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

War Eagle!

September 24th, 2010
3:36 pm

And, yes, i do have a cusin who went there one time, and i went to vizit. I no Auburn!

Coach O

September 24th, 2010
3:37 pm

Gotta love cows if you live in Lee County I guess.

Bama fan, not grad cause us Bama fans is dumb

September 24th, 2010
3:38 pm

YEEEEEEEEEEE HAAAAAAAAAAAAAAW! ROLL TIDE ROLL! We’z gone win da national champinship dis yer!!!!! We’z much smarter dan dem dum Auburn grads. Auburn grads git jobs in big bildins in big cities and us Bama fans git jobs in factories makin fishin rods and trailer parts for our homes in da trailer park!!!!

ROLL TIDE ROLL!!!!!!

Bama fan, not grad cause us Bama fans is dumb

September 24th, 2010
3:39 pm

Coach O

Use ma kind da womin! Do use have all yer toes and fingers?

Charlie Bama

September 24th, 2010
3:42 pm

Isn’t there some kind of affirmative action program for Auburn grads? We really need to get them off their momma’s basement couch and into some kind of job. Seriously.

BAMA dude

September 24th, 2010
3:43 pm

Boy this is one persistent little troll. I am done with him, hopefully everyone else will ignore him too.

Charlie and the chocolate factory Bama

September 24th, 2010
3:43 pm

“Isn’t there some kind of affirmative action program for Auburn grads?”

Ask Cynthia Tucker, she went there and she’s black.

“We really need to get them off their momma’s basement couch and into some kind of job. Seriously.’

But yo momma gives me such good lovin.

Charlie Bama

September 24th, 2010
3:45 pm

Me too. Get a job or girlfriend, man. You’re embarrassing.

Coach O

September 24th, 2010
3:45 pm

There is an affirmative action program, but it’s only open to Sociology Majors.

Charlie and the chocolate factory Bama

September 24th, 2010
3:46 pm

“Me too. Get a job or girlfriend, man. You’re embarrassing.”

I do, she’s yer kin.

Charlie and the chocolate factory Bama

September 24th, 2010
3:46 pm

“but it’s only open to Sociology Majors.”

Bama must be booming with business then.

DIT

September 24th, 2010
3:46 pm

ignore the troll guys. I made the mistake of trying to hold a civil conversation with him, but you can see how that turned out.

Coach O

September 24th, 2010
3:48 pm

@DIT

But it’s so darn rare to see an Auburn troll these days — can’t we play with it for just a little while?

After all, it goes back under the bridge for the rest of the season after Saturday.

DIT

September 24th, 2010
3:50 pm

Good one Coach O

George P.

September 24th, 2010
3:55 pm

Sunday morning 10,000 fewer pick-ups will have Georgia stickers.

1eyedJack

September 24th, 2010
3:56 pm

I wish that kids momma would come home and make him get off the computer.

Beast from the East

September 24th, 2010
3:57 pm

George P.,
They’ll still be there. They’ll just smack a Bama one over it!

Coach O

September 24th, 2010
3:57 pm

And 10 less bicycles will have Georgia Tech stickers…

Mark Richt

September 24th, 2010
3:57 pm

Poor, poor pitiful me.

Beast from the East

September 24th, 2010
4:06 pm

DawginLex,
I just saw your picks. UK will score 49 on the Gators? Man, you are truly delusional aren’t you? When’s the last time ANYONE scored 49 on UF?

Ingram's Jock Strap

September 24th, 2010
4:08 pm

Nobody will ever meat Bama again! You heard it here first! If Bama loses this weekend, I’ll burn my trailer down.

5IML

September 24th, 2010
4:12 pm

In this economy, how did a jock strap get financing to buy a trailer?

TheTaxJacket

September 24th, 2010
4:15 pm

Tony’s BC vs VT error EXPOSES his complete lack of knowledge of football outside of the SEC. Do you not remember BC losing the ACC Championship game to VT in both 2009 and 2008? How could someone with such a professed “expert” knowledge of college football not immediately know that stat was bogus? I guess they don’t call you Mr. SEC Football for nothing!

BC vs VT last 6 meetings:

2009: VT 48, BC 14
2008: VT 30, BC 12 (ACC Championship Game)
2008: BC 28, VT 26
2007: VT 30, BC 16 (ACC Championship Game)
2007: BC 14, VT 10
2006: BC 22, VT 3

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

TheTaxJacket

September 24th, 2010
4:17 pm

Excuse me, I meant to say 2008 and 2007 on the championship games.

(((( 45 – 42 ))))

gdawginkalamazoo

September 24th, 2010
4:17 pm

Beast from the East, I think he meant 4.9

gdawginkalamazoo

September 24th, 2010
4:19 pm

51ML, that’s one of the perks of being a player at Bama. Financing for your jock straps trailer.

5IML

September 24th, 2010
4:19 pm

Maybe Tony should change his moniker to Mr. Relevant College Football.

5IML

September 24th, 2010
4:21 pm

The only thing better would be selling that jock strap for $1000. Where can student-athletes enroll to receive that benefit?

gdawginkalamazoo

September 24th, 2010
4:30 pm

5IML, you have to know the right drug dealer to do that! Go to Chapel Hill and hang around the football field.

gdawginkalamazoo

September 24th, 2010
4:34 pm

Out to the golf course. Everybody have a great weekend and may your team win (unless it hurts us and our chances of winning anything significant this season, then I hope your team gets spanked).

Tide4u2c

September 24th, 2010
5:04 pm

Alabama beats Arkansas, South Carolina beats Auburn.

macrotech

September 24th, 2010
5:05 pm

GT has to dominate the clock in order to win…scrambling QBs tend to reak havoc on us! I still contend that uga is in need of leadership out there on the gridiron…can’t imagine them losing this saturday…if they do, my brother MIGHT not answer his phone til Feb.! Bobo may have to go if he doesn’t set Murray up for success! GO TECH!!!

Tide4u2c

September 24th, 2010
5:07 pm

Tide4u2c

September 24th, 2010
5:08 pm

Georgia wins a close one.

Tide4u2c

September 24th, 2010
5:10 pm

Florida wins a close one

Jim S

September 24th, 2010
5:11 pm

There’s no way Auburn is going to lose to USCjr. Coaches have challenged the offensive line (predominately seniors) this week and moved Fannin back to H back. Malzahn’s finally going to unleash the fast break offense and Dyer, Adams and others are going to surprise people including Barn-heart. Auburn just loves being the underdog Tony!

The Duggars

September 24th, 2010
5:16 pm

You sinners need to quit picking on Mike Bobo. He’s too busy making babies to study film and gameplan. He’s doing the lord’s work!

Coach O

September 24th, 2010
5:34 pm

@Jim S

I agree. Auburn’s offensive line is challenged and I expect the Malzahn offense to break fast — probably breaks down sometime during the first quarter.

Phil_will1

September 24th, 2010
5:48 pm

Bama fans are inbred said: “I cannot name one USC football player in the NFL. Not one.”

Perhaps I can help you out here.

* John Abraham — Atlanta Falcons
* Fred Bennett — San Diego Chargers
* Jasper Brinkley — Minnesota Vikings
* Sheldon Brown — Cleveland Browns
* Jared Cook — Tennessee Titans
* Emanuel Cook — New York Jets
* Clifton Geathers — Miami Dolphins
* Na’Shan Goddard — New Orleans Saints
* André Goodman — Denver Broncos
* Johnathan Joseph — Cincinnati Bengals
* Lance Laury — New York Jets
* Jamon Meredith — Buffalo Bills
* Captain Munnerlyn — Carolina Panthers
* Jamar Nesbit — New Orleans Saints
* Eric Norwood — Carolina Panthers
* Sidney Rice — Minnesota Vikings
* Dunta Robinson — Atlanta Falcons
* Ko Simpson — Detroit Lions
* Shaun Smith — Kansas City Chiefs
* Darian Stewart — St. Louis Rams
* Ryan Succop – Kansas City Chiefs
* Travelle Wharton — Carolina Panthers
* Troy Williamson — Jacksonville Jaguars
* Rod Wilson — Jacksonville Jaguars
* Stoney Woodson — Tampa Bay Buccaneers

PS: This list may not be totally up to date. For instance, I am pretty sure that Clifton Geathers got cut within the last couple of weeks. There may be one or two others like that.

Bama Fans = Trash

September 24th, 2010
5:49 pm

You guys are pathetic honestly. Your obsession with Auburn continues to show.

Paul in RDU

September 24th, 2010
5:50 pm

Sidney Rice is out on injury – and Favre certainly seems to be missing him

bull dykes rule

September 24th, 2010
6:20 pm

38 miss st
17 uga

bull dykes rule

September 24th, 2010
6:21 pm

the todd martinez / willie grantham – defense stops no one

Tide4u2c

September 24th, 2010
6:37 pm

Auburn fans chill out! Your team has won but we have’nt seen this high scoring offense Auburn has been secretly hiding for just the right time.I really think South Carolina wins it has nothing to do with me being a Bama fan.If Auburn has this so-called offense how come we did’nt see it in that OT win against Miss St. Auburn needed to show it and did’nt so that tells me that it is not so high-scoring of an offense.

turkeycaller

September 24th, 2010
6:47 pm

Tony, You sir are an idiot. Looks like you could write something other than the dribble you pour out.

Tide4u2c

September 24th, 2010
6:59 pm

But yet you come here to read his dribble?You don’t have to ,you know.

Tide4u2c

September 24th, 2010
7:09 pm

It matters how a team plays Auburn fans.Eventhough it would’nt hurt me if Auburn lost from here on out, it is not up to me and how I feel about Auburn.If Auburn won though and played championship football nobody could take that away from them.Auburn squeeked by Miss St and won and it is a victory but Auburn has not shown this kindof of play yet that I’m talking about.Maybe they will and If they do, it will show.South Carolina has won too and so far look better than Auburn.

FRED

September 24th, 2010
7:14 pm

IT MAY HURT GUYS BUT! IF WE LOST ALL REMAINING GAMES IT WOULD BE THE BEST THING THAT COULD HAPPEN TO US. THAN WE COULD CUT CMR LOOSE AND REBUILD OUR PROGRAM.

FLA DAWG

September 24th, 2010
7:36 pm

If it means an earlier departure for Richt, Bobo, Searles, etc. then I hope The Dawgs lose by 21 points.

Class of ‘79

Tide Blowout

September 24th, 2010
8:12 pm

Bama wins out—no SEC team is even close in talent. Bama beats Ohio State by 13 in Glendale—mark it down!