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

USC GAMEC0CK

September 24th, 2010
2:07 pm

USC won that Liberty Bowl BTW.

TheTaxJacket = GAY

September 24th, 2010
2:07 pm

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

You have no idea how many SEC schools are laughing at you right now. An 0-2 UGA team is your signature win……. Shows how sorry your program has, and always will be.

TheTaxJacket = GAY

September 24th, 2010
2:08 pm

LIBERTY BOWL!!!! L.O.L. Stop it, your killing me!

USC GAMEC0CK

September 24th, 2010
2:09 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.

Bama fans are inbred

September 24th, 2010
2:10 pm

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

C0ck, you have the IQ of a carrot. Not only do you NOT know what “educating” means, but you also never named ONE player from USC who starts in the NFL.

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

Dumbest statement. Ever.

“barney fife team = needs to worry cuz they got cheese ball as the HC”

At least our cheese ball coach can recruit 5 star players. He’s also helped win a National Title and an SEC title.

Spurrier hasn’t done anything since 1996.

Bama fans are inbred

September 24th, 2010
2:10 pm

“USC won that Liberty Bowl BTW.”

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAH

Bama fans are inbred

September 24th, 2010
2:11 pm

“You have no idea how many SEC schools are laughing at you right now. An 0-2 UGA team is your signature win……. Shows how sorry your program has, and always will be.”

c0ck also thinks beating Furman ranks as a big win.

USC GAMEC0CK

September 24th, 2010
2:11 pm

laugh! laugh!…heck laugh all you want…17-6…now that is some sweet music…

can you say…17-6?

try it…let us know how it feels to really shout it out and feel it down deep to the bone.

USC GAMEC0CK

September 24th, 2010
2:13 pm

There is no question…I love a win…17-6.

Bama fans are inbred

September 24th, 2010
2:13 pm

“can you say…17-6?”

You can’t even produce one USC player who starts in the NFL.

UGA Insider

September 24th, 2010
2:13 pm

Other insiders tell me UGA has had a really bad week of practice. There have been player/coach confrontations and player/player arguments as well. Coach Bobo throwing Murray under the bus and one of our safeties lack of playing time has been the two most prominent issues.

I’m afraid CMR is losing control of this group fast and would not be surprised to see the favorite win……… damn, did I just say Miss State was the favorite to win. The UGA program is in serious trouble.

USC GAMEC0CK

September 24th, 2010
2:15 pm

So let me get this right…

USC (with no NFL talent and no NFL players {according to u}) beats the dogs who are loaded with NFL talent….hmmm…what should we think of that?

USC with no talent will flatten barney fife team tomorrow in the barney fife hole in the wall.

Bama fans are inbred

September 24th, 2010
2:17 pm

USC GAMEC0CK

You simply can’t read can you. All I asked was for you to name one NFL player who starts who went to USC.

One.

“USC with no talent will flatten barney fife team tomorrow in the barney fife hole in the wall.”

Talking about a c0ck blowing it’s load before the game is played.

USC GAMEC0CK

September 24th, 2010
2:17 pm

Well I am getting ready to head out to that barney fife school to watch USC whip some ASS…will be a glorious weekend for USC!!

TheTaxJacket = GAY

September 24th, 2010
2:17 pm

C0ck – you just keep giving us plenty of amo. Your still beating your chest on beating a sorry uga team. When was the last time they did anything? Your a complete moron! If you think I’m a UGA fan you are way off base! You have not beaten my team and Will not for a long time. Roll Tide!

Hey, but you played in the LIBERTY BOWL!!! What a Tool! I know there are other SC fans wishing that you would just shut up already. What an embarrassment you are to that school.

Gamechickens

September 24th, 2010
2:18 pm

South Carolina ranks dead last in the SEC when it comes to wins. South Carolina is the worst football school in the entire SEC.

Bama fans are inbred

September 24th, 2010
2:18 pm

USC GAMEC0CK

Name one player from USC who starts in the NFL.

USC GAMEC0CK

September 24th, 2010
2:19 pm

Your NFL comment does not deserve a response…if I did tell you, I don’t think your barney fife brain would comprehend.

Bama fans are inbred

September 24th, 2010
2:19 pm

“When was the last time they did anything?”

Never. In the history of USC football, they’ve never won the SEC nor have they won a national championship.

TheTaxJacket = GAY

September 24th, 2010
2:20 pm

I doubt that you have ever been out of the state. Do you know where Auburn is? I thought so……. Only thing you can hear is crickets! I hate Awbarn, but I hope they stomp the crap out of the chickens this weekend! Never thought I would say this…. War Eagle!

Bama fans are inbred

September 24th, 2010
2:20 pm

“Your NFL comment does not deserve a response…if I did tell you, I don’t think your barney fife brain would comprehend.”

Thanks, c0ck sucker. You’ve shown the entire blog just how stupid you really are. Also, no, not one USC player starts in the NFL.

USC=Losers

Bama fans are inbred

September 24th, 2010
2:21 pm

“I hate Awbarn, but I hope they stomp the crap out of the chickens this weekend! Never thought I would say this…. War Eagle!”

Why do you hate, Auburn?

USC GAMEC0CK

September 24th, 2010
2:21 pm

What does it say about a team that can’t beat a team with no talent?
17-6 sweet isn’t it?

Barney Fife here we come…

Coach O

September 24th, 2010
2:22 pm

South Carolina will still be claiming Georgia as their biggest win this season after they finish demolishing the War Chickens in Lee County tomorrow.

Bama fans are inbred

September 24th, 2010
2:22 pm

“What does it say about a team that can’t beat a team with no talent?”

It means you beat a crappy UGA team.

“Barney Fife here we come…”

The mind boggles.

DIT

September 24th, 2010
2:22 pm

I’ve been here laughing at these posts from everyone. Have to say USC – your in a losing battle. Heck, don’t feel bad I can’t even think of one starter from SC playing in the NFL. Can anyone else?

USC GAMEC0CK

September 24th, 2010
2:23 pm

HE hates barney fife team for the same reason everyone else does.

Bama fans are inbred

September 24th, 2010
2:23 pm

“South Carolina will still be claiming Georgia as their biggest win this season after they finish demolishing the War Chickens in Lee County tomorrow.”

Famous last words. ClemPson and Miss State said the same thing.

TheTaxJacket = GAY

September 24th, 2010
2:24 pm

Just because of an ex-wife! sorry

USC GAMEC0CK

September 24th, 2010
2:24 pm

USC 17 – georgia 6

Dude, that is not a “losing” battle.

Bama fans are inbred

September 24th, 2010
2:24 pm

“HE hates barney fife team for the same reason everyone else does.’

Low IQ c0ck needs to get a job.

Bama fans are inbred

September 24th, 2010
2:25 pm

“Dude, that is not a “losing” battle.”

Like I said, Low IQ c0ck is retarded.

Coach O

September 24th, 2010
2:25 pm

Clemson and MS State both suck — and both of them still gave Cheezestik’s crew all they wanted.

Gator88

September 24th, 2010
2:25 pm

I disagree with the Auburn/SC game-strange thing about winning-it seems to be contagious. Winning a close one and coming back from being down 17 really welds a team together. I see Auburn winning at home. I see the Beavers taking care of Boise. I see the Dawgs handling MISS STATE fairly easy. I also see the same for Bama handling Ark easy. I see Stanford putting beat down on Notre Dame and will enjoy it!! Finally, I see Gators probably winning a similar game to last week at Tenneseee. God I hope, but 3 or 4 fumbles might put an end to the UK beat down streak.

USC GAMEC0CK

September 24th, 2010
2:26 pm

georgia hates USC because of 17-6
barney fife team hates USC because of a 31-13 score (high degree of probability)

Bama fans are inbred

September 24th, 2010
2:27 pm

“Clemson and MS State both suck”

ClemPson owns USC.

USC GAMEC0CK

September 24th, 2010
2:27 pm

Gotta run boys…been fun…got my blood pumpin….and my body is now good and hard all over!

17-6 and more to come.

later bruh.

BAMA dude

September 24th, 2010
2:27 pm

“Bama fans are inbred “

Jealousy is such an ugly thing. Don’t know which program you root for, but resorting to this type of silly name calling suggests that you’ve come to terms with the fact that they will never be on Alabama’s level. “Look! Florida fans wear jorts and mullets! I don’t care that they beat us every year, at least we don’t blah, blah, blah.”

Jealousy.

Bama fans are inbred

September 24th, 2010
2:27 pm

“barney fife team hates USC because of a 31-13 score”

c0ck has a low IQ.

Bama fans are inbred

September 24th, 2010
2:28 pm

“and my body is now good and hard all over!”

Hide the alter boys.

TheTaxJacket = GAY

September 24th, 2010
2:28 pm

No the 17-6 was not a losing battle. I’m a dawg and thought you guys looked very good. Totally dominated us. I think most teams will this year. You guys were my darkhorse going into the season to win the SEC, but it’s your posts that are just setting you up and not making you look very bright. I’m sure that you are better than what you post. You just keep setting yourself up.

Bama fans are inbred

September 24th, 2010
2:28 pm

BAMA dude

You are under the false impression that I care what you think.

Lou Holtz aka the Spitting Cobra

September 24th, 2010
2:31 pm

They put their pants on same way we do!

TheTaxJacket = GAY

September 24th, 2010
2:32 pm

WOW, DON’T GO USING MY LOG ON NAME WHO EVER DID THAT. I’M NOT A UGA FAN!!!! THAT CRAP HAS TO STOP! USE YOUR OWN YOU TOOL!

BAMA dude

September 24th, 2010
2:33 pm

You are under the false impression that you offer any value to society. You have filled tis blog with your garbage to the tune of 17 posts out of 42 on this page. Your sense of self worth amazes me considering your worthlessness to every other human.

5IML

September 24th, 2010
2:36 pm

BAMA dude,

He’s the same poster/poser I warned you about earlier this week. He was Bama Blows earlier. Then he was ACC Sux.

Lou Holtz aka the Spitting Cobra

September 24th, 2010
2:37 pm

Bama puts their pants on same way we do… unless that’s part of Saban’s secret formula for success… hmmm?

Bama fans are inbred

September 24th, 2010
2:38 pm

BAMA dude

Your failed attempt at an intelligent comeback fell short a few hundred points. Most of my posts are targeted at c0ck. Now, as far as you go, I couldn’t care less what you have to say. What amazes me is the fact that you come in here, ignore all the other posts, and start shooting blanks in my direction.

Go sell stupid somewhere else.

5IML

September 24th, 2010
2:38 pm

He’s posting on this blog under a couple of names. Either that or he and his life partner are on the blog together. (I have allowed myself to be brought down to his level.)

Bama fans are inbred

September 24th, 2010
2:39 pm

“He’s the same poster/poser I warned you about earlier this week. He was Bama Blows earlier. Then he was ACC Sux.”

Ok Sherlock, where’s your proof that I have blogged under other names? OH, I forgot, you Bama fans think the whole world loves your football program and therefore anyone who blogs against Bama must be the same person.