NFL. Not one.

USC GAMEC0CK

September 24th, 2010
1:55 pm

“BamaFansR Inbred” – Dude, just because you say it won’t make it so…this is not the “Wizzard of Oz” and my guess is you are not Dorothy although you sure do come off like her…you feel bruh?

Bama fans are inbred

September 24th, 2010
1:56 pm

“Dude, just because you say it won’t make it so…this is not the “Wizzard of Oz” and my guess is you are not Dorothy although you sure do come off like her…you feel bruh?”

USC GAMEC0CK is a high school drop out.

USC GAMEC0CK

September 24th, 2010
1:56 pm

You can’t name one because you are a complete idiot.

TheTaxJacket = GAY

September 24th, 2010
1:57 pm

WRONG C0ck –
You still have yet to answer my question about why you waited to run your trap after a win against a team that is in last place in it’s division. You still feel that it was a big win. I guess looking at it from a c0ck point of view it was a big win. Not big in any other of the SEC teams portfolio’s. Poor little man. Did this not happen about 4 years ago and then you did not even make it to a bowl game?
Again, win something major then pop off…. you tool!

Bama fans are inbred

September 24th, 2010
2:00 pm

“You can’t name one because you are a complete idiot.”

No, I can’t name one because there aren’t any USC players who start for an NFL team.

Bama fans are inbred

September 24th, 2010
2:01 pm

TheTaxJacket = GAY

Our little c0ck sucker, no pun intended, isn’t the sharpest tool in the shed.

USC GAMEC0CK

September 24th, 2010
2:01 pm

boy, you sure do seem to keep up with USC stats….I know it is tough to get your hinney spanked on national TV by the C0CKS but at least you get to see the “barney fife” folks get their behinds whipped tomorrow…so be thankful for the good karma USC is sending your way….BTW, a win against GEorgia will always rank as a big win at USC…always dude.

TheTaxJacket = GAY

September 24th, 2010
2:02 pm

You were right on about c0ck being a High School drop out. From his post I would say a Middle school drop out.

Bama fans are inbred

September 24th, 2010
2:05 pm

“boy, you sure do seem to keep up with USC stats”

Not a whole lot to keep up with when it comes to the chickens.

“I know it is tough to get your hinney spanked on national TV by the C0CKS but at least you get to see the “barney fife” folks get their behinds whipped tomorrow”

How is it tough when the game hasn’t been played, little girl?

“BTW, a win against GEorgia will always rank as a big win at USC”

That’s because USC can’t beat ranked teams. I’m sure that win ranks up there with the Liberty Bowl you clowns went to in Memphis a few years ago.

Bama fans are inbred

September 24th, 2010
2:05 pm

TheTaxJacket = GAY

True, calling c0ck a high school drop out is an insult to high school drop outs.

USC GAMEC0CK

September 24th, 2010
2:06 pm

You can’t name one because you are an IDIOT…I think I already educated you on that.

georgia dude mad at me cuz USC whipped his boys – ok i get that.

barney fife dude mad at me cuz USC is gonna whip his boys – ok i get that too.

georgia = needs to worry cuz they got BooBoo the OC and Bozo the DC
barney fife team = needs to worry cuz they got cheese ball as the HC

Both teams are in some deep DooDoo.